Tuesday, May 31, 2005

It’s Fried Cricket Season In Tijuana

TIJUANA, Mexico (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The thought of eating fried crickets and maguey worms might bug you but they’re “snack-tacular” taste treats to gourmets in Tijuana, Mexico.

That’s according to Sandra Luz Pedregal, a self- proclaimed foodie who runs a travel service called The Adventurous Gourmet catering to tastemakers looking for something unusual.

Although many tourists associate T.J. with tacos or burritos, Pedregal says there are lots of restaurants serving exotic vittles like fried cricket tacos, quesadillas with maguey worms, cactus salads, and crepes made with corn fungus.

Delicacies like cow eye tacos or blood sausage might sound more appropriate for Fear Factor than fine dining, but Pedregal says insects and tongue have been popular menu items for centuries.

As she puts it, “Hot dogs had those things in them for years until people started complaining to make them all beef.”

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