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Aug 8, 2005 11:21 PM

No Reservations - Jersey

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I enjoyed this - even more than Paris and certainly more than Iceland. In fact Iceland left me cold... I kept wondering, why? Why in the middle of winter? Why eat that rotten shark stuff? Again?

But New Jersey redeems him. That he went to places I've been to, gives me a firm reference. I understand the irreverence in Mitsuwa about Hello Kitty and the other Japanese marketing icons. And using Mario was a gem... in fact they should do a series - Mario is the perfect foil for Anthony's tomfoolery. The ending, of course, is both classic and on the mark...

Compared to his previous series, he's definitely less into details and tends to hit more places (both in terms of food and travel) at a glossier level. But he does give some time, when the subject calls for it, like he did for the cheese and bread couple on this show.

Overall, this is just so much more entertaining than anything on foodtv.

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    1. Yep me too... Loved this one ...hated Iceland. .... but we'll always have Paris .... sorry Boggie...
      Guess I'll have to watch the next one now. Was hoping that I have time to do other stuff on Monday nights..... but Tony, my man ... badda bing!

      1. I am SO PISSED...! My wife went out of town for the week, and she's the one who keeps her eye on the TV clock while I'm goofing around in the kitchen. Well, I forgot all about the show until after 7:30, and turned it on and caught the last part of it. Wow, I said, this is SOOO much better - I need to stay up and watch it when it runs again at 10. So of course the next time I thought of it, it was almost 11. Poop!

        Yeah, it was a really charming episode, what I saw of it. I guess they'll do a re-run one of these days...

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        1. re: Will Owen

          No matter how much TV you watch (a lot or just enough) get Tivo.

          1. re: Tugboat
            Janet from Richmond

            I agree Will. Tivo's the best invention since the birth control pill. I can't imagine life without it now.

            1. re: Janet from Richmond

              OMG!!! LOL!!! I've never put exactly that way... but I totally agree! Especially for a chowhound... not only does TIVO remind you, it also allows for going back and writing down those precious ingredients and techniques on cooking shows! My last three new recipe experients were from my Tivo'd shows! :) :) :)


              1. re: Dommy!

                Jeez, you guys, this houseful of Luddites is doing damn good to have color and cable...and now you expect us to jump into Tivo??? I guess I'll just have to put it on the list, right after indoor plumbing... ;-)

              2. re: Janet from Richmond

                Well if you have enough of a backlog in the Tivo it might become a birth control option................ ;-)

                1. re: Janet from Richmond

                  Maybe that's why we haven't bothered getting it, as any kind of birth control has been irrelevant around here for a loooooooooooooooooooooong time...

                  1. re: Janet from Richmond

                    Funny, as I struggle to tape stuff on my VHS tapes because I fall asleep watching shows after 10:00pm, I wonder if I don't have to capitulate and get TIVO. Sounds like the Baby Boomer's Nirvana.

                    As to Tony, I have to confess, I love the man. I hope it's not an act, because his utter cynicism is very refreshing.

                    As to his Jersey show, when he commented on the lobster -- "you think if you cut Paris Hilton in four pieces, she'd walk away?" -- I almost fell off my chair.

                    I'd watch the guy read the phone book.

              3. This one is SOOOOOOO good. I enjoyed just about everything about this, except maybe for the HoJo reference and the strip joint segment. The couple that makes artisanal cheeses and breads was so very interesting, earnest and seem like such good soild people that I was surprised when Bourdain didn't go off on them a la the Icelandic episode. The bit with the Korean food made my mouth water, now I have a yen for kimchee and short ribs.

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                1. re: Phaedrus

                  While they're almost all sad, that HoJo's in the middle of winter was probably the saddest one I've seen ever.

                  And I enjoyed the cheese/bread segment as well, as well as the banter in the Korean restaurant. The Mario ending was perfect. :-)

                  Much, MUCH better than the Iceland show. But then again, I'm originally from NJ (although I was born in Brooklyn). And I'm one of those who doesn't mind saying I'm from NJ. :-)

                  Looking forward to his trip to Vietnam next week.

                  1. re: Linda W.

                    I don't have cable, so i can't watch! Could someone tell me who and where the artisanal bread couple are? Always on the lookout for great bread in NJ! Thanks so much!

                    1. re: fresser

                      Saw it mentioned over on eGullet - it's called the Bobolink Dairy - website linked below.


                      1. re: Linda W.

                        This place was also mentioned in "Food Finds" (i can't believe i actually watched an episode).

                    2. re: Linda W.

                      That HoJo's is the same in the summer; the boardwalk is nearly deserted. Total mystery how it survives. Perhaps even the Howard Johnson company doesn't know it's there. As you saw on teevee, the one elderly guy takes the order, goes back and cooks it, then serves. It's a wonder.

                  2. Applehome, I thought the Mario scene was brilliant. Also the "business man's lunch" at the strip club was nice and edgy for the Travel Channel. Bourdain has the potential to be the food/cable version of Hunter S. Thompson. As a die-hard Chowhound, I am all for Gonzo food reporting.