Eating Grasshoppers

IMG_1588Chapulines (Grasshoppers) are a common food stuff in Oaxaca usually served as a condiment in tortillas and tacos.  They come in various sizes and depending on where you eat the they are served in what you ordered or left in a bowl as a condiment on the table so you can help our self….or not.

Of course leave it to me to have this classic Oaxacan item in a fancy restaurant so dolled up you wouldn’t know what you were eating if you hadn’t read it on the menu and ordered it. IMG_1430Doesn’t look like grasshoppers does it? These tarted up Taquitos were filled with gooey cheese, set on a plate with puréed beans, salsa and more cheese….so the crickets were kind of beside the point, or maybe the point really is for gringos like me to have them in a palatable manner to help get over what ever preconceived  ideas one might have about eating bugs. It worked, I didn’t feel like I was going to throw up in my mouth once!  After several bites where I kept trying to discern the buggy party of the dish I gave up and gave into the pleasure of the dish, which was the highlight of my meal at el Restaurante  Casa Qaxaca.   Now I’m a pro, so hopefully next time I can order them in a way in which I can actually taste them!

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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