# 2 – Eat Boeuf Tartare. Accomplished!!
And not only am I still alive, it was actually pretty good!!!
For lunch today, I went to restaurant in Compiègne called La Brasserie Parissienne, with a group of teachers I work with. This trip was in fact purposely planned to introduce me to Boeuf Tartare! According to my friends Sabine and Olivier, Boeuf Tartare is a French dish I simply HAD TO try while I’m here, and the best place to try it in Compiègne (à leur avis) is La Brasserie Parisienne.
When our orders were brought out, I admit I was a little reluctant… I’ve been told since I began eating solid food that raw meat is BAD for me, could I really eat raw ground beef, and with a raw egg thrown in the mix at that???
But, a good portion of the French population loves this dish, and not only are they NOT dying, the French are living longer AND healthier lives than most Americans. With this thought in mind, I took a bite… and didn’t die.
It wasn’t even disgusting. In fact, my first bite was pretty unremarkable, other than that it was cold, which was a bit bizarre. It really wasn’t bad at all. And it seems like, the more the day has worn on, the more I liked it. When I left the restaurant, I thought, “well, that was alright, but now that I’ve marked it off my bucket list, I think I’m done.”
But it’s now 10:15 PM, and my thoughts have evolved to, “You know, I think the next time I visit France I might like to try it again.”
Its almost as if, just in eating a little raw meat, some slumbering primal power in myself has been awakened, and I’ve tapped into an almost animalistic instinct that I didn’t even know was there.