Guest Post: I Will Eat Anything Once ~

Although no raw oyster has ever passed my lips (and fortunately, I have a good excuse in that I am allergic to shellfish) I very much enjoyed reading this post from my friend Kent. 

I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did and if you ever find yourself near Tubac, AZ, please stop in and say hello to Kent and Nancy at the La Casista B&B Retreat at Hacienda Ricon de la Loma.  Kent & Nancy have contributed wonderful southwestern recipes to our Recipes from the Road collection, which have been well-received.

You can find Kent and Nancy at:  http://www.facebook.com/LaCasitaBB

Kent’s words:  Over my sixty five years on this planet I been given the opportunity “to partake” in some very interesting places throughout the world.  What is most striking about these experiences was how important lessons about life almost always merged inexplicably with these culinary adventures.

At a very early age I was taught never to the pre-judge the food offered me based on its appearance, by my mother, who was a gourmet cook and used her innocent off springs as test subjects for her culinary experimentation.  Her common sense approach to culinary experimentation was “You can eat anything once, it does not mean you have to eat it again.”  This liberating approach to eating has always served me well, with one exception, my mother never seemed to believe this approach to eating included not eating brussels sprouts at my grandmother’s Thanksgiving dinners.

The first memorable test of my: “I will eat anything once” philosophy came in 1969.  As a young adult of 21, in a tiny Mexican village, down a dusty dirt road somewhere between Mexico City and Cuernavaca. The summer before starting my doctoral studies in Latin America Studies at the University of Southern California the Dean of the program, out of his own pocket, paid my way to Mexico to study advanced Spanish at a famous language institute in Cuernavaca.  The Dean was also doing research in Mexico that summer and came to visit me and take me out to lunch.

After an hour taxi ride to a tiny village, whose name I have long forgotten, we arrived at a restaurant that specialized in sea food from Veracruz, on the east cost of Mexico, a 12-hour truck ride away on a good day. In 1969 there was a reasonable chance the ice that was to keep the sea food fresh rarely lasted the 12-hour trip.  The Dean’s sole reason for seeking out this sea food restaurant was because they actually had raw oysters on the menu. A first for me.

Faithfully adhering to my mother’s philosophy of being willing to eat anything once I  willingly shared a dozen raw oysters with the Dean. After lunch, on the taxi ride back to Curenavaca, the Dean commented, “Those raw oysters were sure good and well-worth the risk of possibly contracting hepatitis given how far they had to travel from the coast.”

Oysters – photo credit: La Casista B&B

To this day I am not sure if he was testing my resolve as a would be doctoral student in Latin American Studies or if he just was sharing his passion for raw oysters, even in the middle of Mexico. I have since acquired a taste for raw oysters. My only requirement for partaking is that I can see the ocean where they came from!

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8 Responses to Guest Post: I Will Eat Anything Once ~

  • Blech. I am so not a fan of oysters in any form.

  • I love that this focuses on raw oysters, as the popular “i’ll try something odd at least once” food. I first learned about eating raw oysters when I read Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, and the way he described eating them while living in Europe seemed so glamorous to me that I wanted to try it, too. There’s an amazing seafood restaurant and bar just down the street from my house that has happy hour and discounted raw oysters once a week, so my family goes to get the oysters pretty often. I’ll try each new type of oyster once, but I usually only eat one or two because of the grit/brine. I can’t stand the gritty texture.

    • Thanks so much for your comments Nick – I am so thankful I have such an awesome reason not to eat them (shellfish allergy) because I know I would never even try one, I think they’re just gross! But, I know a lot of people, including my husband and son, enjoy them. Go figure?!

  • Great post! Being myself a not so adventurous eater and but wanting to encourage my daughter to try new foods, I am finding that I have to have that same attitude. Try it at least once and perhaps you will be surprised! I surprised myself the other day and actually liked raw herring!

    • I remember the photo of Sydney and the herring – I think I’m of the same opinion as Sydney! Thanks for reading Kerri!

  • I love oysters with a dash or tobasco and some lemon! But I can’t eat more than 6-8 in one sit!
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