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Mexico dishes up creepy crawly fare

Sunday, 14 Sep, 2014 - 01:31

A Mexico City restaurant serves a dish with whole spiders, saying the mild flavor offers quite the enjoyable bug-filled dish you won’t want to send back to the chef. Gavino Garay reports.

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It's a dish that's not for everybody, certainly not for those afraid of bugs. But one small Mexico City restaurant called Restaurant La Cocinita de San Juan is sure to give gastronomic daredevils a new food challenge -- tacos with insect toppings. That's right, the eatery even has a full list of Mexican-style tacos with wild menu items such as scorpions and spiders. And they really are "wild," says restaurant owner Pedro Felipe Hernandez. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PEDRO FELIPE HERNANDEZ, OWNER OF "LA COCINITA DE SAN JUAN" SAYING: "There are people who are in charge of going into the hills to go and lift up the rocks and uncover them in the weeds. To grab them you have to be really careful because the scorpions, if they sting you, yeah those little scorpions will send you to the hospital." The trick behind getting his customers to eat scorpions? SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PEDRO FELIPE HERNANDEZ, OWNER OF "LA COCINITA DE SAN JUAN" SAYING: "The scorpion doesn't have a very characteristic flavor, really. It's the preparation that really gives it a characteristic flavor, then they'll eat it. Because otherwise they'll say 'No way, I'm not going to eat a scorpion.' But then seeing it all prepared they eat it and say, 'well, it's good.'" But eating bugs is nothing new. Hernandez says the Aztecs ate them as well. Whether you're trying a scorpion taco for the thrill, or paying tribute to some of Mexico's ancestral roots, it has these customers saying "yum."

Mexico dishes up creepy crawly fare

Sunday, 14 Sep, 2014 - 01:31

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