by Barry ORegan
| June 18, 2008 at 11:54 pm
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Opinion Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor You know the Vancouver Foodie scene is always a score with me, I love food. I read one of Amy's Now Public stories last week on cultures whose diet consists or is supplemented with bugs. Now a Vancouver restaurant, and a High End restaurant popular around town is now serving Crickets to the masses, with a little spice just to make things interesting. What would be interesting to me, certainly is different to someone else. Sorry folks, I spent a good deal of my military career eating field rations of dubious quality, the world over, so I think I am more than qualified to comment on this story. No matter how these Hip and Innovative Restauranteurs package it, make it groovy and hip for the trendy bandwaggoners, raise the price, lower the price, serve a chablis to wash it all down while staring at a mess of stir fried or roasted bugs on a gold plate, in a white starched linen surroundings in an upscale bistro. They are BUGS!! Healthy? Perhaps if you are a frog or bird or other species low on the food chain. Ya have to remember, as a spoiled human I have alternatives to eat in my fridge or at my neighbours, or at the local Save-On, so my GAG AND BARF Reflexes are pretty sensitive, versus someone who is starving and there is no alternative. And this from a guy who wouldn't go near a McDonalds if starving, so what makes you think I would eat Bugs? If I wrapped Human Crap in gold foil, put a trendy eco friendly pink bow on it, called the media for a interview and called it currency, would anyone buy it? HELL NO!! Even if I put it in a fancy storefront on Robson Street! Thank God I live in Canada, where I have a choice.
Vancouver chef serves cricket cuisine Mia Stainsby, VANCOUVER - Vij's restaurant, Vancouver's pride and gastronomic joy, is moving into a brave new world. Next week, it will start to serve insects in some of its dishes.
Meeru Dhalwala, the chef and co-owner with husband Vikram Vij, has decided to introduce insects as a green cuisine. She wrote about her plan in a recent piece in The Vancouver Sun. She argued that insects can provide an environmentally positive, healthy protein and an occasional alternative to meat, if only we could tackle the yuck factor. Green cuisine or not, cooking with insects is a bold move for a restaurant known for its sophisticated food and regarded as a top-ranking go-to spot for the famous and the foodies. Vij's will certainly be the only high-end restaurant in North America I know of that cooks with insects.