Friday, 30 May 2008

Officials say no to bugs

It seems that drinking omelettes out of a glass at "deconstructionist"
restaurants wasn't enough for adventurous diners in Catalonia. For the
past four years, curious epicures have been bypassing French-approved
high-end restaurants and getting a more affordable thrill by going to
Llorenç Patràs' stand at the Boqueria market, and ordering scorpions,
worms, beatles and other succulent invertebrates. But now, after four
years of bureaucratic lollygagging, this is about to change. Health
officials have determined that selling foods that would hardly raise
an eyebrow – or an antenna – in the rest of the world, should not be
sold here. (Full story in printed edition).