Lauren Vs. Food: Squid (Yes, Really)


Lauren Vs. Food is my attempt at correcting my terrible eating habits and unwillingness to eat anything that looks strange or foreign by forcing myself to eat new and scary foods on my trip.

 

After having spent my first week in Croatia avoiding any kind of food that looked freaky or foreign, I met up with a friend, and I was finally forced to try something new…

Fried Calamari.

Shudder.

And so, of course, I decided to search online to see what calamari actually is, and was horrified to discover that I was going to be eating fried squids. Vaguely remembering what squids were, I then decided to search for pictures of them and became petrified that somehow one of their tentacles was going to end up stuck to my throat, causing me to choke to death. I’m sure it happens all the time.

I was definitely not excited about this experience.

But I’d agreed to do it, so I couldn’t back out now. We hunted down a restaurant which was entirely empty, so as not to scare anyone off with my shrieks of fear and horror.

I took a deep breath and ordered the calamari.

I gulped as they brought the plate to the table, and took a sharp intake of breath when I noticed the enormous, creepy tentacles wiggling around on the plate.

I don’t know what I expected, but I certainly wasn’t expecting them to look so…. Squidy…

After spending about 20 minutes freaking out and deciding I didn’t want to eat them anymore, I finally gave in and, well, here is the video evidence:

And so, as to whether I liked them or not, I was really unsure at this point. I discovered I did not like them if they were cold. Or if they had tentacles attached. I did manage to eat all of the non-tentacled ones without throwing up or crying, so I decided this was definitely a success.

Then, to my surprise, the very next evening I found myself ordering more fried calamari?!

I then carried on doing this for four consecutive nights.

I LOVED it.

So much so, that I even found myself gobbling up the ones WITH tentacles…

Mmmm… Tentacles…

And so, in the epic battle of Lauren Vs. Food, this time…

Lauren wins!

 

 

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42 Comments

  1. Toni
    August 11, 2011
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    You lost me at the word ‘tentacles’ – eeewwwwwww =D haha well done you hun!

    • Lauren
      August 11, 2011
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      They had suckers on and everything!

  2. Chris
    August 11, 2011
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    oh the expressions on your face are priceless

    • Lauren
      August 11, 2011
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      I was just trying so hard not to spit it out!

  3. Jennifer Nixon (@jenniferbnixon)
    August 11, 2011
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    LOL Lauren that video is so funny – the music just adds to the whole thing! Your very brave, I get freaked out if i accidenlty eat a green crisp!x

    • Lauren
      August 11, 2011
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      Arghhh, I HATE green crisps!!!

  4. Mack Reynolds
    August 11, 2011
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    haha this is hilarious! i love how you’re looking around trying to focus on something other than the squid you’re eating. calssic! i love fried calamari.

    • Lauren
      August 12, 2011
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      Hahahaha, trying soooo hard to swallow!

  5. Elle
    August 11, 2011
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    I’ve only had calamari once but I dipped it in marinara sauce so it wasn’t that bad. Granted…I never ordered it again after that.

    • Lauren
      August 11, 2011
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      Hahahaha I just used my coke as a sauce to wash it down!

  6. Scot Baston
    August 11, 2011
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    Awesome! i’m really impressed.. Fish Head Soup next?

    • Lauren
      August 11, 2011
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      Hmmm… We’ll see? I’d rather steer clear of fishes….

  7. Ayngelina
    August 11, 2011
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    The first time? Wow I am shocked but pleased to see that you are making an effort.

    • Lauren
      August 12, 2011
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      Tip of the iceberg.. ;)

  8. Lauren
    August 11, 2011
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    When I forgot about the pictures of the squids I’d looked at and pretended I was just eating chips in my head I freaked out a lot less!

  9. Jordan
    August 11, 2011
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    Congratulation! I’ve got a limited palate for food as well, it makes it very tough to travel. Keep up the fight!

    • Lauren
      August 12, 2011
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      Yeah, agreed! So far I’ve been fine, but I’m definitely not looking forward to Asia…!

  10. Mike
    August 11, 2011
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    Classic

    • Lauren
      August 12, 2011
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      Aren’t you impressed?! :D

  11. Kris Koeller
    August 11, 2011
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    I don’t really care for seafood, but deep fry anything and I’ll give it a go.

    • Lauren
      August 12, 2011
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      Agreed, definitely couldn’t have eaten the grilled version…

  12. Christy @ Ordinary Traveler
    August 11, 2011
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    You are braver than me! I won’t eat the tentacles. :) It may have something to do with dissecting a squid in junior high and then frying it up and eating it in class. Yuck.

    • Lauren
      August 12, 2011
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      What?!?! That’s AWFUL!

  13. Caz Makepeace
    August 11, 2011
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    Calamari is one of my favourites!! i eat it with the tentacles. Next up octopus for you!

    • Lauren
      August 12, 2011
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      Ughhhhh, never!!

  14. Annette | Bucket List Journey
    August 11, 2011
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    That was hilarious & love that photo with the tentacles! I’m along the line of thinking that anything deep fried is pretty darn good. I just had deep-fried lambs brain for my anniversary and even it was semi-tolerable!

    • Lauren
      August 13, 2011
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      Deep fried lambs brain?!?! Don’t think I could ever handle that!

  15. George
    August 12, 2011
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    OMG loved this. I’m not a fussy eater at all I LOVE calamari in fact the tentacley bit is the best bit lovely texture. You will get used to it love the blog xx

    • Lauren
      August 13, 2011
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      Thanks! I’m semi-used to it now…. Ate it so much that I got fed up with it though and am avoiding it for a while!

  16. eGichomo
    August 12, 2011
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    The music is a nice soundtrack to the facial expressions.. lol. I enjoyed the post.. eat! eat! eat!

    • Lauren
      August 13, 2011
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      Hahahahaha, argh, the facial expressions….. Not pretty!

  17. Michael Hodson
    August 12, 2011
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    Time to hear more about the various (and more of them) … FOOD WINS!! Soon. ;)

    • Lauren
      August 13, 2011
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      Um, you don’t seem to have much confidence in me….

  18. Bob Crunch
    August 12, 2011
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    Great article and congrats on the victory :)
    When I first tasted calamari I loved it. The thing was I wasn’t told it is really squid and I always complained that I hated seafood. Well my family really showed me that day. Now I am willing to try seafood before I say I don’t like it.

    • Lauren
      August 13, 2011
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      After throwing up a few times when having seafood, it is definitely something I try to avoid…!

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  20. Bryan @ BudgetYourTrip
    August 15, 2011
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    Terrific! Calamari is one of my favorites. Just watch out for the little suction cups on the tentacles ;)

    • Lauren
      August 15, 2011
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      Don’t! That’s what terrifies me!!!

  21. Nomadic Samuel
    August 18, 2011
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    Calamari, is simply awesome! I had it for my going away dinner last week. Congrats on being victorious :)

  22. Theodora
    August 19, 2011
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    I’d really recommend you try octopus salad when you make it to greece. Tentacles in vinegar, oil and herbs (but chopped). Absolutely delish!

    Congrats on winning your battle.

  23. Heather
    August 20, 2011
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    Glad you liked it!! It’s something I’ve only started eating in the last few years. It’s often overcooked but if someone gets it right it’s beautiful.

    Like the music :-)

  24. Arjun Ray
    August 26, 2011
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    It seemed I was watching an episode of Fear Factor!! :D. It was hilarious!! Were you just swallowing the calamari with Coke!??! Its all about mind over matter honey!! OM.

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