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02.29.08

Metromix Gets Froggy with It

Bites: News and Miscellany


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Chris LaMorte gets him some frog at Lao Szechuan. We like the tenor of the column, the personal anecdotes etc and the frog and champagne pairing.

One thing though…LaMorte Writes:

“Thanks to Anthony “I ate the still-beating heart of a cobra” Bourdain, food writers are supposed to fearlessly chomp anything misfortunate enough to be lower on the food chain.”

Having once eaten a goat eyeball, we’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. The reason you eat “weird shit” is that it’s an intellectual pursuit of the palate based on the knowledge that openness will lead to the discovery of the sublime. Internal cuts of meat may be called offal, but they’re anything but, and truly, I’ve never met an organ meat I didn’t like. In fact if Boudin Noir (blood sausage), liver or sweetbreads (calf thymus) are available, I’ll skip the rest of the menu. I think that’s how Bourdain operates. He doesn’t necessarily pursue crazy food to shock, rather to establish relationships, honor the hospitality of cooks, and to discover.

Guys like Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods who are on a mission to eat the nastiest stuff just to get ratings are the ones we have a problem with.

4 Comments on "Metromix Gets Froggy with It"

Cynthia

Exactly! I think the danger in eating weird simply for the sake of shock value is then one begins to classify other cultures as weird or shocking. I’ve eaten some strange items (camel-milk yogurt, fermented mare’s milk, sheep’s-milk vodka, mountain frog, rotted shark, ram’s testicles, cod tongues, seal flippers), but it was always because I was in a place where this was what they had, and I was with locals and they were being generous, and I loved having the connection with them. Unlike you, Mike, I don’t like insides, but I’ve learned to swallow some things whole, when it’s a situation where refusing does not appear to be a gracious option. (And for the record, sheep’s-milk vodka is pretty tasty, as is fermented mare’s milk and camel yogurt, but you can keep the rotted shark and ram’s testicles.)



Anonymous

Gruet is NOT champagne!



Michael Nagrant

Good point. Only that which is made in Champagne according to Methode Champenoise is Champagne, and since New Mexico is nowhere near France, I stand corrected. Though the Gruet family does come from a line of Champagne makers. So if you are from champagne, and make your sparkling wine according to the standards of Champagne, but in New Mexico, you’re maybe as close as it gets.



jason mykoff

HA, this article is awful - in that cute kind of way, “filled with whimsy.” (Aww, an article about gross little frogs on leap year day and the hero who is goin to brave them).The guy should be writing about modern Scandinavian furniture design, not food. I’m sorry, for anyone who thinks of themselves as a food writer - you have to be able to overlook whatever bias you may have and just taste something for its own merit, with a clean slate. And frogs can be magic good - OK, so he may not have chosen the best way to be introduced to frog, but he obviously just doesn’t get it… and the bag on bordain just adds more proof…. and Gruet is the best deal goin, aside from Andre for Sunday morning Mimosas.



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