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Follow Andrew Zimmern on his new adventure, discovering a place through its food and culture. Andrew is accompanied by two locals who know the city best, a cabbie and auto rickshaw driver. 

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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

  

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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