Durian is the litmus test of the culinarily brave. Andrew Zimmern couldn’t stomach it and truthfully most people cannot stomach it, including Ramona, director of a documentary about Journey, the band, that we’re shooting right now in the Philippines. I don’t give the “acquired taste” defense much credence—you only live once, you gots to try everything at least once. Vicente Franco is a living testament to the healing regenerative powers of durian. Complaining of cold symptoms for 2 days coupled with a runny nose, the cure came on day 3 when durian made it’s way to the crew lunch at Barrio Fiesta in Manila. Pictures of Balut will be forthcoming.