"Parts Unknown" remains CNN's highest rated show. Americans and others from around the world will learn what Cuba can offer travelers that may be different from what they've been told in the past. Tourists from outside the U.S., of course, have freely visited Cuba for many years.
The first episode of season five serves to remind viewers that Bourdain and the ZPZ crew plan to keep traveling and portraying countries in the most interesting way possible for as long as CNN will have them.
There have never been more people angling to become the next Bourdain with the help of social media and digital cameras, but he's held his spot as the king of travel and food media. This series is another way to enforce his stature and keep interest in "Parts Unknown" high as the series rolls on.
Jamaica is the perfect example of a destination that's become more focused on servicing tourists than it is taking care of its residents, a dangerous shift in priorities that will have a tremendous impact on the quality of life and livelihoods of future generations.
Bourdain's enthusiasm for a destination defines the tone of an episode, and this is one in which clearly all involved were more than happy to be there.
Anthony Bourdain and ZPZ take their inquisitive, open approach home for an honest, if not somewhat troubling, look at America's changing suburbs. The tactfulness in which the show examines such an issue should be a lesson for news and entertainment programs.
This is simply the best episode of season three with Bourdain eloquently explaining the culture, politics, and food of Iran and, as only he has a knack to do, break down the barriers between Western viewers and their misperceptions of a nation that they would also likely love.
After all these years, Bourdain is still willing to wade into the unknown and put anything in his mouth for the sake of experiencing new culture. That's what differentiates him from most others that tiptoe around the outside of a new place.
Although open about much of his life, Bourdain rarely spends so much time talking about personal matters making Paraguay a unique destination as seen through the lens of his mind.
Some of Bourdain's best adventure take place within the U.S. where he uncovers the rich and surprising culture and history of his own country. That sentiment is all the more powerful in his own city.