This tops the worm

Midway through our trip, we rolled through a town called Puigcerdà (pooh-chair-DAH) in the Pyrenees in northern Spain.  For dinner, we tried Restaurante Asiàtico – yup, Chinese food.  Why?  2 reasons – it’s fun to see how the cuisine compares in different countries and we needed a brief respite from tapas.  Fear not – the menu still had items with fun titles like “crispy noodles with three deliciousness”, but the real kicker came at the end of the meal.

The server brought 2 bottles of booze and 4 shot glasses to our table.  I didn’t see this happening at the other tables, so I thought she may have been trying to make up for the fact that right when we sat down she dropped the encyclopedic menu on my water glass, scattering shards of glass everywhere.  Thinking back on it now, however, it seems she may have been having a chuckle at the expense of some turisticos, because while one bottle was plum wine, the other was this:

Not one dead lizard, but two

Not one dead lizard, but two

These lizards were wide-eyed, scaly and decomposed, but for the sake of this blog, I forced myself to take a sip.  It could have been the power of suggestion, but it tasted faintly of how formaldehyde smells.  The worst part was that it didn’t taste nearly strong enough.  I was expecting a full-on throat-burner, but no such luck.  It should also be noted that the 2 shot glasses she gave to the ladies at the table had pictures of men at the bottom and when full of liquid, these men became naked.


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6 responses to “This tops the worm

  1. Yum. Lizard in a bottle – how did they get the poor lizard in it? Looks to big for the bottle from the photo.

  2. gastronomad

    Not sure a little naked man at the bottom of the glass would be consolation prize enough for your bravery!

  3. Her Dad

    Ah so. The old lizards in the botttle trick. This elixir is used in China to prevent colds, asthma etc. It is also used to restore virility in men. Therefore the glasses with naked men. In China where lizards are scarce, new born mice are used in the bottle instead of lizards. I don’t know if the results are the same. For more information google “lizards and liquor”

  4. Stephen King (not him)

    Last year in Burgundy, we were shown three jars with tree different rattlesnakes immersed in alcohol, and all caught in the vineyards. We did not have a sip, because it was not offered, but the Pouilly-Fuisse was a fine substitute.

  5. John Bick

    I’ve seen the baby mouse “booze” but never the lizards. Did they serve any grasshoppers for the meal?

  6. thomas mckenzie

    next time you are up, I will make the liquor if you will catch the lizards.

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