This past Saturday, March 17, was the 108th Explorers Club Annual Dinner. It was held, as ever, at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan, because that's traditional and also because the Waldorf has a very liberal attitude toward allowing camels and kangaroos to mill around in its ballroom.
Before the live animals are trotted out on stage, the opening hour of the festivity is dedicated to cocktails -- such as the Explorers Club Martini, which has a cow's eyeball in it for garnish -- and exotic eatables, all sourced, prepared, and masterminded by Gene Rurka, the club's "Exotics Chairman."
Here at PopSci, we have a certain taste for exotic foods. Here's the full menu of delights that were served.
- Moroccan Spiced Goat with Spiced Yogurt
- Soffrito-Marinated Whole Crispy Boar
- Maple Glazed Hog Mask
- Applewood BBQ Bull Rods and Testicles
- Kidney and Spleen Ragout
- Pickled Eyeballs
- Slow Roasted Elk with Rosemary New Potatoes
- Ostrich Coq Au Vin
- Herb Roasted Kangaroo with Mango Relish
- Caramelized Yak with Braised Red Cabbage
- Chipotle Glazed Bison
- Whole Roasted Alligator and Gator Chili
- Turtle Cakes with Caper Remoulade
- Python Patties with Nueske's Bacon
- Mustard Thyme Rubbed Rabbit
- Rice Wine Pickled Duck Tongue
- Crispy Chicken Feet with Garlic Chili Dipping Sauce
- Rice-Crusted Tile Fish with Passion Fruit Sauce
- Pan-Seared Grouper with Baby Spinach and Red Pepper Sauce
- Grilled Octopus Salad with Fennel Slaw
- Shredded Grilled Octopus in Endive Leaf Boats
- Chinese Stir-Fried Jelly Fish with Bamboo Shoots and Snow Peas
- Jellyfish Slivers in White Soy Marinade
- Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches Infused with Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey and Citrus
- Pineapple towers with scorpion, pea pods, strawberry slices, melon balls and green grapes
- Sweet cherry peppers, cucumber flowerets and cherry tomatoes filled with assorted creamed fillings: durian paste, herbed and spiced cream cheeses, and garnished with crickets, mealworms and scorpions
- Two varieties of seaweed with mild spices and olive oil
- Sautéed and deep-fried earthworms
- Orchids (edible) with a honey-sweetened creamed dipping sauce
- Chon and Kopi Luwak coffees, made from coffee beans that have passed through the digestive tract of small mammals
- Strawberries dipped in white and dark chocolate with housefly larvae and pupae sprinkles (maggots)
- Cheesecake popsicles topped with mealworms and crickets
- Strawberry pastry cups filled with maggot sprinkles
- The Explorers Club Martini – a vodka martini rimmed with bourbon smoked sugar and a skewer of olive, onion and pickled eyeball topped with a Tasmanian leatherwood honey-soaked mealworm
I believe the Outer Space Aliens must have arrived on planet Earth and in our defense we decided to serve them dinner in hopes they lose interest in conquering planet Earth.
This is one weird menu.
How is this popular and science?
Science sees no further than what it can sense, i.e. facts.
Religion sees beyond the senses, i.e. faith.
This reminds of a famous saying from George Carlin:
"Americans will eat anything. If you sold them sauteed racoon's ***holes on a stick, Americans would buy them and eat them. Especially if you dipped them in butter and put a little salsa on them."
I would hope that our leaders would be smart enough not to give the aliens a taste for Earth meat.
Because humans are Earth meat.
My wife was pissed the last time I carmelized a yak, and the yak wasn't too pleased either.
I do not like this 'SEE' food at all, ick!
See life in all its beautiful colors, and
from different perspectives too!
If you sold them sauteed racoon's
It's a no brainer, according to the menu. The eyes have it for the visual palette, and there's no skin off my back except for the alligators. Bon Appetit !!