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17 year old girl who wants to eat bugs?!

Yes, it's true, there is such an extraordinary thing on this planet! I've always wanted to try extreme foods and a tarantula has always been my one desire. This all started when i began watching shows like: Bizzare Foods, No Reservations, and Man vs Wild. I became intrigued by how men where so willing to eat severely gut wrenching delicasies and i thought, "Hey, why can't I?". Well the point of this short story is that I have a desire for bugs, intestines, tounges, hearts, basically any organ of an animal. I'm on a quest to try as many strange foods as the conformed place of Miami will allow me. If you have any suggestion as to any restaurants (mind you i am 17, therefore i'm not rich), please feel free to let me know! Have a Spazzin' day!

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  1. Some of the better Israeli/Middle Eastern restaurants serve up grilled organ meats. There are a few kosher ones that I've been to while visiting Miami that were good. Grill Time is excellent, but I'm not sure if they would have the organ stuff. Also, there's another restaurant, but I can't rememer the name. I know it's near the Aventura Mall and it's a kosher Israeli grill/steakhouse.

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    1. re: cheesecake17

      Some spanish/latin restaurants serve "interesting" things. Things can range from baby eels to beef tounge or sweetbreads (brains). Some Jamaican spots serve cow and pigs feet. Chinese restaurants who to dim sum lunch serve chicken feet (phoenix talons) which are delicious. I know some korean restaurants also serve tounge as well as other interesting dishes, although not heavy in organ meat.

      Try searching all the different menus on menupages.com (under the south florida section) for something that interests you and ofcourse report back.

      1. re: FoodDude2

        sweetbreads are not brains! They are the thyroid glands of youg cows

        1. re: FoodDude2

          sweetbreads...are. not. brains....lol

          1. re: FoodDude2

            Baby eels? Who can find angulas any more? A delicacy of the past.

          2. re: cheesecake17

            Thank you for your help, i'll be sure to google it. :)

          3. Here's a thread that may be helpful on "extreme cuisine"

            A good place to start would be a dim sum place. Not sure what part of Miami you're in, but at Hong Kong Noodle (163rd St. in North Miami Beach) you can get chicken feet, duck feet, a couple different varieties of tripe (cow stomach), baby octopus, probably some frog leg and snail dishes. Argentine parilladas also will almost always have morcilla (blood sausage), mollejas (sweetbreads) and chinchulines (intestines). If the Orale taco truck is still around (last time I saw it was on 27th Ave. west of 836) they usually have a variety of parts (tongue, tripe, cheeks, etc.). Peruvian places may have anticuchos of grilled beef heart.

            I don't think there's any place in town that (intentionally) serves bugs.

            FoodDude2 - sweetbreads are not brains, they are the thymus gland.

            1. You can always try a jewish deli for tongue. That would gross me out about as much as a tarantula.

              1. pretty much any kosher deli I have gone into you can get sliced tongue -

                1. Do you/can you cook? If so, I'm sure you can find a lot of critters crawling around or in the local pet store.
                  Tongue's common; no big deal...so are Calf brains, chicken hearts. Start with the easy stuff. What bizarre food have you eaten so far?

                  1. Here's a blog you should enjoy. The author makes Bourdain and Zimmern look like wusses by comparison sometimes,


                    1. Did you ever find those bugs? I've been looking to eat some bugs in Miami too but I can't find em.
                      Any help would be appreciated.

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                      1. re: Sugarfree1223

                        This thread is from 2008, so it is unlikely that you will get a response from the OP.

                        Go to the pet store or bait shop and buy yourself some meal worms. Toast them in an open frying pan with some butter and salt. I understand that they taste like sunflower seeds. (Sorry, can't vouch for that personally--I just couldn't bring myself to eat the ones I was offered.)

                        1. re: Sugarfree1223

                          If you are willing to prepare them your self check out the sources listed here:

                          1. re: meatn3

                            Thanks guys but I'd like to try it prepared properly before bringing it home. I'm not to confident in the kitchen anyway. I may have to in the end. It doesn't seem like there are any Andrew Zimmern caliber restaurants in south Florida.

                            1. re: Sugarfree1223

                              If you are up for a road trip in September come to Raleigh, NC for Bugfest!

                              This links to last years menu:

                              1. re: meatn3

                                Here is an interesting Pork Part for you.
                                Most are for export primarily to South Korea, so try a Korean Restaurant for this tasty treat. Most of the U.S. use goes into Hot Dogs.

                                1. re: ospreycove

                                  Osprey, what with the corpulent size of Florida roaches, maybe there should be a recipe for baked stuffed palmetto bugs?

                                  1. re: ospreycove

                                    So glad they are boneless, makes preparation so smooth!

                                    1. re: meatn3

                                      ive seen chocolate covered crickets at a candy store in orlando

                          2. so SpazzmicSenior09 - 3.5 years later, what did you discover?

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                            1. re: hill food

                              Well not really, i got to try goat and some other interesting things but never bugs. I wont be trying anything strange soon unless a disaster happens. lol Wow i forgot all about this post, 3.5 years later i got married and 2 months pregnant with my first child. Kinda cool to see all these replies though. Thanks everyone and God bless.