"Parts Unknown" host Anthony Bourdain traveled to Senegal, a unique intersection of West African culture, Islamic tradition and French European culture. He starts his trip with National Public Radio correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton at the busy food stalls of Marche Kermel in Dakar.
Later that same night, Bourdain and Chef Pierre Thiam enjoy a seafood dinner in Dakar at Cour de Cassation Beach, one of Thiam's favorite beach shack "restaurants."
A hot grill, fresh fish, cold beer, plastic chairs and the ocean is all that's needed at Cour de Cassation Beach.
Senegal is 94% Muslim but is also home to 10 distinct ethnic groups. The overflow from the mosques spills into the streets during Friday prayers in Dakar.
Bourdain shares clams and sea urchins with Oumy N'Dour, Fama Diouf (far left) and Minielle Tall (far right) at Vitres de Sokone in Dakar.
Traveling up the coast, Bourdain made his way to Saint-Louis, once the colonial capital of all of French West Africa until Dakar took over in 1902.
Bourdain enjoys a garden party meal hosted by Marie-Caroline Camara (far right) at her bed and breakfast, "Au Fil du Fleuve" in Saint-Louis. Camara has worked to preserve some of the city's beautiful historic architecture.
A vendor pours Cafe Touba --coffee made with djar, an African black pepper, and sugar -- in Saint-Louis.
Modern life meets old world as small fishing boats ply their trade next to Faidherbe Bridge in Saint-Louis.
A breakfast vendor waits for customers in Saint-Louis.
Bourdain enjoys a meal near Lac Rose after heading into the desert to go on a joy ride to the beach with rally car driver Jean Azar.
Before leaving, Bourdain joins chef Pierre Thiam at his aunt's house with family and friends for a home-cooked meal of fish and rice served in a communal bowl. They teach him about the concept of "teranga," which translates loosely as hospitality and includes a philanthropic outlook on life.