Season 1, Episode 10
Europe Files - Volume 5
We've compiled the best of Anthony Bourdain's Europe trips in The Europe Files - Volume 5, in which he explores Scotland, Romania, the Czech Republic, and Croatia.
Tony lands in Edinburgh, Scotland to meet with one of his literary heroes, Ian Rankin, a best-selling crime author. However, before he was a crime author, Rankin worked as a grape-picker, swineherd, taxman, alcohol researcher, and punk musician. Then Tony journeys to Romania, a land with a legacy of a Communist regime that still haunts its villages and countryside. Tony and Zamir head into the Romanian countryside in their rented Dacia, the national car of Romania. Tony and his friend Zamir reach the Maramures region in Northern Romania, an area of villages preserved in almost medieval isolation. In the village of Vadu Izei lives Zamir's aunt, Bell Doina, who is busy preparing for Zamir's birthday celebration that night. There's live music, food, plenty of drinks, and a golden brown pig. Next, Tony visits Prague, capital of the Czech Republic and the world's capital for beer. With the help of some local experts, Tony tests the new culinary landscape in the "city of spires." Finally, he's off to Croatia, now touted as The New Riviera. Celebrities and oligarchs swarm the coastal islands as foodies roam the hills in search of truffles, wild asparagus and local wineries. Tony explores the Istria and Dalmatian regions and literally gets knocked off his feet by what he finds.
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