Adventure Chat #12 - Adventurous Foods


When I began participating in Twitter chats I loved the amount of interacting and great information I was seeing. I also noticed that most chats were about travel. While I love traveling, I am more of an adventure junkie and enjoy local activities like camping and hiking and the occasional road trip. So, I started my own Twitter chat called #adventurechat on Monday’s at 10 am pst. It’s a fun and informative way for me to learn from everyone else’s adventures. I’ve had more than one person ask me for a blog transcript so here we go. I’ve taken out all retweets and responses that are confusing as well as putting all Q and A’s in order. While the pictures were beautiful I do not have the right to include them here but they are all a part of the full transcript on For my twelfth chat, my co-host was chef and culinary extraordinaire @JHochstat talking Adventurous Foods. Here are the questions and transcripts from that chat.


1. What was the most adventurous thing you've ever eaten/were you able to finish it?

2. Where is the furthest you've traveled on a day trip to experience food/drinks?

3. Ever been invited to an event with food where you ran into culture shock but stayed?

4. When you're out with adventurous eaters do you have a phrase that sums you up? Mine is #nofear #noallergies.

5. What is the spiciest thing you've ever eaten? Pictures? Worth it the next day?

6. What local (maybe illegal) liquors have you drank on your travels?

7. Have you ever been in another country and come across a condiment new (to you), tasty, and kicks? Description/Pictures.

8. Have you ever taken an ATV or any alternative type of transportation to get to a certain place for food?

• @monicagoesshow: Hey guys! It’s #adventurechat time! Co-host today is @JHochstat and we’re talking my favorite topic! FOOD! Yay!

@JHochstat: I am joining from Playa Jacó Costa Rica where I've lived the past 2 years developing culinary tourism projects #AdventureChat

• @K8eBG Hi! Katie here from Toronto, Canada #adventurechat #foodie

@vagabondslog Hi everyone at #adventurechat! Joining from Berlin again today (well, before leaving to Sweden tomorrow ;-) ).

@ankit1989 Hello Everyone! Joining from #IncredibleIndia :) #adventurechat #foodie

@monicagoesshow We’re super international today! I love it! #adventurechat

@sethayates I LOVE FOOD! (but who doesn't?) #adventureChat @JHochstat

@K8eBG food has nooooo boundaries :) #adventurechat

• @pintsizegourmet Food is our favorite topic! We're joining from #Michigan! #adventurechat

@funkey_brewster aloha from Hawaii #adventurechat

@BenOnAdventures I'm here! #adventurechat

@walkaboutmobi So excited to join in #adventurechat for the first time from #NYC!

@JHochstat Ok, here we go: Q1 What was the most adventurous thing you’ve ever eaten? Were you able to finish it? Pix if possible #adventurechat

@monicagoesshow A1: Escargo and Alligator, yes I finished…Haggis…BLEH! no way! #adventurechat

• @vagabondslog Hey, I actually really enjoyed that Haggis (after a snow climb up Ben Nevis): ;-) #adventurechat

@sethayates Cow A1: glands in Buenos Aires for a family BBQ. Not my fave :) #adventurechat

• @SGSwritereditor A1 #Quirk is all for adventurous eating provided he's on the right side of the plate. #adventurechat

@JHochstat A1 At a Nose to Tail dinner in Montreal in '11. One of dishes was Big Brain/Little Brain. Texture of 'Big Brain" too much #adventurechat

• @vagabondslog A1: Muktuk (raw whale skin and blubber). Did I like it? Well, tasted like old diving suit ... ;-)

@BenOnAdventures Ants/grasshoppers/worms and yes I was able to finish em. #adventurechat #protein

@funkey_brewster A1 sweet breads, I didn't come close to finishing that. #adventurechat

@monicagoesshow sweet bread sounds like a donut…but I feel like it’s probably not…#adventurechat

• @funkey_brewster it's the thymus gland of an animal 😐 #adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow they trick you with the name!!! #adventurechat

@BadTravelGuru A1: Most adventurous thing I've eaten? A chalupa topped with ant eggs and maguey worms in Guadalajara! #AdventureChat

@pintsizegourmet A1: Snail soup in Morocco (loved it!) & Percebes aka barnacles in Portugal #adventurechat

@walkaboutmobi A1: Snails and alligator! And yes I finished both, they were surprisingly delicious. #adventurechat

@K8eBG A1. Ant eggs in an omelette in Thailand. Or meal worm chips same place. #adventurechat

@pintsizegourmet A1: We've been on a culinary #worldschooling tour since last July exploring Europe/Africa/Middle East. Not in US for long! #adventurechat

@BRBearBait A1: I'm not adventurous when it comes to food, fried alligator is the most adventurous I've eaten #AdventureChat

@suzeroonie Late to the game, but A1 I was raised in a Vietnamese household, I'll eat anything! Favorite is duck balut #adventurechat

• @caliparksorg Joining In! A1. Same here, alligator and rattlesnake #adventurechat

• @JHochstat Q2 Where is the furthest you’ve traveled on a day trip to experience food/drinks? #adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow A2: I can’t think of a trip specifically for food, but I try what I can wherever I am #adventurechat

• @JHochstat A2 I took TGV from Gare Du Nord in Paris to Pontarlier near Swiss border to visit absinthe distillery #adventurechat

@funkey_brewster A2 recently: quick flight to a neighbor island. In the past: several hundred miles #adventurechat

@suzeroonie When my dad and I were in Paris we took the train 1h each way to Berthillion"s for ice cream. So worth it. #adventurechat

@LukeTravels A2: I've ventured to New Haven from NYC many times for their amazing pizza. Worth it every time. #adventurechat

• @K8eBG A2. Two hour drive to my fav hot dog place @ArborPortDover Pizza this past weekend @normhardie #adventurechat

• @sethayates A2: I've biked for 3 hours to go to one of our favorite pubs :) #adventurechat

@monicagoesshow Earning that beer! Love it! #adventurechat

@SGSwritereditor A2 Parma, Italy, for #cheese and #prosciutto. #adventurechat

@walkaboutmobi A2: I did a day trip in #Alaska where we caught our own dungeness crabs! Absolutely delicious and so fresh. #adventurechat

@BRBearBait A2: I think we spent a couple of hours wandering around Paris looking for the perfect dinner spot #AdventureChat

@NickelDenver A2: We went to Portland just to experience @pokpokpdx's amazing wings – look at 'em! #adventurechat

@JHochstat Q3 Ever been invited to an event with food where you ran into culture shock but stayed? #adventurechat

@HotelTeatro A3: We once went to a very unique sushi tasting, and stayed – so glad we did! #adventurechat

@sethayates A3: I'm usually a pretty adventurous eater, but Cuy (guinea pig) in Peru was not my thing :/ #adventurechat

@JHochstat A3 In '94 when I livied in Cape Town I was invited to Indian wedding. No silverware and ladies across from me breastfeeding #adventurechat

• @BenOnAdventures One thing I normally do is never experience culture shock, i'm completely open minded on virtually all things #adventurechat

@JHochstat A3: We once went to a very unique sushi tasting, and stayed – so glad we did! #adventurechat…

@monicagoesshow A3: does a renaissance faire count? #adventurechat

@NickelDenver A3: Our first event with Vietnamese food was intimidating, but we stayed and loved it! #pho #adventurechat

@vagabondslog A3: Looking for such opportunities *because* of 'exotic' food; curious about #CulturalDelicacies:

@suzeroonie A3 I'm grateful to have been raised to try anything at least once. Never culture shocked, but have shocked plenty of friends. #adventurechat

@K8eBG A3. I wish!!! #adventurechat Oh unless you count tripe I am always in shock #italianfam

@funkey_brewster A3 Not culture shock, I'm open &willing to learn from an experience in any environment #adventurechat

@ZakopaneGOcom #Adventurechat talking #food today! Yum!

@caliparksorg A3. A traditional Indian Wedding! And was I glad I stayed. #BestFood #BestParty #adventurechat

@pintsizegourmet A3: Emirati weddings in the UAE have separate parties for men/women. The women are dressed to the 9's & gorgeous! #adventurechat

@BRBearBait Southern fried food takes some getting used to when you come from the north! #adventurechat

• @JHochstat Q4 When you’re out with adventurous eaters do you have a phrase that sums you up? Mine is #nofear #noallergies #adventurechat

• @K8eBG A4. Will it kill me? #adventurechat

@BenOnAdventures Mine is just be open minded, positive, try it. Just think: some people don't get to eat what you're eating #adventurechat

@funkey_brewster A4 you won't know if you like it until you try it-at least once. #adventurechat #momsadvice

• @vagabondslog A4: "You'll never know unless you try." And, my personal motto: "Fortune favours the bold." ;-)

@caliparksorg A4. Pass the dish! But #NoEyeballs. I draw the line #AdventureChat

@pintsizegourmet A4: We try anything once (or twice) before forming an opinion! #adventurechat

@K8eBG if it is a staple or a regular food item I like to experience the culture fully! #adventurechat

• @BRBearBait A4: Mine is "No cheese please." Picky eater over here #adventurechat

@walkaboutmobi A4: "I'll try anything once." There might not be a second time, but I will give it one try. #adventurechat

@suzeroonie A4 Be respectful! This could be a delicacy somewhere else, and you've been invited to share someone's culture. #adventurechat

@momfari A4 Sorry to be late to #adventurechat! I'm all 4 adventure but not exactly w/food. I'll give you one phrase: strong gag reflex.

• @iTraqTag A4: My adventurous eating 'sum-up' phrase would be: "Is its head still attached?" #adventurechat…

@JHochstat Q5 What is the spiciest thing you’ve ever eaten? Pictures? Worth it the next day? #adventurechat

@BenOnAdventures The hottest wings at Buffalo Wild Wings (whatever they're called) dipped in this spicy BBQ sauce #adventurechat

@funkey_brewster A5 hard to say. I ❤️ spicy food. Anything made with scotch bonnets is pretty hot, no pain no gain haha. #adventurechat

@monicagoesshow A5: have to be honest…not a spicy food eater…buffalo wings? #badmexican #adventurechat

@pintsizegourmet They recently tried a frankfurter with curry ketchup...was a hit! #adventurechat

@caliparksorg A.5 My father dared me to eat a little yellow pepper. I ate it. I remember it. I don't regret it. #Adventurechat

• @suzeroonie A5 I'm the person that always orders my Korean food mild... #canttaketheheat #adventurechat

@monicagoesshow Wanna host an #adventurechat? DM me =)

@K8eBG A5. If I ate something too spicy it was by accident. #canthandletheheat #adventurechat

• @Charkins71 A5 sorry old sauce at Taco Bell is almost too spicy for me....

@walkaboutmobi A5: There are several very spicy, but very tasty dishes in #India I've tried. I couldn't finish them all though! #adventurechat

• @eKo_oN A5 The most memorable was when I ate a fresh chili as a kid, didn't know what it was & I was too shy to admit how hot it was! #adventurechat

@BRBearBait A5: Curry! Promised it was mild but ended up being the spiciest meal on the table. I died a little #adventurechat

@UST_Survival A5: 1 of our employees grows ghost peppers. The hottest thing we witnessed was him dying after trying to eat one! #adventurechat

@iTraqTag A5: Not very worthy of #adventurechat but the spiciest thing I've ever eaten was some chili when I mixed up measurements. #reasonsIdontcook

• @JHochstat Q6 What local (maybe illegal) liquors have you drank on your travels? #adventurechat

@sethayates A6: In Chile/Peru: Pisco. In Brasil: Cachasa! #adventurechat

@JHochstat A6: NOT illegal but when I lived/worked in France, a guy I worked with from Marseille told me Pastis is great on the rocks #adventurechat

@monicagoesshow A6: I’m a huge fan of beer distilleries and wineries. Went to the Stiegl distillery in Austria. Illegal...moonshine! #adventurechat #beer #wine

• @K8eBG A6. I am SURE something in #NewOrleans ! #adventurechat

@BenOnAdventures I'm not a drinker in any capacity. I'm a firm believer in the body's a temple idea, just staying real healthy. #adventurechat

• @JHochstat A6: If you don't know, Pastis is "properly" enjoyed 1 part liquor to 4 parts water. Lesson learned #adventurechat

@BRBearBait A6: Absinthe and moonshine, though it's pretty easy to get moonshine in the south now #adventurechat

@UST_Survival A6: We're in the South East. Moonshine is everywhere, legal and illegal. #adventurechat

@vagabondslog A6: Uh-oh, memories of excavating in Romania. Famous moonshine. Hard stuff. For head & throat. Part of each evening. Each.

@ZakopaneGOcom #Polish highlanders make great #Śliwowica plum vodka. Visitors to #Zakopane dig for the real stuff like gold nuggets! #adventurechat

• @funkey_brewster A6 Samoan Ava drink (kava root) #adventurechat

• @iTraqTag A6: I discovered Picon on my first trip to Paris. It was a delicious addition to my @Kronenbourg_SAS #adventurechat

• @pintsizegourmet A6: Not alcoholic or illegal, but Jallab is a popular fruit syrup drink in Middle East #adventurechat

• @pintsizegourmet It's made with carob, dates, grape molasses & rose syrup! Very refreshing in the summer #adventurechat

• @caliparksorg A.6 Tuica. just a sip and I didn't want any more trouble #adventurechat

@walkaboutmobi A6: All kinds of local brews and wines. It's great to try things that the local community enjoys! #adventurechat

• @JHochstat Q7: Ever been in another country, come across a condiment new (to you), tasty, kicks ass? Description/Pictures...#adventurechat

@monicagoesshow A7: Vegemite, Marmelade, and I’d never had Nutella until living in England. And mayo with fries! Yum! #adventurechat

@JHochstat A7: When I worked in France a Dutch co-worker's mom's neighbor (really) made best ever Sambal Ooelek (even buried in backyard) #adventurechat

@BRBearBait A7: There are some condiments I'd be happy to never try again. Vegemite & marmite to name a couple #adventurechat

• @pintsizegourmet Love sambal! Can imagine how good homemade version tastes #adventurechat

• @momfari A7: My husband loves spicy food & goes out of his way to bring home hot sauces from Central America. The hotter, the better. #adventurechat

@caliparksorg I love this chat, very adventurous! #Adventurechat…

@Charkins71 veggimit blah horrible but the meat pies were good #Australia

@K8eBG A7. I was putting the typical thai sauce on everything! Even breakfast. not sure what it was #adventurechat

@iamvagabond A7: try these raw please ;) #adventurechat #travel #Foodiechats

@funkey_brewster A7: furikake powder (seaweed)is popular here. Put it on anything.It took a while to appreciate it. #adventurechat

@eKo_oN A7: Taiwanese bubble tea is so weird that it's great! I was so happy to find it in Helsinki too! #adventurechat

@GlobalBrunch Late to #adventurechat so I'm jumping straight on to Q7: not adventurous but vinegar in chips is awful!

• @pintsizegourmet A7: The kids ❤️ poutine. Have it everytime we're in Canada! #adventurechat

• @pintsizegourmet Yes! Tapioca pearls in iced tea is the best! #adventurechat

• @JHochstat Q8: Have you ever taken an ATV or any alternative type of transportation to get to a certain place for food? #adventurechat

• @momfari Can't say I have. #adventurechat…

@BenOnAdventures Boated (I was pulled behind via tube) across a few lakes to get to a real good local Amish restaurant in Indiana #adventurechat

@monicagoesshow A8: I went sailing and had some great food in Sardinia on the boat…and hiked to great places if that counts…#adventurechat

@JHochstat A8: A delicacy here in Costa Rica is Camarones del Rio/river shrimp (crawfish). Can't find in fish mkts #adventurechat

@caliparksorg cross country skiing to a little teahouse in the Rockies. #adventurechat

@iamvagabond A8: I flew across an ocean just for this ;) #adventurechat #travel #Spain #europe #foodie

@funkey_brewster A8: a kayak, atv, my name it. If there's food I wanna try I'll find a way to get to it. #adventurechat

• @GlobalBrunch A8: I haven't yet but I would go well out of my way for food! #adventurechat

@suzeroonie A8: Taking a boat to the floating markets in Vietnam means eating the sweetest ripest fruit imaginable. #adventurechat

@K8eBG A8. Dog sledding in the rockies, horseback, and whitewater rafting for lunch provided! #adventurechat

• @BRBearBait A8: Not yet.... Sounds like fun though! #adventurechat

• @caliparksorg Now, I am officially hungry!#adventurechat

@pintsizegourmet A8: Just our RV, Homer! #adventurechat

• @vagabondslog A8: Sailing in Croatian Adria. Anchoring at fishermen's place, freshly-caught directly from grill.

• @iTraqTag A8: We enjoyed lunch at the Rendezvous Lodge after riding the Peak to Peak Gondola at @WhistlerBlckcmb #adventurechat

• @suzeroonie Thank you! More photos and info on the markets in my article here, if you're interested #adventurechat

@funkey_brewster it's not even 8am here & now I want to go fish and catch breakfast 😱 #adventurechat #sohungrynow

@JHochstat Thanks to all who were part of today's #adventurechat. If your coming to Costa Rica reach out

• @monicagoesshow Awesome #adventurechat everyone! Thanks for joining in! and thanks to @JHochstat for guest hosting!

• @monicagoesshow Join us next week when we’re talking Family Adventures with @ThatOutdoorGuy #family #adventure #adventurechat #vacation

• @vagabondslog Thanks everyone for this Lucullan #adventurechat today. Great, think I'm hungry now. ;-)