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  1. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique
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    A few years ago I read this great book (highly recommend!) called The Devil's Picnic.
    It talks about different "banned" or "taboo" foods and other things around the world. Just here eating a poppyseed bagel (one of the "taboos"), and feeling okay. :)
    What is taboo where you live? Foods, practices, family convos?

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  2. kool kat2

    kool kat2 Android Expert

    For some reason everyone gets their panties in a bunch whenever there is talk of eating horse meat. I know its illegal here in the US but id be up for trying it.
  3. olbriar


    My favorite Mexican restaurant where I attended college was closed down for serving horse meat. Was a shame. They fixed it well... super good stuff.
    Taboo yes.. good YES!
  4. 9to5cynic

    9to5cynic Android Expert

    Hmm... I've never had any 'taboo' food, but then again, I've never had broccoli either :p

    I think in France they server horse, but to let you know, they have a fake (or real, can't remember) horse head outside the door. No joke, I heard that on TV once.
  5. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique
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    Horse meat eh? Figured it would just be super tough. Imagine you'd have to braise it for quite some time to tenderize it.
  6. saptech

    saptech Android Expert

    I'm not sure if it's taboo but I have ate Mountain Oysters before and man they were delicious! Cut in strips, batter with flour, deep fried with hot sauce. For those who don't know, bull nuts.
  7. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique
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    I would definitely try those. Not sure if I'd like em, but I know they are quite popular out west.
  8. Gmash

    Gmash Extreme Android User

  9. olbriar


    You will not be disappointed.. mmmmm!

    Consider how it was once taboo to have a tattoo for main stream US people. Look at us now.

    It was once taboo to have premarital sex. Look at us now.

    What's taboo today will likely be accepted tomorrow. It evolves to suit our desires. Kind of handy.
  10. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Android Expert

    My favorite Mexican restaurant where I attended college was closed down for having dog meat in the kitchen!!! They couldn't prove that it had been served to customers, but the fact that we used to joke that they must be rounding up stray dogs to be able to sell so much meat for so little kinda speaks for itself. :smokingsomb:

    I've heard that eating poppy seeds can make you fail a drug test, and an early Mythbusters episode concluded that there was some truth to the rumor IIRC. But taboo? I never heard of that.

    BTW, that's calf nuts, not bull nuts. They castrate calves before they can grow into bulls so they can make steers for beef cattle. The castrated males put on more weight. Although it's not unheard of to castrate a bull, for example to make a former rodeo bull more docile, the delicacy that we called "calf fry" in Texas usually comes from when the feeder calves are castrated en masse prior to being sent to the feed lot for fattening.

    Bon apetit! :D

  11. saptech

    saptech Android Expert

    Yes, I know. I used to work at the stockyards and you are correct, they come from calves. But bull nuts & nut fry sounds better!
  12. cjr72

    cjr72 Android Enthusiast

    I've had them prepared the same way at an Oktoberfest party in Montana years ago. They referred to them as Rocky Mountain Oysters. The taste reminded me of liver.
  13. olbriar


    Lamb frys are good as well. Much more on the tender side. Mt oysters just can't be taboo... they are far too good.
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  14. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Android Expert

    Maybe for you. When I read it, my hands instinctively move to protect my private parts! :p
  15. Shinji01

    Shinji01 Android Enthusiast

    Horse meat is by no means taboo in Japan. But its not even that great tasting.

    I cant even think of any food that is "taboo" here. Maybe dogs?

    I personally never feel strongly against eating anything.
  16. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique
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    Is dog meat even popular in Japan?
  17. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon
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  18. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique
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    Just curious. I've seen some bizarre stuff eaten on Bourdain and Zimmerns' shows.
  19. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants

    Taboo? Politics/Religion at family get togethers. Lol.
  20. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    Considering I have bigger balls than most men, I rarely feel too inhibited by a topic perhaps being taboo to worry about bringing it up. :idea:

    I CAN control myself when necessary, though. For example, at my last job one of our clients was an anti-abortion organization. I could've vetoed them as new clients, what with my pro-choice beliefs and all, but I didn't. I could have let the contact person have an earful, but I didn't. I acted professionally and set my personal desire to dig in aside. I'm not saying it was easy, but I did it. :)

    I use every possible opportunity to educate people about subjects they don't understand, or that they're hiding their heads in the sand on, such as the heinous abuse of sentient beings in the meat industry, or HIV/AIDS transmission, or why it's so important to have pets spayed or neutered, etc. Anything I feel strongly about, I'll discuss. When people squirm, it's almost always because the truth hurts. :rolleyes:
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  21. Petrah

    Petrah Psychotic Female

    I'm a southern gal, and people back home eat crawdads. Now of course this is a personal banned taboo food for me, and I refuse to eat anything that even remotely looks like a bug. YUCK!!!

  22. dmodert66

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  23. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique
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    Ha, Petrah, the town I'm from in NC has a baseball team called the Hickory Crawdads. Not sure if they ate them there. All I know is I'm not interested.
  24. saptech

    saptech Android Expert

    I've tried eating crawdads but just can't get past the taste. Alot of people eat it. Popeye's Chicken sell it at times. Nuggets style.
  25. Bob Maxey

    Bob Maxey Android Expert

    Too late. The USDA and other inspection organizations allow a certain percentage of your food to contain things like inscect and rodent filth.

    How Many Insect Parts and Rodent Hairs are Allowed in Your Food?

    From the above link:


    "Insects and insect eggs: 5 or more Drosophila and other fly eggs per 250 ml or 1 or more maggots per 250 ml . . ."

    I do not mind bugs and associated bug parts in my food as long as they taste good.

    I was off the canned chili for awhile when I learned that the little red strings you sometimes see in a can of chili are the animal's blood vessels. I could go on about this topic but it might cause some of you to stop eating.

    What does concern me is the large concentrations of Dihydrogen Monoxide in our nations water and food supply. Scary stuff.

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