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A Halloween Buffet: A Scary Food Tour of the World

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How about a terrifying tour of the globe just in time for Halloween? As GypsyNesters, our quest is to see the world and share it in our own quirky way. But why should we have all the fun?

For some varied perspectives, we asked the web's best independent travel bloggers to send us their best "Weird Food" experiences. We hit a goldmine of unusual, unappetizing, or just plain unnerving regional food photos from around the world!

Gruesome Duck Embryo in Thailand from Living the Dream





Balut by Jeremy of Living The Dream

Says Jeremy, "My weirdest regional food is Balut from Vietnam and other SE Asia countries.  Between you and me, it tastes like chicken."

Baked House Pet in Peru from GypsyNester.com

Cuy is Guinea Pig - yes just like the pets - and is traditionally eaten in the highlands of Peru on special occasions.

Says David, "What would-be werewolf wouldn't wildly wolf down a cute and cuddly creature? Cuy is Guinea Pig - yes just like the pets. Traditionally eaten in the highlands of Peru on special occasions, but this time of year, when the moon is full... oauooooh, ouh, ouh oauoooooh."

Found grossing out tourists near Machu Picchu

Impaled Worms in Peru from Shoutography



Suri by Lydian at Shoutography


Says Lydian: "As big as your thumb, these little worms - locally called 'suri' - will happily crawl around in a bowl until they will be put on the grill to be prepared for you. As a vegetarian I passed on this 'exotic' experience, but I have been told that as soon as you get used to the soft structure of the suri, the taste is actually pretty ok."

Rocky Horror Oyster Show in Montana from GypsyNester.com

Rocky Mountain Oysters

What sort of outrageous ogre goes around eating the reproductive organs of innocent animals? Rocky Mountain oysters, considered a delicacy by many Montana mountain folk, are made by slicing and frying -- you got it -- bull testicles. More on this delicacy and the Testicle Festival

Abominable Snowman Chow in Singapore from Sidewalk Safari



Ice Kachang by Sidewalk Safari

Ice Kachang looks like simple shaved ice on the outside but then you dig in you find all sorts of goodness, like corn, kidney beans, and jello cubes.  It's like parents conspired to hide healthy fillings in a child's favorite treat.  It's definitely a weird medley of flavors and textures!

Voodoo Donuts in Oregon from GypsyNester.com

Voodoo Donuts

Says David, "Portland Oregon's breakfast of champions, for sorcerers that is. Nothing hits the spot like a "Voodoo Doll" with a pretzel stick through his heart, bleeding raspberry-blood filling. Our little chocolate frosted supernatural pin cushion was a-dough-rable, and tasty to boot. Best of all, curses don't cost extra." More on Voodoo Donuts in Portland, Oregon

The Screaming of the Lambs in Norway from of Sophie's World



Smalahove from Norway by Sophie's World

Sophie tells us, "Smalahove is a traditional delicacy in Western Norway, especially at Christmas. The lamb's head is torched, then salted or smoked, and finally steamed and served with potatoes, vegetables, sausages and sometimes peas and bacon. So - it's really only smoked lamb, only the way it's served is different. You're left in no doubt as to what you're eating."


No mention of whether it's best served with fava beans and a nice Chianti.

The Vampire's Favorite - Blood Sausage in Spain from GypsyNester.com

Blood Sausage in Spain

Says Veronica, "Warning, may cause the Transylvania Two-Step... even in Spain. True story, when we asked our waitress what it was, she mimicked slitting her wrist. Didn't make it more appetizing! We gobbled as many tapas we could get our greedy mitts on in Barcelona"

An Electrifying Discovery in Spain from Travel Past 50



Baby eels with spork in Spain by Tom of Travel Past 50

Says Tom, "Gee, it's going to be hard to top bugs, so I'll just go with baby eels. Delicious baby eels in Spain. And a mother of pearl spork to eat them without tainting their delicate flavor with a metal fork."

Bite Your Tongue in Newfoundland from GypsyNester.com



Cod tongues as food?

Says David about the delicacy of the Newfoundland cod tongues, "Fried tidbits straight from the fish's mouth, served with scrunchions, deep fried pork fat bits. The tongues just tasted like cod, with a very slight gelled consistency. And everything's good with a little pig fat on it." We ate cod tongues here.

Toxic Creepy Crawlers in China from Points and Travel



Bugs on a stick from Cacinda of Points and Travel

Says Cacinda, "I found plenty of strange foods in China during my visit, but was particularly afraid of eating these things!"

A Ghoulish Goo from Our Oyster



Poutine by Jade of Our Oyster

Says Jade, "Ok so this isn't as weird as some of the others - but its a Canadian favourite... Poutine! French fries, gravy and cheese curd... nom nom nom"

Headless Horseman Cheese from GypsyNester.com

Head Cheese

Now we know where ole Ichabod's head ended up. Head Cheese, meat jelly made from the head, with chunks of meat tossed in. Creeped us out on market day in Wangen, Germany



Decapitated Bunnies from Ferreting Out the Fun



Roasted rabbit heads by Heather of Ferreting out the Fun

Says Heather, "I saw loads of weird food items during my two years in China. Skewered insects, fried chicken feet, bowls of rotten tofu, the list goes on. But the most memorable has to be the platters of roasted rabbit heads sold on the street in Chengdu. There was something about those curving teeth that sent shivers down my spine!"

Platter of Entrails - Argentine Barbecue (for one) from GypsyNester.com

Platter of Entrails - Argentine Barbecue for One

A meal fit for a monster. We found most of it barely edible, a bit of a ghastly gastric experience. Tripe, sweetbread (which is a fancy name for pancreas or other mysterious glands), kidney, some kind of intestines or something and, udder? Holy cow! Literally, holy cow! Lots of tricks and very little treat. Cautiously nibbled upon in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Jumping Jiminy in Mexico from Lunaguava



Chapulines - grasshoppers with chile and garlic from Lunaguava
Says FW, "I eat shrimp and other bugs of the sea, so I'm usually fine with trying some crunchy terrestrial goodness as well. Case in point, these chapulines (grasshoppers) with chile and garlic we had in Oaxaca, Mexico. They went really well with bits of orange, to cut the spice and add a bit of zest."

A Platter of Pupae from GypsyNester.com



Silkworms as food?Says Veronica, "The incredibly unpleasant aroma led me to trying the garnish first, asking every member of the staff how to go about ingesting the worms, bringing one right up to my lips and chickening out (by the way, they most decidedly do not taste like chicken), and utilizing every other excuse I could come up with to delay the inevitable. Seriously, a medal for bravery might have been in order. Don't believe I ate silkworms? Click here!"

David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com


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