Number 97: Lobster Thermidor

21 Mar


His name was Randy and he was a 1 1/2-lb. crustacean.  I first met him at Dorfler’s Meat Market when he was handed to me in styrofoam box lid filled with newspaper and seaweed.  On the way home, we discussed our childhoods, our hopes, our dreams.  We even talked about a possible trip to Sea World.  “Sometime next summer,” I assured him.  We became close friends during that 15-minute drive from the butcher shop to my apartment.  Then, after bringing him inside, I stabbed him in the head with a kitchen knife. Continue reading

Number 63: Kaolin

20 Mar

You might be wondering what you’re looking at right now.  It sure as hell doesn’t look like food, and that’s probably because it isn’t food…which makes me wonder why it was ever put on this list.  Kaolin is a type of clay, and (supposedly) many women in the south eat it.  Some of them use it as an appetite suppressant, but many others have a form of pica, the desire to eat non-food items, such as clay, dirt, and chalk.  I, however, don’t tend to crave inedible substances, so I wasn’t really looking forward to dining on nasty grey powder. Continue reading

Number 26: Raw Scotch Bonnet Pepper (a Vlog!)

18 Mar

I decided that for number 26, I would do the most awkward thing I have ever done: make a vlog.  I figured that when it comes to eating super hot peppers, my face is going to tell you more than my writing will.  So check out my video after the jump and watch me writhe in pain!  Woo! Continue reading

Number 76: Baijiu

13 Mar

Just in time for St. Paddy’s Day, I bring you a post about booze!  Alright, it’s about Chinese booze, but that’s still booze.  This past weekend, when I went to Chinatown, I was on the hunt for something special: baijiu.  Baijiu is a grain alcohol made from sorghum, and supposedly it can strip paint off your walls, if you know what I mean.  I had heard of a place in Chinatown (aptly named China Place Liquor City) that sold many different kinds of baijiu, and immediately upon entering, I felt overwhelmed and confused. Continue reading

Swap-o-Rama!

12 Mar

Yeah…so I had some stock photo credits that were about to expire and when I saw this absolutely horrifying photo, I couldn’t resist.  Purchase made!  Anyways, I’m not here to talk about food today, nor am I here to talk about putting lunatics in boxes.  I’m here to talk about a swapportunity that has recently arisen!  My good friend Jenn from Quirky Pickings is hosting a fun little swap and I’d love if you guys could join in.  It’s pretty casual and there aren’t many rules, but she wants us to swap music, movies, and books (maybe your favorite of each, perhaps? or some obscure ones that you think everyone should own?)  If you’d like to join, just write a blog post about the swap, head over to Jenn’s blog, and link up!  I hope you’ll participate with me 🙂

Number 41: Curried Goat

11 Mar

Alright, people.  This is it.  The final countdown.  I have ten- count them!- ten more foods to eat and just under three weeks to eat them.  I don’t want to speak too soon, but think I have this in the bag.  Today, it was sunny and 65 degrees out, so Dan and I headed downtown.  After making a quick trip to Chinatown to pick up another item on my list, we drove up north to De-Jred Fine Jamaican Cuisine, a restaurant that had gotten awesome reviews online. Continue reading

Number 70: Chitterlings

8 Mar

My initial thought when I read number 70 on the list was, “what on earth are chitterlings?”  After about 6 seconds of research, I learned that chitterlings are what us un-fancy people call “chitlins!”  Which led me to think, “who on earth actually calls them chitterlings?”  Probably British people.  As they sip tea out of solid gold teacups.  Because that’s what all British people do. Continue reading