Barcelona, a photo a day

Escargots, or Alsace, part 2


Our bloger friend Marie, from the beautiful town of Montpellier, Herault, Southern France, asked following question a few days ago: why do French people eat snails? Well, here is my small contribution. On the 24th of december 2009, after 48 years, 6 months and 4 days on this planet of ours, I’ve finally let myself be convinced. I tried it. This is a special kind I hadn’t seen before, with a pastry shell.
Never again!
My wife liked it, it was a first for her as well.
What does this have to do with Barcelona, and Catalunya in general? They eat a lot of them as well, here!

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13 responses

  1. You was brave, this isn't going to happen to me! Lot of people here eat snails, but we keep it more quiet…

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    December 31, 2009 at 7:06 pm

  2. Wow, this looks fantastic and I bet it tastes great! I am not squeamish about food. Happy New Year!

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    December 31, 2009 at 2:36 pm

  3. It's so funny that you didn't like them, Rob, because you make them look utterly scrumptious!

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    December 31, 2009 at 1:03 pm

  4. Hee hee hee…
    «Louis» has tried snails twice. First time and last – both at the same time!
    😉

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    December 31, 2009 at 12:30 pm

  5. Happy New Year – with or without eating snails 😀

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    December 31, 2009 at 11:15 am

  6. Oh, okay, so that's where we got it from. Snails are very popular here too, cooked in coconut milk especially. Haven't had any in decades though — fishing out those little buggers from their shells is a chore. I don't like having to 'hunt' for my food. I'd be willing to try these!

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    December 31, 2009 at 8:18 am

  7. Your wife is BRAVE!! Z 🙂
    HAPPY NEW YEAR, to both of you! Have a great celebration tonight!!

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    December 31, 2009 at 7:42 am

  8. look yummy though have never ever eaten them … 🙂

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    December 31, 2009 at 4:01 am

  9. I've eaten snails when I lived in Barcelona. My roommate owned a snail restaurant and she invited me to try them.

    They were so delicious ! They were crispy and chewy with garlic and olive oil flavor. So good !

    It's a Catalan dish, and it is very popular.

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    December 31, 2009 at 1:37 am

  10. afv

    HHmmmm…I might as well have just one..they look so special and delicious. 😀

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    December 30, 2009 at 10:33 pm

  11. If anyone tries to get me to try them, I'll say that you said they were “yucky in the tucky.”
    (That's an expression our girls use – the opposite of course to “yummy in the tummy.”)

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    December 30, 2009 at 10:30 pm

  12. For myself I prefer biscuits from a cardboard box, one can feel safe with the list of ingredients. My sister, Miss Darcy, however, may be partial to a snail or two. I have often seen her watching the thrushes crack them open in the back garden but our Big Sister is inordinately fond of the things and is always rescuing them.

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    December 30, 2009 at 9:10 pm

  13. For myself I prefer biscuits from a cardboard box, one can feel safe with the list of ingredients. My sister, Miss Darcy, however, may be partial to a snail or two. I have often seen her watching the thrushes crack them open in the back garden but our Big Sister is inordinately fond of the things and is always rescuing them.

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    December 30, 2009 at 9:09 pm