I am willing to try just about anything and everything. There are some things I don’t like, and go into eating them knowing I won’t like them, but of course I eat them anyway. I want as deep of a cultural understanding and experience as I can get. It is also especially important to be respectful when offered something. If that means a chaser is necessary, then so be it! That’s what alcohol and dessert is for! Trying (and finishing) things you don’t like can be considered…umm..character building?
I did, however, fail the test with a jam-filled, crumbly bar of sugar I had on the plane ride home from Iceland. It was called Happy Marriage Cake because it is supposed to give couples good luck on marriage and it is the perfect marriage of jam and bread. However, it did not make me very happy, and certainly did not make me married (HA). No harm done as it was only $3USD.
I knew I should have saved the tonic water I got earlier. That would have helped. I was hungry and the ham/cheese sandwich was a better monetary deal than the chicken sandwich I know I would have enjoyed more. The tonic water was used to wash the sandwich down, and I clearly didn’t plan appropriately for the dessert. Gotta love airplane food!
I guess I just don’t have as much of a sweet tooth as I used to. The Happy Marriage Cake is definitely something I would recommend to others though! It was tasty, but it was just too much for me.
All things said and done, whether it’s fermented shark, reindeer, silk worms, scorpion, or even fried tarantula, if people of certain cultures eat them, I will too when I visit!
What is the weirdest thing people eat that you’ve either heard of or have actually tried? I’d love to hear about those experiences in comments below! 🙂