Escargots

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Escargots

For the uninitiated, "escargots" is French for snails. 

Quite a delicacy, with butter and garlic. 

We have them in our California garden. The photo shows one (of many today) climbing the outside of a small planter).

Escargot in our Calrsbad garden in Southerbn CaliforniaI DON'T eat them, but the lizards like them as do the crows. And I will admit to having escargots many years ago in a couple of classy French restaurants. They were quite good. And I recall seeing them on the menu of a number of Michelin-starred places we saw in our trips to Paris. 

Here's a recipe.

But I'm not sure they are the same as the critters crawling around my Southern California garden!

And now that I see them creeping about I know I don't want to think about devouring them.

It's sorta like eating a pet chicken or rabbit. 

I remember having dinner with my daughter, who was at USC in LA, a few years ago at a great outdoor eatery in Marina del Ray - the food and the weather were sublime, but the snails crawling all over the plants adjoining the table were a bit off-putting, and they kept getting closer to the table as we ate. We had a good laugh but it was an invasion that for us Easterners was a bit over-the-top.

Snails seems to be another one of the hazards of gardening here in Southern California - they crawl all over the place, and nibble on lots of plants (i.e., devour them). They are easy to relocate, fortunately (pick them up and throw them), but they are a nuisance. Gardening shops sell stuff that supposedly keeps them away. 

Somehow it's now hard to equate this gardening nuisance with a French delicacy. Go figure.

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Larry Bettag
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Jeff...I'm all over these critters!  Can you say yum???

April 03, 2011 10:25 PM #1
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Larry

Ha ha. Well the escargot swere quite tasty.

Jeff

April 03, 2011 10:27 PM #2
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Oh yuck - I remember stepping on those crunchy shells by accident when I was growing up.  But here's a thought - you can move to the Chicago area and deal with slugs - essentially a snail without a shell!  Doubly gross!

April 03, 2011 10:30 PM #3
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Not my cup of tea either. With or without shells!

April 03, 2011 10:31 PM #4
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Elizabeth Byrne
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Jeff, I had escargot a few times, but can think of many other dishes I would rather have. Crabs, lobsters, shrimp, for example. After your experiences with snails, I will probably not have any more escargot as my appetizer. I hope you get them under control in your garden,

April 03, 2011 10:36 PM #5
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Very nice real estate tie-in, Jeff! You do an excellent job of that. It feels as though we get to know you through each post and, at the same time, learn something about real estate in California. You have this blogging down to a science!

Emcee

April 03, 2011 10:44 PM #6
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Jeff, Maybe if enough people read your post and decide they can't stand escargot, they will leave more for me. LOL

I do really enjoy escargot, crab, lobster, shrimp, squid and a few other items which I guess really don't seem too tasty in their natural state.

April 03, 2011 10:46 PM #7
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I had escargot a few times too. Then I moved west and we have slugs and snails. Ugly little nuisances. My wife threw one to the alley one day, overshot and we heard the neighbor yell HEY!. Direct hit? I don't know. Maybe a crow dropped it.

April 03, 2011 10:47 PM #8
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Escargots - Yum-yum.  I can't find these in Modesto CA (the lack of French restaurants).  Whenever my family and I go on vacations, we look for French restaurants and order these.  The last time was in La Jolla, CA in December 2010.  I can't wait for the next vacation - Spring Break in April. 

I have a LOT of snails in the backyard too in Central Valley, CA.  My husband just "took care" of them before they become a "Bigger" problem.

Why can't snails in the backyard just turn into the French delicacy - that would REALLY raise my property value ;-)  -  at least for the Escargot lovers!

April 03, 2011 10:49 PM #9
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Jeff, You could put anything in enough butter and garlic and it would be tasty.  Shrimp would be a better choice for me!

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April 03, 2011 10:49 PM #10
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Mmmmmm. I love escargot. Would you mind saving some for me.
April 03, 2011 11:07 PM #11
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Margaret - yeah, I have those memories, too. And yes, we have slugs here as well. REALLY gross.

Ellie - well there was a time. But I don't think so after living here where lunch is running around my garden.

Elizabeth - ah, yes, there are mnay more pleasant creatures with shells to enjoy. Crab is a fave of mine.

Jeff

April 03, 2011 11:21 PM #12
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Jeff,

I don't know if these garden variety snails are edible either. It would be INTERESTING to know however.

Steve

April 04, 2011 08:36 AM #13
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Hi Jeff,

I had escargot in Paris at a restaurant at the base of the Eiffel Tower.  I loved them.  But maybe this too was due to location location location!  We don't see too many snails here in Southeastern PA except in the creeks.

Lisa

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Jeff, i adore escargots but especially cold snail salad which is delicious...again it is an acquired taste...work on it...it's like tofu it is a acquired.

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