I discovered this thread because, well, actually...a few weeks ago, I had a taste for 'blind robins'. Where I grew up though, they were referred to as 'smoked/salt herring'. Reading most of the comments here, I have to say that I think that eating, and enjoying, this particular food item is a definite acquired taste. If not acquired well before the age of ten, the delicious taste of blind robins is lost. I acquired it at an early age because my Dad was of Scandinavian ancestry. I think my mother (of Germanic ancestry) was open to the idea and went along with it, if only to keep the peace in the family. There are worse things that a spouse can do, than to eat an occasional blind robin, after all.. So, this undeniably fishy-food-product was at least tolerated, if not promoted, in the household of my youth, and that is how I was initially exposed to it. I think my Scandinavian heritage was the true reason why I have always enjoyed them since.
What really brought me to the Roadfood site this day though, is that I had been having a hankering for this particular food item, but I hadnt been able to find them for several years now. So imagine my surprise (delight!) when I opened the door to my brother's refrigerator, and there was a package of these salty, dried, smoked fish!!!! Paradise Lost and Found, all at once!!
Now, I could have interrogated my brother until he revealed the source of the coveted morsels, but since he wasnt around when I made the discovery, and realizing that the package could disappear as quickly as it had appeared, I made note of the label on the package. Using the internet, I researched until I discovered they had come from an independant grocer about 25 miles away. It was like realizing that the 'girl-next-door' has been 'the one' all along. Ok, maybe not quite like that, but I think you know what I mean.
Of course, the thought as to why my brother would have been in that particular part of town crossed my mind, but his personal business was quickly dismissed as I realized that my own prize was in sight! I had only a half-hour drive or so to make to obtain my own blind robins! But first, after reading some (half?) of the comments on Roadfood (which became part of my search) I decided that before I struck out on my quest for salty fish-iness, I would make this comment. And now I have, and so I am off! Within the hour, I expect to be snacking on that most salty, fishy and dry of food items!! Wish me well, fellow Roadfooders!! YUM!