Brian McLane

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August 1st, 2013 · No Comments · Social Commentary


I was shopping with my wife on 86th Street in Brooklyn. At one of the Chinese Vegetable and food markets they also have seafood.

I don’t think I’ll forget this man hauling a large Turtle onto a counter and hacking off it’s head. It took him at least a minute to get the thing off and once the head was separated from the rest of the turtle the legs were still moving.


The poor thing bled all over the place as little by little its limbs were hacked off. I said to the guy “Can you at least get a sharper hatchet?”. Of course he couldn’t understand.

I guess the Turtle Soup (which I’m glad to say I’ve never had) has to come from somewhere.

Brian McLane is a food critic and blogs about same at

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