Tony Bourdain's India Show
Watched this again while in Portland...with my DIL. She traveled to India and was in Bombay and Calcutta for months at a time on business. She stopped going a year ago. Anyway...she thought he represented the people, the food, and the culture very well. She said she was glad that he mentioned how repelled you can be by it...and love the people. She said..multiply that feeling 100 times...and that is India. She said it is so stinky and dirty..but she fell in love with the people and the food. She did say that he tried some food that she wouldn't have tried...saying that Americans often get sick on Indian food..and Indians get sick on American food. Tony has an iron stomach I guess. Anyway..it was fun to watch it with her. I look forward to his new season in Jan.
I'm pretty sure Bourdain made two India shows, one - the one you mention - in which he is in Bombay (now Mombai) and Calcutta, sampling various and sundry streetfoods such as fried brains, and the other, which has him being entertained by the rich and famous, some prince or other.
I loved the Bombay/Calcutta show, as I really felt like I could smell, feel, touch the place. I found the other episode to be a bit disappointing - it seemed more removed from the streets, the alleys, the labyrinths and little holes-in-the-wall, the stuff that Bourdain does best.
Who doesn't pop a few raw seal eyeballs now and again. Everyone needs a way to relax, right?
Its the iguana meat he could't take - but a little shop by me in the Burbs sells cans of it. Someone must like the stuff.
Bourdain is great. When I was a teenager in the eighties and everything was pop and fluff, I dreamed of a tv show with a hard drinking, rough edged, literate character at its core. Its really something that he's such a hit. Bravo. Plus I think his brother lives in my town.