Season 1, Episode 9

Europe Files - Volume 4

We've compiled the best of Anthony Bourdain's Europe trips in The Europe Files - Volume 4, in which he explores England, Romania and Austria. Tony visits London, one of his homes away from home. He looks into the dying, but ever-important trade of being a butcher at the Smithfield Market. With pork on the brain, Tony heads to St. John, widely considered one of the best restaurants in the world. Esteemed chef Fergus Henderson sees Tony's need for a little pig in his life and prepares a meal of innards, pork, and roast marrow. He then travels to Bucharest in Romania to meet up with his friend, Zamir. It is Zamir's 50th birthday and to celebrate, they head to Jaristea, a local themed restaurant complete with 1930s decor, antiques, traditional foods, and entertainment from Romanian musicians and dancers. Next stop, Dracula's castle! It is currently up for sale with the asking price estimated to be a cool $140 million. There must be better ways to spend $140 million, like staying at the House of Dracula Hotel next door. It is part hotel and part theme park, dedicated to capitalizing on the Dracula legend. Crowds of costumed tourists visit to eat, drink, dance, take part in bouts of archery and sword fighting, and watch the Miss Transylvania pageant. Then, Tony visits the Hotel Sacher in Austria to sample the famous Sachertorte. Though not a big fan of sweets, Tony enjoys the dry chocolate cake filled with apricot jam. Tony moves on to Gut Purbach, a famous restaurant owned by Max Stiegl. Max is unusual in that he raises his own Cameroon sheep, names them, cares for them, and then cuts their throats when it's dinnertime. Tony and writer Joaquin Reidel enjoy a meal of all the sheep's tender bits, including brain in red wine sauce, saffron tongue, gnocchi with heart, tripe salad, and sphincter sausage.
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