Getting A Head: Will Noggins Be the Next Food Fad?
Since the Age of Foodism began, we've been bombarded by freaky food fads, some of rather long duration. Pork belly has enjoyed an extended run, and pastel-frosted cupcakes never seem to decline in popularity, but we've also seen smaller crazes for bone marrow, sea urchin, sea-salt caramels, cod cheeks, frozen pops, small pizzas, ssams, crepes, and, of course, ramen. What's the next big fad? It could be animal heads.
In the last few months at random points, I've found myself chowing down on various face parts and head preparations with increasing frequency. It started out with a cow cabeza ("head") taco from a truck at 89th and Roosevelt Avenue, and soon escalated to eating goat eyeballs at Taqueria Puebla in Staten Island.
But the action really heated up when two friends and I pulled apart a barbecued hog head at Fatty 'Cue in Williamsburg one Sunday evening -- and I realized with a start that I knew less about porcine anatomy than I thought. In fact, eating the head was by turns delicious, annoying, too fatty, and sometimes gross -- as when the point came for the brains to be scraped out of the inside of the skull, and the tongue to be extracted from the mouth. We also discovered that pigs have sinuses, too. Kachoo!