Trivium's Matt Heafy Reveals the Top Five Weirdest Things He Has Ever Eaten
Trivium frontman Matt Heafy is a noted foodie, who blogs about his culinary adventures on the road at KiichiChaos.com and describes celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain as "my Metallica for food." That being the case, we thought it would be cool to ask him about the strangest, grossest, and altogether wrongest things he's ever ingested. We weren't disappointed by his responses.
1. Raw squid, marinated in raw squid guts, covered in Kimchi-sauce (Japan)
"Raw squid sashimi is always good. I am an advocate of nose-to-tail eating and offal-scarfing, and Kimchi is something I've always been a fan of. The three together? It tasted like licking the inside of a whale's blow-hole. I would try it again, though..."
2. Natto (Japan)
"Natto is basically rotten--or fermented, to be nice about it--beans. They sometimes come in, bizarrely, a factory-sealed plastic container. You mix the wet, mushy beans up a bit, and you're greeted with one of the slimiest foods I've ever seen before. If you pull one of the beans from the bunch, an okra-slime-like slime will stretch and pull for three-t0-four feet sometimes. It smells putrid and is an acquired taste."
3. Locusts (Japan)
"These little Biblical-plague-buggers are actually fantastic. They pop like popcorn and, when I ate them, were covered in a lightly-sweetened soy sauce. Absolutely delicious. They're sort of like fish flakes."
4. Cricket tacos (Mexico)
"Equally as delicious as locusts, crickets have that same nice, crispy pop, and go incredible in a taco with a little bit of tomatillo sauce. High in protein, tasty, and bug-fear-conquering-inducing."
5. Beer glass (Poland)
"I am quite vocal about the fact that I live quite strict on the road in order to preserve my voice. Some guys need to do this, some can drink and drug it up and sound just fine. Me? I gotta be strict. Sometimes, when I have a couple days off, I unleash a bit. That typically seems to take place in Warsaw. After one too many vodka-pickle-bars--bars where you do a shot of some high-test Polish-vodka, followed by pickled fish or veggies--I ended up at a bar with a nice pint of Polish beer. I have a bad tendency of chewing plastic cups when drinking from them, and for some reason I thought the beer glass was plastic; but after some chewing, at least 1/8th of the glass snapped off and landed in my mouth. After pulling the shards of glass out from my mouth, the bartender was so impressed he bought all my friends and I a round. I don't recommend this. Ever."