bugsIf you get a dinner invitation mentioning entomophagy, you may need to wash your hair or something ...  unless you're up for eating some bugs.

The very thought of cricket-meat tacos may spoil your appetite, but the entomophagy (eating of insects) movement seems to be gaining some momentum across the country.

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal featured one insect-eating enthusiast, Marc Dennis, who has a freezer full of everything from crickets (to make"chocolate chirp cookies", of course) to worms.

He believes once people realize the benefits of insect eating, it will be the next big thing.

"It's what sushi was 20 or 30 years ago," Dennis said. "Now it's time for bugs."

Could bugs actually be the next sushi?

I used to frequent a bar in Washington, D.C., called The Insect Club. I went there to dance and get my drink on, but others went there to actually eat bugs. I was grossed out each time some drunk dude decided it was time to show how brave he was, but perhaps they were just ahead of their time?

Insects boast some pretty impressive attributes as a food source:

·         High protein content

·         Low in fat

·         Inexpensive

·         Environmentally friendly to manufacture

·         Some are kosher (Grasshoppers and crickets, while Beetles are not)

If they gain popularity, it would certainly solve some problems for restaurants during safety inspections -- yes, those bugs, they're supposed to be there. And if you didn't have anything in the fridge for dinner, you could just step outside and scoop some up.

And with ringing endorsements from sexy Salma Hayek, who this summer told David Letterman she likes to snack on grasshoppers and other bugs, maybe we all really will be scrambling for reservations to "do" bugs at the hottest spots in town.

Regardless, I just don't think I could do it no matter how trendy or tasty they promise to be. Because, uh, they're still BUGS!

Have you eaten bugs? Would you? Do you think they could become the next sushi?


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