In an effort to spread the Scrutinizer love abroad, I and other members of the Plixer team travel yearly to Asia for not only the Cisco Networkers show in Australia, but also to meet with some potential resellers in the east.
Are any of you familiar with Andrew Zimmern’s show: Bizarre Foods?

If you are and enjoy the series,  you’ll appreciate that I was somewhat inspired by this man to try different food.   In 2007 I met with a partner of our sister company Ravica in Thailand.

The manufacturer’s president and I ended up in the dark streets of Pattaya looking over the street carts of some very interesting snacks: maggots, grass hoppers, scorpions, ants, etc.   I mustered up the courage and tried some bugs:

I have to video these events in fear that my co-workers and friends won’t believe me.  In truth, the bugs tasted pretty good.  Not nasty at all.

In 2008 I ended up in The Philippines.  Like Thailand, it is a beautiful country that is rich in culture, offers great hiking and of course: bizarre foods.  We traveled to a small village north of Manila.  Our guide and driver spotted a market on a stop for some medicine I needed for some digestive problems.  Once again we observed a smorgasbord of interesting snacks, from weird looking fruits that tasted awesome to some chicken parts that I’ll share with you in this video:

So there you have it, how Cisco’s NetFlow led me to some bizarre foods.    Hey, “If it looks good, eat it!”

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Michael is one of the Co-founders and the former product manager for Scrutinizer. He enjoys many outdoor winter sports and often takes videos when he is snowmobiling, ice fishing or sledding with his kids. Cold weather and lots of snow make the best winters as far as he is concerned. Prior to starting Somix and Plixer, Mike worked in technical support at Cabletron Systems, acquired his Novell CNE and then moved to the training department for a few years. While in training he finished his Masters in Computer Information Systems from Southern New Hampshire University and then left technical training to pursue a new skill set in Professional Services. In 1998 he left the 'Tron' to start Somix which later became Plixer.


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