VinnieFYou need no knowledge of the culinary world to understand that:
- I've been told from first hand experience that whale doesn't taste good
- fish is often mislabeled in both the grocery stores and in restaurants.
- Whale hunting is both unneeded and damaging to some of the most vulnerable species on the world.
I don't know what someone with culinary experience can clarify here. You can't change what I've been told, you can't change or reinterpret the facts of the fish industry as has been clearly written in many articles I've seen, and a chef has no place commenting on ocean ecology.
ok well i'm tired of arguing about this shit, and ill admit your right about a few things.
ill will make a few points though
2 personal opinions of how something tastes is not enough to come to a conclusion. you still have not said how the whale was prepared in either of those instances.
i enjoyed the whale, as did my mom and my brother. i was talking to a local sushi chef, and he said that whale was one of the things he missed most from japan. you can go online and find plenty of rave reviews of 3 frakkar. that is the restaurant which we had it, and the sashimi is one of their most well known dishes.
i wont argue about fish in grocery stores, any protein from a grocery store is going to be of questionable quality. personally i don't buy meat and fish at grocery stores. i either go to farmers markets, fish markets, or order wholesale through the restaurant.
most of the time when we receive fish at the restaurant it comes in as the whole fish. so we know damn well what kind of fish we are serving. so in order for us to "mislabel" we would have to intentionally lie about what we are serving. sure we could save some money by using a cheaper fish, but thats taking a big gamble. if word gets out that we are lying about whats on our menu, there goes our reputation.
i have watched sushi chefs break down fish before, and i am familiar with the tastes of the different fish that they serve. could it be possibly that they are sneaking in a mystery fish? yea maybe, but it would extremely unlikely.
pretty much your whole argument of mislabeled fish only applies to lower end places. when you have customers who are knowledgable about the food they are eating, you will get called out on small things like that.
i'm not going to get in the ocean ecology discussion to much as i'm not that interested in it. while i obviously don't want us to wipe out our oceans, there are a lot of things that i'm probably not going to give up. i still eat bluefin tuna and wild atlantic salmon from time to time. do i think everyone should start eating more bluefin? no, but its incredibly delicious, and i would have a hard time not recommending to try it.
the conservation status of minke whales is ranked as least concern. i'm no expert but i doubt that the small amount that iceland consumes is going to make a big difference to the ocean.
and seriously, how does shipping a bunch of preserved food all the way to arctic sound like a good idea? not only is it bad for the environment, its also bad for the inuit. you can argue that they consume too much mercury with their traditional diet, but look at what happened to them when they were introduced to western foods. inuits have been plagued with obesity, and diabetes since becoming westernized. they are used to eating a diet very high in fat, with moderate protein, and next to no carbohydrates. shipping a bunch of grains and insulin syringes to them is only going to make their lives worse.
finally you are right about the minke whales not eating cod, that is just what i had heard and hadn't looked into it, so i stand corrected on that.
so do the people of iceland NEED to hunt whales? no, but it is a huge part of their culture, so i doubt it will ever end. do you think the vegan bitches of LA and new york are going to be able to ban foie gras in france, or even quebec? not a fucking chance.
and one last thing to add to this jumbled mess of rambling, take a look at the picture i posted. what fish in the entire world has meat that colour? if you look closely you will see that the fat marbling is similar to other mammal's meat. if i didn't know what it was id think it was beef. but what i had sure as hell wasn't beef, and it definitely wasn't fish either...