Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday – Side of Octopus With My Salad with LINKY

After spending a few nights at The Raleigh Hotel in fabulous South Beach in Miami, Florida, I just had to try the Octopus Salad. $10 at lunch and $16 at dinner.

So would you try it?

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  1. Heather
    February 22, 2011 at 3:30 pm — Reply

    That looks delicious!

    • February 23, 2011 at 4:00 am — Reply

      It was!

  2. February 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm — Reply

    Very interesting salad. I want to come back to your blog to see how it tasted, on Thursday of course…

    • February 23, 2011 at 4:01 am — Reply

      It was pretty good. Definitely different!!

  3. Lisa from Life with Lisa
    February 22, 2011 at 3:43 pm — Reply

    OMG that looks so delicious! I would eat that in a heartbeat, but I’m weird like that.

    • February 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm — Reply

      You just gotta make him sing the them to Chorus Line like we did. Oh and do the kickline!!

      • Lisa from Life with Lisa
        February 22, 2011 at 3:55 pm — Reply

        now I’m truly jealous.

  4. February 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm — Reply

    I would have to say maybe. I love calamari, so I would prob give it a try. Sure looks pretty with the lovely colors.

    What was your verdict? Did you like it?

    • February 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm — Reply

      I liked it. It was different but good!!

  5. February 22, 2011 at 4:50 pm — Reply

    I had octopus once, at a Greek restaurant. I thought it was funny how the little suction cups kept sticking to the inside of my cheek. It wasn’t bad.

  6. Jacqueline @Blessings Abound Mommy
    February 22, 2011 at 9:12 pm — Reply

    I don’t know… maybe if I didn’t pay for it, lol. It sure is pretty to look at though! πŸ™‚

    • February 23, 2011 at 4:02 am — Reply

      I know! Isn’t it beautiful? Every time we walked through the pool area, I couldn’t stop staring at this salad.

  7. Kathy
    February 22, 2011 at 9:17 pm — Reply

    NO WAY!!!!

    • February 23, 2011 at 4:05 am — Reply

      Yeah I know. This is definitely freaking some people out!

  8. BalancingMama (Julie)
    February 22, 2011 at 9:19 pm — Reply

    No way! I am a southern meat & potatoes kind of girl. That thing freaks me out!

    • February 23, 2011 at 4:11 am — Reply

      Yeah I can completely understand. I cannot wait for my dad to see this!!! He is the exact same way.

  9. February 22, 2011 at 9:41 pm — Reply

    I would probably be ok trying the “legs” but I don’t think I could eat the whole thing. You are braver than I. LOL

    • February 23, 2011 at 4:15 am — Reply

      I only made it to the legs. I couldn’t really try the rest.

  10. February 22, 2011 at 10:50 pm — Reply

    NO WAY! Haha, Yuck!

    • February 23, 2011 at 4:17 am — Reply


  11. Wanda M
    February 22, 2011 at 10:52 pm — Reply

    UH, no thank you! My husband would love it!

    • February 23, 2011 at 4:17 am — Reply

      My husband loves to try stuff like this too!

  12. February 22, 2011 at 10:54 pm — Reply

    lIt’s actually scary to look at!

    • February 23, 2011 at 4:18 am — Reply

      That is funny. I think that it looks kind of surreal but not scary at all.

  13. February 22, 2011 at 11:11 pm — Reply

    Absolutely not *GAG*

    But it made for a pretty colorful picture!

    • February 23, 2011 at 4:20 am — Reply

      It was wonderful!

  14. February 22, 2011 at 11:42 pm — Reply

    NOPE! I have eaten octopus made in several different ways, but not in a way that looks like THAT.

    • February 23, 2011 at 4:21 am — Reply

      I have had octopus before too but never quite like this!

  15. Jen-Eighty MPH Mom
    February 23, 2011 at 1:08 am — Reply

    I don’t think I would have!! I KNOW I wouldn’t have!

    • February 23, 2011 at 4:22 am — Reply

      It did take me a day to work up to even trying the salad!

  16. February 23, 2011 at 12:17 am — Reply

    Ewwwww!!!! NOOOOO way!!! I don’t even like seafood.
    Its creepy looking!

    • February 23, 2011 at 4:22 am — Reply

      Ha Ha! I think that the colors are beautiful!

  17. {Not Quite} Susie Homemaker
    February 23, 2011 at 2:32 am — Reply

    Aww, sad πŸ™

    • February 23, 2011 at 4:27 am — Reply

      Don’t be sad. I am proud to be at the top of the food chain.

  18. February 23, 2011 at 1:52 am — Reply

    There’s no way, not even if I was starving…just looks too creepy. πŸ™‚

    • February 23, 2011 at 4:23 am — Reply

      It is so funny how widely the opinions vary. Some people think that it is beautiful and others find it creepy.

  19. February 23, 2011 at 1:52 am — Reply

    It’s definitely beautiful! I don’t know how I’d feel about that much octopus. I’ve only ever had it in small chunks.

    • February 23, 2011 at 4:24 am — Reply

      I did not eat the entire thing. Just some of the legs. πŸ™‚ There was way too much!

  20. Dominique @Dominique's Desk
    February 23, 2011 at 3:01 am — Reply

    Octopus Salad..haven’t tasted that before. How was it? Yummy?

    • February 23, 2011 at 4:29 am — Reply

      It was wonderful! Very tender.

  21. February 23, 2011 at 2:12 am — Reply

    You are a braver woman than I. Actually, I just may try it…

    • February 23, 2011 at 4:25 am — Reply

      Give it a shot! It was fun to try something new and expand my horizons!!

  22. February 23, 2011 at 2:27 am — Reply

    Absolutely I would try it! I linked up and am a new follower. I also have a linky today for Wordless Wednesday for my 3 year old Miss E enjoying Chocolate Molten Cake.

    • February 23, 2011 at 4:26 am — Reply

      Thanks Katie! I linked up. πŸ™‚

  23. February 23, 2011 at 2:47 am — Reply

    I like eating calamari so I might like octopus. But, not sure could do it.

    • February 23, 2011 at 4:29 am — Reply

      You would probably like it then. It tasted very similar to calamari to me.

  24. February 23, 2011 at 3:10 am — Reply

    Looks yummy.

    • February 23, 2011 at 4:32 am — Reply

      It definitely was!

  25. February 23, 2011 at 3:17 am — Reply

    I would definitely try it πŸ™‚

    Happy WW!

    • February 23, 2011 at 4:35 am — Reply

      It was fun to try something like this!

  26. February 23, 2011 at 3:35 am — Reply

    I don’t do sea food. but I’d eat that lettuce and such under it πŸ˜›

    • February 23, 2011 at 4:36 am — Reply

      The salad part was really good too!

  27. February 23, 2011 at 3:37 am — Reply

    I would but I don’t know about my human.

    • February 23, 2011 at 4:36 am — Reply

      Yeah you would probably devour it, wouldn’t you?

  28. February 23, 2011 at 4:20 am — Reply

    I would try it! We had canned octopus before so I know what it tastes like lol… although I’m not sure I would pass up a good “other” salad lol

    • February 23, 2011 at 4:37 am — Reply

      Now that I have tried it, I would probably try another type of salad next time!

  29. Debra B
    February 23, 2011 at 5:47 am — Reply

    WOW I’d have to say a big NO WAY, personally I dont like the looks of it or the textures of that kind of seafood, I think it should of stayed in the water and not be put on a plate, sorry I just freak out at stuff like that, I do know people eat some strange things in this world after having been to China, it is an eye opener thats for sure, and I know my husband would eat it and not think twice about it, as long as he doesnt start requesting that I make it at home, LOL, Glad to hear you liked it, I guess its always a good thing to be adventurous and try new things, but for me, I like usual meat & potatoes, (regular meat that is, beef, chicken, pork) no weird stuff for me-
    thanks for the picture πŸ˜‰

    • February 23, 2011 at 9:05 pm — Reply

      Yeah I have seen some seriously strange stuff from China. This was tame comparatively speaking!

  30. February 23, 2011 at 6:47 am — Reply

    Oh Lord. I’m in the no way crowd. If someone set that in front of me, I’d jump.
    At least they sliced the head off…(or was that consumed before the picture?)
    I swear, girl, I have seen fish wash up to shore that looked more appealing than that.
    It looks like they caught it afire. Octo-Crisp!

    • February 23, 2011 at 9:42 pm — Reply

      Nah I don’t think I could eat the head. At least not without singing that fish heads song from the 80’s! πŸ˜‰

  31. February 23, 2011 at 7:36 am — Reply

    I would run far away!

    • February 23, 2011 at 9:47 pm — Reply

      But it’s many legs will probably chase you!

  32. Tenille
    February 23, 2011 at 8:59 am — Reply

    OMG absolutely not! I don’t eat any seafood and that is the stuff of nightmares for me!

    • February 23, 2011 at 10:10 pm — Reply

      I know. I didn’t eat seafood for the longest time. Now I love it!

  33. February 23, 2011 at 8:12 am — Reply

    Not a chance. πŸ™‚ You are braver than I am. I will admit that it’s a pretty salad….

    • February 23, 2011 at 9:48 pm — Reply

      It is pretty. That is why I ordered it. I also kind of wanted to try it but I was afraid I would chicken out. I didn’t though!

  34. February 23, 2011 at 8:25 am — Reply

    Oh hell to the yeah I’d eat that…………it looks yummy!

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    • February 23, 2011 at 9:49 pm — Reply

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  35. February 23, 2011 at 8:25 am — Reply


    • February 23, 2011 at 9:44 pm — Reply

      Probably. A little. But shhhhhhh…don’t tell anyone!

  36. February 23, 2011 at 8:34 am — Reply

    I would totally try it, and probably like it. Heck, I think my 3 year old would try it πŸ™‚

    • February 23, 2011 at 9:45 pm — Reply

      I think that my 7 year old son would probably try it. He likes calamari and they taste similar.

  37. February 23, 2011 at 8:37 am — Reply

    Oh my word! You ate that? EEKS! I couldn’t do it!

    • February 23, 2011 at 10:15 pm — Reply

      I did eat it! I loved it!!

  38. February 23, 2011 at 8:39 am — Reply

    Oh, my gosh, Stacie! I am all for trying exotic foods, but I don’t know that I could do THAT! Did you cut it with a knife? I’m scared!

    • February 23, 2011 at 10:16 pm — Reply

      I did cut it with a knife. It is a little tough but tastes like calamari!

  39. February 23, 2011 at 8:39 am — Reply

    I grew up eating squid (calamari) but I’ve never had octopus and I don’t think I’ll try it.

    • February 23, 2011 at 9:50 pm — Reply

      I am thinking at Blogher that I will have to get the eight legs of some octopus wrapped around you! πŸ˜‰

  40. February 23, 2011 at 8:42 am — Reply

    Hmmm…I’m not so sure I would be as adventurous!

    • February 23, 2011 at 10:08 pm — Reply

      Yeah I know. I wouldn’t have tried anything like this 10 years ago. Now I find it kind of fun!!

  41. February 23, 2011 at 9:12 am — Reply

    Can’t say it would be my first choice, but I would try it!

    • February 23, 2011 at 10:21 pm — Reply

      Yeah I really just had to try it because it looked so interesting!!

  42. February 23, 2011 at 9:44 am — Reply

    ew ew ew i’m so not that adventurous.

    • February 23, 2011 at 10:30 pm — Reply

      Awwww you could have joined in the chorus line with me then instead of eating it! πŸ™‚

  43. February 23, 2011 at 9:48 am — Reply

    I’m sure I would. I’ve eaten it many ways, including sushi and it was yummy! Guess I’m just an adventurous eater. My readers went a bit nuts at a similar post last year: http://www.babylovingmama.com/2010/07/wordless-wednesday-my-30th-birthday.html

    Guess everyone just isn’t as “open” as we are!

    • February 23, 2011 at 10:32 pm — Reply

      Yeah I know! I am really surprised at how strongly some people feel about my eating choices!!!

  44. February 23, 2011 at 9:51 am — Reply

    Absolutely NOT! πŸ™‚ But my mom would love it.


    • February 23, 2011 at 10:33 pm — Reply

      Not sure that I could get my mom to try it.

  45. February 23, 2011 at 10:04 am — Reply

    You would have to put a gun to my head before I tasted that. EWW

    • February 23, 2011 at 10:34 pm — Reply

      Really? I thought that you would have liked this!!!

  46. February 23, 2011 at 10:08 am — Reply

    OMG no, no way could I try that. It scaring me. πŸ™‚

    • February 23, 2011 at 10:37 pm — Reply

      Awww sorry. I shoulda put a ninja mask on him or something. πŸ˜‰

      He is scaring lots of people!!

  47. Deborah
    February 23, 2011 at 11:13 am — Reply

    Sure! It looks great and I’ve had octopus before so no surprises really.

    • February 23, 2011 at 10:50 pm — Reply

      Thanks for stopping by!!

  48. February 23, 2011 at 10:14 am — Reply

    You are much braver than I! While it’s beautiful to look at, I wouldn’t be able to bring myself to eat it, no matter how adventurous I was feeling! πŸ™‚

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    • February 23, 2011 at 10:42 pm — Reply

      I really ordered it at first just to take a picture and then I just had to try it!

  49. February 23, 2011 at 10:38 am — Reply

    Oh my, it does LOOK gorgeous, I’m not sure I could it that octopus looking like that though, maybe if it wasn’t so alive looking πŸ™‚

    (I’m sorry I accidentally put in my giveaway linky url instead of my WW post url in your linky, please delete it! thanks!)

    • February 23, 2011 at 10:43 pm — Reply

      I know. I just love the picture. It looks amazing and so foreign to me!

  50. February 23, 2011 at 10:41 am — Reply

    7 months ago I would have in a heart beat! Now I don’t eat anything from the sea that doesn’t have scales and fins LOL

    • February 23, 2011 at 10:48 pm — Reply

      Yeah I totally understand!

  51. Becky Jane
    February 23, 2011 at 11:59 am — Reply

    Too scary for me!
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    • February 23, 2011 at 8:20 pm — Reply

      I know. It is a little scary looking!!

  52. Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook
    February 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm — Reply

    I’d definitely try it, but not if I was with my daughter, she’d freak, LOL!
    Did you like it?

    • February 23, 2011 at 8:18 pm — Reply

      My youngest child would have definitely freaked out!

  53. February 23, 2011 at 11:44 am — Reply

    Your a braver man than I Gunga Dinn

    • February 23, 2011 at 10:44 pm — Reply

      Yeah I had to try it once!

  54. February 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm — Reply

    OMG that is so disgusting LOL There is NO WAY I would try that!

    • February 23, 2011 at 8:19 pm — Reply

      Ha ha! I think that it looks really cool!

  55. February 23, 2011 at 12:23 pm — Reply

    Wow! I can’t stop starting at that photo!

    • February 23, 2011 at 8:17 pm — Reply

      I know! It is kind of mesmerizing, isn’t it?

  56. Beth
    February 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm — Reply

    It looks interesting but I think I would have a hard time eating it. Maybe chicken?? Hope it was a great salad. πŸ˜€

    • February 23, 2011 at 8:13 pm — Reply

      I closed my eyes and thought of chicken. Just kidding!

      It did taste like Calamari to me.

  57. Dani
    February 23, 2011 at 1:55 pm — Reply

    Umm, I’m kind of a foodie but I’m going to have to pull a line from the kids and say, “Can I be full now?”

    • February 23, 2011 at 8:12 pm — Reply

      My kids still cannot believe that I ate it.

  58. February 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm — Reply

    You are brave Stacie!! I vote NO WAY . . .

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    • February 23, 2011 at 8:18 pm — Reply

      I have traveled a lot and tried some really strange stuff but this definitely ranks up there!

  59. February 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm — Reply

    Yikes! Being a vegetarian, I’d say no, I probably wouldn’t try it. But I’ll bet it is better than it looks!

    • February 23, 2011 at 8:16 pm — Reply

      It was kind of scary at first but I liked it once I tried it!

  60. February 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm — Reply

    OMG! Ewwwww! I could never eat that! lol Was it good?

    • February 23, 2011 at 8:12 pm — Reply

      It was good. Tasted just like Calamari to me.

  61. Aramelle
    February 23, 2011 at 3:27 pm — Reply

    *Shivers* Oh, you are so much braver than I am! There is absolutely no way I could ever eat something like that. I admire anyone who is willing to try it, though. And the photo itself is really gorgeous. That octopus truly just leaped out at me. Which added to the shivers. LOL

    • February 23, 2011 at 8:11 pm — Reply

      You know, that was the thing. I really just wanted to try it!

  62. February 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm — Reply

    Wow, that is gorgeous! Not sure if I could actually get myself to eat it, though!
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    • February 23, 2011 at 8:12 pm — Reply

      It was really cool looking. I just had to take a picture!

  63. February 23, 2011 at 3:10 pm — Reply

    Oh my – I think I would try it, though I’m not sure I would enjoy it.

    • February 23, 2011 at 8:11 pm — Reply

      I wasn’t too sure at first but it was definitely worth trying!

  64. Shakeeta Williams
    February 23, 2011 at 5:19 pm — Reply

    This definitely wouldn’t be my 1st choice but if I can eat calamari, I should be able to eat this too (right?).

    • February 23, 2011 at 8:08 pm — Reply

      Yes! It tasted just like Calamari!! Really.

  65. February 23, 2011 at 4:36 pm — Reply

    I love octopus sushi – that looks delicious!

    • February 23, 2011 at 8:11 pm — Reply

      It really was good. I was a little freaked out at first when they put it down in front of me but it tasted great.

  66. February 23, 2011 at 8:32 pm — Reply

    was it deep fried or boiled? makes a colorful dish, but I tried it once, yuck, too rubbery!

    • February 23, 2011 at 10:45 pm — Reply

      It was grilled!

  67. Lauren @ Hobo Mama & NPN
    February 24, 2011 at 1:52 am — Reply

    I’m sorry, but I am not anywhere near that brave! πŸ™‚ But it does look really cool.

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  68. February 24, 2011 at 12:59 am — Reply

    Wow you are so brave! I’m really into seafood and I’m not good at trying new things. Looks interesting though!

  69. Tawna
    February 24, 2011 at 9:35 pm — Reply

    Was it good?

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  70. February 25, 2011 at 11:38 am — Reply

    Wow! You are brave! I don’t think I could eat that…..:)

  71. February 26, 2011 at 1:00 am — Reply

    I love the colors, but I don’t think I’d ever bring myself to try it!

  72. February 28, 2011 at 4:33 am — Reply

    I’m willing to try a lot of things, but that is NOT one of them. So, what was your opinion? Did you like it?

  73. February 28, 2011 at 9:30 am — Reply

    Umm in a word NO – and I consider myself to be quite adventurous with food but that…just scares me! LOL

  74. February 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm — Reply

    Looks frighting, yet beautiful. I’m a vegetarian, so I wouldn’t eat it, but I remember how tasty octopus could be : )

  75. February 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm — Reply

    I don’t think I could even look at my plate, let alone eat it. Something about that as a salad garnish ewww lol

  76. March 1, 2011 at 6:27 am — Reply

    No way! πŸ™‚

  77. shan
    March 1, 2011 at 7:46 pm — Reply

    No, definitely would NOT try it. I’m scared to even touch shrimp!

  78. ellen
    March 18, 2011 at 12:52 pm — Reply

    It is sort of pretty in a freaky artist way. Would I try it? Probably not. I tried that calimarie (sure that spelled wrong) and the octopus seemed way to chewy. Was it tender at all?

  79. Eileen
    March 20, 2011 at 4:09 am — Reply

    I am the WRONG person to ask that. LOL! Our kids are always wanting to try new things but I grew up a meat and potatoes girl. I like trying some new things…very….very…slowly. baby steps. it took me til early 20s to try broccoli! That thing looks way too science fictiony to me! (Im a weenie and would probably stare or faint if something like this was placed in front of me!)

  80. Debra P
    March 20, 2011 at 1:31 pm — Reply

    First of all, that is an absolutely gorgeous photo. Loving the colors and composition. Brave of you to try, yes!

    When I was visiting Greece, we had octopodi (octopus) and ouzo. It was quite common there and actually very good! I went out with a Greek friend in his boat to see how they catch octopus at night. They either bang them on the rocks or turn them inside out. Very disturbing!

  81. Valerie @ My-2-cents
    July 27, 2011 at 8:05 am — Reply

    No way…never gonna happen. πŸ™‚ I am not a seafood person in the first place but there is just no way, lol. It does make a pretty picture though. πŸ˜€