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There is no Next Episode of Rick Stein's Long Weekends planned.
Rick Stein embarks on a series of culinary long weekends in search of food excellence and brilliant recipes to cook at home, heading to markets, restaurants, wineries, cafes and bars. He begins his first adventure in autumnal Bordeaux. Rick arrives just in time for ceps and the judging of a local wine contest. He hires a 2CV for an excursion to the coast, which has abundant mussels and oysters. At home he cooks a memorable dish of steak frites with bordelaise sauce.
Rick Stein enjoys a winter break in Reykjavik in search of the perfect cod and samples succulent fjord-reared roast lamb.
Rick enjoys a long weekend in Berlin, where history and the avant garde dwell enticingly side by side. He samples some delicious seasonal creations like pureed sunflower seeds, Jerusalem artichoke flans and crushed frozen pine nuts.
Rick visits Vienna - the city that once ran the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Vienna continues to be home to comfort dishes like tafelspitz and goulash and gave its name to one of Europe's most popular dishes - the wiener schnitzel. It even produces its own unique white wine produced in vineyards overlooking the city's imperial architecture. Whilst enjoying the sights and sounds of the hometown to Klimt and Freud, Rick also learns the essential etiquette to its coffee house culture and indulges in the city's sweet tooth by enjoying a plate or two of apple strudel and sacher torte. And no visit to Vienna would be complete without a concert of Mozart or Strauss, whose music was undeniably inspired by this unforgettable city.
This week, Rick visits Bologna in northern Italy, a city so famous for its food that it is known as the stomach of Italy. He learns how to make the local fresh egg pasta used for tortellini, tagliatelle, ravioli and lasagne. At the market, he finds a fish stall and cafÚ where he enjoys squid stuffed with mashed potato and capers. Bologna is a medieval city with a university even older than Oxford and Rick explores the cloisters and the Whispering Walls. He even climbs Bologna's famous Asinelli Tower, despite vertigo.