Bizarre Foods America: Hidden Los Angeles Pictures

Andrew explores hidden LA through its ethnic communities, from a Mexican farm feast to a Cambodian house party.

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Andrew Zimmern and chef Lee Hefter eating at Glowfish Food Truck in Los Angeles

Andrew Zimmern and chef Lee Hefter eating at Glowfish Food Truck in Los Angeles

Andrew Zimmern and chef Lee Hefter eating at Glowfish Food Truck in Los Angeles. 960 1280

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Fresh tuna fillets at International Marine Products in Los Angeles

Fresh tuna fillets at International Marine Products in Los Angeles

Fresh tuna fillets at International Marine Products in Los Angeles. 960 1280

  

Waitstaff preparing tables at Andrew Zimmern's pop-up restaurant

Waitstaff preparing tables at Andrew Zimmern's pop-up restaurant

Waitstaff preparing tables shortly before the opening of Andrew Zimmern's pop-up restaurant in Culver City, CA. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and chef Lee Hefter eating at Glowfish Food Truck

Andrew Zimmern and chef Lee Hefter eating at Glowfish Food Truck

Andrew Zimmern and chef Lee Hefter eating at Glowfish Food Truck. 960 1280

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Sea urchin with dashi (fish broth) at International Marine Products

Sea urchin with dashi (fish broth) at International Marine Products

Sea urchin with dashi (fish broth) at International Marine Products. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern grilling tongue

Andrew Zimmern grilling tongue

Andrew Zimmern grilling tongue in preparation for the opening of his pop-up restaurant. 960 1280

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Raw tongue at Andrew's pop up restaurant

Raw tongue at Andrew's pop up restaurant

Raw tongue used for making the third course at Andrew's pop-up restaurant. 960 1280

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Erika Nakamura carving meat at artisanal butcher shop Lindy & Grundy in Los Angeles

Erika Nakamura carving meat at artisanal butcher shop Lindy & Grundy in Los Angeles

Erika Nakamura carving meat at artisanal butcher shop Lindy & Grundy in Los Angeles. 960 1280

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Kitchen staff adding garnish to the first course of octopus salad and pig face bacon at Andrew's pop up restaurant in Los Angeles

Kitchen staff adding garnish to the first course of octopus salad and pig face bacon at Andrew's pop up restaurant in Los Angeles

Kitchen staff adding garnish to the first course of octopus salad and pig face bacon at Andrew's pop-up restaurant. 960 1280

  

Octopus simmering at Andrew Zimmern's pop up restaurant

Octopus simmering at Andrew Zimmern's pop up restaurant

Octopus simmering. The octopus is one of the ingredients to be added to the salad that will be the first course at Andrew's pop-up restaurant. 960 1280

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Erika Nakamura and Amelia Posada of Lindy & Grundy butcher shop prepare to turn 2 pigs' heads into face bacon

Erika Nakamura and Amelia Posada of Lindy & Grundy butcher shop prepare to turn 2 pigs' heads into face bacon

Erika Nakamura and Amelia Posada of Lindy & Grundy butcher shop prepare to turn 2 pigs' heads into face bacon. 960 1280

  

Andrew adding blood and eggs to the mix for his chocolate budino dessert in Los Angeles

Andrew adding blood and eggs to the mix for his chocolate budino dessert in Los Angeles

Andrew adding blood and eggs to the mix for his chocolate budino dessert while chef Michael Voltaggio looks on. 960 1280

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Spanish octopus, frisee, mustard, peanut oil, smoked paprika, pig face bacon in Los Angeles

Spanish octopus, frisee, mustard, peanut oil, smoked paprika, pig face bacon in Los Angeles

Spanish octopus, frisee, mustard, peanut oil, smoked paprika, pig face bacon: the amuse-bouche at Andrew's pop-up restaurant. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern goes duck hunting in Houston.

Andrew Zimmern goes duck hunting in Houston.

Andrew and Bryan Caswell, chef and owner of the Reef restaurant in Houston, search the morning skies of Galveston Bay for duck. It's what's for lunch. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern tailgates in Houston.

Andrew Zimmern tailgates in Houston.

Andrew tailgates Texas style at Reliant Stadium before a Houston Texans game. Meet his new friend -- a slow-roasted steer head. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern searches for shellfish in Hawaii.

Andrew Zimmern searches for shellfish in Hawaii.

Off the coast of Miloli’i Beach in Hawaii, Andrew and local Kyle Napeahi scour the rocks for tiny shellfish called opihi and get a taste of fresh helmet urchins. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern examines taro in Hawaii.

Andrew Zimmern examines taro in Hawaii.

Daniel Anthony pounds taro for a living. He and Andrew examine the starchy root before it is transformed into Hawaii’s traditional dish, poi. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern eats Vietnamese food in St. Louis.

Andrew Zimmern eats Vietnamese food in St. Louis.

Vietnamese cuisine is a great gateway for adventurous eating, and Andrew sampled some of the best in St. Louis at Farmhaus. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern sampled Bosnian cuisine in St. Louis.

Andrew Zimmern sampled Bosnian cuisine in St. Louis.

Grbic Restaurant in St. Louis’ Little Bosnia serves house-made cevapi, minced-beef sausages that are a staple of Bosnian cuisine. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern enjoyed grill mackerel in Providence, RI.

Andrew Zimmern enjoyed grill mackerel in Providence, RI.

While in Providence, RI, Andrew samples chef Matt Jennings’ grilled mackerel covered in a blanket of miso garlic confit sauce with fresh greens. Jennings is the owner of Farmstead. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern goes fishing in Rhode Island.

Andrew Zimmern goes fishing in Rhode Island.

Andrew goes fishing for quahogs in Potter Pond, an estuary in Matunuck, RI. The hard clams are on the menu at Matunuck Oyster Bar, owned by chef Perry Raso. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern tastes man-made meat in Providence, RI.

Andrew Zimmern tastes man-made meat in Providence, RI.

Is it monkfish or meat? The Johnson & Wales culinary program in Providence, RI, has transformed monkfish, once known as a trash fish, into something totally new through hi-tech cooking techniques. Monkfish and strips of ham are bound together with a chemical binding agent to create a new meat that doesn't exist in nature. Andrew tasted it, of course. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern stops for crawfish in Louisiana.

Andrew Zimmern stops for crawfish in Louisiana.

Steamed crawfish at Louisiana roadside seafood shack, Casanova's Seafood, in St. Bernard, LA. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern tries chef John Besh's gumbo in New Orleans.

Andrew Zimmern tries chef John Besh's gumbo in New Orleans.

Chef John Besh cooks up a mean gumbo for Andrew at one of his many restaurants, La Provence in New Orleans. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern gets a taste of the the typical BBQ plate in Birmingham, AL.

Andrew Zimmern gets a taste of the the typical BBQ plate in Birmingham, AL.

The quintessential Alabama plate of BBQ at Miss Myra’s in Vestavia Hills, AL: Hickory-smoked chicken, coleslaw, potato salad and banana pudding for dessert. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern inspects pig innerds in Birmingham, AL.

Andrew Zimmern inspects pig innerds in Birmingham, AL.

At a pig processing plant outside Birmingham, AL, Andrew watches plant worker Brian Sapp remove the liver from the "pluck" of internal pig organs. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern caught shellfish in St. Croix.

Andrew Zimmern caught shellfish in St. Croix.

Spotted trunkfish, also known as shellfish in St. Croix, caught by Andrew and Captain Thomas Daley. Andrew says the taste is unbelievable! 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern tries his hand at spear fishing in St. Croix.

Andrew Zimmern tries his hand at spear fishing in St. Croix.

Spear fishing is very popular on St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, so Andrew grabs a spear to try his hand at the sport … and catch lunch! 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern tries suckling pig in Queens, NY.

Andrew Zimmern tries suckling pig in Queens, NY.

Fresh suckling pig at Muncan Meat Corp. in Queens, NY, waits to be carved up and served fresh to customers. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and Jason Wang pull noodles in Queens, NY.

Andrew Zimmern and Jason Wang pull noodles in Queens, NY.

Andrew and Jason Wang pull traditional-style longevity noodles at Wang’s X'ian Famous Foods in Queens, NY. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern rides with cowboys in Los Angeles.

Andrew Zimmern rides with cowboys in Los Angeles.

Did you know there were cowboys in Compton? Andrew rides with an LA ranching family at Richland Farms before sitting down to a Mexican farm feast. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern takes a bite of the Whipper Burger in Los Angeles.

Andrew Zimmern takes a bite of the Whipper Burger in Los Angeles.

Too big for this picture (or your mouth): The Whipper Burger at Hawkins House of Burgers in LA is loaded with pastrami, cheese and a butterflied hot link. 960 1280

  

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