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Pousse Pieds, called gooseneck barnacles or stalked barnacles in English, are filter-feeding crustaceans that live attached to hard surfaces of rocks and flotsam in the ocean intertidal zone. While they look like an ugly claw and feel like a rubber hose they are actually sweeter and more tender than spiny lobster. These tasty crustaceans, which in medieval times were named goose barnacles by naturalists who believed geese hatched from them, are considered a gourmet delicacy and if you happen to find them on the menu I urge you to try them!
My first experience à déguster pousse pieds was at the American-owned restaurant SPRING in Paris and what a treat! They were presented to us along with a detailed explication on how they are prepared and how to eat them. I must say that my girlfriend, Anna, was not nearly as eager to experiment. However, once they were served and as I oohed and aahed over the first two she couldn’t resist. Indeed, they are a delicacy and a delight!
How To Eat Barnacles
The key for me was to think of them as “little crab legs”. They are crustaceans, after all.
Bon appétit! Stay tuned for a more complete review on the restaurant SPRING in Paris!
As a specialist in French travel, culture, cuisine and language, I have lived in France for almost two decades. After obtaining a French Language Degree (D.E.L.F.), I studied wine and cuisine at the famous Cordon Bleu Institute in Paris where I later became a translator/interpreter for the Cordon Bleu’s top chefs. Soon, Gourmet Walking Tours in Paris became a daily event which led to culinary tours throughout most of France.
Today, I share my time between Atlanta and Paris, the United States and France, and enjoy sharing my passion for French Language, Culture, and Joie de Vivre.
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