Welcome to the final blog and final episode of Bizarre Foods.* What a great choice for subject matter as well. Take one 240 pound, 47 year old, hypochondriacal Jewish New Yorker and drop him in a jungle for 48 hours and see if he doesn’t die.I learned many things on this shoot.
Myke Hawke is amazing. This man is the embodiment of the old adage, “never quit.” His Special Forces training, medic background and most importantly his ability to instill that kind of motivation in others gave me the confidence to move mountains.
I can now build fires, make shelter and feed myself in the wild, but I also learned that I have been piling up some pretty extensive expertise on my own. Like feeding myself on limpets thanks to my Molokai bothers taking the time to school me on how to find and harvest them.
I now know I can only go 48 hours without breaking down and puddle-ing up into my 21st Century spoiled little kid mode. Here’s a behind the scenes glimpse: the show ends with breakfast on the last morning and the idea was that I survived 48 hours, and am being rewarded with “breakfast in bed” courtesy of a lady chef who Hawke knows. Superb chilequiles by the way … but I digress. So about 6 hours before that, in the earliest blackest hours of the morning, one of my producers sneaks into my camp and hands me 3 mini-Hershey bars, the Halloween kind. I was thrilled. I had been living on sweat, rotten weeds, sea critters and all while wearing one change of clothes. I ate them greedily and went back to bed. Now that was not technically cheating since I had gone 2 “days” without a nosh. But the next morning Hawke chewed my butt like a stripped down private in boot camp! He came into camp and tossed my gear while I was sleeping and found the teensiest little piece of wrapper … BUSTED!
Anyway, on to Bizarre World … and to all the fans out there, thanks for all you do … and remember: if it looks good, eat it!
* You want more Bizarre? Watch Andrew Zimmern explore exciting, new places, people, cultures and food on “Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World,” starting Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 10 E/P.