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In this culinary series, food blogger Ali Khan is challenged to eat on a budget in different cities around the world. In each episode, Khan is given a budget of $35 and must eat for an entire day without spending any more than that. The series airs on the Cooking Channel.

Wednesday 10:00 PM et/pt on Cooking Channel
4 Seasons, 46 Episodes
September 22, 2015
Cast: Ralph B. Saltsman, Stephen Solomon
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  • Ali Khan is on a mission to find the best deals for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack in Scottsdale, Ariz., a city known for high-end resorts. He starts out strong with a double serving of Southern barbecue scones piled high with savory pulled pork. Then he tracks down a cottage pie just like the ones found on the streets of Sydney, Australia. As the afternoon heats up, Ali cools off with a homemade cookie ice cream sandwich that brings out the kid in him, and he lands a pizza deal for dinner that delivers big flavor with a small price tag.

  • Ali Khan is looking for the best deals in New Haven, Conn., for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack! He starts his day with a creative culinary feast of French toast stuffed with creamy custard made with a 100-year-old recipe, and then he's off to the landmark birthplace of the hamburger for a truly old-school burger. After a sugar rush from winners of Food Network's Cupcake Wars, Ali settles in for a taste of the Old World with New Haven-style pizza, locally known as "apizza."

  • Ali Khan is looking for the best deals in San Diego for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack. He starts off strong with Brazilian-style hash browns stuffed with eggs, cheese and garlic. Then he masks up like a Mexican wrestler for a discount on a loaded surf-and-turf Cali burrito. Later he gets the ride of his life and the sweetest doughnut ever -- the stuffed "Big Poppa." Finally, he hits the beach for a taste of Hawaii with some finger-licking short ribs. With its diverse and delicious food scene, Ali gets a trip around the world right in sunny San Diego!

  • Ali Khan is in Santa Barbara, California, looking for the best deals for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack. He has his work cut out for him trying to stay on budget in this swanky seaside city, and he gets off to a pricey start with a bacon and egg breakfast sandwich on a buttery brioche that's worth every penny. He makes up some ground with a killer deal on bacon-wrapped, fully loaded hot dogs, and then he snacks on a gluten-free and dairy-free Cowboy Cookie, a local favorite that fits Santa Barbara's health-conscious lifestyle. But a day at the beach isn't complete without fresh seafood, and Ali scarfs down two straight-out-of-the-sea crab cakes as the sun sets on a perfect California day.

  • Ali Khan has 12 hours and 35 bucks to find the best deals in Birmingham, Alabama, for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack. For breakfast, he starts the day with hash brown baskets stuffed with Andouille sausage and eggs. Then he gets his home cooking fix with bacon-wrapped meatloaf made with a lot of love. After snacking on a red velvet cheesecake brownie, Ali melts away with "Ragin' Cajun" blackened chicken with habanero Jack cheese. There's no doubt that Alabama's largest city is filled with diverse, award-winning eats, all served up with Southern hospitality and charm.

  • Ali Khan has just one day to find Atlanta's best deals for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack! Atlanta is a large, cosmopolitan city with a diverse food scene, which Ali discovers as he starts his day with a crazy, innovative breakfast -- French toast tacos. He chows down on perhaps the best grilled cheese in America for lunch and then cleanses his palate with a blueberry cobbler ice pop. Everyone's heard of a sloppy joe, but Ali ends his day with a Sloppy Jai -- a slightly Americanized version of classic Indian street food. No matter where you roam or what cuisine you choose, ATL always brings the flavor.

  • Ali Khan is on the hunt for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack deals in Las Vegas that won't break the bank. In Vegas it's no surprise that there's a delectable and wildly diverse food scene. Ali goes all in on a wickedly good day of eating in the desert, starting with an Elvis-inspired king of a breakfast -- banana French toast bread pudding. Then it's tacos to die for as he tracks down a legendary chef whipping up handcrafted al pastor tacos. At snack time, Ali finds himself in the hands of an artisanal pastry chef whose treats might be too beautiful to eat. Finally, he ends his day with some award-winning pizza slices that rock.

  • Ali Khan is in one of the coolest college towns in the country, Athens, Georgia, to find the best breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack deals. For breakfast, he grabs sweet and sticky Georgia peach French toast. Then he rolls across town for a delicious bowl of authentic Mexican posole, and the hits keep coming with a scrumptious snack that's part doughnut and part biscuit. Ali wraps up the day with a visit to hometown band R.E.M's favorite fried chicken shack -- that's automatic for the people.

  • Ali Khan has 12 hours and only 35 bucks to find the best deals in Greenville, South Carolina, for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the town boasts a quaint Main Street, hundreds of restaurants and a killer food scene. Ali starts his day off in true Southern fashion with a buttery "cathead" biscuit and country-fried pork, and then he makes his mark while getting his burger on ... au poivre-style! After he gets his chocolate fix with a light, creamy chocolate mousse, Ali wraps up his day with fresh, fusion tacos filled with a decadent duck mole and Bangkok shrimp.

  • Ali Khan is taking in the mountain views in Asheville, North Carolina, as he looks for the best local deals on breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack. He starts his day off big with a breakfast of fried chicken covered in sausage gravy, accompanied by Southern-sized sides. For lunch, he dives into the booming food truck scene and finds tasty Thai served up fresh on a homemade bao. After snacking on the best dessert in America - a made-to-order maple bourbon doughnut - Ali's day ends right with chopped Carolina pork doused in tangy, vinegar-based barbecue sauce.

  • Ali Khan is exploring Boston for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack deals. First up, he takes on a coffee-encrusted Bloody Mary burger for breakfast in Boston's financial district. Then he's off to Chinatown for a tasty and innovative twist on Chinese dumplings, and he migrates over to Little Italy for an Old World snack that dates back centuries. Ali caps off his day in Boston with a local favorite and a steal of deal, the Lobstah Roll.

  • Ali Khan is in Brooklyn to find the best deals for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack! It may be a haven for hipsters and the well-heeled, but New York's biggest borough still has authentic neighborhood diners, like the one where Ali kicks things off with chocolate chip pumpkin pancakes. After that, it doesn't get any more Brooklyn than a fried eggplant parm sandwich, or any sweeter than a slice of chocolatey s'mores pie. Finally, Ali ends his day with a taste of the next big thing -- Filipino chicken adobo.

  • Ali Khan is hunting for the best deals in Philadelphia for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack! Philly is known for serving up food with an attitude, and Ali starts with a local favorite, a scrapple, egg and cheese dip sandwich. Then he hunts down a Philly original, roast pork with provolone and spinach, for lunch. He satisfies his snack attack with dumplings filled with cheese steak, apple pie and cheesecake and, for dinner, grabs a unique twist on ramen at a happening joint in Fishtown

  • Ali Khan, full-blown food enthusiast and blogger, has 12 hours and only 35 bucks to find the best deals in Burlington, Vt. for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack! Ali kicks things off with a local favorite for breakfast, the unique bacon maple "wafflini." Then he hits up a legendary lunch counter that's been around since the 1940s, and steps in the ring with the "Macho Man," a sandwich that mashes together a Reuben and patty melt. Next he feeds his sweet tooth with a chocolate cream filled doughnut made from scratch. Finally, he lands in a historic dinner spot that serves up short rib poutine along with its panoramic views.

  • Ali Khan starts his trip to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, by tackling a monster of a pancake. Then, he faces the massive Stairway to Heaven burger before hitting the waterfront for a cup of classic New England chowder.

  • From a clam and chorizo "Stuffie" to Portuguese sweet bread French toast, Ali Khan sinks his teeth into delectable eats in Providence, Rhode Island.

  • Ali Khan hunts for deals in Milwaukee and starts by diving into a plate of cheesecake French toast. Then, he pays tribute to the state fair before getting the true cheesehead experience with a bowl of pulled pork mac and cheese.

  • Ali Khan heads to Motor City to find the best deals Detroit has to offer. First, he drools over a plate of cheesy, smothered potatoes. Then, he ends his day with a funky pizza pie topped with Coney dogs and mustard.

  • Ali Khan is looking for the best breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack deals in Cincinnati, Ohio. He discovers a German-American sausage that's a local favorite, Cincinnati-style chili and lemon ricotta cake.

  • Ali Khan is looking for the best breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack deals in Nashville, Tennessee. His discoveries include an award-winning barbecue sandwich, giant cinnamon roll and the city's famous hot chicken.

  • Ali Khan is looking for the best breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack deals in Spokane, Washington. His discoveries include a secret menu hot dog, the martini of milkshakes and pulled pork pizza.

  • Ali Khan is looking for the best breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack deals in Alexandria, Virginia. His discoveries include a Southern fried chicken biscuit, a trio of inventive tacos and deep-fried deviled eggs.

  • Ali Khan is looking for the best breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack deals in Portland, Oregon. His discoveries include a salmon poke bowl, authentic Spanish churros and fresh pasta carbonara.

  • Ali Khan heads to Washington, D.C., to dig into multicultural foods in the nation's capital. He starts the day off with an ooey-gooey pastrami sandwich, then gets schooled in the ways of the Greeks with a helping of moussaka.

  • Ali Khan chows down on college town food in Charlottesville, VA. He starts with a breakfast bagel chock full of deli meat, and digs in to a barbecue sundae for lunch. Finally, he splurges on a chicken-fried dish for dinner.

  • Ali Khan explores culinary surprises in Annapolis, MD. For breakfast, he takes a bite out of "Cat Head" biscuits and gravy. Then, Ali caps off his day with the best crab cake he's ever tasted.

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