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Bizarre Foods: Asia

Phaedrus Jun 19, 2006 10:39 PM

I caught this show on the Travel Channel tonight, right before No Reservations. I know the MSP people know about the show host, he is a food reporter/columnist in the twin cities and he used to be a hard core chef. I quite enjoyed the show. The funniest part was that this guy was able to snarf down pig testicles, fried fruit bats, frog sashimi, a still beating frog heart, fugu, etc. but couldn't take durien. Now, I have had some experience with durien but I don't think the durien is half as bad as some of the junk this guy was able to stomach.

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    Debbie W. RE: Phaedrus Jun 20, 2006 01:47 AM

    Since I've set No Reservations to start recording about two minutes early, I caught the last few minutes of Bizarre Foods: Asia, in time to witness the host unsuccessfully attempt to eat durian (in stark contrast with Tony in tonight's episode of No Reservations, who happily sucked down what appeared to be copious amounts of fresh durian). Bizarre Foods: Asia looked intriguing enough to set it to record on its next showing which appears to be Saturday afternoon (6/24).

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      MSPD RE: Phaedrus Jun 20, 2006 10:10 AM

      I didn't catch the show but I enjoy following Andrew Zimmern (the host) in his various outlets here in MSP -- Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, his blog "Chow and Again" on that magazine's web site (www.mspmag.com), his cooking classes and radio/TV gigs here. His expertise and competence are apparent and delivered with a no-nonsense style (albeit he can be a goofy oaf sometimes). He brings credibility to, and is an advocate for the MSP dining scene.

      Based on his style, I can easily imagine him going on about the intricacies and history of fruit bats, pig testicles, etc. then spitting out a mouthful of durian and loudly proclaiming "gross" with melodramatic facial expression. Thankfully, I think he'll deliver way more substance than style with this show.

      Incidentally, his weekly radio show is called "Chowhounds". I know he's familiar with this site, e-gullet and the like.

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        Phaedrus RE: MSPD Jun 20, 2006 11:18 AM

        He did use the term Chowhound in the show and then I saw that his radio show is nmed Chowhounds so I wondered if he is one of us.

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          Katie Nell RE: Phaedrus Jun 20, 2006 03:27 PM

          I was surprised that he was able to use the word "Chowhound."

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            Linda W. RE: Katie Nell Jun 20, 2006 04:16 PM

            The term has been used for years before Jim Leff created this website.

        2. re: MSPD
          paulj RE: MSPD Jun 20, 2006 03:44 PM

          It's interesting to contrast his reaction to durian to Tony's. Bourdain, in his Indonesia episode, talks about durian as though it were a fine, smelly, soft cheese.


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            butterfly RE: paulj Jun 20, 2006 04:46 PM

            Given his propensity for chainsmoking, Bourdain probably has an impaired sense of smell...

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              Larry RE: butterfly Jun 20, 2006 05:52 PM

              Actually he's admitted as much in his books, he says most cooks taste buds are burnt out from years of abuse.

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                Phaedrus RE: Larry Jun 20, 2006 07:25 PM

                So how do they season the food, do they progressively overseason the food as time goes on?

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                  Larry RE: Phaedrus Jun 20, 2006 08:30 PM

                  He was saying things are likely to be overseasoned due to this.

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          three of us RE: Phaedrus Jun 20, 2006 04:45 PM

          Good website on the stinky "king of fruit".

          Link: http://www.ecst.csuchico.edu/~durian/

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            Xericx RE: Phaedrus Jun 21, 2006 04:19 AM

            I've seen this show several times....love it!

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              jbeaux RE: Phaedrus Sep 21, 2006 09:15 PM

              I saw that show! Guh, it was so embarassing watching him spit out the durian. The worst thing was the durian farmer who was standing right there when he did it. You gotta figure he must've been so stoked to have his show being filmed, and then to have this big American buffoon retch it all up..? Sad.

              But Tony did redeem the durian, at least for me. It was his Indonesia show, I think. If durian tastes even remotely like stinky cheese, I'm there.

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