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By putting leaves of cabbage kimchi on a slice of pizza, you’re destroying the notion of the nation-state and unknowingly mimicking the ways in which many Korean American children took their first awkward steps into assimilation, one bite at a time, until they stopped using kimchi altogether…You look at a map of the world and point a finger to Mongolia. “Really good barbecue.” El Salvador. “Mmm, pupusas.” Vietnam. “I love pho!” When you divorce a food from its place and time, you can ignore global civil unrest and natural disasters (see: Zagat declaring Pinoy cuisine the “next great Asian food trend” this past fall as deadly floods swept through the Philippines), knowing as you do that the world’s cultural products will always find safe harbor in your precious, precious mouth.
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Soleil Ho, “Craving the Other

(Read this thing. You won’t regret it.)

Munchies: Andrew Zimmern 

You might know Andrew Zimmern from his Travel Channel show Bizarre Foods in which he wolfs down unsightly things halfway across the world. Maybe you’ve wondered what eats when he’s out with friends in New York. For this episode of Munchies, Andrew chose to start at Osteria Morini, where the most bizarre food on the table was an amazing rib eye carpaccio that had been aged for 120 days. Then they headed to Marc Forgione for one of the more interesting meals we’ve ever seen. We ended up at the kitchen of Barbuto, where Zimmern made Chinese chicken drumsticks for the legendary chef Jonathan Waxman. Enjoy.

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One day at work my co-worker and I were just chatting about food and he showed me this amazing video and even let me share it with you (thank you John!). I am slowly entering the world of bizarre foods a la Zimmern but John has already mastered it from his trip to Korea where he got to eat a live octopus.  This is on my to-do list and hope I can be as successful as the culinary expert Zimmern and make him proud.

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    Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods, often claims that to know a culture, you must eat their food. I’ve eaten Vietnamese food my whole life, but there’s still so much that I don’t understand about my family and the place we came from. I don’t know why we can be so reticent, yet so emotional; why Catholicism, the invaders’ religion, still has such a hold on them; why we laugh so hard even at times when there’s not much to laugh about. After endless plates of com bi, banh xeo, and cha gio, I still don’t know what my grandmother thinks about when she prays.
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    Andrew Zimmern on food, traveling and his next Quarterly box!

    We sat down with Andrew Zimmern, the host, creator and producer of Travel Channel’s hit series, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, to get the low-down on his incredible experiences around the world. 

    Q: So Andrew, we’re pretty curious — what is the most bizarre food you have ever tried?

    A: That’s a toughone. I’d have to go with one something so rare I’ve never seen one before or one I’ve never even heard of —whichdoesn’t happen often. Gun to my head, I’ll say piure, which is a basketball-sized bottom-dwelling invertebrate. You pry open the mollusk’s rough skin and boom! It’s loaded with hundreds of juicy, red oyster-like pods. It tastes a bit like iodine, which I actually enjoy.

    Q: We’re intrigued and will definitely try it out next time we’re in Chile! Do you have any tips for discovering new foods when traveling?

    A: I do the same thing everyone else does before they hit the road—hit up friends for suggestions. I recently went to Rome for an upcoming Bizarre Foods episode. Before I left, I asked Mario Batali and Michael White to send me their current favorites. They sent me to some killer places I never would’ve found on TripAdvisor or through my hotel concierge. If you aren’t on a first-name basis with Batali it doesn’t present a problem either. That’s what Twitter’s for. You might not always get an answer, but you’d be surprised at how many chefs will respond. We’re all food-obsessed travel geeks and love shelling out tips. I live for that stuff!

    Also, it never hurts to ask locals where they like to eat. Chat up the bartender, your cab driver or barista and see where they spend their pay checks. 

    Q: In what country have you found your favorite food? Can you even pick?

    A: I’m asked this question a lot, and I always have the same answer: The last place I visited. I know it seems like a cop out, but I’m a bright-shiny-objects guy and whatever is freshest in my memory wins. I was just in Panama and can’t stop thinking about the insane lobster salad and ceviche at the Mercado de Mariscos in Panama City. All made from scratch, daily. Super simple stuff, but as a seafood guy, it doesn’t get much better than that.

    Q: What has been your favorite experience curating a Quarterly box so far?

    A: I gotta go with the last box—a love letter to all things smoke. The smoked brown sugar and olive oil were two of my favorite food finds of last year, so sharing the culinary love gave me the warm fuzzies.

    Q: Your next box is themed Movie Night…if you could eat a meal from any movie, what would it be?

    A: Good question. I gotta say its a tie….. the feast at Connie’s wedding in the Godfather. Technically, it’s not thought of as a food movie, but there are so many scenes built around meals. They’re Italians! And the Corleone family is in the olive oil business for crying out loud! That is on equal footing with the Robin Hood movie starring Errol Flynn. The dinner at the kings palace where he throws the deer on the table. That was a feast!

    Thank you so much for sitting down with us, Andrew! 
We’re excited to see what movie you pick for the next box, can’t wait for some movie night snacking. 

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    "Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in."

    ― Andrew Zimmern, Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World of Food: Brains, Bugs, and Blood Sausage