Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown: Season 8 (2016)

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Air date: Sep 25, 2016

Inspired by Graham Greene's words "... whatever you're looking for, you will find here..." Bourdain joins the throngs of locals as he motorbikes through Vietnam's capital, traverses its rapidly changing cityscape, and indulges in its singular cuisine with president Barack Obama, who, over a dish of Bun Cha, shares personal stories and reflects on his own international travels. -- (C) CNN

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Air date: Oct 2, 2016

Bourdain absorbs the tastes, sights and sounds of music city, from chef Josh Habiger's Catbird Seat and Bolton's famous hot chicken, to a night of cooking, drinking and rocking out with singer Alison Mosshart, and her bandmates. The episode features performances by The Kills, Dead Weather and Margo Price. -- (C) CNN

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Air date: Oct 16, 2016

Michelin star chef, and all around good sport, Eric Ripert is introduced to China and Sichuan province by host and good friend Bourdain. Bourdain takes Ripert to the Sichuan province capital, Chengdu, testing his endurance with mouth-numbing, sinisterly spicy meals (like green peppercorn fish). They also visit the world's largest stone Buddha, seek out a local favorite rabbit head snack, and visit a legendary distillery for some Baijiu, a fermented sorghum wine. Ripert will never forget this trip. -- (C) CNN

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Air date: Oct 23, 2016

Visiting London, post Brexit vote, Bourdain finds comfort in classic British cuisine including roast bone marrow at chef Fergus Henderson's famed restaurant St. John, Scotch eggs at Princess Victoria Pub with Nigella Lawson, and pig's trotter a la Pierre Koffman with chef Marco Pierre White at the Rudloe Arms, plus a meeting with revered artist Ralph Steadman at his studio. -- (C) CNN

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Air date: Oct 30, 2016

Looking beyond oil, NASA, and football, Bourdain explores Houston's diverse cultures, taking in a Bollywood-style dance in a grocery store, a Quinceañera in suburban Pasadena, and the city's slab car parade, while making time for Viet-Bayou crawfish, East Texas barbecue, and a Congolese-Cajun stew. -- (C) CNN

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Air date: Nov 13, 2016

Guided by world-renowned chef Masa Takayama, Bourdain's return trip to Japan begins with a tour of outdoor food markets in Kanazawa where they sample uni, steak-sized oysters, and grilled eel liver, followed by a conversation with an ex-geisha at her teahouse, and comes full circle with a special omakase experience at Tokyo's acclaimed Ginza restaurant, Sushi Ko, where Masa trained as an apprentice. -- (C) CNN

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Air date: Nov 20, 2016

Bourdain explores the Brazilian heartland, known as the region where all the best cooks come from, and namesake to the country's mining history. Home to baroque architecture, lush hillsides and mineiro cuisine (influenced by Portuguese, African and Indigenous people), which includes frango ao molho pardo (broiled chicken served in a sauce made using its own blood), that the host samples during a traditional country meal. -- (C) CNN

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Air date: Nov 27, 2016

Bourdain's trip to meat-centric Buenos Aires during the hot summer month of February, features a meal with chef Francis Mallmann at one of his favorite local spots, Don Carlito's, and an after-hours soccer match accompanied by Soledad Nardelli and the kitchen staff of Chila. -- (C) CNN

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Air date: Dec 4, 2016

Bourdain's Roman holiday takes a cinematic turn, influenced by his tour guides, actress Asia Argento, screenwriter/director Abel Ferrara, and a host of larger than life Romans who take him inside a Rome for the locals. Bourdain shares drinks at the 'Friends Corner' trattoria in Lido di Ostia, dines a traditional Roman meal at Trattoria Morgana, eats pasta and watches an amateur boxing match in the suburbs, and takes a trip to the famed E.U.R zone built by Mussolini. -- (C) CNN

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Air date: Apr 30, 2017

An alternative tour of Los Angeles by Bourdain focuses on the impact and contributions of its less photographed and often overlooked Latino communities.

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Chef Anthony Bourdain explores the food and dining rituals of little-known areas of the world.

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