Night Of The Octopus!

One of the highlights of the Granada Festival I attended last week was being treated to a local Spanish delicacy: boiled octopus! Eduardo and Alejandro, two of the festival’s organizers, brought in a cook recognized for her mastery of the dish and invited all the volunteers, artists and authors to a big feast!

The wine flowed and soon traditional wooden plates, which are cooked along with the octopus, began to appear before us heaped with buttery tentacles.

It looked like something from the depthes of a methane sea on Venus, but it tasted incredible. And of course, cartoonists will be cartoonists. Jim Salicrup wasn’t the only one to pose for tentacle-hanging-out-of-mouth photos.

Soon the wine was replaced by another local tradition; a sweet and delicious distilled drink that clocked in somewhere in the neighborhood of a hundred and eighty proof. Pornsak Pichetschote and Joe Kubert, along with everyone in the hall, were soon grinning bear to ear.

The evening progressed to a line of local men singing a bawdy ditty that involved a lot of crotch grabbing. Any further photos that were taken are too blurry to publish.

  1. RAB March 18th, 2010 2:23 pm

    I worked for Jim Salicrup many years ago and he’s a swell guy, but I have never been so jealous of him as I am right now. That meal looks spectacular.

    Gotta wonder, though: are the wooden plates cooked with the meal for some culinary reason — perhaps because it infuses the plates with the aroma of the cooking liquid, or simply to warm them to keep the food at the right temperature — or is it just for tradition’s sake?

  2. Jorge Villarruel March 24th, 2010 7:38 pm

    Man, I got really hungry…I want some.

  3. Rick Veitch » Joe Kubert After Graduation August 30th, 2012 12:23 pm

    […] The most fun was running into Joe on the convention and festival circuit.  He was often at San Diego or New York showing the amazing new direction his work was taking. We did Angouleme the same year, then took the bullet train to Paris.  And in 2010 we spent a week in Granada, Spain where he was guest of honor and we both spoke at the University. We ate boiled octopus. […]