James Beard Award-winning TV personality Andrew Zimmern marks the 100th episode of his Travel Channel show "Bizarre Foods America" July 9. Preceding the milestone episode is a one-hour retrospective that airs at 8 p.m. before the new season of "Bizarre Foods America" airs (Photo Credit: wiki / TheMuuj).
The sixth season includes such highlights as Zimmern eating armadillo in Central Florida and lamb's tongue at a one-night only pop-up restaurant in Los Angeles. During the season, Zimmern travels to Austin, Los Angeles, Miami, Mississippi, and San Diego to explore each city's quirky subcultures and the enduring culinary traditions.
In the 100th episode, Zimmern travels to Las Vegas to uncover Sin City's extremes, including the Bellagio buffet, which feeds 4,000 people a day.
"Our show is all about exploring cultures through food," said Zimmern, "and the new season reveals even more eternal truth about our food, our country, and our relationship to the rest of the world."
In honor of the 100th-episode milestone, the man who has traveled around the world and documented his gastronomic adventures eating bat paste, durian, and other bizarre foods, presents, in his own words, his observation on the top nine most bizarre American foods and where to get them:
Because so many truths in labeling laws are non-existent, you don't hear a lot about nonstick chemicals in microwave popcorn bags, rennet made from cloned cow parts, bugs in cereals and canned goods, red dyes made from ground pests, pink slime, tuna scrape, tri-poly-phosphate-soaked shrimp and scallops... these everyday food experiences are sadly commonplace in our culinary landscape, and they make most of what I eat pale in comparison. But here are a few of my "favorites," that fall into the overt category:
- Lauren Mack, The Daily Meal
Most often made from salmon, the heads are lopped off, buried in the ground to rot, and dug up when the good bacteria has eaten the bad bacteria and the heads are safe enough to eat without killing you. Where it's commonly found: Alaska. Click here to see The One Food Andrew Zimmern Doesn't Like Photo Credit: © wiki / Ansgar Walk
I have had them a hundred times and it's only been delicious on a few occasions. Most folks don't understand that they have to be skinned well to remove all the fat, twice cooked (braise, then roast), and you need to remove the stink glands under the arms. If you don't, well, it gets pretty ripe. Where it's commonly found: The South. Click here to see 10 Chain Restaurant Menu Items You Must Try Photo Credit: © altrendo nature
Bags of corn chips filled with canned chili and fixings are a staple of fundraisers all across small town America. Some are good, most are inedible. Where it's commonly found: Smallville, USA. Click here to see 10 Fast-Food Items You Must Eat Before You Die Photo Credit: © Flickr / leftrightclick
I like em roasted, I like 'em boiled and pulled, I like 'em BBQ-ed, but pickled pigs feet is a tough sell in my house on a good day. Where it's commonly found: Gas station checkout counters. Click here to see Which US Airlines Still Offer Free Amenities Photo Credit: © Flickr / leff
In the high desert of Arizona these critters are counted in the millions easy to trap, they are cooked whole or staked out to dry for jerky, survival school style. Where it's commonly found: Arizona. Click here to see Where to Get Deep-Dish Pizza in Chicago Photo Credit: © iStockphoto / Thinkstock
Cute as the dickens, and pretty tasty, too, but these little varmints are singed whole to remove the hair then stuffed with cedar boughs and roasted in the coals of the fire. Where it's commonly found: New Mexico. Click here to see the Best Airline Food as reviewed by Zagat Photo Credit: © wiki / Magnus Manske
Freshly ground in a real casing with the requisite snap is awesome. Commodity dogs are made under a veil of secrecy. You do the math on that. Where it's commonly found: In your grocers meat section. Click here to see Top Travel Apps to Guide You to Destination's Best Eats Photo Credit: © Digital Vision
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