Tony is in Vancouver, British Columbia, home to a thriving film industry, gorgeous scenery, and an evolving food scene.
New Orleans was forever changed by Hurricane Katrina. But today the vibrant city is rebuilding, and it's relying on what it knows best: its food and music.
There is something alluring and menacing in the air throughout the UK when it comes to the people, the scenery, and especially the cuisine, and Tony is off to try and discover what it is.
Supposedly Greece has the world's healthiest diet. From Crete to Ithaca, Tony heads off on a culinary odyssey to find out if that reputation is deserved.
Tony and his friend Zamir are off on another adventure, this time to celebrate Zamir's 50th birthday in Romania, a land of vampire tales, Communist regimes and an intense culinary history.
Jamaica is a vibrant, colorful land full of resorts and reggae music. Tony is traveling there to uncover the lesser-known Jamaica.
Arguably the most exotic state in America, Hawaii's beaches and easy life have intrigued Tony. But will the cuisine?
Tony accepts the challenge to return to Les Halles restaurant for work during his old Tuesday double shift. Get a behind-the-curtain look at the working of a restaurant and man who used to cook for a living.
Tony lands in Laos, a land with picturesque landscapes, exotic cuisines and a mysterious history. One of the less-popular Asian countries among tourists, Tony is ready to discover its appeal.
Tony is off to Tokyo in search of the relationship between a perfect piece of sushi and a perfect knife blade.
Tony and his brother are on a mission to connect with their roots in Uruguay after learning that Bourdains settled here many years ago.
Colombia is a bright and beautiful country that has gone from drug capital to food capital. Tony is exploring Colombia to discover its unique cuisine and unknown magic.
According to Tony, outside of Asia, Spain is the single greatest place for culinary achievement in the world. While in Spain, he explores the art of chocolate.
Egypt is one of the oldest civilizations on Earth. To avoid the long lines and tour buses, Tony visits with Egyptian locals to get a taste for what it means to be Egyptian.
Danya Alhamrani was chosen to show off her hometown of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to Tony. They explore the cuisine, culture and heritage of Saudi Arabia that few Westerners have ever seen.
Tony is in the nation's capital to explore the city's many contrasts -- Democrat vs. Republican, rich vs. poor, visible vs. invisible, black vs. white.
Tony is off on a great American road trip to explore the Southwest, which is all about big roadside tacos, big wide open wastelands, big rock stars and big guns.
It might look glamorous coming through your television set, but making a television show does not happen as smoothly as you may think. And Tony is back to show exactly what we mean; he has put together some of the silliest moments, biggest and baddest foods, and most exciting experiences from his `No Reservations' travels.
Taking a break from the trials and tribulations of life on the road, Tony Bourdain has gathered some friends for a little rap session at famous NYC establishment, WD-50, headed by Chef Wylie Dufresne. Joining Tony around the table are celebrated writer Bill Buford, 'Nightlife Queen of New York' Amy Sacco, tv personality Ted Allen, and gossip columnist Chris Wilson. Let the games begin!After a brief meeting in the kitchen with Chef Dufresne, the group sits down to a glass of vigno cava, some searched hamachi tartare, and a round of good conversation. They debate the morality of charging $1800 for a sushi dinner for two and the pleasure and experience of a great meal being worth a child's college fund money. A beautiful plate of cured bonito and pickled daikon influences a deep discussion of the idea that, while New York City is an epicenter of food and culture, there are so many other ethnicities and countries that offer an abundance of gastronomic wonders that New York does not. Americans become obsessed with eating quickly and easily, which translates to corn syrup and saturated fats in a Styrofoam package, a far cry from the fresh vegetables and grilled meats on the streets of Singapore or India.Only Chef Dufresne would think-up a dish like busted foie gras terrine to please his guests, and it indulges Tony's guilty pleasure for foie gras. Which leads him to ask, "Is there a direct relationship between amount of shame and deliciousness?" Regaling the group with tales of his travels to Brazil, Bill Buford offers everyone a taste of fermented cacao beans, fermented by Bill himself. It's only after everyone has a bean in their mouth that he reveals how he stripped-off his clothing and entered the fermenting vat to fully absorb the experience. Wowed by Chef Dufresne's seared crab tail, the discussion turns to whether or not much of our enjoyment while in a fancy restaurant comes from knowing that somewhere there is someone sitting in a less-nice, less special establishment. New York City is a dog-eat-dog city and as diners, we have to exercise any type of advantage we might think we have in order to secure a spot in a coveted restaurant of choice. Is there a brighter future in store for the restaurant/culinary worlds? One can only hope. Especially Chef Dufresne - he has eight years left on his WD-50 lease!...Why don't more Americans know how, or choose to, cook? There simply isn't any time. And it doesn't help that New York City is designed to cater to the need not to cook - there are fifty restaurants with delivery service in any given five-block radius.At the end of the meal, over a plate of toasted coconut cake, Tony asks his famous question - "If you were given the electric chair tomorrow and it's all over for you, what is your last meal?" Comfort foods abound - fried chicken, mom's spaghetti and meatballs, bacon, macaroni and cheese, shake-and-bake pork chops, baby back ribs. Ted Allen says it best - "Nobody needs a hug more than New Yorkers."
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