Bizarre Foods America: Northern California

Go behind the scenes as Andrew Zimmern visits Northern California where people are reinventing food. Andrew samples grilled dove hearts, mutton testicles, monkeyface eel and more.

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Andrew Zimmern preparing a shark to eat in San Francisco
Andrew Zimmern preparing a shark to eat in San Francisco

Andrew Zimmern preparing a shark to eat in San Francisco

Andrew Zimmern, Hank Shaw and local fishing buddies prepare fresh-caught leopard shark. 960 1280

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Pan-fried leopard shark

Pan-fried leopard shark

Pan-fried leopard shark direct from San Francisco Bay. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern at Chirp Bakery

Andrew Zimmern at Chirp Bakery

Andrew Zimmern gets excited when he learns Chirp Bakery's baked goods are made with cricket flour. 960 1280

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Crickets

Crickets

These crickets will soon become flour at Chirp Bakery. 960 1280

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caramelized mealworm sundae

caramelized mealworm sundae

A caramelized mealworm sundae from La Cocina restaurant. 960 1280

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Andrew Zimmern at Little Kabul's Maiwand Market

Andrew Zimmern at Little Kabul's Maiwand Market

Andrew Zimmern is disappointed in his small take-home portion of naan from Little Kabul's Maiwand Market. 960 1280

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Pacha or lamb's head soup

Pacha or lamb's head soup

Pacha, or lamb's head soup, is a traditional Afghan dish at De Afghanan in Fremont, CA. 960 1280

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Andrew Zimmern at De Afghanan

Andrew Zimmern at De Afghanan

Andrew Zimmern and Afghan local Hamid Haidari enjoy an Afghan meal at De Afghanan. 960 1280

  

De Afghanan's traditional Afghan food

De Afghanan's traditional Afghan food

De Afghanan's traditional Afghan food is truly a work of art -- of substantial proportions. 960 1280

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San Jose restaurant Mezcal's chapulines

San Jose restaurant Mezcal's chapulines

San Jose restaurant Mezcal's chapulines are fried grasshoppers seasoned, sautéed and then placed in a taco. 960 1280

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Ox Penis Soup

Ox Penis Soup

Ox penis soup from Bun Bo Hue An Nam in East San Jose. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern dates this fermentation's start date. 960 1280

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fermented fish sauce at To Hyang

fermented fish sauce at To Hyang

Three-year-old fermented fish sauce at To Hyang, a Korean restaurant in San Francisco. 960 1280

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Min Im, part-owner of To Hyang

Min Im, part-owner of To Hyang

Min Im, part-owner of To Hyang, serves up traditional Korean dishes with Andrew Zimmern. 960 1280

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Andrew Zimmern and a homemade mayo emulsifier

Andrew Zimmern and a homemade mayo emulsifier

Andrew Zimmern and the Hampton Creek Foods family want you to say hello to their little friend, a homemade mayo emulsifier. 960 1280

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Andrew Zimmern tries cuttlefish.
Andrew Zimmern tries cuttlefish.

Andrew Zimmern tries cuttlefish.

Food journalist Clarissa Wei explains that the bright orange cuttlefish at Sam Woo BBQ in Alhambra, CA, gets its color from food dye. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and roasted duck in LA.

Andrew Zimmern and roasted duck in LA.

Andrew and Clarissa check out the whole-roasted duck case at Sam Woo BBQ. 960 1280

  

Roasted duck at Sam Woo BBQ.

Roasted duck at Sam Woo BBQ.

In the Cantonese culture, ducks are often roasted whole to symbolize unity. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern eats boiled chicken embryo.

Andrew Zimmern eats boiled chicken embryo.

At a Cambodian house party in Long Beach, CA, Andrew gets a closer look at his first chicken balut -- a fertilized chicken embryo that's boiled and eaten from the shell. 960 1280

  

A tostada de cueritos at Richland Farms.

A tostada de cueritos at Richland Farms.

A tostada de cueritos -- crispy corn tortilla loaded up with pickled pig skin, cabbage, radish, fresh-made salsa and crema -- is part of the Mexican feast served at Richland Farms in Compton, CA. 960 1280

  

Barbed wire on Richland Farms fence in Compton.

Barbed wire on Richland Farms fence in Compton.

The barbed wire on the fence at Richland Farms is a reminder that this farm isn't in the Midwest; it's in Compton, CA. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern rides a horse in Compton, CA.

Andrew Zimmern rides a horse in Compton, CA.

The "No Parking" sign in the background is for cars, but it probably applies to horses, too. 960 1280

  

Fried sea bass

Fried sea bass

Battered and fried sea bass, ready to be stuffed inside a mouthwatering fish taco. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern enjoys a Mexican feast.

Andrew Zimmern enjoys a Mexican feast.

Andrew adds a little salsa to finish off the perfect plate during a perfect home-cooked Mexican meal. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and Jordan Kahn at Red Medicine in LA.

Andrew Zimmern and Jordan Kahn at Red Medicine in LA.

Cameras catch the action as chef Jordan Kahn of Red Medicine in LA prepares to juice the stems of wild wood sorrel foraged with Andrew's help. 960 1280

  

Akaushi beef at Red Medicine in LA

Akaushi beef at Red Medicine in LA

Fallen log in the forest or delicious beef entrée? Chef Jordan Kahn garnishes his Akaushi beef dish with freshly foraged flowers and greens. 960 1280

  

Hawkins House of Burgers in Watts

Hawkins House of Burgers in Watts

There's great food to be found everywhere: Hawkins House of Burgers sits in the shadow of Watts' notorious Nickerson Gardens projects. 960 1280

  

Cambodian house party in Long Beach, CA.

Cambodian house party in Long Beach, CA.

Cameras roll on this potluck party, overflowing with authentic Cambodian food. Long Beach, CA, is home to an estimated 70,000 Cambodian immigrants. 960 1280

  

Venice Beach in Los Angeles.

Venice Beach in Los Angeles.

The sun sets over Venice Beach, just hours before the first grunion run of the season. Andrew can't wait to spot his first grunion, a spawning California fish that he also can't wait to taste. 960 1280