Return of the Smut and Locusts. Gustavo Arellano & Eddie Lin Take on Huitlacoche & Chapulines in a Tag Team Lunch to the Death. Orange County, CA.



Video: Diane Lin

Due to all the public pressure insisting, nay, demanding that I subject myself again to the horrors of chapulines (grasshoppers) and huitlacoche (corn smut), I have reluctantly agreed to revisit these kitchen nightmares. (See how much I love my sadistic readers?)

Restaurant critic and author Gustavo Arellano was especially vocal with his protestations. The big difference between Gustavo and the my other sick readers is that his smack talk of smut was put where his mouth is, thereby turning this rematch with Mexican grasshoppers and corn smut into a tag team brawl.

Watch me "El Chino" and Gustavo Arellano "The Mexican" do some gustatory damage on a bowl of menacing grasshoppers and a killer quesadilla brimming with "raven's shit" aka corn smut. But, most importantly, find out if Gustavo and his recommendations change my traumatized taste buds and convince them that this extreme Mexican cuisine is worth eating.

Read my original frightful encounter with grasshoppers and corn smut.

Buy and read Gustavo Arellano's pinche LA Times Bestseller ¡Ask a Mexican!

Comments

Juliet said…
That's great that you gave it another chance. And you liked it! Yay! I guess some places just prepare things better than others. It's like when my friend Elie told me about the bad tripe she had at a buffet (I would never trust buffet trip). She said that, if that had been her first taste of tripe, she would be turned off to it forever. Luckily, it wasn't.
elmomonster said…
OK, well now I have to try these two things myself. "El Chino y The Mexican" should do more web shows together...that was better than anything the Travel Channel does (okay, with the exception of Bourdain's show).
Anonymous said…
Nice job on the video. I hope the Travel Channel is watching. I would love to see this be brought to TV, not that TV has to be the primary medium for this, but to reach a audience that is not aware of these types of delicacies.

I think you are 99% there to hitting it big nationally. The extra 1% you have to push hard for. Keep it going. I am your biggest fan right now and love the videos and articles.

- Sorry won't post my name for fear of being called a complete homer
Chubbypanda said…
OMG! You got to eat with Gustavo Arellano! He's awesome!

Ahem... Errr... Nice corn smut?
Eddie Lin said…
juliet,

yes, it's like making out with people you don't particularly fit with or slobber too much. you have to try and try again until you find someone delicious.


elmo,

congratulations on your new gig with the oc weekly. you're such a secret agent man. i would've bragged about all month on my blog. but that's just me...classy.


anonymous (or homer),

thank you very much for one of the greatest comments i've ever received. if only you were an executive at the travel channel or if only you knew an executive at the travel channel or you and all my readers could flood the travel channel execs email boxes with demands to see me on their network. regardless, stay tuned for more "deep end dining presents".

and, thank you, my biggest fan. daddy, is it you??


chubbs,

yeah, he's the coolest mexican i know. well, if i knew cheech marin, gustavo would be my second favorite mexican. actually, if i knew eva longoria, then gustavo would be my third favorite mexican.

anyways, it was fun eating and talking with him. i hope to have other meals with homeboy.
Anonymous said…
enjoyed watching the video clip! both you and gustavo were very watchable and you both clearly have a sincere passion for what you were presenting. i am definetly into giving them a go when the opportunity arises, but i don't know if i will be able to find a place in Cornwall that sells them though.

ray wong
ChristianZ said…
I've eaten with Gustavo and I've eaten at El Fortin but I haven't eaten at El Fortin with Gustavo.

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