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A Night at Ted and Amy’s Supper Club

A Night at Ted and Amy’s Supper Club

Dining with strangers under the stars in Brooklyn, N.Y.

For those who love food, enjoy throwing parties, and are looking for a way to bring together new and old friends, have you ever considered starting a supper club?

It’s something that Kara Masi, a young professional in New York City, did with the help of a friend in 2008. Based out of a garden-level brownstone, hundreds of friends and strangers have since gathered around the table at Ted and Amy’s Supper Club. While Masi is no trained chef, she certainly knows her way around the kitchen. Moreover, she has an undeniable gift for bringing complete strangers together for a truly memorable meal.

I recently had the chance to attend one of the “supper club” meals at Ted and Amy’s. I was not sure what to expect — something along the lines of a dinner party with me being the lone duck in a sea of old friends? Or a gathering of strangers under the guise of a get-together set in a garden? I attended a Turkish-themed gathering prepared by chef Eric Sherman and the sisters behind Husnu's olive oil, partly because I love olive oil — and it sounded delicious.

Stepping in through the front door, not marked with any signs, I hesitated. Is this the right spot? With lights aglow inside and our evening’s chef working in the kitchen, something told me this was the spot (and if I ended up walking in on someone else's party, would it really be that bad?). I quickly learned that the real party was out back in the spacious, tree-lined garden all aglow with string lights. I arrived fashionably late, so there were quite a few guests already mingling, conversation effortlessly flowing. Tables were spread out under the trees, each covered with plates of eggplant salad, dips, flatbreads, and cheese-stuffed rolls called böreks meant for enjoying small plates-style, like you would an appetizer spread or mezze. And new food, from lamb and chicken kebabs to a hearty cucumber, tomato, and feta salad, continued to be served throughout the night.


The Epicurious Blog

On Saturday, the Explorers Club held its annual black-tie fund-raising dinner and cocktail hour at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City, featuring its famous array of unusual eats and bug-filled dishes. Just some of the things on the hors d&aposoeuvres menu that night: Yak Wellington, sweet-and-sour bovine penis, maggot-covered strawberries, scorpions on toast, earthworm stir-fry, mealworm maki, and assorted insect appetizers. It&aposs an event I&aposve always wanted to attend, and this year my friend and photographer&aposs-assistant-for-the-day Edgar and I got to do just that.

So what was the thing that actually made me lose my lunch?

But first, let give you a semi-accurate blow-by-blow account of a few of the dishes we tried and observations we made.

Earthworm Stir-Fry

EDC3: I can&apost taste any earthworm at all.

MYP: (Gagging a little.) I can. It&aposs definitely earthworm.

EDC3: Really? They must&aposve cooked the hell out of this. All I can taste is the sauce.

MYP: It&aposs all . rubbery . and gritty. I think I just ate earthworm dirt. You&aposd think they&aposd starve them for a couple days in water and cornmeal or something, like escargots.

EDC3: Is this a noodle or an earthworm? I can&apost tell.

MYP: I have to get rid of this.

Roasted Goat, Pork Chitterlings, etc.:

MYP: Goat? Pork chitlins? Really? I thought this was supposed to be exotic foods.

EDC3: Let&aposs not fool with that pedestrian stuff. Let&aposs go over to that side and get some of the real weird stuff.

MYP: Wow, I just saw a guy wearing a top hat. Lots of short, bearded men with tall, blonde women here. Lots of people wearing sashes and medals of honor, too. I wonder how many of these guys have been clients of the Emperor&aposs Club.

EDC3: The exact same thought occurred to me five minutes ago.

Horrified Nearby Man: Eyeballs!

Maggot- and Bug-Covered Strawberries

EDC3: I&aposm invoking my no-exoskeleton rule here, but you should go right ahead.

MYP: What are these? Ants?

Nearby Woman 1: Maggots.

MYP: Crunchy. I thought they&aposd be really bitter, but they&aposre not at all. They&aposre like Rice Krispies. I can&apost believe my favorite thing so far is maggots.

Nearby Woman 2: Could you do me a favor and take a picture of my friend eating bugs, please?

Nearby Woman&aposs Friend: Really? Do I have to?

MYP: Why don&apost you eat one?

Nearby Woman 2: I keep kosher. Eat that one.

Scorpions on Toast

EDC3: (Spitting it out.) Man, that&aposs bitter!

MYP: Let me try. Yow. It&aposs all juicy. A lot of stuff squirted out of it.

EDC3: That was really nasty.

MYP: Yeah, and I&aposve had some kind of feeler stuck in my teeth since the cricket canapes.

EDC3: I think there&aposs still some exoskeleton or stinger in my mouth. (Continues spitting out.)

MYP: Also, I think I can still taste earthworm. I have a feeling I may be sick later.

Duck Tongues on Belgian Endives

MYP: What&aposs this?

Young Woman 1: Someone said it&aposs duck tongues.

MYP: This ought to be easy.

EDC3: No thanks, man.

Young Woman 1: How is it?

Hungry-Looking Young Women 2-4: (About to help themselves, but waiting to hear what I say first.) Yes, how is it? Is it gross?

MYP: Chewy. And slimy. Really chewy, actually.

Hungry-Looking Young Women 2-4: (Quickly withdraw their hands from the plate and move on.) Eww!

Lotus Stalks

MYP: What&aposs that you&aposre thinking of eating?

Woman 1: I&aposm not sure. It kind of looks like .

MYP: Some sort of penis?

Woman 1: Yeah. Too bad there&aposs no sign.

MYP: I think someone&aposs going around hiding all the labels to mess with people&aposs heads.

Woman 1: You know, I think it&aposs just lotus stalk. (Sniffs then tries one, but a stringy bit of the stalk ends up dangling inconveniently out of her mouth.) It&aposs very fibrous.

MYP: What kind of dip is it?

Woman 1: (Looking at the brownish, gelatinous mass in abject fear.) I don&apost know, but there&aposs no way I&aposm trying it.

MYP: (Tentatively trying some.) It&aposs hoisin sauce.

Sweet & Sour Bovine Penis

MYP: So how was that bovine penis?

EDC3: You know me. Can&apost ever get enough of that bovine penis.

MYP: Is it all spongy?

EDC3: Well, I&aposd thought that it&aposd have a much different texture, especially after I bit past the [string of medical terminology that completely goes over my head], but it wasn&apost like that at all.

MYP: Ah, yes, I understand completely.

EDC3: Why don&apost you go snag yourself some bovine penis?

MYP: Actually, I&aposm still chewing on the duck tongue from the other room.

And here are a few more photos of dishes, some of which we managed to try, some that we missed out on.

So which of these dishes was enough to defeat my not-so-iron stomach? None of them, actually. In the spirit of St. Patrick&aposs Day, I&aposll reveal that I was undone well after the event by an unwise combination of vodka martinis, champagne, top-shelf cognac and bargain-bin wine. Slainte!


The Epicurious Blog

On Saturday, the Explorers Club held its annual black-tie fund-raising dinner and cocktail hour at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City, featuring its famous array of unusual eats and bug-filled dishes. Just some of the things on the hors d&aposoeuvres menu that night: Yak Wellington, sweet-and-sour bovine penis, maggot-covered strawberries, scorpions on toast, earthworm stir-fry, mealworm maki, and assorted insect appetizers. It&aposs an event I&aposve always wanted to attend, and this year my friend and photographer&aposs-assistant-for-the-day Edgar and I got to do just that.

So what was the thing that actually made me lose my lunch?

But first, let give you a semi-accurate blow-by-blow account of a few of the dishes we tried and observations we made.

Earthworm Stir-Fry

EDC3: I can&apost taste any earthworm at all.

MYP: (Gagging a little.) I can. It&aposs definitely earthworm.

EDC3: Really? They must&aposve cooked the hell out of this. All I can taste is the sauce.

MYP: It&aposs all . rubbery . and gritty. I think I just ate earthworm dirt. You&aposd think they&aposd starve them for a couple days in water and cornmeal or something, like escargots.

EDC3: Is this a noodle or an earthworm? I can&apost tell.

MYP: I have to get rid of this.

Roasted Goat, Pork Chitterlings, etc.:

MYP: Goat? Pork chitlins? Really? I thought this was supposed to be exotic foods.

EDC3: Let&aposs not fool with that pedestrian stuff. Let&aposs go over to that side and get some of the real weird stuff.

MYP: Wow, I just saw a guy wearing a top hat. Lots of short, bearded men with tall, blonde women here. Lots of people wearing sashes and medals of honor, too. I wonder how many of these guys have been clients of the Emperor&aposs Club.

EDC3: The exact same thought occurred to me five minutes ago.

Horrified Nearby Man: Eyeballs!

Maggot- and Bug-Covered Strawberries

EDC3: I&aposm invoking my no-exoskeleton rule here, but you should go right ahead.

MYP: What are these? Ants?

Nearby Woman 1: Maggots.

MYP: Crunchy. I thought they&aposd be really bitter, but they&aposre not at all. They&aposre like Rice Krispies. I can&apost believe my favorite thing so far is maggots.

Nearby Woman 2: Could you do me a favor and take a picture of my friend eating bugs, please?

Nearby Woman&aposs Friend: Really? Do I have to?

MYP: Why don&apost you eat one?

Nearby Woman 2: I keep kosher. Eat that one.

Scorpions on Toast

EDC3: (Spitting it out.) Man, that&aposs bitter!

MYP: Let me try. Yow. It&aposs all juicy. A lot of stuff squirted out of it.

EDC3: That was really nasty.

MYP: Yeah, and I&aposve had some kind of feeler stuck in my teeth since the cricket canapes.

EDC3: I think there&aposs still some exoskeleton or stinger in my mouth. (Continues spitting out.)

MYP: Also, I think I can still taste earthworm. I have a feeling I may be sick later.

Duck Tongues on Belgian Endives

MYP: What&aposs this?

Young Woman 1: Someone said it&aposs duck tongues.

MYP: This ought to be easy.

EDC3: No thanks, man.

Young Woman 1: How is it?

Hungry-Looking Young Women 2-4: (About to help themselves, but waiting to hear what I say first.) Yes, how is it? Is it gross?

MYP: Chewy. And slimy. Really chewy, actually.

Hungry-Looking Young Women 2-4: (Quickly withdraw their hands from the plate and move on.) Eww!

Lotus Stalks

MYP: What&aposs that you&aposre thinking of eating?

Woman 1: I&aposm not sure. It kind of looks like .

MYP: Some sort of penis?

Woman 1: Yeah. Too bad there&aposs no sign.

MYP: I think someone&aposs going around hiding all the labels to mess with people&aposs heads.

Woman 1: You know, I think it&aposs just lotus stalk. (Sniffs then tries one, but a stringy bit of the stalk ends up dangling inconveniently out of her mouth.) It&aposs very fibrous.

MYP: What kind of dip is it?

Woman 1: (Looking at the brownish, gelatinous mass in abject fear.) I don&apost know, but there&aposs no way I&aposm trying it.

MYP: (Tentatively trying some.) It&aposs hoisin sauce.

Sweet & Sour Bovine Penis

MYP: So how was that bovine penis?

EDC3: You know me. Can&apost ever get enough of that bovine penis.

MYP: Is it all spongy?

EDC3: Well, I&aposd thought that it&aposd have a much different texture, especially after I bit past the [string of medical terminology that completely goes over my head], but it wasn&apost like that at all.

MYP: Ah, yes, I understand completely.

EDC3: Why don&apost you go snag yourself some bovine penis?

MYP: Actually, I&aposm still chewing on the duck tongue from the other room.

And here are a few more photos of dishes, some of which we managed to try, some that we missed out on.

So which of these dishes was enough to defeat my not-so-iron stomach? None of them, actually. In the spirit of St. Patrick&aposs Day, I&aposll reveal that I was undone well after the event by an unwise combination of vodka martinis, champagne, top-shelf cognac and bargain-bin wine. Slainte!


The Epicurious Blog

On Saturday, the Explorers Club held its annual black-tie fund-raising dinner and cocktail hour at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City, featuring its famous array of unusual eats and bug-filled dishes. Just some of the things on the hors d&aposoeuvres menu that night: Yak Wellington, sweet-and-sour bovine penis, maggot-covered strawberries, scorpions on toast, earthworm stir-fry, mealworm maki, and assorted insect appetizers. It&aposs an event I&aposve always wanted to attend, and this year my friend and photographer&aposs-assistant-for-the-day Edgar and I got to do just that.

So what was the thing that actually made me lose my lunch?

But first, let give you a semi-accurate blow-by-blow account of a few of the dishes we tried and observations we made.

Earthworm Stir-Fry

EDC3: I can&apost taste any earthworm at all.

MYP: (Gagging a little.) I can. It&aposs definitely earthworm.

EDC3: Really? They must&aposve cooked the hell out of this. All I can taste is the sauce.

MYP: It&aposs all . rubbery . and gritty. I think I just ate earthworm dirt. You&aposd think they&aposd starve them for a couple days in water and cornmeal or something, like escargots.

EDC3: Is this a noodle or an earthworm? I can&apost tell.

MYP: I have to get rid of this.

Roasted Goat, Pork Chitterlings, etc.:

MYP: Goat? Pork chitlins? Really? I thought this was supposed to be exotic foods.

EDC3: Let&aposs not fool with that pedestrian stuff. Let&aposs go over to that side and get some of the real weird stuff.

MYP: Wow, I just saw a guy wearing a top hat. Lots of short, bearded men with tall, blonde women here. Lots of people wearing sashes and medals of honor, too. I wonder how many of these guys have been clients of the Emperor&aposs Club.

EDC3: The exact same thought occurred to me five minutes ago.

Horrified Nearby Man: Eyeballs!

Maggot- and Bug-Covered Strawberries

EDC3: I&aposm invoking my no-exoskeleton rule here, but you should go right ahead.

MYP: What are these? Ants?

Nearby Woman 1: Maggots.

MYP: Crunchy. I thought they&aposd be really bitter, but they&aposre not at all. They&aposre like Rice Krispies. I can&apost believe my favorite thing so far is maggots.

Nearby Woman 2: Could you do me a favor and take a picture of my friend eating bugs, please?

Nearby Woman&aposs Friend: Really? Do I have to?

MYP: Why don&apost you eat one?

Nearby Woman 2: I keep kosher. Eat that one.

Scorpions on Toast

EDC3: (Spitting it out.) Man, that&aposs bitter!

MYP: Let me try. Yow. It&aposs all juicy. A lot of stuff squirted out of it.

EDC3: That was really nasty.

MYP: Yeah, and I&aposve had some kind of feeler stuck in my teeth since the cricket canapes.

EDC3: I think there&aposs still some exoskeleton or stinger in my mouth. (Continues spitting out.)

MYP: Also, I think I can still taste earthworm. I have a feeling I may be sick later.

Duck Tongues on Belgian Endives

MYP: What&aposs this?

Young Woman 1: Someone said it&aposs duck tongues.

MYP: This ought to be easy.

EDC3: No thanks, man.

Young Woman 1: How is it?

Hungry-Looking Young Women 2-4: (About to help themselves, but waiting to hear what I say first.) Yes, how is it? Is it gross?

MYP: Chewy. And slimy. Really chewy, actually.

Hungry-Looking Young Women 2-4: (Quickly withdraw their hands from the plate and move on.) Eww!

Lotus Stalks

MYP: What&aposs that you&aposre thinking of eating?

Woman 1: I&aposm not sure. It kind of looks like .

MYP: Some sort of penis?

Woman 1: Yeah. Too bad there&aposs no sign.

MYP: I think someone&aposs going around hiding all the labels to mess with people&aposs heads.

Woman 1: You know, I think it&aposs just lotus stalk. (Sniffs then tries one, but a stringy bit of the stalk ends up dangling inconveniently out of her mouth.) It&aposs very fibrous.

MYP: What kind of dip is it?

Woman 1: (Looking at the brownish, gelatinous mass in abject fear.) I don&apost know, but there&aposs no way I&aposm trying it.

MYP: (Tentatively trying some.) It&aposs hoisin sauce.

Sweet & Sour Bovine Penis

MYP: So how was that bovine penis?

EDC3: You know me. Can&apost ever get enough of that bovine penis.

MYP: Is it all spongy?

EDC3: Well, I&aposd thought that it&aposd have a much different texture, especially after I bit past the [string of medical terminology that completely goes over my head], but it wasn&apost like that at all.

MYP: Ah, yes, I understand completely.

EDC3: Why don&apost you go snag yourself some bovine penis?

MYP: Actually, I&aposm still chewing on the duck tongue from the other room.

And here are a few more photos of dishes, some of which we managed to try, some that we missed out on.

So which of these dishes was enough to defeat my not-so-iron stomach? None of them, actually. In the spirit of St. Patrick&aposs Day, I&aposll reveal that I was undone well after the event by an unwise combination of vodka martinis, champagne, top-shelf cognac and bargain-bin wine. Slainte!


The Epicurious Blog

On Saturday, the Explorers Club held its annual black-tie fund-raising dinner and cocktail hour at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City, featuring its famous array of unusual eats and bug-filled dishes. Just some of the things on the hors d&aposoeuvres menu that night: Yak Wellington, sweet-and-sour bovine penis, maggot-covered strawberries, scorpions on toast, earthworm stir-fry, mealworm maki, and assorted insect appetizers. It&aposs an event I&aposve always wanted to attend, and this year my friend and photographer&aposs-assistant-for-the-day Edgar and I got to do just that.

So what was the thing that actually made me lose my lunch?

But first, let give you a semi-accurate blow-by-blow account of a few of the dishes we tried and observations we made.

Earthworm Stir-Fry

EDC3: I can&apost taste any earthworm at all.

MYP: (Gagging a little.) I can. It&aposs definitely earthworm.

EDC3: Really? They must&aposve cooked the hell out of this. All I can taste is the sauce.

MYP: It&aposs all . rubbery . and gritty. I think I just ate earthworm dirt. You&aposd think they&aposd starve them for a couple days in water and cornmeal or something, like escargots.

EDC3: Is this a noodle or an earthworm? I can&apost tell.

MYP: I have to get rid of this.

Roasted Goat, Pork Chitterlings, etc.:

MYP: Goat? Pork chitlins? Really? I thought this was supposed to be exotic foods.

EDC3: Let&aposs not fool with that pedestrian stuff. Let&aposs go over to that side and get some of the real weird stuff.

MYP: Wow, I just saw a guy wearing a top hat. Lots of short, bearded men with tall, blonde women here. Lots of people wearing sashes and medals of honor, too. I wonder how many of these guys have been clients of the Emperor&aposs Club.

EDC3: The exact same thought occurred to me five minutes ago.

Horrified Nearby Man: Eyeballs!

Maggot- and Bug-Covered Strawberries

EDC3: I&aposm invoking my no-exoskeleton rule here, but you should go right ahead.

MYP: What are these? Ants?

Nearby Woman 1: Maggots.

MYP: Crunchy. I thought they&aposd be really bitter, but they&aposre not at all. They&aposre like Rice Krispies. I can&apost believe my favorite thing so far is maggots.

Nearby Woman 2: Could you do me a favor and take a picture of my friend eating bugs, please?

Nearby Woman&aposs Friend: Really? Do I have to?

MYP: Why don&apost you eat one?

Nearby Woman 2: I keep kosher. Eat that one.

Scorpions on Toast

EDC3: (Spitting it out.) Man, that&aposs bitter!

MYP: Let me try. Yow. It&aposs all juicy. A lot of stuff squirted out of it.

EDC3: That was really nasty.

MYP: Yeah, and I&aposve had some kind of feeler stuck in my teeth since the cricket canapes.

EDC3: I think there&aposs still some exoskeleton or stinger in my mouth. (Continues spitting out.)

MYP: Also, I think I can still taste earthworm. I have a feeling I may be sick later.

Duck Tongues on Belgian Endives

MYP: What&aposs this?

Young Woman 1: Someone said it&aposs duck tongues.

MYP: This ought to be easy.

EDC3: No thanks, man.

Young Woman 1: How is it?

Hungry-Looking Young Women 2-4: (About to help themselves, but waiting to hear what I say first.) Yes, how is it? Is it gross?

MYP: Chewy. And slimy. Really chewy, actually.

Hungry-Looking Young Women 2-4: (Quickly withdraw their hands from the plate and move on.) Eww!

Lotus Stalks

MYP: What&aposs that you&aposre thinking of eating?

Woman 1: I&aposm not sure. It kind of looks like .

MYP: Some sort of penis?

Woman 1: Yeah. Too bad there&aposs no sign.

MYP: I think someone&aposs going around hiding all the labels to mess with people&aposs heads.

Woman 1: You know, I think it&aposs just lotus stalk. (Sniffs then tries one, but a stringy bit of the stalk ends up dangling inconveniently out of her mouth.) It&aposs very fibrous.

MYP: What kind of dip is it?

Woman 1: (Looking at the brownish, gelatinous mass in abject fear.) I don&apost know, but there&aposs no way I&aposm trying it.

MYP: (Tentatively trying some.) It&aposs hoisin sauce.

Sweet & Sour Bovine Penis

MYP: So how was that bovine penis?

EDC3: You know me. Can&apost ever get enough of that bovine penis.

MYP: Is it all spongy?

EDC3: Well, I&aposd thought that it&aposd have a much different texture, especially after I bit past the [string of medical terminology that completely goes over my head], but it wasn&apost like that at all.

MYP: Ah, yes, I understand completely.

EDC3: Why don&apost you go snag yourself some bovine penis?

MYP: Actually, I&aposm still chewing on the duck tongue from the other room.

And here are a few more photos of dishes, some of which we managed to try, some that we missed out on.

So which of these dishes was enough to defeat my not-so-iron stomach? None of them, actually. In the spirit of St. Patrick&aposs Day, I&aposll reveal that I was undone well after the event by an unwise combination of vodka martinis, champagne, top-shelf cognac and bargain-bin wine. Slainte!


The Epicurious Blog

On Saturday, the Explorers Club held its annual black-tie fund-raising dinner and cocktail hour at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City, featuring its famous array of unusual eats and bug-filled dishes. Just some of the things on the hors d&aposoeuvres menu that night: Yak Wellington, sweet-and-sour bovine penis, maggot-covered strawberries, scorpions on toast, earthworm stir-fry, mealworm maki, and assorted insect appetizers. It&aposs an event I&aposve always wanted to attend, and this year my friend and photographer&aposs-assistant-for-the-day Edgar and I got to do just that.

So what was the thing that actually made me lose my lunch?

But first, let give you a semi-accurate blow-by-blow account of a few of the dishes we tried and observations we made.

Earthworm Stir-Fry

EDC3: I can&apost taste any earthworm at all.

MYP: (Gagging a little.) I can. It&aposs definitely earthworm.

EDC3: Really? They must&aposve cooked the hell out of this. All I can taste is the sauce.

MYP: It&aposs all . rubbery . and gritty. I think I just ate earthworm dirt. You&aposd think they&aposd starve them for a couple days in water and cornmeal or something, like escargots.

EDC3: Is this a noodle or an earthworm? I can&apost tell.

MYP: I have to get rid of this.

Roasted Goat, Pork Chitterlings, etc.:

MYP: Goat? Pork chitlins? Really? I thought this was supposed to be exotic foods.

EDC3: Let&aposs not fool with that pedestrian stuff. Let&aposs go over to that side and get some of the real weird stuff.

MYP: Wow, I just saw a guy wearing a top hat. Lots of short, bearded men with tall, blonde women here. Lots of people wearing sashes and medals of honor, too. I wonder how many of these guys have been clients of the Emperor&aposs Club.

EDC3: The exact same thought occurred to me five minutes ago.

Horrified Nearby Man: Eyeballs!

Maggot- and Bug-Covered Strawberries

EDC3: I&aposm invoking my no-exoskeleton rule here, but you should go right ahead.

MYP: What are these? Ants?

Nearby Woman 1: Maggots.

MYP: Crunchy. I thought they&aposd be really bitter, but they&aposre not at all. They&aposre like Rice Krispies. I can&apost believe my favorite thing so far is maggots.

Nearby Woman 2: Could you do me a favor and take a picture of my friend eating bugs, please?

Nearby Woman&aposs Friend: Really? Do I have to?

MYP: Why don&apost you eat one?

Nearby Woman 2: I keep kosher. Eat that one.

Scorpions on Toast

EDC3: (Spitting it out.) Man, that&aposs bitter!

MYP: Let me try. Yow. It&aposs all juicy. A lot of stuff squirted out of it.

EDC3: That was really nasty.

MYP: Yeah, and I&aposve had some kind of feeler stuck in my teeth since the cricket canapes.

EDC3: I think there&aposs still some exoskeleton or stinger in my mouth. (Continues spitting out.)

MYP: Also, I think I can still taste earthworm. I have a feeling I may be sick later.

Duck Tongues on Belgian Endives

MYP: What&aposs this?

Young Woman 1: Someone said it&aposs duck tongues.

MYP: This ought to be easy.

EDC3: No thanks, man.

Young Woman 1: How is it?

Hungry-Looking Young Women 2-4: (About to help themselves, but waiting to hear what I say first.) Yes, how is it? Is it gross?

MYP: Chewy. And slimy. Really chewy, actually.

Hungry-Looking Young Women 2-4: (Quickly withdraw their hands from the plate and move on.) Eww!

Lotus Stalks

MYP: What&aposs that you&aposre thinking of eating?

Woman 1: I&aposm not sure. It kind of looks like .

MYP: Some sort of penis?

Woman 1: Yeah. Too bad there&aposs no sign.

MYP: I think someone&aposs going around hiding all the labels to mess with people&aposs heads.

Woman 1: You know, I think it&aposs just lotus stalk. (Sniffs then tries one, but a stringy bit of the stalk ends up dangling inconveniently out of her mouth.) It&aposs very fibrous.

MYP: What kind of dip is it?

Woman 1: (Looking at the brownish, gelatinous mass in abject fear.) I don&apost know, but there&aposs no way I&aposm trying it.

MYP: (Tentatively trying some.) It&aposs hoisin sauce.

Sweet & Sour Bovine Penis

MYP: So how was that bovine penis?

EDC3: You know me. Can&apost ever get enough of that bovine penis.

MYP: Is it all spongy?

EDC3: Well, I&aposd thought that it&aposd have a much different texture, especially after I bit past the [string of medical terminology that completely goes over my head], but it wasn&apost like that at all.

MYP: Ah, yes, I understand completely.

EDC3: Why don&apost you go snag yourself some bovine penis?

MYP: Actually, I&aposm still chewing on the duck tongue from the other room.

And here are a few more photos of dishes, some of which we managed to try, some that we missed out on.

So which of these dishes was enough to defeat my not-so-iron stomach? None of them, actually. In the spirit of St. Patrick&aposs Day, I&aposll reveal that I was undone well after the event by an unwise combination of vodka martinis, champagne, top-shelf cognac and bargain-bin wine. Slainte!


The Epicurious Blog

On Saturday, the Explorers Club held its annual black-tie fund-raising dinner and cocktail hour at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City, featuring its famous array of unusual eats and bug-filled dishes. Just some of the things on the hors d&aposoeuvres menu that night: Yak Wellington, sweet-and-sour bovine penis, maggot-covered strawberries, scorpions on toast, earthworm stir-fry, mealworm maki, and assorted insect appetizers. It&aposs an event I&aposve always wanted to attend, and this year my friend and photographer&aposs-assistant-for-the-day Edgar and I got to do just that.

So what was the thing that actually made me lose my lunch?

But first, let give you a semi-accurate blow-by-blow account of a few of the dishes we tried and observations we made.

Earthworm Stir-Fry

EDC3: I can&apost taste any earthworm at all.

MYP: (Gagging a little.) I can. It&aposs definitely earthworm.

EDC3: Really? They must&aposve cooked the hell out of this. All I can taste is the sauce.

MYP: It&aposs all . rubbery . and gritty. I think I just ate earthworm dirt. You&aposd think they&aposd starve them for a couple days in water and cornmeal or something, like escargots.

EDC3: Is this a noodle or an earthworm? I can&apost tell.

MYP: I have to get rid of this.

Roasted Goat, Pork Chitterlings, etc.:

MYP: Goat? Pork chitlins? Really? I thought this was supposed to be exotic foods.

EDC3: Let&aposs not fool with that pedestrian stuff. Let&aposs go over to that side and get some of the real weird stuff.

MYP: Wow, I just saw a guy wearing a top hat. Lots of short, bearded men with tall, blonde women here. Lots of people wearing sashes and medals of honor, too. I wonder how many of these guys have been clients of the Emperor&aposs Club.

EDC3: The exact same thought occurred to me five minutes ago.

Horrified Nearby Man: Eyeballs!

Maggot- and Bug-Covered Strawberries

EDC3: I&aposm invoking my no-exoskeleton rule here, but you should go right ahead.

MYP: What are these? Ants?

Nearby Woman 1: Maggots.

MYP: Crunchy. I thought they&aposd be really bitter, but they&aposre not at all. They&aposre like Rice Krispies. I can&apost believe my favorite thing so far is maggots.

Nearby Woman 2: Could you do me a favor and take a picture of my friend eating bugs, please?

Nearby Woman&aposs Friend: Really? Do I have to?

MYP: Why don&apost you eat one?

Nearby Woman 2: I keep kosher. Eat that one.

Scorpions on Toast

EDC3: (Spitting it out.) Man, that&aposs bitter!

MYP: Let me try. Yow. It&aposs all juicy. A lot of stuff squirted out of it.

EDC3: That was really nasty.

MYP: Yeah, and I&aposve had some kind of feeler stuck in my teeth since the cricket canapes.

EDC3: I think there&aposs still some exoskeleton or stinger in my mouth. (Continues spitting out.)

MYP: Also, I think I can still taste earthworm. I have a feeling I may be sick later.

Duck Tongues on Belgian Endives

MYP: What&aposs this?

Young Woman 1: Someone said it&aposs duck tongues.

MYP: This ought to be easy.

EDC3: No thanks, man.

Young Woman 1: How is it?

Hungry-Looking Young Women 2-4: (About to help themselves, but waiting to hear what I say first.) Yes, how is it? Is it gross?

MYP: Chewy. And slimy. Really chewy, actually.

Hungry-Looking Young Women 2-4: (Quickly withdraw their hands from the plate and move on.) Eww!

Lotus Stalks

MYP: What&aposs that you&aposre thinking of eating?

Woman 1: I&aposm not sure. It kind of looks like .

MYP: Some sort of penis?

Woman 1: Yeah. Too bad there&aposs no sign.

MYP: I think someone&aposs going around hiding all the labels to mess with people&aposs heads.

Woman 1: You know, I think it&aposs just lotus stalk. (Sniffs then tries one, but a stringy bit of the stalk ends up dangling inconveniently out of her mouth.) It&aposs very fibrous.

MYP: What kind of dip is it?

Woman 1: (Looking at the brownish, gelatinous mass in abject fear.) I don&apost know, but there&aposs no way I&aposm trying it.

MYP: (Tentatively trying some.) It&aposs hoisin sauce.

Sweet & Sour Bovine Penis

MYP: So how was that bovine penis?

EDC3: You know me. Can&apost ever get enough of that bovine penis.

MYP: Is it all spongy?

EDC3: Well, I&aposd thought that it&aposd have a much different texture, especially after I bit past the [string of medical terminology that completely goes over my head], but it wasn&apost like that at all.

MYP: Ah, yes, I understand completely.

EDC3: Why don&apost you go snag yourself some bovine penis?

MYP: Actually, I&aposm still chewing on the duck tongue from the other room.

And here are a few more photos of dishes, some of which we managed to try, some that we missed out on.

So which of these dishes was enough to defeat my not-so-iron stomach? None of them, actually. In the spirit of St. Patrick&aposs Day, I&aposll reveal that I was undone well after the event by an unwise combination of vodka martinis, champagne, top-shelf cognac and bargain-bin wine. Slainte!


The Epicurious Blog

On Saturday, the Explorers Club held its annual black-tie fund-raising dinner and cocktail hour at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City, featuring its famous array of unusual eats and bug-filled dishes. Just some of the things on the hors d&aposoeuvres menu that night: Yak Wellington, sweet-and-sour bovine penis, maggot-covered strawberries, scorpions on toast, earthworm stir-fry, mealworm maki, and assorted insect appetizers. It&aposs an event I&aposve always wanted to attend, and this year my friend and photographer&aposs-assistant-for-the-day Edgar and I got to do just that.

So what was the thing that actually made me lose my lunch?

But first, let give you a semi-accurate blow-by-blow account of a few of the dishes we tried and observations we made.

Earthworm Stir-Fry

EDC3: I can&apost taste any earthworm at all.

MYP: (Gagging a little.) I can. It&aposs definitely earthworm.

EDC3: Really? They must&aposve cooked the hell out of this. All I can taste is the sauce.

MYP: It&aposs all . rubbery . and gritty. I think I just ate earthworm dirt. You&aposd think they&aposd starve them for a couple days in water and cornmeal or something, like escargots.

EDC3: Is this a noodle or an earthworm? I can&apost tell.

MYP: I have to get rid of this.

Roasted Goat, Pork Chitterlings, etc.:

MYP: Goat? Pork chitlins? Really? I thought this was supposed to be exotic foods.

EDC3: Let&aposs not fool with that pedestrian stuff. Let&aposs go over to that side and get some of the real weird stuff.

MYP: Wow, I just saw a guy wearing a top hat. Lots of short, bearded men with tall, blonde women here. Lots of people wearing sashes and medals of honor, too. I wonder how many of these guys have been clients of the Emperor&aposs Club.

EDC3: The exact same thought occurred to me five minutes ago.

Horrified Nearby Man: Eyeballs!

Maggot- and Bug-Covered Strawberries

EDC3: I&aposm invoking my no-exoskeleton rule here, but you should go right ahead.

MYP: What are these? Ants?

Nearby Woman 1: Maggots.

MYP: Crunchy. I thought they&aposd be really bitter, but they&aposre not at all. They&aposre like Rice Krispies. I can&apost believe my favorite thing so far is maggots.

Nearby Woman 2: Could you do me a favor and take a picture of my friend eating bugs, please?

Nearby Woman&aposs Friend: Really? Do I have to?

MYP: Why don&apost you eat one?

Nearby Woman 2: I keep kosher. Eat that one.

Scorpions on Toast

EDC3: (Spitting it out.) Man, that&aposs bitter!

MYP: Let me try. Yow. It&aposs all juicy. A lot of stuff squirted out of it.

EDC3: That was really nasty.

MYP: Yeah, and I&aposve had some kind of feeler stuck in my teeth since the cricket canapes.

EDC3: I think there&aposs still some exoskeleton or stinger in my mouth. (Continues spitting out.)

MYP: Also, I think I can still taste earthworm. I have a feeling I may be sick later.

Duck Tongues on Belgian Endives

MYP: What&aposs this?

Young Woman 1: Someone said it&aposs duck tongues.

MYP: This ought to be easy.

EDC3: No thanks, man.

Young Woman 1: How is it?

Hungry-Looking Young Women 2-4: (About to help themselves, but waiting to hear what I say first.) Yes, how is it? Is it gross?

MYP: Chewy. And slimy. Really chewy, actually.

Hungry-Looking Young Women 2-4: (Quickly withdraw their hands from the plate and move on.) Eww!

Lotus Stalks

MYP: What&aposs that you&aposre thinking of eating?

Woman 1: I&aposm not sure. It kind of looks like .

MYP: Some sort of penis?

Woman 1: Yeah. Too bad there&aposs no sign.

MYP: I think someone&aposs going around hiding all the labels to mess with people&aposs heads.

Woman 1: You know, I think it&aposs just lotus stalk. (Sniffs then tries one, but a stringy bit of the stalk ends up dangling inconveniently out of her mouth.) It&aposs very fibrous.

MYP: What kind of dip is it?

Woman 1: (Looking at the brownish, gelatinous mass in abject fear.) I don&apost know, but there&aposs no way I&aposm trying it.

MYP: (Tentatively trying some.) It&aposs hoisin sauce.

Sweet & Sour Bovine Penis

MYP: So how was that bovine penis?

EDC3: You know me. Can&apost ever get enough of that bovine penis.

MYP: Is it all spongy?

EDC3: Well, I&aposd thought that it&aposd have a much different texture, especially after I bit past the [string of medical terminology that completely goes over my head], but it wasn&apost like that at all.

MYP: Ah, yes, I understand completely.

EDC3: Why don&apost you go snag yourself some bovine penis?

MYP: Actually, I&aposm still chewing on the duck tongue from the other room.

And here are a few more photos of dishes, some of which we managed to try, some that we missed out on.

So which of these dishes was enough to defeat my not-so-iron stomach? None of them, actually. In the spirit of St. Patrick&aposs Day, I&aposll reveal that I was undone well after the event by an unwise combination of vodka martinis, champagne, top-shelf cognac and bargain-bin wine. Slainte!


The Epicurious Blog

On Saturday, the Explorers Club held its annual black-tie fund-raising dinner and cocktail hour at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City, featuring its famous array of unusual eats and bug-filled dishes. Just some of the things on the hors d&aposoeuvres menu that night: Yak Wellington, sweet-and-sour bovine penis, maggot-covered strawberries, scorpions on toast, earthworm stir-fry, mealworm maki, and assorted insect appetizers. It&aposs an event I&aposve always wanted to attend, and this year my friend and photographer&aposs-assistant-for-the-day Edgar and I got to do just that.

So what was the thing that actually made me lose my lunch?

But first, let give you a semi-accurate blow-by-blow account of a few of the dishes we tried and observations we made.

Earthworm Stir-Fry

EDC3: I can&apost taste any earthworm at all.

MYP: (Gagging a little.) I can. It&aposs definitely earthworm.

EDC3: Really? They must&aposve cooked the hell out of this. All I can taste is the sauce.

MYP: It&aposs all . rubbery . and gritty. I think I just ate earthworm dirt. You&aposd think they&aposd starve them for a couple days in water and cornmeal or something, like escargots.

EDC3: Is this a noodle or an earthworm? I can&apost tell.

MYP: I have to get rid of this.

Roasted Goat, Pork Chitterlings, etc.:

MYP: Goat? Pork chitlins? Really? I thought this was supposed to be exotic foods.

EDC3: Let&aposs not fool with that pedestrian stuff. Let&aposs go over to that side and get some of the real weird stuff.

MYP: Wow, I just saw a guy wearing a top hat. Lots of short, bearded men with tall, blonde women here. Lots of people wearing sashes and medals of honor, too. I wonder how many of these guys have been clients of the Emperor&aposs Club.

EDC3: The exact same thought occurred to me five minutes ago.

Horrified Nearby Man: Eyeballs!

Maggot- and Bug-Covered Strawberries

EDC3: I&aposm invoking my no-exoskeleton rule here, but you should go right ahead.

MYP: What are these? Ants?

Nearby Woman 1: Maggots.

MYP: Crunchy. I thought they&aposd be really bitter, but they&aposre not at all. They&aposre like Rice Krispies. I can&apost believe my favorite thing so far is maggots.

Nearby Woman 2: Could you do me a favor and take a picture of my friend eating bugs, please?

Nearby Woman&aposs Friend: Really? Do I have to?

MYP: Why don&apost you eat one?

Nearby Woman 2: I keep kosher. Eat that one.

Scorpions on Toast

EDC3: (Spitting it out.) Man, that&aposs bitter!

MYP: Let me try. Yow. It&aposs all juicy. A lot of stuff squirted out of it.

EDC3: That was really nasty.

MYP: Yeah, and I&aposve had some kind of feeler stuck in my teeth since the cricket canapes.

EDC3: I think there&aposs still some exoskeleton or stinger in my mouth. (Continues spitting out.)

MYP: Also, I think I can still taste earthworm. I have a feeling I may be sick later.

Duck Tongues on Belgian Endives

MYP: What&aposs this?

Young Woman 1: Someone said it&aposs duck tongues.

MYP: This ought to be easy.

EDC3: No thanks, man.

Young Woman 1: How is it?

Hungry-Looking Young Women 2-4: (About to help themselves, but waiting to hear what I say first.) Yes, how is it? Is it gross?

MYP: Chewy. And slimy. Really chewy, actually.

Hungry-Looking Young Women 2-4: (Quickly withdraw their hands from the plate and move on.) Eww!

Lotus Stalks

MYP: What&aposs that you&aposre thinking of eating?

Woman 1: I&aposm not sure. It kind of looks like .

MYP: Some sort of penis?

Woman 1: Yeah. Too bad there&aposs no sign.

MYP: I think someone&aposs going around hiding all the labels to mess with people&aposs heads.

Woman 1: You know, I think it&aposs just lotus stalk. (Sniffs then tries one, but a stringy bit of the stalk ends up dangling inconveniently out of her mouth.) It&aposs very fibrous.

MYP: What kind of dip is it?

Woman 1: (Looking at the brownish, gelatinous mass in abject fear.) I don&apost know, but there&aposs no way I&aposm trying it.

MYP: (Tentatively trying some.) It&aposs hoisin sauce.

Sweet & Sour Bovine Penis

MYP: So how was that bovine penis?

EDC3: You know me. Can&apost ever get enough of that bovine penis.

MYP: Is it all spongy?

EDC3: Well, I&aposd thought that it&aposd have a much different texture, especially after I bit past the [string of medical terminology that completely goes over my head], but it wasn&apost like that at all.

MYP: Ah, yes, I understand completely.

EDC3: Why don&apost you go snag yourself some bovine penis?

MYP: Actually, I&aposm still chewing on the duck tongue from the other room.

And here are a few more photos of dishes, some of which we managed to try, some that we missed out on.

So which of these dishes was enough to defeat my not-so-iron stomach? None of them, actually. In the spirit of St. Patrick&aposs Day, I&aposll reveal that I was undone well after the event by an unwise combination of vodka martinis, champagne, top-shelf cognac and bargain-bin wine. Slainte!


The Epicurious Blog

On Saturday, the Explorers Club held its annual black-tie fund-raising dinner and cocktail hour at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City, featuring its famous array of unusual eats and bug-filled dishes. Just some of the things on the hors d&aposoeuvres menu that night: Yak Wellington, sweet-and-sour bovine penis, maggot-covered strawberries, scorpions on toast, earthworm stir-fry, mealworm maki, and assorted insect appetizers. It&aposs an event I&aposve always wanted to attend, and this year my friend and photographer&aposs-assistant-for-the-day Edgar and I got to do just that.

So what was the thing that actually made me lose my lunch?

But first, let give you a semi-accurate blow-by-blow account of a few of the dishes we tried and observations we made.

Earthworm Stir-Fry

EDC3: I can&apost taste any earthworm at all.

MYP: (Gagging a little.) I can. It&aposs definitely earthworm.

EDC3: Really? They must&aposve cooked the hell out of this. All I can taste is the sauce.

MYP: It&aposs all . rubbery . and gritty. I think I just ate earthworm dirt. You&aposd think they&aposd starve them for a couple days in water and cornmeal or something, like escargots.

EDC3: Is this a noodle or an earthworm? I can&apost tell.

MYP: I have to get rid of this.

Roasted Goat, Pork Chitterlings, etc.:

MYP: Goat? Pork chitlins? Really? I thought this was supposed to be exotic foods.

EDC3: Let&aposs not fool with that pedestrian stuff. Let&aposs go over to that side and get some of the real weird stuff.

MYP: Wow, I just saw a guy wearing a top hat. Lots of short, bearded men with tall, blonde women here. Lots of people wearing sashes and medals of honor, too. I wonder how many of these guys have been clients of the Emperor&aposs Club.

EDC3: The exact same thought occurred to me five minutes ago.

Horrified Nearby Man: Eyeballs!

Maggot- and Bug-Covered Strawberries

EDC3: I&aposm invoking my no-exoskeleton rule here, but you should go right ahead.

MYP: What are these? Ants?

Nearby Woman 1: Maggots.

MYP: Crunchy. I thought they&aposd be really bitter, but they&aposre not at all. They&aposre like Rice Krispies. I can&apost believe my favorite thing so far is maggots.

Nearby Woman 2: Could you do me a favor and take a picture of my friend eating bugs, please?

Nearby Woman&aposs Friend: Really? Do I have to?

MYP: Why don&apost you eat one?

Nearby Woman 2: I keep kosher. Eat that one.

Scorpions on Toast

EDC3: (Spitting it out.) Man, that&aposs bitter!

MYP: Let me try. Yow. It&aposs all juicy. A lot of stuff squirted out of it.

EDC3: That was really nasty.

MYP: Yeah, and I&aposve had some kind of feeler stuck in my teeth since the cricket canapes.

EDC3: I think there&aposs still some exoskeleton or stinger in my mouth. (Continues spitting out.)

MYP: Also, I think I can still taste earthworm. I have a feeling I may be sick later.

Duck Tongues on Belgian Endives

MYP: What&aposs this?

Young Woman 1: Someone said it&aposs duck tongues.

MYP: This ought to be easy.

EDC3: No thanks, man.

Young Woman 1: How is it?

Hungry-Looking Young Women 2-4: (About to help themselves, but waiting to hear what I say first.) Yes, how is it? Is it gross?

MYP: Chewy. And slimy. Really chewy, actually.

Hungry-Looking Young Women 2-4: (Quickly withdraw their hands from the plate and move on.) Eww!

Lotus Stalks

MYP: What&aposs that you&aposre thinking of eating?

Woman 1: I&aposm not sure. It kind of looks like .

MYP: Some sort of penis?

Woman 1: Yeah. Too bad there&aposs no sign.

MYP: I think someone&aposs going around hiding all the labels to mess with people&aposs heads.

Woman 1: You know, I think it&aposs just lotus stalk. (Sniffs then tries one, but a stringy bit of the stalk ends up dangling inconveniently out of her mouth.) It&aposs very fibrous.

MYP: What kind of dip is it?

Woman 1: (Looking at the brownish, gelatinous mass in abject fear.) I don&apost know, but there&aposs no way I&aposm trying it.

MYP: (Tentatively trying some.) It&aposs hoisin sauce.

Sweet & Sour Bovine Penis

MYP: So how was that bovine penis?

EDC3: You know me. Can&apost ever get enough of that bovine penis.

MYP: Is it all spongy?

EDC3: Well, I&aposd thought that it&aposd have a much different texture, especially after I bit past the [string of medical terminology that completely goes over my head], but it wasn&apost like that at all.

MYP: Ah, yes, I understand completely.

EDC3: Why don&apost you go snag yourself some bovine penis?

MYP: Actually, I&aposm still chewing on the duck tongue from the other room.

And here are a few more photos of dishes, some of which we managed to try, some that we missed out on.

So which of these dishes was enough to defeat my not-so-iron stomach? None of them, actually. In the spirit of St. Patrick&aposs Day, I&aposll reveal that I was undone well after the event by an unwise combination of vodka martinis, champagne, top-shelf cognac and bargain-bin wine. Slainte!


The Epicurious Blog

On Saturday, the Explorers Club held its annual black-tie fund-raising dinner and cocktail hour at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City, featuring its famous array of unusual eats and bug-filled dishes. Just some of the things on the hors d&aposoeuvres menu that night: Yak Wellington, sweet-and-sour bovine penis, maggot-covered strawberries, scorpions on toast, earthworm stir-fry, mealworm maki, and assorted insect appetizers. It&aposs an event I&aposve always wanted to attend, and this year my friend and photographer&aposs-assistant-for-the-day Edgar and I got to do just that.

So what was the thing that actually made me lose my lunch?

But first, let give you a semi-accurate blow-by-blow account of a few of the dishes we tried and observations we made.

Earthworm Stir-Fry

EDC3: I can&apost taste any earthworm at all.

MYP: (Gagging a little.) I can. It&aposs definitely earthworm.

EDC3: Really? They must&aposve cooked the hell out of this. All I can taste is the sauce.

MYP: It&aposs all . rubbery . and gritty. I think I just ate earthworm dirt. You&aposd think they&aposd starve them for a couple days in water and cornmeal or something, like escargots.

EDC3: Is this a noodle or an earthworm? I can&apost tell.

MYP: I have to get rid of this.

Roasted Goat, Pork Chitterlings, etc.:

MYP: Goat? Pork chitlins? Really? I thought this was supposed to be exotic foods.

EDC3: Let&aposs not fool with that pedestrian stuff. Let&aposs go over to that side and get some of the real weird stuff.

MYP: Wow, I just saw a guy wearing a top hat. Lots of short, bearded men with tall, blonde women here. Lots of people wearing sashes and medals of honor, too. I wonder how many of these guys have been clients of the Emperor&aposs Club.

EDC3: The exact same thought occurred to me five minutes ago.

Horrified Nearby Man: Eyeballs!

Maggot- and Bug-Covered Strawberries

EDC3: I&aposm invoking my no-exoskeleton rule here, but you should go right ahead.

MYP: What are these? Ants?

Nearby Woman 1: Maggots.

MYP: Crunchy. I thought they&aposd be really bitter, but they&aposre not at all. They&aposre like Rice Krispies. I can&apost believe my favorite thing so far is maggots.

Nearby Woman 2: Could you do me a favor and take a picture of my friend eating bugs, please?

Nearby Woman&aposs Friend: Really? Do I have to?

MYP: Why don&apost you eat one?

Nearby Woman 2: I keep kosher. Eat that one.

Scorpions on Toast

EDC3: (Spitting it out.) Man, that&aposs bitter!

MYP: Let me try. Yow. It&aposs all juicy. A lot of stuff squirted out of it.

EDC3: That was really nasty.

MYP: Yeah, and I&aposve had some kind of feeler stuck in my teeth since the cricket canapes.

EDC3: I think there&aposs still some exoskeleton or stinger in my mouth. (Continues spitting out.)

MYP: Also, I think I can still taste earthworm. I have a feeling I may be sick later.

Duck Tongues on Belgian Endives

MYP: What&aposs this?

Young Woman 1: Someone said it&aposs duck tongues.

MYP: This ought to be easy.

EDC3: No thanks, man.

Young Woman 1: How is it?

Hungry-Looking Young Women 2-4: (About to help themselves, but waiting to hear what I say first.) Yes, how is it? Is it gross?

MYP: Chewy. And slimy. Really chewy, actually.

Hungry-Looking Young Women 2-4: (Quickly withdraw their hands from the plate and move on.) Eww!

Lotus Stalks

MYP: What&aposs that you&aposre thinking of eating?

Woman 1: I&aposm not sure. It kind of looks like .

MYP: Some sort of penis?

Woman 1: Yeah. Too bad there&aposs no sign.

MYP: I think someone&aposs going around hiding all the labels to mess with people&aposs heads.

Woman 1: You know, I think it&aposs just lotus stalk. (Sniffs then tries one, but a stringy bit of the stalk ends up dangling inconveniently out of her mouth.) It&aposs very fibrous.

MYP: What kind of dip is it?

Woman 1: (Looking at the brownish, gelatinous mass in abject fear.) I don&apost know, but there&aposs no way I&aposm trying it.

MYP: (Tentatively trying some.) It&aposs hoisin sauce.

Sweet & Sour Bovine Penis

MYP: So how was that bovine penis?

EDC3: You know me. Can&apost ever get enough of that bovine penis.

MYP: Is it all spongy?

EDC3: Well, I&aposd thought that it&aposd have a much different texture, especially after I bit past the [string of medical terminology that completely goes over my head], but it wasn&apost like that at all.

MYP: Ah, yes, I understand completely.

EDC3: Why don&apost you go snag yourself some bovine penis?

MYP: Actually, I&aposm still chewing on the duck tongue from the other room.

And here are a few more photos of dishes, some of which we managed to try, some that we missed out on.

So which of these dishes was enough to defeat my not-so-iron stomach? None of them, actually. In the spirit of St. Patrick&aposs Day, I&aposll reveal that I was undone well after the event by an unwise combination of vodka martinis, champagne, top-shelf cognac and bargain-bin wine. Slainte!