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The Exotic Foods Diary

Updated on May 27, 2013

Exotic foods of life

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The Exotic foods diary is a collection of Traditional foods of customs from around the world. It's a showcase of dishes on different ethnicities across the globe and the foods of custom within their culture's localities. What the exotic diary is not, a diary of exotic cuisines and recipes or cooking instructions. The exotic diary is the horror show of international cuisines. It's the dark side of dining. You will not find most of these type of dishes in restaurants and magazines. Many of these dishes I had not seen before I started collecting these pictures, they were so astounding and mind baffling that I had to make a collection to share with others. I hope the diary will be just as provocative to you as well. Come again and send your friends to visit.

Living in Toronto is a blessing especially when it comes to having access to international cuisines. Life within a metropolitan city, is being privileged with having just about every type of ethnic food and cuisine on planet earth. Allelujah to that!


The Exotic Food Diary #1

Cambodia: Itsy Bitsy Spider -In Cambodia the habit of eating fried tarantulas began during a period of starvation in history, but nowadays they are considered to be quite a delicacy
Cambodia: Itsy Bitsy Spider -In Cambodia the habit of eating fried tarantulas began during a period of starvation in history, but nowadays they are considered to be quite a delicacy
Balut, Phillippines -alut is a “snack” consisting in a half-fertilized duck or chicken egg, served with a little salt after being boiled. One can find it all over the streets and markets of Philippines, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and it is as popular
Balut, Phillippines -alut is a “snack” consisting in a half-fertilized duck or chicken egg, served with a little salt after being boiled. One can find it all over the streets and markets of Philippines, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and it is as popular
Snake and Scorpion Wine -This unusual type of liquor can be found in Asia mostly and it is made out of a dipping Cobra or scorpion into a rice wine bottle. After a few months of fermentation, the venom is dissolved and the drink is good to serve!
Snake and Scorpion Wine -This unusual type of liquor can be found in Asia mostly and it is made out of a dipping Cobra or scorpion into a rice wine bottle. After a few months of fermentation, the venom is dissolved and the drink is good to serve!
Escamoles – Mexico  -This weird dish comes from Mexico, from giant black ants. They make their nests in the roots of some plants. Collecting these eggs is not the most pleasant job one can get, since their owners are venomous and creepy. The eggs tas
Escamoles – Mexico -This weird dish comes from Mexico, from giant black ants. They make their nests in the roots of some plants. Collecting these eggs is not the most pleasant job one can get, since their owners are venomous and creepy. The eggs tas

What is life?

Life is a singular noun but with everything within it's word and you can come at it from any which way you want but you'll need a life to hang around. Life, it's action is of extreme prejudice. For instance, life is great, life is ugly, life is bad, life is beautiful; life is complex and we could go for miles with it. But what I didn't mention is, life is a mystery and full of it in every sense. And what we eat pretty much reflects who we are. People from different regions of the world are as contrast as night and day. As we examine the eating habits of cultures around the world today, maybe you'll Look at people eating customs from a whole new prospective from now on. In the exotic diary there's a meal for every one. What one man may consider poison there are others who will welcome it as butter.

The Exotic Foods Diary #2

Cobra Heart, Vietnam  -In Vietnam one can serve a live cobra’s heart: some eat it raw, along with a cobra blood chaser while others prefer to have it with some rice wine.
Cobra Heart, Vietnam -In Vietnam one can serve a live cobra’s heart: some eat it raw, along with a cobra blood chaser while others prefer to have it with some rice wine.
Birds Nest Soup, China  -The saliva of the birds give this soup its unicity. It is one of the most expensive products consumed by humans, because of the difficulty in getting it.
Birds Nest Soup, China -The saliva of the birds give this soup its unicity. It is one of the most expensive products consumed by humans, because of the difficulty in getting it.
Baby Mice Wine   -Traditional in China and Korea, baby mice wine is considered to be a “health tonic”. The confessed taste: raw gasoline. While still alive, newborn mice are thrown into bottles full of rice wine and left there to ferment
Baby Mice Wine -Traditional in China and Korea, baby mice wine is considered to be a “health tonic”. The confessed taste: raw gasoline. While still alive, newborn mice are thrown into bottles full of rice wine and left there to ferment
Human Placenta  -People who dare it this believe that it prevents postpartum depression and other pregnancy complications. There are various recipes to prepare it, even cocktails and it is found mostly in America and Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, China, an
Human Placenta -People who dare it this believe that it prevents postpartum depression and other pregnancy complications. There are various recipes to prepare it, even cocktails and it is found mostly in America and Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, China, an

Life is simple.

Yet, life is simple. It's so simple that it becomes routine. At dinner time, we'll fix ourselves something or the family will put together a little feast. It doesn't matter what we think, if dinner is put together with love then it becomes a feast. Trust me on that, I've had the worst, yet it tasted the best because of who fixed it. Oh, I for got to mention life is funny. However, have you ever wonder what other people the world overeat for dinner? I know it's a weird question but when you see my collection, my international menu, you'll understand the excitement in the question.

Most developed countries produce and consume beef but there are many countries out there without that luxury. However, the undeveloped countries are not without recourse, they have learned to utilize and harness their natural resources, even if it means eating snakes to survive or to feed the nations' population.

The Exotic Foods Diary #3

Casu Marzu, Sardinia  -This is a type of cheese that few people would try, as it is stuffed with insect larva. Often referred to as “maggot cheese”. It is consumed while the living beings inside it are still alive, otherwise it is said to be toxic.
Casu Marzu, Sardinia -This is a type of cheese that few people would try, as it is stuffed with insect larva. Often referred to as “maggot cheese”. It is consumed while the living beings inside it are still alive, otherwise it is said to be toxic.
Kopi Luwak, Indonesia  -This is the rarest and most expensive coffee in the world, but still you might want to reconsider it, when someone politely invites you to sip from a mug full of it. Why? Because it is made out of the excrements of a creature
Kopi Luwak, Indonesia -This is the rarest and most expensive coffee in the world, but still you might want to reconsider it, when someone politely invites you to sip from a mug full of it. Why? Because it is made out of the excrements of a creature
Tuna Eyeball  -Usually served in Japan and China, the tuna eyeball is another weird dish that might not be for everyone’s taste. They say it tastes much better than it looks
Tuna Eyeball -Usually served in Japan and China, the tuna eyeball is another weird dish that might not be for everyone’s taste. They say it tastes much better than it looks
Bat Soup  -Even though bats are considered to be notorious disease carriers, they are still served in soups cooked mainly in Thailand and Guam, some parts of China even
Bat Soup -Even though bats are considered to be notorious disease carriers, they are still served in soups cooked mainly in Thailand and Guam, some parts of China even

Life is complex

Yet, life is complex as you're beginning to see. I've been fascinated with the foods people around the world eat that I've compiled a collection of recipes from the customs of many cultures. Life is truly complex because I know I'm just scratching the surface on this one. God only knows what people are eating out there. I'll try discovering more. My dog Sherlock is on the mission as well. You know, two heads are better than one. He'll sniff out any unusual dishes this planet conjure up. Please continue to check out the Exotic Food Diary for the menu here will never be listed in about 95% of commercial restaurants..


The Exotic Foods Diary #4

Rocky Mountain Oysters   One might be tempted to think that these oysters can’t be much different from the ones you find at the bottom of the ocean, while they are, in fact, something totally different. A buffalo’s fried testicles got this name becau
Rocky Mountain Oysters One might be tempted to think that these oysters can’t be much different from the ones you find at the bottom of the ocean, while they are, in fact, something totally different. A buffalo’s fried testicles got this name becau
Fugu  -he poisonous Puffer Fish is a great sensation in many restaurants of the world. The thing is that only very qualified and trained cooks are allowed to prepare it, because of something goes wrong…well, let’s say that it could be your last meal
Fugu -he poisonous Puffer Fish is a great sensation in many restaurants of the world. The thing is that only very qualified and trained cooks are allowed to prepare it, because of something goes wrong…well, let’s say that it could be your last meal
Bugs  -Insects make an old dish in many parts of the world, except Europe and North America. Served all crispy, they make perfect nutritious snacks!
Bugs -Insects make an old dish in many parts of the world, except Europe and North America. Served all crispy, they make perfect nutritious snacks!
Ox Penis  -Cooked by steaming, deep frying or simply consumed raw, the ox penis is commonly eaten by humans in the Oriental countries. In the Western countries, ox penises are usually dried out and served as dog food.
Ox Penis -Cooked by steaming, deep frying or simply consumed raw, the ox penis is commonly eaten by humans in the Oriental countries. In the Western countries, ox penises are usually dried out and served as dog food.

Are we carnivores by nature?

Are we carnivores by nature? whether you eat beef or snake you are a carnivore. Carnivores are meat eaters period. However, in my studies of the human digestive tract, which is about 27 ft in length, maybe the reason digestion takes 24 to 72 hours. As humans, we do not possess the short digestive tract of carnivores, generally needed for digesting meats or live animal flesh. In my opinion, our digestive system is not that of a carnivore but very similar in nature to that of the herbivore, which is for digesting vegetation. May I remind you that most of man's illnesses come from eating red meat. If you don't want to be befallen by mad cow disease then stay away from eating the cow. Seriously, if you don't want to be infected with what the animal got then don't eat it, the meat.


The Exotic Foods Diary #5

Whole Sheep’s Head  -This dish can be served with or without brains: the head, of course. It is considered to be a delicacy even in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe areas.
Whole Sheep’s Head -This dish can be served with or without brains: the head, of course. It is considered to be a delicacy even in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe areas.
Mongolian Boodog  -This one is prepared by cooking the animal – usually a goat or a marmot from inside out. Yes, the WHOLE animal. Mongolians are the best cooks for this: the animalis cooked in its own skin, with the help of hot rocks.
Mongolian Boodog -This one is prepared by cooking the animal – usually a goat or a marmot from inside out. Yes, the WHOLE animal. Mongolians are the best cooks for this: the animalis cooked in its own skin, with the help of hot rocks.
Caterpillar Fungus  -This is a fungus, a parasitic one, that invades the body of the insect larvae, eventually killing and mummifying the caterpillars. Mostly used as a medicine or as an aphrodisiac, the Caterpillar Fungus can be also served in soups
Caterpillar Fungus -This is a fungus, a parasitic one, that invades the body of the insect larvae, eventually killing and mummifying the caterpillars. Mostly used as a medicine or as an aphrodisiac, the Caterpillar Fungus can be also served in soups
Kumis  -This is a rather gross drink, consisting in fermented mare milk. Because a female horse’s milk contains more sugars than the femented cow’s or goat’s milk, kumis has a higher, though still mild, alcohol content. It also has a strong laxative
Kumis -This is a rather gross drink, consisting in fermented mare milk. Because a female horse’s milk contains more sugars than the femented cow’s or goat’s milk, kumis has a higher, though still mild, alcohol content. It also has a strong laxative

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    • phildazz profile imageAUTHOR

      Allan Philip 

      4 years ago from Toronto

      Thanks Bigblue54, my exact sentiment.

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      BigBlue54 

      4 years ago from Hull, East Yorkshire

      As I rule never eat anything that is watching you eat it. :(

    • phildazz profile imageAUTHOR

      Allan Philip 

      5 years ago from Toronto

      Thanks for the reaction but I'm glad you were disgusted by the choice of foods we as humans consume around the world. However, bear in mind that your reaction comes from being conditioned to the environment you were brought up in. Just imagine if you were bred into one of those cultures then your reaction would be just as contrast, you would be saying "mmmm looks so delicious". Here's what Sly Stone said about every day people.

      SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE "Everyday People"

      Sometimes I'm right and I can be wrong

      My own beliefs are in my song

      The butcher, the banker, the drummer and then

      Makes no difference what group I'm in

      I am everyday people, yeah yeah

      There is a blue one who can't accept the green one

      For living with a fat one trying to be a skinny one

      And different strokes for different folks

      And so on and so on and scooby dooby doo-bee

      Oh sha sha - we got to live together

      I am no better and neither are you

      We are the same whatever we do

      You love me you hate me you know me and then

      You can't figure out the bag l'm in

      I am everyday people, yeah yeah

      There is a long hair that doesn't like the short hair

      For bein' such a rich one that will not help the poor one

      And different strokes for different folks

      And so on and so on and scooby dooby doo-bee

      Oh sha sha-we got to live together

      There is a yellow one that won't accept the black one

      That won't accept the red one that won't accept the white one

      And different strokes for different folks

      Send "Everyday People" Ringtone to your Cell

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      Claudia Tello 

      5 years ago from Mexico

      No offence, but this is really disgusting!!!! :) Now that I have gone through your hub, Mexican exotic foods (meaning escamoles and crickets, which are the ones I have eaten) look pretty civilized and normal.

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