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There are a few things on my bucket list that I would like to taste.Turtle,alligator and ostrich are just a few.I have eaten escargot,raw oysters,octopus,bison,rabbit,deer,pheasant,frog leg
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Do You Have a Bucket List????

posted at 2/23/2013 9:37 PM EST
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There are a few things on my bucket list that I would like to taste.Turtle,alligator and ostrich are just a few.I have eaten escargot,raw oysters,octopus,bison,rabbit,deer,pheasant,frog legs,abalone and squid.

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posted at 2/23/2013 10:20 PM EST
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I can't see myself eating turtle.  I like them too much to eat them.
Alligator I have had and it is pretty good.  Then again you deep fry a bumper and it would taste good.
Octopus, squid, rabbit, deer, pheasant I have had.  Frog legs not yet.
I have tried moose, yak and a few other wild game meats.
While interesting and good I would not miss most of them if I never had them again.
I have not tried sweetbreads and I have told friends that if I ever see them on a menu, I will go to the washroom and they must order for me so I have no choice but to have them.  I have to try them.
I missed my chance when I was in Scotland to try Haggis but I guess that just means I have to return.

Re: Do You Have a Bucket List????

posted at 2/24/2013 5:50 AM EST
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 OK Gale! I'm on to ya! Smile You're trying to make me sick while I'm eating (or trying to!) my dinner! Tongue Out  And my turtles' name was Timmy. Laughing If I had to stick to what you & Nikki seem to think of as food I'd be skinny in no time! And vegetarian! I'm really glad I don't have a bucket list! And Nikki has a bucket list too! Ewwwww! I thought my ugly cookie was being adventurous...

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posted at 2/24/2013 5:56 AM EST
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I can't see myself eating turtle.  I like them too much to eat them. Alligator I have had and it is pretty good.  Then again you deep fry a bumper and it would taste good. Octopus, squid, rabbit, deer, pheasant I have had.  Frog legs not yet. I have tried moose, yak and a few other wild game meats. While interesting and good I would not miss most of them if I never had them again. I have not tried sweetbreads and I have told friends that if I ever see them on a menu, I will go to the washroom and they must order for me so I have no choice but to have them.  I have to try them. I missed my chance when I was in Scotland to try Haggis but I guess that just means I have to return.
Posted by nikki p


 Nikki, if I may ask...Were you on vacation in Scotland? Just curious. My family is from there so I wondered. It's been my dream to go one day. I'm sure that they eat gross food too but I'd get skinny there!

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posted at 2/24/2013 8:21 AM EST
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Yes I went there I was about 20.  Went by myself and a Brit Rail Pass and an idea to see where my Grandfather came from.  
He was from the Isle of Skye.  I did get there it was beautiful.
I loved Edenborough and the people were so friendly.
Glasgow I thought was a bit dirty although it could have been where I was walking they were sandblasting the buildings and there was grit and dirt flaying all over.  I was also exhausted due to jet lag. 
Did not see Nessie.
I would love to go back so when ever you are ready I will pack a bag.  It will have to wait until I get back from France though. Would actually be better if we wait until next year.

Re: Do You Have a Bucket List????

posted at 2/24/2013 1:33 PM EST
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Oh Vickie I forgot Three more that I have eaten head cheese, mountain oysters and being Hungarian I've cooked and eaten pigs feet Which I love.I don't have it often anymore being the only one who eats it.I try to make it every few years.I try to eat things that are different because you never know it might be wondeful.I had never eaten rabbit and a friend of my brothers went hunting and dropped off a rabbit which was field dressed so I cleaned it and soaked it in brine and cooked it the next day.I breaded it and then finished it off in the oven.I tasted that rabbit thinking oh this will probably be awful.I was pleasantly surprise it was very good.

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posted at 2/24/2013 2:42 PM EST
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I have had a bucket list for very many years.  Alas, I don't think I'll live long enough to fulfill it!!  It's not feasible for me to travel right now, so that will have to wait.  In regard to food.....I believe that if it has been cooked, (won't even try anything that is not cooked, broiled, roasted, baked or whatever!) I have eaten it!  Years ago when my husband went to the "Wild Game Dinners" at the Masonic Temple, the chef used to prepare me a plate (women were not invited) and send it home.  He knew I would eat whatever he sent.  Each year, it was different, so I'm sure that I have eaten just about everything.  For the most part, it was delicious.  I did find Bear meat too sweet for my palate, and it was quite stringy.  Other than that.....bring it on!!

Re: Do You Have a Bucket List????

posted at 2/24/2013 3:25 PM EST
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Gale, I have also had Head Cheese.  I thought I would never try it but when I met my husband and we went to a German restaurant he teased me to try it and I found that I like it very much.  (will not replace a salami, provolone and roasted red pepper sandwich but it was good to nibble on)
I have yet to try Rocky Mountain Oysters.
Not sure if I would try pigs feet, ears or snout. [unless it is in head cheese ;)]

Darla, Lucky you....I have never even thought about bear meat. Not much of it in Illinois I guess.  I never would have thought of it as being sweet. Stringy I can imagine. Unless that had more to do with the preparation than the meat itself.
It would have been nice to open the Wild Game Dinners to the public, or at least to women as well as a fund raising aspect of the meal. 

I would love to go to Alaska I am thinking that the chances of trying other game meats would be higher there than here at home.  I would love to plan that in the next year or two.


Re: Do You Have a Bucket List????

posted at 2/24/2013 3:37 PM EST
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Turtle taste like chicken when it is fried. WE use big snapping turtles.But you need to keep it in a barrol of water
for 24 hours to get the mud taste out of it.

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posted at 2/24/2013 4:20 PM EST
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I have had a bucket list for very many years.  Alas, I don't think I'll live long enough to fulfill it!!  It's not feasible for me to travel right now, so that will have to wait.  In regard to food.....I believe that if it has been cooked, (won't even try anything that is not cooked, broiled, roasted, baked or whatever!) I have eaten it!  Years ago when my husband went to the "Wild Game Dinners" at the Masonic Temple, the chef used to prepare me a plate (women were not invited) and send it home.  He knew I would eat whatever he sent.  Each year, it was different, so I'm sure that I have eaten just about everything.  For the most part, it was delicious.  I did find Bear meat too sweet for my palate, and it was quite stringy.  Other than that.....bring it on!!
Posted by Darla M


Thanks Darla,you answered my question about bear meat that was one I forgot.I'm not too keen on wild game other than the rabbit.

Nikki the head cheese is made from the hog head.I actually like the pigs feet a little better,both are good.My grocery store used to carry head cheese and pigs feet but neither do anymore I guess there wasn't a huge demand for them lol I love to take fresh pork hocks not smocked.I  cook them in water with salt pepper.a whole onion,paprika and a few cloves of garlic.I bring it to almost a boil then turn it way down so the top od the water is barely moving I cover the pot and let it cook for about 10-12 hours the bones will fall out when removed.I reshape the meat and skin so it surrounds the meat.Pat dry with a paper towel then sprinkle a good amount of paprika on it and chill in the fridge.I serve this sliced thin with good fresh bread and some pickles or pickled peppers hot or mild.This is what I call a good Gypsy meal.The pigs feet are made the same way but you place them in a bowl or pie plate after cooking and pour the strained soup over top and chill until the soup is a firm gelatin.Scrap off any fat that has harded over the top.I eat the pigs the way they are some people put thin sliced onion and a little vinegar over it.We eat boiled slab bacon like this with the bread and pickles or peppers.Then we roast bacon over an open fire and let the grease drip on the bread that we had placed sliced radishes and onions,salt ,pepper and of course good Hungarian paparika.I have had many people turn their noses up at the roasted bacon with a little coaxing they would try it and then I couldn't make it fast enough.They loved it.

Re: Do You Have a Bucket List????

posted at 2/24/2013 4:36 PM EST
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I have had many of the things listed by others already, and have also had horse, elk and rattle snake. The elk, like deer meat, is okay as long as it's prepared properly. The snake I had on a skewer, and it tasted like chicken. The horse meat was when we were in Paris on vacation, and I only had a tiny nibble, as I like horses too much!

Re: Do You Have a Bucket List????

posted at 2/24/2013 4:36 PM EST
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GRANA here; No bucket list for food, but I/we've gone to many  international BUFFETS  where we had the oportunity to try many"foreign" foods,liked some but not all
TRIPE, no

 turtle:not much 

 deer meat: I couldn't  get past eating BAMBISurprised
 frogs legs: no desire to  have it again; My Mom had aligator n her honeymoon& said it tasted like chicken & so did rabbit) She also reported that rattlesnake tasted like  chicken; I eat chicken frequently so why  eat other  meats tht taste like it????Wink
 Octopus& squid delicious (freshly caught  I prepared expertly)
 Italian style( lots of garlic &deep fried,
;  ormarinated in garlic & served cold on an antipasto  plate.
 In a Chinese restaurant the owner  brought over a complimentary dish from thechef who often sent over new dishes for us to try ...TheChef often did this forour comments & opinions before putting things on the menu .The owner asked ifwe hadever eaten cat/dog.I assked him if he's telling us we are eatin itnow? He laughed winked & ran off before answering .
When hubby was inThailand
 he purchased a skewerof meat  from a street vendorBefore tking a taste,heasked thevendor  what meat this is, The vendor  madea barking sound, Hubby  handed itto a young Thai child  , nearby, Aother vendor offering a similarproduct ;, answered w/ a meow like sound...We still don't know if this was a joke locals  played on tourists; Wink or was a method of getting food for hungry children
 either way  hubby  enjoyed theexperience&  entertaining folkls back home  by telling the  story ; but he did not take a ite of whatever it was He went on topurchase a bowl of rice from  another street
vendor Cool

Re: Do You Have a Bucket List????

posted at 2/24/2013 4:59 PM EST
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GRANA here;
 My bucket list:
 climb a mountain
: I climbed a mini mountain to pick blueberries( blueberry hill aka Mt Manadnock) while I was still able to ;
I swam across solo  a lake  &   back he age of 9 yo ( first camper of any gender to do so )
The lifeguard accompied me in a rowboat but  let me do it  w/o asistance[ required in order to take out a conoe]
I stil want to go on a cruise through the Panama canal but fear not being able to get around the stateroom or ship in my wheelchair ; a lesson  to be learnedWink: do not  wait until l it  is too late to  experience the things you want to ; do them while you still can!!

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posted at 2/24/2013 7:42 PM EST
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GRANA here;  My bucket list:  climb a mountain : I climbed a mini mountain to pick blueberries( blueberry hill aka Mt Manadnock) while I was still able to ; I swam across solo  a lake  &   back he age of 9 yo ( first camper of any gender to do so ) The lifeguard accompied me in a rowboat but  let me do it  w/o asistance[ required in order to take out a conoe] I stil want to go on a cruise through the Panama canal but fear not being able to get around the stateroom or ship in my wheelchair ; a lesson  to be learned : do not  wait until l it  is too late to  experience the things you want to ; do them while you still can!!
Posted by ann h



Oh Ann if you can... do the cruise.  I have been on several cruises and I have yet to see one that is not easily accessible for passengers that are in wheel chairs or using walkers.  The crew is very helpful.  All the ship stateroom's that are accessible are easy to identify in the brochures and on line.  And you can always use an agent that will be able to make sure that you will have a great time.  I say go for it DO IT!!!

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posted at 2/25/2013 10:58 AM EST
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Yes I went there I was about 20.  Went by myself and a Brit Rail Pass and an idea to see where my Grandfather came from.   He was from the Isle of Skye.  I did get there it was beautiful. I loved Edenborough and the people were so friendly. Glasgow I thought was a bit dirty although it could have been where I was walking they were sandblasting the buildings and there was grit and dirt flaying all over.  I was also exhausted due to jet lag.  Did not see Nessie. I would love to go back so when ever you are ready I will pack a bag.  It will have to wait until I get back from France though. Would actually be better if we wait until next year.
Posted by nikki p


 Nikki, my family came from Aberdeen, Scotland. I'm the third generation since "the migration" to here. I tried to follow the trail a few times but it all got lost in the shuffle. I was disappointed. They migrated their way to the States by following the crops and living in tents. I'm glad I wasn't one of them. When I was married I was glad to change my last name as people here couldn't say it! I'd love to go before I get "old!" :) Oh yah, I forgot. Old is only a figment of our imagination!

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posted at 2/25/2013 11:03 AM EST
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Oh Vickie I forgot Three more that I have eaten head cheese, mountain oysters and being Hungarian I've cooked and eaten pigs feet Which I love.I don't have it often anymore being the only one who eats it.I try to make it every few years.I try to eat things that are different because you never know it might be wondeful.I had never eaten rabbit and a friend of my brothers went hunting and dropped off a rabbit which was field dressed so I cleaned it and soaked it in brine and cooked it the next day.I breaded it and then finished it off in the oven.I tasted that rabbit thinking oh this will probably be awful.I was pleasantly surprise it was very good.
Posted by gale g


 Gale, I'm going to have to learn to not eat and read the posts! This time I'm trying to eat breakfast! Raisin bran cereal doesn't look so good any more! And I know! You wanted for me to see this post! Smile I have a picky stomach and living in a small town that still eats meat/potatoes/gravy has shaped my palette.

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posted at 2/25/2013 1:46 PM EST
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I have a bucket list, but there aren't any food items on it.  I'm not very adventureous when it comes to eating.

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posted at 2/26/2013 10:23 AM EST
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I have to say a few here are adventurous more so than myself.I have eaten somethings that others have not.
Even I have my limits there are things I will never try.Well maybe not.Smile

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posted at 2/26/2013 10:02 PM EST
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The only thing on my "bucket list" is getting through this year with no more bad news!

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posted at 2/26/2013 10:52 PM EST
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The only thing on my "bucket list" is getting through this year with no more bad news!
Posted by H. M


I agree H.M.This has been one of the worst beginnings of a New Year in my entire life.Things are falling into place but my sweetheart isn't here with me.I sure hope that you are'nt having a bad New Year?
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