The Globe and Mail has a review of The Feasting Room, a small Toronto restaurant whose motto is "eat the whole animal!" The chef picks a different animal each week and creates a six-course tasting menu from its parts... all its parts. Some of the dishes from pig week included: pig's skin served with a bowl of creamy apple sauce, sweet-pea soup with ribbons of crunchy-chewy pig's ears, pig's spleen layered over pork belly and sage leaves and rolled into a pinwheel, pig's trotter stuffed with pork shoulder, and for dessert pistachio and pig's blood Nanaimo bars.
Shown in the picture is a dish from chicken week: chickens feet with strawberry maple glaze.
There's a site for every fetish, and if your fetish happens to be watching people swallow live goldfish, then check out goldfishswallowing.com. From their site intro:
Welcome to GoldfishSwallowing.com
Our website offers hundreds of videos of beautiful girls and tight men swallowing whole, live goldfish, tetras, bettas, sharks, and other aquatic creatures. Other small items, like diamond rings, wedding bands, sockets, and pretty much anything else that can fit down a throat, can also be seen within our pages. With the largest swallowing archive anywhere on the Internet, you will definitely find what you're looking for, and we are certain you're going to love it!
Millions of people around the world enjoy Goldfish Swallowing, enough so that the swallowing of live creatures actually has its own scientific name (vorephilia). The resources dedicated to this passion are few and far between, and the ones that exist are somewhat sketchy. Goldfish Swallowing, the website, is a common, safe place for people to come together, talk about the activity, and watch videos of others gulping down live fish.
Their sample videos all are safe for work (unless, maybe, you work in an aquarium). Which is to say, that although the site may superficially resemble a porn site, that doesn't seem to be the case -- i.e. no nudity. It's just good-old, wholesome fish swallowing.
These people sure are happy at the sight of food. Or are they happy because of the amazingly low prices? 49 cents for a 12-pack of Dr. Pepper! That's less than a nickel per can. (These are 1950's prices.)
According to Heston Blumenthal, "snail and porridge might sound like a bit of a bizarre combination, but it's totally delicious to eat." I'll take his word for it, but this is one dish I'm not going to try. To make the dish, it sounds like you mix snails and porridge together. Then you add in a whole bunch of other stuff to hide the taste of the snails.
Posted By: Alex - Sun May 13, 2012 -
In a recent article in the journal Ecology of Food and Nutrition, Mark Kristal argues that placentophagia (that is, the eating of afterbirth or placenta) could offer significant benefits for humans — especially considering that all other mammals (including non-human primates) do it. (link: ScienceDaily.com). These benefits might include increasing mother-infant interaction, increasing the effects of pregnancy-mediated analgesia in the delivering mother, and potentiating opioid circuits in the maternal brain that facilitate the onset of caretaking behavior. He acknowledges that these possible benefits don't warrant "the wholesale ingestion of afterbirth," but he does think the issue deserves further study.
The strange thing is that although all other mammals practice placentophagy, no human cultures do (according to Dr. Kristal) — except for Hollywood celebrities.
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