Route 1 "Red" / Route 2 "Gold"

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This trail in London will present you with the opportunity to explore the taste of creepy crawlies. In modern society, the topic of insects as the main food source is strangely popular. There are lots of facts supporting this decision. But is humanity ready for such a step?

Yes, insects are rich in nutrition and proteins. Yes, they are way easier to grow. On top of everything else, the carbon footprint from such form of farming is way lower than the one from a pig farm, for instance. It is worth trying out!

There are more and more pioneers in the niche. In China, insect-eating is not such a taboo. For the average European on the other side, such snacks may be considered as utterly inappropriate. It is all a matter of mental state. It may be in the near future when we will have cricket protein bars for breakfast. That may, as well, be our favourite meal for the start of the day.

It might be best to overcome our disgust as soon as possible. You can start with a short insect-eating trail in our, beloved capital, London.

I have included a map and a bit more on what you may want to try out in the mentioned places...

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House of Wolf - The ideal place to start your journey. As far as it goes to tasting insects, here is your bare minimum. You can enjoy the famous "Forbidden Fruit" cocktail. The cocktail consist of:

  • Gin;
  • Green Chartreuse;
  • Green tea sorbet ball;
  • And the cherry on top is actually a locust.

You don't have to eat it if you don't feel like it. However, it will give you the first, baby step into the experience of insect-eating.

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Nightjar - If you had no difficulty dealing with a small locust you may take things a bit further. Your next stop would be "Hotjar" a cosy speakeasy in which you can enjoy your next cocktail. (we can't start the night with only one...) You should try out the "Inca Cocktail". This cocktail is a combination of tequila, chilli wine and buffalo worms. Those worms are a rather popular ingredient in many insect recipes. If you can't handle them, then maybe you should stick to traditional meals.

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Santo Remedio - It is now time to have a quick snack. Something bigger than cocktails. It would be a good idea to get something in our bellies after those cocktails. If you are a fan of Mexican food, and tacos, in particular, Santo Remedio should be your next stop. What makes this place unique is the guacamole you can have here. Alongside your favourite taco, you can have grasshopper-sprinkled guacamole. There you go, your first insect meal is now in front of you.

Take a walk after that and burn some calories. Now is the perfect time to take a quick ride on the Thames and head to your final location. The place where you can have the ultimate insect dinner.

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Archipelago - The restaurant has a vibrant exotic atmosphere and has a variety of meals that include grasshoppers, crickets, locusts, and many more. Here, you can have it all. The speciality and maybe the most ordered item on the menu would be the "Love Bug Salad". With a well-fitting name, especially if you are taking your loved one on this adventure. This salad would be the main event. You can explore even more tastes with crocodile and kangaroo meat cousins. For dessert, you can have a chocolate-covered scorpion.

Maybe you won't like it the first time. Maybe you won't even make it through the first bar in the trail. Getting on a diet that is entirely made out of insects is really something that seems a bit extreme today. But think about it for a moment. What if your favourite taste could be developed in a kitchen that cooks only bugs? What if they don’t even look like bugs anymore?

So you will still get the taste you love. But it will have much less of an impact on your surroundings. It will limit the carbon footprint we leave on the planet. It might as well make us a bit stronger, healthier, smarter even. Who knows?

Putting these possibilities on a scale against our selfish preferences, that are not even a product of experimenting. As a matter of fact, they have just been transferring from one generation to another. What will tilt the scales for you? Are you willing to give insect meals a chance? Go out there, try it out and give us your answer.

The Map: Your Insect Tasting Trip Around London