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Sep 17, 2007 09:22 PM

Bourdain in South Carolina

Watching to night's new episode of No Reservations: was it my imagination or did the segment on faux fox hunting end rather abruptly? One minute Tony was on the horse and the next minute he was talking about Jestine's Kitchen. Just curious...

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  1. I can't say that I processed the part of the episode you've posted about, but I'm responding anyway.

    I thought last night's episode was fantastic. Admittedly, I'm biased after having fallen in love with Charleston during a first trip there last spring. I doubly biased since I really like Bourdain's insightful and, often self-deprecating, commentary. I don't even mind Bourdain's occasional snarkiness. Last night's commentary seemed especially illuminating and respectful; I don't recall hearing a bit of snark.

    Two random observations: I can't believe Bourdain passed up ambrosial shrimp and grits at the Hominy Grill for a stack of carbohydrate stuff. (Yes, I know he ate s & g at Jestine's Kitchen, but everyone I met in Charleston claimed Hominy Grill's version was superior.) I got a kick out of seeing Bourdain do his chef thing as he shucked his own oysters.

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    1. re: Indy 67

      I bet RR ate shrimp and grits at the Hominy Grill...pretty funny slam on her tipping on $40/day...

      I really want to try that SC mustard BBQ! And roast oysters. But I am not interested in eating warm water oysters raw, no thanks.

      1. re: kenito799

        Roasting or grilling oyster is the best way to eat them in my opinion. Just seems to bring out more fresh ocean / briney flavors than eating them raw. If I could get a bushel of oysters for $20 around my area, I would be in grilled oyster heaven.

        1. re: LStaff

          Lstaff - you need to come down to Bluffton, SC where the local oysters are legendary. If you go down to the May River, where they're gathered, on the right day, the oysterman who are working the banks will sell you a whole big basket for $5 and tell you the best way to cook them as well!

        2. re: kenito799

          WOW! I had no idea! Can't wait to get home and hit the Tivo. Was Charleston the only place he went in SC?

          Au contraire, i eat oysters out of the gulf all the time, although SC oysters don't seem to make it to the upcountry as often. Warm is relative...the ocean's pretty cool in the fall and winter.

          1. re: danna

            I've had some mighty fine oysters in Charleston. The ones from the local mud flats do lend themselves well to roasting, but I prefer a good raw gulf oyster (or 40) over a cooked one any day.

          2. re: kenito799

            did you also catch the subtle dig he took at sandra lee of semi-homemade? when they took the oysters off of the roaster, they dumped them on an unadorned table that was a piece of raw plywood with a hole cut in the middle where they pitched the shucked oyster shells. after they dumped the roasted oysters on the table, tony walked up to it and quipped, "now that's a tablescape."

              1. re: SuperCorona

                I don't watch SL but I get the joke now. It is classic.


              2. re: xman887

                The other dig I loved was against frantic NYC food bloggers: At the last place where he got the shrimp and grits (Jestine's?) he said that after this show, people from NYC will be flocking in there, taking photos of every dish...his companions didn't seem too thrilled with that idea!

                1. re: kenito799

                  I think he called them "food geeks" and I completely agree. Rock on, AB.

          3. I also really really enjoy last nights episode. The trans planted New Yorker wondering what was wrong with all these polite people. The 'the have you seen this woman...How does she tip?' had me on the floor. The other part that had me going was when did his 'letter home' and dressed up in the military garb. Even he said the the civil war people should have given him more material that he would have known what to do with. But he seemed taken by them. Perhaps it was the food that he appreciated or maybe fatherhood has mellowed him.

            It was a terrific episode!!


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            1. re: Withnail42

              I happen to be in the middle of re-watching Ken Burns' CIVIL WAR over the last few days; from the moment the music started at the very beginning of the show I was chuckling. When he started reciting his letter home, I was in hysterics.

              1. re: Fydeaux

                LOL, I also couldn't help but chuckle at the Ken Burns spoof. Though I thought 'startrekkie' analogy was a bit rough - I happen to admire re-enactors - most of them are serious history buffs, they make or fix their own clothes and weapons, and most of them are proficient in at least one or two skill or crafts, and most importantly they get to enjoy outdoors! I've been to a couple of Revolutionary War re-enactments around New York, and their food did not look as nearly good as the confederates' food on last night episode.

                1. re: welle

                  To be fair to Bourdain he didn't say that re-enactors were like trekkies (or trekkers) but that most people considered them to be somewhere between stamp collectors and trekkies.

                  1. re: ccbweb

                    I think the whole point of that statement was that, that's what he and I guess a large portion of people think. Then he got in with them and learned what it was all about and gain a great deal of respect and appreciation for them.


            2. I also really enjoyed this episode, and it made me want to jump on a plane to Charleston (I've never been). I was just curious about that one part. I have it on my DVR so I can watch it again!

              1. Being a native Southron (and Basset Hound fancier), I loved this episode. It's nice to visit places like Chaleston and Savannah and meet nice folks. Not much of that around any longer.

                1. Good episode as usual. Tony's Tony. Love him or hate him you're pretty much watching the show because of him.

                  We've been to Charleston once, and frankly I really wish it was under better circumstances and better planning. Because we pretty much missed all the "must do's."

                  I dunno. I know the Lee Bros are popular amongst the "in" crowd with foodies, but I sorta of found their "west-village ala charleston" disposition unbearable. Like when they busted out the bubbly before the oyster roast - it's like dudes, take off your prada sandals and have a beer. You're at an oyster roast. Oh well, to each their own. But I think even Bourdain felt the earlier party stilted. He didn't come all the way down to Charleston only to sit around a west village party listen to guys in polo shirts complaining about mustard sauce on bbqs.

                  I would have like to see more "out of the way" places. Anyways, I always enjoy Tony and his snarkiness and homage to other cinematic chef-d'oeuvres. (lol pardon the pun)