Last week on The Amazing Race, two teams struggled with a Fast Forward challenge that forced them to eat stir-fried crickets and grasshoppers. I know it sounds gross, but the truth is, it’s very doable. And to prove that point, my friends and I headed to a restaurant that serves fried insects. Of course, we brought a camera. A brief photo essay of our bug-eating adventure after the jump.
Warning: if you don’t like to see bugs in people’s mouths, you probably should skip this post… (but it’s not really that gross).
Oh — and don’t forget to watch the two hour season finale of The Amazing Race tonight!Well, my friends and I headed to a restaurant in Santa Monica, CA called Typhoon. I knew they served bugs there because — and this is sort of embarrassing — I once saw a guy and a girl go there on that show, Dis-missed. Yes, yes, laugh all you want, but you know you used to watch it too. Anyway, we arrived at Typhoon, and sadly, while there were crickets on the menu, there were no grasshoppers. As a substitute, we ordered sea-worms. I’d never had them before, but they sounded appropriately disgusting; so I figured hey, why not?
Deep fried sea worms! With a delectable dipping sauce!
Here’s me about to eat the worms. The air was thick with anticipation! So much so that that lady’s earrings lit up in the darkness!
I have now officially taken my first worm bite. If there were a worm-eating Roadblock, I’d be set.
Here’s my friend Amelia taking a hearty bite of worms. Note the refreshing lettuce cup! Delicious!
The worms were okay. Not great, but certainly not barf-worthy. They looked and tasted pretty much like little french fries. The only disconcerting thing was that they had little eyes. Who knew that worms had eyes? Anyway, time to move onto crickets…
Unfortunately, as you can see, Los Angeles crickets are about ten times smaller than Thai crickets. But as they say, good things come in small packages, right? That’s the cricket-eating spirit! The hardest part about this dish is that it looks like I ordered hash browns and a bunch of bugs wandered into it. Must… get… over… it…
Ah yes. The pure joy that comes with sticking an insect in your mouth.
In case you don’t believe that I actually did this…
Honestly, the crickets don’t taste bad at all. BJ and Tyler are pussies. I mean, yes, they had to eat about ten times more of these, and yes, their bugs were significantly larger, but… okay, maybe they’re not pussies.
Yum! A fun time was had by all! Except for the cricket — he got fried alive and eaten.