American TV personality and chef Anthony Bourdain is best known for his popular Emmy-winning CNN show Parts Unknown. The show inspires viewers to pack their bags and hit the road to exotic travel destinations and eat everything they can. Hungry for more? You're in luck. Parts Unknown just launched a web counterpart called "Explore Parts Unknown," so fans can spend countless hours perusing through its content.
The site is a joint venture between Bourdain, CNN, and travel site Roads & Kingdoms — Bourdain is an editorial contributor to the latter. It was teased by Bourdain last month, when he said they wanted to "go as far as we can, go as weird as we can, as deep as we can and as smart as we can" with the mobile-first digital platform.
Since Parts Unknown is a television series, there is a limited amount of information shared in each 44-minute episode. The idea behind the site is to give more details to those interested. Roads & Kingdoms cofounder Nathan Thornburgh told Travel + Leisure that the site "builds and expands upon" the show.
"The experience will allow users to recreate Anthony Bourdain's journeys and dive deeper into the people, places, and stories he's encountered," says a release.
At launch, destinations will include Hanoi, Rome, Las Vegas, Koreatown (LA), Manila, Buenos Aires, London, Punjab, Montana, The Greek Islands, Senegal, Madagascar, Istanbul, New Jersey, Colombia, and South Korea. Original content for new destinations will be uploaded on a weekly basis.
For each destination on the site, there's a variety of multimedia content like short video clips, first-person notes from Bourdain, recipes, features on what to eat and drink, local lingo, what to know, and where to go. The site also has photo essays and itineraries for how to spend 12 hours at a given location.
"I couldn't be more proud or excited about this amazing passion project finally coming together," Bourdain tells Condé Nast Traveler. "What Roads & Kingdoms and CNN have done and will do together enriches and expands on Parts Unknown in thrilling new ways with infinite possibilities."