One of our favorite shows here on Gadling is “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern,” and although we tease Zimmern once in a while, we love watching the show.
I think that part of the reason that many people watch the show is just to see what crazy food Zimmern is going to push down his throat each episode. Whether this is grasshopper pizza, pigs ears or chicken uterus, everyone wants to see Zimmern eat something disgusting and secretly wants him to retch. It’s kind of like on Fear Factor when they’re forced to eat cockroaches and worms. It’s so so bad. But you just can’t tear yourself away.
If you were in Andrew Zimmern’s place though, could you handle being in a tough foreign country eating seriously questionable food? I know I couldn’t. I have a hard enough time with scallops let alone braided intestines.
On one of my favorite new websites, GraphJam, submitter Ryan sums it up pretty well in this Venn Diagram: Places I would not go + Things I would not eat = “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.”
Which isn’t to say I’m going to stop watching the show. I’ll just be watching it from my sofa with a bowl of Easy Mac.