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The Layover is hosted by restaurant critic and travel expert, Anthony Bourdain. Using a one-hour format to showcase some interesting dining and lodging experiences in cities around the world, Anthony Bourdain delivers quick wit and insightful comments as he explores each city's out of the way hotels and restaurants.

Bourdain prefers to stay at boutique hotels around the globe and introduces the viewer to sights and excursions located off the beaten track that few tourists have ever seen. Each episode of The Layover commences with Bourdain arriving in a world famous destination and then he's turned loose on the streets to cram in as many unusual experiences as possible within his twenty-four hour layover period.

The Layover with Anthony Bourdain is about finding unique experiences in major cities as Bourdain budgets his time to make the most of his full day abroad. Segments include quaint walking tours, casual banter at sidewalk cafes, and visits to trendy underground nightclubs that are often skipped over by the traditional traveler.

Pumped up on adrenaline and loads of caffeine, Anthony Bourdain hits the trail to global hot spots that offer intriguing destinations by day and interesting after hour activities. Whether Bourdain meets with old friends abroad or makes new friends on a European street scene, his travel commentary is sharp, funny and always entertaining.

Some of the in-depth topics discussed by Bourdain and his travel companions include wine tasting, critiquing multi-cultural menus, and visiting budget-friendly city hangouts enjoyed by the locals.

The Layover ran for two seasons with in-depth travel coverage from North and South America, Asia, and Europe. Season one highlights include visits to Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, San Francisco, Rome, Singapore, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, and London.

The Layover season two takes viewers to specialty locations in Toronto, Philadelphia, Dublin, Chicago, Sao Paulo, and Paris.

Monday 9:00 PM et/pt on Travel Channel
2 Seasons, 34 Episodes
November 21, 2011
Reality, Travel, Documentary & Biography
8.2/10
Cast: Anthony Bourdain
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  • Tony has an extended visit to Chicago.

  • Tony has an extended visit to Taipei.

  • Tony has an extended visit to Dublin.

  • Tony has an extended visit to New York.

  • Tony has an extended visit to Sao Paolo.

  • Tony has an extended visit to Toronto.

  • Tony has an extended visit to Atlanta.

  • Tony has an extended visit to Philadelphia.

  • Tony has a 48 hour layover in the exciting city of Hong Kong.

  • Tony Bourdain is in San Francisco, a city known by vegan and vegetarian lovers alike. He discovers that San Francisco is actually a "bare-knuckled, 2-fisted drinking town," where you can get a great meal of raw juicy meat for under $20.

  • Honoring his love for Miami Vice, Tony takes in the South Beach Art Deco architecture scene and spots bikini clad roller bladers while cruising around in his red convertible.

  • Anthony Bourdain has less than two days to sample the best food that LA has to offer. He stays at one of Hollywood's most luxurious and legendary hotels, Chateau Marmont.

  • The second season comes to a close in Seattle where Anthony visits an artisan-cheese shop. Later, he gets an aerial view of the city from a seaplane, and then explores the city's underbelly.

  • In the town of excess, New Orleans, Tony indulges in fresh crab & shrimp, drinks Sazerac with Davis Rogan a Treme inspired character, hits the Kingpin & tops off with tacos from one of the nations top 20 foods trucks.

  • Tony visits Taipei, Taiwan, and explores one of the largest skyscrapers in the world, as well as a museum that has a piece of jade carved into the shape of pork on display.

  • Tony visits Atlanta in a muscle car, and stops to shoot guns with Empire State South executive chef Ryan Smith. He also visits the city's oldest strip club and eats a burger at Holeman & Finch Public House.

  • Anthony spends a day and a half in Ireland and samples sweetbreads, pork stew and lamb.

  • Culinary discoveries in Toronto include Mexican takeout, hand-cut fries with cheese curds, and a sandwich made with peameal bacon.

  • In Sao Paulo, Anthony Bourdain sleeps in an eccentric boat-shaped hotel, dines with friends at Alex Atala's famous D.O.M. restaurant, checks out the street graffiti with celebrated artist Speto and has nose-to-tail food at Mocoto.

  • Tony takes a cheesesteak-free tour of Philadelphia, and instead samples chef Marc Vetri's modern take on Israeli cuisine. Later, he hangs at the neighborhood bar Dirty Frank's, and follows in the Founding Fathers' footsteps.

  • Tony enjoys his time in Paris by sipping coffee at Le Pure Café, ordering the shellfish tower at Le Dôme, observing the craft of making bread, and shopping for a duck press.

  • In the second season opener, Tony visits Chicago's diverse neighborhoods (and dive bars). Among the highlights: the International Museum of Surgical Science; and an informal poll of locals as to whether they really eat deep-dish pizza. Also: hot dogs, Polish sausages and Italian beef sandwiches are sampled.

  • Anthony Bourdain has 48 hours to eat the best food in LA. He stays at one of Hollywood's most luxurious and legendary hotels, Chateau Marmont.

  • Tony has a layover in London and catches up with chef friends Marco Pierre White and Fergus Henderson. He spends time at his favorite dive bar and indulges in some late-night street food.

  • Tony has a layover in San Francisco and tours the town with local chefs Danny Bowien and Chris Cosentino.

  • Tony meets new friends during a layover in Amsterdam, and realizes there is so much more than just the Red Light District.

  • A Montreal Layover for Tony finds him calling up local friends like Martin Picard to discover the city's hot spots that can't be found in any guidebook. He sees first hand how intrinsic the local environment is to food and fun.

  • Tony experiences a whirlwind tour of the fast-paced city of Hong Kong.

  • Tony experiences Miami's culture.

  • Tony immerses himself in the Roman culture.

  • Tony twitters Big Gay Ice Cream and reads the Bemelman classic, Madeline.

  • In the series premiere, Tony spends 24 hours in Singapore, a land full of culture and an obsession with food.

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