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Join chef Marcus Samuelsson on an inspiring journey across the U.S. to explore and celebrate the wide-ranging diversity of immigrant traditions and cuisine woven into American food and culture.

Boston

54m 41s

Host Marcus Samuelsson goes to the greater Boston area to learn more about Portuguese, Brazilian, and Cape Verdean food traditions. Marcus eats Portuguese chowder with halibut on a fishing boat, visits a Portuguese marketplace where he tries plenty of bacalhau, and later, in a home kitchen, he makes a bacalhau gratin with cheese and potatoes.

Episodes

  • Boston: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Boston

    S2 E6 - 54m 41s

    Host Marcus Samuelsson goes to the greater Boston area to learn more about Portuguese, Brazilian, and Cape Verdean food traditions. Marcus eats Portuguese chowder with halibut on a fishing boat, visits a Portuguese marketplace where he tries plenty of bacalhau, and later, in a home kitchen, he makes a bacalhau gratin with cheese and potatoes.

  • Las Vegas: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Las Vegas

    S2 E5 - 52m 4s

    Host Marcus Samuelsson visits Las Vegas to learn more about the city’s long-standing Chinese community and their food traditions. He makes hand-pulled noodles and Peking duck, eats regional favorites from xiao long bar and beef noodle soup to cumin lamb and fish braised in clay pots.

  • Philadelphia: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Philadelphia

    S2 E4 - 54m 41s

    Host Marcus Samuelsson heads to Philadelphia, where he meets new friends and old, and learns more about the city’s Italian food scene. Italian-Americans have been driving food culture in the U.S. for over a century, and Philadelphia is one of the original hubs for both classic and modern Italian cuisine.

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    Houston

    S2 E3 - 54m 41s

    Host Marcus Samuelsson visits Houston to learn more about food and community in the Nigerian and greater West African diaspora. Centered around the large Nigerian population but also focused on Senegalese, Ghanaian, and other West African cultures, the episode explores how West African immigrants preserve recipes and food traditions and re-contextualize them in the Houston dining scene.

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    Los Angeles

    S2 E2 - 54m 33s

    Host Marcus Samuelsson arrives in sunny Los Angeles to meet with Armenians influencing the city's food scene. Armenian food is diaspora food — the community is widespread, building homes in countries like Turkey and Syria following the Armenian Genocide.

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    Seattle

    S2 E1 - 54m 41s

    Host Marcus Samuelsson goes to Seattle, where he spends time with immigrant and second-generation Filipinos who are taking charge of their city's food scene. As Filipino food gains more national, mainstream recognition, members of the community are working to tell the story on their own terms.

Extras + Features

  • The Bacalhau Room at Portugalia Marketplace: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Bacalhau Room at Portugalia Marketplace

    S2 E6 - 2m 49s

    Father and son Fernando and Michael Benevides give Marcus a tour of their storeroom for bacalhau, an ageless Portuguese take on salt cod that involves air drying, freezing, and finally thawing, which can then be used in myriad Portuguese dishes, from broth stock to savory pastry filling.

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    Candida Rosa at Izzy's Diner

    S2 E6 - 2m 5s

    On a cold day in New Bedford, Massachusetts, singer Candida Rosa talks with Marcus about her roots. She is from Cape Verde: a group of islands 400 miles off the western coast of Africa, a crossroads of early exploration of the Atlantic, and supposedly home to the first slave trading post.

  • Capoeira and pastries with Mestre Chuvisquinho: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Capoeira and pastries with Mestre Chuvisquinho

    S2 E6 - 2m 12s

    Mestre Chuvisquinho, a master capoeirista from Sao Paulo, Brazil, teaches one of his capoeira classes. Capoeira is a combination of music, dance, and martial arts, originally used by African slaves for secret intercommunication. Later, Mestre and Marcus eat at Pastelaria, a cafe specializing mostly in Brazilian street food.

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    Capoeira in the Context of the Brazilian Slave Trade

    S2 E6 - 3m 9s

    Capoeira is a combination of music, dance, and martial arts, originally used by African slaves for secret intercommunication. Mestre Chuvisquinho, a master capoeirista, talks to Marcus about growing up practicing capoiera in his community in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and how it helped him focus his energies. Marcus touches on the inextricable influence of the slave trade on Brazilian culture.

  • Preview: Boston: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview: Boston

    S2 E6 - 30s

    Host Marcus Samuelsson goes to the greater Boston area to learn more about Portuguese, Brazilian, and Cape Verdean food traditions. Marcus eats Portuguese chowder with halibut on a fishing boat, visits a Portuguese marketplace where he tries plenty of bacalhau, and later, in a home kitchen, he makes a bacalhau gratin with cheese and potatoes.

  • Professor Emeritus Sue Fawn Chung: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Professor Emeritus Sue Fawn Chung

    S2 E5 - 1m 50s

    Author and UNLV Professor Emeritus in History Sue Fawn Chung discusses the incentives that brought thousands of Chinese immigrants to the U.S. in the 19th and 20th centuries, including the gold rush and the building of the railroads. Marcus explains the strange American expectation for monolithic Chinese food experiences despite the many differences between many types of Chinese cuisines.

  • Chef Yong Liu at Chengdu Taste: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Chef Yong Liu at Chengdu Taste

    S2 E5 - 1m 34s

    Chef Yong Liu of Chengdu tastes remarks on the unique and comprehensive flavors of Sichuan cuisine: numbing, sour, sweet, bitter, spicy, and more. He discusses his desire to appeal to a wide audience, beyond just the Chinese community, while preparing kou shui ji (steamed chicken with chili oil and peanuts), as well as toothpick lamb.

  • Preview: Las Vegas: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview: Las Vegas

    S2 E5 - 30s

    Host Marcus Samuelsson visits Las Vegas to learn more about the city’s long-standing Chinese community and their food traditions. He makes hand-pulled noodles and Peking duck, eats regional favorites from xiao long bar and beef noodle soup to cumin lamb and fish braised in clay pots.

  • Vincent, Joseph, and Vincent Jr. at Termini Bakery: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Vincent, Joseph, and Vincent Jr. at Termini Bakery

    S2 E4 - 2m 10s

    Termini Bakery owner Vincent Termini and his sons, general managers Joseph Termini and Vincent Termini Jr., guide us through the century-old process of baking their famous family recipe for ricotta cheese cannoli with chocolate chips.

  • Francis Cratil-Cretarola at Le Virtù: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Francis Cratil-Cretarola at Le Virtù

    S2 E4 - 2m 51s

    Francis Cratil-Cretarola, owner of upscale Italian restaurant Le Virtù in Philadelphia, speaks with Marcus about the causes that led to Abruzzian immigration to the U.S., including his own grandfather, who came to the conclusion that the best way to help his family was to leave his home in Italy, in 1909.

  • Chef Damon Menapace at Le Virtù: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Chef Damon Menapace at Le Virtù

    S2 E4 - 2m 58s

    Chef Damon Menapace explains the sourcing of some of his ingredients, opting to go local more often than importing, as is custom in Abruzzo. This is part of an overall effort at Le Virtù to respect the origins of the food on their menu. After tasting the taccozzelle that chef Damon prepares, Marcus likens it to a symphony orchestra playing metallica: delicate and rustic.

Schedule

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    Detroit

    Friday
    Apr 23

    1 Hour

    An exploration of the culture and flavor of Detroit's Middle Eastern community includes a meal with a Syrian refugee family, falafel, making Iraqi bread and a 700-person Lebanese wedding.
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    Detroit

    Saturday
    Apr 24

    1 Hour

    An exploration of the culture and flavor of Detroit's Middle Eastern community includes a meal with a Syrian refugee family, falafel, making Iraqi bread and a 700-person Lebanese wedding.
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    No Passport Required

    New Orleans

    Monday
    Apr 26

    1 Hour

    The influence of Vietnamese cuisine on New Orleans; from pho to banh mi, young chefs translate culinary traditions for a new generation.
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    Chicago

    Tuesday
    Apr 27

    1 Hour

    The heritage and cuisine of the Mexican community in Chicago; tacos de cecina; grilled nopales; the secrets of mole sauce.
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    Chicago

    Wednesday
    Apr 28

    1 Hour

    The heritage and cuisine of the Mexican community in Chicago; tacos de cecina; grilled nopales; the secrets of mole sauce.
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    No Passport Required

    Queens, NYC

    Wednesday
    Apr 28

    1 Hour

    The roots and cuisine of the Indo-Guyanese community in Queens, N.Y.; Trinidadian roti; a cross-cultural bush cook; cricket; making a traditional Guyanese chicken curry.
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    No Passport Required

    Queens, NYC

    Thursday
    Apr 29

    1 Hour

    The roots and cuisine of the Indo-Guyanese community in Queens, N.Y.; Trinidadian roti; a cross-cultural bush cook; cricket; making a traditional Guyanese chicken curry.
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    No Passport Required

    Miami

    Thursday
    Apr 29

    1 Hour

    The flavors and heritage of the Haitian community in Miami.
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    No Passport Required

    Miami

    Friday
    Apr 30

    1 Hour

    The flavors and heritage of the Haitian community in Miami.
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    No Passport Required

    D.C.

    Friday
    Apr 30

    1 Hour

    Washington, D.C.'s, Ethiopian community.

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