Oaxaca, or Roy Eats Grasshoppers

After a nausiating ride up from the coast (they dont do roads too straight around there) i arrived in Oaxaca City. The first thing that struck me about this town was there was a hell of lot of graffiti of the bad kind on just about every surface around. I know its a town known for its rebels, but when will get the difference between reform and ugly.

Onto the food.

First up was a local speciality: Grasshoppers. They a damn popular here. Yopu can get them big and small. Plain, garlic, tomato and chilli flavoured just for a start. A picture of me in insect purchase mode (with my well travelled belly taking center stage) below.

So i grabbed me a bag of, you guessed it, chilli grasshoppers. And also some cold beer as the insect diet is only in an experimental stage at this point in time. Found me a nice chair and got into them.

Mmm. That was pretty boring. Not much flavor at all really. Kind of like eating plasic. Yep, exactly like eating plastic. I tried to enjoy them, but they were just too boring. Maybe i will see if the asians can do better next year.

After that disapointment onward i went. The next on my list was Soloman Tacos. Arabian tacos apparently. The smell was what got me and the tacos i what kept me. The smell comes from the charcoal kebab meat setup shown.

When the tacos arrived the looked pretty plain. A bit of meat on a wheat tortilla. Squeeze on the lime and add the chilli. These are amazing.

The meat was a combination of different types of animals with lamb and chicken doing most of the work. Smokey, tasty and cheap. Best tacos ever!!

Another local item is the famed Oaxaca Cheese. This stuff is like less salty stringy holumi. For dinner me and Liz decided on some cheese and salad sandwiches. (Barry if your reading this, i just have to say this stuff puts the cheese stringer things in australia to shame. Shame!!)

And here liz shows the correct cheese preperation technique. This is about the only type of cheese used aroud here, they put it on everything. But you aint gonna hear any complaints from this boy.
And lastly and leastly we did a few bits of sight seeing besides the market and resturants. We saw Monte Alban and the big tree Arbol El Tule. We ate some pretty good empanadas (Oaxaca stlye) near the tree too.

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Growing veggies, keeping the solar going and listening to music; one might think Roy never leaves his home with his green thumb yet he is an adventurous foodie who loves trying the weird and wonderful cuisines of any culture. An electrical engineer by trade his nerdiness also crosses over into his love for folk music and playing warhammer.

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  1. hey roy, i just got done reading your blog and watching bizarre foods on the travel channel in the u.s., and i was wondering if you know any place that sells packaged flavored grasshoppers. they are such a powerhouse for proteins, plus i have heard (mostly) good things about their taste…aside from your blog.



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