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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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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Dinner at Mum's: Includes Fowl Zucati, Kingfish and other savory dishes. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern on the way to Calangute Beach. 960 1280

  

A local butcher at the morning market in Candolim, Goa. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern at the Calengute Ayurveda Center practicing yoga. 960 1280

  

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

  

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Bahama Mama from Schmidt's

Bahama Mama from Schmidt's

Did You Know? Sausages are some of the earliest amazing eats on record! Early humans developed sausage-making in an effort to preserve meat for future consumption.

Dish 1: Bahama Mamas
Where: Schmidt's, 240 East Kossuth St, Columbus, OH 43216
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Chili Half Smoke at Ben's Chili Bowl

Chili Half Smoke at Ben's Chili Bowl

Did You Know? The guilty pleasure of sausage is often described as sinful. But legend has it that in 320 ad, the Catholic Church actually declared eating sausage a sin, due to its association with a popular pagan festival.

Dish 2: Chili Half-Smoke Sausage
Where: Ben’s Chili Bowl, 1213 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
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Italian Sausage Bomber Sandwich at Campi's

Italian Sausage Bomber Sandwich at Campi's

Did You Know? When the Erie Canal opened in 1823, the economy of Rochester exploded, making it one of America’s original boomtowns. Today, Rochester is home to explosive meat sandwiches known as bombers.

Dish 3: Italian Sausage "Bomber" Sandwich
Where: Campi's, 205 Scottsville Rd, Rochester, NY 14611
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Saddlebag Sausage Pancakes

Saddlebag Sausage Pancakes

Did You Know? Thought to be a direct descendant of the frankfurter of Frankfurt, Germany, hot dogs became enormously popular in 1893 when baseball parks started serving them to fans.

Dish 4: Sausage "Saddlebag" Pancakes
Where: The Buff, 1725 28th St, Boulder, CO 80301
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Machine Gun Sausage Sandwich at Bruges in Salt Lake City

Machine Gun Sausage Sandwich at Bruges in Salt Lake City

Did You Know? Up through World War II, sausages were made with water. If not cooked properly under high heat, they exploded - leading the British to nickname the combustible links "bangers."

Dish 5: Machine Gun Sausage Sandwich
Where: Bruges, 336 W Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
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Po Boy Sandwich at Hot Sauce Williams

Po Boy Sandwich at Hot Sauce Williams

Did You Know? Sausages can vary by country and region as each incorporates their own local ingredients into the links.

Dish 6: Polish Boy sausage sandwich
Where: Hot Sauce Williams, 7815 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103
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For over 90 years, The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs has been exuding culinary opulence with their Sunday brunches. 960 1280

  

It takes the Broadmoor chefs a week to create the Sunday feast, which features homemade sausages and chocolate filigrees. 960 1280

  

Las Vegas is the pleasure capital of the world, and the buffets served in hotels like the Bellagio reflect that title. 960 1280

  

Gourmet buffets are the specialty at the Bellagio with trays of Kobe beef, suckling pig and 8 types of pizza. 960 1280

  

Located high in the Burbank hills near Los Angeles, the Castaway is a nautically themed restaurant known for its seafood. 960 1280

  

Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA, set a Guinness World Record for its 123-lb. beef burger. 960 1280

  

Visit Gauchos Village in Glendale, CA, for a little taste of Brazilian cuisine like churrasco and deep-fried bananas. 960 1280

  

Bring your sweet tooth to the chocolate heaven at Boston's Langham Hotel's Café Fleuri chocolate bar. 960 1280

  

Chocoholics indulge in over 120 desserts made from different types of chocolate at Langham's Café Fleuri chocolate bar. 960 1280

  

If you are looking for the ultimate soup-eating experience, head to Pea Soup Andersen's in Buellton, CA. 960 1280

  

Pea Soup Andersen's uses over 135 tons of peas to prepare bottomless bowls of its famous split pea soup. 960 1280

  

Gene's Sausage Shop, Chicago

Gene's Sausage Shop, Chicago

Gene’s Sausage is a European market that specializes in 40 different varieties of smoked meats and sausages. 960 1280

  

Ferdinando’s Focacceria, Brooklyn, New York

Ferdinando’s Focacceria, Brooklyn, New York

These legendary links spend 40 minutes in the oven before they’re dropped into a red sauce made with fresh tomatoes, fennel seed and a secret mix of spices known only to the restaurant’s chef-owner Francesco Buffa. 960 1280

  

Ferdinando’s Focacceria, Brooklyn, New York

Ferdinando’s Focacceria, Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn is home to one of the oldest, most venerable sausage specialists in the country -- Ferdinando’s Focacceria. 960 1280

  

Southside Market & BBQ, Elgin, Texas

Southside Market & BBQ, Elgin, Texas

Many customers stop by the Southside butcher counter to take home some of the finest sausage that Texas has to offer. 960 1280

  

Southside Market & BBQ, Elgin, Texas

Southside Market & BBQ, Elgin, Texas

Elgin, TX, is known for just one thing -- sausage. Elgin sausage is so sensational that it’s sold all over America, but the best is still served at the oldest barbecue joint in the Lone Star State: Southside Market. 960 1280

  

Wurstkuche, Venice, California

Wurstkuche, Venice, California

Sweet peppers and onions are a welcome topping to an already succulent Wurstkuche sausage. 960 1280

  

Wurstkuche, Venice, California

Wurstkuche, Venice, California

Wurstkuche restaurant custom-designs 20 sausages, including classics such as Bockwurst, Hot Italian and even Vegetarian varieties. 960 1280

  

Polish Village, Hamtramck, Michigan

Polish Village, Hamtramck, Michigan

The Polish Village cooks its succulent sausage in beer sauce. 960 1280

  

Polish Village, Hamtramck, Michigan

Polish Village, Hamtramck, Michigan

The cooks at the Polish Village come straight from Poland or learned their craft from someone who did. 960 1280

  

Hominy Grill, Charleston, South Carolina

Hominy Grill, Charleston, South Carolina

Like everything else on chef Robert Stehling’s menu, the star of this party is prepared from scratch, using only fresh, locally farmed ingredients. 960 1280

  

Hominy Grill, Charleston, South Carolina

Hominy Grill, Charleston, South Carolina

Hominy Grill opened in 1996 as a Southern neighborhood restaurant in a great Southern neighborhood. 960 1280

  

Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR

Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR

The bangers at the Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR, offer a trip to England without the passport. 960 1280

  

Horse Brass Pub, Portland, Oregon

Horse Brass Pub, Portland, Oregon

For those who prefer their pig in a blanket, the Horse Brass also serves up a banger sausage roll. 960 1280

  

Old German Beer Hall, Milwaukee

Old German Beer Hall, Milwaukee

The sausage that owner Hans Weissgerber serves up is much the same as what’s been served in Germany for over 500 years. 960 1280

  

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