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Jeff's triumph
This new album features such favorites as "Hard-Shelled Day's Night", "While My Stomach Gently Weeps", "I Wanna Hold Your Antenna", "Lucy In The Sky With Insects", "Happiness Is Warm Guts", "My-shell my bell(y)", and "With A Little Help From My Bug Cart Salesman."

Our second full day in Bangkok began with a train ride to the weekend market, where 150,000 people visit every weekend.  At first, we were overwhelmed by all the dollar store style items being marketed strictly to western tourists.  We took a breath and plowed through those areas to find some pretty cool hidden gems like boat-shaped xylophones and hand-made tapestries.  As the covered "indoor" areas - with no ventilation - incited gallons of sweat instantly, we didn't do much shopping.
For 20 Baht (60 cents US) I bought a bag of bugs including this giant beetle... YUM!
  We stopped by the squid eggs lunch cart, thought better, and instead had some pad thai and tom yum soup.  Good call.

We took a different train back from the market and ended up somewhere unknown.  With a zen mindset, we went with the flow and just wandered around the area for a bit.  Then it was dinnertime and we decided to try an Indian place recommended by Lonely Planet.  We flagged a tuk-tuk who tried to charge us 200 baht ($6).  Absurd!  Should be no more than 50 baht ($1.50).  As we argued with him, our fate came a-callin:  a new and improved bug cart.  We sent the tuk-tuk driver on his way.

This bug cart came boasting bigger grasshoppers, some small frogs, and...  HUGE BEETLES!  These things were 4-5 inches long and about 2 inches wide.
A balanced meal
  2 of them covered Jeff's entire hand.  For 20 Baht (66 cents), we bought a bag of crickets (Jeff's favorite so far), large grasshoppers, and 1 beetle.  I (Jeff) decided to warm up with some crickets.  Then some grasshoppers, which I shared with some French passerbys who had stopped to talk to Kelsey and watch me eat bugs. When the bug cart guy saw how much I was enjoying his fresh local fare, he insisted that I try a frog which was his favorite.  We cheersed and ate frog.  Boney and chewy.  Not my fav.  Anyhoo, now it was time for the beetle.  As I looked at this atrocious thing, it began to intimidate me quite a bit.  I mean, it was seriously freakin huge.  If there's a picture by this blog, you can see what I mean.
see,even Kelsey tried a worm
  If not, we'll post one when we get to Japan.   I was on the verge of chickening out.

At that point, Kelsey had the brilliant idea to videotape me.  On camera, I have a history of being more - let's say brave - than I would otherwise.  After a short speech, I crunched down on the largest beetle Kelsey or I have ever seen.  The flavor was not bad at all!  It was crunchy and chewy at the same time, and as meaty as the cricket (had the cricket been 10 as big).  Mentally though, I was struggling.  I could still feel its legs on my tongue and its mouth-feeler-thingies in between my cheek and my bottom teeth.  After many chews and a tough mental battle, I swallowed the front half; the back half was still in my hand!  At that point, its abdomen was no match for me.  A quick toss in the mouch, and I soon defeated the mighty giant beetle.  Would I do it again?  Yes.  Would I have to videotape it again to make sure I don't chicken out?  Definitely.


everyoungauntcheryl says:
And YOU're going to take care of ME in my old age!!!OH NO!
Posted on: Jul 19, 2009
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Jeffs triumph
Jeff's triumph
For 20 Baht (60 cents US) I bough…
A balanced meal
A balanced meal
see,even Kelsey tried a worm
see,even Kelsey tried a worm
The dried nasty frog...
The dried nasty frog...
like an orange, but the consistenc…
like an orange, but the consisten…
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