Archive for September, 2008

Strange Meats: Crocodile Carpaccio

Posted in Crocodile, STRANGE MEAT with tags , , on September 17, 2008 by chomposaurus

Carpaccio is one of the best ways to enjoy the true essence of dead animal: it’s raw slices of meat, usually beef or pork, pounded very thin and served with garnishes. You get all the true aromas of the meat in a big, bold way. But P. Sundae found himself in South Africa faced with a very different type of carpaccio: crocodile. Here’s his report:

“The crocodile was much paler than expected. Similar to turkey, perhaps. It was served on slices of tomato, topped with cranberry. The restaurant was called De Kelder, which is supposedly the oldest Afrikaans restaurant in Port Elizabeth (PE, as the locals call it). I managed to choke down the entire Croc plate between bites of freshly baked bread. The texture was pleasant, not slimy or anything. And it had a good flavor, even raw, but the striations of fat made it tough to chew. Overall, I would say there’s a reason it’s hard to find. However my new motto is “Eat as many animals as possible before you die (from eating animals).”

So in other words, it’s edible, but not nearly as tasty as some good ol’ fashioned Florida gator.

Fly Me to the Moo (and other awesome custom grills)

Posted in BBQ with tags , on September 15, 2008 by chomposaurus

BBQ Pits by Klose, a company that could only truly thrive in Texas, creates some of the world’s most original grills. I stumbled upon their site and found pictures of some truly mind-blowing creations, including the 38,000 plane-shaped smoker above made for Continental Airlines and the 22-foot tall grill made for Discovery’s “BIG” program (at a cost of only 30 grand).

And yes, that baby carriage is a smoker. Go here and click on “Unique Pits” for more custom smokers, including a mailbox and a miniature train.

They also cooked the world’s largest hotdog. It weighed 280 pounds and took six men to carry – just like a coffin, which is fitting because if you ate this sucker, your chances of surviving are basically nil.

Sunday Protein: Sausage & Peppers with San Gennaro

Posted in Sausage, STUFF ABOUT MEAT with tags , , , on September 14, 2008 by chomposaurus

The Feast of San Gennaro, patron saint of Italy, continues through September 21st in NYC’s Little Italy. I snapped this photo yesterday of some brisket being roasted:

(If anyone knows the name of where you can buy one of these devices, I would be much obliged.)

But the true treat of Saint Januarius (and his holy/wholly decapitated head) are the sausage and peppers, delightfully sold at at least two stands per block. For a recipe of this deliciously portable feast, check out this site by a former festival vendor.

If You Like Chomposaurus, You Need This T-Shirt

Posted in STUFF ABOUT MEAT with tags , on September 11, 2008 by chomposaurus

hot doug shirt
Courtesy of Hot Doug’s Sausage Emporium, Chicago’s #1 Source for Delicious Dogs.

[Wag of the dog to Six Shooter for this link]

You Are Not Allowed in My Car or House If You Eat This Insanity

Posted in Fast Food on September 11, 2008 by chomposaurus

Look, I’m all about spicy meat, even dangerously spicy meat. But one place that does not need to make its meat more gut-wrenchingly disturbing is Taco Bell. That’s just what they’ve done with their latest creation, the Volcano Taco. They even made the shell red. Red meaning: Stop. Don’t eat this. You know better. Go put some chipotle sauce on a homemade quesadilla. Hell, go to Chipotle. Whatever you do, do not bring your gassy, soon-to-be-puking self anywhere near my shit.

Review of this mess here.

P.S. Their spicy sauce is called “Lava” Sauce. That’s not what it’s made from, that’s what it makes. Is all I’ll say.

The Only Day He Skipped a Big Mac was the Day His Mother Died

Posted in Burgers, Fast Food, STUFF ABOUT MEAT with tags on September 10, 2008 by chomposaurus

It’s the worst type of OCD that compels you to eat nothing but Big Macs. But part of me reading this article wants to stand up and shout “USA! USA! USA!”


What Not to Grill

Posted in STUFF ABOUT MEAT with tags , on September 9, 2008 by chomposaurus

A pretty funny post from Michael Ian Black (former member of The State, one of the best TV shows ever).

Another thing I learned – just because you grilled food doesn’t make it vegan. This knowledge forces me to radically reconsider my understanding of the word “vegan.” I was under the impression that it meant you can’t eat meat unless it’s been grilled because grilling is more humane. Apparently not.

Black Helicopters above the Meat Wall

Posted in MEAT POLITICS, World of Meat with tags , , on September 8, 2008 by chomposaurus

Running above the fold on the Drudge Report last night was a story about a new report from Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, saying people should endeavor to have at least one meat-free day per week.

As an avid meat fan, I agree 100%. People should eat less meat. Not even because of global warming, but for themselves and their pocketbooks.

Here’s what I think is the biggest problem: “Vegetarianism” is regarded as a lifestyle and (worse) a political choice, instead of just a cuisine. Few people say “we’re going out for vegetarian tonight” the way they might say “we’re going out for thai.” But there’s no reason not to. Eating delicious vegetarian food is almost as simple as calling Domino’s and ordering a plain pizza.

One important note: although it would be helpful in some regards, being a vegetarian who eats a ton of cheese and eggs does not do much to reduce the global warming impact, since, as the article states, there’s wave of flatulence behind the meat wall.

Sunday Protein: Jamaican Beef Shortage

Posted in MEAT POLITICS with tags , , on September 7, 2008 by chomposaurus

A short article from the Jamaica Gleaner (awesome name for a newspaper) describing why there’s a beef shortage in the Caribbean and how it affects local businesses.

Let’s hope it doesn’t impede the supply of Jamaican beef patties.

Bacon Alarm Clock

Posted in Meat Devices, STUFF ABOUT MEAT with tags , , on September 5, 2008 by chomposaurus

Let’s take a moment to appreciate the excellent blog Crispy on the Outside’s “This Week in Bacon” feature, always worth a read for those who don’t get enough fried pork product. I especially enjoyed the Bacon Alarm Clock, which takes Michael Scott’s idea from The Office (grilling bacon in a foreman by his bed while he snoozes) to a better, safer level.

Michael Scott:

I enjoy having breakfast in bed. I like waking up to the smell of bacon —– sue me — and since I don’t have a butler, I have to do it myself. So most nights before I go to bed I will lay six strips of bacon out on my George Foreman Grill. Then I go to sleep. When I wake up, I plug in the grill. I go back to sleep again. Then I wake up to the smell of crackling bacon. It is delicious. It’s good for me. It’s the perfect way to start the day. Today I got up, I stepped onto the grill and it clamped down on my foot. That’s it. I don’t see what’s so hard to believe about that…