While messing around on Facebook last night I came across an app titled 100 Foods to Eat Before You Die – The Food List Challenge. I like to think of myself as an adventurous eater, I will try anything once, so I had to click on it. The list had dishes like alligator, paella and (my favorite being from New Mexico) frito pie!
The app got me reminiscing with friends about the “strangest” things we have eaten while traveling; things like pigeon fois gras, steamed silkworms and in my case, goat eyeballs. Why would we eat these things? Part of it is to say that you have, I mean come on, but really most of it is out of politeness. In many cultures it is considered extremely rude to not eat the food that has been given to you. What may seem strange to our American sensibilities are considered delicacies in other lands. So what do you do when your host hands you a plate of blood sausages? Smile, say thank you, and you never know, you might like it! Either way, you have a great story to share with your friends when you get home. You only live once right?
If you are inspired but not quite ready to eat crickets, headcheese, or tongue tacos, you can certainly find some fun food themed tours in your own city to help expand your palate. Are a few in the US to help get you started!
- In Chicago, Illinois: http://www.grayline.com/Chicago/Your_Love_of_Food_Tour
- In Newport, Rhode Island: http://www.grayline.com/Rhode-Island-Providence/The-Providence-Riverwalk-Gourmet-Tour
- In Boston: http://www.bostonfoodtours.com/
And if you were wondering, I scored 81 out of 100 on the Food List Challenge. Did you see the app? If so what was your score? Better yet what are the “strangest” foods you’ve tried on your travels? Let us know in the comments below! (Don’t see Facebook comments? Click here to view the full 100 Foods to Eat Before You Die blog post)