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Pescatarian: frogs legs?

5 and Dime Eater Jun 26, 2008 09:46 AM

I've been a Pescatarian (or fish-eating vegetarian) for 26 years, but have never run into the occasion to have frogs legs - until last night. I like to set my own rules when it comes to what is included in my diet - snails are OK, but I detest shark - but was stumped on how I felt about frogs legs. My rule of thumb had always been 'nothing with four legs' but frogs start out sort of as fish.

As it turns out, I sampled a leg and was turned off by the bone. BONE!. New rule - nothing with bones bigger than a pin bone.

Anyone have this same conundrum with their (traditional meat-less) diet?

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  1. Peg RE: 5 and Dime Eater Jun 26, 2008 10:00 AM

    Ditto - pescatarian, tried frogs legs - found them nauseating.

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    1. re: Peg
      chicgail RE: Peg Jun 26, 2008 11:01 AM

      I'm an omnivore and the most common description of the taste of frog legs (like so many other things ) is that it "tastes like chicken."

      So sorry neither of you liked them. They've actually been a favorite of mine since childhood.

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      Cachetes RE: 5 and Dime Eater Jun 26, 2008 11:08 AM

      Do we need a new appellation? Is someone who eats frog legs an amphibivore?

      1. chowser RE: 5 and Dime Eater Jun 26, 2008 11:48 AM

        Almost everyone draws the line at what they'll eat and not. Do you need hard and fast rules or can you play it by ear? It's not just a meat-less situation. Few meat eaters eat every kind of animal but don't have a rule of thumb.

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        1. re: chowser
          5 and Dime Eater RE: chowser Jun 26, 2008 03:03 PM

          I don't need a hard rule but I was wondering if anyone else in the Pesce realm had run across this situation.

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          Diane in Bexley RE: 5 and Dime Eater Jun 26, 2008 01:49 PM

          This is going to sound nuts, but there used to be a resto outside Chicago in Calumet City, Philip Smidt's that was known for 3 things, fried chicken, perch or frog legs. My husband got the chicken, I got the fish and my little kids, they were in elementary school at the time adored the frog's legs. The resto had a big black, white & red theme with the frog legs, pictures of them were everywhere. The kids were given a taste one time early on and they LOVED them.

          We moved away from Chicago 10 years ago and I understand the resto closed a few years back. The kids haven't had frog legs since and they would love to have some. So far, none available in Columbus, OH.

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          1. re: Diane in Bexley
            chicgail RE: Diane in Bexley Jun 27, 2008 06:30 AM

            Ah, Phil Schmidt's.

            The restaurant's color theme was worse than you remember -- basically pink and black -- but the food was, in its day, fresh and delicious. And yes, it is where I, as a child, first tasted and learned to love frogs legs.

            In its later years it never seemed to be as good as I had remembered it as a child and it seemed to be terribly overpriced. May it rest in peace.

            1. re: chicgail
              LaLa RE: chicgail Jun 27, 2008 04:08 PM

              fried fish, frog legs, hush puppies and onion rings over a coleman...thats camping!

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