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Oct 5, 2011 09:08 AM

Fearless eaters, where do you draw the line?

I’m think of myself as an adventurous eater. I love raw fish in sushi, raw beef in tartar, liver, sweetbreads, bone marrow, sea urchin, snails, octopus…. what I will call the beginner gross out foods. Then there’s the jellyfish, sea cucumbers, veal brains, tongues from various creatures, the noodle of a freshly killed conch, odori shrimp and so on that I’ve tried. Not necessarily stuff I will have again, but I ate them. Then one day looking at a menu there was something described as cod milt - cod sperm. Just couldn’t order it despite the aforementioned noodle (time for bad jokes and a rim shot). For the adventurous eaters out there where do you draw the line?

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  1. Cannibalism?

    But seriously, I don't eat nervous tissue (brains, eyes, spinal cords) not because of mad cow but because I've worked on EAE.

    Fish sperm is supposed to make you "strong".

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    1. re: wattacetti

      Why no cannibalism? Afraid it would be too stringy?

      1. re: graydyn

        The organically-raised ones don't look particularly succulent and the commercially-raised ones are fattened with HFCS and additives. There doesn't seem to be a good in-between.

      2. re: wattacetti

        Ooh, I once ate a fish eye (from a whole cooked fish). Didn't think about anything like EAE. Now I don't think I'll be doing it again.

      3. Insects. And I know, I know, lobsters are related to spiders. But I can't get over the mental block.

        1. Eyeballs and Italian maggot-y cheese (cannot recall the name of it at this second). I can do raw but I would have difficulty with something alive clinging to or slithering down my throat (i.e. fat grubs).

          1. Fermented tofu, insects, arachnids, worms, fugu, durian, or anything that's still alive.

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            1. re: raytamsgv

              Agree with your list - except fermented tofu and durian. ??? No, not ever for you? I think these two are delectable foodstuffs, although I don't hanker for them.

              1. re: huiray

                I've actually eaten fermented tofu and durian before, but I won't do it again. But if you like it, more power to you!

            2. Anything delivered by a Sysco food services truck....

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              1. re: Leper

                Then what do you use for TP in the WC?