We’re turning the asylum over to the inmates this week, dear readers, and giving you a shot at helping us discover some Bizarre Snacks. We’ve gotten such great feedback from folks about this column. We thought we’d first answer some common inquires:
Do you really eat that food?
Yes, yes we do. When we sample the item, rest assured we do eat it. Sometimes not happily. Other times we can’t get enough.
Where the heck do you get that food anyway?
The blame here lies mainly with Meena. She has a surprising knack for finding the most out of the way, sketchy looking ethnic stores and walking out with a bag of mystery food. Here in Manchester, we have a half dozen decent groceries we explore, and a few down in Mass. near Boston as well.
Does the FDA know this stuff exists?
Good question. We’re pretty sure it’s legal, otherwise it would be hard to get it on the shelves. On the other hand, even we are surprised that some of this stuff is able to be bought right over the counter.
Do you ever review “normal” trail food snacks like trail mix?
Not really. The idea is to discover stuff that goes beyond the standard everyday backpackers’ snacks. Now, this doesn’t mean that we won’t. But it’s going to have to be odd or unusual in some way to keep us interested.
Are those real leaves Meena is holding in the picture?
Yes, those monstrosities are rubarb leaves from her garden.
Ok, so now it’s your turn. You’ve seen what we put in our mouths. What are we missing? Name it and we’ll eat it. Tell us a little something about the weird snack you found. Remember, that we do live in NH, so sometimes the really Bizarre stuff is hard to track down. And please make sure it’s sort of trail related, so nothing that can spoil easily please.
Otherwise, all bets are off. Find it. Tell us about it. We’ll eat it, and give you a hard time if it’s indigestible. But, we’ll also give a little prize to the reader who suggests the tastiest Bizarre Snack.
Good luck, we can’t wait to dig in!
Dan inside the Miss Albany, one of the finest diners in the whole wide world.