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Anthony Bourdain's Show-No Reservations

I missed this Monday night's show--what happened???

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  1. Went to Ghana. Ate some elephant. Only kidding. He drank lots of palm wine, explored and loved the chili peppers they had there. Tried barracuda. Ate mostly with his hands. Buy a Tivo or DVR, you'll never miss it again. Next week it's back in the USA in the Pacific NW.

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    1. re: HaagenDazs

      I thought I recall one scene in particular where there were some men crouching on the ground eating communally out of a big bowl, slurpin & sloppin, and there's a quick shot of Tony who goes in with a utensil, and then you don't actually see him ever getting his hands dirty in the same bowl as the others. I had a chuckle, wondering if he actually wimped out of eating with the others. I think he may have gone in with a utensil first, and then bowed out after they all dug in. Someone with a Tivo please have another look for me.

      Another funny part was when he was eating pork in that market and the kids were bombarding him: "Why are these people taking pictures of a man eating pork and drinking beer?"

      1. re: HaagenDazs

        Is it just me, or was anyone else offended at Tony's reaction to the guide when he gently reprimanded Tony and crew for getting too close to the elephants? As this gentleman politely explained the dangers of their (admittedly, by Tony himself) reckless behavior, Tony was surreptitiously eyeing the camera with what looked to me like a barely disguised smirk!! Now, don't get me wrong, I'm a Tony lover, his irreverant snarkiness, cynicism and all. But I thought that his attitude was awful in this scenario.

        I know it's off the food topic somewhat, but Tony is generally very respectful toward people and countries he visits. He was especially ignorant of the problem with elephants and people in recent years. See NY Times article:

        1. re: Lisa M

          I thought he was feeling kind of sheepish about the way he and his crew wandered out among the elephants, like they were at a zoo, instead of among wild animals with whom you need to take precautions.

      2. I caught the utensil/hand thing myself. Wasn't that scene where the leader of the town/tribe, tony, and a couple others ate out of one bowl, then they showed some shots of kids and others eating with their hands out of other bowls? Looked like all those eating out of Tony's bowl all had utensils - I just assumed it was probably out of politeness towards the visitor. Tony did eat with his hands at other times.

        I also noticed that Tony used english to order food at the market - would they know what he was saying, or was it translated off camera?

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        1. re: LStaff

          English is the official language of Ghana.

        2. I am very interested in the "Chop House" style cuisine-- especially those stews.

          The various starches eaten along with the meal were enlightening as well. Fermented cornfklour - who would have known?

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          1. Anyone know if TB's show from the food network is on DVD or rerunning?

            It was a great show!

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            1. re: Quine

              You could buy or check out the book: A Cook's Tour which parallels the show.

              1. re: Quine

                New season can be found on numerous torrent sites. Try mininova.org they have Ireland and Ghana episodes.

              2. Less snark, more food.

                1. There was a line that Tony had in this episode which really sums up Tony's respect for local food and customs and one of the reasons I really like his take on things. Tony had a local with him and when asked what Tony wanted to order, Tony's reply was "I'll have what he's having they way he's having it."

                  1. The "worst meal of my life" in the Kalahari section of the Namibia episode was pretty entertaining.

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                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      That was gross. Watching the poop being pushed out of the intestines and then watching them cook and serve the anus without a washing was not pleasant. The pile of poop they showed didn't help my stomach. I will give Tony praise for being able to soldier on with the shoot, I don't think I could have done it.

                      1. re: rcheng

                        I watched this a couple of nights ago and relayed it to my husband who is out of town on business. He was retching just listening to me tell about it. Can't understand what the premise of the show is.

                        Really, this was AB's worst meal ever. I thought Iceland and the shark meal was bad but this was truly a test of one's graciousness under pressure. The warthog's head was no picnic too - the way he was going on about all the half digested food in it's mouth, blah.

                        At least the bugs tasted ok when dipped in salt!
                        I give him a load of credit.

                      2. re: Robert Lauriston

                        Oh man, we watched it while we were eating Italian sausages for dinner and both of us went straight off our feed. It was NASTY.

                      3. Yeah--and his politeness and graciousness toward his hosts never wavered--he even had seconds. As tough as it was for him to stomach the meal, he never loses sight of the fact that he's being invited to share a meal with people who probably don't have a whole lot to share--what they cook must be hunted or foraged first. When you consider how labor-intensive the meal was, I guess it makes sense that they don't waste anything . . .


                        1. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a professional gastrotoxicologist, so for those of you who are: how dangerous is eating hot warthog poop? I expect that Bourdain is hauling around a pretty hefty pharmacy when he travels to Africa, but still, eating hot poop in a land where you have to start taking medicine three months before your first *glass of water*... He didn't do an "after-effects" bit like he's done with some of his other bad meals (writhing around in sweaty sheets, swearing at the cameraman) so it sounds like he came away at least digestively unscathed, if not emotionally.

                          I mean, I'm not planning on attempting this daredevil feat. My question is more of a purely scientific nature.

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                          1. re: orezscu

                            He did make some mention of expecting to have to take a wide range of antibiotics after the meal :-)