Fake Food Fun

The Buggy Diners

A few weeks ago we visited my family in Los Angeles and went to KidSpace Children’s Museum.  We had such a good time, exploring both inside and outdoors.  Inside was a great exhibit with bugs.  Huge tunnels, giant leaves, and web like climbing structures allow kids to explore and meet larger than life bugs eye to eye.  There’s even a cafe where you can pretend to order or serve up bug specialties….

Here are a few….

The poo poo platter, of course
Insect sushi
Can't recall the name - just gross

This gruesome fake food reminded me a bit of our visits to Japantown.  Is the same “food manufacturer” making the museum play food as the Japanese noodle houses across the country?  I would love to know how the plastic food came to exist and who suggested it first.  There is something to be said for reusable fake food.  There’s no waste, as in some places that actually make the real dish to set out for diners to view.  Plus the real food could be a health hazard.  How long can it sit there?  There’s no odor with the fake stuff.  I have never been to Japan.  Can someone share with me, if fake food happens in Japan or is this an American tradition? 

Either way my kids loved to play with the fake food at the museum.  And back at home they enjoy gawking at the fake food in Japantown, trying to decide what to choose for lunch.