Sunday, January 4, 2009

Put on your safety goggles

I've always wanted to go to Italy because I'm very interested in their culture because, hey, it produced guys like Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, and Ferrari(NOT related to the car). And I've always wondered what real Italian food tastes like, even though I'm not big on pasta.

Also, I really like cheese and I've heard that Italy has good cheeses, but after reading this article about casu marzu, I will never look at cheese the same way again.

I can just imagine the thought process the man/woman had when he/she first invented casu marzu:

"I totally hate the people that my spouse invited over for dinner... let's see how they deal with flying maggots. *evil cackle*"

...those poor guests.

Or maybe they made it to torture the foreigners.

Is normal cheese not good enough for these people that they have to infest their cheese with cheese-skipper larvae?! And guess what? You have to eat it when they're all still alive because it's considered toxic after they're dead. Also, these things can JUMP, so you'll need to wear goggles. Imagine having this at a romantic dinner.

"Mmm, this cheese goes so well with the flatbread and red wine... if only these little maggots would stop trying to rip my eyes out."

"Here honey, I brought an extra pair of safety goggles just for you."

"Oh you're so thoughtful, this is why I love you."

Thank goodness casu marzu is illegal, however, there are other cheeses in Europe with fly larvae. Eep. Now every time I look at a Brie wheel all I'll be able to think about are maggots.


7 comments so far.

  1. Gabrielle on January 5, 2009 at 1:58 AM

    That sounds horrifically gross! :O I can't believe anybody would want to have that cheese near them, much less in their mouth.

  2. Kaylee on January 5, 2009 at 4:31 PM always manages to crack me up :P

    Food like that is why I stick to things I know when choosing what to eat.

  3. Vera on January 6, 2009 at 12:18 AM

    ... ewww. I LOVE trying out "exotic" food, but I think I'll draw the line at live maggots.

    And I love cheese so much. *shudders*

  4. Cindy on January 6, 2009 at 12:59 AM

    Ew, I'm pretty sure that I jumped twice in my seat while reading the Casu Marzu description. And I haven't even gotten to the top 4 yet!

  5. Wendy on January 6, 2009 at 3:43 AM

    First of all, thanks for the vote :)

    Eww, they put maggots in cheese?? Cheese has never been one of my most loved food but my husband adores it. Remind me to tell him about this.

  6. Justin on January 6, 2009 at 7:00 AM

    Well... it's more romantic than the helmet.

  7. Robmarie on January 6, 2009 at 9:35 PM

    I love cheese, and I know the process of creation involves bacteria and whatnot, but DAMN!! WTF?? Eeeeeeeeewwwwwwwww!! I adore Italy and all but these things just leave you thinking!

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