Have Mercy…

IMG_9245.JPGCityPages raises a good point: When’s the last time you took a break for Taco Tuesday?

If it’s been a while, you’re in luck! In downtown Minneapolis, executive Chef Gustavo Romero is bringing Taco Tuesday back to Mercy Bar and Dining Room for special Tuesday evening pop-ups. Per CityPages: “Using heirloom corn direct from Mexico, chef Romero crafts house-made tortillas, hand-grinding the corn to make tortillas for the specialty tacos. Four variations are available: a seasonal fried fish, chipotle chicken, pork confit, and steak, all available a la carte and uncoursed. Supplementing these are a “Latin-inspired soup,” quesadillas, and an assortment of vegetable sides, many of which are drawn from Romero’s own family recipes.”

And did we mention….crickets are on the menu?? Romero is using 3 Cricketeers crickets in a variety of delicious dishes! One standout is the Tlayudas, also known as “Mexican Pizza.” It is topped with nixtamal, beans, chorizo, quesillo, and chapulin (our locally harvested 3 Cricketeers crickets!)

Reservations are recommended, as the Takeover is in the Library Bar (a slightly smaller space). You can share the event with your friends using this Facebook link. Tuesday Takeovers are EVERY single Tuesday from 6:00-pm-9:00pm.

Hope to see you soon: We’ll be the people face-deep in tacos, with margaritas and crickets in hand!

Letter from the Owners

Simply put, eating crickets can help you save the world, get your body in good shape, and tastes great! Just to share a bit of our history, we have wanted little more than to do something beneficial for the world with our careers. When we learned how many resources could be saved, including the Amazon Rain Forest and tons of fresh water, by substituting conventional forms of protein with crickets, we were hooked. We think you will be, too!

Nutritionally speaking, crickets pack quite a punch for your protein requirements. They also contain all essential amino acids and are high in iron, calcium, B vitamins, and fiber. When cricket consumption is compared to conventional forms of protein, there is no comparison. Just one tablespoon of cricket powder, which is ground-up, dried crickets, gives you 6 grams of protein, 25 grams of fiber, 4% of the daily value of iron for a 2,000 calorie diet, 2% of calcium, and 30% of vitamin B12. All that comes with just 45 calories, 1 gram of carbohydrate, 30 milligrams of sodium, and 2 grams of total fat: 1 gram of saturated fat and 1 gram of polyunsaturated fat.

Cricket powder can be mixed in with your pancake batter, cookie dough, smoothies and whatever else you can think of. Cricket powder is not the only way to go, though. You can also prepare delicious meals with whole crickets as your protein. In most parts of the world, people have been eating crickets for centuries. It’s time we try it ourselves here in the United States! Simply order our frozen, raw crickets, and we’ll mail them to you frozen, anywhere within the continental United States. There are numerous recipes you can find for crickets, and please, check out our blog for some of our favorites! By the way, we do have to mention that whole, roasted crickets with your favorite seasoning make an awesome, nutritious snack that goes very well with your choice of beverage. My personal preference would be beer, but that’s just me.

We hope you enjoy our crickets, and please, let us know what you think!

Sincerely,

Chad & Claire