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.
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.
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.
It takes a true professional to chug alcohol around the world.
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.
We've compiled the best of Anthony Bourdain's Caribbean trips in The Caribbean Files - Volume 1, in which he further explores Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the Grenadine Islands. In Haiti, Tony walks the streets of Port Au Prince, taking in the destruction the earthquake left behind. After that, he meets up with Handy Tibert, a well-known face in the Haitian film industry, for a taste of Haitian street food. When Tony and Handy stop for chicken, rice and beans, and a spicy slaw, they quickly notice that passersby have stopped to watch, not because of the film crew, but because they are hungry. Tony and his crew make a quick decision to buy out the street food vendor and feed the onlookers. Unfortunately, a violent commotion erupts, which Tony pegs as a metaphor for what is wrong with so much well-intentioned aid effort around the world. The next day, Tony returns to the streets for the Day of the Dead. Usually this holiday is filled with celebration, but this year's festivities are a bit more somber as the Haitians visit the remains of their relatives lost in the quake. Afterwards, Tony meets with actor and humanitarian, Sean Penn, in the tent city built by his relief group, J/P Haitian Relief Organization. They sample chicken pies and explore the grounds, then look through inspiring pieces of art created by local Haitians. In the Dominican Republic, Tony meets filmmaker Juan Basanta for lunch. Empanadas, longanisa, Dominican peas, stewed goat and avocado salad are served alongside ice-cold Dominican beer. On the outskirts of town is the neighborhood of Villa Mella. Here, Tony meets up with local writer and magazine editor Ruben Lamarche for a celebration full of chicharron, pork deep-fried in lard. Tony heads to the Grenadine Islands where he meets chef and restaurateur Norman Van Aken for breakfast on the beach. They dine on barracuda, clawless lobsters and croissants that don't suck. Then he visits the small island of Bequia to hunt and feast on a large rodent. On St. Vincent, Tony fishes for crawfish and relaxes by a waterfall.
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.
Tony lives out his adrenaline junkie fantasies, sliding down a luge run during a blizzard in China, watching a bull fight in Mexico, and finding himself face-to-face with 250-pound sharks in Australia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
In his Emmy Award winning series, Anthony Bourdain travels the globe to explore the cities, villages and countries that offer life’s truest surprises.