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A Glimpse Into a Gourmet Bug Tasting

It's one thing to say you'll try any sort of food, but another entirely to truly follow through on your promise. That's why, right before an eight-course gourmet bug tasting this week, I started bugging out over it. If I screamed when I saw insects in my apartment, how was I going to bring myself to eat them?

The one-of-a-kind dinner was organized by the Stanford Club of San Francisco, and featured everything from grasshoppers to dung beetles. Read on to find out how I fared throughout the meal.

A Glimpse Into a Gourmet Bug TastingGreeting TableFresh Weaver Ant Larvae on CrackersDeep-Fried Spiced Bamboo WormsBug-Eating Expert Treena Joi Crickets With Eggs on Mushroom Bruschetta Couscous With Red Shield BugsDung-Beetle-Garnished Pumpkin SoupGrasshopper PolentaSilkworm Wild Rice MedleyPear Tart Sprinkled With Weaver Ants and Queen Ants
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Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 5 years 48 weeks
No thanks!
Sherellj Sherellj 5 years 48 weeks
OH Hell NO!
PinkNC PinkNC 5 years 48 weeks
Eww, no thanks. In China and Japan vendors sell bugs on a stick. Like their simple lollipops or kabobs.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 5 years 48 weeks
Yikes, I have entomophobia (a seriously debilitating condition when you like the outdoors!) and I will never, EVER be able to do this. You are incredibly brave!! Do you know if anyone has gotten physically sick during these tastings? I sure hope they had buckets nearby for the fainthearted.
suziryder suziryder 5 years 48 weeks
I'd like to think I'd be brave enough to eat these things, since my philosophy is "try anything once," but looking at these pictures and thinking of *actually* eating food with bugs mixed in... I don't know if I could handle it! The thought of getting grasshopper wings stuck in between my teeth makes me gag, I can't imagine what would happen if I were actually in that situation!