Scrapple, Sausage and Grinders… Bizarre Foods: PA is here!
If you love monster snapper turtle hunting, Iron Chef Morimoto, sitting in a boat giving crap to your buddies, spicy tongue sandwiches, lip gloss made from cured duck fat, a secret affineur plying her wares in Reading Market, roast pork grinders dripping with chilies and spinach, scrapple, backyard skeet contests, strawberry jam, dipping in a hidden river on a hot summers day, and hunting down the last family owned and operated artisanal sausage maker in Philly, then you will love our show for you this coming Tuesday night at 9. Turns out that this is one of our best shows ever, and be sure to note the smile of pride bestowed on us by Momma Czerw when she sees me annihilate a bowl of her stuffed cabbage. Our Pennsylvania Dutch and Fourth Street Deli scenes apparently wound up on the cutting room floor and its killing me. Especially since the food at 4th St Deli is so amazing. Next time you are in Philly go have one of their Pastrami sandwiches and tell them I sent you. You’ll be glad you did.
Best moment of the trip for me was sneaking a bloody eel head into my field producers pocket when he wasn’t looking. Every trip we prank him by putting bloody animal parts in his briefcase, hiding them in his camera bag and other mindless acts of infantilism. I am often insanely immature at the end of a 16 hour day on the road. One day in Samoa, I hid 12 hermit crabs in his bags, coat pockets, rain gear and so forth and he never noticed. The day ended and we headed back to our lodge. He piled all his stuff into his closet and went to sleep. We were in a remote village and spooky sounds can become amplified in this type of environment. Well around 3am he heard knocking and scraping and woke up. He freaked, scared out of his mind and jumped out of bed, carrying a mono-pod like a club he raced to the sound, threw open the door to the closet and saw a dozen little crabs race out towards his feet.
His screaming woke us all up that night. Anyway, check out the Pennsylvania show tonight (Tues., Jan. 25 @ 9pm E/P)…you’ll love it.