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September 3, 2008

Squirrel meat jerky?



Guest blogger John Lindner had some R-rated shallow thoughts this week. Or at least you'll feel that way if the photo to the left makes you go, "Awwww." ...

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting a baby squirrel named Jeffery. Cute little guy. He got me thinking (shallowly): What's the most tastiest wild thing I ever ate?

Bison burger is passe, right? Same with venison. Rabbit? Nah. Emu? Getting warm. Squirrel? Tastes too much like chicken (apologies, Jeff).

Actually, this is easy: bear salami. Outdoor writer in Wausau, Wisc. turned me on to it. Only had it once. Wanted to try it again ever since. Bear salami is the best.

Of course, I'm still waiting for that package of duck fries from Bucky.

(Photo by John)

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 11:50 AM | | Comments (16)


jl: And here I thought I was the only person in Bmore who had tasted bear salami. I loved it too!

I tried lion once at a Milwaukee restaurant called the Public Natatorium. Yes, the restaurant was set up in an old public indoor pool complete with dolphin shows throughout the dining experience.

But, John, why would you name the baby squirrel?

If you ever get the chance... Hippopotamus sausage. Slightly gamy, bit of spice to it, very very good.

My former boss' marinated venison tenderloin, cooked on a grill. Not exotic, but very, very tasty.

That man could cook, and he could shoot straight. While some were a bit unplussed by him dressing ducks at the staff break table after a lunch time hunt, I never minded because he always brought the most tasty wild stuff to library parties.

Bear paw soup.

Alligator -- tastes like chicken. No, really.

I've had marinated, grilled black bear. It was delicious. And illegal. But delicious, nonetheless.

Ostrich ain't bad, either.

Crocodile and kangaroo in Australia; ostrich and reebok in South Africa; escargot in Paris. So many countries, so little time.

Bear Salami is available at the Euro Deli in Owings Mills right by the CSX bridge on 140. I get the bear there at at least once a year

Piano, sorry this reply comes so late. Yes! the public natatorium. Great place. Sorry I missed it. Lion. Grrrrr.
I did not name the squirrel. That was Nicole. Always the optimist. She also asked if we could adopt him and keep him forever. I said "no". But, of course, I was wrong. We did.

Cheese Girl, oh yeah, alligator. Love it. Tastes more like conch to me.
RoCK. Thanks. I'm on it.

jl - perhaps it's time to release Nicole - at least to school

jl & Cheese Girl - I like the 'gator too, but I'd compare it to veal.

I think my favorite were the wild boar ribs my mother-in-law gave us. I believe she got them from a state trooper.

Kangaroo. I visited Australia in march, and had kangaroo salami, as well as some chops.

A friend of mine who had some alligator soup while we were in Germany said it tasted like tortoise.

You know that the Nazis tried to breed battlefield alligators in WWII.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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