A culinary tour of Asia includes Osaka, Japan, where Bourdain samples sushi at an underground bar and participates in rituals and festivals; and a trip to Beijing, China, for some Peking duck. Also: a visit to the Jianfu Temple, center of Taoism during the Tang Dynasty.
Bourdain takes a trip through South Florida, where he dines on conch stew prepared by a local chef in Miami's Little Haiti and conch fritters at the Conchtown Café in Key West. Also: A bar crawl through South Beach includes Club Deuce and Loco Taqueria.
Tony visits Puerto Rico, where he dines on roast pig; attends a posh party at a hacienda; searches for the chupacabra, a legendary creature believed to kill livestock; meets boxer Miguel Cotto and participates in the Festival of the Virgin Mary.
Tony visits towns on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border. First, he samples authentic Tex-Mex food at TB's Bar and Grill in Del Rio, Texas, then crosses over into Mexico to Piedras Negras for nachos and to Monterrey, where he enjoys a homemade meal.
Bourdain travels to Rajasthan in the northwest corner of India to attend the 21st birthday party of the son of the Rajasthani Maharajah. While there, he samples a vegetarian meal, learns proper Indian etiquette, feasts on tandoor, and observes a turban-tying contest and the Mr. and Miss Desert competition.