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Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown

Parts Unknown: Prime Cuts Season 6. Aired 8-9p ET

Aired April 24, 2016 - 20:00   ET


[20:00:00] PAMELA BROWN, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Pamela Brown have a great week.

That's on a 9:00 Eastern then at 10:00 a new CNN original series "UNITED SHADES OF AMERICA," the premier is tonight. I'm Pamela Brown, have a great week.

ANTHONY BOURDAIN, CNN HOST: Jane Lewis (ph) from Montana ask, "This is my favorite show on T.V., do you think you'll still be able to push the envelope in the travel show genre or would you like to delve into another subject?"

We're thinking of a show about topiary. I was thinking Japanese flower arranging, water colors. No, actually I wasn't thinking many of those things.


BOURDAIN: First order of business, dinner. Oh yeah, black pepper crab from right here. Oh, but, today it just got better. Lovely, thank you. They're not dicking around.

Dude, somebody throws this away. Stupid people. It's like unicorn juice.

Char kwetiau.


BOURDAIN: Char kwetiau, bitches.

Oh, this is just incredibly beautiful.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Would you like a drink?

BOURDAIN: I think I would like a beer and maybe a shot of something.

I feel like a college party or something like. It's perfect.

All right, the frenzy is over. Now, I need a more relaxed phase.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK. Do you know what episode we're talking about?

BOURDAIN: Yes, I do.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Can you name any of them?

BOURDAIN: No, I cannot.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So just for reference that you'll forget all of these probably, but it was Ethiopia, Okinawa, Cuba, Charleston, Marseille, Borneo, Istanbul, Bay Area.

Do you have any recollection of any of these?

BOURDAIN: It's all a blur.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It' all a blur. Is there anything ...

BOURDAIN: Just a long line of airports and strange toilets.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Beyond that, does anything else stick out?

BOURDAIN: There are a few golden moments ...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There are a few ...

BOURDAIN: ... that do come to mind.


BOURDAIN: That sticks out from the blur.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Are you just saying that or do you really have golden moments?

BOURDAIN: No, there are a few moments that I look back on that that mean something to me. I mean, flavors and smells are powerful things, you know. That your girlfriend -- your first girlfriend's perfume 25 years later whiffed in the street still has a powerful effect.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Let's start somewhere different. Let's talk about the food, first. In that set of shows ...


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: ... just for your ...


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: ... edification, we're going to hit on the noodle breakfast in Kuching.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And on the cheese in Marseille. BOURDAIN: OK, yeah. Don't tell me what we're going to do. Let's do it.


I sat at this same table last time.

If I look at my life as a continuum, a trail of noodles, going round and round the world until it comes right back to the same spicy bowl.

Oh, yeah, that is, can I say tumescent on CNN? Yeah, pretty sure I can.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Wait, look, before we go any further on that scene. Can you please define tumescent for me?

BOURDAIN: Tumescent.


BOURDAIN: Tumescent means engorged like, you know, plumbed, filled with blood or other fluid, about to blow, so to speak.


BOURDAIN: This is a magical dish. I don't know, it's like two types of noodles I think, chicken, prawn, coconut, chili.

[20:05:06] But, you know, the main event for this is the broth. The wisdom of the ages is contained in there. It's, like, super complex. Best breakfast ever.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You know, that sort of scenes memory of the perfume or the scent of that girl. I mean, did you ever have a girlfriend that smelled like stinky French cheese.

BOURDAIN: Did I ever have a girlfriend that smelled of stinky French cheese? No, it's an appalling suggestion.


BOURDAIN: Cheese. Oh, god, the cheese.

You know, I got to tell you. I don't care how many naked breasts are on that beach right now, because that is much more exciting. All right. Look at it. It's beautiful.

RIPERT: Interesting?

BOURDAIN: Yes. Oh, look at that.

Oh, man. Oh, I love. Cheese like this. That is just incredible. Oh, yes

RIPERT: That is exceptional.

PASSEDAT: Life is good.

BOURDAIN: It is very good in Marseille.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sean Brock, in the scene that you guys did at the Waffle House, there was like a moment there when he sort of -- the admission of -- this is the first time, you know, as a kid I sat in a restaurant like this and I got to watch people work.

BOURDAIN: Sean Brock, one of the greatest chefs in the country hardly had his first, sort of-- I want to be a cook epiphany (ph) at the Waffle House. His love for the place is utterly without irony. It is genuine.

At a time when everybody is shouting at each other in a level of political discourses, it's just horrendous, place like the Waffle House becomes all the more rare and enchanted and important.


BOURDAIN: It is indeed, marvelous. An irony free zone where everything is beautiful and nothing hurts for everybody regardless of race, creed, color, or degree of inebriation is welcomed.

It's warm yellow glow, a beacon of hope and salvation inviting the hungry, the lost, the seriously hammered all across the south to come inside, a place of safety and nourishment. It never closes. It is always, always faithful, always there for you.

Now, I'm looking at my hash brown and I am already confused and enticed.

SEAN BROCK, EXCUTIVE CHEF AT CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA'S HUST: You can't go all in, if you want everything.

BOURDAIN: I know I need to make a choice.

BROCK: So there's a balance. And then when you find your balance, you memorize it.

BOURDAIN: Help me.

BROCK: I go scattered covered smothered chunks.

BOURDAIN: Which means I gather scattered on the griddle, heaped with brown onions, cheese, and chunks of hickory smoked ham.

BROCK: That's my style like, I've been doing that since day one. And I didn't even know what that means.

BOURDAIN: You know what I know, I don't want waffles at the Waffle House.

BROCK: Bullshit men, you have to have ...

BOURDAIN: Waffles?

BROCK: Ah OK. You have to call in waffle. Now so what I advice as ...

BOURDAIN: All right.

BROCK: ... as a chef is it, a tasting menu experience where you can sit down and really experience what this place does. And you start out first thing you have, pecan waffle.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: All right, gentlemen.

BROCK: Oh the pecan waffles. You crush it. You put every single slather. I wanted it to be swimming in syrup and hydrogenase vegetable oil.

BOURDAIN: Oh that's good. That's good.

BROCK: See, you don't come here expecting the French Laundry. You come here expecting something amazing.

BOURDAIN: This is better than the French Laundry man.

BROCK: And then second course. Patty melt, split. Oh, patty melt.

BOURDAIN: Oh, come on.

BROCK: Come on. That's not insanely delicious.

BOURDAIN: Oh god damn.

BROCK: Not insanely delicious.

Would you rather have thin-cut pork chops or T- bone?

BOURDAIN: I would like both.

[20:10:02] After a few bites of waffle, a burger, a hunk of generic T- bone and some hash browns, one feels drawn right to the center of what makes our country great.

In America, yeah, moment, it dries me to climber up on the counter and start reciting Walt Whitman, the Stars-Spangled Banner, who say can you see, and, you know, what I doubt I'd be the first.

Oh, my god.

BROCK: Give me a break.

BOURDAIN: The umami have it. BROCK: Yes, yeah, give me a break.

BOURDAIN: You know what umami means in Japanese? Actually, the literal transition of the umami?

BROCK: Orgasm?

BOURDAIN: No. Umami means in Japanese, literally it means, "I will smock your, divide you in half." That burger

BROCK: You and you buy some pork chop.



BOURDAIN: OK this was -- this footage comes from an extended series of recreations, historical recreations.

Look, we try very, very hard all the time to be different. This is an example of something that it was creative, sort of outrageous.

The idea was to illustrate and give background to a very complicated Okinawan story, Okinawan history. Ultimately, I just don't think it was right for my show, but a noble effort and beautiful one.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translation): I was just a boy. Very, very small.

[20:15:02] Only seven years old.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translation): There was a rumor. Americans were coming to island. Then the American soldiers came.

BOURDAIN: On April 1st, 1945, a U.S. Invasion fleet of nearly 1,500 ships, a landing force of 182,000 people, that's 75,000 more than Normandy, approached Okinawa. What came next was what Okinawa's called a typhoon of steel.

The fighting was brutal for both sides. The cost in lives and resources for the allied forces was tremendous. And when it was over, military planners looked at the mainland, looked at what Okinawa had cost them, and projected even more appalling losses.

What is not widely known is that more people died during the battle of Okinawa than all those killed during the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

OTA: After the United States forces landed on Okinawa, General Headquarters of the Okinawa Defense Forces issued the order. Regardless military people or the civilians, you cannot use other than standard language. And, if you use the Okinawan language, you will be killed and despised, you know.


OTA: But the Okinawan people could not understand the standard language. So the Japanese soldiers are killed, lots of (inaudible) people, you know.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translation): Japanese soldiers told us if you tap each other by the American or G.I. all of the women tortured, abused.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translation): Compulsory mass suicide. They told us we had to join them.

It was terrible mind control. Mass suicide. What I'm saying is they told us that's what we had to do.

Then the American soldiers came.

It was the first time I saw them.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Get down. Get down. Who else is in the cave? Who else is in the cave?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translation): Before I spoke about the rumors. They were all wrong.

American soldier is more kind, more tender than the Japanese soldier. Nobody get killed, nobody abused.

With all these rumors about the Western soldiers, we felt very betrayed.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I guess the second part of this act is the lost of scene that was done. Again, somehow we make our way back to the scent of a girl.



BOURDAIN: Was (ph) I comparing like women to egg salad? Is that -- was that -- what kind of -- that's a shameful metaphor is going on there, really?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Think you may have been, yeah.

BOURDAIN: Well, if anybody finds that offensive they have ever right, too. Well, really?


BOURDAIN: I was -- Look, I was in a vulnerable and emotional state, but I was very happy to receive my little pillows of love. God that's -- I want an egg salad sandwich from Lawson, right now. Like, right now. Actually three, I would like three.


BOURDAIN: So, I have given up many vices in my life, many shameful, filthy, guilty pleasures that I used to like that I will -- that I just do not do anymore.

[20:20:02] Cocaine, heroin, prostitutes, the musical stylings of Steven Tyler. I put aside these childish things, as it were. In favor of a newer, more mature me.

But there is one shameful secret. One thing I just cannot give up. One thing I keep coming back to every time I come back to Japan. One thing that still has an unholy grip on me. For no reason that I can gather, it is the convenience store formerly of mere Akron, Ohio, that mutated into a massive Japanese chain. Behold the wonder that is Lawson.

I look forward to this place. Like, every time I come here, I'm thinking about, I going to have -- I can't (inaudible).

Let us explore. Let us see why? What is it exactly about this place that's got its tentacles so deep into my heart and my soul?

Where are you? I know you're around here somewhere. Pillows of love. Egg salad from Lawson. I need a beverage.

They thoughtfully cut the crusts off, just like mom used to. So wrong, and yet so right.

It's like that girl that you met on the rock of love bus. You knew she was bad, but you had to have her. And unlike that encounter, there's no lasting aftereffect.




[20:26:45] UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The voice of Istanbul. I've heard at least 30 names. Now they say I'm between the East and the West, an identity crisis.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This space turns into a space politics, a space of hope against this system which seems to be, like, impossible to break actually.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Enough of this nonsense. Take the labels off and just look at me.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In the beginning of the 20th century there was a lot of anti-Asian prejudice.

BOURDAIN: There are too many American taking (ph) our jobs unusual.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Some of them are buying our land.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A challenge to those who see the future in my paths.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The young people have got to go out there and they've got to be progressive enough, not only to influence brutality, but it creates frameworks and demand and know.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I see change with the patience of centuries.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The hope is the revolution, you know? If you lose your hope then there's nothing to do.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Time has not passed me by, it has protected me. I ask of you the same.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You've said in shows and out of shows and interviews and stuff that there is a tendency after years and years and years of this traveling to sort of take on a certain numbness after having seen so much everywhere.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You know, in this particular case, when you went to Cuba and you're talking about people who are really -- it's a new world for them.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's not a new world for you.

BOURDAIN: Oh, this scene -- this scene with the journalist. It's not easy to be a dissident in Cuba. It's not easy to be a journalist with any aspirations of -- towards speaking your mind in Cuba.

That immediately makes you a dissident whether you identify yourself as one or not. So this is a very courageous young woman to have lived the life that the she chose, to say the things that she's saying to us on camera without fear, who's proud of her revolution and proud to be Cuban, but who is telling us openly where she feels it has failed her and the Cuban people. Another extraordinary -- rather extraordinary thing.



YOSIMI RODRIGUEZ: Yeah. My mom is asking me if you would like to taste the rice.

BOURDAIN: Oh, it's fantastic.

Like a lot of Cubans, Yosimi Rodriguez lives in the same, working class neighborhood where she was born. RODRIGUEZ: I live with my mom, my sister, my niece. Of course I would like to have my own bedroom. But there are people who don't have a house.

BOURDAIN: You were a translator, is that correct? And you are now a journalist?

[20:30:00] RODRIGUEZ: Yes, well. I've been writing for Havana Times and then I write also for the other (inaudible) which is another independent websites.

BOURDAIN: She struggles to eke out a living in an industry where the state firmly controls all media.

What subjects in particular are of interest to you?

RODRIGUEZ: The racial issue.

BOURDAIN: Racial disparity. This is something that the revolution promised to address.

RODRIGUEZ: Their main mistake was to state that they had eradicated racism, that just like it could be eradicated just like that on the street, for instance. Policemen, the first people they stop are black people. If you're black you are a potential criminal.

BOURDAIN: Do you have a very highly educated public here. Were the most liberated nations on earth?

RODRIGUEZ: That's funny we are highly educated, as you said, but we are behind concerning internet under that stuff, most of all have access to only the official media and the official newspaper. If internet comes, and I think the government is trying to delay it, if that comes many things would change. People who will have access to different points of view, and I don't think our government wants that.

BOURDAIN: If everything goes well, what will Havana be like? What will this neighborhood be like in five years?

RODRIGUEZ: You know, having a prosperous society doesn't guarantee that it is the same for everyone, you know. You see these people who have been able to use opportunities to open businesses, to open successful restaurants. Those opportunities are there, but I cannot use them because I don't have money. I don't think it is possible to have a perfect society, but I think it is possible to try.

BOURDAIN: Okinawa's maybe easy going and laid back, but the island is also a relative hotbed of political activism and largely inspired or provoked by what Okinawan see as high-handed treatment from a central government with different cultural and historical traditions who don't consider their needs or priorities.

And they're hugely disproportionate shouldering of the U.S. military presence for the entire country. Currently, there are close to 30 military installations on Okinawa, and even though it's one of the smallest Japanese prefectures in terms of livable area, they accommodate more than half of the foreign military presence.

The military base issue, is this more important for older people or younger people?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's for the older people.

BOURDAIN: It's for the older people.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes. So when you actually go to where place where they have like a protest going on, I would say over 80 percent of the people are all retired persons.

BOURDAIN: Why do you think that is?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Because this is only my opinion, but Japanese imperial army did a lot of brutal stuff on this island and war never ended for some people and the feelings that they got suppressed all of a sudden after they retired they kind of burst and they want to kind of ...

BOURDAIN: Act out.


BOURDAIN: It seems the anti-base sentiment also coincide with an anti-central government sentiment.


BOURDAIN: Are you do bear a hugely disproportionate burden of bases and isn't some activism called for here?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think the young generation should decide what to do for our future instead of the old people just fighting for their beliefs. To me, I really feel a strong need to forgive, and then forget and then move on.


[20:37:57] BOURDAIN: So, it's basically Greco-Roman wrestling. Just they're greased up. As I understand it, you can't choke with two hands, only one.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And you can just slip your hands.

BOURDAIN: ... right down into some greasy ass crack.

BILL MURRAY, AMERICAN ACTOR: When your wife's getting slammed up against the wall by Patrick Swayze, she's not putting up much of a fight.

BOURDAIN: I always said you should have a truck.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yeah. I'll do it with you. BOURDAIN: Do you have pizza experience?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Never did a pizza in my life.

BOURDAIN: Does he know this?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, he doesn't know. I'm going to tell him. Take another taxi because I talk too much.

BOURDAIN: So, this has failed, I think efficiency. Please spare me from another -- yeah, Tony tries to catch a fish, but doesn't, hilarity ensues or Tony goes hunting and definitely and doesn't succeed.

I do, I present myself as freaking Dinty Moore, here. Do I look like the brawny outdoors man type? That ain't me. So, there is always the risk that I'm going to come up empty and often I do.

I need the finest in turkey killing couture. I want to be ninja like and I want to look cool.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, you know, camouflage is the standard go out wear in South Carolina. So.

BOURDAIN: I'm bringing that look to New York. So pants, need those.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All right. You know, in South Carolina, our state bird is the mosquito.

BOURDAIN: Right. So, I want to be covered head to toe.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Next time, we need to get your face covered up.

BOURDAIN: Go into a waffle house wearing this. This is totally me.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We do have some turkey vest.

BOURDAIN: A turkey vest, yes. I've got to have it.

[20:40:02] This is your last day on earth, Mr. Turkey. You will die now. Prepare to meet your maker.

Here's the thing about hunting. The likelihood of me successfully shooting even the stupidest animal on camera are about the same as Adam Sandler making a good movie. Basically, a magical unicorn is going to land in front of me and shower me with candy and Vicodins before I shoot a freaking turkey on camera. That shot you heard was me shooting a producer in the calf and telling him to hobble over to the piggly wiggly for a frozen gobbler before he bleeds out.

Look, I'm not hunting in Borneo, OK? I'm dispatching. I don't enjoy killing or torturing animals, but on the other hand of the, you know, it's a pig. It's delicious. The whole village is going to eat it. If you hand me a spear and you say honored guest, it's up to you, yeah, we'll do the job with a minimum of force and pain. I mean, who wouldn't? Well, you I guess. We will need pork for Gawai and unfortunately, that means, a pig must die. More awkwardly, custom and my personal history in this village demands once again that I do the job. I'd like to tell you that this is never easy, that I felt this time like I did the first time, sad, nauseated, complicit, but that would be a lie. This time I plunged the spear in without hesitation or remorse.

Oh, thank you. I feel so guilty. No, no, not at all, actually. Should not. So delicious.


[20:45:55] UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're going to work out some viewer e- mail question.

BOURDAIN: Viewer e-mail? I love viewer e-mail questions.


BOURDAIN: Oh, yeah, come on, let me have it. Sally of London, England, ask, where did the passion for that wresting karate thing you're doing come from?

First of all, Sally, it's known as Brazilian Jujitsu. And I can tell you this, Sally. If you've never felt somebody a third your age die in your arms their will to live slowly drain out of them as you compress your carotid artery, you really haven't lived.

I will never be young again, or any younger than I am today. I will never be faster or more flexible. I will never win competitions against 22 year old wrestlers in my weight class, but none of that matters anymore.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Now decapitate me.

BOURDAIN: Henry Salesman has cats or dogs? I like cats. I like, you know, they come and cute, who doesn't like kittens? I love kittens. I like big old, nasty cats. I like cats in general. My personality I think is more, though I'm loyal like a dog and affectionate, I think it clearly, clearly, my personality is more catlike in the -- I don't give a department.

Stan of Houston, Texas, asks, are you and Eric compared the new glimmer twins or Martin and Lewis? Actually, who would be Dean Martin and who would be Jerry Lewis?

Well, Eric we'll totally be Jerry, because I am clearly the debonair Dean Martin and that's why he is and always will be awesome. And I'm just not funny like Eric. Eric, that guy is a laugh factory. Don't be fooled by the French accent or the perfect hair. That is one funny dude.

This car is sweet!


BOURDAIN: It's totally '70s. Hugh Hefner, probably, had one of these, no?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Arlen (inaudible).

BOURDAIN: Probably, had one of these. I bet, sounds James Moore (ph).

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, Jane Bergen now.

BOURDAIN: Yeah, Jane would probably paying like Jane Bergen in the back of one of these. No, actually you need a little more room.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You like green salad?

So, I making green salad, are you going to eat it?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This one's better ripe.

BOURDAIN: That's one good thing. Do you think you submit?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you have a black tapenade with basil?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Or like the traditional one?

BOURDAIN: Finish, let's get finish.


BOURDAIN: No time to mess around here.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're going to eat like pigs.

BOURDAIN: So, what else is new? Oh, and the wine, and the wine, a very, very, very expensive wine.

We'll be needing that. OK. That's our cheese selection. Here's our from the (inaudible), which I will be artfully plating. Baking the meat loaf all this and you go from freezing to high heat and I tell you, this Provence it's like ...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's rough, huh?

BOURDAIN: It's rough.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And it's not bad.

BOURDAIN: By the time we're half way through this bottle, you'd think this is as good as the finest product.

And by the way, we are not suggesting, advising, recommending or in any way condoning the driving of a motor vehicle especially a high- powered Italian-French hybrid while drunk because that would be wrong.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, we're going to take a nap before.

BOURDAIN: Right. Until our blood alcohol level is in alignment with all local regulations and laws.

This is not like my show at all, actually. I'm going to get a trip of this, I'm telling you, you're not keeping it real anymore, man. Boy, like, you know, that -- it looks like a wine label. As a Buddhist, does this worry you?

[20:50:02] UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm sorry?

BOURDAIN: As a Buddhist, does this worry you considering how well this life was turned out for you?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No. It's good karma for my previous life.

BOURDAIN: Isn't that worrying to you? The next life cannot possibly be better than this, it's probably going to suck. I mean the best case scenario, you know, in our next life maybe if you get this sit in a sub shop in Asbury Park of the New Jersey that would be the greatest day of your life. That would be the best.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And the most challenging

BOURDAIN: You end up, you know, a mime. A diseased, I itinerant mime wandering the sweets scrounging for money or worse.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You're a desperate case. I don't know ...

BOURDAIN: I am saying, how much better can it be than this? Enjoy every minute of this now, Eric and pray, pray, pray that this is it, at the end of the day they roll you into a hole in the ground and you're diet for worms because if you're right and there is a next life we are -- my friend.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well the ultimate idea is to be enlightened, to come back and help as many people as you can. So all phenomenon's of life and what you perceive as reality is ultimately one. Let's leave it on that.

BOURDAIN: Serenity now.


[20:55:07] UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You're done.

BOURDAIN: All right.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You're done. But wait, wait I got more one thing, seat down ...

BOURDAIN: Nashville?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: ... just a one word association. OK just -- you know for the upcoming season.

BOURDAIN: Up coming season.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Can we just do a word association?

BOURDAIN: Word association.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I draw out the name. I draw out the location.

BOURDAIN: I love word association.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK. Great, cold, Chicago.

BOURDAIN: Chicago, come on. It ain't no second city. That is its -- every other city you go to outside of New York you tell them you're from New York, you're from New York, and they have to -- they seem to feel compelled to compare themselves in some way either favorably or unfavorably with New York.

Chicago feels no such need. It's really -- it might be the Capital of America's, like, no bullshit on. It's Chicago. How could you not make a good show in Chicago? It's a lot of pressure, but we tried.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK. This is not word association.

BOURDAIN: Well, good.

Chicago. It's the kind of city that Sinatra should have sung songs about, actually. I'm pretty sure he did sing songs about Chicago.


BOURDAIN: In my view just about everything about Chicago is awesome, they have great art museums. They've got great music, they've got fantastic high-end restaurants, beautiful parks, incredible architecture. We're doing none of those things on this show, by the way. Because there's no delicate way to eat this.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She was a Segway tour guide. I'm serious.


BOURDAIN: This is the food that speaks to my soul.


BOURDAIN: Their pizza, however. This is a problem.

You know, in the best of circumstances, how could you do a Philippines show that's going to make anybody happy?

I mean, there's, like 7,000 islands. And due to typhoon-related problems this time out we were confined to one of them. But is it even a Manila show? I don't know. I think we got a little slice of the Filipino character. Which maybe that's what their show is all about.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Merry Christmas, everybody!


BOURDAIN: Here in Georgia they drink something called Chacha.

And they like you to drink a lot of it. It sounds innocuous enough. It's not. It hurts. It hurts a lot.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You're becoming a Georgian. Be careful.


BOURDAIN: Chances are you don't know a lot about this country. I don't like the word charming, but I am utterly charmed by this place.

Everyone here is really nice. The architecture is beautiful. The food is extraordinarily delicious and complex.

You should come here.

Nashville, land of Enchant.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're not doing Nashville now.

BOURDAIN: We're not doing that now?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No. We're not doing that now.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK, that's not until next time.

BOURDAIN: Excellent. I hate travel minutes.

Because I'm complicit because like near the end so exhausted, I'm had it like and maybe I'm aware the fact that we haven't done a travel minute and maybe I'm not saying that I would be, but maybe, possibly I wouldn't mention it if nobody else brings it up like it wouldn't really kind of a courtesy.

But wait minute, guys before you take off the mike. How about the travel minute? We even do that that guys? Let's go find another will treat you, we have to gets who treat ask me what ...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In front of her.

BOURDAIN: Experience of the last can really I want to go home this is have like solid shit in a week.