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    One thing I've noticed that is different when I'm in other countries is that men aren't afraid to touch one another. Men seem to be really afraid of sharing any sort of personal space her in the the States (Unless they're in a romantic relationship)
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    I'm just remembering another food that I tried - although I didn't know what it was until I ate half of it. It was a soup called Mondongo. Nobody in my extended family bothered to say a word about what was in it although they did rhapsodize about how great it was before it was served.

    I remember that instead of meat, there was this gelatinous honeycomb stuff in there. And something that looked like little spinal cords with meat on them. It turns out that the gelatinous stuff was cow stomach. And the spinal-looking stuff was pig's feet. The soup, which has a tomatoey base, didn't taste too bad at all, but if you have a problem with textures, or what you are eating in general, this is not the soup for you.
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    I just requested Menudo from my mom when I go home in a few days. So excited!!
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    ALL my mexican friends LOVE them some tripas. Yes, menudo but they also make a soup with cabbage and other stuff in it. Doesn't bother me to see them eat it but I do NOT want any of that shit! My friend (whos married to a Mexican) makes it for her husband and she will eat everything BUT the tripe.
    My dad LOVED chitlins/chitterlings... he would cook them and TRY to get me to eat that. never happened, i'd have taken an ass whooping before putting that shit in my mouth. Even now, chitterlings are sold at all the grocery stores here. Along with chicken feet, beef tongue, pigs feet, tripe, etc. That's the thing about Houston, we have people from all cultures here.


    ETA - after a little bit more research, menudo and what the locals here call "tripas" is pretty much the same thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1973 View Post
    ALL my mexican friends LOVE them some tripas. Yes, menudo but they also make a soup with cabbage and other stuff in it. Doesn't bother me to see them eat it but I do NOT want any of that shit! My friend (whos married to a Mexican) makes it for her husband and she will eat everything BUT the tripe.
    My dad LOVED chitlins/chitterlings... he would cook them and TRY to get me to eat that. never happened, i'd have taken an ass whooping before putting that shit in my mouth. Even now, chitterlings are sold at all the grocery stores here. Along with chicken feet, beef tongue, pigs feet, tripe, etc. That's the thing about Houston, we have people from all cultures here.

    ETA - after a little bit more research, menudo and what the locals here call "tripas" is pretty much the same thing.
    I shop kind of frequently at an Asian grocery store - mainly because the produce is a lot less expensive. Anyway, it's fascinating to see what is in the meat section that you wouldn't see in a non-Asian store. For example, pork uterus. I know people in multiple cultures eat stomach/tripe, but the uterus is a new one to me.

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    yeah, the only time I've seen a uterus eaten was on Fear Factor before I realized what the hell Fear Factor was...
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    Well they do say that with pigs you can eat everything except the squeak. Meh, kidney, stomach, liver, uterus, whatever. It's kinda all or nothing wouldn't you say?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhateverLolaWants View Post
    One thing I've noticed that is different when I'm in other countries is that men aren't afraid to touch one another. Men seem to be really afraid of sharing any sort of personal space her in the the States (Unless they're in a romantic relationship)
    That's not just the US, it's the same here. Whenever I've travelled in Asia I love seeing groups of men walking with their arms entwined, or sitting draped across each other. Women can do it here, why not men?
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    Yeah nah, don't touch yer mate, mate. What are ya? Some kind of pooftahs??
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    Except when they're drunk and start wrestling, then it's homoerotica yay!
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    Tongue is yummy, I remember mum
    cooking it at home for a treat at Xmas - Mo, she used to peel the skin of after cooking then roll & press it.
    When I got my (re-housed/stray) cat, tongue was the first (& I think only) human food he would/does eat. Everyone here other than Mr-faddy-pants-Novice loves it, all the more for us!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by czb View Post
    agree with a lot of what you said. however, i would *not* put local pizza or bagels against NY ones, yours are definitely superior. other baked goods here are on par.

    the bagel pain saddens me. whenever we go to NY, we hit essa. nom nom. john's for pizza. ferrara's for treats. Deli food is about the only foods that i have seen that are superior in LA compared to here. even though LA have more celebrity restaurants, our food is better. except for new york deli food.

    and for levitt, nah, i've people like that guy. i remember i was on a flight to maccu picchu and there was only a small number of americans on it - everyone else was local. a couple of guys/women were talking amongst each other, but very loudly, about how uneducated americans were, never travel, just so unpleasant to deal with. really weird interaction.
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    At least SF has better pizza than SoCal. The best pizza you can get here is from a little Italian family restaurant chain (5 or 6 locations). Thin, crispy, chewy crust, real tomato sauce (not sugary) and good cheese. Great pepperoni, too. Bagels suck and taste like rolls. People that were raised here in Cali love that shit. We have one or two bagel shops that are decent but not great. South Florida had great pizza and bagel. Excellent.

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    I live in *cough*South Florida*cough* and we have a lot of shit here that will kill ya! Alligators, Coral Snakes, Water Moccasins, Sharks, and some pretty damn big spiders! Damn, I miss Colorado... never once saw anything poisonous or deadly living there for almost 30 years.
    I never saw anything there in my 6 years. The only alligator I ever saw (and it ended up being a gazillion of them) was heading across Alligator Alley to the west coast of Florida. They were all sunning themselves on the sides of the highway. I even went out to the middle of the Everglades (Big Cypress) and got stuck on one of of the little side roads. Never saw a one. No spiders either. Just at my friends place in the keys. They own a little island and have a bunch of houses powered by solar power. There were some funky yellow spiders there.

    Quote Originally Posted by yanna View Post
    My to go recipe for veggies (broccoli, cauliflower and carrots) is to add a little olive oil, white wine and apple cider vinegar and put some salt and pepper, cumin and lately also summac on top. Just bake for about half an hour and they taste terrific without getting mushy at all. I may have shared this here before, I am that crazy about it.
    Sumac is a persian thing, too. They sprinkle it on their rice and stews. It seems like a very "earthy" taste. I always wonder if it's related to the poison sumac?

    As far as picky eating, I don't think I am. But, I don't try anything too weird anymore. I eat most basic things from the ocean/water, as far as fish and shellfish go. I don't like octopus and have tried it a few times. Same for squid/calamari. It's not for me. I grew up eating oysters but hate them now. I love mussels, clams, fish of all types and most crab and crustacean. Good eating. Meat, I'm super boring. Beef, chicken, turkey. I don't like ham or most pork. Bacon is good, but that's it. I don't eat innards or brains. I like chicken, but not chicken gizzards or livers. I grew up eating that shit and can't stand it anymore. I'll eat any vegetable that I can think of and love them all. Except beets. I've only tried a few gamey types of meat. Actually, just one. I had deer as a child and hated it. I thought it tasted like something that had gone bad. I also feel that way about lamb. It tastes funky and off to me. My SO was raised on lamb and hates it now.

    Those who eat most anything (Sput, I'm looking at you) what won't you eat?? What just screams gross to you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisNine View Post
    I never saw anything there in my 6 years. The only alligator I ever saw (and it ended up being a gazillion of them) was heading across Alligator Alley to the west coast of Florida. They were all sunning themselves on the sides of the highway. I even went out to the middle of the Everglades (Big Cypress) and got stuck on one of of the little side roads. Never saw a one. No spiders either. Just at my friends place in the keys. They own a little island and have a bunch of houses powered by solar power. There were some funky yellow spiders there.

    Now you've got me curious as to where. You've got to go to the Everglades at the right time to see the gators. I've been when there were none to be found and then I've been where they are every fricken where. I love to go and get great pics of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHELLEE View Post
    Now you've got me curious as to where. You've got to go to the Everglades at the right time to see the gators. I've been when there were none to be found and then I've been where they are every fricken where. I love to go and get great pics of them.
    I can't remember exactly. I'll have to dig around and see if I can find it. He's a Cuban guy, contractor. I want to say they were on Big Pine key. The island was on the east side of 1. Pretty tiny.

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    Yeah, probably Big Pine if the house was solar powered. Did you see any Key Deer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHELLEE View Post
    Yeah, probably Big Pine if the house was solar powered. Did you see any Key Deer?
    We did. We used to see them all the time when we would head to the keys. The house he lived in wasn't solar. He lived in a small, established neighborhood. Their little private island was close to where they lived. I thought maybe they were on Big Pine, but I'm not 100% sure. I remember they took us to a really fancy restaurant, somewhere around the northern end of the keys.

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