Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Seven Reasons Why I Hate Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
Village Voice ^ | Apr. 15 2009 | Sarah DiGregorio

Posted on 04/15/2009 1:33:37 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern airs on the Travel Channel. I hate it. Here's why.

1. Zimmern chews with his mouth open.

2. Zimmern insists on dressing in brightly hued shorts and polo shirts, clothes that scream "stereotypical American tourist!" so loudly that not even real, live, stereotypical American tourists would wear them.

3. Zimmern condescendingly explains the food to the very people who just made it for him: "You know this is sweet, and...it's chewy. It's got an undertone of citrus."

4. Zimmern mugs shamelessly at the camera, usually while some sainted grandma is cooking her specialty just for him, as if we're all in on this big joke. The joke being: Wow, these strange people eat really disgusting things, don't they?! Can you believe they eat this stuff? I could really go for a cheeseburger right now. You know, normal food!

5. On a recent episode in Japan, Zimmern visits a funazushi (fermented raw fish) maker, a guy whose family has been making funazushi for 18 generations. As this fellow is proudly showing Zimmern around the centuries-old operation, he opens a barrel filled with fermented fish. Zimmern makes a disgusted face, and says something about how revolting it is. His Japanese host looks embarrassed.

6. Zimmern often visits poor countries, where people don't always have enough to eat. He visits people in their homes, eats their hard-won, homemade food, and explains to them that their food is bizarre, all the while making faces to indicate just how grossed out he is. It really makes you appreciate Anthony Bourdain, who, in similar situations, is unfailingly polite.

7. Didn't your mother ever teach you that it's rude to say that someone's food is disgusting or weird?


TOPICS: Food; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: food; zimmern

1 posted on 04/15/2009 1:33:37 PM PDT by nickcarraway
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

It requires a lot of ‘testosterone’ to watch that show.


2 posted on 04/15/2009 1:35:16 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway
One of my favorite shows.

Zimmern is honest and one h$ll of a lot braver than I am when it comes to strange food!

3 posted on 04/15/2009 1:36:00 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SonOfDarkSkies

I live in an Italian neighborhood. Tripe is “normal” food.


4 posted on 04/15/2009 1:39:27 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway
It really makes you appreciate Anthony Bourdain, who, in similar situations, is unfailingly polite.

So it's OK to make snarky comments in post production out of earshot of the people he's dissing instead of making those comments to the peoples face.

5 posted on 04/15/2009 1:41:23 PM PDT by Joiseydude (Kate Smith - God Bless America http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCavKL2zdjM GREAT visual interpretatio)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway
Zimmern sole criteria for delicious food seems to be the degree to which it repels the average American diner.

Plus, for some reason I cannot stand the sight of him savoring, with that 'if only you could taste this' look on his face, bull testicles or whatever.

6 posted on 04/15/2009 1:41:23 PM PDT by skeeter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

I like Zimmerman better than Bourdain. I always feel like Bourdain is looking for a $2 Malaysian hooker when the camera is off.


7 posted on 04/15/2009 1:41:59 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

But don’t you just love the “nutty” flavor of those roasted bugs?


8 posted on 04/15/2009 1:42:38 PM PDT by digger48
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SonOfDarkSkies

Zimmerman has me wanting to try Durian fruit. He hates it but I just want food that’s unlawfull to carry in some places.


9 posted on 04/15/2009 1:43:48 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

“The Village Voice”?

That’s in the same gutter as DU.

Now I need a shower.


10 posted on 04/15/2009 1:44:11 PM PDT by DigitalVideoDude (It's amazing what you can accomplish when you don't care who gets the credit. -Ronald Reagan)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Joiseydude

“So it’s OK to make snarky comments in post production out of earshot of the people he’s dissing instead of making those comments to the peoples face.”

Yeah he certainly isn’t shy about doggin people after he leaves. I can’t stand his show anymore.


11 posted on 04/15/2009 1:44:13 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Joiseydude

Usually Bourdain’s snarky comments are at the expense of the producer who setup the scene. He doesn’t blame poor people for what they get stuck eating, but that doesn’t mean he wants to eat authentic aboriginal poo cooked omelet.


12 posted on 04/15/2009 1:46:19 PM PDT by razorboy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Joiseydude
So it's OK to make snarky comments in post production out of earshot of the people he's dissing instead of making those comments to the peoples face.

For a woman who claims to hate Zimmern so much, it sounds like she never misses an episode. I think this woman is secretly in love with Zimmern and wants him to do degrading things to her, after which she will bear his love child.
13 posted on 04/15/2009 1:47:50 PM PDT by fr_freak
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: massgopguy
I live in an Italian neighborhood. Tripe is “normal” food.

I love ethnic food from any ethnic group but my own and would love an Italian neighborhood.

Thai and Vietnamese however are my all-time faves except for Sushi and Sashimi.

14 posted on 04/15/2009 1:48:25 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek
For those who don't know, a Durian looks like a green footbal made with hard spikes.

It smells worse then you can imagine, but the taste is sweet and delicious to some people.


15 posted on 04/15/2009 1:50:49 PM PDT by Mr. K (physically unable to proofreed (<---oops))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway
I've eaten many things that Zimmerman eats on his show.

I lived in the Philippines and traveled over Southeast Asia for 5 1/2 years.
I traveled through the Mideast as an older teen when coming back from a job painting water towers in Bahrain.

If it tastes good, eat it.

I'll try anything once, twice if I like it.

16 posted on 04/15/2009 1:51:57 PM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SonOfDarkSkies
Thai and Vietnamese however are my all-time faves except for Sushi and Sashimi.

I'll second that motion on Sushi and Sashimi.
In fact, I'll just have seconds on the Sushi and Sashimi.

17 posted on 04/15/2009 1:53:24 PM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Of the food show guys, I’d like to hang out with the guy who does diners and dives second to Bourdain. Bourdain is cool, imo. He knows how to hang out with all kinds of people and have a good time. He’d enjoy an evening by the firepit in my back yard.


18 posted on 04/15/2009 1:53:38 PM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

You so do not want to try Durian. We have it available here and tried it. It tastes like rotting onion with a similar texture and smells like a wet dog’s hindend.

We all practically threw up and even the dog would not touch it.


19 posted on 04/15/2009 1:53:41 PM PDT by doodad
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

To a degree, I agree with you. I think the explanations are necessary, especially to folks who don’t travel much. When I was growing up in the Fifties and Sixties, many of our neighbors thought steamed fish with the head and tail on was exotic.

I do think Andrew’s attire leaves a lot to be desired, especially considering how rotund he looks in snug-fitting clothes.

One neighbor’s blonde, blue-eyed daughter was very curious about “strange” foods and customs. When she was little, I taught her how to use chopsticks as well as explained many of the dishes to her. She eventually studied Japanese in college and went to work for the Bank of Tokyo. In the Eighties, her parents showed us a photo (drop-dead gorgeous) from her MBA graduation. I’m glad our family helped to spark her curiosity.


20 posted on 04/15/2009 1:54:27 PM PDT by 12Gauge687 (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek
I always feel like Bourdain is looking for a $2 Malaysian hooker when the camera is off.

Nah, he has Nari and she is cute.

21 posted on 04/15/2009 1:55:47 PM PDT by doodad
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: SonOfDarkSkies
Ditto to everything you said. Love the show even while gagging on my lunch.
22 posted on 04/15/2009 1:56:12 PM PDT by Recon Dad (Marsoc Dad)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Mr. K

I ate it while visiting Indonesia and it’s like spoiled fruit; if it’s sweet and delicious to someone then good for them. The smell alone would make you barf.


23 posted on 04/15/2009 1:57:16 PM PDT by 12Gauge687 (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

Uuuuummmmm...he is...

And a stiff drink


24 posted on 04/15/2009 1:58:46 PM PDT by 240B (i will not pay my mortgage until i get free money from Obama)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

I dont think the people are insulted - I love to see people grimace with raw oysters, anchovies, and stuff much less gross than that fermented fish.


25 posted on 04/15/2009 2:12:09 PM PDT by blackminorca
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

I will give you one:

Andrew Zimmer.

Like the concept but the guy grates on me.


26 posted on 04/15/2009 2:49:58 PM PDT by Vendome
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Someone please tell Sarah DiGregorio to get a life!


27 posted on 04/15/2009 3:14:21 PM PDT by golf lover
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway
I like Zimmern. And the fact that he's being skewered by some dyke from The Village Voice makes me like him that much more. That rag is nothing more than the program schedule for the slimy underbelly of Left-wing nihilism in that fetid garbage dump of failed social engineering known as New Yawk.


28 posted on 04/15/2009 6:46:56 PM PDT by Viking2002 (Thomas Paine on one shoulder, and St. Anger on the other.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: skeeter
"...bull testicles or whatever..."

Hey, he's going to live forever, apparently:

Photobucket

29 posted on 04/16/2009 9:19:34 AM PDT by I Buried My Guns (I just hope CW2 comes before my creaky knees give out completely!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Viking2002

Don’t hold back!


30 posted on 04/16/2009 9:24:34 AM PDT by I Buried My Guns (I just hope CW2 comes before my creaky knees give out completely!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: Viking2002

Don’t hold back!


31 posted on 04/16/2009 9:25:02 AM PDT by I Buried My Guns (I just hope CW2 comes before my creaky knees give out completely!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway
I can't watch the show because it makes me nauseous. Other than that, I have no objection at all.
32 posted on 04/16/2009 9:28:05 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson