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Oct 22, 2007 08:40 AM

Reviews on the Bourdain Paramount Show?

I didn't get a chance to go but was wondering what the show was about and what everyone thought.

Does anyone know where Bourdain ate after?

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  1. It was interesting and funny. He talked for about 45 minutes about his career, his travels, why he hates vegetarianism (it's rude), and how to be a good guest when traveling and eating abroad. He, naturally, dished about several Food Network personalities. He took questions from the audience for about 45 minutes, which was at times hilarious and at others annoying. The person who introduced him said that they'd gone for barbecue, but Bourdain declined to say where because he didn't want to get into a discussion about where he SHOULD have gone for barbecue.

    I was pretty turned off by the slavish tone of the questions from the audience, but I found his discussions of his experiences very interesting -- I wish there'd been more of that. It defintely made me hungry for sushi!

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    1. re: bookgrrl72

      We loved him. While I don't always agree with what he says 100%, at least he says it and doesn't have any regrets about it. Could he be a little less rude? Yea... but, that is just him. I guess I kinda take him with a grain of salt for some reason. =)

      I loved his talks about his travels and different food experiences. II thought the audience questions were ok... a few funny ones. I got one in, which was kinda cool. I thought it was neat that he was just taking questions and I loved that he did the book signing. experience. I would definately go again! ;)

      1. re: Aggiegirl1998

        What did you ask and how did he answer?

        1. re: Honey Bee

          So, let me preface this with...earlier in the show he was talking about street food. And, you should eat street food, wherever you go... well, assuming the street vendor is busy.

          Later, he was talking about NY and the best restaurants in NY. We are heading to NY in Dec and I was curious as to what he thought were he his favorite NY street vendor foods.

          Needless to say, he mentioned the dirty water hot dogs... which, I could only imagine as Sabretts. Not my favorite. He did mention one... Red Hook? or something of the sorts... I am planning on researching. I know they have an annual street vendor foods awards in NY!

          1. re: Aggiegirl1998

            Hmmm, perhaps he was talking about the tasty food carts that line the soccer field in Red Hook (Brooklyn)? They were in danger of being shut down due to permit issues, but I am unclear if it was resolved. I hope so. That area offers a nice variety of cart food.

            1. re: Honey Bee

              He and Andrew Zimmerman covered the food carts at Red Hook on the combined show they did on the Travel Channel. It made me want to fly up there just to eat for a couple of hours and then come home.

            2. re: Aggiegirl1998

              AB , I'm sure (wasn't there) was referring to ths ball fields in Red Hook , Brooklyn, where a plethora of food stalls/booths/trailers serve astounding & authentic interior Mex., Centlral American & Carribean specialities, through October, not into Dec. Look for great street food along Roosevelt Ave under the elevated #7 line ("the International Express) in Queens.

        2. I thought it was pretty fun. Tony is a hoot.

          Few off-the-top-of-my-head observations:

          When asked what the best restaurant in America was, he gave several choices, including the French Laundry; he also said Thomas Keller is the best chef in America. No big surprise there, I guess.

          Tony thinks on his feet. The first half of the show seemed super-rehearsed, which surprised me given Tony's reputation. During the second segment, when he was asked the rare good question from the audience, he would go on for a bit almost as easily as he had originally. His verbal agility and casual smoothness were impressive. He is an excellent talker, and much more charming on stage than he is on No Reservations.

          He claimed he doesn't get a dime from his appearances on Top Chef and does the show purely out of love, calling himself a big fanboy. He said that Hung should have won and was clearly the best chef (an opinion that I share, although with much less evidence having never eaten anything Hung prepared).

            1. re: ttrentham

              Thanks for the link.
              I love that you tried to catch him at Sam's. I have to admit that I am a little disappointed he ended up Ruby's. I wonder if that was his idea (hopefully not) or someone took him there. I find there sauce to be overpowering with a sweet-sour tang.

              1. re: Honey Bee

                He did an interview for ABCs Nightline show which was filmed at Rubys. Took place from approx 3-5pm saturday. They closed down the patio and the back for filming. One sequence was a typical interview, then they sat down for a meal, then Luke (one of the Ruby's owners) showed him the pits and cooking (in the style of Cooks Tour/No Reservations). All this was filmed for the profile.

                He hung out with a few us in the back at Ruby's for a while after everything was complete (which he didn't have to do, he could have said 'later' and bailed). He was very accommodating in terms of pictures, signing books, etc. He was pretty much exactly the same in person as he is on screen- down to earth, humorous and open/able to talk to the locals. Although I am uncomfortable with playing the role of 'fan' I *am* a fan of Tony's writing and shows and definitely enjoyed the opportunity to meet him (I readily accepted Luke/Pat's invitation to come down and check it all out).

                I believe the Nightline episode is supposed to air prior to end of Oct. I see on the metroblog post that he went to 6th street after the show for more filming. He told us he had a 6 am flight out on Sunday back to nyc- the man has some serious stamina.

                1. re: ilbranzino

                  yea... that is what he told us too about literally being in Austin for like hrs or something. I kinda had the thought of bringing his some breakfast tacos to the airport...but, that is a little weird.

                  I will say our group brought him a shot as he was signing books and we all took a shot with him. Not something that I would normally do, but hey.. that is just what you do with anthony bourdain!

                  Thanks for clarifying on Red Hook and I do remember that episode, didn't realize that it was Red Hook, NY. Thanks for your help with that.

            2. Supposedly the Nightline Bourdian piece will air Thursday Nov 8th (ABC). Apparently this type thing is subject to change until airtime.

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              1. re: ilbranzino

                Update- ABC now says friday the 9th or early next week.