France is famous for its cuisine ... everyone knows that. On the other hand, even there I have found some things to be utterly inedible. Some if it is personal taste. Some of it is cultural ... that which is eaten in some cultures or time periods is detested and thrown out elsewhere.
In my culture (California) and time period (now), I've found a shatteringly spooky thing good only as a Halloween trick: the "A.A.A.A.A. Andoillette de Troyes." Think worms or possibly worse ... and don't let the "cute" photo fool you!
Old half-timbered buildings surrounded the cathedral. Some looked sweet with little heart shaped cut outs in their shutters. Others looked like they would suddenly shudder and fall over.
It was a pleasant interlude on a hot day. And, all too soon it was nearly 1:00 p.m. and time for lunch. Mr. Wonderful consulted his trusty Guide Michelin and we drove to the adjoining village of Pont-Sainte-Marie.
The restaurant highly recommended by the Guide was closed, so we found something small and local around the corner. So far so good.
In a spirit of adventure, I looked at the menu and decided to try the regional specialty. Andouillette sounded like a little sausage, perhaps a petite version of the andouillie in Louisiana, which gave me no reason to worry. Besides, the waiter told us it was slow cooked in wine for many hours -- definitely a positive.
And then it came. And then I tasted it. And then I cut another slice. And then the slimy wormlike insides of the "sausage" spilled out. I froze. After a long moment, I look around the restaurant ... everyone was eating and talking and looking normal. I inhaled the aromas steaming up from my plate, clutched the table-top so as not to faint, eyed Mr. Wonderful and told him to order more wine as well as some bread and cheese.
Live and learn. As soon as we got back to our hotel, I grabbed my laptop and started looking for Audouillette de Troyes to see if it was what I though it was. According to French-Property.com