Fast Foods Gone Global: Asia Pictures

Local cultures influence flavors at American fast food chains throughout Asia, with menu items like McDonald's bulgogi burger in Seoul and Baskin Robbins’ kiwi sorbet in Japan.

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A crocodile's bite is 10 times more deadly than the bite of a great white shark. 960 1280

  

In Papua New Guinea, restaurants serve crocodile meat with turmeric to create a tasty stew. Some people believe eating croc meat can cure asthma. 960 1280

  

Monitor lizards grow up to 9 feet long. A single bite can cause an allergic reaction that could lead to death. 960 1280

  

A female monitor lizard can carry 30-40 eggs. The eggs are usually boiled in water and eaten as a treat in the Philippines. 960 1280

  

In the Philippines, monitor lizard meat is usually cooked with coconut milk and chili. Filipinos believe eating the meat can help treat heart and liver problems. 960 1280

  

In 2008, a small village in the Philippines became deathly ill after eating the cooked flesh from hawksbill turtles. The turtles eat a variety of toxic sea sponges. 960 1280

  

Despite the health hazards, several villagers continue to eat the meat from hawksbill turtles. 960 1280

  

In Thailand, a cane toad's skin is covered with alkaloid, a poisonous venom. The venom can enter the body through a cut or by eating the toxic critter. 960 1280

  

Cooks must be skilled to prepare a dish with poisonous cane toad as the main ingredient. In Thailand, some locals deep fry the toads in garlic. 960 1280

  

A Vietnamese man skins rats after boiling them in hot water. Rats can carry a bacterial infection called leptospirosis that can liver and kidney failure. 960 1280

  

Three thousand tons of rats are consumed in Vietnam each year. 960 1280

  

Andrew takes on Chicago where he uncovers some of the best food in the world. 960 1280

  

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Andrew and the production crew shoot a scene in front of the tomb of John the Baptist's head for the Syria episode of Bizarre Foods. 960 1280

  

Andrew milks a sheep in the desert outside Palmyra, Syria. 960 1280

  

Greek cookbook author Diane Kochilas invites Andrew into her home to show off some of her legendary cooking skills. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern eats with Goschenhoppen Historians, Inc. at the historic Henry Antes house in Perkiomenville, PA. The group was founded in 1964 to preserve folk culture of the Pennsylvania Germans, the area's earliest settlers. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern adds the key ingredient, a pig's head, to a boiling cauldron of scrapple in White Haven, PA. 960 1280

  

'These cheesy straw hats worn by gondoliers are an irresistible tourist trinket even for me.' ' Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

'I love Venetian seafood, especially when it's raw!' ' Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

Photographer Adrian Danciu takes a moment to take in the beautiful landscape in Lapland, Finland. 960 1280

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Andrew digs into a pot of seal meat with on Hailuoto Island, located off the northern coast of Finland. 960 1280

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Andrew and his guide Rachel Raj pick up some fresh challah bread at Carimama Pizzazo in Hungary. 960 1280

  

Andrew dances in the rain with his new Roma friends in Paszab, a rural village in Hungary. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and his Jewish Quarter guide Rachel Raj discuss Jewish bread pudding. 960 1280

  

Andrew observes how local fishermen on Lake Balaton net large Busa carp. 960 1280

  

'My guide, Edison, explains some of the fascinating Himba rituals in Madagascar.' ' Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

'This is the backyard kitchen of a 'Smiley Den' in the Katatura slum of Namibia -- where the food is pretty hardcore.' ' Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

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Taste of Chicago

Taste of Chicago

Head to Chicago for the world’s largest food festival. Now in its 33rd year, the 5-day festival attracts more than 2 million visitors each year. Highlighted foods include Chicago-style pizza, the famed Eli’s Cheesecake, plus various regional foods. The annual event is held in July. 960 1280

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Over six weeks, this annual fall festival at Walt Disney World's Epcot park in Orlando, Fla. showcases food and wine specialties from 25 countries. Explore international kiosks, cooking demonstrations, mixology classes and wine tastings, as well as live musical performances.  960 1280

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Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

Held in September in Honolulu, the annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival was founded by two of Hawaii’s James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong. The four-day festival also features a lineup of more than 50 leading chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers.  960 1280

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Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival

Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival

August 2012 marks the second-annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival. The four-day event will build on the success of last year’s lineup, which showcased more than 30 different restaurants and 200 vineyards. 960 1280

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New Orleans Wine & Food Festival

New Orleans Wine & Food Festival

In May the New Orleans Wine & Food Festival celebrates its 20th year -- all for a good cause. In its two decades, the festival has raised more than $1 million for nonprofit organizations based in New Orleans (like the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans), while attracting an impressive roster of local food and chefs, as well as national and international wines.  960 1280

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Taste of Vail

Taste of Vail

Every spring the annual Taste of Vail festival in Vail, Colo. attracts more than 30 of the finest local chefs. The festival also attracts owners and winemakers from nearly 50 of the country’s top wineries.  960 1280

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Charleston Wine & Food Festival

Charleston Wine & Food Festival

Every March, this South Carolina festival attracts nearly 20,000 food and wine aficionados from around the country. The four-day event most recently featured the best in wine, barbecue and tacos, using Lowcountry ingredients.  960 1280

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South Beach Wine & Food Festival

South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Heading into its 12th year, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival benefits Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Teaching Restaurant and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center. In 2012, more than 60,000 guests attended the event, raising approximately $2 million for the university. The festival is next slated for February 2013.  960 1280

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Key West Food & Wine Festival

Key West Food & Wine Festival

This annual four-day festival, held in January, turns up the heat in Florida. Celebrate Key West’s rich food and drink heritage with walk-around tastings at sunset, along with education wine and food seminars led by local talent.  960 1280

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Portland Eat Mobile Festival

Portland Eat Mobile Festival

Portland, Ore. has more than 400 food carts, making it a top destination for mobile eats. Every April the city’s best street food takes center stage at the Portland Eat Mobile Festival. Attendees also enjoy food demonstrations and discussions on ways to incorporate green-friendly practices into their daily lives.  960 1280

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NYC Wine & Food Festival

NYC Wine & Food Festival

Eat, drink, end hunger -- that’s the mission of the NYC Wine & Food Festival. In the past, this annual fall festival has attracted more than 50,000 attendees and 200 celebrity chefs and culinary personalities. In all, 100% of the festivals net proceeds benefit the NYC Food Bank and Share Our Strength, a nonprofit committed to end child hunger. 960 1280

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Austin Food & Wine Festival

Austin Food & Wine Festival

Every April the "live music capital of the world” and capital of Texas  plays host to the two-day Austin Food & Wine Festival. Among the highlights: 35 cooking demos, plus wine and cocktail seminars. In between, grab a complimentary drink at the VIP Lounge. Then sample the best in local and regional restaurants at the H-E-B Grand Tasting Pavilion.  960 1280

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Aspen Food & Wine Classic

Aspen Food & Wine Classic

In June the Aspen Food & Wine Classic celebrates its 30th anniversary as one of America's top culinary events. The three-day event in Aspen, Colo. showcases cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and panel talks by leading wine and culinary experts.  960 1280

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Camp Washington Chili, Cincinnati, Ohio

Camp Washington Chili, Cincinnati, Ohio

At Camp Washington, skeptics convert to believers with their first bite of freshly made chili-covered spaghetti. 960 1280

  

Chili Addiction, Los Angeles, California

Chili Addiction, Los Angeles, California

Chili isn't just limited to the bowl at Chili Addiction; it's also a great topper to burgers, hot dogs and fries. 960 1280

  

Joe Rodgers' Chili Den, Springfield, Illinois

Joe Rodgers' Chili Den, Springfield, Illinois

You can chow down on a chili-topped hot dog at Joe Rodgers’ Chili Den in Springfield, IL. 960 1280

  

Slim's Last Chance, Seattle, Washington

Slim's Last Chance, Seattle, Washington

In Seattle, the grunge capital of the world, you’ll know you’ve found paradise when you spot the Slim's Last Chance blue neon sign that reads “Cold Beer… Booze… Hot Chili.” 960 1280

  

Phoenix Saloon, New Braunfels, Texas

Phoenix Saloon, New Braunfels, Texas

To make sure their chili is the spiciest around, the Phoenix Saloon combines a variety of hot peppers into the mix. 960 1280

  

Slim's Last Chance, Seattle, Washington

Slim's Last Chance, Seattle, Washington

Once the turkey and spices are cooked up, the cooks at Slim’s add homemade chicken broth and white beans. Then they let it simmer for an hour and a half – the finished product is a pot of chili gold. 960 1280

  

Slim's Last Chance, Seattle, Washington

Slim's Last Chance, Seattle, Washington

Try “The Works” at Slim’s and a blowtorch will melt cheese over your chili, and then cover it with sweet onions, diced tomatoes, sour cream, tortilla chips, cilantro, chives and a roasted jalapeno.  960 1280

  

Joe Rodgers' Chili Den, Springfield, Illinois

Joe Rodgers' Chili Den, Springfield, Illinois

In 1993, the state legislature officially proclaimed Springfield "the Chili Capital of the Civilized World." If Springfield is the chili capital, then this stop along historic Route 66 is the capitol building - Joe Rogers' “The Den” Chili Parlor. 960 1280

  

Texas Chili Parlor, Austin, Texas

Texas Chili Parlor, Austin, Texas

During the Capital Challenge, in order to make sure all participants inhale the full 6 1/2 pounds, each portion is put on a scale at Texas Chili Parlor.  960 1280

  

Texas Chili Parlor, Austin, Texas

Texas Chili Parlor, Austin, Texas

The XXX Chili at Texas Chili Parlor is so hot, it comes with a release limiting the parlor’s liability if your mouth spontaneously combusts.   960 1280

  

White Knight Diner, St. Louis, Missouri

White Knight Diner, St. Louis, Missouri

“The Slinger” may not be haute cuisine, but served with a side of bread, you’re looking at all 4 food groups on a single plate. This is the breakfast … and lunch… of champions. 960 1280

  

Chili Addiction, Los Angeles, California

Chili Addiction, Los Angeles, California

Chili Addiction’s ever-revolving selection of flavors will have you jonesing for your daily fix. 960 1280

  

Phoenix Saloon, New Braunfels, Texas

Phoenix Saloon, New Braunfels, Texas

For those craving something besides a bowlful, the Phoenix Saloon’s take on the chiliburger has the spice stuffed inside rather than slathered on top. 960 1280

  

White Knight Diner, St. Louis, Missouri

White Knight Diner, St. Louis, Missouri

Perched on the banks of the Mississippi in St. Louis, the Gateway to the West is also the gateway to this castle-themed time capsule in the heart of downtown - the White Knight Diner. 960 1280

  

Dan Sung Sa in Koreatown

Dan Sung Sa in Koreatown

Mikey Roe tries the super spicy wings at Dan Sung Sa in Koreatown. 960 1280

  

25 Degrees

25 Degrees

The grilled cheese and onion rings at 25 Degrees, a 5-star burger joint that calls the Roosevelt Hotel its home. 960 1280

  

25 Degrees

25 Degrees

The #1 burger at 25 Degrees, with its toasted brioche bun, caramelized onions, 2-cheese blend, Thousand Island dressing, arugula and bacon, is a knockout. 960 1280

  

Dan Sung Sa in Koreatown

Dan Sung Sa in Koreatown

Mikey at Dan Sung Sa, K-town’s greatest pojanmacha — a term that loosely translates to “gastropub”. 960 1280

  

Berri's Pizza Café

Berri's Pizza Café

Mikey and the Feed the Beast crew look over footage at Berri's Pizza Café, which is a quiet little Italian joint by day, but a veritable club by night – complete with mood lighting and techno music. 960 1280

  

Berri's Pizza Café

Berri's Pizza Café

The avocado pizza at Berri's Pizza Café, with its thin, crispy-yet-foldable crust and gooey, drippy cheese, is as close to New York pizza as it gets in Hollywood. 960 1280

  

Cole's

Cole's

A turkey, cheese and pastrami sandwich with a pickle at Cole's, a downtown landmark that turns out its classic sandwiches (with pork, lamb or beef) late into the night. 960 1280

  

Cole's

Cole's

The oldest pub in the city, Cole’s is also the only place serving up a French dip until 2 a.m. 960 1280

  

Cole's

Cole's

You can’t go wrong with a grilled cheese late at night -- especially this grilled cheese with barbecue sauce at Cole's. 960 1280

  

San Gennaro Italian Festival

San Gennaro Italian Festival

Mikey happens upon the San Gennaro Italian Festival on the corner of Hollywood and Highland, where he finds some authentic meatballs and ravioli. 960 1280

  

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