How to Dodge Montezuma's Revenge

Feb 15, 2012
Outside Magazine
Montezuma's Revenge

"Beware the scallops!"    Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection

Chef Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods, has put more potential contaminants in his mouth than a Manhattan raccoon: live lemon ants in Ecuador's Napo River basin, seal stew in the Yup'ik villages of Alaska, fresh mangrove worms in Palawan ... And yet he's never gotten the trots while on the road. What sorcery is this? Zimmern explains: "Use THE NEW YORK CITY HOT DOG THEORY OF EATING: Buy your food from the folks with the longest lines, highest turnover, and best reputations. Let your instincts guide you: Hot foods should be hot, cold foods should be cold, and anything that smells bad should be questioned. Be sure your purveyor/shopkeeper/waiter can tell you where the item is from. And remember: If it looks good, eat it!" (And, duh, drink bottled water.)