Root Cellars and Puffins

We worked our way around the Bonavista Peninsula and made sure to try a local delicacy – cod tongue. Battered and fried tongues taste pretty good. Supposedly, the only better is the cheek.

The little town of Elliston is known as the ‘root cellar capital of the world’. Who could pass that up?

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Most of the root cellars in town were open and available for browsing. A few still had some potatoes inside.

More interesting was the puffin colony here. They all live in holes on a tiny island just a 100 feet offshore. We sat on the ledge and watched them hop around for a while. Blueberries are in season, so we picked and ate a few for good measure.

Eating strange new foods, exploring underground cellars, watching wildlife and picking berries. A solid afternoon of fun.

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One thought on “Root Cellars and Puffins

  • September 30, 2016 at 9:05 AM
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    One of RenĂ©e’s relatives claims that, I don’t know, some generations ago, the Isle of Man in Great Britain was taken from their family to serve as a puffin refuge. In exchange, they were promised 50 puffins a year. This person is somewhat upset because, though it’s been decades, there has never been a single puffin delivered.

    I try and suggest that but one puffin a year, maybe around Flag Day or President’s Day (some holiday that doesn’t have an official animal to eat yet) would likely suffice.

    So I guess I’m asking if you think cod tongue would be a good traditional side dish to fried puffin should this all come to fruition?

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