Bizarre Foods NYC Edition

After several cancellations and postponements on my part, I was finally able to catch up with 2 of my prep school buddies. Hi Caitlin & Genisha!

The ladies chose Toloache, a Mexican restaurant in the city. As is my custom before dining anywhere, I did some e-site recon and browsed the online menu. I’m an indecisive person, so deciding what I may want ahead of time saves everyone from frustration. Mr. Glitter often jokes that this is us…


Anyway, I noted two things while looking at the menu. First, holy crap this is some expensive Mexican food!

toloache menu

Second, did that really say grasshoppers?


When the time came, I went off in my uber cute maxi skirt and heels to meet my girls and eat some bugs.

The sangria was sweet and potent. It was just the liquid courage I needed to get the job done.


And then they arrived.

Toloache grasshopper tacos

Two appetizer-sized tacitos filled to the brim with dried grasshoppers. There are also onions, cilantro, jalapenos, and salsa verde in there. I squeezed the lime and took a bite. Not bad. Not bad at all.

There was no squish like the time I ate beondaeggi (Korean silkworm larvae) at the Nonsan Strawberry Festival.


There was no movement like the time my friends and I ate sea squirts and sannakji (“live” octopus tentacles) at the Noryangjin Fish Market.

Muj sannakji

Just crunchy, nutty, goodness. Occasionally, a tentacle or whatever it was would poke out and remind me that I was munching on insects. I polished off the first one and half of another that Genisha couldn’t finish. Poor girl, I don’t think she had any idea what she was in for dining with me. If it’s weird and not too revolting, I’ll eat it.

Grasshoppers consumed, we had another round of drinks and enjoyed more regular entrees.

Camarones Toloache

The Camarones Toloache was delicious! I secretly didn’t want it to end. The shrimp were huge and the sauce was heavenly… Was it $28 good? Nope, but I suppose that’s the price you pay for eating in this part of town.

Would I go here again? Only to take a visitor for grasshopper tacos. Overall, the company and weird food factor trumped the ridiculous prices. I had a wonderful time catching up with my girls and can’t wait for our next outing.


Next time, ladies, I think we should have Korean food in Queens.


2 thoughts on “Bizarre Foods NYC Edition

  1. Dear lord, I never did the bug eating thing (as a vegetarian) but I’ll pretty much try anything that’s animal-free so I’d have probably been up for the challenge too in your position.

    I do miss good old Mexican food though.

    • Your challenge: try the most foreign or strange looking vegetable or fruit you see in Korea. And do take pics, please.

      Maybe you can make a Mexican-inspired meal one night? With some creativity, you can find most of the resources you need. Cheese may be the hardest.

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