Fast Foods Gone Global

Our Fast Foods Gone Global pictures show how Asia, Europe and the Pacific Rim have all adopted the West’s fast-food giants: McDonald’s, Subway and KFC.

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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

  

The Bizarre Foods production crew grabs a few shots outside John's Roast Pork in South Philadelphia. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern points out a personal favorite at Chocolate by Mueller in Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market. 960 1280

  

Andrew demonstrates the proper way to hold a 40-lb. snapping turtle in Mountain Top, PA. 960 1280

  

The crew films Philly's skyline from the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Arts -- made famous in the movie Rocky. 960 1280

  

Andrew tastes bigos -- a traditional Polish stew -- at Czerw's Kielbasy in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia. 960 1280

  

Andrew pulls a rack of sausage links out of the old-school smokehouse at Czerw's Kielbasy. 960 1280

  

Chef Masaharu Morimoto shows Andrew how to prepare a signature dish at Morimoto restaurant in Philadelphia. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and John Bucci, owner of John's Roast Pork, share a cheesesteak in South Philly. 960 1280

  

Cameraman Adrian Danciu films 4 snarling, snapping turtles near the small town of Mountain Top, PA. 960 1280

  

Cameraman Adrian Danciu gets an establishing shot of Philadelphia's Italian Market. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and Delmar Anthony prepare a pot of snapping-turtle soup by carving up meat in Drums, PA. 960 1280

  

Andrew and the crew watch snapper expert Delmar Anthony artfully prepare a dish using snapping turtle. 960 1280

  

In White Haven, PA, Andrew adds a key ingredient -- a pig's head -- to a boiling cauldron of scrapple, a loaf made of cornmeal and pig scraps. 960 1280

  

Andrew talks to the camera in front of the tomb where John the Baptist's head is kept in Syria. 960 1280

  

Walking through the ruins in Palmyra at sunset is a must. 960 1280

  

Cameraman Luke Logan gets some shots of the locals. 960 1280

  

A man carefully sets up a display of fruits and vegetables at a souk (aka market) in Damascus. 960 1280

  

Andrew prepares for a camel ride with some Bedouins. 960 1280

  

Andrew explores a souk and checks out a colorful display of dried fruit in Damascus. 960 1280

  

Men and women walk to the Umayyad Mosque for a call to prayer in Damascus. 960 1280

  

Andrew samples omelets from King of Ejja in Aleppo. 960 1280

  

Jockeys prepare for a camel race in Palmyra. 960 1280

  

Andrew samples an Abu Shaker juice drink topped with fruit, sweetened cheese, cookies and nuts. 960 1280

  

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Florence

Florence

No list of the world’s best foodie cities is complete without a shout-out to Italy, especially the fresh, rustic cuisine native to Florence. Grab a creamy scoop or two of gelato at Grom or Perche No! and sit on the steps of the Duomo as you devour it. And who said Italy was all about pasta and pizza? Even the most devout herbivores will be transformed when they carve into their first Bistecca alla Fiorentina. 960 1280

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Charleston

Charleston

Charleston, SC, has quickly become the place for foodies. In an area known as Lowcountry, Charleston’s Southern charm shines through at places like Hominy Grill. A must-have is shrimp and grits prepared with scallions, mushrooms and bacon, over cheese hominy grits. At Jestine’s Kitchen, the okra gumbo and fried-green tomatoes keep locals and tourists coming back year after year. The wait time might be longer than normal at both places, but it’s definitely worth the wait. 960 1280

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New Orleans

New Orleans

Take a stroll through the French Quarter and you’ll feel as if you’re in another country. Is it Paris or the American South? Basically, it’s the best of both -- right down to the food. In between daiquiris (the to-go kind, of course) and beignets, stop by Willie Mae’s Scotch House for a big ole plate of incredible fried chicken, or Domilise’s for shrimp po’boy that puts all others to shame. 960 1280

  

New York City

New York City

Some consider the city that never sleeps to be the food mecca of the world. From Harlem to Hell's Kitchen, take your pick of authentic ethnic food from around the globe. For trendy foodies, head to the Meatpacking District or West Village where celebrity chef restaurants like Catch are always in style. A personal favorite in the Flatiron District is Eataly, where Italian food truly comes alive! 960 1280

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St. Louis

St. Louis

Baileys’ Chocolate Bar is the sweet spot in St. Louis. Truffles are served individually on plates and their chocolate martinis are as smooth and frothy as milkshakes, adding to the class factor. Try the raspberry martini to perfectly complement the rich desserts. The Gateway City is also known for being a big beer city, pork BBQ destination and vibrant foodie town, especially in the trendy Central West End neighborhood. 960 1280

  

Chicago

Chicago

Nothing beats a slice of Chicago-style deep-dish pizza from Lou Malnati's or yes, the original Pizzeria Uno! Piled high with toppings and topped with tons of tomato sauce, you'll barely be able to finish a slice. What's more, many Chicago restaurants are BYOB and don't charge a corking fee, so you can wash down your meal with your favorite bottle of wine -- every time. 960 1280

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Jaipur

Jaipur

The Pink City of Jaipur, in the northwest Indian state of Rajasthan, stands out not only for its regal monuments but for its cuisine. Explore the city and you will find familiar foods like samosas -- and so much more. For a taste of Rajasthan, head to Chokhi Dhani on the outskirts of town. This village resort offers a taste of rural India through dishes such as the Rajasthani specialty daal-baati-choorma -- the more ghee, the better! 960 1280

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Bangkok

Bangkok

You'll find some of the best food in Bangkok at one of the many street-food stalls and hole-in-the-wall restaurants along Khaosan Road and Yaowarat Road in Bangkok’s Chinatown. Expect noodle dishes -- and lots of them, most for less than a dollar. Classic pad Thai, tom yum soup, samosas, grilled pork skewers, som tam (a papaya salad) … the list goes on. 960 1280

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Barcelona

Barcelona

Tasty Spanish tapas is just one reason why Barcelona is on our list. It’s a great way to sample small plates of delicious food, including fresh calamari, seafood paella, patatas bravas, empanadas, bacon-wrapped dates and chorizo -- all, of course, with a glass of sangria. Try Tapa Tapa, a restaurant where the menu items are listed in Catalan and English. And if you want to make a pit stop while sightseeing, Abrelatas restaurant -- in the Sants-Montjuïc neighborhood -- makes one of the best mojitos in the city. 960 1280

  

Seattle

Seattle

A seafood lover’s heaven, Seattle boasts the best salmon in the country. Don't just stop there, sample it all: fresh mussels, Dungeness crab, halibut, oysters, clams, scallops and more. Head to Pike Place Market for the freshest seafood in the city. And when you can't fit another morsel in your belly, there's always room for Seattle’s world-famous coffee. 960 1280

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Paris

Paris

A list of the best food cities that doesn’t include Paris? Mais non! From the cafes to the brasseries and patisseries, the cuisine of the City of Light is sinfully delicious. As Julia Child said, in France cooking is a serious art form -- and a national sport! Visit Julien restaurant for a pain au chocolat, Le Relais de l'Entrecote for reasonably priced steak frites, and if you're looking to splurge, L'Ami Louis for escargot. 960 1280

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Yo! Sushi in Washington, DC

Yo! Sushi in Washington, DC

Traditional Japanese rolls and nigiri are prepared for take-out at Yo! Sushi in Washington, DC. 960 1280

  

Yo! Sushi in Washington, DC

Yo! Sushi in Washington, DC

Cooks prep ingredients for dishes made in woks at Yo! Sushi in Washington, DC. 960 1280

  

Pret A Manger

Pret A Manger

Pret A Manger's energy bagels are a popular menu item. 960 1280

  

Pret A Manger in Washington, DC

Pret A Manger in Washington, DC

Pret A Manger in Washington, DC, uses fresh bread for their signature sandwiches. 960 1280

  

Ikea's famous Swedish meatballs

Ikea's famous Swedish meatballs

Ikea's famous Swedish meatballs are served with mashed potatoes and gravy and a side of lingonberries. 960 1280

  

Bingsu, a Korean parfait

Bingsu, a Korean parfait

Bingsu, a Korean parfait composed of ice shavings and fruit syrups, is a signature dessert at Caffe Bene in Korea and in the US. 960 1280

  

LA’s Yoshinoya

LA’s Yoshinoya

LA’s Yoshinoya serves their signature beef bowl, a juicy beef mixture on top of a bed of rice. 960 1280

  

Green tea cream puffs

Green tea cream puffs

Green tea cream puffs are offered at Beard Papa's locations around the world. 960 1280

  

85 Degrees C Bakery Café in California

85 Degrees C Bakery Café in California

A top seller at 85 Degrees C Bakery Café in California is the Berrytale, filled with blueberries and cream cheese. 960 1280

  

85 Degrees C Bakery Café

85 Degrees C Bakery Café

Taiwan’s popular Rosong bread is offered at 85 Degrees C Bakery Café. 960 1280

  

New York City’s Maoz

New York City’s Maoz

New York City’s Maoz is a fast food restaurant from Amsterdam geared toward vegetarians and vegans. 960 1280

  

Ricotta Tartine from Le Pain Quotidien

Ricotta Tartine from Le Pain Quotidien

Ricotta Tartine from Le Pain Quotidien, a Belgian café chain in New York City. 960 1280

  

World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta

World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta

Get your fill of soft-drink nostalgia at the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta. 960 1280

  

McDonald's headquarters in Chicago

McDonald's headquarters in Chicago

McDonald's corporate team members in a test kitchen at their headquarters in suburban Chicago. 960 1280

  

Giraffa's in Miami

Giraffa's in Miami

The grilled picanha dish is served with grilled vegetables, haricots and quinoa at Giraffa's in Miami. 960 1280

  

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Peanuts are a classic ball park snack. Watching a baseball game isn't complete unless you're cracking some nuts. 960 1280

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If you're going for simple and not too messy at the ballpark, then a bag of hot and buttery popcorn is just the ticket. 960 1280

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Caramel corn has been a ballpark staple since your parents were young, and it's still just as good today. 960 1280

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The classic hot dog. An iconic staple of ballpark food. 960 1280

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The hot dog may be a ballpark classic, but it's still pretty tough to beat a good burger. 960 1280

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Pulled-pork sandwiches have become a hit at major-and minor-league baseball stadiums across the US. Citi Field (New York Mets), Nationals Park (Washington Nationals) and Camden Yards (Baltimore Oriole's) are just some of the baseball stadiums that serve these savory treats. 960 1280

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Pizza has become another popular game-day nosh. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, AZ, the spring-training home of the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks, serves pizza by the slice at the new gourmet pizza bar. 960 1280

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The half-smoke, a half-pork and half-beef hot dog that's smoked to perfection, is a popular item on the menu at Ben's Chili Bowl of Washington, DC. And because of its fame, the half-smoke is now served at the concession stands at Nationals Park, home to the Washington Nationals. 960 1280

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In addition to their famous half-smoke, Ben's chili topped with cheddar cheese is another must. But wait ' have you heard about the half-smoke topped with chili and cheese? Out-of-this-world good. 960 1280

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Cheesy nachos, piled high with beef, refried beans, salsa, guacamole and sour cream make for a messy but downright delicious snack at the baseball stadium or anywhere else. 960 1280

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For a Seattle Mariners fan, there is nothing better than Ivar's clam chowder. Ivar's Seafood Restaurants began on Seattle's waterfront in 1938, and today they also sell their popular chowder at several stadiums and arenas in Washington State, including Safeco Field (Seattle Mariners) and Husky Stadium (University of Washington). 960 1280

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Some baseball stadiums are perfecting the classics like hot dogs, burgers and pizza, while others are adding a variety of new dishes to their menu, including crunchy fish tacos. What's not to love? Check out these delicacies at Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego Chargers), Petco Park (San Diego Padres) and Safeco Field (Seattle Mariners). 960 1280

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Sometimes nothing beats a soft, salty pretzel dipped in hot mustard. Mmm. 960 1280

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The Pittsburgher sandwich is one of Primanti Bros' signature items and is available at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, home of the Pirates. All of Primanti's sandwiches include provolone cheese, topped with fresh-cut french fries, coleslaw and 2 tomato slices ' all on fresh Italian bread. 960 1280

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On a hot summer day at the ballpark, sometimes the only thing that will do is ice cream on a stick. 960 1280

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For all the beer lovers out there, a day at the ballpark wouldn't be complete without an ice-cold brew. Please drive responsibly. 960 1280

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