The Future of Food at Costa Blanca Bistro

In case you missed our earlier posts from last month, we were busy enjoying ourselves at the Pre Hispanic Insect Dinner, hosted by Costa Blanca Bistro. They’re true trailblazers in the Twin Cities. Chefs Hector Ruiz, Gustavo Romero, and Mario Davalos invented a creative menu inspired by insects, their heritage, and innovative ingredients, and it was an evening truly worth “bugging out” over (we couldn’t help the pun!) Costa Blanca, chef Hector Ruiz’s fourth restaurant in the Twin Cities, has been making a name for itself thanks to their unique dishes that become beautiful works of art.

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“Insects, as we know, have been an integral part of diets around the world, providing a sustainable, economic source of protein in cultures from South America, Africa, Australia, and other countries,” the restaurant writes. This particular dinner, however, was inspired by traditional recipes eaten by the chefs while growing up in Mexico, and it was truly something special.

Each course was inventive and exciting, paired with either a beer, a wine, fresh prickly pear water, a granita, or a cocktail. Highlights included gyoza filled with acocil (Mexican crayfish), shrimp, lobster, and insect powder, inflated corn tortillas filled with worm ants and sauteed with epazote butter, a corn dough boat with cocopache (Mexican beetle salsa), and much more. Take a look at the full menu below to see the inventive and exciting dishes dreamed up the crew.

We had an incredible time, met new friends, and ate delicious food. Take a look at the images below to see what each dish looked like. Which would you try, if you could?

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