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Bizarre Foods - tell me what you really think

So what do you think of the new "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern" on the Travel Channel. I have heard lots of comments pro and con all over the internet. How about y'all uber-foodies?

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    Anyways, I kind of like Andrew Zimmern, the host. Nice guy, a little reckless but totally fearless. Tells you what he is tasting, good and bad. I liked that he went to the local spots in the Philippines and tried to be true to the spirit of the food.

    Yet at the same time, I am thinking that this is just the food version of going to the fights and having a hockey game break out, people watch for purely prurient interests and not to learn more about the foods. I learned a lot about the Philippines but I kind of felt uneasy watching him eat all of that stuff. As for the foods he ate, it wasn't anything that we haven't seen before, except maybe for the duck embryo. Nothing beats Tony Bourdain or Ian Wright trying to force down rotten shark meat.

    1. He lost a point when he went to the Japanese offal-on-a-stick restaurant and failed to finish a single stick.

      He lost more points when he went to the open air market and refused to even try any of the insects or organ meats, eventually settling for a sausage (the most familiar looking food available) only to eat one bite and throw the rest away.

      He lost big points when he kicked the Thai cook off of the fire and "showed him how to stir fry". As a guest in someone's home, you NEVER do that! Plus, he spilled oil all over the place, completely oblivious to the fact that where he was, oil is highly valued and not to be wasted.

      But he lost me completely at the durian farm. Imagine, a proud farmer shows off his durian orchard, and offers Zimmern a bite. Zimmern gags, spits it out, and declares it the most disgusting thing he has ever eaten. The farmer does his best to maintain his pride despite the insult.

      I like Bourdain because he respects his hosts, and defers to the culture where he is visiting. He does his best to experience a culture's food just like one of the locals. Bourdain didn't just try hogwart anus, he ate his whole serving with grace and composure, and then complimented the cook. Zimmern may be a fine food personality, but he is not right for this job. I will not watch the show again.

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      1. re: Morton the Mousse

        Well put! I found Zimmern's behavior in that episode more bizzare than the food. I couldn't believe his reaction to the durian! Further, I don't find him to be very insightful or entertaining. I'll watch the show again if I happen upon it, but won't make any effort to tune in regularly.

        1. re: Carb Lover

          I agree. His reation was over-reacted. Seriously. Its a fruit. and it tastes more like creamy pineapple...not rotten onions. Testes lover....psh.

        2. re: Morton the Mousse

          I'm going to have to agree with you! I'm such a huge fan of exotic eating, but at the same time would like to understand it better. That show doesn't really help, it's too fluffy and silly.

          Bourdain did do a much better job tasting Durian.

          1. re: Morton the Mousse

            I loved it when he spit out the durian because that same episode (I think) he said how tasty the still beating frog heart was. But as funny as it might have seemed, I do agree that what he did was inappropriate.

          2. I've never seen the show but he sounds totally obnoxious! Any of this stuff on youtube.com?

            1. "But he lost me completely at the durian farm. Imagine, a proud farmer shows off his durian orchard, and offers Zimmern a bite. Zimmern gags, spits it out, and declares it the most disgusting thing he has ever eaten. The farmer does his best to maintain his pride despite the insult."
              YES - - how dare he......these foods are wierd to us. These items are peoples pride and joy and he doesn't get it. bourdain may have trouble getting something down but he recognizes the beauty in these peasant foods and does not act DISGUSTED. These people aren't stupid.

              1. I can't even bear to watch the commercials for this show.

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                1. re: Gio

                  Yeah, same here. Nothing enticed me to watch the show - I recall that he came across in the commercial as a macho jerk, and that was that....