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Monday, May 23, 2005

SILKWORM PUPAE IN SPECIAL SAUCE

This weekend, Brain and I went down to Jackson Park and Wooded Island . Also, Brain ate two SILKWORM PUPAE, but more on that later.

We had CANDIAN WARBLERS, WILSONS, MAGNOLIA, PALM, YELLOW RUMP, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, DOUBLE CRESTED CORMORANT, and Brain’s first INDIGO BUNTING and MONK PARAKEETs and I had a MARSH WREN and CATBIRD too.

After birding, we went to the Chinese food supermarket. Even though it smells like old kimchee and very slowly rotting fish in there, when you are standing in one of the aisles, closely examining a flattened plastic bag of 92895967544589589 tiny little dried fish, each with a bright blue dot for an eye, the smells kind of fall away and you just wish you were on something. Quail eggs, giant colorful tubs of soy bean paste, 25 pound sacks of rice, a million different kinds of gyoza, blue crabs in a bowl of soy sauce, dried fish on a stick, giant bags of some kind of red powder, sacks of mung beans and tapioca pearls (bubble tea!), stacks of crinkly cellophane bags of seaweed, some kind of deer antler extract jam, fish sausages, jello-like yam flour cakes, vacu-sealed bags of baby octopus, lotus root slices, liverwort in juice, frozen squid caps (which make excellent calamari for cheap!), seaweed bar, and cans of SILKWORM PUPAE in special sauce. We couldn’t resist.

I think Brian’s best bet for a get rich quick scheme is getting on Fear Factor. If you recall from an earlier post, he ate a LIVE WAXWORM a few weeks ago. These dead silkworm pupae were no big woop for him. He just whipped out some chopsticks and after coolly regarding the floating brown beetle-looking things, he popped one in his mouth and chewed. Then he ate another one. It was amazing! I took a picture. He said the sauce wasn’t thick enough. We also got some Korean rice wine which looked really refreshing, but tasted and smelled like rotten vegetables. I think Brian liked it.

Anyway, we also went kayaking on Sunday, but it wasn’t too birdy- we had a possible YELLOW CROWNED NIGHT HERON and a few other warblers. We also saw two soft-shelled turtles, which always remind me of chocolate chip pancakes. Next weekend, we’re going to Michigan for warblering.

I wonder what Brian will eat next? E-mail your suggestions to berniesbirdship@hotmail.com . If he accepts your challenge, I’ll send you an e-mail photo of him eating whatever it is. Think hard because I bet he’s already tried what you’re thinking of suggesting.

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