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Karlie Kloss and More Expert Travelers Reveal Foods That Made Them Squirm

The Hungry Crowd: Karlie Kloss

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Model Karlie Kloss on Adventurous Eating: “During a trip to Thailand, my friends and I were daring and tried lots of dishes at the open-air market in Phuket. I was brave enough to try various species of deep-fried insects! It was disgusting. But you only live once, right?”

Model Karlie Kloss is the host of MTV’s House of Style. She collaborated with Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi on a line of gluten-free cookies, available at shopmilkbar.com.

Writer Andrew Solomon on His Strangest Meals: “There was a soup of old duck and locusts in Hangzhou, China. The fermented yak milk in Mongolia also carried some shock value. And then there’s igunaq, the rotted walrus meat that is considered a delicacy in Greenland. I can’t say that any of these was my favorite meal.”

Andrew Solomon is the author of the New York Times best seller Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity.

Conductor Alan Gilbert on Being a Good Guest: “I was in Japan conducting at the Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, and one of our hosts insisted that we try the local specialty, basashi, which is horse sashimi. I really couldn’t refuse. It looked like uncooked beef shabu-shabu, and we dipped it in soy sauce with ginger. All I can remember about the taste is that it was just... OK.”

Alan Gilbert is the music director of the New York Philharmonic.

Writer Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) on a Food Shock: “I was backstage at a radio show and there was a plate of things that looked like chocolate-covered strawberries. But then someone popped one in their mouth and said, ‘What the hell is this?’ They were chocolate-covered radishes, and no one would own up to bringing them. They tasted just like chocolate-covered radishes, in case you’re curious.”

The new Lemony Snicket book, The Dark, is in stores now.

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