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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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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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Vareniki

Vareniki

A Ukrainian contribution to Russian cuisine, vareniki are square- or crescent-shaped dumplings filled with mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, cheese, cabbage, meat or hard-boiled egg, or a combination of those ingredients. They're typically served smothered with butter and fried onions. What could be better? 960 1280

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Pickled Vegetables

Pickled Vegetables

Russians know that pickled vegetables are good for the gut, so an assortment of them, known as soleniya, is a typical appetizer served at lunch or dinner. This plate contains a whole pickled tomato, cabbage and cucumber. 960 1280

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Piroshki

Piroshki

Piroshki are small, baked or fried buns eaten as a snack or appetizer. Common savory fillings include cabbage, mushrooms, beef or potatoes; sweet fillings may include fresh fruits, jam or cheeses. 960 1280

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Taranka

Taranka

Taranka, a salted and dried fish, is a popular snack in Russia. It's often eaten with beer to balance the saltiness. 960 1280

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Khachapuri

Khachapuri

Khachapuri, a salty, cheese-filled bread from neighboring Georgia, is a popular savory snack throughout Russia as well. 960 1280

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Russian Appetizers

Russian Appetizers

Traditional appetizers found on the Russian dining table include (clockwise from top): blini with red caviar; a variety of smoked fish, including salmon, butterfish and paddlefish; and Olivier salad. Moscow’s Ermitage Hotel is the birthplace of the famous Olivier salad, which is made of boiled potatoes with some combination of pickles, capers, peas, carrots, celery, egg, chicken, fish or ham, and sometimes caviar. The tang and crunch of the salad is embraced by a smooth mayonnaise dressing, adding a creamy texture. 960 1280

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Borscht

Borscht

Served either hot or cold, borscht is a popular and hearty beet soup that also happens to come in a vibrant color. 960 1280

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Kotletki

Kotletki

Russians often argue about whose mother makes the best kotletki, a small cutlet of minced meats, such as chicken, pork, beef and fish. Typical accompaniments to this lightly pan-fried patty include hearty sides including potatoes and buckwheat kasha. 960 1280

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Russian Cakes

Russian Cakes

Which of these 3 Russian cakes will soothe your sweet tooth the most? Will it be (clockwise from bottom) medovnik, a traditional Russian honey cake; a spongy cake with vanilla cream, apricots, prunes, raisins and nuts; or Napoleon cake, which layers flaky puff pastry with cream and nuts? 960 1280

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Russian Entrees

Russian Entrees

Dinner may include entrees such as (clockwise from top) stuffed cabbage (golubtsi); traditional chicken Kiev; and beef stroganoff with buckwheat kasha. 960 1280

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Russian Pastries

Russian Pastries

Breakfast, dessert and special holidays call for pastries in Russia. Among the popular varieties are (clockwise from top) traditional poppy-seed rolls; sochnik, a puff pastry filled with sweet cheese and raisins; and tiny pechenie cookies with fruit filling. 960 1280

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Pelmeni

Pelmeni

These small, minced-meat-filled dumplings are a staple of Russian cuisine. Sometimes served in a broth, pelmeni are also eaten plain with sour cream or melted butter on top. Fillings include veal, pork, lamb or Siberian meat (a combination of veal and pork). Their thin shells set them apart from other Russian dumplings, as do their always-savory fillings. 960 1280

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Smoked Meats

Smoked Meats

What meat lover wouldn’t want to try this? Kolbasa, or Russian sausage, comes in a variety of forms, including smoked, cured, boiled and fresh, and is made of beef, pork or veal. Kolbasa is often eaten as a snack, sometimes with a piece of hearty, dark rye bread. 960 1280

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Russian Vodka

Russian Vodka

What would Russian culture be without vodka? This strong, clear beverage is distilled from potatoes and grain and is widely consumed throughout Russia. Vodka is commonly enjoyed cold from small, stemless wineglasses, usually during a meal. 960 1280

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Matryoshka Doll

Matryoshka Doll

A traditional matryoshka doll covering warms a dish of pelmeni at Mari Vanna, a Russian restaurant in New York City. 960 1280

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Italian Beef Sandwich

Italian Beef Sandwich

Did You Know? Meatless Italian bread soaked in the juice of Italian beef served with peppers or giardiniera is known in some places as "Soakers" or "Juice-ons".

Dish 1: Italian Beef Sandwich
Where: Al's Beef, 1079 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL
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The Salt Lick BBQ

The Salt Lick BBQ

Did You Know? In the 16th century, Native Americans showed Spanish settlers how to slow-smoke meat to a state of tender, juicy deliciousness.

Dish 2: Hill Country Texas BBQ
Where: The Salt Lick BBQ, 18300 FM 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619
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Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken

Did You Know? People have fried their food since Roman times. But the southern fried chicken we know and love didn’t become popular until the 1700’s, when Scottish immigrants brought the cooking technique to America.

Dish 3: Fried Chicken
Where: Yoder's, 3434 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota, FL 34239
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Crawfish Feast

Crawfish Feast

Did You Know? Each year, Louisiana fisherman haul in 80 million pounds of crawfish for local boils.

Dish 4: Crawfish Feast
Where: Hot 'n Juicy Crawfish, 4810 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102
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Juicy Lucy at Matt's

Juicy Lucy at Matt's

Did You Know? Juicy Lucy is a cheeseburger that has the cheese inside the meat patty rather than on top.

Dish 5: Juicy Lucy
Where: Matt's Bar, 3500 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417-2648
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Juicy Lucy at 5-8 Club

Juicy Lucy at 5-8 Club

Did You Know? While Matt's and 5-8 battle over who invented the Juicy Lucy, other restaurants have gone on to create Lucys with a variety of fillings.

Dish 6: Juicy Lucy
Where: 5-8 Club, 5800 Cedar Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55417-2648
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