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EvilSteve
25th August 10, 09:48 AM
I am doing this. God help me, I am doing this:



http://www.thebrooklynkitchen.com/assets/2010/08/23/71398a8b5ecb6f637987d458e819a47b_small.jpg
Mezcal Tasting Event, 6PM Saturday September 18


Brooklyn Kitchen, in partnership with EyeLevel Gallery, is proud to present Entomo-Cuisine: Insect Tasting Menu. Philip Ross, creator of the San Francisco based CRITTER Salon, will lead this four course pairing of edible insects and fine alcohols. The dinner will include pairings such as: Wax Moth Larvae ceviche and Brooklyn Lager, and Grass Hoppers with San Honesto Mezcal. This presentation of the breathe of epicurean possibilities with entemophagy is in partnership the neighboring show WURMHAUS by artist Monica Martinez at Eyelevel BQE Gallery. Join the intimate group of 40 at Brooklyn Kitchen for this delicious and daring forey into sustainable fine dining.






So, I found a place that will charge jaded New Yorkers such as myself exorbitant rates to eat things they would normally scream and step on.

I used to be a big time foodie, but after doing the tasting menu at Per Se, I kind of felt like I had beaten the final boss of the food world. Lately I've tried doing weird foods, like offal, but there's really no place to get offal in NYC save for bone marrow. (I'm supremely jealous of the London posters here since you folks have St. John)

But a lady friend of mine found this and so she'll be my date and we'll be eating that... thing in the picture up there. As ceviche.

Pics to follow.

MEGA JESUS-SAMA
25th August 10, 09:50 AM
man
now that i'm out i can say this without worrying about my masculinity
i fucking hate bugs :X

Tonuzaba
25th August 10, 10:03 AM
We are all going to HAVE to do this, sooner or later.

You'll have a headstart.

Good appetite, and post some recipes afterwards.

WarPhalange
25th August 10, 10:14 AM
We are all going to HAVE to do this, sooner or later.

You'll have a headstart.

Good appetite, and post some recipes afterwards.

Fuck you. Worse comes to worse, I'm stabbing my neighbor in the eye and eating his carcass.

Angry Mandrill
25th August 10, 10:22 AM
funny, i wouldn't eat that damn thing if you paid me, but i used to drink them down with mezcal all the time. but i'm a fucking idiot.

and brooklyn kitchen is in dire need of a proper, english-speaking editor.

also, nikki, any butcher in nyc should have offal upon request. they do in philadelphia. we regularly get hearts, lungs and stomachs. stay away from kidneys, though. taste like pee-pee.

EvilSteve
25th August 10, 10:30 AM
Sadly, I think that is a native speaker of English that wrote that. ESL folks don't go out of their way to make convoluted grammatical constructs to screw up.

And while I'm sure I can GET offal (butcher near where I used to live sold sweetbreads) I wouldn't necessarily trust myself to prepare it properly. I'm a decent cook but I have no experience cooking guts.

And odd thing- I remember loving kidneys as a kid (British grandmother) but I had a kidney pie the other day and nearly puked.

EDIT: Speaking of Philly and guts though, the same friend who's going to this thing with me took me on a "regional meat tour" of Philly back in June. She insisted I had to try scrapple, taylor ham and lebanon bologna. Scrapple was unremarkable, but the latter two weren't bad.

Commodore Pipes
25th August 10, 04:13 PM
A little scrapple and some cornmeal, and you got yourself a meal!

ICY
25th August 10, 04:38 PM
Crabs/lobsters are to water what spiders, etc are to land...so it shouldn't be that weird.

Tonuzaba
25th August 10, 04:49 PM
Crabs/lobsters are to water what spiders, etc are to land...so it shouldn't be that weird.
This is the mantra, exactly.

It's all just a matter of how you're raised and what you get used to.

Except for the yak's eye, you can't get used to that, says Bear Grylls.

Ajamil
25th August 10, 11:33 PM
I've eaten bugs, they're crunchy, and I always had them dipped in something sweet. Unless I was swallowing ants for money, those tiny bastards you can just take live about six to a dozen at a time.

How are they being prepared?

WarPhalange
26th August 10, 01:00 AM
This is the mantra, exactly.

It's all just a matter of how you're raised and what you get used to.

Except for the yak's eye, you can't get used to that, says Bear Grylls.

Fuck Bear Grylls. Les Stroud is where it's at.

ICY
26th August 10, 02:04 AM
I wouldn't eat them shell-on...you need a bug that's big enough to have a muscle worth chewing on. A big beetle or something.

Harpy
26th August 10, 02:20 AM
We are all going to HAVE to do this, sooner or later.
Not in this lifetime!

Nikki - we await your report.

EvilSteve
26th August 10, 08:17 AM
Fuck Bear Grylls. Les Stroud is where it's at.'

^ This.

And Arj- I assume the grasshoppers will be fried (they usually are), served with mezcal and the big mealworm looking thing is supposed to be prepared ceviche style served with Brooklyn lager. No idea what else they will serve.

Although anyone other than me think the mezcal would go better with the worm ceviche?

billy sol hurok
26th August 10, 08:34 AM
Although anyone other than me think the mezcal would go better with the worm ceviche?

I think copious amounts of mescal before the slug ceviche would be indicated. See, that's why it's at the bottom of the bottle.

Ajamil
26th August 10, 06:18 PM
Snails are awesome, and very greasy.

Most people eat lobster, would you also eat this beaut?
http://www.boncherry.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/giant-isopod-2.jpg

Commodore Pipes
26th August 10, 08:38 PM
No 'cuz evil eyez

EvilSteve
26th August 10, 10:51 PM
I hear isopods don't taste very good, which is a shame because they look like giant lobster tails. And yes, they have pretty evil looking eyes.

EvilSteve
20th September 10, 08:39 AM
Okay, I did it- I proved myself to be one of those asshole New Yorkers who will eat absolutely anything provided it comes with a decent alcohol pairing. Pix follow:

http://www.sociocide.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=6800&stc=1&d=1284989791

Here's the first bug I ate. It came in a mixture of chips and nuts and fried crickets. This is one of the latter.

On to more adventurous fare:

http://www.sociocide.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=6801&stc=1&d=1284989791

This was a cactus salad with fried yucca and meal worms. Yeah, the same kind of mealworms you fed your pet lizard when you were a kid. It came paired with a brooklyn lager with a spiced rim.

more to follow...

EvilSteve
20th September 10, 08:46 AM
Okay, I'm uploading these from my iPhone so the forum is being a bitch about inlining them. Anyway, click the thumbnails to view- they're probably too large to inline properly anyway.

This thing that looks like a pool of vomit with maggots in it was actually pretty good. It's fried waxworms with smoked creamed corn:

http://www.sociocide.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=6802&d=1284990057 (http://www.sociocide.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=6802&d=1284990057)

Next, for lulz, I ate a live one:

http://www.sociocide.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=6803&d=1284990057

Next course was tomato bugs. They're the grown up cousins of what you just saw (waxworms), which is to say they're about half an inch thick and 3 inches long. They were served on a bed of greens. They tasted kind of nutty, which frankly, is what ALL bugs apparently taste like. The greens were okay, but frankly I've had better:

http://www.sociocide.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=6804&d=1284990057

And proof that I ate them:

http://www.sociocide.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=6805&d=1284990057

EvilSteve
20th September 10, 08:52 AM
After the tomato bugs, we had a cricket salsa:

http://www.sociocide.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=6806&stc=1&d=1284990534

And for dessert: Ice cream with more fried mealworms.

http://www.sociocide.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=6807&stc=1&d=1284990534

Incidentally, that green thing is mezcal in a cucumber cup with a chili pepper spiced rim. It was possibly the best thing I had all night.

Not to say that the bugs were bad- they weren't, but they weren't great either. Had a feeling it was going to be a bit of a gimmick, and I suppose it was, although I more than covered the price of my ticket with free beer and mezcal so I can't really complain.

tl;dr: bugs taste vaguely nutty.

Tonuzaba
20th September 10, 09:02 AM
Sweet, but links to pics in post No. 20 don't work...

EvilSteve
20th September 10, 09:15 AM
Okay- trying again- waxworms with smoked corn, live waxworms, tomato bugs, and proof I ate them:

http://www.sociocide.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=6808&stc=1&d=1284992032

http://www.sociocide.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=6809&stc=1&d=1284992032

http://www.sociocide.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=6810&stc=1&d=1284992032

http://www.sociocide.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=6811&stc=1&d=1284992032

EvilSteve
20th September 10, 09:17 AM
Also I ate Tonuzaba's avatar...

Tonuzaba
20th September 10, 09:25 AM
Also I ate Tonuzaba's avatar...
An empty plate is no proof, aaaaaight?

Also, my avatar eats others, not the other way 'round, mmmkey?...

http://scienceblogs.com/clock/upload/2006/08/a3%20Ant%20Lion%20Funnel.jpg

Ajamil
20th September 10, 02:42 PM
Mealworms are nummy. My family was very nonchalant about them getting into our rice - just cooked em up with the grains and checked it off as extra protein in the meal.

KO'd N DOA
20th September 10, 03:02 PM
Flying ants made part of my diet in Africa. Live eating took a while to get used to, but well worth it.

Will you establish your own colonies to supplementet your diet?
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/25/How_to_Eat_Fried_Worms.jpg (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/25/How_to_Eat_Fried_Worms.jpg)