Andrew Zimmern Goes to Rio

Ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics, Andrew Zimmern gets a tour of everything Rio de Janeiro has to offer from the city’s best sources – its cab drivers. Get a sneak peek of the premiere of "Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food", here.

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Andrew Zimmern in Hyderabad

Andrew Zimmern in Hyderabad

Andrew Zimmern stands in front of the Charminar, monument and mosque, in Hyderabad, India. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern in Hyderabad

Andrew Zimmern in Hyderabad

Andrew sips a fresh sorrel flower juice at The Park Hotel in Hyderabad. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern in Hyderabad

Andrew Zimmern in Hyderabad

Andrew observes a coconut street vendor. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern in Hyderabad

Andrew Zimmern in Hyderabad

Andrew chats with his auto rickshaw driver Omer at Omer's house in Golconda Fort. 960 1280

  

Enjoying Irani Chai Tea in Hyderabad

Enjoying Irani Chai Tea in Hyderabad

Andrew has a few laughs and Irani Chai tea with cab driver KK in Hyderabad. 960 1280

  

Shopping in Hyderabad

Shopping in Hyderabad

Andrew and Omer pick out tea as a gift for Omer's mother in Golconda Fort. 960 1280

  

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori chicken at the Prince Hotel in Hyderabad. 960 1280

  

Fresh Pomegranates

Fresh Pomegranates

Fresh pomegranates from a street vendor. 960 1280

  

Hyderabad Street Food

Hyderabad Street Food

Andrew, KK and friend Jonty, purchase fried street foods in Hyderabad. 960 1280

  

Auto Rickshaws in Hyderabad

Auto Rickshaws in Hyderabad

A fleet of auto rickshaws in Hyderabad. 960 1280

  

Photographer Brian Lundy takes in the stunning view of Copacabana from an illegal dump on a mountain in Rio de Janeiro. 960 1280

  

Various meats sizzle on the grill at the amazing Porcao, one of Rio's most famous churrascarias. 960 1280

  

"The food scene in Rio's botequims, or bars, is truly incredible." ' Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

After a morning of fishing, Manual, a fisherman, shows off our catch back on shore. 960 1280

  

"I'm dining with new friends in Aconchega Carioca, one of Rio's best botequims." ' Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

"The setting is spectacular. The living conditions are a staggering challenge in Rocinha, Rio's largest slum." ' Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

'Black beans are a staple and about 180 pounds of them are needed for a stew (feijoada) to feed the crowds at a samba party.' ' Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

This popular open-air market has dried meat for sale. It caters to immigrants from the Brazil's Northeastern region. 960 1280

  

The markets of Rio de Janeiro are full of all sorts of exotic ingredients, including manioc and coconuts. 960 1280

  

'This delicious dish combines flavors from the Amazon Basin with high-end culinary skill. It makes a trip to Oro Restaurant an amazing food experience.' - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

"We're filming in the grilling room at Porcao, Brazil's most famous churrascaria." ' Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

"A lot of the food in the slums of Rio are hearty, fresh and a super bargain." ' Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

"Better than popcorn, dried shrimp is a staple ingredient for Northeastern Brazilian cooks." ' Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

Brazilian feijoada is a hearty stew made of all parts of the pig and cow. 960 1280

  

"The bateria, or drumming team, is the centerpiece of every samba school." ' Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

"The bateria, or drumming team, is the centerpiece of every samba school." ' Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and the Poisonous Pufferfish

Andrew Zimmern and the Poisonous Pufferfish

Andrew Zimmern shows a puffed up pufferfish, the second most poisonous creature on the planet, just pulled from the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Okinawa. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern in Okinawa

Andrew Zimmern in Okinawa

Yoshiko Nakamura and her friends welcome Andrew Zimmern to Okinawa (and Yoshiko's kitchen).  960 1280

  

Tuna Eyes

Tuna Eyes

One of Andrew Zimmern's favorite dishes, tuna eyes, is prepared by Izakaya Payao in Okinawa.  960 1280

  

Sea Grapes

Sea Grapes

Okinawa's Izakaya Hanazumi serves up sea grapes, known as umi budo in Japanese. 960 1280

  

Aged Tofu

Aged Tofu

Aged for one year and six months in Okinawa's Kin Cave, Tofu-yo is considered a delicacy.  960 1280

  

Okinawa's Kin Cave

Okinawa's Kin Cave

Andrew Zimmern's Okinawa hosts lead him far underground in Kin Cave to see the awomari and tofu-yo aging within. 960 1280

  

Sea Snake Eggs

Sea Snake Eggs

Andrew Zimmern shows off one of the three last specially smoked poisonous sea snake eggs in the world at Kana restaurant in Okinawa. 960 1280

  

Poisonous Sea Snake Soup

Poisonous Sea Snake Soup

The chef at Kana restaurant in Okinawa uses the eggs to make a bowl of irabu jira, poisonous sea snake soup.  960 1280

  

Pig's Blood Stew

Pig's Blood Stew

Hisamatsu in Okinawa serves up pig's blood stew. 960 1280

  

Chiragaa in Okinawa

Chiragaa in Okinawa

Naha's Makishi Market in Okinawa offers chiragaa, the skin from a pig's face. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern in Shanghai

Andrew Zimmern in Shanghai

The Bund River and its stunning downtown skyline are a must see on any tour of Shanghai. 960 1280

  

Breakfast in Shanghai

Breakfast in Shanghai

A traditional Shanghai breakfast includes a bowl of savory soy milk, dressed with soy, vinegar, pickled radishes, dried shrimp and cilantro. 960 1280

  

Sister Wang's Delicacies

Sister Wang's Delicacies

Andrew Zimmern and guide Jenny Gao explore an 18-course feast cooked by Sister Wang, one of Shanghai's best and least known cooks. 960 1280

  

Salted, Dried and Rehydrated Sea Eel

Salted, Dried and Rehydrated Sea Eel

Served with black vinegar, rehydrated sea eel is a local delicacy prepared by Sister Wang in Shanghai. 960 1280

  

Fresh Squid

Fresh Squid

Fresh squid, braised in vinegar and soy, is another one of Sister Wang's special creations. 960 1280

  

Fresh Softshell Turtle

Fresh Softshell Turtle

Sister Wang infuses her softshell turtle with rock sugar and soy. 960 1280

  

Pickled Duck Tongues

Pickled Duck Tongues

Pickled duck tongues are a delicacy in Shanghai's First Food Hall, a treasure trove of fresh and prepackaged foods in the heart of downtown. 960 1280

  

Exploring Zhujiajiao

Exploring Zhujiajiao

Andrew Zimmern and guide Jenny Gao explore the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao on the outskirts of Shanghai. 960 1280

  

Zhujiajiao, Shanghai's Ancient Water Town

Zhujiajiao, Shanghai's Ancient Water Town

Andrew Zimmern and guide Jenny Gao dig into a feast of locally sourced delights in the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao on the outskirts of Shanghai. 960 1280

  

Shanghai's Seafood Specialties

Shanghai's Seafood Specialties

Whole freshwater lake fish, wok fried at extreme temperatures to create a perfect crunch, are a staple of Zhujiajiao. 960 1280

  

Fried Stinky Tofu

Fried Stinky Tofu

Fried stinky tofu is a street food favorite on the streets of Zhujiajiao. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern Goes Fishing

Andrew Zimmern Goes Fishing

A bamboo rake and net are the only tools necessary for successful snail fishing near Shanghai.  960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern in Senegal

Andrew Zimmern in Senegal

Andrew Zimmern and his guide, Chef Mame Hughes, walk the streets just outside Dakar, Senegal, in the shadow of the 160-foot tall bronze African Rennaissance Monument. 960 1280

  

Dakar, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal, on the Cap-Vert peninsula, the westernmost region of mainland Africa, is believed to have been settled as early as the 15th Century. 960 1280

  

Senegal's Salt Production

Senegal's Salt Production

Senegal is the largest producer of salt in Africa, mining roughly 45,000 tons a year at locations like Lake Retba. 960 1280

  

Salt Pulling from Lake Retba

Salt Pulling from Lake Retba

Andrew Zimmern and Oumy Diaw await the haul of harvester Jean Preira, who spends up to seven hours a day pulling salt from the bottom of Lake Retba, Senegal. 960 1280

  

Dakar's Soumbedioune Fish Market

Dakar's Soumbedioune Fish Market

Andrew Zimmern and Chef Mame Hughes buy fresh thioff, or grouper, for the classic Senegalese fish and rice dish Thieboudieune at Soumbedioune Fish Market in Dakar. 960 1280

  

How Fish Turns into Kethiakh

How Fish Turns into Kethiakh

Maggots are a natural part of the process of turning salted and sundried sardinella fish into kethiakh, a main export to neighboring West African countries around Joal, Senegal. 960 1280

  

Communal Eats in Senegal

Communal Eats in Senegal

As in many parts of Africa, meals like the classic fish and rice dish thieboudieune are served in communal plates in Senegal. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern in Madrid

Andrew Zimmern in Madrid

Andrew Zimmern and his guide explore the streets near Madrid's Puerta del Sol. 960 1280

  

Tiny Eels

Tiny Eels

Revered as a Spanish delicacy for centuries, tiny eels, or angulas, are now fashioned from fish like haddock as a result of overfishing. 960 1280

  

Gooseneck Barnacles

Gooseneck Barnacles

Percebes, otherwise known as gooseneck barnacles, are a Spanish delicacy harvested from the rocks in the north of the country. 960 1280

  

Fried Suckling Pig Head

Fried Suckling Pig Head

Fried suckling pig head is one of the specialty tapas snacks at La Tasqueria de Javi Estevez in central Madrid. 960 1280

  

Yakuza Bonbon

Yakuza Bonbon

Andrew Zimmern samples Chef Javier Bonet's Yakuza Bonbon, a mindblowing combination of seared steak, beetroot "blood," green tea and black garlic. 960 1280

  

Snail Stew with ...

Snail Stew with ...

A major flavoring agent in Amadeo Lazaro's bowls of snail stew are the zarajos, braided lamb intestines. 960 1280

  

A Special Kind of Pasta in Madrid

A Special Kind of Pasta in Madrid

Diverxo Chef David Munoz's carbanara "pasta" of Spanish angula eels is cooked in tandoori yogurt and topped with trout roe, coffee, rice paper and basil.   960 1280

  

Spanish Blood Sausage

Spanish Blood Sausage

Pilar Apariciocalle shows Andrew Zimmern the proper technique for boiling morcilla, spanish blood sausage, to ensure it doesn't explode. 960 1280

  

Photos

Back to the Motherland

Back to the Motherland

Andrew Zimmern, who has German ancestry, has been to Germany a half-dozen times, but the east side is a "mystery" to him. Two Berlin cab drivers, one from the east and and one from the west, show him the best of Berlin. 960 1280

  

Berlin by Bike

Berlin by Bike

Cab driver Mattias, from the west side, gets ready with Andrew for their bike tour of Berlin. 960 1280

  

Berlin Sky

Berlin Sky

The TV Tower is visible from most parts of Berlin.  960 1280

  

The Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate

One of Berlin's most well known monuments, the Gate is located in the western part of the city.  960 1280

  

Berlin's Artistry

Berlin's Artistry

Pieces like this one from artist Kani Alavi can be found at Berlin's East Side Gallery.  960 1280

  

Skate Surfing

Skate Surfing

A longboard outfitted with a windsurfing sail, skate surfing is a popular pastime in Berlin.  960 1280

  

Pit Stop

Pit Stop

Andrew and cab driver Harald stop at an asparagus field on the way to Harald's house. 960 1280

  

Home-Cooked Meal

Home-Cooked Meal

Andrew's driver Harald invites him over for dinner at his house with his mother, Paula. 960 1280

  

Buttermilk Soup

Buttermilk Soup

Andrew Zimmern serves himself a bowl of traditional Pomeranian buttermilk soup made by cab driver Harald's mother. 960 1280

  

Fishy

Fishy

Freshly smoked eels at Rogaki deli in Berlin. 960 1280

  

Soup's Up

Soup's Up

Homemade potato soup at Kneipe Kasiske in Berlin. 960 1280

  

Right Off the Rotisserie

Right Off the Rotisserie

A doner kebab and french fries from Bagdad Bistro in Kreuzberg, Berlin. 960 1280

  

As Fresh as It Gets

As Fresh as It Gets

Andrew and his driver Mattias go behind the scenes at Rogacki in Berlin with a fresh wolf fish. 960 1280

  

Berlin's Delis

Berlin's Delis

Freshly smoked fish at Rogacki deli in Berlin. 960 1280

  

Berlin's Burgers

Berlin's Burgers

Andrew and cab driver Mattias check out Burgermeister in Kreuzberg. 960 1280

  

Berlin's Burgers

Berlin's Burgers

Andrew and cab driver Mattias eat a burger and fries at Burgermeister in Kreuzberg. 960 1280

  

Burgermeister

Burgermeister

A burger and french fries from Burgermeister in Kreuzberg, Berlin. 960 1280

  

Berlin's Cafe Bites

Berlin's Cafe Bites

Pastries at a small cafe near the East Side Gallery in Berlin. 960 1280

  

The Wurst

The Wurst

Curry wurst from Curry 36 in Berlin. 960 1280

  

Andrew in the Kitchen

Andrew in the Kitchen

Andrew works in the kitchen at Fruhsammers. 960 1280

  

Well Deserved Dinner

Well Deserved Dinner

Andrew and cab driver Harald share a laugh in the front of the house at Fruhsammers in Berlin. 960 1280

  

Fruhsammers

Fruhsammers

An hors d'oeuvre from Fruhsammers in Berlin. 960 1280

  

Looking Sharp

Looking Sharp

Andrew, a knife enthusiast himself, watches knives being sharpened at Holzapfel in Berlin. 960 1280

  

A Relaxing Dip

A Relaxing Dip

Andrew and cab driver Harald share a laugh at Stadtbad Mitte, one of Berlin's many indoor swimming pools. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern in Hyderabad

Andrew Zimmern in Hyderabad

Andrew Zimmern stands in front of the Charminar, monument and mosque, in Hyderabad, India. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern in Hyderabad

Andrew Zimmern in Hyderabad

Andrew sips a fresh sorrel flower juice at The Park Hotel in Hyderabad. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern in Hyderabad

Andrew Zimmern in Hyderabad

Andrew observes a coconut street vendor. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern in Hyderabad

Andrew Zimmern in Hyderabad

Andrew chats with his auto rickshaw driver Omer at Omer's house in Golconda Fort. 960 1280

  

Enjoying Irani Chai Tea in Hyderabad

Enjoying Irani Chai Tea in Hyderabad

Andrew has a few laughs and Irani Chai tea with cab driver KK in Hyderabad. 960 1280

  

Shopping in Hyderabad

Shopping in Hyderabad

Andrew and Omer pick out tea as a gift for Omer's mother in Golconda Fort. 960 1280

  

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori chicken at the Prince Hotel in Hyderabad. 960 1280

  

Fresh Pomegranates

Fresh Pomegranates

Fresh pomegranates from a street vendor. 960 1280

  

Hyderabad Street Food

Hyderabad Street Food

Andrew, KK and friend Jonty, purchase fried street foods in Hyderabad. 960 1280

  

Auto Rickshaws in Hyderabad

Auto Rickshaws in Hyderabad

A fleet of auto rickshaws in Hyderabad. 960 1280

  

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. 

 

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Downtown Chicago

Downtown Chicago

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

 

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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. 

 

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Second City

Second City

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

 

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Second City

Second City

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

 

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Kyrgyz Cuisine

Kyrgyz Cuisine

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

 

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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. 

 

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Windy City Rollers

Windy City Rollers

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

 

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Benched

Benched

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

 

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Barcade

Barcade

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

 

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High Roller

High Roller

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

 

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Gamers' Delight

Gamers' Delight

Seriously, Andrew really likes pinball. 

 

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Chicago Magic

Chicago Magic

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

 

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Nice Try

Nice Try

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

 

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Rosa's Lounge

Rosa's Lounge

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

 

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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.

 

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Pizza Castle

Pizza Castle

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

  

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