BPP Intern Eats Bugs and Lives to Blog About It

When I first signed on as a BPP intern, I was super excited about all the interesting people I was sure to meet. I had no idea some of those folks would be, perhaps, too "interesting" and I certainly never intended to eat any bugs.

My world—and my palette—shifted when Producer Angela asked me to help film a dinner party in the West Village. This was no ordinary dinner party. We were dealing with Gastronauts (, members of a club for adventurous eaters in Manhattan and London.

Gastronauts are not like you and me. They get excited about trying things like goat testicles and haggis imported from New Jersey. Currently, they are looking for a dish that involves the following: a block of tofu, eels swimming around on top, alcohol poured over it, eels burrowing into the tofu to escape the alcohol, slices of the eel tofu and "mangia!"

That night, the Gastronauts were dining on creepy crawly, antennaed and winged creatures. In fact, one of the delicacies served was a giant water bug, known as a toe-biter in certain circles. In New York we call them cockroaches. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene would have had a field day assigning violation points to this crowd. Nevertheless, I chowed down on cicadas, crickets and water bugs.

Frankly, I'm a starving student and it was the most decadent meal I ate all month.

Check out the video.

(For the record, the BPP does not make interns eat bugs.)



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I am dying to see my schoolmate, Elsa, eat the bug. (As starving journalism students, we live on pretzels and the occasional free cookies so this is quite an event).

Unfortunately, the video has turned into only audio. Any chance this could be fixed?

Thank you

Sent by Sandra Larriva | 11:59 AM | 3-2-2008