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Oh, and while we’re searching for bugs you can eat, the best place to find them in quantity is at Tijuana’s Mercado Miguel Hidalgo, the central Mexican-style market in the Rio District (it occupies the block bordered by Independencia, Sánchez Taboada, Federico Javier Mina Avenues, and Guadalupe Victoria Street). The go-to outlet has always been the restaurant Comedor La Oaxaqueña, at Location No. 32.

Last time I was there, Maria, the lady in charge, told me grasshoppers were just the start: toasted ants, dragonfly larvae, water cockroaches, frog egg masses all deliver protein like no big ol’ cow can. Maybe your Dutch guy is right, Naomi: pretty soon, we won’t need all those grass-guzzling cattle no more.


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