Coming off of the thrill of Comic Con and the Dos Equis most interesting dinner, I was pretty set that I had been to the best events of the year. I was mistaken. Bazaar Noir, a "night-long, 360 immersive discovery experience, which combines worldly oddities, unique live talent and ambitious culinary and cocktail creations that stimulate one’s eyes and taste buds alike" was presented by the folks at Dos Equis last Thursday. Curious, I decided to check it out, and Wow! This was quite an event!
Block 16 downtown served as the venue. I've never been to this establishment, but now I really want to return. We were greeted at the door by a woman with an accent, dressed in bellydancing attire, as bellydancers swirled around us.
We were led into a huge, open room, which hosted a movie screen playing an art video (I could watch that stuff for hours), a bar, and two gypsy peddling carts.
First things first, we were instructed to get a drink. Two amber Dos Equis were our cocktails for the evening, and we were later to find that we would really need these beers for the spicy food to come.
After a bit of sipping the beers, it was time to start the challenge. There were four challenges, three of which involved eating exotic foods provided by Miho Gastrotruck. The prize? A ticket to a secret show (that unfortunately did not allow photography -- you know that I kiss and tell!).
Bánh mì sandwich, which is a Vietnamese sandwich served on French bread (yeah, the French owned Vietnam for awhile, hence awesome pastries and bread with amazing Vietnamese fillings).
The next challenge was the most strange -- eating crickets! I had an inkling that this was coming, and I was excited/nervous for it, but determined to do it! The crickets were served on a spicy taco, with lots of guacamole and onions.
I made it two bites. I'm glad I did it, but I don't think that crickets are in my future culinary attempts. :)
What an incredible event!!
Edited to add: A couple sneak peeks from the secret show!!! Bazaar Noir is coming to Phoenix, Austin, Houston, Miami, and Atlanta. Check it out!