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Old May 2nd, 2006, 08:12 PM
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Have any of you seen the Travel Channel show, No Reservations? it's an irreverant show, with Anthony Bourdain, a chef, taking you on a journey to the out of the way places, around the world..Today I watched him in Puerta Rico, this man will eat ANYTHING, and with gusto. Last week he ate eyeballs..[oy] The show is great, catch it if you can.
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Old May 2nd, 2006, 10:31 PM
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I watch it every time. As you said, some of the things he will eat are VERY DISGUSTING. Seems as if he would get ill eating some of those things. Maybe he does ???????????????
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Trip,
I've only seen bits and pieces of parts of the show (not much, eh?) but really enjoyed his book, the name of which escapes me right now!
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Old May 2nd, 2006, 11:54 PM
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Sounds like me on my Asia trip.
This Eel was fresh and just after I chose it



This was after it was prepared and it was fantastic



For the faint of heart I didn't show the pictures of it being cleaned.

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Trip? I think that guy on the travel Ch is a throwback from Fear Factor.

Mike..YOU should be on Fear Factor. ANY food is not a FEAR for you buddy.
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Yuck....that eel looks disgusting Was it really that good??
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 09:48 AM
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Frank,

It was the second best meal I had on my trip. That includes anything I had on the ship. The best was a Chinese pork barbecue I had in Hong Kong from a small, out of the way restaurant. Those ribs beat anything that Tony Lama could even dream about.

I've worked in four star restaurants and actually the cleaning and preparation of the eel is identical. We are used to seeing what ends up on the plate but not how it gets there. The flavor is mild and the meat is tender and but firm. I guarantee that anyone who enjoys eating shrimp, lobster or any type of seafood would love it. My wife who has tried frozen eel and hated it, tried this and I had to stab her with my chopsticks in order to get my fair share.


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Oh Mike, I can't believe you actually ate that, YUCK!
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 02:40 PM
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Donna,
Of course! There are very few things that I won't eat or at least try. I find that limiting yourself by not trying new things because in their initial form they look "yucky" will stop you from eating just about anything. Beef isn't that appetizing in it's raw from and chicken is downright gross to look at but it's pretty tasty once it's cooked.

In all my travels the only food that I considered a "Fear Factor" moment was in Japan when I tried a cold poached egg in fish stock. When I put that in my mouth I thought I was going to lose it. 1. I thought it was hot. 2. I thought it was miso soup. I drank hot tea just to get that horrible taste out of my mouth.

Lutefisk is a close second.

I will try just about any food once and the vast majority I like and many I quite enjoy. There are very few foods I detest. I have eaten everything from cows eyes and agar to oysters that didn't come from the sea. :o The only common food I will not eat is "oatmeal". I can't stand it. Go figure.

I encourage everyone to get past the "yuck" and visual factor and let the tongue tell you what's good and what isn't.

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Anthony Bourdain is totally out there; he looks like my husband and acts like him, too. His shows are interesting. Mike, that eel looks gross, but I remember ordering frogs legs on a cruise and I couldn't bring myself to eat them because they looked like a frog (don't have that problem with lobster, tho.)

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Haven't tried cold poached egg in fish stock, but hard to believe lukefish comes in SECOND.
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Crabbie:

See: It's all a matter of taste and what you are used to. Here in Minnesota, not liking Lutefisk is almost a felony.

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My dh was reading this thread and reminded me of going to get a bucket of live eels (he uses them for fishing). We got the eels and driving home he glances in the back and says "omg, the bucket tipped over". I almost jumped out of the car. Of course he was only kidding.

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