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MasterChefs feast on food for Day of the Dead festivities in Mexico

November 1, 2013 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

Masterchefs Andy Allen and Ben Milbourne have been devouring their way through Mexico on Intrepid Travel’s Real Food Adventure – Mexico, capturing the sights, sounds, food and drink of the country on film for Andy’s YouTube channel.

As the boys prepare to celebrate Mexico’s Day of the Dead festivities from October 31 to November 2, they share their strangest and most interesting food experiences so far, and dare you to try them when in Mexico.

Agave worm tacos. Andy says: “these worms live on the agave plants used to make mezcal. They taste like bacon but their texture is definitely a lot squishier.”

Fried grasshoppers (Chapulines). Ben says: “a delicacy in Oaxaca, where they fry these grasshoppers up in a multitude of flavours for you to choose: chilli, lime, garlic – it’s all there.”

Chicatanas. Andy says: “these are full bodied flying ants, fried – wings, eyes and all. The wings are larger than their bodies and slightly more challenging than Chapulines!”

Tejate. Ben says: “a maize and cacao beverage, a bit like chocolate milk but pastier and enjoyed especially in Oaxaca. I probably prefer good old chocolate milk!”

Pulque. Andy says: “pulque is basically an alcoholic drink made of fermented cactus juice. It’s thick and slimy, and almost has the consistency of porridge. We tried flavoured versions like oats, mandarin and celery. The ‘classico’ is a bit flavourless and tastes like milky vinegar.”

Green Habanero Chilli. Ben says: “This chilli is the real deal. The green chilli is the hottest in the Habanero family, as it has just fallen from the tree so it’s holding its full colour, flavour and heat. I have tried one in Australia before, so I handballed the test onto Andy. Within seconds he couldn’t speak, nor could he swallow. We lost him from the dinner table for about 20 minutes as he went outside to contemplate life with a burning mouth and running nose!”

Street egg taco. Andy says: “This soupy little scrambled egg on a corn tortilla looked good, but took our director out of action for 24 hours. I guess he just got a bad egg.”

Chicken Breast Flavoured Mezcal. Andy says: “I think we’ll be sticking to normal flavoured mescal in the future!”

Clamato beer. Ben says: “I don’t mind this but everyone else struggled. Over here in the local stores you can buy tins of beer with tomato juice added to them for the taste of a Bloody Mary beer. The Mexicans love it.”

Try all these foods and more on Intrepid Travel’s eight day Real Food Adventure – Mexico from $1,068 per person. See www.intrepidtravel.com/food for more information.

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