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Last weekend our new sales manager Robbi and I had to travel to Dallas Texas for the Tucker Rocky Distributor show. And most of you know that I can never turn down an opportunity to go to Texas. SO… what better way to celebrate being in Texas than with an exotic eats challenge!

Pappasitos

FoFo was going to be in Texas for the same event so I packed my special exotic eats surprise into my carryon bag and counted the hours until Friday night’s dinner with FoFo. For the location of the dinner, FoFo chose Papasito’s which is famous for its Carne Asada and tortillas. And I must say the carne asada was truly the best I’ve ever had in my life. Granted it was also the most expensive carne asada I’ve ever had in my life as well. Papasito’s prices are on par with an expensive steak house. Think $27 for an enchilada… The place is pricy and also was packed to the gills with would be carne asada connoisseurs. So Robbi, FoFo and I sat down at our table and after we had ordered our drinks I brought out the “appetizer”.

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I couldn’t wait to see the look on FoFo’s face when presented with the Giant Vietnamese Centipede. The thing is awesome. It’s about as long as your hand and is intimidating even in its cooked form. The waitress sees the centipede and is taken aback that we are actually about to eat it. Because the centipede is so large, we decide to cut him up in to three pieces. I had watched a video on suggestions on how to eat the centipede and they recommended taking the legs off. The legs have little spikes on the ends that could get caught in your throat. And the last thing I want is to choke on a centipede leg. So we all stripped our sections of centipede of its legs and prepared to eat.

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I took the first bite and at first the taste isn’t so bad, then the taste of very badly burnt tree bark comes into your mouth. It isn’t pleasant but it isn’t the worst thing I’ve ever eaten. I wouldn’t volunteer to eat it again without money backing the challenge that’s for sure. Next comes Robbi, He pops the centipede in his mouth and begins chewing. He swallows and follows up with a large chug of his beer. Two down. Now FoFo picks up his piece, and says “Here it goes”. A few chews latter and “Oh God” escapes his lips followed by “Wow!” Finally he swallows and replies “That was Gnarly!”

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Our waitress is witnessing all the wild facial expression of us exotic eaters and we actually manage to convince her to try a piece. I had left the head of the centipede on the plate and I handed it to her. Instantly she pops it in her mouth and begins chewing. She covers her mouth with her hand but continues to chew until it’s all gone. When she’s swallowed it down, she’s beet red and says “OH MY GOD THAT DISGUSTING!” and walks away.

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The only thing that’s left of the Giant Vietnamese Centipede is the pile of legs on the plate. So Robbi and I toast our beers to FoFo’s foofoo drink and cheer to another successful exotic eats challenge. As soon as I get home this evening I’ll be cruising my various websites looking for the next Exotic Eats Challenge meal.

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