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A Bourdain/Zimmern Thanksgiving

Fried Jelly Fish

Drinking shots with the locals and munching fried jellyfish on Thanksgiving Day reminds us of  Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern from the Travel Channel. Yes, we stumble upon a café/restaurant close to the sea in Tarifa, Spain. Our first bite of fried jellyfish makes us appreciate the light breading, as the “fishy” taste dominates.

While Mare runs to the room to retrieve her camera, I make the friendly mistake of buying shots of Jack Daniels whiskey for two guys at the bar, as well as myself. It seems the cap of Jack has not been opened for quite some time.


Here comes Mare, just in time for a plate of “Burugotos,” courtesy of the waiter/bartender, who shows us how to extricate the small, ahem…, worm-like creatures that we dig out of their tiny shell with a pin. About the size and appearance of a maggot, the only recognizable taste is salt, for which we are grateful.

Boys will be boys

Here come two shots of a caramel-colored brandy, along with a plate octopus ceviche, which is simply delicious. The place is filling up, and the guys at the bar continue to reciprocate my previous round by sending us another round of shots, this time local lemon liquor, Spanish hard stuff. They wave and laugh, and we return the gesture. As we emulate Bourdain’s bibulous behaviors, our courage builds for Zimmern’s zest for the bizarre.


Ahh…the main course arrives. The huge squid stares back at us. We enjoy his tender slices, and toast to a Happy Thanksgiving to our family and friends back home.

Happy Thanksgiving!

12 Comments Post a comment
  1. Bridget #

    You both look great; all that seafood is agreeing with you! or is it the alcohol? Love the blog, it is great to see all of these places!

    November 27, 2009
    • Hi Bridget,

      Never understimate the power of alcohol!



      November 29, 2009
    • Miss enjoying this holiday w/you and others. Next year. Thanks for following along. Love you, Marilynn

      November 29, 2009
  2. Kevan #

    You two have nerves of steel! stomaches too!

    November 28, 2009
  3. Rod #

    Very daring. You catching any football over there? Your Steelers could be in trouble, especially if Big Ben is hurt.

    November 29, 2009
    • Hi Rod,

      I followed the Steelers/KC loss on, delayed text one night when we had internet access. Yes, Steelers may not make it to play-offs this year. Glad you are following the blog, hope you enjoy it!

      Peace and Love,

      November 29, 2009
  4. karin #

    I couldnt do it, We know you have the abs of steeel but holy sh**!!

    November 29, 2009
    • Marilynn #

      Yes, abs of steel inside and out! But not for long if I keep eating and drinking like this!

      November 30, 2009
  5. Julie #

    Hi Ron and Marilyn,

    Ron was envious of your Thanksgiving dinner…,I think he’s wanting to make a run to Pappadeaux – but I think their squid will lack the presentation yours has! Our Vietnamese place serves jelly fish — from your description, I think I may pass!

    You two look great — long term traveling appears to be agreing to you (then again, who wouldn’t it agree with!

    Take care-and thanks for the entertaining reading.

    Ron and Julie

    November 29, 2009
    • Hi Ron and Jules,

      Thanks for the compliments. Maybe your Vietnamese place cooks a better jellyfish!

      Peace and Love,

      Ron and Mare

      November 30, 2009
  6. Ron…Marilynn…
    My God!! the things you and other people eat!! I think I would be starving to death…(except for the beer/wine/alcohol).
    Sorry, I’ll have to stay with the River Cruise(s) on the Danube. (I think 2010 will be Vienna to Bucarest).
    Miss you two.. Stay safe…


    December 1, 2009
  7. Bridget #

    Quick! ….*gasp*…*gasp*….going into vicarious vacation withdrawal……need blog ….soon……

    December 2, 2009

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