The Chicago Tribune wrote about the Gastronomical Festival of the Cat. Their columnist, being an actual reporter whose full-time job is reporting (sadly, cat reporting is not my only job) contacted Nilda Pariona, who works for the regional government. This is what she had to say to defend the cat eaters:
“They eat cat for tradition, but according to the townspeople, these are cats that come from special nurseries, they are not the cats that you’d frequently encounter in the streets. There exists a diversity of preparations: Cat Stew, Milanese of Cat, fried cat strips, grilled cat with Huacatay, among others. The most common is the cat stew. This year, they featured the dish Grilled Cat with Huacatay, but every year they present a different dish.
“The flavor is like the meat of a rabbit, and they say it’s very delicious. I particularly have not had the opportunity to sample these plates, but I hope that next year I can try them. Perhaps you could visit us and have it in the next festival. That promises to be a grand gastronomic festival. It is a pleasure to chat with you. Kindest regards, Nilda.”
1. oh, you’re raising these cats to be killed? Great.
2. Cat Milanese? I will never look at chicken milanese the same way again.
3. I’m not going to lie. I had a bite of rabbit once a long time ago and it was delicious. But I never ate it again because eating anything fluffy is gross.