Andrew Zimmern Explores Bangkok's Local Eats

He's been to Bangkok dozens of times, but never like this. On Driven by Food, Andrew Zimmern gets a tour of the town's street food scene, a crash course in Muay Thai fighting and more from its local cab drivers. 

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Chicago's Best

Chicago's Best

Andrew Zimmern's driver Cheryl, a Chicago native, takes him to the Jim's Original hot dog stand for polish sausage and her favorite, the pork chop sandwich. 960 1280

  

Downtown Chicago

Downtown Chicago

An aerial view of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago after dark. 960 1280

  

Lake Shore Drive

Lake Shore Drive

This stretch of expressway in Chicago borders Lake Michigan and is considered one of the most scenic urban parkways in America. 960 1280

  

Second City

Second City

Andrew and his driver Rashid join in on an improv comedy class exercise at Chicago's Second City training center. 960 1280

  

Second City

Second City

Andrew takes the lead in an exercise during a Second City improv comedy class. 960 1280

  

Kyrgyz Cuisine

Kyrgyz Cuisine

Rashid and his friend Azamat, a fellow cab driver, take Andrew to Jibek Jolu for an authentic Kyrgyz meal. 960 1280

  

Beyond Hot Dogs and Pizza

Beyond Hot Dogs and Pizza

Andrew and Cheryl ate at Isla Pilipina, an authentic filipino restaurant on the North Side of Chicago. 960 1280

  

Windy City Rollers

Windy City Rollers

Chicago's women's roller derby team gears up for a bout. 960 1280

  

Benched

Benched

Andrew and Rashid watch a roller derby bout with Chicago's Windy City Rollers team. 960 1280

  

Barcade

Barcade

Andrew stopped at Logan Hardware, a bar with arcade games, in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood. 960 1280

  

High Roller

High Roller

Andrew can barely contain his excitement playing pinball at Chicago's Logan Hardware bar. 960 1280

  

Gamers' Delight

Gamers' Delight

Seriously, Andrew really likes pinball. 960 1280

  

Chicago Magic

Chicago Magic

Andrew plays along with a bartender's illusion at the Uptown Underground magic bar in Chicago. 960 1280

  

Nice Try

Nice Try

Andrew falls for the magician bartender's trick at Chicago's Uptown Underground magic bar. 960 1280

  

Rosa's Lounge

Rosa's Lounge

Andrew checks out the famed blues club Rosa's Lounge during his stay in Chicago. 960 1280

  

Chicago Pizza

Chicago Pizza

Deep dish isn't the only kind of pizza you'll find in Chicago. Rashid brings Andrew to Pizza Castle, a local haunt for Chicago pizza lovers in the know. 960 1280

  

Pizza Castle

Pizza Castle

The beloved pizza joint near the airport is Andrew's final stop on his way out of Chicago. 960 1280

  

Mural, Medellin, Colombia
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

  

Photos

Chicago's Best

Chicago's Best

Andrew Zimmern's driver Cheryl, a Chicago native, takes him to the Jim's Original hot dog stand for polish sausage and her favorite, the pork chop sandwich. 960 1280

  

Downtown Chicago

Downtown Chicago

An aerial view of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago after dark. 960 1280

  

Lake Shore Drive

Lake Shore Drive

This stretch of expressway in Chicago borders Lake Michigan and is considered one of the most scenic urban parkways in America. 960 1280

  

Second City

Second City

Andrew and his driver Rashid join in on an improv comedy class exercise at Chicago's Second City training center. 960 1280

  

Second City

Second City

Andrew takes the lead in an exercise during a Second City improv comedy class. 960 1280

  

Kyrgyz Cuisine

Kyrgyz Cuisine

Rashid and his friend Azamat, a fellow cab driver, take Andrew to Jibek Jolu for an authentic Kyrgyz meal. 960 1280

  

Beyond Hot Dogs and Pizza

Beyond Hot Dogs and Pizza

Andrew and Cheryl ate at Isla Pilipina, an authentic filipino restaurant on the North Side of Chicago. 960 1280

  

Windy City Rollers

Windy City Rollers

Chicago's women's roller derby team gears up for a bout. 960 1280

  

Benched

Benched

Andrew and Rashid watch a roller derby bout with Chicago's Windy City Rollers team. 960 1280

  

Barcade

Barcade

Andrew stopped at Logan Hardware, a bar with arcade games, in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood. 960 1280

  

High Roller

High Roller

Andrew can barely contain his excitement playing pinball at Chicago's Logan Hardware bar. 960 1280

  

Gamers' Delight

Gamers' Delight

Seriously, Andrew really likes pinball. 960 1280

  

Chicago Magic

Chicago Magic

Andrew plays along with a bartender's illusion at the Uptown Underground magic bar in Chicago. 960 1280

  

Nice Try

Nice Try

Andrew falls for the magician bartender's trick at Chicago's Uptown Underground magic bar. 960 1280

  

Rosa's Lounge

Rosa's Lounge

Andrew checks out the famed blues club Rosa's Lounge during his stay in Chicago. 960 1280

  

Chicago Pizza

Chicago Pizza

Deep dish isn't the only kind of pizza you'll find in Chicago. Rashid brings Andrew to Pizza Castle, a local haunt for Chicago pizza lovers in the know. 960 1280

  

Pizza Castle

Pizza Castle

The beloved pizza joint near the airport is Andrew's final stop on his way out of Chicago. 960 1280

  

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

  

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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