They try a durian and live to tell

Hurry: They're in stock at the Super 88 in South Bay Center. With great photo of a guy who'd really rather be trying on a wedding dress at the Running of the Brides than holding a durian in a bag:

... After everyone had sampled the durian, the next problem was where to toss it since, due to the smell, I couldn't leave it in the office's kitchen garbage. I gathered up the leaky, lumpy mess, wrapped it in the plastic bag and walked it down five flights of stairs (I didn't want to risk stinking up the elevator with it) and threw it out in a garbage can in Faneuil Hall. Hopefully it cleared some of the tourists out of there.

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      I've seen durian...

      By on

      ...at Ming's Supermarket in the South End. They were frozen, which I imagine means they taste even worse (when thawed) than fresh durian. But that's no excuse for not trying one. You have to do this once before you die.

      A quick warning: there's some evidence that mixing durian and alcohol can be fatal. I'm not sure if that's for real or if it's just tropical urban myth, but don't drink and durian.

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      They freeze them for good reason

      Durian really stink!

      If you want to try just a little, I've seen them pre-cut at Super88. You don't have to buy the whole nasty thing that way!

      We got some a couple of years ago when the kids learned about them through Donkey Kong Jungle Beat.

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      Durian candy

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      FYI, don't eat it, or any other candy from China, Mexico, etc.

      The labels often have lead on them, and (for example) in Mexico pickers/farmers are paid by weight. So guess what they do to make the bushels heavier? Yep, lead. And guess what the companies do to make candies? Mash up everything in the bushels.

      Few years ago, there was an epidemic of lead poisoning with mexican children- it was candies. Example:

      http://www.cehca.org/candy.htm

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      Aphrodisiac and Banned on Buses in Bangkok

      The durian is supposedly considered an aphrodisiac among people in southeast Asia. To some an odor; to others a perfume; to still others a pheromone.

      When I travelled to Bangkok many years ago, I was told that the durian was banned from being carried onto buses -- probably not just because of the smell, but also the danger that one might break and be as difficult to clean up as a skunk.

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      Wow - I always forgot how childish you all are.

      You know, it's a fruit, it isn't like you're eating cow brains or chicken spleen. This is why we have social problems, because stupid 'cracker' American attitudes being vented openly with third grade style commentary.

      Here's a big shock to some of you stinky liberals -the whole world doesn't eat hotdogs, pizza and burgers. Here's another one...eating chinese food doesn't make you cosmopolitan, nor does eating any trendy places from a far off land. This sort of nonsense should stay in the obscurity of some douchebag's blog.

      This is coming from someone like me, who is a picky eater and won't touch fish, but I've actually been to other parts of the world and wouldn't act like a child because a fruit is a bit smelly.

      Grow up.

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      A durian facial for you,

      A durian facial for you, sir!

      Am I the only one who finds these ... um ... "childish" rants amusing?

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      Especially

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      ...when he blames it on liberals, who are well known for eating only pizza and burgers.

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      Let's see...

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      Blaming a benign topic for society's ills, random partisan bashing almost on a non-sequitur level, and a hypocritical parting shot telling folks to "grow up".

      Honestly, the only way this could be more perfect is if it had been posted anonymously.

      The West Somerville judge is generous with a 9.75.

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      It's like Troll Bingo! At

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      It's like Troll Bingo!

      At least the dude's username is accurate. I doubt you could find more than one man willing to blame dislike of the stinkiest fruit on earth on a liberal conspiracy.

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      not to mention ...

      ... travelling in southeast asia where they notice "no durian" signs on public transit. Wait, those rules must be soley to enhance the comfort of the random foreign travellers, no?

      This is the key "soundbyte" of his comment:

      This sort of nonsense should stay in the obscurity of some douchebag's blog

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      The 1950's called

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      They want their definition of culinary daring back.

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      What's wrong with eating

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      What's wrong with eating brains? That's actually not that rare. Why do you find the durian to be more acceptable than a cow brain? You're not as open-minded as you think you are.

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      Mad Cow

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      Might give you Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Which would explain a lot about OMO.

      That's why it's currently illegal to sell brains of cows more than 30 months old at slaughter as human food in the US.

      So no cow brains for anybody.

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      Wow - I always forgot how childish you all are.

      No, you're not alone. I love this guy too.


      "Wow - I always forgot how childish you all are."

      He forgot it before, he just forgot it now, and he's going to forget it again in the future... how childish we all are.

      That's good stuff. OneMansOpinion, can we make that the man's one opinion?

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      ah, the durian

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      Pho Pasteur (now Le's or Le's Formerly Pho Pasteur or TRFKA Pho Pasteur In Harvard Square or whatever) offers frozen shake-like beverages in a variety of flavors. The avocado shake was nothing to write home about, but man was the durian shake an experience.

      Freezing mitigates the smell, so the shake seems rather innocuous when it arrives at your table. The color is industrial carpet beige. It looks nice and smooth. It is full of lies.

      The first taste is all you really need. It starts off kind of nutty and sweet, and you foolishly declare "Hey guys, this isn't so bad" before realizing that there's an aftertaste approaching. And it's horrible. The nutty taste turns sour and bitter right there on your tongue. You can taste the goddamn thing fermenting, right then and there. And you gotta be strong and not give away the HORRIBLE SECRET to your friends, because they're next up to have a taste and you don't want to be the only one who suffers through it.

      And it only gets worse as the shake melts.

      Anyway, try it once. Just to say you can and then write about it on someone's web site. But get a group of friends in on it so you don't have to finish the darn thing yourself; the "this milk is sour, you taste it!" novelty factor will help... but only briefly.

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      onions smothered in dirt and manure

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      J. once got a durian smoothie at Pho Lemongrass. I did not yet know about the durian smell. He did. Soon I wondered why the bar area smelled like onions, but worse. Then the smell followed the server right to our table! I was horrified and nauseous. He made me try it. I held my nose to try to blunt the smell/taste. It didn't work well enough. The small sip I managed to gag down reminded me of onions smothered in dirt and manure. But I lived to tell. J. has never ordered another durian smoothie, though he threatens to buy one every onc ein a while at Super 88.

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      I Love Durian

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      First had Durian in Indonesia. Fell in love with it there. Definitely better for a backyard BBQ than indoors, though...

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