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The Slaughter of a Pig, Becal, Mexico

Posted in MEAT POLITICS, Pork, STUFF ABOUT MEAT, World of Meat with tags , , , , , on June 13, 2008 by chomposaurus


The modern American meat eater has at least a passing awareness of where his or her meat comes from. By now, sustained campaigns from all corners of the food world, including farmers, journalists, politicians and vegangelicals, have illustrated the origins and consequences of eating meat, for better or worse. Images of happy “organic” cows or caged, mutilated veal are not hard to find, and the typical carnivore now navigates bans on foie gras, veal and transfat along with crazed excesses like Hardy’s Thickburgers or the turducken.

But in America, one thing we do not do much is slaughter our own meat. We do not go face to face with the animal we are about to ingest. Although hunting remains popular, with about 12 million Americans going after game or fowl each year, it’s still undertaken by relatively small fraction of the population, with even fewer actually eating what they kill (if they manage to shoot anything at all). Bottom line: we are separated from what we eat, even if, thanks to the internet and increased consumer awareness, it is by a thinner line.

Such is not the case in Becal, a small town outside Merida, the capitol of the state of Campeche, Mexico. Our correspondent P. Sundae went to this scorchingly beautiful area this spring on a mission to help build new schools. One night, at a large gathering of some of the local residents, P. and his fellow builders were treated to full-on pig roast. What they hadn’t expected was to see the actual pig they were about to eat slaughtered and cleaned in front of them. It was a moving and at times brutal experience. Fortunately, P. was wise enough to document it. What follows are pictures and videos from before, during and after – including graphic images of the pig being killed and then prepared. Although you may be initially repulsed or disturbed, you will hopefully find them as fascinating as I did. Few of us here in America understand what and how we eat – and in this way, we are less advanced than most of the world.

Due to their intense content, the pictures & video are on a separate page. Click here to view them.

Ipswich Clams & Top Notch Mams

Posted in Seafood with tags , , , on May 24, 2008 by chomposaurus

I apologize for the subject of this post; P. Sundae demanded it in exchange for the pictures he took with his new SLR.

Ipswich, MA (and the neighboring town of Essex), located an hour north of Boston, is THE place to go for clams in northern New England. A half dozen restaurants specialize in serving them fresh; some in gourmet settings, but mostly in their famous fried configuration. My favorite place to go is The Clam Box, which has a secret double-frying method that leaves the batter firm but with a subtle chewiness and the clams with a lot of flavor.

Legend has it that Ipswich fried clams were invented by a local potato-chip entrepreneur looking for a way to make some money and/or delicious food out of the local delicacy. In those days, you could easily catch 200 lbs of clams per day in the Great Marsh around Cape Ann. Of course, pollution and over-harvesting have now devastated the area’s hauls. So, while clams are now brought in from places outside of Ipswich, including the southern coast of Maine, to meet the demand, it’s only in town that you can get them prepared just right.
Check out Road Food’s MA guide for more places to get great clams.

Click to see the best picture of your meat correspondent ever, along with a shot of The Clam Box’s menu. I recommend the “Two-Way Combo,” which will net you some zesty scallops as well as clams, onion rings and fries.
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Oh The Huge Manatee!!

Posted in MEAT POLITICS with tags , , on April 30, 2008 by chomposaurus


My friend P. Sundae discusses his latest meat-related marketing venture. The NYTimes article he mentions is worth looking at for those interested in eating endangered animals.

P. Sundae: the real reason for my trip to mexico is to lay the groundwork for my manatee farming operation

P. Sundae: my business is based on this idea:
To Save a Species, Serve It for Dinner

P. Sundae: i will make the manatee a part of our culinary tradition
put *that* on my tombstone

As well as leaving an offering of fried & cubed squirrel meat at your grave, buddy.

Hitting The Meat Wall – A Conversation

Posted in Beef, MEAT POLITICS with tags , , , , on April 18, 2008 by chomposaurus


A conversation between me and my fellow meat patriot, P. Sundae.

me: america’s porn industry: paying for america’s war industry
is it possible for us to become a porn-based economy?

P. Sundae: do you ever think about the things that are wasteful to produce and try to distinguish them from the things that aren’t?
for example, food is a productive use of resources
but is soda?

me: but cheetos are not
it’s a hard question

P. Sundae: are we wealthier for producing coca cola?

me: the solution: hold a farmer’s market in your escalade

P. Sundae: as a nation, yes, as a world, no

me: interesting point
I’m interested in when we will hit the meat wall
when the worldwide demand for meat is simply greater than what the world can produce (without killing humans)

P. Sundae: haha, is that real?

me: I just made up the term “the meat wall”

P. Sundae: i’m going back to school to write a dissertation on the meat wall

me: but yes, there is the prospect of meat becoming super-expensive because of the exponentially growing demand of several emerging economies (china esp.)
the solution: moon cows

P. Sundae: haha

me: we’ll use the space elevator to bring the meat back from the lunar beef domes

P. Sundae: lol
you’re killing me here
no, don’t kill me
you just want my meat
the space elevator. ha

me: I love the space elevator

P. Sundae: you should turn “space elevator” into a sexual term
Dirty Sanchez, The Superman, The Cleveland Steamer, The Space Elevator

me: it could work
although “The Railgun” might be better

P. Sundae: lol