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Monday, August 7, 2006

Hopping along

A friend dropped off a little present today, a plastic container of rusty brown objects. The label, in Spanish, advertises that the contents are chapurrines, and there is a helpful little row of green grasshoppers along the attractive lettering to help you understand what's inside. It doesn't take translation to figure out what we have here -- grasshoppers dehydrated and ready for eating. Traditional to Oaxaca, the label indicates. Salt and lime have been added, it reads.

Well, these come via Jim Fahey, the chef of Forest Cafe in Cambridge who recently returned from Mexico. He gave them to the friend who passed them on to me. The hoppers are a delicacy, I'm sure, but eating them?? I'll have to ponder that long and hard.

Posted by Alison Arnett at 05:54 PM
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