Andrew Zimmern Explores Berlin

With two local cab drivers, one from the east and one from the west.
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Driven by Dinner

Driven by Dinner

Andrew Zimmern and his driver Pias grab a bite to eat at T&K Seafood in Bangkok's unique Chinatown area. Here, you can find Chinese food with a Thai influence. 960 1280

  

The Locals' Tour of Bangkok

The Locals' Tour of Bangkok

Andrew lets native cab drivers call the shots and pick his itinerary in his tour of Bangkok on "Driven by Food." 960 1280

  

Ratchawat Market

Ratchawat Market

This older market is in a less congested area of Bangkok. Here, you'll find great, traditional foods, but you'll also be exposed to things you can't find elsewhere. 960 1280

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Ratchawat Market

Ratchawat Market

Fresh chilies, anyone? 960 1280

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Ratchawat Market

Ratchawat Market

And there's also plenty of fried meats to go around at the market. 960 1280

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Bangkok at Night

Bangkok at Night

The Chao Phraya River is a sight to be seen after dark. Nightlife, transportation, markets and more all surround the urban waterway. 960 1280

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Street Vendors

Street Vendors

Andrew Zimmern says the best streets foods in the world can be found in Bangkok. 960 1280

  

Bangkok Transportation

Bangkok Transportation

Driver Weera poses with his tuk tuk, a three-wheeled, open air taxi that serves as a major mode of transporation around Bangkok. 960 1280

  

Andrew in the Ring

Andrew in the Ring

With help from his driver Tawatchai and American fighter Sylvie Von Duuglas-Ittu, Andrew gets a crash course in Muay Thai fighting, which is a huge part of Thailand's national identity. 960 1280

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Protein Binge

Protein Binge

After a grueling practice session, Andrew, Sylvia and Tawatchai share a family style meal like many fighters do. 960 1280

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Wat Pho Temple

Wat Pho Temple

Street food is everywhere in Bangkok, including just around the corner from this, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. 960 1280

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New Heights

New Heights

Andrew and his driver Pias visit with famous shoe designer Oneruk, who designs shoes for ladyboys that look like works of art. Here, they assist Miss Perfect Angel -- the winner of the annual beauty contest for Thailand's transgender women -- as she models 14-inch high heels created by Oneruk. 960 1280

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Andrew Catches Waves

Andrew Catches Waves

Bangkok's Flow House is the perfect place to cool off with its surf simulator. 960 1280

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Bangkok's Best

Bangkok's Best

This crab dish is from Soei Restaurant, one of Andrew Zimmern's favorite restaurants in Bangkok. Pictured: crab dish. 960 1280

  

Bangkok's Best

Bangkok's Best

This spicy fish dish is an exmaple of the many flavors and seafood delicacies you can experience in a day in Bangkok. 960 1280

  

Lunchtime

Lunchtime

Andrew Zimmern's MO is ordering a smattering of dishes to try as much as possible at a new restaurant. 960 1280

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Seafood, Seafood and More Seafood

Seafood, Seafood and More Seafood

If you leave Bangkok not stuffed on seafood, you didn't do Bangkok right. 960 1280

  

Rio for the Locals

Rio for the Locals

Andrew Zimmern’s driver Pericles takes him to Vidigal, the neighborhood, or "favela," he grew up in. In the premiere of Andrew Zimmern's Driven by Food, Pericles gives Andrew a tour of Vidigal and other lesser known spots considered to be the real spirit of Rio de Janeiro. 960 1280

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Rio’s Coastal Beauty

Rio’s Coastal Beauty

The Brazilian coastal city of Rio de Janeiro is surrounded by the beautiful waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It is also the 2016 host of the Summer Olympics, the first South American and Portuguese-speaking country to do so. 960 1280

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”Favela E Vida” (“Favela is Life”)

”Favela E Vida” (“Favela is Life”)

While Rio’s favelas were once known to be hostile and somewhat dangerous, many have become tourist destinations over the past decade as visitors want to experience the city like the locals. This artist mural in Vidigal is sprinkled with sayings and depictions that represent the locals’ love for their evolving neighborhood. 960 1280

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The Rooftops of Vidigal

The Rooftops of Vidigal

The view is also a main attraction for visitors making their way up through the difficult to navigate neighborhood. 960 1280

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Vidigal’s Most Famous Chef

Vidigal’s Most Famous Chef

Having life-long local Pericles as his tour guide also comes in handy when planning dinner. Pericles gets Andrew the most exclusive reservation in town, at Tia Lea’s private in-home restaurant in Vidigal.

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The Menu

The Menu

At Tia Lea’s, Chef Tia Lea chooses the menu for you. Braised oxtail stew with watercress is served up for Andrew and Pericles, here. 960 1280

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Intimate Meal

Intimate Meal

Andrew’s meal with Chef Tia Lea has been a long time coming, as a meal with Tia has been on his wish list for years. 960 1280

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The Art of Rowing

The Art of Rowing

Rowing in the lagoon filled with water runoff from surrounding mountains is one of the more popular outdoor activities in Rio. 960 1280

  

Bianca

Bianca

Andrew’s second cab driver and tour guide, Bianca Dos Santos Araujo, is one of a growing number of female drivers in Rio whom she says are needed for ensuring safety for women traveling in the city. 960 1280

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Appetizing Appetizers

Appetizing Appetizers

Boteco Belmonte is a favorite among both visitors and locals in Rio. 960 1280

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Dinner in Rio

Dinner in Rio

Andrew digs in at Boteca Belmonte. 960 1280

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Snack Time

Snack Time

Servers at Boteco Belmonte in Rio walk around with trays of small dishes like this shrimp and cheese spread. 960 1280

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Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer

The 125-foot statue at the peak of Corcovado Mountain is one of the Rio’s main attractions and offers an incredible view of the city below. 960 1280

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Tourist Gazing

Tourist Gazing

Even after an intense climb up the mountain and through heavy fog, the massive Christ the Redeemer statue is an incredible sight to behold. 960 1280

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Samba Practice

Samba Practice

Pericles plays and dances along with members of the local Samba school. Most neighborhoods throughout Rio have their own school, and Samba is more of a way of life than a style of dance. 960 1280

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Costume Change

Costume Change

Andrew tries on a handmade Carnival costume during a visit to one of the local Samba schools.
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Samba Sparkle

Samba Sparkle

Residents all across Rio take their Carnival costumes very seriously, some spending a large portion of their incomes on handcrafting elaborate headpieces like these. 960 1280

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Lapa, Rio

Lapa, Rio

Located in the center of Rio, the Lapa neighborhood is renowned for its architecture, nightlife and street performers like these. 960 1280

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Hands Down, Party Central

Hands Down, Party Central

A performance with handstands in the middle of the street is a common occurrence in Lapa. 960 1280

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Artistry in Medellin

Artistry in Medellin

Police take a break in front of an elaborate mural found one in of Medellin's outer communas. 960 1280

  

Medellin, Colombia

Medellin, Colombia

Once considered one of the world's most dangerous cities, Medellin is now one of Colombia's liveliest. Andrew Zimmern tours very different sides of the capital city with local cab drivers as his guides. 960 1280

  

Medellin Entertainment

Medellin Entertainment

Andrew gets friendly with a guinea pig that passersby place bets on with a street performer. 960 1280

  

Street Meats

Street Meats

Street vendors in Medellin are famous for their smoked meats. 960 1280

  

Street Soup

Street Soup

Andrew and his driver found this street vendor at a construction site on the outskirts of Medellin serving up chicken and bone soup. 960 1280

  

A Colombian Favorite

A Colombian Favorite

Medellin street vendors also specialize in bunuelos, fried dough balls. 960 1280

  

Medellin's Best Guides

Medellin's Best Guides

Cab driver Wilson Castaneda drives Andrew Zimmern through Medellín to find fresh smoked meats at a popular spot with locals under a bridge. 960 1280

  

Meat Techniques

Meat Techniques

A street vendor under a bridge in Medellin smokes meats and adds extra heat via a hairdryer. 960 1280

  

Chunchurria and Cheese

Chunchurria and Cheese

Chunchurria, the fried small intestine of a pig, is a local delicacy in Medellin. 960 1280

  

Chatting over Chunchurria

Chatting over Chunchurria

A fan who recognized Andrew stops to chat and try the chunchurria from the street vendors under the bridge. 960 1280

  

Where Cabbies Eat

Where Cabbies Eat

Andrew and one of his driver guides, George Agudelo, chat over bandeja paisa at Leneros, a popular cabbie spot. 960 1280

  

Traditional Colombian Cuisine

Traditional Colombian Cuisine

Bandeja paisa is a popular Colombian dish of various meats, beans and a fried egg. This one also has a small "salad." 960 1280

  

Games and Gunpowder

Games and Gunpowder

Andrew winds up his throw during a game of Tejo, Colombia's official national sport that combines disc tossing, beer and gunpowder. 960 1280

  

Carmen's Kitchen

Carmen's Kitchen

Chefs Rob and Carmen Pevitts relocated to Medellin from the U.S. to open Carmen, considered one of the best restaurants in Colombia. 960 1280

  

Pork and More Pork

Pork and More Pork

Carmen's Pork Two Ways dish has braised pork tenderloin and pork belly with a sugar glaze and sweet potato puree. 960 1280

  

Medellin, Then and Now

Medellin, Then and Now

Medellin was once a hotbed of drug activity and crime -- it was drug cartel king Pablo Escobar's homebase and also where he was killed -- but has been on the move, economically and culturally, over the past several decades. 960 1280

  

Burger Time

Burger Time

A cheeseburger from Chef Burger in Medellin, considered one of the best in town. 960 1280

  

More Bandeja Paisa

More Bandeja Paisa

Another variation on bandeja paisa from Donde Diana in Medellin. 960 1280

  

American-Style Chicken

American-Style Chicken

Rotisserie chicken from Pollos Mario la America in Medellin. 960 1280

  

Colombia's Football

Colombia's Football

Andrew and his driver, Wilson Castaneda, take a break for a quick soccer game with Wilson's friends. 960 1280

  

Andrew Suits Up

Andrew Suits Up

Medellin has many ideal launching spots for paragliding over the beautiful mountainsides of Medellin. 960 1280

  

Goal!

Goal!

Andrew prepares to stick his landing after paragliding over Medellin. 960 1280

  

About the Show

Chef Andrew Zimmern believes the best way to explore a town is to get to know the locals first, and the first local he usually meets is his cabbie. In Travel Channel's new series, Andrew Zimmern's Driven by Food, Andrew discovers the streets behind Main Street, the off-the-grid dives and the fun only insiders know how to find. With his guide -- whether it's a shikara driver in Kashmir, a gondolier in Venice, or a cabbie in the deep south -- Andrew shares a locals-only experience, discovering the uniqueness of every destination. Never staying in the back seat for long, Andrew and his driver take viewers on an entertaining behind-the-scenes adventure, exploring food and culture from a whole new perspective.

About the Host

Andrew Zimmern is a 3-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, food writer and teacher, and he is regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world. He is the creator, host and co-executive producer of Travel Channel's hit series Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.

Andrew Zimmern's Driven by Food Chef Andrew Zimmern believes the best way to explore a town is to get to know the locals first and the first local he usually meets is his cabbie. In Andrew Zimmern's Driven by Food, Andrew discovers the streets behind Main street, the off-the-grid dives and the fun only insiders know how to find. With his guide - whether it's a shikara driver in Kashmir, a gondolier in Venice, or a cabbie in the deep south, Andrew shares a locals-only experience, discovering the uniqueness of every destination. Never staying in the back seat for long Andrew and his driver take viewers on an entertaining behind-the-scenes adventure, exploring food and culture from a whole new perspective.
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