Disgusting Food Museum going on tour

Quinoa and kale may now come with a side of fermented shark.The Disgusting Food Museum, which made he...

Posted: Dec 3, 2018 2:27 PM
Updated: Dec 3, 2018 2:27 PM

Quinoa and kale may now come with a side of fermented shark.

The Disgusting Food Museum, which made headlines when it opened in Malmo, Sweden, in November 2018, is traveling somewhere warm for the winter -- specfically, to Los Angeles.

Continents and regions

Destinations and attractions

Europe

Museums and galleries

Northern Europe

Points of interest

Sweden

Food and drink

Sweden travel guide

Alongside the Sweden branch, the museum will open a three-month pop-up in downtown L.A.'s Architecture and Design Museum. It will be open Wednesday through Sunday every day from December 9 until February 17.

Tickets are $15 per person on weekdays and $18 apiece on weekends, which seems like a lot to spend for the privilege of being icked out.

However, when it comes to food, one person's "yuck" is another person's "yum."

That was one of the major ideas behind the new Disgusting Food Museum.

The museum's founder, Dr. Samuel West, is a psychologist by day and a museum curator by night. His first project, the Museum of Failure, defied its name and proved to be a big hit.

But it was an article about meat consumption and its effect on the environment that inspired West to learn more about alternative sources of protein, and then to turn his newfound interest into a project.

"If you ask people if they want to eat bugs, they say 'that's gross,'" Hunt says. "That's the obstacle. But maybe I can make them reconsider."

The end result? A 400-square-meter olfactory experience, where visitors can smell, touch and taste different foods that have been considered "disgusting" around the world, from foie gras to fermented shark.

"What we find disgusting has to be learned -- it's purely cultural," says West.

To prove the point, American favorites such as root beer and Jell-O salad sit in the museum alongside fried tarantula and cooked guinea pigs. "If you give root beer to a Swede they will spit it out and say it tastes like toothpaste, but I think it's delicious," he notes.

"We strongly identify culturally with the food we eat," Hunt explains. "Part of travel is trying new food, and there's a greater interest in trying new things."

While many food-related "museums" of late have mostly just been opportunities for novel selfies, West is adamant that the Disgusting Food Museum is there to help people learn and think critically, not just to pose for photos.

The downside? "One of my worries that it will start stinking in here," West says.

Still, West and his colleagues have a good sense of humor about their wacky museum. A note about the L.A. pop-up reads "There are plenty of (not disgusting) restaurants, cafes, and even a brewery in the area."

But, in the meantime, he hopes to open some minds -- one bite of durian or bull penis at a time.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 515504

Reported Deaths: 10296
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34999558
DeSoto33360432
Hinds32743643
Jackson24906392
Rankin22565405
Lee16455245
Madison14954283
Jones14158248
Forrest13834260
Lauderdale12311323
Lowndes11357193
Lamar10693140
Pearl River9748244
Lafayette8868143
Hancock7849132
Washington7559169
Oktibbeha7229138
Monroe7068179
Pontotoc7033110
Warren6885178
Panola6791135
Neshoba6744210
Marshall6707142
Bolivar6468151
Union643598
Pike5942157
Alcorn5921107
Lincoln5540136
George510680
Prentiss508285
Tippah495683
Itawamba4884107
Scott478999
Tate4777117
Adams4776125
Leflore4749144
Copiah458195
Yazoo458092
Simpson4566117
Wayne443472
Covington434895
Sunflower4319106
Marion4295112
Coahoma4244110
Leake414191
Newton396182
Tishomingo386894
Grenada3789109
Stone366166
Jasper341266
Attala340490
Chickasaw318367
Winston318392
Clay312978
Clarke301695
Calhoun286850
Holmes272889
Smith270552
Yalobusha244947
Tallahatchie232353
Greene225149
Walthall222166
Lawrence220242
Perry214556
Amite210357
Webster206548
Noxubee188843
Montgomery182157
Carroll175441
Jefferson Davis174343
Tunica163539
Benton153139
Kemper145441
Choctaw137027
Claiborne134839
Humphreys132239
Franklin126530
Quitman107828
Wilkinson106139
Jefferson97134
Sharkey65321
Issaquena1957
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 847659

Reported Deaths: 16172
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1163752005
Mobile743371381
Madison53434738
Shelby38413371
Baldwin38171589
Tuscaloosa36131643
Montgomery34571782
Lee25664264
Calhoun22622519
Morgan22527408
Etowah20059520
Marshall18821318
Houston17769426
St. Clair16946359
Limestone16192220
Cullman16140305
Elmore15948295
Lauderdale15055307
Talladega14244302
DeKalb13061271
Walker12138380
Blount10765193
Autauga10545157
Jackson10204195
Coffee9435192
Colbert9363210
Dale9038192
Tallapoosa7283202
Russell710165
Chilton7078170
Covington6967197
Escambia6962144
Franklin6364108
Chambers5795142
Marion5435130
Dallas5302210
Pike5128109
Clarke485686
Lawrence4845130
Winston4785110
Geneva4650136
Bibb435495
Barbour370180
Butler3444101
Marengo342793
Monroe338366
Randolph337767
Pickens334790
Fayette331485
Henry321066
Cherokee319964
Hale318889
Crenshaw261678
Washington256852
Cleburne255460
Lamar253555
Clay252069
Macon245767
Conecuh193562
Coosa185847
Wilcox178338
Lowndes178268
Bullock152745
Perry141840
Sumter139741
Greene130345
Choctaw94328
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Cloudy
65° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 65°
Columbus
Cloudy
66° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 66°
Oxford
Cloudy
° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: °
Starkville
Cloudy
68° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 68°
Rain coming in this weekend as a cold front moves through the area bringing cooler temperatures on into the start of next week.
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather