A funny thing happened today on the way to the Internet. Those of you who have been keeping up with the adventures of Jonah and Eli since before there was even an Eli, may remember this post from January of 2006. Well, we got this in thiseviinbox today from an inquiring gourmand from Glendale, CA:
I have been browsing the web for about a week looking for a place in California that sells whole smoked alligator. I found your website (cute lil guy btw) and I saw the photo you took in a Los Angeles store. Do you remember the name or address of the store by any chance? Thank you for your time.
Looks like this culinary daredevil came upon our post which, as you can see includes a brief note on how we saw a very impressive looking smoked alligator at a Russian store in the San Fernando valley on New Year’s Eve and included the scary photo at the top of this post. So I emailed this very nice guy (who asked that he remain annonymous) with the name and address of the store (Rasputin International Food, 17159 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316, for you hungry Russophiles) and asked:
Why, if I may ask, would you want a whole smoked alligator? Is smoked alligator meat tasty? Is it specific to a particular region? I have never tried it, but am curious.
In a few minutes I got this response:
Thank you for your help! I have not tried alligator myself yet but I have heard that alligator meat is supposed to taste kind of like chicken and frog legs. I am going to use it as the centerpiece for a seafood buffet, it is actually kind of hard to find these guys because the USDA does not really approve of people eating them. Thanks again for the information and I hope you and your family keep bloggin!
More proof that you can find anything on the internet, including reliable intel on the whereabouts of a scrumptious smoked aligator. That has got to be some seafood buffet this guy is planning — I’m a little jealous and, for the record, I would love to bite that alligator regardless of what the USDA would say about it. Everybody knows that smoked = delicious.