Monday, December 3, 2012

Bizarre Foods

Welcome to Bizarre Foods with Kyle Marcellus.  On tonight's episode we will be exploring the mysterious world of odd meats.  I certainly hope you will stick around.  

That sounded pretty good right?  I feel like if I could ever host a show, it would certainly be Bizarre Foods.  If you've never seen the show the basic premise revolves around the host, Andrew Zimmern, traveling around the world seeking out culturally unique food dishes.  He honestly eats some of the most horrifying things, but I would still do it.  My friend Scott and I have the same opinion of the show.  We always seem to end up hungry!  Because of this fact we have been kicking around the idea of having our own bizarre foods night.

Getting excited yet?

Saturday night it finally happened.  We both spent some time browsing around the local grocery stores seeking out the perfect items to "gross" each other out.  The unfortunate thing is, most of the stores around here don't carry anything too terrifying.  I was looking for something to elicit the response one usually has when they learn the details of Haggis.  There was no haggis to be found in Ocean Springs, so I went for a few things that sound odd, but I actually enjoy; gizzards and turkey necks.  Later on that day I started receiving picture messages from Scott.  Enjoy!

Neck bones anyone?

I had no idea that such a thing was actually
sold in stores.

The coup de grace

This picture just isn't right!

Scott working the grill.  

Crab boiled chicken gizzards and turkey necks.

So, what is the verdict?  The crab boiled chicken gizzards and turkey necks were fantastic, in my opinion.  I guess it depends on if you are actually into that kind of thing.  Scott also boiled the pork neck bones in his own concoction of marinade.  They were also delicious!  I could have chewed on those bones all night like a dog.  The beef cheek meat was surprisingly good.  Don't let the odd name fool you!  Although, it was exceptionally chewy.  The majority of it was actually just chewed and then thrown into the woods.

Now lets talk about beef tongue.  I feel like the tongue was on a different playing field than the rest of the items we tasted.  The look of it, the thought of it, and just truly knowing what it is can play mind games on you, but I am basically willing to try anything.  Scott split in and let it soak in some Worcestershire sauce.  Cooked it had the appearance of venison.  It was extremely lean and dense.  Admittedly it smelled delicious.  Scott and I both tasted a piece and found ourselves with nearly identical expressions on our faces.  It was the expression one gets when they are in a deep state of thought.  Neither of us could put our fingers on exactly what is was that we had just tasted.  It wasn't awful enough to bring forth immediate removal, but it also wasn't savory enough to begin devouring the rest of the tongue.  It was just interesting enough to give it a second shot.  Interesting truly was a good word for describing it.  It was quite gamey and didn't have the most appealing after taste.  No, I won't be finding myself becoming a connoisseur of tongue, but I did try it.  What more could anyone want from me?

Don't fear the odd!  Life is all about the experiences; even the disgusting ones!

Until Next Time (eating normally),

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Back From Hiatus

Hello all.  I know it has been a while since we have spoken, but I promise that i'm alive and well. I've had a surprising amount of traffic through this site while I was gone.  Maybe it's something about the awesome way I tag my posts, or maybe not! Haha.  What's the good news, you ask?  It is December the 1st and i'm back!  I feel like it's a good day to return.  I just needed a little bit of a break, so I took it.  I haven't been doing much, so you really haven't missed out.  I've been getting a lot of reading done and I feel like I have seen quite a few concerts in my time away, so let's talk music.

I was involved in quite the night out on the town last night.  I'm typically a two bar a night kind of guy, but the fact that I found myself in three last night should start painting a little bit of a picture.  I had been looking forward to this night for a little while.  There was a jazz singer, Linnzi Zaorski, playing down at the Grocery that one of the bartenders had talked up to me.  I tell people, regularly, that I feel like I was born in the wrong era.  I am a HUGE fan of classic film/books.  I often wish I could find myself in one of those classic old bars where all the women are in classy dresses while the men are wearing those white dinner jackets.  The places are always cloudy from the smoke of hand rolled cigarettes.  No one drinks beer in these places either, it's always brandy, martinis, and other drinks of the sort.  The kind of place like Rick's Cafe from Casablanca.  

Rick's Cafe - Casablanca (1942)

Linnzi Zaorski would fit right into a bar like this.  Her smooth sound was fantastic.  Her voice projected so well that it filled the room up.  This isn't just a matter of amplification because I have seen plenty of bands in that room that couldn't fill it up with the sound like she could.  It was a nice a laid back sound that truly transported me right back into the 40's, or at least how I like to imagine them.  I even wore a jacket.  No, it wasn't a classy white dinner jacket because I would have been way out of place, but it did make me feel just a little bit more classy.  

Linnzi Zaorski and her band.

We stayed at the Grocery until the band shut down and then figured out plans for moving on.  We ended up only taking a few steps to the bar next door. (The bonus bar of the night)  I happened to run into my cousin, who's birthday it was, in there.  I stayed there and had some birthday drinks with him until they were ready to move on down to Mezo's.

Mezo's is always the "it" spot on the weekends.  It was, as per usual, elbow to elbow in there, BUT Captain Midnight was playing.  I've spoken about The Captain Midnight Band before in my He's Got the Moves Like Jagger: Part 2 post, but i'll go ahead and say a few words about them again.  What a great band to be finishing off the night with.  They are an unquestionably fun band.  I danced and grooved to their sounds until I got the signal that it was time to call it a night.  I don't remember what time it was when we finally left, but it was late (or early depending on how you look at that).  

I know this picture is a little wonky and sideways, but
I was also a little bit wonky and sideways at this point.

Tonight the music and madness continues.  The night is actually starting with a bizarre foods cookout.  I'm looking forward to posting about that in the near future.  Hopefully the post doesn't require a strong stomach! Following bizarre foods we are headed over to the coliseum to see Joe Bonamassa play.  Then most likely headed back downtown for another dose of Captain Midnight before they head back up to Nashville.  

It's good to be back

Until Next Time,