Taste for Adventure

Saturday 9:30 PM on Fine Living Premiered Sep 02, 2006 In Season




Episode Guide

  • Season 1
    • Tomales Bay
      Tomales Bay
      Episode 1
      Tomales Bay provides opportunities for kayaking and camping just an hour north of San Francisco. Host Chris Turner builds a wooden kayak based on Aleut designs. After a day of paddling on the water, he enjoys a meal of fresh, organic oysters and grilled skate in cream sauce.
    • King Pacific Lodge
      The King Pacific Lodge makes a journey every year through the waters of British Columbia's North Coast via tugboat. The final destination for the floating lodge is a remote, forested island accessible only by floatplane. Host Chris Turner hikes through the Canadian wilderness and kayaks on the local waters.

      The lodge's chef prepares a meal that includes seaweed, sea urchins and a gourmet salmon soup.moreless
    • Southern Alps
      Southern Alps
      Episode 3
      The Southern Alps span the length of South Island near New Zealand's coastline. Chris Turner tries out the local sport of heli-biking.

      Chris also paddles across a glacial lake at the base of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mount Cook. The evening meal includes lamb with potato roulade and farm-raised venison with local yams.moreless
    • Abel Tasman
      Abel Tasman
      Episode 4
      Chris remains on New Zealand's South Island but ventures to the Nelson area on the northern tip. He hikes and kayaks along the famous Abel Tasman Coastal Track, taking advantage of the abundant sunshine. The area receives more sunshine than any other in New Zealand.

      Chris wrangles sheep while on a "farmstay" at a luxurious lodge. The lodge chef prepares a monkfish appetizer with Chris' help.moreless
    • Southland
      Episode 5
      Chris Turner hikes across the rugged terrain of the Hump Ridge Track in Southland, an area of New Zealand often overlooked by tourists. The trail offers expansive views of the Pacific Ocean.

      Chris tries fly fishing for brown trout on the famous Mataura River. He assists a local chef with a meal of a grilled fillet served over seasonal greens.moreless
    • Marlborough
      Episode 6
      The Marlborough region of New Zealand's South Island includes the vineyards of the Wairau Valley and its New World Sauvignon Blancs. Chris Turner also explores The Sounds, three sunken river valleys containing hiking trails, hidden coves, historic sites and luxury lodges.

      The tasty Marlborough meal includes local mussels and salmon.
    • Siskiyou County
      Siskiyou County
      Episode 7
      Joanna Curlee joins Chris Turner on a trip to Siskiyou County, the sparsely populated area of Northern California on the Oregon border. The population density is about seven people per square mile. The journey includes a bike tour through the Scott River Valley and camping at a yurt overlook.

      Chris learns how to build a bamboo fly rod in a week in Dunsmuir, a town near Mount Shasta. The fly rods are perfect for catching wild rainbow trout in the Upper Sacramento River.moreless
    • Shasta County California
      Chris Turner and Joanna Curlee venture on an overnight trail ride and observe wild horses in a protected volcanic area of Shasta County in Northern California. The Upper Sacramento River offers fishing for the native rainbow trout.

      A scenic dinner train offers riders the chance to dine on a gourmet four-course meal while taking in the splendors of Mount Shasta.moreless
    • Sonoma County California
      Sonoma County, which lies to the west of Napa Valley, offers the natural beauty of a California wine valley but with more open space. Hosts Chris Turner and Joanna Curlee tour the wine country in a vintage biplane.

      After returning to solid ground, they take a more leisurely tour, this time on bike. At the end of the day, they head to the Village Inn in the nearby Russian River Valley. On the menu is fresh Sonoma lamb shank, prepared osso bucco style.moreless
    • Nordfjord
      Episode 10
      Chris Turner and Joanna Curlee voyage to Norway's Nordfjord, one of the most spectacular of the country's fjords.
    • The Island of Vega
      The Island of Vega
      Episode 11
      The hosts journey to the surprisingly temperate western coast of Norway in an area just south of the Arctic Circle that is warmed by the Atlantic Gulf stream. A local chef demonstrates his recipe for fresh Norwegian crab.
    • Norway's National Parks
      Chris and Joanna visit the Borgefjell National Park on the border with Sweden. The park provides backpacking opportunities. The native Sami people also consider the area an ancestral homeland. To the south, the hosts visit Jostedalsbreen National Park, the location of Europe's largest mainland glacier.
    • Yosemite
      Episode 13
      Chris and Joanna return to the United States for a visit to Yosemite National Park, where the granite cliffs and astonishing waterfalls attract millions of visitors every year. The Ahwahnee Lodge offers fine dining in the Yosemite Valley, including organic lamb and seasonal vegetables.
  • Season 2
  • Season 3