When I started reading Deep End Dining (www.deependdining.com), it was with great scepticism. Written by 'diners dedicated to seeking and devouring the food uncommon, cuisine exotic and entrees less ordered', I mentally dared the bloggers to post about things I'd never tasted.
Well, they did. I've eaten balut (half-hatched duck egg) before, as well as blowfish and stinky tofu. But live octopus tentacles that writhe in the mouth? Nope. Bugs? A few, but I've never made a meal of them (they have eaten white sea worms, stir-fried crickets and consomm?with green onion and cicadas).
The blog is a collaboration between a Los Angeles writer and two others in New York, and it's occasionally laugh-out-loud funny. They visit the Renaissance Pleasure Fair, where they eat grilled turkey legs and meat pies; a barbecue featuring a whole roast goat; and a gastro pub with large portions of duck confit hash, three-meat meatloaf topped with fried onion rings (above) and fried chicken steak served with sausages, fried eggs and potato.