Sunday, May 6, 2012
Weirdest Thing I've Ever Eaten
I ate fried squid last night. Unwittingly, I ordered a calamara taco from the most delicious Spanish food place in Paris, thinking that I would be getting shrimp, or something. You know, the problem is that I just assumed calamara was a French word and that it wouldn't be little, fried squid creatures mixed all up together with a little bit of lettuce and guacamole staring back up at me on my plate. I was with a bunch of other au pair girls and felt my ego shrinking from the idea of letting these 10 strangers know my ignorance concerning what calamara is and thus pushed a few tentacles back onto the tortilla and took my first bite. My stomach turned. The taste reminded me of when I used to eat the dried flakes we'd give my cousin's fish. I felt a tentacle, twisty-turny and far to noticeably squidy. And then I just started scarfing it and intensely attempting to listen and interact with the conversations around me. I ate that whole taco, 15 little squid creatures and all. And I will never do it again.