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I couldn’t let it stand.

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Bruce’s Bar is the place to try Rocky Mountain Oysters a place that’s been built on the novelty of eating testicles since 1957. An institution in the small town of Severance, Colo., Bruce’s has enough sway in town to merit inclusion on its welcome sign, which reads: „The Town Of Severance: Where The Geese Fly And The Bulls Cry.“ The bar’s exterior is plastered in cartoon bulls, some with their legs crossed. Another is popping a wheelie on a motorcycle, holding a sign that says: „Still Got Mine.“

Few other places revere the Rocky Mountain oyster like Severance, save for towns like Deerfield, Mich.; Olean, Mo.; Tiro, Ohio; Huntley, Ill.; or Clinton, Mont., which throw annual testicle festivals. Each year, Bruce’s Canada Goose Outlet acts as a starting point for a „Nut Run,“ a motorcycle rally with Canada Goose Coats On Sale the tagline: „No Bull, Just Balls,“ where visitors wolf down upwards of 1,000 pounds of Rocky Mountain oysters in one afternoon. And of course there’s the name of the town: Severance. „the state canada goose clearance of being separated or cut off.“

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canada goose Nor do I think that eating deep fried testicles gives me some magical ability to relate more to the farmers and ranchers I talk with on a daily basis. But I do Canada Goose Parka think it’s important to be open to new canadian goose jacket foods, especially ones Canada Goose sale with deep roots in a culture. What’s gross to one person is a delicacy to another and an everyday, traditional dish to someone else. Our food carries meaning, which I’m always curious to explore.

That’s why I decided to consult an expert, someone to bring me back to reality and explain that canada goose factory sale yes, these are just testicles, and any meaning you load them with is purely your own. I found that perspective in Bruce’s no nonsense kitchen manager Dennis Guffy. He’s been at Bruce’s for uk canada goose outlet more than 40 years. Guffy has prepared tons actual tons of „oysters“ in his career.

Canada Goose sale „I’ve worked with these things buy canada goose jacket for 40 years and I still like them,“ Guffy says while skinning a bull testicle the size of a large avocado. „For as many as I’ve handled and cooked, I still like them. I canada goose black friday sale think they’re awesome.“

Canada Goose Parka I peppered Guffy with questions while he turned the whole canada goose coats on sale huevo into the battered, fried oysters customers expect.

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canada goose coats „Oh yeah, all the time,“ he says.

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„Actually, I can only think of one guy that did. Once. And he didn’t get like violently ill. It was like a gag reflex or something.“

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„I’ve heard a lot of people say they’re an cheap Canada Goose aphrodisiac. I’ve heard that for years.“

Canada Goose online Got a pep talk for a first timer?

„I think you’ll like it. They’re actually really good. Just don’t think of what you’re eating when you eat it, OK?“

Easier said than done, Guffy. He says a lot of people have a hard time taking the first bite.

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Canada Goose Jackets After slicing, dicing, breading and deep frying, Guffy brings out the basket with a side of cocktail sauce. It’s a sampler: bison, lamb and beef oysters.

I go with the canada goose store more exotic bison oyster as my first taste.

There’s no good way to say this: They were surprisingly juicy. And I know this is cliche, but the bison tasted like chicken. The lamb was similar in taste and texture. But the beef uk canada goose were in a league all their canada goose uk outlet own, chewy and meaty and full of a unique flavor somewhere between liver and gizzard.

After trying one of each, my stomach settles a bit. Assimilating to a new place isn’t an overnight transition. It takes months, years to fully embrace customs and traditions that the people who live in a place take for granted, or roll their eyes at.

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