Are you familiar with Andrew Zimmern? He is a favorite in this household. As host of Bizarre Foods and Bizarre Foods America, Mr. Zimmern can be found on the Travel Channel exploring the world beyond three -star hotels and Michelin star food. What we like about his show (and No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain) is the sincerity of their interaction with the local population. It really is the perfect combination – not only do we get to learn more about food, but we also get to see a county or city away from the glossy brochures. The nitty gritty so to speak.
The other night, we watched a DVR’ed episode of Bizarre Foods America – Detroit. Both of my parents were born and raised in Michigan and my mom spent the first 21 years of her life in a suburb of Detroit. My aunt and uncle and cousins currently live in that area as well. Many summer vacations were spent in Michigan and so many of my childhood memories are centered around the Detroit area and in the north on the coast of Lake Michigan at the family cottage. Not too bad for a girl who spent 10 years of her childhood in Phoenix, Arizona.
But back to Detroit. The episode focused on soul food, the heart of Arab America (Dearborn, Michigan), and the Detroit Eastern Farmer’s Market. And the food was enough to make our mouths water – big time – despite the fact we were already munching on delicious kettle corn Clay picked up in Ft. Worth, Texas. And you know what? We just may have to make a pit stop in Detroit on our trip to northern Michigan this summer.
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I’ve mentioned that my family will be getting together in Glen Arbor, Michigan during the July 4th holiday. We have such fond memories of that part of the country and we’re really looking forward to making new ones with our spouses and children. Like eating cherries until our stomachs hurt. Or roasting marshmallows on the beach. And looking for petosky stones. Or running full speed down the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes. And who knows, maybe we will even eat some bizarre food…like fried smelt…yum!
Are there any other Andrew Zimmern and Bizarre Foods fans out there? Did you know that he also hosts his very own podcast – Go Fork Yourself – with Molly Mogren? I am a bit of a podcast addict and I am finding myself anxiously waiting for Friday to roll around so I can download their new episode. As you can see, I clearly lead a fast-paced and thrill-packed existence. At least I like to think I do. So in the words of Andrew Zimmern, “If it looks good, eat it!”