The Notorious Delight Called Fugu


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In Endless Summer’s  “Top 6 Exotic Foods You Must Try Once in Your LifeEs Guest introduces fugu, a fish dish from Japan. It is probably one of the most exotic fish dishes ever to grace any dining table. Guest says, “Fugu is equally famous as Kobe beef, but not for the same reason. This fish has a deadly reputation: When not prepared properly, it can kill the one who eats it in seconds. Fugu fish contains poisonous tetrodotoxin in its organs and has to be sliced in a very precise way. But apparently, the risk is worth taking, for the fish’s flesh is indescribably delicious…”

The Delicate Process Involved in Preparing Fugu

Fugu is the Japanese term for a dish prepared made from pufferfish or blowfish, which comes from Takifugu, Lagocephalus, or Sphoeroides. Fugu is served as sashimi or chirinabe, a one-pot dish consisting of fish and vegetables. Preparing fugu is a delicate process strictly controlled by the government. Rigid three-year training is required for chefs to qualify as fugu preparers, because errors in the procedure can lead to accidental death. [Read more…]

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Pork Knuckles or Hocks: An Unconventional International Delight

Pork Knuckle

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The humble pork knuckle is considered by many as a throw-away part of the pork carcass. Graeme Wood prefaces “Pork Knuckle, German Delight”, his article on pork knuckles, with the statement that, “Even good butcher shops need to special-order pork knuckle. When they do, they expect that their customers will use it for ethnic stews–generally Asian, such as certain braised pork dishes in China, or pata (“paw”), a Philippine delicacy…

“To most American consumers, even the name “pork knuckle” is uninviting, summoning the image and texture of knobby, stringy joints…”

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Culinary Travel: Incredible Vacations con Epicurean Delights

Food travel“Everyone has to eat,” said World Food Travel Association president and CEO Erik Wolf he founded in 2003 for the purpose of promoting the culture of eating and drinking though travel.

Wolfe is right. Eating is a human activity that intends to meet a biological need and more. It is also about being with and meeting people to satisfy a social pang. It is also about immersing in a culture and delving into history. According to Samantha Shankman of Skift (Destination Section) in her post The Big Business of Food Tourism and Why It Matters, “Food tourism tells the story of a destination’s history, culture, and people.”  Skift reports that food or culinary tourism is fast rising.

Interesting Facts about Food Travel/Tourism

The Report says, “Food tourism is any tourism experience in which one learns about, appreciates, and/or consumes food and drink that reflects the local, regional or national cuisine, heritage and culture.” [Read more…]

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