Best (Dead) Insects (2008)
One day I spotted them on the menu, an occasional special at TAKAgrasshoppers. I pondered, Is it a metaphor? Will it be some dish constructed of seaweed to look like grasshoppers, or like the cocktail of the same name, something that is simply an intense shade of green? I ordered. What showed up was a small bowl containing what looked like sticky branches of hijiki, but upon closer inspection, proved to be a dozen smallish jet-colored crickets, sweet and crunchy. Best part: dining with friends and letting one hang halfway out of your mouth.