One of the things I have come to realize in my travels is that people all over the world have totally different ideas about food. Not just what is okay to eat but what actually tastes good. For example, prior to going to China it never occurred to me that bones could be eaten but in China people regularly eat bones and cartilage. This idea is taken to the extreme though in Beijing at one of the street food markets. This little street has been featured on many food and travel shows because the food is so unusual. I thought I’d take a moment to show some of the photos of this food. I had some flavored green gelatin there but could not bring myself to try some of the other delicacies.
On display many different foods on a stick including, scorpions, beetles, snake, silk worms, and many other things I had never thought of eating. While I didn’t partake, there were many that did and I should not that I got there just after the place opened at 5 pm and I am pretty sure that this place gets busier later in the day. Who knows, perhaps I would have been more daring with a drink or two!
I am glad that I was able to see this as I just stumbled upon it near a pedestrian street which so often happens when I travel! Sometimes the best trips are those where I don’t have a plan and just explore. While I didn’t try the food, it was certainly a visual feast and if you didn’t look too closely at the food, the stalls were colorful and fun.
As I was leaving Beijing, I went to a cute little bakery in the airport called kiss ‘n bake which was just such a cute name, I took a photo of the sign. I do appreciate all of the great bakeries there are all over china. When I really need something familiar, I can go get a croissant or a pastry and a latte – something I can truly say yum to!