In California: A Squid Fest

"Have a wonderful day. Eat lots of squid!"

This, Victor Liquori's heartfelt wish for his audience of about 45 awed onlookers who stood in the shade of a spreading California oak to witness one of two daily demonstrations on the fine art of eviscerating and preparing squid. "Squooshy but easy," was one woman's verdict, undaunted by the appearance of the glistening cephalopod, its oval, cylindrical body being dangled by a tentacle and looking startlingly like a silvery, translucent mouse.

If you think eating lots of squid precludes having a wonderful day, you would clearly have been in the minority at the...

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