Bourdain visits Rome and his Roman holiday takes a cinematic turn, influenced by tour guides actress Asia Argento and director Abel Ferrara, and a host of larger-than-life Romans who take him inside a Rome for the locals.
Guided by chef Masa Takayama, Bourdain's trip to Japan begins with a tour of outdoor food markets, followed by a conversation with an ex-geisha at her teahouse, and an omakase experience at Tokyo's famous Sushi Ko.
Bourdain explores Houston's diverse cultures, taking in a Bollywood-style dance in a grocery store, a quinceañera in suburban Pasadena, while making time for Viet-Bayou crawfish and East Texas barbecue.
Bourdain visits London and samples classic British cuisine, including roast bone marrow at chef Fergus Henderson's famed restaurant St. John and Scotch eggs at Princess Victoria Pub with Nigella Lawson.
Michelin star chef Eric Ripert is introduced to China and Sichuan province by host and good friend Bourdain who tests his endurance with mouth-numbing, sinisterly spicy meals, such as green peppercorn fish.