Coffee Culture Around the World

From the simple Italian espresso shot to traditional Turkish coffee ceremonies, see how people around the world take their cup of coffee.

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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

  

Adam hanging with the Tar Heels

Adam hanging with the Tar Heels

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Adam Richman and the UNC ladies at Time Out Chicken. 960 1280

  

Adam Richman being filmed talking to patrons at Time Out Chicken. 960 1280

  

Adam Richman talks to customers at Time Out Chicken. 960 1280

  

The sides at Time Out Chicken. 960 1280

  

Adam Richman and Ed at Time Out Chicken. 960 1280

  

A tasty tray of fried chicken at Time Out Chicken. 960 1280

  

Director of photography and field producer at Time Out Chicken. 960 1280

  

Adam Richman talking to George at The Roast Grill. 960 1280

  

George holds the tray of 17 hot dogs that Adam Richman will attempt to finish at The Roast Grill. 960 1280

  

Sam stops by Flo's Hot Dogs for a bite. 960 1280

  

The Nubble Lighthouse. 960 1280

  

Skiing at Pat's Peak. 960 1280

  

Sam poses with the Nubble. 960 1280

  

Sam at Strawberry Banke. 960 1280

  

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Alabama: White BBQ Sauce

Alabama: White BBQ Sauce

I love this stuff. When I think of Alabama, I think of piles of smoky BBQ chicken with deep bowls of Alabama white for dipping. 960 1280

David Lang  

Alaska: King Crab

Alaska: King Crab

Keep your caribou, your moose, your seal and your salmon, for my money the best food on earth is king crab -- in season, pulled live from the icy waters of Alaska and eaten immediately. And don’t let any of it go to waste: steam the knuckles in egg white and rice wine and season with soy sauce; make crab rice with the head and body; fry the legs with ginger and chilies. 960 1280

  

Arizona: Sonoran Hot Dogs and Fry Bread (Tie)

Arizona: Sonoran Hot Dogs and Fry Bread (Tie)

Chili meat sandwiches made with local fry bread are as good as eating gets. I have one and then use that as fuel as I drive to Nogales, my favorite Sonoran hotdog stand. 960 1280

  

Arkansas: Squirrel

Arkansas: Squirrel

The Hiawassee Squirrel Cook Off takes place every year in Bentonville, AR. Be there or be square. 960 1280

  

California: Sea Urchin

California: Sea Urchin

From Dungeness crab in the north to Grunion (a fish similar to sardines) in the south, it’s Cali’s coastline that lures me in. No sea urchin is better in the world than the huge, black-spike globes taken off the San Diego coast in season. None. 960 1280

  

Colorado: Lamb and Peaches (Tie)

Colorado: Lamb and Peaches (Tie)

Every spring, Colorado baby lamb (eaten just as it’s transitioning from being fed milk to grass) might be my favorite food in the state … wait, what about those mountain peaches? Hmm … tie game! 960 1280

Rich Freeda  

Connecticut: New Haven Pizza

Connecticut: New Haven Pizza

New Haven “apizza” -- pronounced A-BEET-ZA  -- period, end of discussion. I like to crush my Neopolitan-style pies at Frank Pepe’s or Sally’s. 960 1280

  

DC: Half smokes at Ben's Chili Bowl

DC: Half smokes at Ben's Chili Bowl

Sure, they’re junky and not the bespoke dogs so popular elsewhere, but with loads of raw onion they seriously can't be beat. 960 1280

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Delaware: Muddle

Delaware: Muddle

Sure, the Carolinas claim fish stew known as muddle as their own, but the best version I ever had was on the beach in Delaware served with saltines and piles of corn pudding and cracked crabs. 960 1280

  

Florida: Key Lime Pie

Florida: Key Lime Pie

Key Lime pie is my favorite and this is my list. End of discussion. 960 1280

  

Georgia: Pecan Pie

Georgia: Pecan Pie

Sure, I’ll take your peach pie, your ham and biscuits, your boiled peanuts and fried green tomatoes … but for me, Georgia’s pecan pie is the best. They even call it Karo pie after the corn syrup in the recipe. Love. 960 1280

  

Hawaii: Ahi Limu Poke

Hawaii: Ahi Limu Poke

Fresh-cut tuna seasoned with sesame oil, soy, seaweed and, for me, a spritz of citrus and I am all good brah. 960 1280

  

Idaho: Baked Potato

Idaho: Baked Potato

Don’t feel bad Idaho, your baked potato comes loaded and stuffed from the fixin’s bar. Oh, and served alongside some of your world-class grilled elk there is no finer food on earth. 960 1280

  

Illinois: Chicago-Style Hot Dog

Illinois: Chicago-Style Hot Dog

Considering that I am a New Yorker, Chicago pizza is off the table. Luckily, my favorite food is the hot dog and no state on earth has more hot dog eateries per capita than Illinois. I love a great Chicago Dog: Wolfy’s or Superdawg or Franks ‘n Dawgs for the win. 960 1280

  

Indiana: Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie

Indiana: Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie

Sugar. Cream. Pie. Done. 960 1280

  

Iowa: Eskimo Pie

Iowa: Eskimo Pie

It might seem like an unlikely choice for Iowa, but did you know the Eskimo Pie was invented by Christian Nelson in Onawa, Iowa who franchised his idea in the Roaring ‘20s after the encouragement of candy god Russell Stover? 960 1280

  

Kansas: Kansas City BBQ

Kansas: Kansas City BBQ

Kansas City was the home of great stockyards once, and much of the northern migration of Black America passed through here, so the BBQ scene is like the greatest hits of what the south has to offer. Q39, LC’s, Jacks Stack, Joe’s, BB’s Lawnside -- and that’s just one day of eating for me in Kansas City alone! 960 1280

  

Kentucky: Bourbon

Kentucky: Bourbon

Bourbon counts as a food because it’s brown. And brown is the color of flavor. Don’t question me on these issues. 960 1280

  

Louisiana: Gumbo

Louisiana: Gumbo

Nothing reflects the history of our country better than gumbo. Nothing. And here in Louisiana it’s cooked better than anywhere else. 960 1280

  

Maine: Lobster Roll

Maine: Lobster Roll

Lobster Rolls are in my all-time top 10 foods. I eat 2 a day when I visit my dad every month. From Reds in Wiscasset to Five Islands Lobster Company to Eventide to the shack nearest you, the lobstah’ roll is without peer. 960 1280

  

Maryland: Crab

Maryland: Crab

Softies, crab cakes and cracked-steamed blues seasoned with Old Bay. Maryland, I love you. 960 1280

  

Massachusetts: Clam Chowder

Massachusetts: Clam Chowder

I wanted to go so many places with this one, but at end of the day the Chowdah capital of the world is Massachusetts. Runner up goes to NECCO wafers, my favorite candy and a Mass original for 150 years. 960 1280

  

Michigan: Cherry Pie

Michigan: Cherry Pie

Michigan cherry pie -- holy, sweet baby Jesus -- it’s beyond superb. 960 1280

  

Minnesota: The Jucy Lucy

Minnesota: The Jucy Lucy

The New York Times finally got something wrong with the grape salad debacle, but the Jucy Lucy (a burger with molten cheese in the middle of the patty as well as on top) is all ours. 960 1280

  

Mississippi: Natchez-Style Grits

Mississippi: Natchez-Style Grits

Natchez-style grits, baked and loaded with cheese and served with some real Mississippi barbecue are where it’s at. 960 1280

  

Missouri: Gooey Butter Cake

Missouri: Gooey Butter Cake

Fried Ravioli was invented here, and local river fish are superb, but Ooey Gooey Butter Cake is the crack cocaine of desserts. 960 1280

  

Montana: Huckleberry Pie

Montana: Huckleberry Pie

One night in Montana, I ate a pitchfork bison steak fried in a kettle of lard over an open fire and it blew my mind, but the fresh huckleberry pie afterwards still haunts me at night. 960 1280

  

Nebraska: Rocky Mountain Oysters

Nebraska: Rocky Mountain Oysters

If you have an adventurous palate and want to give Rocky Mountain oysters, aka bull testicles, a try, Nebraska is the place to go. Round the Bend Steakhouse in Ashland has hosted an annual Testicle Festival since 1993 where they serve up Rocky Mountain oysters and call them "bull fries." 960 1280

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Nevada: Las Vegas Sushi

Nevada: Las Vegas Sushi

Nothing says Las Vegas like eating sushi before hitting the gaming tables. Famed Japanese chef Masa Takayama creates a $240 appetizer that some consider a work of art at BarMasa, if that tells you anything about what to expect at this restaurant. Toro, also known as the belly of wild bluefin tuna, is a must. 960 1280

Ethan Miller  

New Hampshire: Sunday Turkey Dinner

New Hampshire: Sunday Turkey Dinner

The seafood in New Hampshire is amazing, but their real food heritage lies inland in the traditional Yankee food category. Puritan settlers from England brought their own cooking traditions, like baked beans, baked turkey, and apple pie, and stole some classics from the Native Americans, who used corn meal in skillet cake, all kinds of fish in chowders and clam bakes and boiled maple sap. So let’s give New Hampshire the “Sunday turkey dinner while watching the football game.” 960 1280

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New Jersey: Taylor Ham

New Jersey: Taylor Ham

Some of the best seafood, tomatoes and corn on the planet comes from the Garden State, but it’s Taylor Ham, the original Jersey pork roll, that I love most. 960 1280

  

New Mexico: Hatch Green Chile

New Mexico: Hatch Green Chile

Hatch Green Chiles roasted and chopped on anything or turned into green chile salsa. 960 1280
New York: Smoked Fish and Bagels

New York: Smoked Fish and Bagels

This is my list, and for me, NYC is the greatest food town on earth. Smoked fish piled on bagels ranks up there with the classic NYC burger, Chinese food or a slice of pizza on any list of mine. I love you, "New Yawkh." 960 1280

  

North Carolina: Whole Hog

North Carolina: Whole Hog

North Carolina whole hog served with their classic vinegar slaw and mustardy BBQ sauce is superb. 960 1280

  

North Dakota: Sugar Beets

North Dakota: Sugar Beets

Sorry North Dakota, but lets be honest, your sugar beets are without a peer. We will give you White Bread with Sour Cream-Green Onion salad as a runner up, because I love it every time I see it on the menu. 960 1280

  

Ohio: Polish Boy at Seti’s

Ohio: Polish Boy at Seti’s

Cincinnati chili is cinnamon spiked. Pierogies and Friday fish fries are also superb here, but the Polish Boy at Seti’s is all yours; own that thing!! 960 1280

  

Oklahoma: Chicken-Fried Steak

Oklahoma: Chicken-Fried Steak

The best chicken-fried steak with creamy gravy ever is found all over Sooner Land. 960 1280

  

Oregon: Fish-Sauce Wings at Pok Pok

Oregon: Fish-Sauce Wings at Pok Pok

The easy answer here would be oysters, or salmon, or any of a hundred foods that Oregon is famous for such as Prince Puckler’s hot fudge sauce or Voodoo Donuts … but I’m making a list for a new generation and I’m going with Andy Ricker’s fish-sauce wings at Pok Pok. 960 1280

  

Pennsylvania: Roast-Pork Sandwich

Pennsylvania: Roast-Pork Sandwich

Cheesesteaks, sure, but I prefer the roast-pork version at John’s in Philly, the greatest sandwich town on earth. 960 1280

  

Rhode Island: Coffee Milk

Rhode Island: Coffee Milk

Coffee Milk, even better in a cabinet (or milkshake). Gaggers (weenies) are pretty awesome in Little Rhody, and of course so are all things clam … but I gotta go with my coffee milk. 960 1280

  

South Carolina: Shrimp and Grits

South Carolina: Shrimp and Grits

Sure, Rodney Scott makes BBQ here, and boiled peanuts and sweet muscadine grapes are without equal, but this land is Shrimp-and-Grits territory for me. Plain and simple. Oh, and Martha Lou’s beans. 960 1280

  

South Dakota: Chislic

South Dakota: Chislic

Chislic is weird, but delicious. This meaty stunner is made by deep-frying cubed red meat, dipping it in garlic salt and serving it with saltines. 960 1280

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Tennessee: Hot Chicken

Tennessee: Hot Chicken

So much to choose from, but you gotta go with the people’s choice and they have spoken: Nashville HOT CHICKEN baby! 960 1280

  

Texas: Brisket

Texas: Brisket

Texas is all about the beef, and real Texas BBQ is all about beef brisket. 960 1280

  

Utah: Funeral Potatoes?

Utah: Funeral Potatoes?

Utah, you make this so hard, your official State Snack is Jell-O. But you love to gather at potlucks and funeral potatoes -- a traditional Mormon casserole consisting of hash browns, cheese, onions, cream soup, sour cream and butter, topped with crushed potato chips -- seem like a natural pick here. 960 1280

  

Vermont: Ben & Jerry’s

Vermont: Ben & Jerry’s

Maple syrup would be an easy answer, but I think Canada owns that one. I’m going with Ben & Jerry’s, the state’s most popular export besides Phish. 960 1280

  

Virginia: Country Ham With Biscuits

Virginia: Country Ham With Biscuits

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Washington: Oysters

Washington: Oysters

Your oysters are the best. Period. I know it’s hard to hear for all the other states, but it’s true. 960 1280

  

West Virginia: Pepperoni Rolls

West Virginia: Pepperoni Rolls

All the hunting and fishing I do in my FAVORITE state makes me want to offer up a hundred of my campfire favorites, from chicken-fried squirrel to whole-roasted venison, but pepperoni and tomato rolled in store-bought bread or croissant dough is the thing here. If someone makes you them homemade. even better. 960 1280

  

Wisconsin: Cheese Curds

Wisconsin: Cheese Curds

Cheese curds and brats, double down and eat them at the same time. 960 1280

  

Wyoming: Steak

Wyoming: Steak

The best steak I ever ate was on a dude ranch in Wyoming. It was grass fed, aged 4 months and grilled over dying embers to become a charred, rare piece of beefy intensity. Thank you, Wyoming. 960 1280

  

House Smoked Rueben from Katz's in New York

House Smoked Rueben from Katz's in New York

Did You Know? The invention of sandwiches is named after John Montagu, the 4th earl of Sandwich, who in 1762, famously ordered a slab of meat between 2 pieces of bread so he could eat with 1 hand and play cards with the other.

Dish 1: House-Smoked Rueben
Where: Katz’s, 205 East Houston St, New York, NY 10002
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Stuffed Sandwich from Primati Brothers in Pittsburgh

Stuffed Sandwich from Primati Brothers in Pittsburgh

Did You Know? The first recorded sandwich was by the famous rabbi, Hillel the Elder, who lived during the 1st century B.C. He started the Passover custom of sandwiching a mixture of chopped nuts, apples, spices and wine between 2 matzohs to eat with bitter herbs.

Dish 2: The Original Stuffed Sandwich
Where: Primanti Brothers, 48 18 St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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King Torta from Los Reyes de la Torta in Phoenix

King Torta from Los Reyes de la Torta in Phoenix

Did You Know? French influence in the 1800s made wheat bread popular in Mexican cities. From the unique Mexican bread called "telera", the Mexican sandwich, or "torta" was born.

Dish 3: King Torta
Where: Los Reyes de la Torta, 9230 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85020
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Battleship Sandwiches at The Black Sheep in Richmond

Battleship Sandwiches at The Black Sheep in Richmond

Did You Know? The sandwich became popular in the American diet when bakeries started selling pre-sliced bread, making it easier for them to be made.

Dish 4: Battleship Sandwiches
Where: The Black Sheep, 901 W Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23220
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The Kryptonite at Ike's in San Francisco

The Kryptonite at Ike's in San Francisco

Did You Know? The word "butty" is often used in Northern areas of the United Kingdom as a synonym for sandwich.

Dish 5: The Kryptonite
Where: Ike's, 3506 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
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Bazurto Market in Cartagena, Colombia

Bazurto Market in Cartagena, Colombia

Boiling meat with yucca in the Bazurto Market in Cartagena, Colombia. 960 1280

  

Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena, Colombia

The view from the Spanish colonial old city of the new skyline of Cartagena, Colombia, across the bay. 960 1280

  

Palenqueras in Cartagena, Colombia

Palenqueras in Cartagena, Colombia

Women who roam the beaches of Cartagena, Colombia, selling fruits and treats are called “palenqueras.” 960 1280

  

A classic beach lunch

A classic beach lunch

A classic beach lunch of fried fresh fish and rice at Kiosko el Bony, a popular food stand on the beach in Cartagena. 960 1280

  

Deep-fried bunuelos

Deep-fried bunuelos

Deep-fried bunuelos are home-cooked, sweet dumplings made with yucca sold by grandmothers on the streets of Granada, Nicaragua. 960 1280

  

Colombian heartthrob Juan del Mar

Colombian heartthrob Juan del Mar

Colombian heartthrob Juan del Mar tastes shaved ice with tamarind juice on the beach in Cartagena. 960 1280

  

Vigoron in Granada, Nicaragua

Vigoron in Granada, Nicaragua

Boiled yucca topped with fried pork skin and cabbage, in a classic dish called “vigoron,” is a delicious street eat in Granada, Nicaragua. 960 1280

  

Santiago, Chile

Santiago, Chile

Nestled at the foot of the towering Andes, Chile’s capital city of Santiago is full of great street eats. 960 1280

  

A woman selling acaraje dumplings

A woman selling acaraje dumplings

A woman selling acaraje dumplings stuffed with shrimp on the streets of Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil. 960 1280

  

Dragon fruit in Sao Paolo

Dragon fruit in Sao Paolo

The beautiful dragon fruit at the farmers' market in Sao Paulo. 960 1280

  

The magnificent architecture of Mexico City

The magnificent architecture of Mexico City

The magnificent architecture of Mexico City makes for a stunning backdrop while taking a stroll for street eats. 960 1280

  

A taco made with fried gusanos

A taco made with fried gusanos

A taco made with fried gusanos, or tequila worms, at the San Juan Market in Mexico City. 960 1280

  

A frog smoothie in Lima

A frog smoothie in Lima

A smoothie with an amphibious twist -- there's a frog blended into this concoction, which is sold as a healthy drink at markets in Lima, Peru. 960 1280

  

On the streets of Lima

On the streets of Lima

Chinese influence can be found in the street eats of Lima. 960 1280

  

Ceviche made from white fish

Ceviche made from white fish

Ceviche made from white fish marinated in lime juice is one of Peru's most-loved dishes, and it can be found all over the streets of Lima. 960 1280

  

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