Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

Season 3 Episode 5


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jan 29, 2007 on Travel Channel

Episode Recap

Anthony meets his friend Zamir in the famous Gorky Park. After a brief history of Russia from before the czar's to the fall of communism. The two visit Alexander Garden the Russian version of the tomb of the unknown soldier. Next the duo visits the flee market which thanks to over a hundred years of communism is a relatively new phenomenon. We see historical relics from world war 2 and the communist era sold as common knick knacks. Anthony visits a KGB suburb and meets with Victor. This cold war spy was responsible for some of the greatest security breaches in U.S. intelligence history. Next we see the city of Vladamir part of what is called the Golden Ring. It's earned this name due to so many priceless treasures and historic cathedrals. Anthony questions his own morality in such a cathedral due to his secret thoughts of revenge against Zamir and indignities he suffered during the Uzbekistan episode. Next we see painter Victor Smirnoff to provide a look into the Russian soul. Russians love nature and produce and this is demonstrated by the artist work and his personal farm. From there Anthony and Zamir visit the park of fallen idols and see once Russian gods of government put in a secluded part of the park with virtually no relevance. Next Miss Russia 2003 treats Tony to two thousand dollar shoes, one hundred thousand dollar cars, and three thousand dollar suits of luxurious Russia. Afterwards Anthony tries the gourmet delights of Gorky's and we see Russian cuisine as decadent as anything found in France. In the final segment of the show Tony finally gets his revenge upon Zamir and shows us more of modern Russia. He treats Zamir to Alta Coppala a popular Italian therapy system involving heat, electricity, and pressure but in the final moments of the show. Antony suffers G-forces and aerial acrobatics that are vomit inducing all to Zamirs delight.