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 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

  

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

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