Unusual foods that you love

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    AT5760

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    I've had a SERIOUS pickled bologna craving lately. I don't want to pay the massive shipping cost, but I'll probably break down and get a jar soon because I can't help myself.

    Anyway, it got me thinking - what are some "unusual" foods that you love? Pickled bologna is near the top of the list for me. Whenever I mention it, my wife gives me an odd look. She's a fellow Midwesterner, but apparently this variety of tube meat is particular to where I grew up. My east coast friends don't understand what I'm talking about, and act disgusted when I explain it.

    What's yours? Is it a regional food? Something a family member cooked? Is it something you grew up with and have a hard time finding now? Do friends and family share your enthusiasm for it?
     
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    You’ve got me there. I went to college in Iowa, wife is from KCMO, and I know lots of people and have had lots of food from the Midwest. But I’ve never run across pickled bologna. Where exactly does this come from? I’d love to try it.
     
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    I went to college in Iowa too!

    The only brand I’ve ever had is Koegel’s, which is a meat company out of Flint, Michigan. I grew up an hour or so from there.
     
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    Coffee milk
     
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    Vegemite on toast with butter.

    National dish of Australia.
     
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    Yum!
     
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    Bloody oath mate !!
     
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    Pork and bitter melon.
     
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    Sandwiches with cream cheese, raspberry jam, salami and pickled cucumbers.

    Also a little strange but pretty common in some regions of Austria is vanilla ice cream with pumpkin seed oil.
     
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    Blood pudding with lingon berries.
     
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    I've had olive oil on vanilla ice cream. It's Pretty good.
     
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    Thoughts of having calf’s liver for dinner makes my mouth water.
     
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    I think I will have to try that.
     
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    Vanilla ice cream made with garlic in it.
     
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    Was about to say just that. Hell, back home, people love it straight up completely raw.
     
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    Is this common?
     
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    Gross! Tried it once when I arrived here and have avoided it ever since. Someone recently suggested you need to have your mother eat this crap while in you're still in the womb to find it remotely food-like.

    If this is Australia's dish, I'd avoid visiting the country. Oops! I live here. :rolleyes:
     
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    Beef tongue and heart; not sure if that counts as unusual or just very unpopular though.
     
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    My wife likes peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches. She was raised in the USA Midwest so maybe that's a thing there, I've never heard of that.

    Something I've eaten and loved in the past but is not easily available and really shouldn't be available, is raw sea turtle eggs. The local custom was to slice off the top of the leathery shell, add a few drops of Tabasco or other hot sauce, and squirt the whole thing into your mouth. Delicious, and nothing at all like a bird egg. Not an appropriate food in the modern era and in places where they're protected, but this was a long time ago.
     
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    No not really, I generally like the combination of cheese and jam and the rest just happened.
     
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    Before it became illegal to eat turtle, I ate it a few times a year, mostly as soup. I also ate whale once, in Norway. I had it both raw, as sashimi, and cooked, as a steak. I have to say that it was some of the best meat I've ever tasted. I will not eat it again, just like I will not eat turtle again. But both are quite unusual and very, very nice.
     
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    Oh also, peanut butter, sambal, and store bought fried onions bits. My favorite sandwich when I'm high (it's legal here if that matters)
     
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    I had a friend introduce me to peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches back in middle school (se washington). I liked them then, and my kids like them now.
     
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    My dad used to make peanut butter, mayonnaise, green onion and parmesan cheese sandwiches, sometimes he would add alfalfa sprouts too... Odd coming from him, he was a "meat and potatoes" guy.
     
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    If peanut butter is just that (peanut butter), it actually makes for a fairly neutral spread. It's only when there is tons of sugar and/or salt in it that it starts to clash with other toppings.
     
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    He used JUST peanut butter, not doctored up stuff. The kind that tears the bread if you don't let it get to room temperature after being in the refrigerator.
     
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    Isn’t turtle stew the national dish of the Cayman Islands? I remember visiting the Cayman Turtle Centre, hearing how they raise and then release them into the wild, when they’re then caught down current and served all across the island
     
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    I don’t know. The last time I ate turtle was in 2003 in the Bahamas where (at least back then) it was legal.
     

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