Around 40 years ago the U.S. did not relish the idea of consuming raw fish. Many, in fact, even considered eating raw fish barbaric… something for the uncultured or poor. Now sushi is a thriving industry. All it took was some clever branding, the California Roll, and time.
There are few things more stereotypical of American youth than chowing down on a burger, fries, and maybe a chocolate shake. But what if that burger was made of insects? Enter: Bugfoundation.
The night was dark but the alley way glowed with the lanterns hanging from vendor carts lining the streets. Tourists and travelers chattered excitedly about the variety of clothing, alcohol, tattoos, and novelties available at every turn on the streets of Bangkok, Thailand. One cart in particular was surrounded by a crowd of squealing tourists. I approached cautiously, and, to my delight, saw a tray filled with fried scorpions and tarantulas. Friends dared friends to try a bite while I eagerly drew out my wallet to buy as many as I could fit into my purse.
This was my first experience with scorpions (my now favorite bug meal…!) You can only imagine my excitement when I received an email from Lee Rose, the founder of Thailand Unique, saying that he would love to be interviewed for bugible.com!