Escargot Day!

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    Jan 02, 2018 3:18 PM GMT
    Escargot is offered on a local gay club's luncheon menu only on Tuesdays, and today is Tuesday. I missed the last 2 times because of conflicts due to the holidays. Today we return. YAY!

    I first had escargot in 1979. At a military officers’ "friendship" banquet in East Germany hosted by the Soviet Army (actually mostly Russians). Now I wouldn't have chosen that in a million years, but it was on the set menu. And protocol required us to eat it, lest we create a diplomatic incident with our hosts. Easier for the European officers, I suppose, but some of us Yanks weren't quite that sophisticated in the ways of refined cuisine.

    Minced and served on toast as an appetizer, it was in fact translated into English as "snail toast", rather than with the French word. Oh, yummy.

    Not terribly good as prepared (nothing the Russians served was), but at least I didn't vomit onto the table and disgrace our flag posted there. So when next I was back in the States and saw escargot on the menu, I thought let's try this again, I did it once and it didn't kill me. And lo and behold it could be pretty good.

    Now I include escargot in my diet when I run across it. Which isn't too often in South Florida, I find. So a special treat today. Bon appétite! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 03, 2018 2:14 PM GMT
    I love traditional French snails cooked with shallots, garlic, and butter.
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    Jan 03, 2018 2:42 PM GMT
    paradox said
    I love traditional French snails cooked with shallots, garlic, and butter.

    That's how these are prepared. I know 2 other restaurants that offer them near us, and theirs are even better.

    One place in particular is right along the beach in Fort Lauderdale, with an open-air patio and ocean breezes, lovely ambiance. It's only about 4 miles from us, and we keep saying we'll go soon for lunch, except we prefer to include some friends for company. But trying to get gay men to show up on time, or at all, is like herding cats.

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    Jan 03, 2018 7:09 PM GMT
    Are you turning French now?
    After you having two ex wives.
    Not shocked, you'd be happy to also put snails in your mouth.
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    Feb 10, 2018 3:17 AM GMT
    Oh, no! I arrive on Thursday and my flight out of FLL leaves on Monday. icon_sad.gif

    Haven't had me some good escargot in way too long.
    Is it only available on Tuesdays?
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    Mar 11, 2018 3:59 PM GMT
    mwolverine saidOh, no! I arrive on Thursday and my flight out of FLL leaves on Monday. icon_sad.gif

    Haven't had me some good escargot in way too long.
    Is it only available on Tuesdays?

    Sorry I missed your post. Unlike the RJ trolls who obsessively stalk me, I don't always return to my posts regularly. and I have quite a number of those troublemakers blocked, anyway, and never see their nonsense unless quoted.

    Yeah, for the benefit of others here, since you presumably already had your visit, but perhaps will return, 'The Pub' in Wilton Manors still offers escargot on Tuesdays only. But I believe 'Bubbles & Pearls' does more often. Also on Wilton Drive nearby (but opens later at 4 PM), its main focus is oysters & champagne, or wine.

    I love raw oysters, too, so when we go I want those, also uncommon in most restaurants here. And you can specify from what source for them you want. I'm avoiding the Gulf because of drilling pollution, and have their Chesapeake Bay oysters instead.

    Other local escargot places are 'Casablanca' alongside the Fort Lauderdale beach near the gay guest houses, that I pictured and opens for lunch. And 'Mo Jo' on Federal Hwy, also in Fort Lauderdale, owned by a gay couple. That's dinner hours only.
  • mwolverine

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    Mar 12, 2018 6:08 AM GMT
    Thanks. I remember seeing Casablanca - pretty much across from (the gay) Sebastian Beach.
    I'll put it on the list for next year!

    (Or I suppose I could just venture to the local little French restaurant, but I don't eat out often at home.)