The #1 food writer and television presenter in the world, Anthony Bourdain reinvented the food travel genre. In his groundbreaking first series, Bourdain travels around the world indulging his taste for local cuisine and eccentric characters.
Rural Japan: Tony decides to look for a more relaxing, traditional Japanese culinary experience in the countryside. Tony travels to an old-style Japanese inn that specializes in kaiseki cuisine, ancient tea ceremony, and local ingredients.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: After taking a cyclo ride through Ho Chi Minh City and trying various foods from roadside vendors and markets, Tony tests his might with a few shots of snake wine and a live cobra heart.
Mekong River, Vietnam: On the river, Tony drinks a lot of Mekong moonshine with the welcoming owners of a duck farm. Although seduced by his Vietnam experience, Tony is not sure the royal dish Birds Nest Soup is all its cracked up to be.
Cambodia and Japan: Taking his obsession with the film Apocalypse Now a little too seriously, Tony sets out for Pailin reputed to be one of the most dangerous towns on earth. After his journey, Tony returns to Japan.
Portugal - Portuguese cuisine holds a dear place in Tonys culinary heart. Tony travels to Porto, home of the famous Port wine, where he is immediately exposed to the codfish and the almost mythical place it holds in Portuguese cuisine and culture.
San Sebastian, Spain: Tony explores the food-crazed Basque culture. Tony's guide, Chef Luis Irizar, takes Tony into the underworld of Basque gastronomic societies. Later, Tony explores the citys tapas bars.
Arcachon, France Here, Bourdain first learned to love food as a child. Returning for a trip down memory lane, Tony enjoys childhood staples, including steak frites, gaufres (waffles), soupe de pecheur (fishermans soup) and fresh oysters.
Portugal & South-West France: Visiting his boss's family farm, Tony helps slaughter and feast on a pig the family has been fattening all year. Then, Tony heads to France to experience the rich delights of a foie gras farm.
St. Petersburg, Russia - Tony continues his mission with a tour of local working class specialties. He tries his hand at ice-fishing, drinks a lot of vodka, feasts on Russian foods, eats smoked fish and ends the outing with a dip in the outdoor cold pool.
Oaxaca, Mexico - Chef Tony Bourdain explores the exotic and colorful indigenous zone of Mexicos Oaxaca region where he tastes toasted grasshoppers and other delicacies. His adventure ends with mariachi music and, of course, lots of tequila.
Puebla, Mexico - According to Tony, the best line cooks in NYC come from Mexico, so he travels to the Puebla, and enjoys mole sauces, toasted ant eggs, fried worms, and the legendary pulque (a slightly hallucinogenic drink made from cactus sap).
Los Angeles - CA, New York chef, Anthony Bourdain, descends into the culinary underbelly of his metropolitan nemesis, Los Angeles, where he experiences the trials of celebrity fame and the joys of West Coast cuisine.
New York, NY - Passionate about his city, Tony gives us an intimate tour of the New York City foods he loves - sturgeon and bagels, fluke ceviche, pan-seared foie gras, braised veal cheek, authentic cheese and, of course, a hotdog.
New York, NY Provincetown, MA - Experience the formative moments of Tonys career as he revisits his first job, the culinary institute that taught him the basics, a normal workday at Les Halles Brasserie, and his mysterious mentor, Bigfoot.
Scotland - Beginning in Glasgow, Tony experiences the heart-clogging glory of deep fried pizza, deep fried mars bars, and deep fried pickled eggs! Moving on to more traditional fare, Tony tastes haggis and learns to hunt and fish for his food.
London, England - In London, Tony attempts to dispel the myth that all English food is disgusting and over-boiled. Tony tries Nose to Tail Eating, explores traditional fare at Pie and Mash Shoppes and then visits a predominantly Indian community.