Friday, December 30, 2011

And now for something completely different…

This particular blog post has absolutely nothing to do with writing or publicizing my new novel or promoting anything other than some rather ridiculous fun.

Over the last few weeks I have become slightly obsessed with ‘new to me’ foreign foods, or more to the point what I consider to be bizarre foreign foods. 

I would consider myself to be a typical American foodie with a decent palette for diverse delicacies. Rather than allowing myself to become stuck in a rut, I really enjoy mixing up my culinary indulgences by trying new cuisines and flavors from around the world as often as possible. I have found many new favorites, as well as some things I will never eat again including some I can’t even think about without a tiny gag, but it has been a delicious and fascinating journey so far and I don’t intend to quit stretching my curiosity any time soon.

Okay, so I cannot place myself in the same category with the ‘professional taste testers’, and definitely nothing nearly as extreme as Andrew Zimmern. I think he stands is in a league of his own when it come to strange and exotic tasting curiosity.

I do have my limits and they definitely stop far short of Cambodian tree slugs, but I do like to explore new things and food is just one of the many guilty pleasures I like to experiment with. 

As well, I’m sure there are many more people in the world that may have a like mind and might appreciate the possibility of at least looking into the new and unusual edible possibilities from around the world. I believe that some of the foods from right here in my little home town might seem strange and unappetizing to others from various cultures too.

I decided this morning that maybe others out there might enjoy a bit of a cultural food knowledge exchange, so I have delved into some of my favorite sites and gathered some of the things I thought you might enjoy. 

I don’t usually make resolutions because I rarely keep them and feel as if I’ve set myself up for a bit of a failure. But I have decided that with the coming new year 2012, I will reside to resolute in trying some of these interesting offerings from around the globe. If there is even an ounce of interest, I will post my discoveries and my reactions to these said experiences throughout the coming year. 

I'm not saying that I will be trying all or any of these delectable choices, this is just to expand exposure to the possibilities available.

In the mean time, feast your eyes on these vids, pics and links that I kindly submit for your enjoyment, they make me giggle, curious or repulsed. I have done my best to authenticate the following products to ensure that these are actual edibles available to purchase. 

In addition, I'm not making a joke of and no insult intended to any culture or ethnicity, it’s all in good fun. 

I really would love to hear what you think.

S.J. Johnson

 Yumm! Haggis and Black pepper Potato chips. I bet this would be fantastic with a tuna sandwich and pickle.

I would have never imagined this flavor combination. Ginger-ale and chocolatey Krispy Kit Kat.

 Sounds interesting.

 Imagine the possibilities at your next Bar-B-Que! I think this one is definitely worth a try.

Who in their right mind would do this to chocolate?

 Intense Dill Pickle? Seriously?

 All the flavors of a calorie infested dinner without the hassle of gaining any of the pounds, and no pesky after dinner tryptophan coma. Fantastic idea!

I must also include this "Emmy: Made In Japan" video. I really love her YouTube vids, very engaging, informative and entertaining. Exposing me to this fascinating world of Japanese candy actually made me want to go to our local Japanese market to get some and try it for myself.
All I can say is Popin'Cookin' brand candies are really fun for kiddies to be able to make their own sweeties, tastes just terrible. 


  1. Yikes! I do remember some interesting food when I was overseas in the Army. Good thing for me that raw fish was cut small enough to be washed down like aspirin with a beer!

  2. Thnx for the comment.
    So, I guess its safe to assume you're not a big sushi fan then?
    I feel that I should try each new food at least twice. The first time I find that I don't like something it may be just the way its prepared. If its just as repulsive the second time around, I generally decide I don't care for it.
    Okra is definitely at the top of my YUCKY list. LOL


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