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July 15, 2013 Posted by Josh in Videos

Eating SNAILS in Denver?

Yep.  You read right.  While in Denver, we had the pleasure of reuniting with one of our best friends from our time in St. Louis, Zoe, from the travel/food blog Hungry Wanderlust.  Zoe is a wonderfully talented cook and is always more than happy to prepare and share meals with friends.  While perusing the local Asian Market for ingredients for Vietnamese Pancakes, we came across some "live snails".  I'm not entirely sure why they were called "live" when they were frozen; perhaps it's some sort of cryogenic scenario :)  Either way, they immediately reminded Zoe of her childhood and picking snails from the rice patties in Vietnam for dinner.  She decided it would be great to cook them for us and we decided to be brave enough to try them if she did!

We picked up a conservative amount of snails along with lemongrass, lime leaves, ginger and a few other ingredients which you can find on Zoe's Ginger Lemongrass Snails recipe on her blog.  So, we cooked 'em up and we did it... WE ATE SNAILS!  The experience was particularly strange both because it was snails and because we general function as 98% vegetarians.  So what are they like?  I'd compare the texture to clams.  The snail flavor was mainly just lemongrass and ginger and the Vietnamese dipping sauce was phenomenal!  All-in-all I'd say that I probably wouldn't make them on my own, but they were surprisingly edible and incredibly unique.  And at least we can say we didn't wuss out!

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