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post #1 of 31 Old 12-21-2008, 10:45 AM - Thread Starter
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I'm surprised this one doesn't have a thread. It's one of the best food shows on TV.

The visual quality isn't as superb as it should be because I have Dish. However, food--especially things with various or unusual textures (by US standards) stand out quite a bit with the extra resolution of high definition.

Weirdest episodes? For me, it would be a toss-up between Uganda and Canton, China. Honorable mentions to Japan, the Gulf Coast of the US, Alaska and Ethiopia.
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I love this show too. Funny how he skillfully and "tastefully" says some things taste like poo...

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Another show with stuff that really tastes worse than a dogs dinner.
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Another show with stuff that really tastes worse than a dogs dinner.

Well, they do lick their own butts...

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I agree with the OP that this is a great show. (I even admit that I DVR all the new episodes.) For me, the main appeal isn't the exotic-ness of the food, but rather the funny things that Zimmern says about the food (and how bad some of it tastes).

The recent Japan episode was one of the absolute funniest I've seen.
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I was going to make a thread about this months back.
I like this show.

IMO, one of the worst foods he has ate would be a live & pumping heart.
I could not eat a pumping heart! ha
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Zimmern seems game for just about anything. One of the few things I've seen him say was absolutely horrible was 'stinky tofu' in Taiwan, the other was in Morocco- the breakfast dish everybody ate daily, can't remember the name. I just love the way he describes things, he is extremely expressive and you get a real sense of what something tastes like just by looking and listening to him. A real gem of a show, thanks for starting the thread.
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Yep, this is a great show. I don't yet get Travel Channel HD, but the show itself, and Zimmern, are fanastic. He enables me to vicariously sample foods that I would NEVER, EVER sample myself.

As the previous poster mentions, only two foods (well, I guess three counting the durian (sp?) fruit) have beaten Zimmern, and one was the "stinky tofu and thousand year old eggs". As soon as he put the food in his mouth you could see he wasn't going to make it. And for anyone who hasn't seen the show yet, Zimmern will eat *anything* once. He is a very personable, engaging host as well. Great stuff.
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I am a fan of this show as well. This along with the Bourdain show are the best on the Travel Channel. Bourdain's show takes itself a bit too seriously, where as Zimmerman is pure fun.

I have not seen the beating heart episode. Gotta look out for that one.
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Bourdain is awfully crass and unnecessarily foul mouthed IMHO. But he does have a good show depsite that.

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I love this show as well, but we don't get the Travel Channel in HD on D*.

Honestly, I think watching this show has made me a little less fearful of foods I normally would never try.
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I loved the Japan episode that aired recently.

Raw goat balls w/ scrotum still attached? Good lord, that takes some ahem, balls, to eat.
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I loved the Japan episode that aired recently.

Raw goat balls w/ scrotum still attached? Good lord, that takes some ahem, balls, to eat.

That episode was insane. Besides the aforementioned raw goat balls, we had tuna eyeballs, the mayonnaise restaurant, octopus eggs, a turtle blood drink, pig's windpipe, fermented raw fish, and the smelling of the anus of a sea snake.
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I've tried a durian, which I was told was like eating ambrosia in an outhouse. I'm with Zimmern; it tastes as bad as it smells.
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Heads up, new episode tonight titled "The connection between food and sex."
Hopefully it's good.
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Shouldn't they rename the "Travel Channel", the "Bizarre Food Channel"? That is apparently the only programing they have. What a waste!
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Shouldn't they rename the "Travel Channel", the "Bizarre Food Channel"? That is apparently the only programing they have. What a waste!

1/10. If you are going to troll, at least put some effort into it.
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Not to be rude, joking.
Are you from 'Stop "Bizarre Foods" with Andrew Zimmern!- The Petition Site' ?
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/sto...andrew-zimmern

"Please remove this needless , stupid show from my programing. I find it offensive and disgusting...I am a vegan and oppose eating animal flesh, dog and cat, and endangered species especially..this is mrally and ethically wrong"

"Andrew Zimmern is a sick individual.Apparently,all his years as an alcoholic damaged his brain.What an absolute jerk.One can only hope this moron leaves this planet ASAP."

"This is a disgusting show. It should be removed because it shows no compassion for animals and it is PROMOTING ANIMAL CRUELTY."

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I think The Travel Channel does not show enough of Andrew. I went in my Dishnetwork guide and looked at The Travel Channel programming for 5 days a head (Yesterday - Saturday the 15th) and there wasn't the episode of Uganda airing within 5 days. I want to see that Uganda episode!
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A big fan of the show as well.

I've had my share of "bizzare" food in my days - silk warm larvae, crickets, ants, sea cucumber, and sea urchin is one of my favorite dishes. But some of the stuff that Andrew tries is even beyond me.

I love food shows on Travel channel as nothing reflects the culture of the society quite like food they eat.

Bourdain's show used to be better, but his shows feature less and less food as it has matured (although the recent Chicago episode is a noted exception) and is not as much fun.
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My wife loves all the Samantha Brown shows and resort/destination type shows.

She keeps the DVR pretty full with this fare.

She is anxiously awaiting the HD version of the channel (cept I will have to redo all her Season Passes)
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Heads up,

New season starts Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 10:00 PM PST.
http://www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Bizarre_Foods
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Andrew is wild. He'll be in Texas next week, can't wait to see what weird food he'll be eating there.
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New episode tonight?
http://www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Bizarre_Foods
Next Up: Cambodia ยป
Monday, May 03, at 10PM E/P

Andrew visits Cambodia to taste rotten fish, bats, and tarantulas...

Hopefully it's better than his newer show, Bizarre World with A.Z.
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Hopefully it's better than his newer show, Bizarre World with A.Z.

The first episode of the new season last week (Thailand) was pretty good, IMO.
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Wow, interesting.
I never knew this show was still around.
Will hopefully catch last weeks premier as well.
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The Thailand show was REALLY hardcore. I am amazed at how brave Andrew is...
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I loved the Japan episode that aired recently.

Raw goat balls w/ scrotum still attached? Good lord, that takes some ahem, balls, to eat.

people will do anything to be on tv i guess
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The peanutbutter-mayo burger he had really put it over the top for me (yes, the peanutbutter was cooked on the grill with the burger).

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I enjoyed the Buenos Aires episode that aired last night.
Talk about a different couture from the way I was raised.
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Bizarre Foods America has a new season on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM CST.

http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/bizarre-foods/articles/bizarre-foods

FYI. ha
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