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I’m a fairly adventurous eater and I’m always up for trying something new.  I may not like everything I sample but I will, for the most, give it a go.  Seafood City, in the Granville Island Public Market, can always be counted upon to have a few surprises along with their regular, more mainstream assortment of oysters, clams, crab, sea bass, rainbow trout, various salmons, etc..  It’s my go-to place for fresh fish and seafood AND the occasional unique offerings.  Like the other day when I happened to come across the above-pictured Goose Neck Barnacles on display.  Sure, I thought, they look ugly.  But why the hell not?  And, after getting  quick rundown on their cooking and preparation, I headed home with a handful to check ’em out…so YOU don’t have to.

The instructions were fairly straightforward.  Boil them for five minutes in salted water, rinse with cold water, then remove the outer layer that will unfurl like…well, let’s say a sock.  Serve with a dipping sauce of your choice and, voila, they’re ready to eat…

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Mmmm.  Tasty-looking, no?

Not bad, but a little sandy.  And, while interesting, it doesn’t rank up there with the equally special likes of sea urchin or skate wing.

Agree?  Disagree?  What’s your take on them?

Continuing our Stargate: Atlantis re-watch with…The Lost Tribe!

1Hunh.  Interesting.  As much as she enjoyed the first part of this mid-season two-parter, Akemi couldn’t muster much enthusiasm for this one.  I think the problem was that, while Part I was incredibly fast-paced and raised many questions, Part II bogged down in the answers – many of which went right over her head: the Asgard, their cloning issues, the Travellers, Larrin, etc.  “This episode feel so long,”she sighed at one point.

When McKay and Daniel have a lengthy discussion regarding how the device affects wraith hyperspace drives, the gates, and how they can stop it: “Don’t talk.  Just do it!”

When the Asgard revealed himself: “Oh, so cute!  Look at him!”

And during the inside the suit Iron Man POV: “Cool.”

This episode’s final space battle was the first she didn’t enjoy: “I couldn’t tell which ship was which.”

She questioned the suddenly verdant Atlantis in a later scene: “Why so green?”

And, finally, she was quite disappointed that the Ronon-McKay romantic rivalry fizzled out so quickly: “So handsome guy so sad because Jewel doesn’t like him?  I wanted to see geek vs. handsome guy situation!”  🙁

20 thoughts on “April 15, 2014: Well here’s something I bet you haven’t tried! Continuing our Stargate: Atlantis re-watch with…The Lost Tribe!

  1. There some Goose Neck Barnacles subspecies. I try and yep not is my favorite seafood. For Connoisseurs the best are: yes to orange color but the thick shorter ones, with larger hooves ?(is the word?) like in this photo.

    http://www.aixa.biz/en/files/2013/01/percebe.jpg

    You kown that the comestible part of this things is her disproportionately large genital organ. 😛

    I enjoy the battles an Atlantis look spectacular at the end. But yep too much things to assimilate.

  2. They say that “eye appeal is half the meal”, in which case those barnacles are at least a half meal. I’d still try them though. At least once.

    I actually really enjoyed the second half as well. Agreed that it depends on a LOT of backstory, but that’s why it’s a good thing to watch the whole series in order! 🙂

  3. Symbiotes! If you feel another consciousness rattling around in your head or Akemi mentions your eyes glowing you may have a problem.

  4. Barnacles? Oh Joe! Gross! So now you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel for your food? Yuk! If I had to eat that, and I don’t know why I would, I would bread it and fry it. Everything is better fried, right?

  5. ew! — Aren’t Barnacles kinda like the LEECHES-of-the-Sea..? At least Snails can afford their own Housing.

  6. This was actually one of my favorite mid-season two-parters in the entire franchise, in particular because it rewarded long-time viewers with an incredible twist in the established mythos. I can see, though, that if you’re not familiar with the backstory, it would feel tedious.

  7. Let me just say that that reminds me of the nose of the English bull dog I take care of when snot is dripping out of his nose. Don’t mind cleaning up snot. Do mind eating something that reminds me of snot.

    Akemi will like knowing that the Asgard are in other seasons of Atlantis on the Daedalus and also in SG-1.

  8. Goose Neck Barnacles? Thanks for letting us know not to bother. I’ll take that off my bucket list. Aren’t barnacles something you scrap off a boat?

    The Lost Tribe had a lot of potential for future episodes. Liked it a lot!!

  9. Lost Tribe – enjoyed it a lot.

    Barnacles – they don’t even look as tasty as baby Goauld and they were a little disgusting. shudder…PASS.

  10. As a kid, I had a dog that contracted heart worms by eating the barnacles off the bottom of my uncle’s boat (when it was stored on the property during the off season). He had to be put down. If we had known it was possible to contract heart worms that way, we would have fenced off the boat.

    So, make sure those barnacles are cooked well!

    I did like the Lost Tribe, but for the same reason as Akemi disliked it: the fast dialog between McKay and Jackson.

    And after the burial service on Monday and meetings in Alabama on Tuesday and today, we’re finally heading home. I’ll miss the Georgia family, but I’m a bit road weary and I’ll be glad to sleep in my own bed tomorrow night. I need some recuperation before my trip to Italy in May.

  11. “I headed home with a handful to check ’em out…so YOU don’t have to.”
    And we thank you, Joe, for your selfless public service! I might try one of these if it was my only chance of winning the million bucks on Survivor, but otherwise, um…no thanks.

  12. @ Das – 😆 😆

    @ JeffW – You couldn’t mention that when you were up in Canada visiting Joe?! Is there anything else you’d like to warn him about – now?!

    😉

    Joe, if you’re still alive, would you tell my beagle Maggie to quit pulling up the carpet!!

  13. Did Seafood City have any tips for how to rinse the image of those goose neck barnacles outa my eyes? Or is this one of those things that can never be unseen? The upside is you now have super gross alien food props for your next sci fi project.

  14. You paid $29.90 PER POUND for those things?!?!? For something that could’ve tasted like ass, for all you knew ex ante? I hope those six in the photo are the only ones you purchased. I agree with Line Noise: they look just like dog penises. Mmmmm!

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