Ava was invited to a countryside dinner by a well-to-do friend of hers yesterday and insisted on dragging me along. After an hour's drive, we found the restaurant where ten men were already drinking spirits, smoking and tucking into the dishes. They proudly showed us the fried grasshoppers, bamboo maggots and a chicken-and-snake soup. They claimed that snake meat is good for your eyesight. At 2000RMB (£200) for one grass snake it's not so good on the wallet. Ava avoided all the oddities, claiming pregnant women can't eat strange foods. I managed a bit of everything, including the "snake blood rice". Not great.
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