I TRIED IT...CALAMARI
As the tag says, I'm not a foodie, I just eat a lot. And I like to eat foods that not only look good to me, but of course taste good to me, not the universe. I don't care how many ways you can make beets taste good or how delicate a Rocky Mountain oyster tastes. Beets will always taste like a dirty piece of metal to me. And testicles...I don't need to explain that right?
My mom is much more of an adventurous eater than I am so there was always some strange cuisine or food item in the house. She doesn't go as far as Andrew Zimmern, but in my eyes she was just as close. Growing up, she would have fun bribing me with her weird food choices and if I didn't try something, no TV. And well, full stop, because you can't take the TV away so I learned early to just roll with it. But I'm grown now, so no, I'm not trying pig feet, intestine, etc. etc.
With all that said, here is the first post for the "I TRIED IT..." series. Each of these posts will feature a food item that I've written off in the past because I found it to be weird or down right gross...but have either had a change of heart or they will still remain on the "Nah, I'm good" list like your friends beets and balls.
I TRIED IT...AND I LIKED IT: CALAMARI
This is an item I've tried too many times because people really seem to like it. I would only try it if it was crispy and if there were no tentacles in sight. That's a hard pass. But last month, I had a work lunch at Landmarc (Marc Murphy's restaurant) in midtown. The table ordered calamari because of course they would (everyone loves calamari).
I inspected it, no tentacles, good crispy factor and the ringlets were cut thin. I put one in my mouth. It was good. Like really good. I took another to make sure I wasn't trippin'. I was not. I've had calamari before and those other places have been doing it wrong for years. This place right here, this place right here son, killer calamari. So much so that I kind of just want to go there on a lunch break to treat myself. So if you're ever in NYC, and need a calamari fix, do not play yourself. Get on the train, get off at 59th st Columbus Circle, go to the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, take the escalator to the third floor and go to Landmarc. Thank me later.
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10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
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