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Jan 21, 2009 11:14 AM

must try - bizarre food?

Having a kind of "Bizarre food" party. already on a menu: balut eggs, ankimo, sea urchin in it`s own shell, sweet breads, sea snails, geoduck, foie grass, escargots, oysters. Any recommendations? What else can I try and were in San Francisco or Bay Area can get it? Thanks

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  1. I think people think Roasted Bone Marrow is weird. Simple and delicious

    1. oh, great idea! thought of that, but forgot.. thanks

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      1. re: nakasf

        Is the huitlacoche for the party or for personal use?

        1. re: wolfe

          Wolf, actually, I was looking for huitlacoche for a long time, i like to try every thing at least ones. If I find it before party it would be a bonus.

          1. re: nakasf

            Try some of the organic corn farmers. I believe I have seen it occasionally on 1 or 2 of the ears when I husked many boxes at work. As we say frequently in the Bay Area wait until next season.

            1. re: nakasf

              I don't know if this is too late, but actually I've seen canned huitlacoche in Mexican grocery stores. I think the Herdez brand makes one.

        2. Folks, keep your suggestions coming, but remember, this board is all about where to find all those unique ingredients, so please, if you have suggestions, include a source.


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          1. re: The Chowhound Team

            If some one want to know were to get a marrow bone, that it`s so easy. ask any butcher they will cut the right size for you and give a good advice on how to cook it. I usually go to Guerra Quality Meats. you can order stuff from them. Last time they got me foie grass A-grade 55 dollars -1lb , frozen Italian porchini 2,2 lb -50 dollars (they have much more flavor then I bought fresh at Berkeley bowl market) sweet breads about 2 dollars a pound. Oh, have a crazy thought, i probably will ask them if they can get eye balls.. never tried that before(update:I called them, they cant get that

            1. re: nakasf

              Why not just get the whole head? That way you get ears, tongue cheeks and brain.

              1. re: wolfe

                whole head it`s too much. I dont like pork, and beef head gonna be a lot, they have huge heads. tongue is not unusual for us, I cook it in a regular basis. brain is too soft, i prefer sweet breads they have similar taste

                    1. re: nakasf

                      Yes, that post started pre-website although there are other halal butchers. For instance there are 2 on the same block of San Pablo at University in Berkeley and more all around the Bay Area.

                      1. re: nakasf

                        I called them, they gonna have it for me. thanks for suggestion.

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              1. Bottarga is an unusual ingredient for a lot of people. It is (usually) the salted dried roe of the Grey Mullet and is terrifically pungent grated over fresh hot pasta, toasted garlic, crispy bread crumbs and garlic. I have not sourced it here although I am sure it available but I have seen it at Corti Brothers market in Sacramento.

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                1. re: tomatoaday

                  From previous bottarga quest but without followup post on whether it was successful.

                  1. re: tomatoaday

                    Any thing more close then Sacramento I can find bottarga?

                    1. re: tomatoaday

                      I got bottarga at Boulette's Larder in the Ferry Plaza.

                      It's absurdly expensive but a little goes a long way.