Video: Eating Grasshoppers at Monte Alban Restaurant

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Did you know most people in the world eats insects? It hasn't caught on in the United States yet, but with the plethora of restaurants in Los Angeles, we can find them if we know where to look.

And why should we be eating bugs? Well, only because it will save the world.

KCET Food editor Katherine Spiers tried the grasshopper (or chapuline) offerings at Monte Alban in the West L.A./Westwood area. Watch the video to find our how they're sourced and cooked ... and how they taste. And if you want to try some bugs yourself, here are some other local restaurants where they can be found.

A chapulines taco

About the Author

Katherine is the former Living Managing Editor at She's been living in and writing about this area for over a decade.
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