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Jan 9, 2007 12:40 PM

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 they have Ireland and Ghana episodes.

              2. Less snark, more food.