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The Travel Channel is known for creating some truly interesting shows centered around the concept of far off places and "Bizarre Foods" staring Andrew Zimmern is no exception. The show was originally conceived as a one hour special that was shot documentary-style in Asia. The hour-long special followed a host as he tried different regional delicacies and odd concoctions; stopping every so often to explain the history behind the dish being tasted. The documentary was so well received that it was turned into a weekly show; the show still is shot as a documentary, but now incorporates food from around the globe.

Each week Zimmern finds himself in an entirely new location ready to try completely absurd dishes that pass as food in the nation in question. Zimmern is a brave soul; consistently trying items that would make most people lose their lunch in mere seconds. The show enjoyed six international seasons and was consistently rated highly by critics and audiences alike.

In 2012, the show was re-titled Bizarre Foods America. The show's format remains the same with the entire series being shot as a documentary. The episodes remained an hour long and Andrew Zimmern remains on as the host of the show. The focus, however, changed from bizarre foods around the globe to the delicacies and regional delights found right in the United States.

Previously, while simply Bizarre Foods the show had episodes that featured United States Locations. In the final season of the original production the Zimmern visited both Pennsylvania and Chicago. In Pennsylvania he sampled scrapple and snapping turtle soup; to regional dishes. While in Chicago, Zimmern sampled Korean fermented cabbage tacos; something you'll find only in Chicago.

No reason was given for the show's switched focus, but the new focus remains just as popular with critics and audiences.

Monday 9:00 PM et/pt on Travel Channel
18 Seasons, 225 Episodes
November 1, 2006
Food, Travel
7.9/10
Cast: Andrew Zimmern
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  • Andrew takes a culinary voyage of self-discovery across the Mojave Desert.

  • Andrew Zimmern embarks on the Erie Canal, an engineering marvel that connects some of New York's greatest small towns; chowing down on tomato pie, juicy roast beef sandwiches, chicken rigatoni and fish pulled fresh from Oneida Lake.

  • Andrew chows down on beaver tail and caribou tongue on the Yukon trail.

  • Andrew traces the footsteps of Juan Ponce de Leon down the Florida coast.

  • Andrew traces the path that ignited the flames of our nation's revolution.

  • Andrew traces the path of Christopher Columbus' expedition across the Dominican Republic. From cow stomach stew with African roots to native Taino flatbreads, he eats his way across the cultural evolution of Hispaniola.

  • Andrew Zimmern heads south to explore Louisiana's Cajun country; from blood sausage to chewy ginger cakes, seafood gumbo to wild hog heart, Andrew finds that Cajun country is rife with edible resources and French-inspired recipes from the past.

  • Andrew Zimmern follows Mark Twain's path down the Mississippi River for a slice of Americana; floating from meal to meal, he tries frog legs on a cargo ship, hunts wood duck, grills huge fish ribs and learns the art of Deep South pheasant pot pie.

  • Andrew samples Appalachian fare as he treks Daniel Boone's Wilderness Trail; fried, crispy peascakes and buffalo bone marrow to ham cured and aged in pillow cases.

  • From barbacoa made with the centuries-old traditions of vaqueros to fried and funky snacks at the rodeo, Andrew eats farm-fresh, meaty cuisine.

  • Andrew Zimmern ventures into the world of eating insects as a source of protein. From coconut grubs in the Amazon to dung beetles in Thailand, Andrew finds that bugs are a great food source in many places around the world.

  • Andrew Zimmern travels the world to see how cultures use innovative techniques to harness the power of fire for culinary masterpieces like sun-dried beef and African hornbill.

  • Andrew explores the world's oceans, lakes and rivers and discovers a taste for what many fishermen throw back. He cooks and devours fried dogfish in Boston, pufferfish in North Carolina, and scorpion fish in Houston, before traveling to Rome's Tiber River to eat fresh eel and to Namibia for oysters.

  • Andrew travels the globe on a hunt for the planet's most delicious game. He eats black bear skin cracklings in Arkansas, pan-fried nutria in Louisiana and wildebeest organs, including an eyeball, in Namibia.

  • Andrew goes on a seafood-sampling adventure on the Pacific Coast.

  • Andrew explores the cuisine of the Upper Peninsula in Michigan.

  • Andrew Zimmern road trips down historic Route 66, where he tries ranch dressing soda, judges a calf fry cook-off and dines at some of the most iconic diners along the world-famous highway.

  • Andrew gets a taste of BBQ critters and hard tack on the antebellum trail.

  • Andrew eats his way across the Southern BBQ Trail. Included: He tries dry-aged brisket in Atlanta; liver-nip dumplings in South Carolina; raccoon hash in Hull, Ga.; and makes some new friends along the way.

  • Andrew Zimmern experiences the bountiful cuisine of the Pacific Northwest while retracing the footsteps of Lewis and Clark. He samples Pacific lampreys, forages for edible barnacles and harvests sea salt on this culinary adventure.

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Bizarre Foods: Andrew Zimmern joins the breaking of the Ramadan fast Clip (02:47) Bizarre Foods: Stomping of the Eels in Amsterdam Clip (03:06) Bizarre Foods: Andrew Zimmern Makes Oaxacan String Cheese in Mexico Clip (02:47) Bizarre Foods: Andrew Zimmern Visits Federal Donuts Clip (01:17) Bizarre Foods: Andrew Zimmern Learns the Art of Aging Artisanal French Cheese Clip (02:21) Bizarre Foods: Scuba Diving for Fresh Seafood in Croatia Clip (02:01) A Day With Andrew Zimmern Clip (04:08) Host's Hometown: Andrew Zimmern's Minneapolis Tips Clip (02:44)