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Food and Drink Adventures

So how many of you like to find and try new stuff? I always say that life is to be experienced, and one thing I love to do is try new foods and drinks from different countries and cultures. I would say that most of the time, the experiences have been enjoyable. Occasionally there have been moments of severe regret. But no matter the outcome, I love the thrill of trying something new.

Just recently, in the "happiness" thread posted in Rants by @seabs I made note about finding and sampling a couple of the UK beverages that had been mentioned. The Apple Tango was fantastic, but the Lilt was not quite up to that standard. Still I was happy to try them. So I made this thread to see if anyone else likes to do this sort of thing, and if so, talk about your experiences. Good or bad. Maybe encourage someone else to try something, or ask if it might be worth the attempt.

Just today I was back at my favorite store, Jungle Jim's International Market, and picked up a couple more drinks from across the pond. This afternoon I gave Cherry Tango a chance. I would have to say it was not quite as good as the Apple. In fact, it tasted slightly like cherry cough syrup to me. So that was somewhat unpleasant.

I look forward to seeing what other stuff is out there to hear about.

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Yeah I'm a HUGE foodie, I love food from other countries (cooking and eating) and similar to you I enjoy trying things like drinks and confectionery from elsewhere too. First on my list of "must try" I'm going with "Bratkartoffeln" from Germany. This is the German equivalent of what I believe is called "home fries" in the US or at least it's the closest thing I can think. Potato, bacon, onions, heaven.



and for those wishing to try it a recipe

http://www.germandeli.com/Recipe-for...German-Fries-2
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Yeah, that looks delicious! Does sound exactly like home fries, but with extra lovely bits within. I might have to give that a try myself.
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I usually have it with Pork Schnitzel and sauerkraut . Schnitzel's just as simple to make too. A great easy and super tasty meal without any esoteric ingredients.
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It's funny because the horse meat scandal back in the day was what actually made me realise I want to eat every animal that can possibly be consumed. So far I've had crocodile, ostrich and I guess buffalo if that even counts. First was good, second was decent but the restaurant's choice of sauces etc was questionable. I really want to try horse/zebra and camel. Oh and shark.

I had some kind of cuisine made out of bugs once too. Looked gross, was.


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It's funny because the horse meat scandal back in the day was what actually made me realise I want to eat every animal that can possibly be consumed. So far I've had crocodile, ostrich and I guess buffalo if that even counts. First was good, second was decent but the restaurant's choice of sauces etc was questionable. I really want to try horse/zebra and camel. Oh and shark.

I had some kind of cuisine made out of bugs once too. Looked gross, was.
Never had bugs yet, we had a meat supplier here or a little while that did game and exotic meats though. We got a big hamper with:

Elk: Like venison on steroids 9/10
Horse: Gamey but incredibly lean and tasty 8/10
Bison: Like Steak++ 15/10 (I shit you not, get Bison, best meat I've ever eaten)
Ostrich: Ok, a bit like a mild venison, not the best texture 6/10
Buffalo: Similar to Bison but slightly less flavourful 9/10
Springbok: Similar to venison but much leaner 7/10
Zebra: Like Horse but even tastier 9/10
Kangaroo: Not as much of a fan of this, texture is nice but it lacks a lot of flavour 4/10

Also had regular but nice meats like Iberico pork, Venison and Wild Boar but those are more common I think and all were lovely. I'd highly recommend all of those but Kangaroo personally though. I'd love to try crocodile, I hear it's like a very meaty fish?
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It's funny because the horse meat scandal back in the day was what actually made me realise I want to eat every animal that can possibly be consumed. So far I've had crocodile, ostrich and I guess buffalo if that even counts. First was good, second was decent but the restaurant's choice of sauces etc was questionable. I really want to try horse/zebra and camel. Oh and shark.

I had some kind of cuisine made out of bugs once too. Looked gross, was.
I tried alligator one time when I was in Florida. I thought it was pretty good. I want to try rabbit, but my wife has two of them, and she is very opposed to the idea. What I really want to try is rattlesnake. I know a place I can get it, but at $40 a pound I am going to hold off for a bit until I know I've found a place that can do it right.
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Never had bugs yet, we had a meat supplier here or a little while that did game and exotic meats though. We got a big hamper with:

Elk: Like venison on steroids 9/10
Horse: Gamey but incredibly lean and tasty 8/10
Bison: Like Steak++ 15/10 (I shit you not, get Bison, best meat I've ever eaten)
Ostrich: Ok, a bit like a mild venison, not the best texture 6/10
Buffalo: Similar to Bison but slightly less flavourful 9/10
Springbok: Similar to venison but much leaner 7/10
Zebra: Like Horse but even tastier 9/10
Kangaroo: Not as much of a fan of this, texture is nice but it lacks a lot of flavour 4/10

Also had regular but nice meats like Iberico pork, Venison and Wild Boar but those are more common I think and all were lovely. I'd highly recommend all of those but Kangaroo personally though. I'd love to try crocodile, I hear it's like a very meaty fish?
The consistency reminded me a bit of squid, except somewhat tougher to take apart. Little bit chewy. Good though. I had it in fried tenders fwiw

Wow, that supplier is everything I'd want! Wouldn't want the hassle of cooking it myself, plus I'd be convinced I did it wrong and ruined it for myself. First experience has to be somewhere I can squarely put the blame on someone else


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I tried alligator one time when I was in Florida. I thought it was pretty good. I want to try rabbit, but my wife has two of them, and she is very opposed to the idea. What I really want to try is rattlesnake. I know a place I can get it, but at $40 a pound I am going to hold off for a bit until I know I've found a place that can do it right.
Awe fair enough hahaha. Interesting I'd never think of rabbit as one I'd have to seek out, thought it was common enough in stews and everything. Pretty standard meat iirc.

Never would have even considered literal snake. See this is why I've got to road trip the kind of backlands that would serve things like this! :


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I tried alligator one time when I was in Florida. I thought it was pretty good. I want to try rabbit, but my wife has two of them, and she is very opposed to the idea. What I really want to try is rattlesnake. I know a place I can get it, but at $40 a pound I am going to hold off for a bit until I know I've found a place that can do it right.
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The consistency reminded me a bit of squid, except somewhat tougher to take apart. Little bit chewy. Good though. I had it in fried tenders fwiw

Wow, that supplier is everything I'd want! Wouldn't want the hassle of cooking it myself, plus I'd be convinced I did it wrong and ruined it for myself. First experience has to be somewhere I can squarely put the blame on someone else



Awe fair enough hahaha. Interesting I'd never think of rabbit as one I'd have to seek out, thought it was common enough in stews and everything. Pretty standard meat iirc.

Never would have even considered literal snake. See this is why I've got to road trip the kind of backlands that would serve things like this! :
We actually cooked the meat ourselves, it was a steak box so mostly fillet and some rib eye. Season, couple minutes each side for rare and done. I'm a very confident cook though with a lot of friends who are chefs, I'm actually getting into molecular gastronomy right now but that's a whole other topic. Rabbit I can vouch for, they sell that in regular butchers here in the UK and rabbit stew is a very common dish. It's nice but you gotta cook it long and slow and there's very little real substance/nutrition to the meat. It's VERY tasty though if you cook it right. Rattlesnake sounds interesting, I'm not sure I'd have any way to try that without coming back over to the States as they just don't exist anywhere near here. I'd also have no idea where to start in butchering or cooking a snake haha.
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I know that rabbit isn't very exotic, but it is still something I want to try. Even more so just to troll my wife because of her beloved pets. She is having none of it.

Right now I am drinking something else I picked up today. BARR'S Originals Ginger Beer. Looks like it is produced in Glasgow, Scotland. I really like this stuff. It has the sweet smoothness of Canada Dry but with a subtle bite that reminds me of Vernor's. Definitely going to have to pick up more of this stuff. This is delicious, and I have a new favorite ginger soda.
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