Some food just really isn't right to eat in a restaurant. Tony joins El Gato in Colombia for a rooftop party full of stew, blood sausage and a drunk chicken. Then he enjoys grilled local onions & mass amounts of wine in Barcelona.
Bread, meat, repeat. Tony bites into a foie gras dog in Chicago, his definition of hotdog perfection. Then examines the finest kind of beef in NYC and inserts a polish sausage into a tunnel of toppings in Hawaii.
We've compiled the best of Anthony Bourdain's Europe trips in The Europe Files - Volume 1. He explores Spain, France and Greece. He visits Barcelona to meet Albert Adria, the chef in charge of desserts at Ferran Adria's restaurant, El Bulli. He is not only creating delicious desserts but he is transforming those desserts into masterpieces. Faux spongecake, frozen fruit gels, and black sesame meringue in the shape of a granite stone are just some of his specialties. Tony's friend Lucy takes him north of Barcelona to see Enric Rovira, a local artist who has been sculpting chocolate for all occasions. His amazing talents and attention to detail are the backdrop for beautiful chocolate eggs, large molds of chocolate shaped by the noonday sun and crafted by Enric's hands. Tony then visits a tiny restaurant in a little Basque village for an incredible array of grilled foods: succulent prawns, baby eels, and caviar. Upon leaving, Tony proclaims that this just might be the best meal he has eaten... ever. Then, Tony visits Brittany, which has the reputation of being one of France's most alluring gastronomic regions. He has come to experience not only the cuisine, but also both the ancient cultures and traditions that have influenced this area as well. He then heads to Belon, France, to try their world famous oysters. Then Tony makes his way to Crete, Greece, to meet a local food writer, Byron. Byron takes Tony on a journey through the local market to explore the Greek diet. At Pantheon Restaurant in Iraklia Market, they enjoy a meal of fresh fish, wild greens, tripe soup, and lamb sweetbreads. After their meal, they hang out with Crete locals to sample raki, a legal form of moonshine. This powerful liquor is like rocket fuel, and already Tony is hooked. At a nearby Hanian café, Byron introduces Tony to a chef who specializes in a Hanian breakfast favorite: a pastry made of fresh phylo dough stuffed with a ricotta-like cheese, sprinkled with sugar on top.
The best of Anthony Bourdain's US trips in The US Files - Vol. 3, in which he further explores Hawaii and Missouri. He chows down on SPAM sushi and purchases a pricey aloha shirt, then digs into a squirrel pot pie.
Every man has a weakness, and Tony's is pork. He feasts on SPAM sushi in Hawaii, then noshes on a pig and boar crossbreed in Austria. Sexy food calls his name in Australia, where he devours spicy pig heart and tongue.
It's all about the pig, all of the pig. From pork chops to hooves, Tony travels the globe eating one of his favorite animals. Includes shooting a boucherie hog in Louisiana and feasting on crispy suckling pig in the Philippines.
We've compiled the best of Anthony Bourdain's US trips in The US Files - Volume 1, in which he explores California, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, and Louisiana. In Los Angeles, CA, Tony heads to Shield's Date Gardens, a date emporium known for their 'date shakes.' Then he's off to San Francisco, CA, home to crunchy hippies, adamant vegetarians, and a large vegan culture. At Pirate Cat Radio, a vegan cafe/radio station, Tony chats with DJ Monkey and samples their famous bacon maple latte, a concoction created using real refined bacon (bacon ground into powder)¿despite Pirate Cat's vegan theme. Off to explore more of the city's flavor, Tony meets his friend Oscar at Tadich Grill, San Francisco's oldest restaurant, to dig into the Hangtown Fry, a combination of oysters, eggs, and bacon, inspired by a man's dying wish for a last meal. Tony visits the Hatch, NM, known for its red and green chilies. Judd Nordyke, mayor of Hatch, takes Tony to breakfast at The Pepper Pot, a local joint where chili farmers fill up before heading out to the fields. With a full stomach and an open mind, Tony and his crew decide to try their hand at something adventurous¿white water rafting. The Canyon Reo Rafting group takes Tony and crew out on the Chama River to tackle some class three rapids. Tony travels to Denver, CO, and Austin, TX, the unsung heroes of the food scene. These cities are full of chefs fighting the good fight, creating heroic food that could compete with New York's finest. Tony dines on rattlesnake sausage, oysters, and rabbit belly from a food truck. In New Orleans, LA, Lolis Elie, award-winning columnist, author, producer, and writer on HBO's Treme, joins Tony to dine at Willie Mae's. They feast on red beans and rice. Then, Tony joins an authentic crawfish boil where he chows down on juicy crawfish.
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.
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.
Tony explores fresh seafood, straight off the boat. He swims with tuna in Croatia, then hunts for a prehistoric delicacy in Brazil. He dines on Caribbean lobster, Bluefin tuna sashimi and grilled octopus.
Anthony Bourdain is heading back to the kitchen. He dips churros and wraps rose petal wontons in Spain and cooks up a freshly killed duck in Missouri. Then he works the line with Eric Ripert at his old haunt in NYC.
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.
The best of Anthony Bourdain's Latin America trips in The Latin America Files - Vol. 1, in which he further explores Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama. He digs into lobster ceviche and iguana, before burning six tons of cocaine.
The best of Anthony Bourdain's US trips in The US Files - Vol. 6, in which he further explores Washington D.C. and New York. He warms his heart with chili dogs, dines on lamb noodles and oxtail, and walks The Wire in Brooklyn.
We've compiled the best of Anthony Bourdain's Caribbean trips in The Caribbean Files - Volume 2, in which he further explores Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Cuba. In Kingston, Jamaica, Tony walks through Coronation Market, a sprawling market in the center of the city, known for being a political dividing line. Tony meets reporter Robert LaLah who gives him a tour of the grounds. They travel to Red Hills Road, known for its Friday night street food scene. Tony samples drum pan chicken, otherwise known as street jerk chicken. Tony spends the next morning relaxing on family-friendly Hellshire Beach. Tony and his friend Sarah Manley prepare a traditional pepper fish meal, and enjoy it while watching the locals. Jamaica is home to a large number of underground caves, and with the help of the Jamaican Caves Organization, Tony and his crew descend into the depths of a bat infested cave. In the Dominican Republic, Tony heads to Boca Chica, Santa Domingo's local beach. Filmmaker and surfer Ivan takes Tony to Wendy's for a lunch of fried fish, fried sweet potatoes, avocado and yaniqueques: crunchy tortillas served as a light snack. The next morning, Tony meets Jerry, a longtime friend and cameraman, for breakfast at El Cabito, a small restaurant run by European expats. Over a salad of fresh conch and cuttlefish, grilled shrimp and beer, Tony and Jerry reminisce about their days working together. In Havana, Cuba, Tony sits down with Roberto Salas, Castro's favorite photographer, to talk about his photos and his life in the socialist country. They dine on roasted chicken with orange sauce and rice and beans. Then Tony heads to the market to meet with Elizabeth Espinoza, who is known locally as Godmother. In a country where most restaurants are state-owned, she runs a private establishment out of her home. Here, Tony enjoys pan-fried port, yucca, rice and beans. Lastly, Tony visits a barbershop where the camera shy proprietor gives him the closest shave in the history of man.
In his Emmy Award winning series, Anthony Bourdain travels the globe to explore the cities, villages and countries that offer life’s truest surprises.