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Season 2, Episode 2

Bar Hopping

Need a drink? Tony takes us around the world, one cocktail and spicy tuna roll at a time. Includes sipping on fermented cactus sap in Mexico, arm wrestling a woman in Missouri and filling up on shrimp and sake in San Francisco.

Wednesday
Jun 21
10am | 9c
Season 1, Episode 2

Asia Files - Volume 2

We've compiled the best of Anthony Bourdain's Asia trips in The Asia Files - Volume 2. He explores Vietnam, India, China and Japan. In Vietnam, Tony meets up with his old friend Philip Lajaunie. He's the owner of Les Halles restaurant and Tony's old boss. Philip's eccentric personality leads them across Saigon in search of a few unique dishes, like banh mi and a baguette stuffed with pate and mortadella. Continuing to India, Anthony gets a taste of real Indian street food, like beef tapioca bryani, and a glimpse into the life of the men who create elaborate bronze cooking vessels. Finally, Anthony dawns his skis and hits the slopes in China, braving the unbearable cold of Haerbin. He finishes his journey in Japan, tasting real Sapporo Ramen.

Thursday
Jul 20
10am | 9c
Season 2, Episode 16

Paradise Found

From gorgeous coastlines to cowboys to a cold beer, paradise looks different to everyone. Tony cuts into local steaks on the cliffs of Chile, then snacks on seared ahi tuna and zips through Oahu's North Shore on a jet ski.

Thursday
Jul 27
9am | 8c
Season 2, Episode 4

Eccentric Seafood

Strange, unusual and out-right weird. Tony's appetite is as big as the ocean, and he loves the sea. He tears through wriggling octopus and Korean beer in Queens, feasts on red snapper in Japan and cracks open sea urchin in Italy.

Tuesday
Aug 1
8am | 7c
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Thursday
Aug 3
8am | 7c
Season 1, Episode 11

Europe Files - Volume 6

We've compiled the best of Anthony Bourdain's Europe trips in The Europe Files - Volume 6, in which he explores Italy, Austria and France. In Venice, Italy, Tony visits a tiny, back-alley joint for cichetta, the Venetian version of tapas. Then he jets off to Burano, a tiny island just a short boat ride away from Venice. For generations, Da Romano has been known for its picture-perfect version of a much-loved dish - risotto. Cesare, a local Venetian chef and restaurateur, offers to take Tony to explore the island of Saint Erasmo, just outside Venice. They sample fresh-from-the-tree figs, plump tomatoes, freshly cut basil, along with a spread of salami, fragrant cheese, and fresh bread. They also enjoy a local beverage known as fragolina, "forbidden wine." Tony jets off to Austria to visit the famous Nosh Mart. His driver, Clemens, takes him to a charming, family-run shop in the market where he samples a plethora of interesting cheeses and pork products. Afterwards they bring their loot to Herta Gruber's cafe, where Herta prepares fried cordon bleu out of the ham and cheese they provide. Finally, Tony visits chef Ludo Lefebvre's hometown of Auxerre, France, and more importantly, Ludo's grandmother. After a tour of the wine cellar, she prepares a simple lunch of jambon chablisienne, ham cooked in white wine, cream, and tomatoes, and eggs meurette, poached eggs in a red wine sauce. Then Ludo takes Tony to a wine cave for a night of drinking and singing. After being initiated into Ludo's circle of friends, Tony snacks on boudin noir, parsley ham, sumartin cheese and bread, all washed down with glasses of local white wine.

Friday
Aug 25
10am | 9c
Season 1, Episode 14

US Files - Volume 2

We've compiled the best of Anthony Bourdain's US trips in The US Files - Volume 2, in which he further explores California, Texas and Louisiana. In San Francisco, CA, Tony and his friend Oscar head to a local liquor store known for their cubana torta. This torta is filled with six different meats, avocado, cheese, jalapeños, tomato, mayo, and a fried egg. The next morning, Tony visits the Ferry Building Farmer's Market, home to fresh fruits and vegetables, welcoming people, and a delicious organic tamale plate. That afternoon, Tony takes a trip just across the Bay Bridge to Oakland, to visit Shelley Garza, an advocate for the local community, and samples some of the tasty tacos, burritos, and tamales that International Boulevard's taco trucks are known for. Back in San Francisco, Tony has dinner with chef and friend Chris Cosentino, a well-respected chef in the city, at Sushi Sebo. Course after course of toro, yellowtail, baby shrimp, sake, seabream head, and mackerel keeps Tony's mouth watering. Chris invites Tony to his restaurant, Incanto, a place known for serving up the nasty bits. Tony and a group of friends sit down for a delicious dinner of fried brains, spreadable salami, deep-fried ham crystals, and venison heart tartar. Then Tony heads to Austin, TX, to join in on the fun that is the food truck craze. He visits the El Taco Rico food truck for tacos and deep fried morning dove. He also snacks on delicious slow-cooked brisket, ribs and sausage at Franklin BBQ. Finally, Tony travels to Louisiana for Southern home cookin'. While dining on dirty rice, sweet potatoes, Boudin and cracklings, he discovers Cajun food is strikingly more rustic and less European than its Creole counterpart. This authentic food experience goes deeper yet when he is bestowed the honorable task of shooting a boucherie hog.

Monday
Sep 25
9am | 8c
Season 1, Episode 29

Asia Files - Volume 6

The best of Anthony Bourdain's Asia trips in The Asia Files - Vol. 6, in which he further explores China, Japan and Sri Lanka. He devours a fried pork chop bun, dines on crab curry and monkfish, then takes shots of coconut liquor.

Monday
Sep 25
10am | 9c
Season 1, Episode 20

Latin America Files - Volume 2

We've compiled the best of Anthony Bourdain's Latin America trips in The Latin America Files - Volume 2, in which he further explores Brazil, Uruguay and Ecuador. Tony visits Belem, Brazil, a city located at the mouth of the Amazon river, to begin his journey. At the Ver-o-peso market, he meets up with Felipe, a local food enthusiast, and chef Oliveira de Ofir, an expert on indigenous Amazonian cuisine. Tony samples many new fruits, including jambu, a flower Tony likens to cocaine for its numbing effects. Taking shelter from the onslaught of rain, Tony settles in at the home of Chef Ofir, who has prepared a delicious meal that includes tucupi, a yellow broth made from cassava. After learning of Bourdain ancestral roots in Uruguay, Tony and his brother Chris head to the small country to try and connect with their family. Along the way, they encounter a plethora of grilled meats at Montevideo's Mercado del Puerto and enjoy a traditional home-cooked meal at an estancia owned and run by a family that emigrated from Canada. There, they learn the value of taking your time to enjoy life. Chef Francis Mallman has found the perfect way to do that in the tiny village of Garzon, opening a popular restaurant that specializes in an old world way of cooking foods over fire. Ecuador may be one of the hidden gems of the gastronomic world. Tony meets with local chefs and rock bands that help him sift through meat skewers, penis soup, fish stew, and the many street food stalls that Ecuador has to offer.

Wednesday
Oct 11
10am | 9c
Season 2, Episode 10

The Meat, The Fire

A juicy cut of meat, the open fire, and repeat. Tony devours steak and butterfly larvae on a stick in China and a whole roasted cow in Uruguay. After target practice, he dines on bacon-wrapped venison & pork chops in the Ozarks.

Tuesday
Jan 2
11am | 10c
Season 2, Episode 26

Family Feast

Anthony Bourdain finds there's nothing like a home-cooked meal as he slurps down a Sunday ragu in Italy, then dines on crab curry in Sri Lanka. In Sardinia, he sits down with his own family for a feast of suckling pig and snails.

Tuesday
Jan 23
9am | 8c
Season 2, Episode 3

Travel Buddy

No one should travel alone. Thankfully, Tony has his friend Zamir to accompany him. They drink vodka and visit Chernobyl in Ukraine, compete in a game of featherbowling in Detroit, then Zamir takes the show hostage in Missouri.

Tuesday
Jan 23
10am | 9c
Season 2, Episode 16

Paradise Found

From gorgeous coastlines to cowboys to a cold beer, paradise looks different to everyone. Tony cuts into local steaks on the cliffs of Chile, then snacks on seared ahi tuna and zips through Oahu's North Shore on a jet ski.

Tuesday
Jan 23
11am | 10c
Season 1, Episode 16

US Files - Volume 4

We've compiled the best of Anthony Bourdain's US trips in The US Files - Volume 4, in which he further explores Montana, Illinois and Maine. Tony heads to Montana to visit a family of fourth-generation ranchers who not only run a cattle operation, but also a dude ranch. Then Tony heads to Livingston, MT, to try his luck at fly-fishing. Outfitted with the latest (and most flattering) gear, Tony is ready for his foray into fly fishing with local Dan Lahren, determined to make an on-camera catch. He meets with Russell Chatham, a renowned landscape painter, who has made Montana his home. Then Tony visits Chicago, IL, to meet with resident Peter Engler who, aside from studying mouse genetics for a living, also makes a hobby as a foodie, seeking out strange and delicious foods in little known places. They visit Fat Johnnies for a taste of the heart attack-inducing "Mighty Dog", a tamale and meaty chili on a bun. After that, Tony visits Hot Doug's, home to hot dog perfection. Not only does Hot Doug's serve the best hot dogs, they also serve French fries fried in pure duck fat, and of course... the foie gras dog. At the opposite end of the spectrum, avant-garde chef Homaro Cantu has been torching, deconstructing, and reinventing food for years at his restaurant Moto. He introduces Tony to some of his creations such as Road Kill, Cuban Cigars, and edible menus. Finally, Tony travels to Maine with his longtime cameraman and native Mainer, Zach Zamboni. Zach exposes Tony to the food and people of the "two Maines"- the civilized coastal area and the sparsely populated, untamed, interior region, which includes Zach's hometown of Milo.

Wednesday
May 2
9am | 8c
Season 1, Episode 8

Europe Files - Volume 3

The best of Anthony Bourdain's Europe trips in The Europe Files - Vol. 3. He explores Italy and Greece. Tony battles the rain and wind for a taste of sea urchin and explores the tiny back-alleys of Venice for a local favorite.

Wednesday
May 2
10am | 9c
Season 1, Episode 3

Asia Files - Volume 3

We've compiled the best of Anthony Bourdain's Asia trips in The Asia Files - Volume 3. He travels to Sri Lanka, India and China to eat, drink and be merry. In Sri Lanka, Tony finds out there is such a thing as too many condiments when he digs into a local delicacy, lampries. Then he visits the tsunami-ravaged village of Seenigama where one man is doing what an entire government cannot. Just a short flight to Chochin, India, Anthony relaxes on a private barge sailing along the backwater of India with a bowl of fish head curry. Anthony tries his luck in the gambling capital of the world, Macau, China. It's also home to the world's tallest bungee jump... will he take the plunge?

Wednesday
May 2
11am | 10c
Season 1, Episode 26

Eastern Hemisphere Files - Volume 1

We've compiled the best of Anthony Bourdain's Eastern Hemisphere trips in The Eastern Hemisphere Files - Volume 1, in which he explores Australia. In Melbourne, Tony meets up with Paul Wilson, a British chef, for a tour of Queen Victoria Market, a popular spot for locals. The market is filled with fresh produce, fish and cuts of meat. Paul's restaurant, the Half Moon, is also home to freshly cooked, delicious ingredients cooked to perfection, which Tony enjoys with Paul's local chefs friends. Another popular spot for local Melbournians is the trugo field. Trugo is a sport similar to croquet and bowling combined, which Tony's friend, Matt, introduces to him. After a couple drinks at a local bar, Matt and Tony enjoy dinner at Rumi, a fantastic example of Lebanese cuisine. Fried brains, soft-shell prawns, and a variety of roasted and marinated meats fill the dinner table. Upon Tony's arrival to Sydney, he and chef Matt Moran fly to Matt's family's lamb and beef farm, Greenhills Farms. Matt and his father show Tony how to properly butcher a lamb into various cuts, which they then throw on the "barbie" with some salt and oil. Next stop is Harry's Café de Wheels, which has the most famous and traditional meat pies in Sydney. Tony orders a curry tiger pie, or as he likes to call it, a "volcano of love," along with a ginger beer. Meat pie is followed by a boat ride to Olympic Park, where Tony sees his first Australian rugby game. The following morning, Tony finds himself fully suited in scuba gear and inside an aquatic tank, surrounded by 11-foot-long grey nurse sharks. Then Tony heads to Matt's local community restaurant Chiswick, which contains all the goodies from Matt's family's farm. Here, Tony and Matt feast on delicious slow-roasted lamb shoulder and Moran family beef.

Wednesday
May 16
9am | 8c
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.

Wednesday
May 16
10am | 9c
Season 1, Episode 22

Latin America Files - Volume 4

We've compiled the best of Anthony Bourdain's Latin America trips in The Latin America Files - Volume 4, in which he further explores Colombia, Brazil and Chile. In Cartagena, Colombia, Tony joins chef Jorge Escandon at his restaurant, La Cevicheria, for some delicious fresh seafood. They visit the Central market and enjoy a meal with local market workers at Cecilia. Across the channel from Cartagena is Tierra Bomba, an island with a completely different way of life than its bustling sister city. Arnufo, a local lobster fisherman, invites Tony and Jorge to a meal at his mother's restaurant, complete with lobster that Arnufo caught that morning. Back on the mainland, Jorge shows Tony a popular late-night snack in the town of San Antonio: fried pig intestines and boiled pig ears. In Belem, Brazil, Tony meets up with Felipe, a local food enthusiast, and chef Oliviera de Ofir, an expert on indigenous Amazonian cuisine. Tony is led to the fish market, where he is introduced to the massive filhote catfish. He convinces the fishmonger to slice a sashimi-thin piece from the belly and eats it raw, something unheard of in Brazil. It was fantastic. Tony heads down the Amazon with his guide Caito, to meet up with Dr. Urano Carualho, a botanist specializing in Amazonian fauna. Dr. Carualho collects the prized acai berry and shows Tony how it is prepared. Next, Tony heads to Mexiana Island, where an enormous fish is said to lurk. Tony is determined to find the pirarucu, a prehistoric delicacy. With the help of local fishermen they set off into the jungle, moving through murky water until an enormous form breaks the water's surface. After landing in Santiago, Chile, Tony's friend Raul takes him to a country town in the Corrico Valley to experience a favorite pastime in Chile: the rodeo. Yes, there are horses, cowboys, and ropes, this rodeo is as much about the food as it is about the action.

Wednesday
May 16
11am | 10c

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