I Ate a Chicken Foot

Chicken in the bread pan, pickin’ out dough


Chicken foot, chicken foot, I ate a chicken foot (to be sung to the tune of “Lollipop.”)

Sooo, what’s up, chicken butt! Did you ever say that as a child? I said it often, as a college student. I still think it’s funny. People’s reactions to this perfectly reasonable question vary but are typically a combination of pity and speechlessness.

But this is about feet, not butts.

Yes, I ate a chicken foot. But before you get too excited, I have to confess: I ate that chicken foot in a dream.

But the dream was SO realistic, y’all!

I was in China, staying at the Hilton with my friend Ann and her boyfriend Tom. At some point, Ann’s Tom changed to Tom Krasinski (from The Office, and if I have to tell you that, well . . . you’re a chicken butt!). I know, I know!!! The actor’s name is JOHN Krasinski, but when I woke up and blearily  jotted down some notes about the dream, I wrote “Tom,” thinking, “Well, it makes sense. Same first name.” Then later in the day it hit me. It’s JOHN, you moron. That was a side note, if you couldn’t tell.

Anyway, the dream was like a Locked Up Abroad episode only with no drugs. Some mysterious entity had paid for our hotel; we were given money and instructed to just hang out and enjoy the city.

Fine, except I don’t speak Chinese!

There was some espionage-type stuff (a mysterious man asked me about a number and then got electrocuted in a phone booth). Otherwise, the action took place at a food court. All the food was Chinese, but not normal Chinese food, like Panda Express. It was all weird things, like eyeballs (sorry, Chinese people! I know you don’t eat eyeballs and even if you do it’s not weird). Regardless, I paid for all this strange food with my strange money and ate it furtively a few blocks away.

Later, Ann, Tom, and I saw a vendor frying chicken feet, and it was like, THIS IS IT! The opportunity to eat the weirdest food EVER (again, sorry, Chinese people). But you hear me, right? We’ve all been to dim sum restaurants, where the chicken feet passed by . . . and kept on going. Well, here was my chance, finally, to eat a chicken foot, and it seemed like it was going to be awesome.

So here — in what HAS to be the most lifelike (and therefore totally reliable) dream I’ve ever had — is what it’s like to eat a chicken foot.

First, it was perfectly deep-fried, like an onion ring. I bit into it, and a sumptuous morsel of chicken almost popped out. I slipped it back in, for, of course, that’s the best part! Before I got to the bone, there was this long, thin hard part that I nibbled on as if it were the most delicious delicacy, but it tasted like an uncooked spaghetti noodle. Someone yelled, “THAT’S THE TENDON!” And I was like, Oh, GROSS! because I’d eat a bone but not a tendon?

And now you know what it’s like to eat a chicken foot!

Please share your most realistic chicken foot–related dreams!


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57 Responses to “I Ate a Chicken Foot”

  1. 1 Princess Stupidhead (Janine)

    I’m not sure if I wish I had a chicken foot dream to share with you or if I’m very relieved never to have had a chicken foot dream, but if I do have a chicken foot dream as a result of reading this, you know who I am going to blame. After all, you’re always telling us that you do things so we don’t have to, so if I end up biting down on a chicken tendon, I’m not going to be very happy.

    I have said “chicken butt” as a child and actually I just said it Tuesday. I always answer “chicken butt” when Dave says “You know what?” because I will be 9 and 1/2 next month.
    .-= Princess Stupidhead (Janine)´s last blog ..I Think That Guy Stole My Shen! =-.

  2. 2 Lin

    Uh, I don’t have any feet-related dreams, JD. But chicken feet don’t really look like feet–more like a 3-fingered hand, doesn’t it? Ick. Would you eat it if it was a hand??
    .-= Lin´s last blog ..What I do for love and baseball =-.

  3. 3 Puglette

    i must say, you have interesting dreams. i do not dream of chicken feet, and i think i am happy about that fact. i know some pug bloggers feed them to their dogs. i would not do that because…well, they’re chicken feet, damnit!

    hubby’s sister and her hubby are international teachers and have spent time in china. they have stories about how ooky the food can be. i think i will stick with panda express and other americanized chinese food.

    just curious…what did you snack on before bed?
    .-= Puglette´s last blog ..From Around the Interwebs! =-.

  4. 4 Barb at WillThink4Wine

    ::shaking head in shear disbelief and utter confusion::

    I got nuthin’ about chicken feet, but I do have some chicken lip stories I could share. They’re the rarest things to be had you know, chicken lips. Well, except for hen’s teeth. They’re about as close a tie as can be had… kind of like turkey neck and neck.

    Big hugs xo
    .-= Barb at WillThink4Wine´s last blog ..Full Moon =-.

  5. 5 maggie

    I used to work for a guy that grew up on a chicken farm and married into a Chinese family. He said that was the wackiest thing watching them chow down on chicken feet, and even the smallest kids could eat them with finesse and end up with a small pile of perfectly clean bones. Oh, and he also said since he grew up on the farm and knew what they walked around in , he would never eat chicken feet.

  6. 6 Spot

    I have not had any chicken feet dreams and for once I’m so grateful that you do things so I don’t have too, because I never never want to dream about chicken feet. I hate feet of any sort but that has to be the worst. I’m pretty sure I would dream vomit and then wake up to very real vomitting. So thanks for that girl!!

    My grandma used to fry up pig’s ears for sandwiches. I thought that was the grossest thing ever. Thanks for showing me it’s not.

    .-= Spot´s last blog ..And then she said… =-.

  7. 7 Daisy the Curly Cat

    I would eat a chicken foot. I’m almost certain.
    .-= Daisy the Curly Cat´s last blog ..Fashion Friday: Sweater Girl! =-.

  8. 8 Tracy

    I would have eaten a real chicken foot instead of letting down my audience this way. Just sayin is all.

    Whenever somebody asks me “What’s up, chicken butt?” I scramble to find another chicken body part rhyme, like “The sky, chicken eye!” “You know, chicken toe!” “Take a rest, chicken breast!”

    You know what I’m waiting for? Becoming an old, old man so I can tell random children “What’s my name, puddin n’ tain, ask me again and I’ll tell you the same” and confuse the crap out of them. I know I’m a girl so it’s not terribly likely I’ll become an old man in my old age, but I guess I could go in drag. I don’t think old ladies ever say this.

  9. 9 meleah rebeccah

    I dont remember my dreams, but OMG, that photo of the chicken foot? Is totally grossing me out!
    .-= meleah rebeccah´s last blog ..Doing Things Differently – My Week In Review [Part Four] =-.

  10. 10 Jaffer

    Ok, you ‘ate’ a chicken foot – in your dreams.

    I SUCKED a boiled chicken foot for real.

  11. 11 Surfie

    Did it taste like chicken?

    I can’t imagine eating a chicken foot. *shudder* It just looks so creepy. Use it as a weapon? Yes. But food? Not so much. I’m not all that adventurous with my food.
    .-= Surfie´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday: Waianapanapa State Park Maui =-.

  12. 12 Fe em Brasil

    Haha, Glad my photo is continuing to gross people out! =)

    So none of you have actually really and truly enjoyed this great delicacy! Well, to be honest neither have I but then looking at this photo can you really blame me! Though I should add that this photo is in fact prior to cooking!

  13. 13 Margaret (Nanny Goats)

    ACK! You know Chickenfoot is a band name right? I forget whose in it, but it’s one of those Traveling Wilburys type bands where a bunch of already famous people get together and form some other temporary All-Star band. And I’m just too lazy to look it up.

    And I’m sorry, but if you ate a chicken foot in a dream, then you did it so YOU didn’t have to, either. Just sayin’.
    .-= Margaret (Nanny Goats)´s last blog ..Goat Thing of the Day: Goat-Minded Sheep =-.

  14. 14 babs - beetle

    The photo is enough for me to digest thank you very much! I think the tendon would be the worst part too! Are the spiky claws still in it when you eat it? Real or dream will do for the answer.
    .-= babs – beetle´s last blog ..The empty page =-.

  15. 15 Stephanie Barr

    You want my most remarkable eating-a-chicken-foot dream? Okay, remember you asked for it:
    .-= Stephanie Barr´s last blog ..The Ultimate Editing Tool =-.

  16. 16 Ron

    OMG….you KILL me, girl!

    Not only about eating the chicken foot, but this…

    …”a mysterious man asked me about a number and then got electrocuted in a phone booth”…

    Bwhahahahahahahahaha! OMG, that’s hysterical!

    I can’t stop looking at the NAILS on that foot. They look like they belong on the Wicked Witch of the West.

    No, I’ve never dreamed of eating a chicken foot, but this post reminded me of how my father would eat PIG’S FEET! Just the sound of him munching on those things was enough to send me screaming from kitchen.
    .-= Ron´s last blog ..Popeye the Sailor Man =-.

  17. 17 Bill

    I’m an “I’ll try (almost) anything” type, so I would eat ONE chicken foot, but have yet to face the challenge.
    However, a friend’s college roommate was from China, and when Chinese Roommate got married, my pal was one of two non-Chinese people invited to the wedding banquet. He had to eat like a whole plateful of chicken feet to be polite. He said the food just kept coming, and the chicken feet weren’t even the gnarliest things he ate that night.
    .-= Bill´s last blog ..Girls (?) Gone Wild!!! =-.

  18. 18 Tim

    Whew! I was worried you had sunk to new depths there. When I saw the post title, I decided to read this after supper was well over and gone. After taking care of chickens on the farm and seeing what they step on all day, chicken foot is off the menu for me. I won’t say what they stand in all the time, other than it rhymes with ‘poop’.
    I never heard this “What’s up, chicken butt?” It reminds me of “Want some gum? Chew your rubber bum!” And Just like Tracy’s comment, I plan on using it as an old man to bother children. In fact, I have already bothered my own children with it and I’m not even old yet.
    .-= Tim´s last blog ..Women Are The Root of All Evil =-.

  19. 19 Kathleen Kaufman

    I’ve had many a dream where I’m globe trotting with Jonathon Rhys Meyers….but no chicken feet…. I’ll ask him next time we’re in a dream together to go pick some up, he’s usually so agreeable and easy to get along with, not at all like Henry the 8th….although he’s frequently wearing the same outfits…

    .-= Kathleen Kaufman´s last blog ..Super Fantastic Blog Contest 2010! Contest! Prizes! =-.

  20. 20 Kathy

    OK, am I the only one here who thought this was going to be REAL? When I saw the title, I was reminded of a post JD wrote asking for things she should do for us. And I could swear someone asked for this. Oh, wait. I think that was that she try head cheese. Nevermind.

    I’m a little bit disappointed this was only a dream. Although I’m also relieved you didn’t actually stick that foot in your mouth. Chicken toes! Aye-EEEEEE!
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..The Snow Thing =-.

  21. 21 moooooog35

    I ate a chicken HEART once.

    I know..you’d think they didn’t have hearts being the miscreants of the poultry world and all but they do and they’re FUCKING DISGUSTING.

    You’re welcome.
    .-= moooooog35´s last blog ..Wrapping up the Week – Feb 28, 2010 =-.

  22. 22 Bernie

    Gosh, I feel like I’m missing out on something by not having a dream of eating a chicken foot. Seems like all the cool kids have them.

    Where did you get the picture? Ewwww *lol*

    I helped my best friend’s family at chicken slaughtering time. I could go into details, but think that wouldn’t be so special.

    Don’t eat spicy food before bed and you might have other kinds of dreams.
    .-= Bernie´s last blog ..We Would Bring Grace To "The Amazing Race" =-.

  23. 23 cardiogirl

    (Holds both hands over her mouth which makes it impossible to type but knows you’ll over look the logistics to enjoy the implied humor) Oh gawd.

    I will have nightmares about this for a good long while. And that photo up there is doing nothing but scripting more vivid images for said nightmare.

    Why do the claws/nails look like the long nails found on a chick having a manicure?


    And the tendon. I can’t even go there. Please promise me you will never eat a real chicken foot in real life. And if you do, I am begging you to put a real disclaimer on the beginning of the real post just for me.

    I know, that’s asking a lot, but please just do it. Okay?
    .-= cardiogirl´s last blog ..The one where the effing bear attempted to maul me =-.

  24. 24 absepa

    Oh, man…I’ve never seen a close-up of a chicken foot before. Why does it look like an alien hand? What is with the (shudder) nails? Gah. I’m not a big fan of any kind of feet, but that is just too much.

    I love the part about the guy getting electrocuted in a phone booth–that would be great in a Bond movie.
    .-= absepa´s last blog ..I didn’t know things like that happened in real life… =-.

  25. 25 JD

    Princess Stupidhead: HAHAHAHA! Ah, another fellow chicken butt lover. You know what I mean. I hope I don’t have to bear responsibility for any chicken foot (or butt) dreams, but I am prepared. Really, the tendon wasn’t that bad!

    Lin: I think the Dream JD would NOT have eaten a hand, if I’m being honest. To me, it looks like a cartoon chicken’s foot. But it’s real!

    Puglette: EW! I can’t bear to think of Ollie gnawing on a stupid chicken foot! I was invited to the home of a Chinese family and served the most amazing meal. It was authentic stuff, all right, tho no feet and incredibly delicious. I guess they knew only to serve the good “weird” stuff? This may shock you, but I don’t snack before bed (that’s because I go to bed about an hour after I eat). Maybe I had fish sticks for dinner?

    Barb at WillThink4Wine: Is this a joke? About hen’s teeth. Should I be Googling this so I don’t look stupid? Hens don’t have teeth, right? Oh, please let me go back to my simple chicken foot dream! (XO)

    maggie: Gross! I mean, about the chicken feet on the farm, not the nice Chinese family. I don’t even understand people eating chicken WINGS. My dad used to love them. Where’s the meat?

    Spot: Oh, no! Pig’s ears? Sandwiches? That’s got to be worse than chicken feet. EARS??? Oh, no. No. I wonder if anyone has ever dreamt they were vomiting and then woke up to find they were covered in vomit. That might make an interesting post.

    Daisy the Curly Cat: Hee! Yes, I bet you would, Daisy! And it probably wouldn’t even have to be deep-fried. Or cooked!

    Tracy: Oh, god, I’m cracking up. Even tho I typed “Tracy” and looked at your e-mail, I had to look again after reading your “old man” comment. And I even thought, Wait, she IS a girl, right? Stop messin’ with my poor head. And I love your “chicken parts” responses. I cannot WAIT until someone asks me, what’s up, chicken butt. For I will answer, “It’s sweet, chicken feet!”

    meleah rebeccah: I searched and searched for the grossest one I could find. You’re welcome!

    Jaffer: Well, let’s have the story, then, Mr. I sucked a chicken foot so JD didn’t have to!

    Surfie: Well, I never even really got to the chicken part in my dream. But the piece I saw looked really good. Therefore I feel I am qualified to describe what it’s like.

    Fe em Brasil: OH! Er, hi! OK if I use your photo? laughs nervously Thanks for popping in (don’t yell at me!) It’s an awesome photo, and as I said above, I looked long and hard for the grossest one I could find. It is truly an excellent photo. (thank you!)

    Margaret (Nanny Goats): I almost included a link to Chickenfoot, but their site made my cursor go all wonky. And also because the site contained some Sammy Hagar. I forget who else. But yeah. One of those.

    babs – beetle: I don’t know if you eat the claws. I’m guessing not. There must be meat on it, right? But it’s just not worth it.

    Stephanie Barr: Bring it!!!

    Ron: Thank GOD someone appreciated my little detail about the phone booth guy! And now I’m screaming because . . . PIG’S FEET!!!! NOOOOOOO! Did you ever think of telling your dad to stop? He was traumatizing you!

    Bill: So at last! Someone who knows someone who ate not just one but many chicken feet. Yes, the food DOES keep coming at Chinese dinners. I was lucky. My hosts at the dinner I was invited to gave me only the good stuff, I think.

    Tim: Ha! You’re the second person to know all about the whole “chickens on a farm” thing. Hey, you said “poop”! So this whole rubber bum thing . . . do you say it all together or is it a response if someone asks if you want gum? Because this whole curmudgeonly old man thing is sounding more and more attractive.

    Kathleen Kaufman: Can you tell my mom how to dream about Jonathon Rhys Meyers? Thanks. She’ll be eternally grateful. And yes, she definitely wants the Henry the 8th version.

    Kathy: Listen, bub (no, you’re not the only one), this dream was SO REAL I figured it’s as close as ANYONE can get to actually eating one. You want me to eat a chicken foot? Dare me? I will. OH YOU KNOW I WILL!

    moooooo35: You did NOT! Prove it. What did it taste like? Texture? Gag reflex? I need details, preferably photographic ones.

    Bernie: See above. The owner of the photo actually popped in to comment! I can’t even bring myself to write the words “chicken . . . making them go to heaven time.”

    cardiogirl: Oh, it’s fine. I didn’t actually believe you fainted when you found out you won a candy bar. I’m so sorry: about the photo, the post, and . . . especially for just adding a new post to my drafts folder “This Time I REALLY Ate a Chicken Foot so you don’t have to.” With video. But there will be a disclaimer, just for you.

    absepa: I don’t think I’d ever seen the nails before. Certainly not in such detail. And THANK YOU! The second person to enjoy my little spy-movie detail. It was really exciting in the dream, I can tell you.

  26. 26 Stephanie Barr

    No, that was it. I don’t remember my dreams, if I even have them.

    Unfortunately, the comment thing deleted all my empty carriage return lines so it just looked like I wasn’t smart enough to finish the comment instead of trying to be clever.

    Amazing, isn’t it, how often those two look alike from the outside.

    .-= Stephanie Barr´s last blog ..Hiatus Interruptus – For Jeff King: Where Will We Go? =-.

  27. 27 Pricilla

    You know that chicken feet make excellent broth.
    The publicist has a bag of them in her freezer for the next time she cans stock.

    You don’t want to know…….
    .-= Pricilla´s last blog ..Don’t Leave Me =-.

  28. 28 Ann's Rants


    JD, My ad looks fabulous! Thank you so much. Really. SERIOUSLY.


    Your royal highness of looking the gift horse in the mouth.
    .-= Ann’s Rants´s last blog ..Observations By A More Popular 5th Grader: =-.

  29. 29 Jaffer

    Really, no story – Was served as a guest, chicken stew and rice that happened to have a chicken foot.
    Slimy thing was bony and tasted like chicken – so I discarded it on the side and continued to finish lunch.

  30. 30 LJ

    My mother ate a chicken head so you don’t have too.
    Many gazillions of years ago my parents and I were visiting relatives in Vancouver, BC, and my Uncle loved visiting China town. As the Chinese are big on presentation of their dishes, it also stands to reason that they would also present you with as much of the original object as possible. Hence – a rather tipsy mother – decided that if it was on the plate it must be eaten. And so I have disgusting memories of my mother knawing (sp?) on a chicken’s head from the otherwise lovely chicken dish we’d been served.

    This was not a dream – it was a reality and a nightmare.
    .-= LJ´s last blog ..Little Froggy Springtime =-.

  31. 31 dcr

    This is a sad, sad day. I don’t need you to dream about eating a chicken foot so I don’t have to, I need you to actually eat a chicken foot so I don’t have to.

    If you want to post about crazy dreams, we could do a joint crazy dream blog. I could talk about the one last night where this group and I were in a cave or building with giant alligators. And they tried to throw a grenade in their pond to blow it up, but it didn’t go off, so I had to try to set off the grenade with my laser pointer. Usually, my laser pointer could do stuff like that in my dreams, but not last night. Then the guy that borrowed it dropped it by the alligators, which meant I had to go back and get it because I’m not leaving without my laser pointer!
    .-= dcr´s last blog ..Dancing Monkeys Wearing Shirts that are Orange Make Life Easier =-.

  32. 32 seafoodpunch

    I literally just gagged a little bit when you described, in brilliant detail, the rubbery tendon. UGH! but its spurred me to write a post about how much i HATE tendons, and veins and anything that reminds me that the meat I’m eating used to be alive. omg. i need some pepto bismol now.

  33. 33 seafoodpunch

    AUUURRGHH. Why did i come bACK?!! I didnt learn the first time…and now i barfed at the sight of that HORRIBLe foot! make it STOP!
    .-= seafoodpunch´s last blog ..Whack It =-.

  34. 34 The Other Patricia

    I can’t decide which is more disgusting…the ‘I ate cat puke’ dream or the ‘I ate a chicken foot’ dream. Is there any connection between the two nights? (By connection I mean which drugs didya take?)

    I’ve heard the fish’s best part is the cheek. Mmm…cheek.

  35. 35 Buggys

    Perhaps prior to looking at that picture of a chicken foot I might have tried this if it was place, cooked, in front of me but, uhmmm, nah! Couldn’t do it. Well, maybe if you paid me a lot of money.
    .-= Buggys´s last blog ..June Cleaver I’m Not =-.

  36. 36 Bingo

    Ewwww! Thanks God it was a dream, the foot of the picture looks disgusting :S
    .-= Bingo´s last blog ..Bingo is a serious business =-.

  37. 37 feefifoto

    I hear it tastes just like chicken.
    .-= feefifoto´s last blog ..Don’t Judge… =-.

  38. 38 JD

    Stephanie Barr: OH, I see. I misunderstood. Yes, “smart” and “clever.” Both are useful, but not interchangeable.

    Pricilla: I’ve heard that! But I hate to think about the poor chickens . . . No. I do not want to know.

    Anne’s Rants: I think Perdue may want to buy “TENDONEEE” for their next chicken parts commercial. I’m glad you like the ad, your highness. You sure there’s nothing else I can do for you? ;)

    Jaffer: Well, aren’t you the gentleman?! I would’ve probably screamed “THERE’S A FOOT IN MY SOUP!” and ran outside. Y’know, I don’t get invited out to lunch very often . . .

    LJ: Oh, my gawd, I am DYING. Gnawin’ on a chicken head. It’s totally a song title. Now I just need to come up with lyrics. when I started reading your comment, “Many gazillions of years ago” and “BC” jumped out at me. I thought you were going to relate a caveman story! But this was better!

    dcr: HAR! Yes, if you weren’t already running 1,000 blogs, we could do a dream blog. I know people aren’t always fond of the “dream post,” but . . . it was SO REAL! Anyway, the gauntlet has been thrown down. I WILL eat a chicken foot, live, so you don’t have to. Swear to Zod. Now, about this magic laser pointer. . .

    seafoodpunch: I have been so lax about visiting blogs. I’m sorry. I gotta go read your vein post. I hate tendons and veins too. But this tendon was NOT rubbery. It was hard and . . . not crunchy exactly, but imagine biting down on a raw spaghetti noodle. THAT was my chicken tendon.

    HAHAHAHA! Should I make the photo all fuzzy?

    The Other Patricia: Cheek. That is a body part I do not care to eat OR dream about. I wish I could blame my active dreaming life on drugs, but this has been going on since I was a fetus. Fish cheek. I am still pondering this.

    Buggys: Yeah, I feel the same, especially after looking at the freaking toenails. However, I have already sworn to eat a real chicken foot (it probably won’t be deep-fried like an onion ring). And I doubt anyone will even pay me.

    Bingo: I know, right?! The foot in my dream was MUCH more photogenic.

    feefifoto: BLEEEUUURGGHH!

  39. 39 kathcom

    A: I’m so glad to know that I’m not the only person who has completely wacky dreams; and

    B: Your description of eating the foot is horrifying. It actually gave me a chill. Ack!
    .-= kathcom´s last blog ..Chocolate Powered by Prayer: Product of the Week =-.

  40. 40 Regan

    I freaked out so bad when I saw that chicken foot when I first loaded page. At first I was all ‘OH MY GOD WHAT IS THAT KILL IT NOW’

    And then I’m like oh it’s just a chicken foot. But it’s still creepy.

  41. 41 Lauren

    But did it taste like chicken?

    Tonight when you dream, maybe you’ll stumble upon a chicken hopping around on one foot, demanding that you return its foot. If the chicken tuns out to be civil, please ask it to explain why chickens cross the road. “To get to the other side,” always seemed like a lame reason but then again, you did get its foot. Kind of hard to lose that without noticing.
    .-= Lauren´s last blog ..Sherlock Holmes: The Bra Burglary or Lifted off the Rack. =-.

  42. 42 Jaffer

    I was at a party last saturday – and my friends, whom I’ve known for the last 10 years, were discussing how they loved to eat the “crown” of the rooster/hen as a kid back home – as it was most delicious.

    “And Oh yes, the tiny little brain too ! …”

    Now I am tempted to try chicken’s head soup if ever I go back to India.

  43. 43 Chris@TheSnackHound

    Thanks JD. Now I am going to have nightmares. Next thing we know, you will be side by side with Andrew Zimmern eating your chocolate covered ants and your armadillo eyelashes. You are on your own with that. Please don’t tell me you ate a gizzard.
    .-= Chris@TheSnackHound´s last blog ..Celery Like/Hate =-.

  44. 44 Buggys

    Every time I look at that picture, the toenails get longer and creepier!
    .-= Buggys´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday – Friends =-.

  45. 45 MomZombie

    JD, I cannot recall any eating or food dreams. My mind dwells in different realms when I sleep. As someone who has stayed in a hotel, several actually, in China, and dined on the cuisine of the People’s Republic, I say your dream is not that far off. We saw a lot of unusual stuff for sale at the public markets and at street vendors’ stands. I’m sure it all tastes just like chicken.
    .-= MomZombie´s last blog ..Good fat, bad fat =-.

  46. 46 Kathryn

    Okay….I’m sorry. What hallucinogenic drugs did you take before bed….and can I try some??

    On second thought, I think I’ll pass. Just the fact that you were able to “taste” in your dream is totally amazing…why couldn’t you be eating filet mignon with lobster and key lime pie? Oh, and garlic mashed potatoes…and plenty of bread. (Can you tell I’m hungry?)

    The first time I saw packaged chicken feet was in Florida. My friend and I were shopping for a week’s stay at her condo and she casually dropped it into the front of the shopping cart, knowing full well that it would freak me out.

    After several moments of dry heaving, an employee whisked it away and saved me from further trauma.

    And that, my friend…is as close as I’d ever like to get…to a chicken’s (or any other bird, for that matter) foot.
    .-= Kathryn´s last blog ..Unreal =-.

  47. 47 Jen

    I see them in the grocery store and wonder what people do with them. I mean, people eat them, the grocery stores stock them, so they must be good right?

    The whole thing reminds me of Christopher Moore’s book, Dirty Job. If you haven’t read it yet I highly recommend it if you want to wet your pants.
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..National Cupcake Day and Websites to Avoid =-.

  48. 48 JD

    kathcom: Oh, I’m sorry about the chill! I only meant to share what I felt would be the closest thing to eating a chicken foot most people would experience. I guess I didn’t take into account that most people do not WANT that experience.

    Regan: Thank goodness you didn’t try to kill the chicken foot by smashing your fist through your computer screen. Tho — you don’t strike me as the violent type.

    Lauren: It DID taste like chicken. My dreams the last few days have been pretty dull. A footless chicken . . . that sounds rather like a nightmare. Especially if it starts pecking my head.

    Jaffer: GAHHHHHHHHH! Crowns? Brains? What kind of friends do you have? All right, mister. Get yourself on a plane to India because you HAVE to do this. So I don’t have to.

    Chris@TheSnackHound: I can promise few things in this life, but I CAN assure you that never on the pages of this blog will you read that I ate — or dreamed about eating — a gizzard.

    Buggys: I know! It’s one of those optical illusions (actually, I upload a different photo every day).

    MomZombie: Thank you for confirming that . . . and for not being mad about my stupid comments about what Chinese people may or may not eat. I had the most delicious meal at the home of a Chinese family, and as I said above, they must’ve known just how far Westerners will go, because there were no feet or eyeballs.

    Kathryn: Hallucinogenic drugs . . . oh, how I wish. I’ve had some really good food dreams, often buffets, usually desserts. Hey, you’re about to get a lot closer to a chicken foot-eating experience, because I am going to EAT A REAL ONE on this blog. There will be a warning.

    Jen: Thanks for the book recommendation. It sounds like one I’d like. I do believe someone above said they’re used in chicken stock. Which I can see. As long as you make sure to get the toenails out.

  49. 49 Maureen

    Ick Ick ICK!

    Man, am I glad I know you. You do all these grody things for us! I think if I ever had a dream about eating chicken feet I would suffer from insomnia from then on!

    Thank you JD, Thank you.

    Oh and I loved the part about the phone booth electrocution. Maybe next time you can throw the chicken feet in there.
    .-= Maureen´s last blog ..Surrounded =-.

  50. 50 JD

    Maureen: You’re welcome! I think the phone booth electrocution really added some authenticity to the dream. Maybe RUBBER chicken feet would’ve stopped the electrical current?

  51. 51 annofthejunkdrawerblogfamily

    If we ever visit you again, I am picking out the restaurant.

  52. 52 Liggy

    That doesn’t look too appetizing to me…but hey, I’ll eat fried fish eyes so you don’t have to! LOL!
    .-= Liggy´s last blog ..Let Him Dig! =-.

  53. 53 Jay

    Ah, but do we TRULY know what it’s like to eat a chicken foot? On the basis that I really, really do not wish to eat one myself, I think you should immediately go find a genuine deep fried chicken foot and eat it for me, then report back! LOL!

    Seriously – good to know that other people have these epic, all-singing-all-dancing adventure type dreams, complete with sounds, tastes and full technicolour and all. My family look at me as if I’m insane if I tell them what I’ve been dreaming. Even if they don’t have Johnny Depp in them.
    .-= Jay´s last blog ..Johnny Depp is a lizard? =-.

  54. 54 David

    I love that you ate your strange collection of comestibles “furtively.” That really is the only way to eat eyeballs and the other strange things they may or may not eat in China; I mean, who knows? I’ve never been there. They may have a chicken dish named after some military figure, for all I know.
    .-= David´s last blog ..Busy. So Insanely Busy. =-.

  55. 55 monkey

    You’ve got it wrong!

    It’s: “know what? chicken butt. know why? chicken thigh.”

  56. 56 Mary @ Holy Mackerel

    I don’t understand the whole chicken foot thing. Why? is the perpetual question.

    I also cannot say I’ve ever had a chicken foot dream. But now, I might want to experience it. “Might” being the operative word here.
    .-= Mary @ Holy Mackerel´s last blog ..This Is For You, Joanna From The Czech Republic! Thank You For Your Patronage =-.

  57. 57 JD

    annofthejunkdrawerfamily: HA! Maybe just go to McDonald’s, to be safe. Oh. Right. Well, maybe bring your own lunch.

    Liggy: You WILL? OK, sistah, let’s have it. I’ll need photos, a detailed description, and perhaps a video. *taps foot impatiently*

    Jay: You will be happy (?) to know that in my drafts folder, RIGHT NOW, is a post titled “I REALLY Ate a Chicken Foot so you don’t have to.” I don’t know if it’ll be deep-fried, but it will be REAL. A dream without Johnny Depp seems hardly worth having.

    David: Oh, you know they do. Probably after some obscure general, or something. Yes, it did seem totally appropriate to eat furtively. I think it was because I didn’t want to share.

    monkey: OK, OK, a little creative license isn’t gonna KILL anyone.

    Mary @ Holy Mackerel: Oh, you definitely DO want to experience the chicken foot dream. It is like no other. And after you dream about it, you don’t ever have to worry about eating a real chicken foot!


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