Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern

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Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern logo.jpg
StarringAndrew Zimmern
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes890
Executive producer(s)Colleen Steward
Editor(s)Troy Heller, Erik J. Fremstad
Running time43 minutes
DistributorFremantleMedia Enterprises
Original channelTravel Channel
Original runNovember 1, 2006 (2006-11-01) – Present (Present)
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Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern logo.jpg
StarringAndrew Zimmern
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes890
Executive producer(s)Colleen Steward
Editor(s)Troy Heller, Erik J. Fremstad
Running time43 minutes
DistributorFremantleMedia Enterprises
Original channelTravel Channel
Original runNovember 1, 2006 (2006-11-01) – Present (Present)
External links
Locations visited by Andrew Zimmern on Bizarre Foods
Season 1
Season 2
Season 3
Season 4
Season 5
Season 6

Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern is a travel and cuisine television show hosted by Andrew Zimmern on the Travel Channel. The first season debuted on Monday, February 26, 2007 at 9pm ET/PT.

Bizarre Foods focuses on regional cuisine from around the world which is typically perceived by Americans as being disgusting, exotic, or bizarre. In each episode, Zimmern focuses on the cuisine of a particular country or region. He typically shows how the food is procured, where it is served, and, usually without hesitation, eats it.

Originally a one-hour documentary titled Bizarre Foods of Asia, repeated showings on the Travel Channel drew consistent, considerable audiences. In late 2006, it was decided to turn the documentary into a weekly, one-hour show with the same premise and with Andrew Zimmern as the host. In 2009, Zimmern took a break from Bizarre Foods to work on one season of the spin-off Bizarre World.


Season 1[edit]

#Air dateLocationNotes/Featured Bizarre Foods
Pilot (0)November 1, 2006AsiaPilot episode in Japan, Thailand, and Malaysia.

Tokyo: Getemono bar, at Asadachi (1-2-14 Nishi-Shinjuku) raw pig's testicles, Frog sashimi, plus the frog's beating heart, lizard sake, at Yaki Hamna: Giant snails, fugu, at Hibari sushi, raw octopus sushi.
at Suppon-Maki restaurant: Suppon (turtle soup) + drink: turtle blood with sake and turtle hearts.
Yakitori restaurant: chicken heart yakitori, keel bones, chicken butts, rooster balls.
Kobe: Kobe beef.
Bangkok: at Silver Palace, bird's nest soup with Hasma, Rambutan, grilled fresh frogs, Chiang Mai: pork sausage, fruit bat.
Penang: sambal with fish roe, belacan, fermented shrimp paste, poured tea, horseshoe crab, fish maw, durian.

1 (1)February 26, 2007PhilippinesBalut, Calamansi, Bamboo shoots, Coconut and rice paste wrapped on banana leaves and roasted, Okoy (shrimp pancake), Deep fried fertilized duck eggs, baby chickens marinated, steamed and fried, Tokneneng, Ube and cheese-flavor ice cream in a bun.

At Balaw Balaw in Angono, Rizal: Balaw-balaw sauce, with fermented shrimp paste, soup Number Five (bull's rectum and testicles soup), uok in adobo, white worms from the larvae of crickets or beetles found in fallen coconut trees, crispy fried Alagaw leaves, ginatang bilo-bilo.
At Everybody's Café in San Fernando, Pampanga: Dinuguan, a blood stew, Crickets of rice fields cooked in adobo style, Betute Tugak (stuffed frog with pork).
Puerto Princesa: Banana Skewers, bananas rolled in brown sugar and deep-fried with caramelized sugar crust, fried chicken intestines on a stake.
Kinabuchs: seaweeds, mussels on a half shell, grilled tuna belly, snails cooked with coconut, tuna collars grilled.
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, mangrove worms.

2 (2)March 5, 2007MoroccoMarrakech: Mashwi, Roasted Lamb, Sheep's head steamed, tongue and eye, snails in turmeric broth, beef tongue, cow’s heart, pancreas stuffed with rice and raisins. Khlea, dried cooked meat preserved in fat, cooked with eggs.

Ouarzazate: Tajine with chicken and vegetables, mint tea, grilled kidneys, kefta, sausages.
Essaouira: cuttlefish, sting ray, sardines.
Eureka: cuscus with goat and vegetables.
Chahramans Restaurant, Marrackech: Pastilla with pigeon, Briouat.
Jemaa el-Fnaa: poached calf’s brain.

3 (3)March 12, 2007EcuadorQuito: Guinea pig, empanada.

Motes de la Magdalena: Menudo (soup) tripe and beef harts, cuero de librillo, outside, skin of the cow stomach, Guatita with the inside of cow stomach.
Otavalo: motes, rost pork with skin, fried cheese empanada, elixir with aloe vera, jugo de sabila, and vitamin extracts. Puerto Francisco de Orellana, Napo River: lemon ants, piranha, coconut grubs, chicha.

Andrew participates in a cleansing ritual.

4 (4)March 19, 2007SpainMadrid:

Casa Botín: Cochinillo asado, baby eels, baby squid braisend on their ink.
La Zapatería: cruncy pig ears, snails, polbo á feira (octopus), bull's tails
Toño Sánchez: callos, casserole with blood sausages and tripes
Market: mojama, criadillas (bull testicles), tripes.
Museo del Jamón: Serrano, Ibérico, Bellota, Head cheese.
La trainera: Goose barnacle, shrimp, Turbot, crab.
La Bouqueria: Razor clams, deep-fried worms, crickets.
La Gardunya: Calf's brain, horchata
Les Cols: Rooster combs risotto
Ferran Adrià: El Bulli.

5 (5)March 26, 2007Gulf CoastMorgan City, Louisiana: Nutria, squirrel,

Maurice, Louisiana: Herbert's speciality meats, Turducken, Soop's: boudin, stuffed Beef tongue
New Orleans: Cochon restaurant, boudinballs, Head cheese, smoked ox stew, deep fried chicken liver.
Hattiesburg: Leathe's restaurant, opossum, raccoon; Serendipity Deli and Restaurant: chitterlings.
Mobile: Wintzell's Oyster House, fried green vinegar pickled peppers, fried green tomatoes with Crayfish sauce, 33 oysters.
Alligator Alley, The Wash House Restaurant: alligator feast.
Pensacola, Fish House restaurant: black grouper throats, gazpachee salad with Hardtack. Chef's restaurant: flathead mullet deep fried, gizzard, fried mullet roe.

6 (6)April 2, 2007United KingdomEdinburgh: Crombie's Haggis, hunted pheasant

Swansea: Faggot (food), cockles and whelks, laverbread.
Cotswolds: jugged hare, kydney and livers meatballs, Christmas pudding.
London: Harrods, jellied eels, Blood tongue sausage. In East End, F. Cooke, Pie and mash, stewed eels. Borough Market, Roast restaurant, pigeon, ox hart grilled with bone marrow sauce, herring roes, Neil Yard Dairy, Stinking Bishop cheese Banger shop, fresh Italian gelato.

7 (7)July 9, 2007Trinidad and TobagoTobago: Iguana curry with dumplings, conch and relative penis in ceviche.

Trinidad: Original souse king, souse, pig's and chicken's feet, cow skin soup.
Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago, Street food: roti stuffed with goat and liver, Doubles (food), cow heel's soup.
Maracas Beach: callaloo, "Bake n' shark" sandwich, fried bread stuffed with deep fried shark with sausages and vegetables, King mackerel sashimi.

8 (8)July 16, 2007MexicoHuatulco: Shellfish, Scallops, Oysters, Sea snails, Mussels, Abalone, Octopus, El Grillo Marinero Restaurant: with garlic sauce or stewed in its own ink, cocktail de pulpo.

Oaxaca: grasshopper (chapulines), armadillo, tacos, jumiles, ant eggs (escamoles), maguey worms, mosquito eggs, chicken feet, red snapper (huachinango), corn smut (huitlacoche), mole and duck enchilada. Mexico City

9 (9)July 23, 2007AlaskaBeluga and Bowhead whale muktuk (fermented blubber), spruce tea, Eskimo ice cream, whitefish, fermented fish heads, seal soup, walrus, jellied moose nose, reindeer pizza, ptarmigan.

Andrew goes on a sled dog tour.

10 (10)July 30, 2007TaiwanStinky tofu, unborn chicken eggs, cockscomb, chicken uterus, fermented meat, black-bone chicken testicles, fried bees.
11 (11)August 6, 2007New York CitySpecial episode with guest Anthony Bourdain.

Tongue sandwich, geoduck, live lobster, ceviche, pupusas, worm pretzels, maggot pupae, tarantula pops, teriyaki cockroaches, jellyfish salad, sea cucumber salad, goose intestine, frog congee, salo.

12 (12)August 13, 2007VietnamCobra parts including beating heart and dried bones, civet dropping coffee, pig's ears, silk worms, scorpions, roasted sparrows, bull penis, horseshoe crab, hybrid duck, mantis prawn, ship worms, and sea snails.

Andrew also visits a fish sauce factory.

13 (13)November 28, 2007Memorable MomentsSeason 1 recap with some of its highlights, including lamb's head, guinea pig, roast pigeon, worms, grubs, armadillo, and stinky tofu. Also included were outtakes and unaired scenes.
14 (14)February 26, 2008Best BitesSeason 1 recap with some of its highlights, including balut, hen's uterus, grubs, conch, ptarmigan, jellied eels, nutria, octopus, and souse. Also included were unaired scenes and a preview of season 2.

Season 2[edit]

#Air dateLocationNotes/Featured Bizarre Foods
15 (1)March 4, 2008Beijing, ChinaCicada, seahorse, sea urchin, donkey rib and tail stew and skin, dried tree lizard, sea cucumber, camel paw, pig stomach, dao jiao, snake penis, fried deer penis, yak penis, whelk over dry ice.
16 (2)March 11, 2008IcelandHákarl, grilled puffin, slátur (a type of blood pudding) skyr, lamb hot dog, geothermal cooking: langoustine, minke whale (not shown on Iceland episode but shown during the 3/3/09 "Surf's Up" episode).
17 (3)March 18, 2008St. Petersburg (Russia)Vobla, borscht, cow's tongue, kvas, herring blini, salo, pickled lamprey, brown bear meat, caviar, shashlik.
18 (4)March 25, 2008MinnesotaPig's foot, lutefisk, reuben on a stick, spaghetti and meatballs on a stick, gator on a stick, teriyaki ostrich on a stick, wild boar's liver, brain, and testicles, venison, sauerkraut pie, deep fried chicken gizzard, goober burger (with peanut butter and mayonnaise), herring roe.
19 (5)April 1, 2008BoliviaLamb kidneys, tripe, bull penis soup, all-organ dish, llama brain and tongue, carpaccio, pickled pig's feet, lamb jerky, chitterlings, mocochinchi (peach juice with cinnamon), llama jerky, chuño, mangosteen, armadillo, feral pig, quinoa, Titicaca Orestias.
20 (6)April 8, 2008ChileAbalone, Pacific razor clams, cow udder, braided intestines, blood sausage, lúcuma juice, donkey milk, cow's butt sandwich, barnacles, mussels, seaweed, horse, conger eel, live sea squirt, fresh bull testicle and scrotum stew, lamb's blood pudding.
21 (7)April 15, 2008Guangzhou, ChinaGrilled squid, dim sum with chicken feet, stuffed duck's feet, stir-fried milk with shrimp, turtle soup, pigeon, scorpion, suckling pig, jellyfish salad, worm and hairy crab roe omelet, wood ear mushroom, frog legs, 60 meter long noodle, stinkhorn, hairy gourd, starfish being used for decoration.
22 (8)April 29, 2008Delhi, IndiaPomfret, lentil, brain curry, mutton liver and kidney stew, tandoori roti, goat and lamb testicles, paneer, boiled banana flower, banana plant stem, fruit sandwich, pani puri, lassi, mutton balls, gushtaba, chapati.

Season 3[edit]

#Air dateLocationNotes/Featured Bizarre Foods
23 (1)September 9, 2008Phuket, ThailandFried grasshoppers, pork liver and beef stomach & intestine soups, coconut balls, stretched squid, stuffed mackerel, wasp larvae, stir-fried stingray, mole crabs, wasabi-, chili-, and tom yum-flavored cashews and cashew apple juice at a cashew factory, red weaver ants, forest lizards, fish stomach sauce, deep-fried fish skin, horseshoe crab, sea whelk.
24 (2)September 16, 2008Sicily, ItalyCow stomach soup, mystery meat soup, beef spleen sandwich, sardine meatballs, gourmet cow's mouth, Cerda Artichoke festival: fried, roasted, marinated, and frittata artichoke, and artichoke gelato on a bun, chocolate rabbit, cinnamon pudding, bottarga, tuna heart and sperm, cuttlefish eggs and pasta with ink, sea snails.
25 (3)September 23, 2008Goa, IndiaBora berry, chouricos (spicy pig offal and fat sausage), pickled mackerel, Vindaloo, hilsa fish roe, Bombay Duck, chicken Xacuti, pomfret, prawns, chickpea sandwich, golgappa (chickpea-stuffed pastries), chili fritters, betel nuts, sorpotel, mushroom and lentil curry, potatoes and rice in sour mango sauce cow urine herb drink

Andrew visits the Sahakari Spice Farm and tries Ayurveda and yoga.

26 (4)September 30, 2008SamoaSamoan apple, se'a (sea cucumber intestines), pork pies, mutton, umu-cooked eel, whole pig cooked in 'umu oven, raw tuna eyeballs and still-beating heart, giant clam, roasted tree grubs, fruit bat roasted on coconut husks.
27 (5)October 7, 2008ParisTerrine, head cheese, lardo, pressed duck with duck sauce and marrow, blood sausage, squab, gourmet mustard, truffles, refined cheese, rabbit liver, bacon and eggs ice cream, lamb tongues, sea urchin, snail caviar, escargot.

Andrew visited the Rungis market, a mustard shop, Paris's best cheese shop, and a snail farm.

28 (6)October 14, 2008Los AngelesHead cheese, slow-cooked piglet in goose fat, pig ears, tongue salad, and eyeballs, scorpions on toast, South American ants on string potatoes, crickets, worms, shot of wheatgrass and barley, "rawsagna" with ground sunflower seeds, flax, cherry tomatoes, and dates, hemp-sunburger on flax flatbread, coconut-durian smoothie, soondae, hot dog burrito, cow's tongue sandwich from the taco truck, monkfish with caviar, sea urchin roe, Santa Barbara shrimp saashimi, octopus tirodido, menudo, corn smut, nopal salad, grasshoppers, whole catfish, deep-fried chicken testicles, Peking duck, cockscombs.

Andrew went to a vegan supper and a Hispanic family's feast. Featuring special guest chefs Wolfgang Puck, Ben Ford and Ani Phyo and Los Angeles food blogger Eddie Lin [2].

29 (7)October 21, 2008Halloween (Special)This special discussed unfamiliar foods that are considered scary and what made Westerners uneasy about them. Andrew then hosted a Halloween party with Bizarre Foods fans where he served his favorite fares. He discussed drinking blood with food historian and author Linda Civitello, which is based on culture and status. Anthropology director at the University of Minnesota William Beeman explained about fear of bugs and organ meat, saying that people are more likely to eat insects with a side. Chef Patrick Lue Chai, whose restaurant Andrew ate at in LA, cooked fried crickets with potato strings as well as other insects for the party. Appetizers at Andrew's feast were tarantula, waterbugs, grasshoppers, hissing cockroaches, and Thai stir-fried ants and crickts. The entrees were fresh cow's blood, raw goat kidney, chicken feet, and guinea pig.
30 (8)October 28, 2008HawaiiImu-cooked kalua pig, poi, a'ama crab, he'e luau (octopus w/ taro leaves), bonefish, Spam musubi, Pineapple upside-down cake with Spam, guava-glazed Spam, tempura Spam, Na'au (wild boar offal and blood), ono with lavender sauce, lamb with lavender salt and pepper, goat with Maui onion and chilipeppers, Hawaiian fusion - natto, clams, wasabi, and soy, local escargot, caviar, seaweed, goat stew with intestines and bile, opihi.
31 (9)November 11, 2008EthiopiaFermented Enset fiber pancakes and porridge, raw sauted beef, ibe cheese, unfiltered honey, berbere, goat organs in ox intestines, crepe with chicken and onion, coffee, sorghum popcorn, fresh raw beef and camel kidney.

In Addis Ababa Andrew shopped at Africa's largest market and in Harar he fed meat to wild hyenas.

32 (10)November 18, 2008MaineFlounder roe soup with seaweed, sea cucumber, fiddleheads, beaver chili, bean-hole beans, wild ramps, stinging nettle soup, Indian cucumber, cattail, raw lobster, whelks, cod sperm chowder, monkfish head stew, BBQ junebugs, oysters with ramps, snails with periwinkle and beurre, moose and venisen terrine, duck tartare.

Andrew went lobster fishing with Linda Greenlaw and judged a Deathmatch Maine Bizarre Foods contest with his father, a native of Portland.

33 (11)November 25, 2008Happy Holidays (Special)Braised dried oysters with black hair moss, English goose, pig's feet and lentils, snot (sweet potato starch), cow cod soup, rabbit and wheatberries, Swedish meatballs, cuttlefish eggs, pork intestine soup with red dates, tobacco-wrapped cheese, porcupine stuffed with potatoes and bacon, sweet noodle kugel, spritz cookies, sweet fish-shaped cake.

Andrew hosted a holiday pitch-in party with chefs and friends he made around the world. It was at a historic mansion in Minneapolis and the food was cooked at the Calhoun Beach Club.

34 (12)December 2, 2008UgandaLungfish, white ants lured by drumming, matoke (steamed green bananas), braised goat with peanut and sesame sauce, grasshopper, squirrel, millet bread, goat stomach lining and intestines, Nile perch, rotten goat meat from a Ugandan drive-through, roasted corn, mixed grill (intestine-encased organs), cane rat with tilapia from Lake Victoria and raw Nile crocodile.

Andrew takes part in a spiritual possession ceremony while in one village.

35 (13)December 9, 2008JapanRiver eels, sea squirts, stonefish liver, Bluefin Tuna eyeballs, mayonnaise fondue and milkshake, octopus egg sac, sea cucumber egg jerky, turtle blood sake, octopus ice cream, pit viper ice cream, beef tongue ice cream, horumon, takoyaki, raw horse mane, funazushi, squid ink soup, stewed tuna eyes in mirin, giant sea snail, sea snake soup (smelling sea snake anus in the market), raw goat testicles with scrotum.
36 (14)February 10, 2009Sexy foodThis episode was a Valentine's Day special. It was a compilation episode about the cultural connections between food and sex, featuring foods that are supposed to be aphrodisiacs or are made of sexual organs of animals. Andrew visited the Mall of America where he gave out samples of bull testicles to see people's reactions and if they would eat it when told it would help their sex life. Author and food historian Linda Civitello talked about the history of eating reproductive organs. At the Midtown Global Market Andrew interviewed people about foods that were aphrodisiacs, including chocolate and oysters. He handed out chocolate-covered meal worms and crickets that tricked people into thinking they were pretzels. At the end Andrew and some others ate sushi off a naked woman, a practice called nyotai mori.
37 (15)March 3, 2009Surf It UpCompilation episode

Season 4[edit]

#Air dateLocationNotes/Featured Bizarre Foods
38 (1)April 14, 2009TanzaniaAndrew samples the traditional Tanzanian breakfast called supu, soup made with goat lungs, heart and liver, as well as cow stomach, intestines and tongue. Andrew also travels to the famous Mount Kilimanjaro and Ngorongoro Crater. Visiting a local tribe, Andrew tries such delectables as fresh cow's blood and the coagulated form of it. The blood is obtained by shooting an arrow at close distance into the jugular vein, however, the wound heals quickly and the cow is not harmed.
39 (2)April 21, 2009Seoul, South KoreaAndrew feasts on the country's most authentic soups, barbecues and fermented foods. Andrew's Asian adventure goes beyond eating when he makes his first batch of fresh kimchi. He also eats raw octopus (Sannakji), Chueotang, Samgyupsal, Tteokbokki, Soondae and Haejangguk.
40 (3)April 28, 2009The OutbackAndrew heads into the Australian Outback where he eats wallaby with Aborigines, samples crocodile cooked on the barbie and makes a meal out of poisonous cane toads.
41 (4)May 5, 2009AppalachiaAndrew heads to the Appalachian Mountains to get a taste of the region’s culture and its food. The mountain range runs north to south touching more than a dozen states, and many of the people in the area still maintain the traditions and foods that were a part of life for their ancestors.
42 (5)May 12, 2009Eastern AustraliaAndrew goes snorkeling, spear fishing and visits a farm where they pamper their cattle. He makes a stop at the Sydney Fish Market where he samples bizarre food he's never tasted before, including Moreton Bay bug, Balmain bug, flathead fish and spanner crabs.
43 (6)May 19, 2009SingaporeAndrew heads to Singapore to experience the diversity of food and culture. The melting pot is seen everywhere, including the Hawker Stalls where Andrew samples tasty treats.
44 (7)May 26, 2009TexasAndrew Zimmern samples some of the most outrageous food creations at the Texas State Fair, including nitrogen frozen dessert, chocolate bacon and fried alligator. Andrew also gets a behind-the-scenes tour of the kitchens at NASA to taste space food. A fried Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Banana sandwich, Fried Coke, Javalina, barbacoa, sweetbreads, cabrito
45 (8)June 2, 2009NicaraguaAndrew visits Nicaragua, "the land of lakes and volcanoes," tasting everything from juicy cheese worms to bull balls soup and raw bull balls ceviche. He visits a bush doctor in the Atlantic port town of Bluefields, eats a family rondon stew, and treks up into the Matagalpa highlands for some “black gold” where he learns how to do “the slurp” with master coffee cupper Julio Obregón.
46 (9)June 9, 2009Puerto RicoAndrew travels to Puerto Rico where the flavors of the food tell the history of the island, from the deep-fried treats brought in by Africans to the roasted pork made popular by the Spanish. Andrew tries a variety of traditional foods, including a stew made with different parts of a pig.
47 (10)June 16, 2009Survival SpecialAndrew is dropped in the jungles of Mexico, where he learns how to live off the land. It’s a journey where his stomach, mind and body are tested. Andrew takes extreme to a new level, surviving with only a handful of helpful tools or objects and eating only foods he can forage in the woods.

Season 5[edit]

#Air dateLocationNotes/Featured Bizarre Foods
48 (1)April 26, 2010Thailand (Isan region)Andrew goes to a roadside Farmers' market near Udon Thani. He mentions a personal rule that he must try something twice. He then visits a couple of farming families/villages, the annual winter fair in the city of Udon Thani, and lastly a silk village.
49 (2)May 3, 2010CambodiaAndrew goes to a Skuon, Phnom Penh, Sisophon, Battambang, and the Tonlé Sap region (Chong Khneas floating village), visiting markets, street vendors, cities, bat caves, and Angkor
50 (3)May 10, 2010MongoliaAndrew visits a meat market and the central market in Ulaanbaatar, a nomadic family living in Gers in the steppe on the edge of the Gobi Desert, rides a horse with help from an amateur child racer, takes an archery lesson, a throat singing lesson, and meets some contortionists.
51 (4)May 17, 2010ArizonaAndrew goes to Monument Valley and visits a Navajo family, the Phoenix/Tucson corridor, South Tucson, learns to build a deadfall trap in the desert of Northern Arizona, goes on a machine gun adventure in Scottsdale, visits the Arizona State Fair, and Sedona.
52 (5)May 24, 2010A Kid's GuideAndrew meets young adventurous eaters around the world, from kids who try fried frog legs in Florida to kids in Tanzania who show him how to eat clotted cow's blood.
53 (6)May 31, 2010TokyoAndrew goes to the biggest fish market in Tokyo, visits a Tokyo Tuna restaurant, Horamon restaurant, Visits Alcatraz ER: theme restaurant, Visits the home of Dr. Nakamats, watches sumo wrestlers in a stable
54 (7)June 7, 2010BangkokExotic eats in Bangkok are sampled.
55 (8)June 14, 2010Baja, MexicoAndrew explores unique food traditions on Mexico's Baja Peninsula, from street carts to high-end cuisine. Cities visited include Tijuana, Ensenada and La Paz, Baja California Sur.
56 (9)June 21, 2010Buenos Aires, ArgentinaAndrew visits Buenos Aires and explores its meaty culture.

Season 6[edit]

#Air dateLocationNotes/Featured Bizarre Foods
57 (1)January 18, 2011SyriaAndrew visits the Umayyad Mosque in the Old City of Damascus, the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, a Bedouin tent in the desert, Aleppo, then goes back to the New City of Damascus. In Damascus he eats fresh camel after slaughter, shawarma, and Syrian ice cream and cheese. In Aleppo he tries ful, pistachio candy, Arabic bread, and camel hump sausage. He also eats roast goat with a Bedouin family.
58 (2)January 25, 2011PennsylvaniaAndrew makes some kielbasa and tries cheesesteak and fugu in Philadelphia. In White Haven he has scrapple at the Redneck Ranch and eats snapping turtle soup in Drums.
59 (3)February 1, 2011VeniceAndrew Zimmern tries out glassblowing on Murano island and fishing in the Venetian Lagoon. Here he eats calves' liver, snails, cuttlefish in ink, beef carpaccio, salt cod, fresh crayfish, and donkey salami.
60 (4)February 8, 2011MadagascarAndrew visits Madagascar, where many natives still live the way they did hundreds of years ago, hunting and gathering for their food. Morandava: king mackerel, baobab tree seeds, beef and cassava, giraffe beetles, river eel. With his wife Reisha, he buys a zebu to be given as a gift at a ritual circumcision ceremony.
61 (5)February 15, 2011ChicagoAndrew visits the Vienna Beef factory, visits a hot dog restaurant, tries molecular gastronomy at Alinea with Grant Achatz and candied delicacies at Graham Elliot's restaurant. Rick Bayless inroduces Andrew to his Mexican food and local street food. After a meat-butchering demonstration, he tries pork jowl and kidney. In Albany Park he takes a world tour of cuisine, including Korean fermented cabbage tacos and Iraqi pacha.
62 (6)February 23, 2011NamibiaAndrew visits Namibia, where he meets members of a semi-nomadic tribe whose way of life hasn't changed in hundreds of years. Catatura: smiley sheep, cow stomach and foot and potatoes, mopane worms in brine, dried catfish. On safari, he tries wildebeest eyeballs, and he goes oyster fishing in Walvis Bay. Visiting the Himba tribe in the Namib, he eats chicha fermented milk with rice and goat parts.
63 (7)March 1, 2011San FranciscoAndrew checks out alternative food sources in San Francisco, from raising edible bugs (making mealworms, cricket empanadas, and wax moth larva fritters) to foraging in the wild. He rescues dumpster vegetables and dives for abalone. At a spontaneous foraged food dinner, he has mussels with seaweek aeoli, escargot with porcini mushrooms, and wild boar raviolis. At Chris Cosentino's restaurant Incanto, he has blood mousse, foie gras ice cream sandwich, prosciutti ice cream, pig intestine tacos, calves' tongue sliders, trotter tots, and brainaise.
64 (8)March 8, 2011GreeceAthens: Souvlaki, tripe soup, cow lung soup, roast lamb, kokoretsi, ray, octopus stew, monkfish, scorpionfish, eggplant custard with squid ink. Kalymnos: raw black sea urchin roe, sea squirt, fried ink sacs, slipper lobster, mouri goat.
65 (9)March 15, 2011Hong KongAndrew samples snake bile, turtle-jelly soup and medicinal bug tea when he visits Hong Kong, the center for traditional Chinese medicine.
66 (10)March 22, 2011HungaryAndrew explores old and new food traditions in Hungary. He attends an outdoor feast with a Romani family and meets an acclaimed chef who puts a modern twist on traditional Hungarian favorites.
67 (11)March 29, 2011ChengduAndrew tours Chengdu, capital of China's Sichuan province, known for its spicy cuisine. Featured eats include boiling chili and volcano rabbit head.
68 (12)April 20, 2011IndonesiaReusing a large proportion of previously aired footage from Bizarre World - Sulawesi and Bali episodes. In Ubud, Bali, he goes to a pork feast and visits a tooth-filing ceremony. Denpasar: cobra restaurant (blood, gall, marrow, penis, soup, and fried cobra), jackfruit, saba, clangkang. In Negara he watches water buffalo racing. Tanatoraja, Sulawesi: salak, water buffalo soup, papyong (spiced pork in bamboo). In Batutumanga he eats snake, eel, and water buffalo entrail soup and visits a funeral celebration.
69 (13)April 27, 2011Taste of the TropicsReusing a proportion of previously aired footage from Bizarre World - Belize, Cuba and Florida episodes
70 (14)May 3, 2011KalahariIn Johannesburg, he eats medicinal dirt, impala, wildebeest, and water buffalo. With the Ju wasi people in Aha Hills, Botswana Andrew tries jewel beetles, porcupine, and small bird, and participates in a dance ritual. Scenes reused from Bizarre World.
71 (15)May 24, 2011NYC: Will Work for FoodAndrew returns to New York City to try his hand at cooking, waiting and street vending to see if he can still cut it.
72 (16)May 31, 2011Embassy RowAndrew goes to some of the foreign embassies in Washington, DC to taste the different diplomatic food, including those of Sweden, France, Palau, Indonesia, Peru, Kazakhstan, and Finland.
73 (17)June 7, 2011FinlandAndrew cooks meals with a family in Lapland and discusses the simple ingredients of Nordic cuisine with a world class chef. Blood cake and lamprey in Helsinki. Tries bear and feeds them at a sanctuary. Hailuoto: seal, cured herring, salmon soup. Reindeer milk, grilled reindeer liver and onion, crayfish, salmon pie.
74 (18)June 14, 2011Rio de JaneiroThe diverse food culture of Rio de Janeiro is explored.
75 (19)June 21, 2011SurinameAndrew treks into the jungle of Suriname in northern South America, sampling the local fare, including wild pig and a rodent-like rabbit called coconi.
76 (20)June 28, 2011Fez, MoroccoA culinary tour of Morocco. Featured eats include lamb's head and pigeon pie.
77 (21)July 5, 2011SardiniaAndrew visits the Mediterranean island of Sardinia to learn about what the locals like to eat, from mountain goats, to sea urchins, to casu marzu (rotten cheese).
78 (22)July 12, 2011MontrealAndrew is joined by Nadia Giosia on a comprehensive culinary tour of Montreal that includes both traditional and avant-garde cuisine. Montreal-style bagels, Duck livers, and horse-heart tartare are among the foods sampled in this multicultural city.
79 (23)July 19, 2011JamaicaAn exploration of Jamaican cuisine, which blends island flavors with African traditions.

Seasons 7-12 - Bizarre Foods America[edit]

Main article: Bizarre Foods America

Beginning with Season 7, the show has been retitled Bizarre Foods America. The format remains the same but focuses more on the United States rather than international travel.

Starting with season 12, Bizarre Foods America has episodes in the other countries of the Americas. New episodes have been shot in Cartagena, Colombia; Lima, Peru; Ft. Worth, Texas; Copper River (Alaska); Nashville, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; the Florida Keys; and Vancouver, Canada.[1][2][3][4][5]

Season 13[edit]

#Air dateLocationNotes/Featured Bizarre Foods
80 (1)October 27, 2014Mexico City: Corn Smut & Ant EggsStewed pig knuckles; worms and ant eggs; fish egg tamales.
81 (2)November 3, 2014Lisbon: Snails, Sardines & BarnaclesCrashing surf to harvest barnacles form the rocky shore; feasting on mounds of mollusks at a huge snail festival; making the world's best canned fish.
82 (3)November 10, 2014Ireland: Ancient Bog Butter & Smoked PigeonUltimate smoked salmon; pigeon with bog oak; 3 thousand-year-old butter.
83 (4)November 17, 2014Factory FoodArtisanal and strange foods from jelly beans to blood pudding to escargot.
84 (5)November 24, 2014Brooklyn: Schmaltz & Sea RobinsFishing for sea robin; grilling dockside; kombucha bacteria pancakes; spleen sandwich.
85 (6)December 1, 2014Newfoundland: Moose PIes & Seal FlippersFried cod cheek and tongues; moose pie; chicken fried seal flipper.
86 (7)December 8, 2014Ethnic EnclavesVietnamese meals to Lebanese sweets; Mongolian cooking huts to Japanese chefs.
87 (8)December 15, 2014Faroe Islands: Spoiled Sheep & Boiled BirdsGiant horse mussels; fermented sheep head; blood-filled sheep stomach; seagulls.
88 (9)December 22, 2014Food ScienceThe marriage of cooking and science; extracting the essence of flavors; taste sensations not found in nature.
89 (10)December 29, 2014BBQA buffalo meat tailgate party; Texas pit BBQ; a pig roast in South Carolina; barbecued mutton; chicken hearts in Peru; pork in Korea.
90 (11)January 5, 2015Comfort FoodChopped hogs head in Belize; chitterlings; pig uterus soup; the world's oldest ice cream.


A DVD set (2 discs) called Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern: Collection 1 was released on January 8, 2008. It includes the following episodes:

A second DVD set (2 discs) called Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern: Collection 2 is was released on October 7, 2008. It includes the following episodes:


  1. ^ By Rachel Chase (2014-01-21). "Andrew Zimmern of "Bizarre Foods" filming in Lima, Peru". Peru this Week. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  2. ^ 11:13 p.m. (2014-01-18). "Andrew Zimmern, rey de la comida exótica, en Cartagena - Colombia Noticias: Actualidad Nacional". Eltiempo.Com. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Stainsby, Mia. "Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern in Vancouver | Vancouver Sun". Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  5. ^ Monday, February 10, 2014, by Sonia Chopra (2014-02-10). "Where Is Andrew Zimmern Eating While He's in Atlanta? - AZ Watch - Eater Atlanta". Retrieved 2014-04-05. 

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