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Andrew Zimmern reveals his favorite restaurant right now, holiday plans and more

Q & A with Mr. Bizarre Foods

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The holidays got us thinking about Andrew Zimmern and the new season of Bizarre Foods America, premiering next month. Being gracious enough to give us his time, we racked our brains and developed six controversial and compelling questions worthy of journalistic accolades for Andrew.

Bizarre Foods America

Premieres Monday, January 23, 2012 at 10|9c

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If you were a bizarre food, what would you be?

I would be a deep water Pacific Giant Clam. Mammoth, and sweet as candy.

Have you found something more vile than the durian?

Durian is not even in my top 50 worst foods, I try it all the time. Its not palatable to me but its not even in the same league as Stinky Toe Bakut or year old salmon heads rolled in horse urine soaked hay and ‘cured ‘ for 12 months before eating.

If you could teleport right now for lunch, where would you go?

I feel like dumplings. I am thinking Din Tai Fung in Taipei, Taiwan. Then a quick stop at Chengdu’s Yu Bo Family Cuisine, my vote for best restaurant on the planet. Then dessert at Izzy’s in St Paul for their Hot Brown Sugar ice cream.

What do you attribute your success to?

Not practicing contempt prior to investigation and trying to be the best example to others that I can each day, especially when I travel.

Worst holiday memory?

Xmas 1967. Wanted an aluminum flying saucer sled and mom thought I wasn’t old enough. I have about 10 now in my garage.

Any special plans for the holidays?

Wife, Son and I are off to the Caribbean. No phone, no laptop, nothing but a bathing suit and a stack of books… Heaven.

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