|Yup - I wore my ugly sweater hat for our entire NYC day|
Friday, December 26, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
2014 was an interesting year, and my first year blogging! It got off to a good start with crossing off some major bucket list experiences in the winter and training for the NYC half through the Polar Vortex.
The "We" refers to the hubby, who was by my side for a majority of these events!
The "We" refers to the hubby, who was by my side for a majority of these events!
January saw us freezing for a reason with Larissa at the Wildwood Polar Bear Plunge for the Special Olympics.
|Probably the most epic selfie I have ever taken|
Monday, December 22, 2014
The Ugly Sweater Run 5k was the perfect way to end Brian and I’s 2014 race season, which had some highs (finishing our first half marathon!!) and some lows ( busting my ass in the run the vineyards 5k and the subsequent worst time I have ever posted )
I had been looking forward to this event ever since I bought the race entries on Groupon back in October. We had bought our ugly sweaters about a month beforehand, and even the 36 degree windy New York morning was not going to stop us from enjoying this race. Larissa from The Traveling Mortician was nice enough to join us as a spectator and take some awesome photos!
We arrived at 10:20 for the 11pm start time and I have the say this race was one of the most organized theme runs I have ever participated in. Packet pick up was seamless and in less than 5 minutes time we had our bibs, swag bag, and our 21 and over bracelet for our free beer.
|Swag bag - one of the few times it is acceptable to wear race swag on the run!|
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Iceland - the tiny European country may be on the chilly side, but it's jam packed with amazing scenery and adventure around every corner. Just a short 5 hour flight away from the East Coast USA, this should definitely be on your must go list! Here is my personal list of the top 5 things to do in Iceland: Adventure Edition. Do one, or do them all! Most can be done in just a long weekends time!
5. See the Aurora Borealis (aka the Northern Lights) by boat
|Photo courtesy of secretescapes.com|
Monday, November 24, 2014
New York is known for some epic pub crawls, but have you heard of an NYC dessert crawl ? Neither had I, so when Brian and I found ourselves in the West Village on a cold Saturday afternoon with a few hours to kill, I decided to invent our own. The West Village is much quieter section of New York than Times Square, and the streets are lined with tiny cafes, bakeries, and restaurants.
A quick google search revealed some famous desserts as well as a few lesser known small cafes whose main focus was dessert. In no time, I had mapped out some select locations and the dessert crawl NYC was officially born!
|NYC Dessert Crawl route - locations explained below|
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Recently, after being inspired by some fellow running bloggers, the genius idea came to me to marry my love of travel and running into one hobby - running the states! Since I am only half crazy, the goal is to run a half marathon in each of the 50 states over the next few years.
Many people have already embarked on this adventure, so I am aware that this is not a new concept. However, since I am not under the delusion that I will PR at every race, I am going to make it a point to find some of the lesser known, most unique, and maybe even some insane races to run to keep things interesting along the way. Here are a few that are going on my race bucket list!
Most Unique aid stations
|Photo from mudandchocolate.com|
Mud and Chocolate half marathon - Redmond Watershed, Washington
Forget the GU packs and Powerade gels! At this trail half marathon, you have the option of refueling with chocolate! Reward yourself after crossing the finish line with the Chocomania party. Even the medals are chocolate...This race is every running chocoholics dream!
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
We were already going to be in Cape May overnight for the New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge, so it seemed like a great idea to also hit up the Cape May wine trial while we were there!
We arrived at Cape May Winery a little after 5pm on a Saturday after making 9 stops for the challenge and climbing 789 stairs. We sure earned that wine! They were starting to close up for the night so they weren't doing wine tastings anymore, but they did let us purchase a glass of wine to enjoy out back on their patio. I, of course, couldn't pass up the opportunity to have a glass of their ironically named Lighthouse Blush, which was delicious. The winery had a nice little set up with a fire pit, and people brought in their own cheese assortments to enjoy with their wine. Be sure to try and arrive earlier than we did to get the full experience!
|The wine tasting list|
Saturday, November 1, 2014
I love 5ks and I love wine. So, when I found the Run the Vineyards 5k which combined both these things, of course I had to sign up! Plus, it was in Cape May the same weekend we were doing the New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge, so it was obviously fate!
|Run the Vineyards 5k race swag - love this tumbler glass!|
At $40 per entry, the race fee was a little steep for a 5k. But, this included a custom run the vineyards wine glass and a free glass of wine or wine tasting which would normally run you $10, so with that considered I think the race was a good value.
Monday, October 27, 2014
A while back I wrote about the NJ wine passport program, where you go to some 39+ different wineries in NJ, getting your passport stamped at each one, and once you have gotten them all stamped you can send it in for a chance to win a wine tasting abroad. Since I couldn't pass up a perfectly good challenge, I decided to take this on along with Brian and Larissa from the Traveling Mortician and planned some trips to the various wine trails.
NOTE: This post is a little overdue as we visited these wineries a month ago, but I was waiting on clarification about the passport program before posting this update. As it turns out, the winery that gave us our passport gave us an old one from last year. But, the wine association will accept any completed passport book for entry to win the trip, so we made the decision to continue along with the old wine passports as we are now 11 wineries in!
Since we had done Laurita winery and Cream Ridge winery as part of the pour and pedal back in June, we intended to finish the rest of the Jersey shore trail and hit up the Colts Neck, Morganville, and Working Dog Wineries.
As our luck would have it, the website for Morganville winery said they were closed for a private event, so off to Working Dog winery we went for our first stop of the day. Arriving a little after 11am, we were the first one's there and had the opportunity to chat with the owner about their various wines.
|Working Dog Winery|
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The New Jersey Lighthouse challenge is a 2 day event with 14 stops consisting of 11 lighthouses , 2 life savings stations , and 1 museum. I had come across this when I was looking up NJ fall events, and thought it was a really unique way to see the Jersey Shore while also getting a workout climbing all those lighthouse stairs!
|The Lighthouse Challenge Map|
Saturday, October 11, 2014
In my efforts to showcase all the unique and wonderful experiences NJ has to offer, I recently came across the NJ Zombie Walk. This is not only a FREE event which takes place every October in Asbury Park, it is THE zombie walk of all zombie walks, holding the Guinness World Record for most Zombies ever recorded in one location in 2013. And best of all, this year the walk is for charity!
|Aeriel photo of this years walk courtesy of NJzombiewalk.com|
Thursday, October 2, 2014
When we planned our 2011 Eurotrip, we knew we had to head over to Munich to see what the infamous Oktoberfest was all about. Oktoberfest actually takes place mostly in September, with the opening ceremonies typically occurring the third weekend in September and the closing ceremonies the first weekend of October, for 3 weeks total of beer and partying. If you are thinking of staying in Munich's city center for your visit, beware, as hotel prices skyrocket and many hotels even sell out months in advance. We tried to lessen the blow to our wallet by only staying 2 nights and booking our hotel stay for midweek, which still set us back almost $200 a night. Rest assured, you do not have to book a weekend stay in order to fully experience the festival. The 2 weekdays we were there were still packed to the max, and no one seemed to be holding back on their beer consumption!
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Last week I wrote about my intentions to be more consistent with my running and my start of P90x3.
I got off to a rocky start when early morning conference calls and work deadlines had me missing 2 days of my P90x3 workouts. I had only gone on 2 runs by Thursday of the week, so the only thing I kept up with was the P90x3 diet of 1500 calories a day.
Now, this diet assumes that I am only doing P90x for a workout, and doesn’t take into account running. I thought that 1500 calories would still be ok (I admit I just estimated and didn’t literally count every single calorie,) but I found myself starving all week and had a hard time making the adjustment. Thursday morning I set out on my run and just felt sick and had no energy, barely making it through 3.1 miles.
|One of my worst runs ever|
Thursday, September 11, 2014
For the past couple of month’s, I’ve been having trouble keeping consistent with my workouts. I had no real plan, ran 3.1 miles a few mornings a week when I felt like it, and barely did strength training.
I noticed my running endurance completely tank. Last year at this time I was at my all time best, PR’ing at the Jets back to football 5k with a time of 26:08. I then went on to run the NYC half in March with decent endurance. Now, I struggle to get 3.1 miles done in 30 minutes...
|Jet's back to football 5k, right after we both PR'ed. The glory days!|
Thursday, August 14, 2014
The snow and ice started to get a little old by day 4. We headed to the Ring of Kerry, which had no snow in the forecast. This day turned out to be one of the nicest of the trip, and although it was windy, we got some amazing pictures. We were warned that there was ice all along the windy hills and that it was dangerous, but we decided to drive it anyway, knowing that we were at our own pace and could turn back at any time if we felt unsafe. We barely saw a single other car or tour bus out on the road the entire time. I imagined how crowded it must be during high season, and for the first time on the trip we were happy to be there in the off season. We stopped at another pub for lunch and then made it around the rest of the ring, getting back to Adare after nightfall.
Here are some pictures from the nearly deserted Ring of Kerry:
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Battlefrog is the newest mud run on the block, with both 5k and 15k distances filled with some challenging obstacles designed by Navy Seals. I learned about this race via Groupon, and at $27 for the 5k entry (plus the mandatory insurance charge), signing up was a no brainer.
We got to the starting line just as the 10 wave took off and immediately got to the back of the pack as we tried and failed to get the Gopro to work. (Luckily, event photos are free, so we at least got some pictures!) Now we had some catching up to do. We easily cleared the first two obstacles, which were 2 five foot walls and then walls to go over, under, a through a window. We climbed through a rat tunnel, and next was a series of muddy hills to run over.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Since we had just visited my motherland (Italy), we thought it only appropriate that our next trip should be Brian's motherland (Ireland.) We scored a great travelzoo deal that included a weeks stay in a 5 star villa in Limerick at the famous Adare Manor, rental car, and roundtrip airfare from JFK for only $750! The only catch was that it left at the end of November, but both my research and some Irish friends assured us the weather in Ireland is mild year round and we should have no issues...
The week of our trip, a deep freeze descended upon all of Europe. It hit Ireland particularly hard, forecasting the first major snowstorm they have seen in 40 years! Dublin was hit the hardest and was in a state of emergency, practically shut down. Luckily, our flight was landing in Shannon, and it went off without a hitch. We arrived to Adare also without issue, but did notice the area seemed rather deserted. The Irish must have been avoiding the cold!
|We arrived to Adare Manor in our ski jackets...|
Thursday, July 31, 2014
A dark cloud filled the air. No one knew exactly what was happening, but it was terrifying. They could see the smoke coming from the mountain, but there was no way to escape now. The last ships full of people left at the first smell of danger, and the water was now too rough to sail on. There was nothing left to do but take cover, and hope to wake up in the morning when it was all over. Ashes began to rain from the sky, covering everything. Sadly, some people would never wake the next day, as the black smoke sent a wave of poisonous gases through the town.
|Mt Vesuvius in the distance|
Thursday, July 24, 2014
I am proud to announce that NJ is home to one of the largest balloon festivals in the USA, the QuickChek Festival of ballooning. Over 100 balloons ascend twice daily (weather permitting) the last weekend in July every year. In addition to the balloons, the festival is packed with other activities to keep you entertained, with arts and crafts vendors, rides for the kids, a rock wall to get your workout in, and plenty of food to go around.
|Very picture worthy sight!|
Thursday, July 17, 2014
|What comes to mind when people think of "Rome"|
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Some people go on vacation to relax, sitting on the beach with drink in hand, barely moving for the entire week. Not us! While we enjoy the beach (and tropical drinks!), our version of relaxing is to see what a new place is all about by experiencing all the local adventures in the area.
Hawaii is a haven for the fit, active, and adventurous, boasting more adrenaline pumping experiences then we were able to do in just a weeks time. Here are my opinion on the top 10:
10. Kite Surfing - Waikiki
This resort area is quite windy and therefore the perfect place to try out kite surfing! The day we were there, I tried signing up for a regular surfing lesson but the weather wasn’t cooperating. I now regret that I didn’t give kite surfing a try instead, as it looked like a lot of fun!
Thursday, July 10, 2014
The second stop on our very first time abroad in Europe, Florence remains one of my favorite cities to this day! We arrived off a local train in the late afternoon, and the first thing we noticed was how alive the city seemed. Everyone was out and about in the square, probably after a hard days work, not like back home where most people would have taken their seat on the couch for the night and flipped on the TV. All the restaurants had outdoor seating, and everyone seemed to be happy sipping their wine on this beautiful day.
|The Main square in Florence|
Thursday, July 3, 2014
We stepped out of the airport, and into the unknown. It was our first real international trip , except for Niagara falls and a few cruises. We stumble upon the ticket booth for the Vaporetto, which is the Venice water taxi. I try and epically fail at ordering the tickets in Italian, so I just point and hold up 2 fingers and that works much better. The taxi pulls up, and Chaos ensues. Mass amounts of people start boarding simultaneously, all lugging huge bags and storing them at the far end of the boat. We squeeze in and begin to take in our first views of beautiful Venice, the ancient buildings, the clear blue water, the cathedrals, and the passing Gondolas. We arrive at our stop, and feel like we have stepped back in time to the year 1500. The language is unfamiliar to us, there are narrow alleyways around every corner, and pigeons - everywhere! Upon closer inspection, the ancient buildings appear noticeably rundown, but yet still have a charm to them.
|First views of Venice!|
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Pour and Pedal - wine + biking = winning!
New Jersey is home to close to 50 wineries (39 of which are officially part of the Garden state wine growers association), and is surprisingly the 7th largest producer of wine in the country! Fittingly, I recently made another great discovery on the Living Social website. For around $60 per person, we were signed up for an event called Pour and Pedal, which was a 15 mile bike ride between two wineries, including wine tastings and a picnic lunch.
Brian and I joined up with Larissa fromThe Traveling Mortician and her husband Angel, and yesterday the 4 of us got to finally experience this unique event we were looking forward to!
We arrived in New Egypt at Laurita winery, which was the starting point of the tour. After signing in and selecting our lunch order, we chose our bikes, were given some safety instructions, and off we went.
|Ready to start the tour!|
Thursday, June 26, 2014
What is zorbing, you ask? This is a “sport” in which you roll downhill whilst inside a clear plastic ball, either strapped inside or completely unharnessed with the addition of some water. First invented in one of the adrenaline capitals of the world, New Zealand, Zorb and Zorb impostors have started popping up all over the world in recent years.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Being from New Jersey, surfing is not something most kids learn how to do growing up. Our ocean water is rough, brown, and cold, which aren't the most attractive conditions to make anyone want to give it a try. Hawaii, however, is one of the first locations that come to mind when people think of surfing, and is that cliche item on many bucket lists. Of course it was on mine as well and something I have always really wanted to try, but I was hesitant to give it a go as an adult. As the week wore on and we got to Kauai, I became even more hesitant as I was worried I would be in a group lesson full of kids that were surfing circles around me as I humiliated myself by failing to stand up on the board.
Luckily, Brian knew I would never forgive myself if I didn't at least give a shot, and urged me to inquire about a lesson in this small shop behind Poipu beach. We learned it was a slow time of year, being the week after Thanksgiving, and that so far no one else had signed up that day. The probability that I would end up with a private lesson for a group rate was enough for me to sign up, and it worked out because it really did end up being just me and the instructor! It was a little bit pricy at $75 for an hour lesson, but it was still a deal as private lessons were going for $100+ per person.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Suzhou is deemed "The venice of the Orient" by guidebooks. We had the opportunity to take a day trip here from Shanghai, and as an added bonus we got to stop at the Masters of the net gardens on the way.
The garden was beautiful, but was very similar to the Yu Garden we had seen the previous day while visiting the market. We did get some spectacular pictures at this garden, so it was all worth it.
|Beautiful Masters of the Net Garden|
|Plenty of photo ops in the garden!|
We stopped for lunch, then headed to the canal for our boat ride!
The boat was on the smaller side, low to the water, and exactly what you would expect it to look like. The water was calm, but was a dark brown color and had the slight stench of a sewer to it. I can see why the comparison is made to Venice, as we rode through the town down narrow waterways, shops, homes, and restaurants lining the path. However, having been to Venice before, this is where the comparison ended for me. I couldn't help but feel sad for the people that live along this water because it was so obviously polluted. Unlike Venice, Suzhou also has drivable streets, so the canal is no longer the main means of transportation in the area. On the day we were there, it seemed to be primarily used as a tourist attraction.
|Our boat for the canal ride|
It was an interesting perspective to see the local homes up close and personal, decorated in the red oriental lamps that we have all seen so many times on TV and in pictures. Some locals even had their laundry hung up.Chinese tourist eating at waterfront restaurants waved as we went by. It was overall an enjoyable experience once you overlook the color of the water, and a great contrast to the modern city of Shanghai that is less than 2 hours away.
|These red oriental lamps lined the canal|
|Narrow alleyway in the canal|
|Not as pretty as Venice, but still an enjoyable ride|
Brian and I really enjoyed seeing how extremely different each city was from each other, all wrapped up into a single country.. From the historic and somewhat run down Beijing, to the old but up and coming Xian with it's bustling nightlife and crowded streets, to the ultra modern Shanghai with it's big business and designer stores -each stop changed our view on the country. Just when we thought we had things figured out, we would arrive at the next city and see a whole new way of life. We were thrown out of our comfort zone more than ever before in our lives, between the cuisine, non western bathrooms, and the haggling of the street vendors, but we are really glad we picked China as our first journey to Asia.
We highly recommend seeing China - the good and the bad! Take advantage of one of the many travel zoo deals out there, and make sure to include all 3 cities - Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai in your visit!
So, What countries should we see next year??? Leave us some ideas in the comments section!
Monday, June 9, 2014
It's 9pm on a Tuesday... The streets are filled with thousands of locals, seemingly not worried about getting up for work in the morning. We make our way through the crowd towards the famous drum tower, which is also where the night market is located. It is a long street lined with small shops and food carts, and full of life. There is music playing on the street, which sounds like a chinese version of techno.
|The chaotic night market in action|
We walk slowly down the street, the smell of fried street food filling our nostrils, and try to figure out the different things on the menu, which is not translated into English. One of the first things we notice is squid on a stick. This is not the calamari that we know and love, but the entire squid, uncooked, baking in the heat, sure to destroy our stomachs if we dared to order. A local purchases one, and we watch it being cooked for a minute before moving onto the next stand, which has even more interesting treats.
|These menus didn't help us figure out what the food was..|
|Shrimp, one of the only recognizable food items besides the squid|
|Unidentified meats on a stick|
|Close out of the night market fried goodness|
|Squid on a stick cooking|
“What animal is this?” We asked each other as we had never seen anything other than chicken and turkey legs for sale back home. Maybe its dog or lamb, or maybe something even bigger? The head, probably from the same animal, is also for sale, and the teeth are even still attached. We don't stare too long as we really don't want to know the answer to our question.
|Large unidentified animal.. Lamb? Dog? Pig?|
|As seen on our know before you go post, animal head, teeth included|
Next we pass what I am assuming are Chinese desserts, and they almost look like dumplings with Chinese writing on them. We are tempted to try them, but our tour guide warning us not to eat anything from the market has scared us into just taking pictures.
|These look tasty!|
We also pass 2 men using what appears to be a long mallet, banging out some sort of bread. As we go over to take a closer look, a motorbike speeds past, weaving in between the vendors and the pedestrians on the street. There seems to be no rules for motorbikes, as they are even able to ride on the sidewalks if that's what it takes to get to their desired destination.
|The men hard at work in the market|
After a while it becomes clear that the vendors all sell the same type of foods, so we start taking a look at the shops for some souvenirs. Most of it is the usual stuff - magnets, postcards, imitation terracotta warriors, keychains, etc. We walk inside a few stores and see some toys and other cheap things, but nothing really catches our eye. In the back of one store we even find weapons - brass knuckles, nun-chucks, even knives, which we find interesting since our guide told us the Chinese never carry weapons on them and they are not even sold in most of the country.
|Stores in the market|
Once we have seen it all, we start to head back to the hotel, but not before we are stopped by a women standing in front of an entrance to what looks like an alley leading to a basement shop. "We have a children's art exhibition in here, sponsored by the University, come have a look" she says. Sureeee.... Obviously there would be such an exhibition down a dark alley at 10pm on a school night in the middle of a market... This is our first time actually being propositioned for one of these scams, and as we decline and walk away, we can't help but laugh at the absurdity of it all.
We walk back to the hotel, happily satisfied that we finally got to experience China away from the tourist crowd. What was the strangest thing you have ever seen at a night market?
Sunday, June 8, 2014
We heard mixed reviews about the food in China before we arrived. We love Chinese food at home, but knew what we eat home was the Americanized version of the cuisine. So, just to be safe, we brought 2 boxes of protein bars with us on the trip. We did need them, but only a few times!
Let's quickly go over how to make a safer choices when looking to eat in a non westernized country:
1. Look for some sort of refrigeration system at restaurants to prevent food from turning. This may not always be obvious, so beware. But if the food is sitting out, it is really hot inside the restaurant, or you see multiple flies around the place, keep walking.
2. This isn't fool proof by any means, but if #1 above is met, look for a place that is crowded. An empty restaurant may mean low turn around of food, giving it time to rot. A busy restaurant may mean fresher ingredients.
3. Stay away from cold items that may have been washed in the unsafe water - think salads, fruits, vegetables, and any drinks with ice or smoothies. Some of the places we went with the guides were deemed safe and had water filtration systems so we ate the fruit without trouble. But as a general rule if your not sure, stay away.
4. Do not eat anything fried on the streets - e.g the night market items. The oil is used over and over again, and is not clean! We were warned by all guides that this will make us very very sick if we tried anything!
Back to what we did eat...
Sadly this was some of our only choices on 2 occasions, but at least we know what to expect from these places, right? Wrong!
McDonalds - The first night of our trip in Beijing we were jet lagged and looking to grab something quick, and McDonalds was right across the street. The place smelled pungent, like a sewer, and while the burger tasted mostly the same as home, the fries were undercooked, unsalted, and completely inedible. We popped some Tums that night just in case!
KFC - At a day market in Shanghai, we were warned by our guide that KFC and McDonalds were the only safe choices in the area. I ordered the popcorn chicken while Brian ordered a chicken breast and we both had mashed potatoes. The popcorn chicken had some the the blackest meat I had ever seen, and I couldn’t eat it. The mash potatoes, however, were edible and were the only thing I ate that afternoon.
|Looks the same, but looks are deceiving!|
Many of the lunches we had, and a few dinners, were included as part of the tour package. It seems China has a good handle on the tourism industry, and the menus are created with Western taste buds in mind. We had things like sweet and sour chicken, sticky rice, spring rolls, etc. On a few occasions some unique things popped up, most notably the fish with the head still on it, which is how it is served in China as it means wealth and luck. All meals also included a free beer, which was always Tsing Tao, the main beer of China. The food is served family style and is on the middle of a round table on a lazy susan that you can spin around to taste the different dishes. Most of these restaurants are also attached to a factory or store of some sort, to entice tourist to make a few purchases after eating.
|Chinese dining style - Lazy susan|
|Tsing Tao - the official beer of China|
In Beijing, we had limited dining choices due to the location of our hotel being out of the city center. We, along with another couple from the tour, found a restaurant full of locals and gave it a try. Even though the menu had pictures and was translated into English, we still had difficulty communicating our order to the waitress. We ordered pork, chicken wings, and sweet potatoes, but when the food arrived it was only 2 pieces each on skewers. Since this wasn’t enough food, we ordered some pork over white rice in a mushroom sauce to supplement. It soon became clear the pork was actually pieces of fat, so we ate the rice and went to bed hungry that night!
So, up until now it seems like the food isn’t so good huh???
I saved the best food for last!
Famous Peking Duck Dinner
Our tour guide recommended this restaurant 10 minutes from our hotel, and it was a fancy place. We went with 3 other couples and ordered 3 ducks plus an additional dinner and it was more than enough food. They bring out the entire duck, head included, and carve it right in front of you. It was delicious!
We also just happened to notice that scorpion was on the menu.... Hello Adventure eating! For only 7 Yuan each (a little over $1US), three of us were served these tiny scorpions on a sort of chip:
|The Peking Duck menu|
|They carved it right in front of us - notice the head in the back|
|Yup... I actually ate one of these|
|I'm smiling here - but actually terrified!|
As an optional part of our tour, we were taken to a restaurant in Xian known for their steamed dumplings. They are prepared two hours in advance, and have a variety of different meats inside as well as tofu, mushrooms, and an assortment of other tasty things. Other than the Peking Duck, this was one of the best meals we had on the trip.
Overall the food was interesting and I’m glad to have tried so many different types of authentic cuisine. Would you eat scorpion?