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Aug 2, 2010 07:21 AM

New show for Andrew Zimmern?

From Gary Soup's tweet.

Andrew Zimmern at Precita Park today (photo set) filming a new series "Appetite for Life"

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    1. i think I am getting tired of Andrew, he does need a new show.

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      1. re: hueyishere

        No way, he's doing street food! Neat.

        1. re: hueyishere

          He definitely needs a show where he's not eating "bizarre food". A show where he can eat food that doesn't make him spit it out on camera & insult the culture & the folks who made it for him.

          1. re: Breezychow

            Couldn't agree more. If his mission in life is to educate people about food culture; less spitting and more researched info would be a nice change.

            1. re: Breezychow

              I respectfully disagree. I think his show has evolved and I find it more interesting and respectful of diverse cultures than most others. Overall, there are far too many food/travel shows but Bizarre Foods is one that I consistently enjoy.

              1. re: gourmaniac

                The early episodes I found to be far more insightful and respectful; lately not so much. Much more spectacle of the bizarre than food culture. Even the lead in ads are filmed to accent the "bizarre." Or, tune in to see what food makes Andrew spit. Silly.

              2. re: Breezychow

                He does not spit it out very often. Also I don't get the impression that he insults the culture or his hosts. In (nearly) all cases where he does not like the food, the hosts are aware that outsiders might have problems with it.

                Also keep in mind that there is a lot of interaction with hosts behind the scenes, both before and after the taped segments. Nor is Andrew the only person on the scene; there's likely to be a producer, a couple of camera men and sound person, as well as a local guide or facilitator.

                1. re: paulj

                  The fact is - he shouldn't be spitting it out at all. You don't have to like it, but you chew & swallow it & simply don't have anymore of it. You don't spit it out on the street or into your genteel napkin. And he does spit it out more often than he should. I don't even watch his show regularly, yet the few times I have tuned in, he's either spitting out food or complaining loudly as to how awful it is. His only claim to fame seems to be his love for devouring insects. Big woop. And who cares how many people are "on the scene". That has nothing to do with it.

                  "Andrew" needs to take a few lessons from Tony Bourdain, who has eaten more than his fair share of "bizarre" foods. In fact, food items a lot more bizarre than Andrew. The difference being that Mr. Bourdain has spoken of & made a point of "never insulting your host", regardless of what you are served.

                  Again - Mr. Zimmern needs a show that doesn't have him eating "bizarre" food. He's not suited to it.

            2. I really enjoyed his recent shows on Hong Kong and Chengdu. The best ones yet, IMO.

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              1. re: gloriousfood

                But people who don't like him would have a field day with those episodes. He could barely drink the herbal medicine that the Hong Kong doctor gave him. In Chengdu he couldn't stomach an innocent walnut paste. And there was the faux pas involving the clip on camera in the hot bean paste factory. :)

                1. re: paulj

                  Full mother used to prepare herbal medicine for me when I was a kid for an ailment (very common in my culture). It tasted godawful. And I did end up throwing some of it down the drain instead of drinking it all. Sorry, mom. I know you meant well. But I literally couldn't stomach it anymore.

              2. How about a show on ER's overseas? I'll bet he knows the words for "Need to get my stomach pumped" in 28 different languages. Lomotil could be the perfect sponsor.