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« on: February 15, 2013, 08:24:29 AM »

Deus non alligatur? Apparently not.
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2013, 08:32:26 AM »

Turtle is (apparently) okay as well.
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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2013, 09:02:06 AM »

In the Middle Ages the argument was that poultry might be ok to eat in Lent, because God created birds and sea creatures on the fifth day. Land animals would be too closely related to us since, like us, they were created on the primordial Friday.

Now only God knows on which day he created amphibians and aquatic reptiles! Thursday evening at sunset or Thursday/Friday midnight?
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2013, 09:18:27 AM »

I really, really like 'gator, but it's not for Orthodox fasting as far as I've ever read. Of course in times past the closest the Church could probably have come to alligator was maybe crocodile, an animal I doubt they would have allowed either. I bet the Copts would not allow it.
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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2013, 09:22:38 AM »

I really, really like 'gator, but it's not for Orthodox fasting as far as I've ever read. Of course in times past the closest the Church could probably have come to alligator was maybe crocodile, an animal I doubt they would have allowed either. I bet the Copts would not allow it.

I've been Orthodox for nigh on 50 years, and never have I heard of any priest or hierarch in my neck of the woods allow croc or gator (or, indeed, any reptile) during Lent. They'd be classified as meat, not fish.
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2013, 11:15:40 AM »

I really, really like 'gator, but it's not for Orthodox fasting as far as I've ever read. Of course in times past the closest the Church could probably have come to alligator was maybe crocodile, an animal I doubt they would have allowed either. I bet the Copts would not allow it.

I've been Orthodox for nigh on 50 years, and never have I heard of any priest or hierarch in my neck of the woods allow croc or gator (or, indeed, any reptile) during Lent. They'd be classified as meat, not fish.

Because it tastes like chicken?
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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2013, 11:20:25 AM »

I really, really like 'gator, but it's not for Orthodox fasting as far as I've ever read. Of course in times past the closest the Church could probably have come to alligator was maybe crocodile, an animal I doubt they would have allowed either. I bet the Copts would not allow it.

I've been Orthodox for nigh on 50 years, and never have I heard of any priest or hierarch in my neck of the woods allow croc or gator (or, indeed, any reptile) during Lent. They'd be classified as meat, not fish.
If it can live out of water, it's meat?
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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2013, 12:09:38 PM »

I really, really like 'gator, but it's not for Orthodox fasting as far as I've ever read. Of course in times past the closest the Church could probably have come to alligator was maybe crocodile, an animal I doubt they would have allowed either. I bet the Copts would not allow it.

I've been Orthodox for nigh on 50 years, and never have I heard of any priest or hierarch in my neck of the woods allow croc or gator (or, indeed, any reptile) during Lent. They'd be classified as meat, not fish.
If it can live out of water, it's meat?

Or rather, live out of water and has blood, it's meat.
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« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2013, 12:18:51 PM »

I really, really like 'gator, but it's not for Orthodox fasting as far as I've ever read. Of course in times past the closest the Church could probably have come to alligator was maybe crocodile, an animal I doubt they would have allowed either. I bet the Copts would not allow it.

I've been Orthodox for nigh on 50 years, and never have I heard of any priest or hierarch in my neck of the woods allow croc or gator (or, indeed, any reptile) during Lent. They'd be classified as meat, not fish.
If it can live out of water, it's meat?

Or rather, live out of water and has blood, it's meat.

Yup. Got it in one.  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2013, 12:26:19 PM »

Eugh. I've never gotten why people eat gator its like rancid fat with a hint of armadillo.
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« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2013, 12:26:37 PM »

I really, really like 'gator, but it's not for Orthodox fasting as far as I've ever read. Of course in times past the closest the Church could probably have come to alligator was maybe crocodile, an animal I doubt they would have allowed either. I bet the Copts would not allow it.

I've been Orthodox for nigh on 50 years, and never have I heard of any priest or hierarch in my neck of the woods allow croc or gator (or, indeed, any reptile) during Lent. They'd be classified as meat, not fish.
If it can live out of water, it's meat?

Or rather, live out of water and has blood, it's meat.

Yet another reason for a unified American Orthodox Church, to settle this important issue.  Wink
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« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2013, 12:50:36 PM »

I really, really like 'gator, but it's not for Orthodox fasting as far as I've ever read. Of course in times past the closest the Church could probably have come to alligator was maybe crocodile, an animal I doubt they would have allowed either. I bet the Copts would not allow it.

I've been Orthodox for nigh on 50 years, and never have I heard of any priest or hierarch in my neck of the woods allow croc or gator (or, indeed, any reptile) during Lent. They'd be classified as meat, not fish.

Because it tastes like chicken?
Alligator most definitely does not taste like chicken.

I've eaten it, but somewhere along the way I decided no more. Crawfish is OK. Catfish is OK. But alligator is just nasty coonass food.
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« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2013, 01:14:30 PM »

Where do people eat alligator? The Gulf Coast?

I'm leaving for Florida in an hour, will  be able to find some there?
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« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2013, 01:24:08 PM »

I'm leaving for Florida in an hour, will  be able to find some there?

If not, you can always find some python.  laugh
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« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2013, 01:32:41 PM »

Where do people eat alligator? The Gulf Coast?

I'm leaving for Florida in an hour, will  be able to find some there?
According to the Florida agriculture department, yes.

You generally find alligator eating in Gulf coast/tidewater and bayou/coonass communities in Louisiana and Mississippi (as well as any of the city areas where people still speak Acadian French), and you can buy alligator products such as alligator sausage in grocery stores and meat markets throughout central Louisiana. I am not sure about Alabama.
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« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2013, 01:48:02 PM »

Turtle is (apparently) okay as well.

I've seen those turtle soup shops in Hong Kong back in the day it was still allowed.  I can't understand how people can eat this thing, I think its penance by itself to force yourself to eat this.
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« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2013, 01:53:19 PM »

Turtle is (apparently) okay as well.

With a pet turtle there is no way I could eat one, Lent or not.
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« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2013, 01:57:28 PM »

Where do people eat alligator? The Gulf Coast?

I'm leaving for Florida in an hour, will  be able to find some there?
According to the Florida agriculture department, yes.

You generally find alligator eating in Gulf coast/tidewater and bayou/coonass communities in Louisiana and Mississippi (as well as any of the city areas where people still speak Acadian French), and you can buy alligator products such as alligator sausage in grocery stores and meat markets throughout central Louisiana. I am not sure about Alabama.

I prefer my alligators in the form of non- and un-edible shoes, jackets, belts, etc.  They're much nicer looking and longer lasting worn than eaten  Grin Grin.




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« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2013, 03:24:09 PM »

Turtle is (apparently) okay as well.

With a pet turtle there is no way I could eat one, Lent or not.

I used to have a pet rabbit. It wasn't preventing me from eating rabbits.
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« Reply #20 on: February 15, 2013, 03:42:19 PM »

I've eaten it, but somewhere along the way I decided no more. Crawfish is OK. Catfish is OK. But alligator is just nasty coonass food.
I had alligator once and thought it was absolutely delicious (not during Lent, lol).
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« Reply #21 on: February 15, 2013, 03:59:49 PM »

I've eaten it, but somewhere along the way I decided no more. Crawfish is OK. Catfish is OK. But alligator is just nasty coonass food.
I had alligator once and thought it was absolutely delicious (not during Lent, lol).
Tastes like dinosaur?
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« Reply #22 on: February 15, 2013, 04:16:48 PM »

I've eaten it, but somewhere along the way I decided no more. Crawfish is OK. Catfish is OK. But alligator is just nasty coonass food.
I had alligator once and thought it was absolutely delicious (not during Lent, lol).

Yep. The detractors are all welcomed to my house for MY Alligator in Sauce Piquant, once.
And those who appreciate it, anytime! (Except during lent)  Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: February 15, 2013, 05:21:21 PM »

During Lent, I cut my steak in the shape of a fish before I grill it.  Sometimes I even call a nice pork tenderloin "land eel".
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« Reply #24 on: February 15, 2013, 05:25:16 PM »

During Lent, I cut my steak in the shape of a fish before I grill it.  Sometimes I even call a nice pork tenderloin "land eel".

Excellent!!  Love it!
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« Reply #25 on: February 15, 2013, 07:40:10 PM »

I've eaten it, but somewhere along the way I decided no more. Crawfish is OK. Catfish is OK. But alligator is just nasty coonass food.
I had alligator once and thought it was absolutely delicious (not during Lent, lol).

Yep. The detractors are all welcomed to my house for MY Alligator in Sauce Piquant, once.
And those who appreciate it, anytime! (Except during lent)  Smiley
I might be open to it that way. But I've been burned too many times after being told that I was eating it wrong or somesuch nonsense.

Do you use farm alligator or wild-harvested?
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« Reply #27 on: February 15, 2013, 10:26:53 PM »

I used to have a pet rabbit. It wasn't preventing me from eating rabbits.

I guess I would've found eating turtles disgusting before even owning one, whereas that wouldn't be the case with rabbit even though I haven't ate any that I remember.
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« Reply #28 on: February 16, 2013, 12:33:50 AM »

Where do people eat alligator? The Gulf Coast?

I'm leaving for Florida in an hour, will  be able to find some there?

I seem to remember seeing alligator bites as a breaded appetizer once at a beach restaurant in Florida.
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« Reply #29 on: February 16, 2013, 01:14:22 AM »

I really, really like 'gator, but it's not for Orthodox fasting as far as I've ever read. Of course in times past the closest the Church could probably have come to alligator was maybe crocodile, an animal I doubt they would have allowed either. I bet the Copts would not allow it.

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If it can live out of water, it's meat?

Or rather, live out of water and has blood, it's meat.

Yet another reason for a unified American Orthodox Church, to settle this important issue.  Wink

Yeah, as long as the "american Orthodox Church" isn't headquartered in Syosett, NY.  Oh wait, the head of the autochephalous churches settled that one, it won't be.  But on a lighter note Alligator fry this weekend... sounds ok compared to mystery fish.
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« Reply #30 on: February 16, 2013, 01:32:33 AM »

I've eaten it, but somewhere along the way I decided no more. Crawfish is OK. Catfish is OK. But alligator is just nasty coonass food.
I had alligator once and thought it was absolutely delicious (not during Lent, lol).

Yep. The detractors are all welcomed to my house for MY Alligator in Sauce Piquant, once.
And those who appreciate it, anytime! (Except during lent)  Smiley
I might be open to it that way. But I've been burned too many times after being told that I was eating it wrong or somesuch nonsense.

Do you use farm alligator or wild-harvested?

I have used both.

Prefer tail meat ( a whole tail) and Florida over Louisiana, but either will do.
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« Reply #31 on: February 16, 2013, 08:00:06 AM »

I've read somewhere Archbishop Demetrius (Royster) was saying alligators are OK.
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« Reply #32 on: February 18, 2013, 08:01:00 PM »

I have only ever had tail meat.
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« Reply #33 on: February 18, 2013, 08:29:36 PM »

I've read somewhere Archbishop Demetrius (Royster) was saying alligators are OK.

Alligators and Crocodiles are classified as vertebrates as are fish.
Lizards, snakes, and frogs are also vertebrates.

Thus, such animals with backbones should not be allowable during Great Lent unless the bishop grants economia.

Aren't turtles vertebrates?
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« Reply #34 on: February 20, 2013, 08:03:46 AM »

I've read somewhere Archbishop Demetrius (Royster) was saying alligators are OK.

Alligators and Crocodiles are classified as vertebrates as are fish.
Lizards, snakes, and frogs are also vertebrates.

Thus, such animals with backbones should not be allowable during Great Lent unless the bishop grants economia.

Aren't turtles vertebrates?

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