Do you recall that episode of Survivor (or one of those survivor-like shows) where people had to eat caviar in order to win a challenge for their tribe? The two unwilling representatives from each tribe were dry heaving at the thought of fish eggs touching their lips.
At the time, I remember willing the television screen to suck me into the show. That I would have offered everyone there a piece of my prize if they gave me the whole bowl to eat in peace. The only catch, I needed a spoon.
Caviar is my favourite food.
Not my top three or one that I really like, it’s my #1 favourite food. I’ve also eaten raw oysters, ceviche (raw seafood and/or beef), and live larvae without hesitation. And a few flies and mosquitos but they don’t really count because they weren’t on purpose.
To make a long story short, if the average Mexican or yours truly had been on the show, we would have won. You see, party platters around here often contain fried ants and…
Best served with a squeeze of lime and a splash of hot sauce. The texture is crunchy with a taste similar to that of a spicy nut. Don’t knock it until you try it but if you must, please make sure that I’m around.
Ever Eaten Fried Grasshoppers or Anything That Moves?
Note that fried ants and grasshoppers are a traditional snack in the state of Oaxaca. As common as guacamole. However, as disposable incomes increase in Chiapas, they are becoming more common in San Cristobal. For $2, someone will come right to you, prepare them as you like and leave you with a small bag of savoury goodness. And if you’re watching your weight, does anyone know how many calories there are in grasshoppers?