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SEEN: Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern + More

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Bold omnivore Andrew Zimmern hit the town with his film crew, tasting some of the very best food in Rhode Island for an upcoming episode of his popular Travel Channel show, Bizarre Foods America.

Fans of food, of the bizarre, and most of all bizarre food will be thrilled to know the king of the genre, none other than the Travel Channel's Andrew Zimmern, was in Rhode Island this weekend: eating, schmoozing, and filming a segment for an upcoming episode of Bizarre Foods America. Zimmern was spotted touring with pal Matt Jennings of Farmstead Inc, at the Wintertime Farmer's Market in Pawtucket and bellied up to the Matt Gennuso's Chez Pascal food truck outside. Zimmern also was seen at Perry Rasso's Matunuck Oyster Farm, on Atwells Avenue at Scialo Bros. Bakery, as well as Johnson & Wales. Like celebrity chef Tyler Florence, who was here last week, Zimmern made the pure Rhode Island food pilgrimage--to Olneyville NY System for a pair of hot wieners all the way. Zimmern had dinner with Jennings at Farmstead, who was "blowing my mind," he tweeted, with baby roasted sweet potatoes, razor clams and pork belly, among other delights.  He finished the night enjoying braised salt cod and potatoes in Fall River, Instagramming a close-up of the dish.

Eric Asimov smiles with Jennifer from Books on the Square, Eric Taylor from Bottles Fine Wine, and Susanna from Reach Out and Read Rhode Island. Photo: Bottles Fine Wine.

If it was food that was calling Zimmern, it was wine that called chief New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov to Providence this weekend as well. Asimov was in town to help raise funds for Rhode Island's Reach Out And Read, as well as promote his new book, "How to Love Wine, a Memoir and Manifesto."Asimov's visit was co-sponsored by Bottles Fine Wine and Books On The Square. Happy fans mingled with Asimov for an hour before a reading, tasting four wines specially selected by Bottles' Eric Taylor and Asimov. The event was part of Bottles' Bottles For the Cause series.

Was Rhode Island's own Pauly D caught cheating... on his home network, MTV? Rumors are buzzing this week that even though the popular network that made Pauly a star on Jersey Shore and has been home to his personal reality show, The Pauly D Project, wants to renew the series, the Johnston deejay has been in talks with rival E! network. TMZ is reporting that Pauly has already taken 3 meetings... stay tuned for more.

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