Taped in 1990 and '91, Howser explores Moscow, its traditions and the struggles its people face. The 1990 trip spotlights a large, heated outdoor swimming pool; an outdoor pet market; and a gym. The 1991 visit details the aftermath of the attempted coup against Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev, including the graffiti on the Russian White House and the pedestal where Lenin's statue once stood.
Spicy peppers and chili sauces are highlighted during visits to L.A.'s Grand Central Market and Moe Newaz's backyard in Santa Clarita. Also: the Scoville Heat Scale, which measures spicy foods, is explained.