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Old 05-08-2017, 02:32 PM
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So no sweetbreads, tripe and the like?
I've had tripe and the flavor really put me off, though the gelatinous honeycomb texture was super duper fun. Foie is good in small doses, and terrines are basically hot dog filling on a cracker (sign me up.) Headmeat is good, though I guess that's technically not offal?

Kidney is right out, I about ralphed the one time I was offered chitlins, brains are a safety thing, fish eggs yes but fish semen no, eyeballs are a hard pass.

I have literally never had the chance to consume sweetbreads.
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Old 05-08-2017, 02:33 PM
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Fresh fried clams are most wonderful, melt-in-your-mouth things you can imagine and non-fresh ones are tasteless rubber.
Clam roll is next on the New England hit list. My wife convinced me that eating them from a roadside stand in the shittiest part of New Haven was a bad idea, so I'm gonna try it when I go up to MIT this summer.
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Old 05-08-2017, 02:50 PM
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Sweet breads are great. Also I'll cosign your head meats recommendations.
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Old 05-08-2017, 02:58 PM
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Clam roll is next on the New England hit list. My wife convinced me that eating them from a roadside stand in the shittiest part of New Haven was a bad idea, so I'm gonna try it when I go up to MIT this summer.
Clam rolls are ok, but what you really want are clamcakes. Basically think of a hush puppy or fritter but with clam in it. Absolutely amazing. Dip that sucker in your clam chowder and don't look back.

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I about ralphed the one time I was offered chitlins,
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Chitlins are awesome. Try to get them off a buffet, that way you might not have to smell them cooking.

Oysters? Raw with some hot sauce is best, Rockefeller also works.
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Old 05-08-2017, 03:51 PM
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Clam roll is next on the New England hit list. My wife convinced me that eating them from a roadside stand in the shittiest part of New Haven was a bad idea, so I'm gonna try it when I go up to MIT this summer.
No way. Roadside sketchy clam rolls are great! Clams in general are great! They're like the fruit of the meat world! I mean just look at this:



You take the whole thing, you boil it for a while. The protective casing just opens right up on its own, revealing this little 100% edible perfectly tender little meat nugget and you can just pop that whole thing in your mouth. No worrying about bones or skin or organs or anything.

Just, you know, don't confuse clams and scallops. Scallops are also great but you have to carefully cut out the little marshmellow of delicious pure meat from the surrounding mass of Lovecraftian nightmare fuel. That and people are more likely to overcook them I find.
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Old 05-08-2017, 05:06 PM
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I'm wish RDJ that the bloody mary oyster shooter is actually delish. Though I don't think raw oysters need much. Just some lemon juice and / or tabasco and they're good.
Yeah, I like raw ones with just a little hot sauce. My recommended training wheels if you haven't done raw oysters before, eat it on a saltine cracker or something like that. Helps cut the off-putting texture.

My rec on trying both tripe and intestines: go to a good Szechuan joint. There's a place round the way here that does spicy crispy breaded and fried hog intestine, comes out like fried calamari with a little extra mouth-burning. Likewise, tripe is vastly improved by hell of Szechuan pepper and chili oil.
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Old 05-08-2017, 07:32 PM
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Old 05-09-2017, 06:43 AM
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Chitlins are awesome. Try to get them off a buffet, that way you might not have to smell them cooking.

Oysters? Raw with some hot sauce is best, Rockefeller also works.
To salvage my southerner cred, I will say that I dug into the neck bones like there was no tomorrow.
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Old 05-09-2017, 08:02 AM
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To salvage my southerner cred, I will say that I dug into the neck bones like there was no tomorrow.
there's an African restaurant around these parts that does ox tails just so, which is where I discovered that bone marrow has an overpowering richness.
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Old 05-09-2017, 08:56 AM
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there's an African restaurant around these parts that does ox tails just so, which is where I discovered that bone marrow has an overpowering richness.
I have been somewhat curious about oxtail ever since I saw it in the menu at the Caribbean restaurants hereabouts.
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Old 05-09-2017, 09:43 AM
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Yeah, I like raw ones with just a little hot sauce. My recommended training wheels if you haven't done raw oysters before, eat it on a saltine cracker or something like that. Helps cut the off-putting texture.
They gave us shredded horseradish and some cocktail sauce, but no hot sauce. The horseradish made it seem a lot more like sushi, but I thought it tended to overpower the flavor.
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Old 05-09-2017, 10:37 AM
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I mean, cocktail sauce is basically ketchup + horseradish and I love it (yet I hate tartar sauce).
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Old 05-09-2017, 10:47 AM
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I am a fan of any and all bivalves. So much so that I'm a little sad when I order mussels and there are a few that have refused to open during cooking (these are, I hear, unsafe to eat). Cheated out of deliciousness!
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Old 05-09-2017, 10:54 AM
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It's the ones that are open before they're cooked to worry about. The concern about mussels that are still closed is that they're undercooked, so the adductor muscle that holds the shell shut hasn't gone slack.

They're probably more trouble than they're worth to pry open, though.
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Old 05-09-2017, 01:36 PM
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Ah, gotcha. Thanks!
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I mean, cocktail sauce is basically ketchup + horseradish and I love it (yet I hate tartar sauce).
I have never met a white sauce I had any time for, with the exception of southern sausage gravy.
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Old 05-09-2017, 06:15 PM
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Not even alfredo?
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Old 05-09-2017, 06:16 PM
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I had a fried oyster for the first time last week... It was really mushy and didn't taste like much.

I'm down with clams in Japanese spaghetti, though! Except when some of the shell makes it onto my fork and into my mouth >:[
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Old 05-09-2017, 09:31 PM
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I have never met a white sauce I had any time for, with the exception of southern sausage gravy.
This many times over.
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Old 05-10-2017, 04:56 AM
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Clam roll is next on the New England hit list. My wife convinced me that eating them from a roadside stand in the shittiest part of New Haven was a bad idea, so I'm gonna try it when I go up to MIT this summer.
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Mussels are great smoked, but also good just steamed with some wine. Also love a good mussels marinara.
Yes. YES.
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Old 05-10-2017, 08:00 AM
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You know, after all these years, Ramza Bivalve is still my favorite Final Fantasy protagonist.
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Not even hollandaise?
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I keep clicking this fucking thread and end up craving clamcakes

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Old 05-10-2017, 01:43 PM
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Not even hollandaise?
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I'm starting to come around on the various mayonnaises, so I can't bust on hollandaise too hard. Bearnaise can talk a long walk off a short pier, though.
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I'll eat a raw oyster like a savage any day of the week, but I'll generally want to be on the coast when I do it.
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My favorite way to eat raw oysters is with a little bit of mignonette sauce. Delicious.
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