It's entirely possible to be a vegetarian in Porkopolis. Pop culture reporter Lauren Bishop blogs about products, recipes and restaurants she's tried for others who eat meat-free. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nicci King is an unabashed foodie and the Lifestyle/Food editor in The Enquirer's features department. She loves to discover new food faves, and she's on a daily quest to answer one burning question: What's for dinner? E-mail her at email@example.com.
Enquirer Weekend editor Julie Gaw tends to order the same dish every time she eats at a restaurant, but periodically ventures out to discover something new and fabulous. After living in China, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Thailand for more than 8 years, she craves tasty Asian food. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food/dining writer Polly Campbell loves every quirk and secret of Cincinnati's food personality, and is on a constant lookout for something good to eat. Keep an eye out for her restaurant picks, or see how she's progressing toward becoming famous for her apple pie. E-mail her at email@example.com.
Communities reporter Rachel Richardson is on a mission to prove vegetarians eat more than lettuce. She shares both her graduate work on American food culture and food-related news.. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adventures in eating
Do you consider yourself an adventurous eater? I think I am, relatively speaking. I love trying foods from other cultures and countries. I've tried snake, gator, eel, squid, boar, blood sausage, conch, etc... among others. But there are lots things I want to try, but probably can't because of my fear of retching - or even touching them, for that matter. I know a great deal of the fear is really just a cultural difference. People have been eating this stuff since the beginning of time.
Here are some of the things on my list of "I'm curious, but I don't think my mind would let me..."
Fugu (Can someone get poison control on line 1?)
Tsao-Doufu, or stinky tofu (Maybe this is one case where the food doesn't taste like it smells...)
Haggis (Oy... I wince at the smell of chitterlings, so I don't know how that would work out.)
Rocky Mountain Oysters (Enough said.)
Insects, at various stages of development - egg, larvae, adult (Did I mention that I am afraid of bugs? Gulp.)
Maybe Anthony Bourdain will let me ride along with him the next time he's throwing back some odd little delicacies. Love that show... What odd eats have you tried?
Labels: adventure, eating, weird food