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10. Grilled Caesar Salad, California State Fair

10. Grilled Caesar Salad, California State Fair

Who said fairs only do food that’s crummy for you? Leave it to the Californians to give us some healthy fair foods like grilled Caesar salads and peaches with cottage cheese. That being said news of the Big Beef Rib (24-ounce steak on a 17-inch cow’s rib) has traveled all the way to me in Minnesota … gotta try that next time!California State Fair1600 Exposition Blvd Sacramento CA 95815 960 1280

  

9. Cream Puffs, Wisconsin State Fair

9. Cream Puffs, Wisconsin State Fair

It's said that the Original Cream Puffs are the essential food at 'Sconnie's state celebration. How can you argue with a mountain of sweet cream and sandwich it between a puff shell? You can’t. I implore you to also eat a brat or 2 along with some cheese curds. ’Cause hey you're in Wisconsin!Wisconsin State Fair640 S 84th St West Allis WI 53214 960 1280

  

8. Fried EVERYTHING, State Fair of Texas

8. Fried EVERYTHING, State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas is the largest state fair in the US when measured by annual attendance. When it comes to foods it’s all about the deep fryer. There’s deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches fried cookie dough fried peach cobbler on a stick zesty fried guacamole bites deep-fried lattes fried chili Frito burrito fried hot dogs chicken fried bacon fried banana split fried grilled cheese sandwiches ... I could list about 100 more but I am getting queasy just writing this down. State Fair of Texas, 3921 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Dallas TX 75210 960 1280

  

7. Sweet Martha's Cookies: MN State Fair

7. Sweet Martha's Cookies: MN State Fair

I think I remember Martha telling me they make a million cookies every day of the fair. This is a fair must and one of those food experiences that cannot be accurately replicated at home even if their dough is available for purchase in your grocer?s freezer. Few things can beat piping hot messy chocolate chip cookies served with an enormous glass of milk. Martha (yes Sweet Martha is a real person) I adore you!Minnesota State Fair1265 Snelling Ave N St. Paul MN 55108 960 1280

  

6. BBQ Chicken, Arizona State Fair

6. BBQ Chicken, Arizona State Fair

I am a self-proclaimed BBQ snob and was pleasantly surprised at the caliber of 'cue at the Arizona State Fair. From drummies and ribs to sliders and pizza (that only kind of counts) I'm a fan.Arizona State Fair1826 W McDowell Rd Phoenix AZ 85007 960 1280

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5. Kiwanis Strawberry Malt, MN State Fair

5. Kiwanis Strawberry Malt, MN State Fair

There are a lot of great dairy items at the great Minnesota Get-Together (hello, we carve our fair princesses out of butter). My favorite is the little stand run by the Kiwanis ladies adjacent to the Fine Arts building. I have a hard time picking among chocolate, strawberry or vanilla … so I like to go with friends and order all 3. I’m not sure if this is actually the very best malt at the fair, but it’s been around since 1969 and I think they still employ some of the original folks. It's just a warm, fuzzy kind of place. 960 1280

  

4. The Original Deep-Fried Cheese Curds, MN State Fair

4. The Original Deep-Fried Cheese Curds, MN State Fair

All curds are not created equal. Trust me, I have tried them all. My go-to MN State Fair cheese curd purveyor has gotta be The Original. Look for the bright yellow sign with the long, fast moving line. 960 1280

  

3. Navajo Tacos, Arizona State Fair

3. Navajo Tacos, Arizona State Fair

Think of this as a culinary lesson in cultural hybrids -- traditional Navajo fry bread smothered in taco stuff, like ground beef, lettuce, cheese, beans and tomatoes. It's fantastic, and you can't really find it anywhere else. 960 1280

  

2. Gizmo, Iowa State Fair

2. Gizmo, Iowa State Fair

If I could pick only one state fair food this would be it: ground beef and Italian sausage smothered in their secret sauce and seasonings covered with melted mozzarella cheese and served on a delicious toasted Italian roll. It?s like an Italian sandwich torpedo. I?m lucky enough that these guys hit both the Iowa and Minnesota state fairs so sometimes I get to eat them twice a year.Iowa State Fair3000 E Grand Ave Des Moines IA 50317 960 1280

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1. About a Foot-long Hot Dog, MN State Fair

1. About a Foot-long Hot Dog, MN State Fair

I love the classics, and it just doesn't get better than this one. I think this stand has literally been at the fair since the Stone Age and simply put, they do a hot dog better than anyone else. 960 1280

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Bizarre Foods in Pictures

'Beyond these arches hang some of the finest smoked meat in Ireland courtesy of Fingal Ferguson and the Gubbeen Smokehouse in County Cork Ireland.' 960 1280

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'The tools of the trade at Ireland's finest charcuterie producer Gubbeen Smokehouse in County Cork.' 960 1280

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'Andrew and self proclaimed meat nerd Fingal Ferguson chow down on venison salami in the smokehouse at Gubbeen in County Cork Ireland.' 960 1280

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'Andrew taking direction in proper seaweed foraging techniques from County Cork resident Clovisse Ferguson.' 960 1280

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'Andrew sharing a fresh foraged limpet with Clovisse Ferguson, of the acclaimed Gubbeen farm near Schull County Cork.' 960 1280

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'A selection of Irish and French cheeses on display at Cork's English Market in County Cork Ireland.' 960 1280

  

'Andrew and chef Kevin Thornton investigate a haul of foraged greens and herbs at Kevin's restaurant Thornton's in Dublin.' 960 1280

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'Locally raised Irish beef moss and herbs served on a pedestal of ancient bog oak in the kitchen at Thornton's in Dublin.' 960 1280

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'Andrew taking in the aroma of smoked Gubbeen cheese alongside cheese expert Giana Ferguson of the acclaimed Gubbeen dairy in County Cork.' 960 1280

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'Andrew slicing off a piece of young Gubbeen cheese made in the picturesque fields near Schull in County Cork.' 960 1280

  

'Andrew's first glimpse of a piece of butter aged approximately 3000 years courtesy of locals Maurice and Conor Lane in County Kildare Ireland.' 960 1280

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'Andrew and Chef Kevin Thornton pose with a piece of ancient history goat butter unearthed from the bog in County Kildare.' 960 1280

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'Andrew smelling a slice of pigeon infused with 3000 year old goat butter and a bog oak sauce courtesy of Dublin chef Kevin Thornton.' 960 1280

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'A finished dish of pigeon finished with Bog Oak sauce and Irish carrots potatoes and shallots, courtesy of acclaimed Dublin chef Kevin Thornton.' 960 1280

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'The early morning cutting of the curds at Gubbeen Dairy in County Cork Ireland.' 960 1280

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Irish salmon, hanging in the smokehouse at Frank Hederman's Belvelly Farm in Ireland

Irish salmon, hanging in the smokehouse at Frank Hederman's Belvelly Farm in Ireland

My favorite smoked fish on earth, Irish salmon, hanging in the smokehouse at Frank Hederman's Belvelly Farm. 960 1280

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Camel Ride in Dubai

Camel Ride in Dubai

Yes, that's me riding a camel through the dunes about 2 hours outside Dubai. Related: Things to Do in Dubai 960 1280

  

View from the Top

View from the Top

The view from my room at the hotel. All this was built in 30 years. Related: World's Hottest Hotels: Dubai 960 1280

  

Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek

Indian-born writer Arva Ahmed and I riding through Dubai Creek, where goods from all over the world arrive every day. 960 1280

  

Iraqi Masgouf

Iraqi Masgouf

This is a bite of a real and authentic Iraqi masgouf at Al Bait Al Baghdadi restaurant in the old section of Dubai. 960 1280

  

Dubai's Beachfront

Dubai's Beachfront

Stand-ups are a part of my job. This Dubai beachfront moment was the perfect setting. 960 1280

  

Beef Brains

Beef Brains

Fresh beef brains ready to hit the convex tawa grill to make real Pakistani katakat, a painstakingly seasoned organ medley that’s popular on the streets in the old section of Dubai. 960 1280

  

Time for Cricket

Time for Cricket

In the old quarter of Dubai, parking lots become cricket fields for Pakistani workers over their lunch break. 960 1280

  

Pakistani Katakat

Pakistani Katakat

Pakistani katakat, made from brains, livers, testicles, kidneys and dozens of spices. One of my favorite dishes on Earth. 960 1280

  

Dubai's Mosques

Dubai's Mosques

Mosques and minarets line the vibrant and gentrifying streets of Dubai Creek. 960 1280

  

Middle-Eastern Dessert

Middle-Eastern Dessert

Kunafa is a Middle Eastern-style dessert made with clarified butter, cashews, thin noodles and Palestinian-style Nabulsi cheese. This variety is sprinkled with pistachios. 960 1280

  

Dubai Port

Dubai Port

The port at Dubai Creek is alive with the constant hustle and bustle of cargo ships from all over the world. 960 1280

  

Baby Goat

Baby Goat

Baby goat seasoned in Emirati spices and roasted in a hole in the ground, served on a bed of seasoned rice, is a classic Bedouin dish. 960 1280

  

Bedouin Hospitality

Bedouin Hospitality

This is real Bedouin hospitality — fresh tea and fritters. 960 1280

  

Cooking Masgouf

Cooking Masgouf

Forty-five minutes of roasting around the wood fire allows all the carp's muddiness to render out when making authentic Iraqi masgouf. It’s so fatty and gets so smoky and crispy, I compare it to bacon. 960 1280

  

Kahua Ranch

Kahua Ranch

The sunset from Kahua Ranch in North Kohala, HI. 960 1280

  

Yellowfin Tuna

Yellowfin Tuna

Yellowfin tuna, courtesy of Capt. Bomboy Llanes. 960 1280

  

Perfectly Sliced Yellowfin Tuna

Perfectly Sliced Yellowfin Tuna

It tastes better when you catch and fillet it yourself. 960 1280

  

Gear Up for Tahitian Prawn Spearing

Gear Up for Tahitian Prawn Spearing

Why don’t I look as cool as the locals do? Brothers Ben and Kwai Publico and I are all geared up for a Tahitian prawn spearing, and somehow, I just don't look the part. 960 1280

  

Horseback Riding at Kahua Ranch

Horseback Riding at Kahua Ranch

Kahua Ranch hands don't come any better than this guy. At least I can ride and not fall. 960 1280

  

The Waipio Valley

The Waipio Valley

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Cow Testicles Anyone?

Cow Testicles Anyone?

Nut-cutting time at Kahua Ranch. 960 1280

  

Cow Testicles for Everyone

Cow Testicles for Everyone

Trimming the cow testicles over our bucket at Kahua Ranch. 960 1280

  

Fried Testicals

Fried Testicals

Frying the testicles. Locals call them lahos and serve them sprinkled with garlic salt. 960 1280

  

Tuna Eye Balls

Tuna Eye Balls

Tuna eyeballs waiting to be braised in sugar and soy sauce at KTA grocery store. 960 1280

  

Making Algae

Making Algae

Giant ponds of algae (at Hawaii Natural Energy Lab Park) waiting to be turned into vitamin supplements. 960 1280

  

Would You Like Some Spirulina?

Would You Like Some Spirulina?

Offering the crew a taste of some raw spirulina paste.  960 1280

  

Traditional Foods at Super J's

Traditional Foods at Super J's

Pasteles and pork lau lau at Super J's. 960 1280

  

Green-sticking

Green-sticking

“Green-sticking” for tuna off the Kona Coast. 960 1280

  

Catch of the Day

Catch of the Day

Got one. Small but tasty. 960 1280

  

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