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Southern cookin', to an extreme

Posted Monday, January 7, 2013, at 2:40 PM

So I ran across these "recipes" for "possum," as we know it, and "opossum" as the animal is officially known.

Only one of these looks evenly barely edible, but you never know...

What's the most exotic, or odd, or wildly-prepared food you've ever consumed?

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On several of my mission trips to Kenya we went to Carnivore, a touristy restaurant in Nairobi modeled after Brazilian churrascarias like Bombasa in Nashville. They have a big fire pit with various meats, some of them exotic, cooking on spits. Each diner has a cast iron plate, and waiters come along and offer to carve you off a few slices of whatever is on their particular spit.

I had ostrich and crocodile on my first visit in 2004. I liked the former, but didn't care for the latter. I was offered gazelle meatballs but (looking back at my story) didn't take any.

The last time I was there, in 2008 or 2009, there had been a drought and some of the more exotic animals were off-limits.

-- Posted by jcarney on Mon, Jan 7, 2013, at 2:50 PM

I had a buddy give me some Black Bear which I made stew with,and it was not bad.Hey remember when Ron Reed had the deli where you could buy exotic meats and insects in a jar? Bips Deli I think it was called.There were covered grass hoppers,smoked gator,elk,and vast offerings from the sea.

-- Posted by kings11 on Mon, Jan 7, 2013, at 4:10 PM

There is a Tibetan restaurant in Golden, Colorado that serves Yak stew. Not quite my taste but my grandson devoured it!

-- Posted by caligal on Mon, Jan 7, 2013, at 4:22 PM

I remember a place when I was young on Cannon Blvd that had chocolate grasshoppers. Probably place that King11 is talking about. My mom and dad would buy take out from there but sure it wasnt grassshoppers...maybe burgers or sandwiches.

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Mon, Jan 7, 2013, at 7:50 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.