As culinary trends go, feasting on funky fermented foods feels fresh. Drinks like kombucha(made from fermented tea leaves) that were once only available at hippy health food stores but now fill the shelves at every grocery store, and dishes like kimchi(the fermented cabbage, radish, or cucumber dish from Korea) appear on what feels like every other menu. So what’s the deal? Are these bites meant for the foodiest of foodies, the ones willing to go to an extreme to impress their friends with their culinary prowess? No. That’s more a dish like hákarl, the fermented shark that’s the national dish of Iceland and, frankly, gross. Very gross.