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    • Adventure is a very over used word in travel these days, most people go on a journey and 'maybe' have an adventure along the way.

      When it comes to food are you adventurous?

      in the 90's I lived in Kenya and would regularly go to a restaurant called Carnivore, and maybe you think you can imagine what I ate, but I doubt you could name the whole gamut of things on offer, sadly no photos!

      Fast forward a few years to Mexico February 2018. I was in the small town of Ixcateopan de Cuauhtémoc during the festival.

      I'll write more about it in another post but for now lets talk food

      Numbers are small for the festival as it's not too well known but all manner food are on offer...and not the ordinary snacks you expect to see in the western world

    • Scorpions are not too high up on my list of snacks, the gy selling them assured me the stinger was removed and they were very tasty, erm, ok, yeah, nah!

      ...but i stayed around to watch. He told me the chef would be bringing a few more ites that would sell out quickly.

      First up was a sauteed Tarantula! Any takers? Yep, sold in less than 2 minutes.

      Sadly it was a take out order so I didn't get to see the guy eat it

    • It really depends on a person's background and upbringing, but all the foods you mentioned are likely a valid source of protein. Whether someone considers them delicacies, it's a different story. I'd call myself pretty adventurous in terms of food, but only for the sake of exploration as I haven't been forced to survive eating non traditional mainstream food. I regularly enjoy a great and diverse sashimi and have in the past had home made things such as blood sausage

      or pork lard slow smoked (or boiled in sauerkraut juice)

      the kind of foods that are regional specialties in Transylvania, but I think they are not oddities like tarantula and scorpions. The oddest thing I had may have been fried alligator ribs, which by some accounts is likely quite tame.

    • Insects and spiders I wouldn’t be game for. Even though I know they’re an excellent source of protein. The most adventurous I’ve been is crocodile and ostrich in Africa, which while adventuresome sounding isn’t really that big of a deal. Thanks for sharing these photos! Side note, ostrich is the one bird that has red meat.

    • I used to teach survival as a summer camp counselor in Southern Utah. Our campers were teens from upper middle class families, usually from cities like Los Angeles. Like all teens, they liked burgers, fries, shakes and Taco Bell.

      Survival was a week in the desert. It’s funny how the first few days were spent furious about starving to death and how the few rations we had totally sucked. Camp sucks.

      After three days, reality sets in and you’re willing to eat some cactus and entertain the idea of insects and worms. A day or two later, down the hatch they go. Near the end of the week you realize good worms and crickets are delicious. Yum!

      And then you brag to your friends for the rest of your life about how you survived on insects for a week and how it changed your perspective of the world.

    • Beans that thunder the buttocks. Nice.

      I can't say I've eaten too adventurously, either. One of the strangest things I've eaten is probably natto, which is fermented soy beans that end up stinky, sticky, and slimy. Even in Japan, it's pretty divisive. After one taste I wasn't interested in trying it again.

      I've eaten raw shrimp heads, snake, and dried horse but that doesn't seem that strange to me.

    • Near the end of the week you realize good worms and crickets are delicious. Yum!

      Please do not keep the recipe's secret! Where they served alive, or killed first? Steamed, fried or boiled?

    • my brother is Scandinavian and he loves that stuff!

      A couple that I did a hard pass on, in past were...

      living in Morocco in the late 80's I was invited to dinner and the starter was monkey brain soup, served in the monkeys skull, don't remember what I ate instead, if anything

      2014 in Mongolia, sheep/ goat testicle soup, same that you might have seen on LWR, yeah, nah, that night I made a Yak jerky curry

    • my brother is Scandinavian and he loves that stuff!

      Wow, I didn't know that! And so it is, with some foods it's really an acquired taste and I would not turn it down unless I kind of tried a tiny slice, at least once. Of course the smell, or perhaps appearance, might be a strong deterrent. But just as with insects, the barrier is our own psychology.

      Though I ponder, for health reasons sometimes is better to avoid adventures like that.. Yet I recall many years ago, sitting on a dock at a Black Sea shore marina, sailor was catching something that now I recall looked like tiny translucent creatures that looked like shrimp (but I doubt it was that). He was hand ripping their head off and eating them. Surely I was invited to try and had several of them, alas I do not recall what they tasted like - just that I didn't puke or die, or got sick.. Another unusual meal was again very long ago, camel meat stew. That was actually quite delicious, but had a certain very specific characteristic taste - not bad at all.

      I believe our instincts, smell, taste, are exactly for the purpose of being naturally capable of distinguishing what we could and what we could not eat safely. However I also think our instincts without our mind would likely get us in trouble when it comes to food, because we are today too far off artificially for too long from the way pure natural animal beings should feed..

    • I am not an adventurous eater at all, but I did partake of narwhal skin while in Greenland.

      Not a lot of flavor, but very tough, chewy, gristley. Our host was pleased...I think.

      No pictures were taken, sadly.

      Think very dark green rubber eraser, kind of.