Bizarre eats in Tampa, St. Pete, Plant City, Orlando, Sarasota or just Florida
Hello! I'm looking for foods that the typical American palate would find weird, or unusual, served around the Tampa Bay area, or within driving distance of Tampa.
I'm looking for recommendations, but also some specifics.
Do you know where I can find these items near Tampa:
Kopi Luwak (civet coffee)?
Rocky Mountain Oysters?
Do you know of any other "bizarre" foods available in the local area?
It's for a newspaper story. Thanks for the help!
You can find Durian and Balut at many of the asian markets/stores in the Tampa Bay area. I don't think you're going to find a restaurant that serves either one. You can get Durian flavored drinks. You might even be able to find some frozen insects at some of the asian stores.
Oceanic Market (the people who own C.K. Choy's in Hyde Park) has had them frozen in the past. Oceanic Market is downtown, practically under I-75.
They are the fruit with the Spiky green or yellow outside. In Singapore, they say of the durian that it "Tastes like heaven, smells like hell." Some people are nuts about them and cannot get enough of them when they are in season. People are prohibited from transporting them in taxis because of the smell.
They certainly smell like hell, but when I had them fresh in Singapore, I thought the flesh, which you peel off of the seeds, tasted like sweetened soap.
I have also read on these boards that in season, they can purchased from a fruit stand near the Thai Temple. I've never been to the Thai Temple (and would like to go), but have no idea where it is, except that it is in Tampa.