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No Reservations: The Anthony Bourdain Thread
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tony... Zamir... KC... BBQ... yeah, just the way to get the Lakers out of my mind.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anthony Bourdain's 'No Reservations': Final Season Gets a Premiere Date

Tony is heading to CNN after the season, though there also is a second season of The Layover in production.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The last episode of No Reservations airs tomorrow.

I'd have been shocked if the series ended anywhere other than New York, although I think Tony's stomping grounds elsewhere than Brooklyn.

Linky linky:

Tony reminisces

A Farewell Feast with Zamir


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't toss up thoughts earlier, so here goes...

Tony went out with what probably will be seen as mostly just a "normal" episode. I'm pretty fine with that. In a sense, if the series are slices of life around the world, then life goes on. Life doesn't end with the episode: There will be more traveling, more eating, more writing, more shows beyond the finale. I suspect some folks might have wanted Tony to make a big wrap up of what the show meant after so many years and episodes. But really to get what the show meant would be all sorts of things that take place in so many different episodes that you kind of need to watch them to get things big and small. A Cook's Tour went 35 episodes, this went 142 (minus the various "repackage" shows), there will be a next series... this isn't really the end, and there is no reason to overkill a Big Send Off Finale.

On the other hand...

There is a symbolic wrap to his travels around the world in this series. I don't think he explicitly stated it, but I'll give it a try:

Traveling to find something new, interesting, great, challenging, thrilling, life giving doesn't have to be done by going around the world. Here is Brooklyn, close to Tony's home, that he's probably been to a fair amount in his life but really never gave a lot of deep thinking to. And here, right close to home, are all sorts of great and interesting and challenging things to explore, discover and experience.

I live in Los Angeles County in Southern California. I've never even scratched the surface of all the cool things in the county, not just in terms of food, but all the stuff. Same goes for SoCal. Same goes for the State: I've never been to Hearst Castle, the various national parks such as Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Redwood, Death Valley and yes... I've never been to Yosemite. The list of things that I can still do and find in my own "home" is both endless and bountiful.

To me that's the "wrap" of No Reservations. He's taken us around the world, explored a ton of cultures and peoples, introduced us to a lot of food (including a lot of Food Porn). For a a lot of us, these are not things we'd have opportunity to explore. But much like Brooklyn to him, we all would be amazed by what's around the corner, what's 30 minutes away, what's an hour away, what's five hours away. If you have the desire to explore a little, you can start close to home.

I like that grounding to close the series. I also like that he didn't feel the need to hit us over the head with it. Like so much of the series, it's simply "there" for us to see and ponder.

It's been a great show, one of the very best on TV. I'm sad to see it end, but look forward to Tony's next series with CNN and how he pushes not only himself but we the viewers to continue to explore, think and broaden ourselves.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bourdain Extends Speaking Tour, Adds Roy Choi, Joe Beef, and Andrew Zimmern

February 9: Las Vegas, NV (Eric Ripert)
April 13: San Jose, CA (Eric Ripert)
April 14: Boulder, CO (Eric Ripert)
April 16: Los Angeles (Roy Choi)
April 23: Richmond, VA
April 24: Newport News, VA
April 25: Jacksonville, FL
May 3: Hartford, CT (Eric Ripert)
May 4: Toronto, ON (Eric Ripert)
May 5: Montreal, PQ (Frederick Morin and Dave McMillan)
May 6: Pittsburgh, PA (Eric Ripert)
May 7: East Lansing, MI
May 9: Chicago, IL (Eric Ripert)
May 10: Milwaukee, WI (Eric Ripert)
May 11: Minneapolis, MN (Andrew Zimmern)

I need to get to that 4/16 one... unless someone wants to go to the 4/23 or 4/24 ones in VA. ;)

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Superb start to Tony's 'new' show on CNN. Might as well be No Reservations Season 10 (or A Cook's Tour Season 12) which is totally fine by me. Myanmar was a bit of an odd choice to lead off the new series, but it was a very strong show. Tony loves East/Southeast Asia and it shows in his episodes from there, and this was was vaguely reminiscent of the Cambodia show in Season 7 - Southeast Asian country with a brutal past but hope for the future. Some of the food looked great; in particular the deep fried tiny bird and that fried dumpling looking thing with the quail egg inside. We also got the usual doses of culture and history, which I enjoyed since I know next to nothing about the country.

Highly recommended episode, if only for that insane Ferris Wheel and the somehow even more frightening train ride.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wait... what... when did it start? I thought it was later in the year! :)

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn... looks like I'm going to have to watch it online as I don't see a replay airdate. Need to remember to set a dvr series recording for it.

Elliott... you're suppose to keep me informed of stuff like this! :P
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Started Sunday. CNN has the whole first episode available to watch. :)

Next up is LA, followed by Colombia, Canada, Morocco, Libya, Peru, and the Congo.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Solid L.A. show focusing on Koreatown. I dig Asian food so I found most of that part appealing. I've had the Philippino halo-halo before but I don't remember it having beans and stuff in it. I thought it was fruit but who knows. Good stuff either way.

My special lady had a previous relationship with a Korean fellow that ended badly so she got a kick out of the artist advising women not to date Korean guys. :P

Simon,
sitting in an auditorium minutes away from hearing Tony speak...
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You lucky dog! :)
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And don't date Philippino females..so you'll be safe.--Yohe
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Copenhagen episode of Parts Unknown (S2:E4) is one of Tony's best "food porn" shows. By that, I mean shows that focus on wow! Chefs / Restaurants / Foods. The chef here is interesting, down to earth in what he's trying to do, creating dishes that are on one side off the wall in concept by on the other side natural when you think about it. Tony is both blown away by the food, but also the concept of what he's doing. This isn't a mind bending technique creating magic like elBulli / Ferran Adria... but something entirely different.

I don't want to spoiler it if you haven't watched it, or set expectations super high. Just the word "simple" on one level, wonderfully captured by the segment of the show where the Chef and Tony walk the beach leading into going to the farm where he gets a lot of his food leading into the Chef, Tony and the Farmer preparing their lunch. The whole thing is so simple, though behind it so much thought and testing that the Chef has put into what tastes good, and the Farmer in how and what to grow... just good stuff.

Not pimping it as a great episode, like the Laos one (with it's subtle way of using Food and Travel to get us to think about deeper things). But... something like this is one of the things that Tony does so well and makes me thankful that we've had now 15 seasons of Cook's Tour / No Reservations / The Layover / Parts Unknown to watch him and his crew grow in their ability to produce these. I think if we were to go back and watch The French Laundry Experience episode of Cook's Tour, it would be amazing to see how Tony and his team have grown in being able to present one of these World's Greatest Restaurant episodes, and Tony being so better able to both sense and get across the totality of what's going on.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I think if we were to go back and watch The French Laundry Experience episode of Cook's Tour, it would be amazing to see how Tony and his team have grown in being able to present one of these World's Greatest Restaurant episodes, and Tony being so better able to both sense and get across the totality of what's going on.


I actually did go back and watch the French Laundry episode recently, and that's spot on - Tony was marking out like a fanboy the whole time. Although to be fair Eric Ripert was kind of marking out too and the food was probably worth marking out for. But the Copenhagen show was a very different kind of presentation of a world class restaurant and the concept, techniques, and execution. I enjoyed the French Laundry episode, but you're right that they've matured tremendously in showcasing this kind of place.


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I think the contrast would also be seen in that late No Reservations episode where Tony and Eric went to a "great restaurant" in I want to say was France, and the Chef was just doing basic stuff that was blowing Tony and Eric away. Where they had been marking out fanboys at the French Laundry, with this young chef they were more along the lines of:

"Wow... that's good."

"That's really good too."

"Wow... this guy is really doing some amazing stuff."

I mean, the first course was really good, but there was this growing admiration of what the younger guy was doing, how he was doing it different than how Eric does it, how they were both growing in admiration of how this chef was pushing himself to create really good stuff. It's one thing to see them mark out for Keller or Ferran, since everyone is marking out for them. But for them to pop for a new chef, have that look on their faces that this is something special... that really was something Tony and the crew could get to 8 seasons into doing the shows (Tour + NR) that would have been really hard for Tony to do as well in Tour or even in the early seasons of NR.

Take Ferran for example. I don't know how well the Deconding Ferran episode of season 2 of NR will hold up. It probably is still good Food Porn, but Tony will likely be more in fanboy mode. In turn, the season 7 return to El Bulli probably holds up a lot more because my recollection is that he takes Ferran out of just the restaurant to get a better sense of how Ferran came to be Ferran, what he loves and what influences him.

Or again that return to Paris episode, where their stuff with Robuchon would have been total fanboy stuff in Season 1, but is really good in Season 6. It's clear that Tony and Eric love him, but they're able to get across more depth.

I like the new show. It's of course a straight continuation of NR without the name. But it's also a continuation of the later era of NR, where Tony and the crew are really at the full confidence of what they can do. Very good stuff.
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