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Jan 14, 2008 09:05 AM

No reservations Berlin show tonight....

anyone else watching? Expectations? Hopes? I am psyched...

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  1. wasn't this episode on already?
    I thought I saw a berlin episode on during the New Year's Eve day marathon...or is tonight's a new one?

    the one from new year's eve day was in berlin but they didn't get much because the city was under attack and they had to flee....

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      1. re: linguafood

        It was the show they first televised in April 1945...

      2. re: lasiciliana

        That was Beirut. Hey, starts with a B...

        1. re: lasiciliana

          I think you're thinking of the Beirut show.

          1. re: jennywinker

            OMG. Yeah, they both start with a 'B' and are not in the US. Easy to mix up, I guess... ;-D

            1. re: linguafood

              And an "e", "i" and "r." Hey, anyone could make that mistake. Thank goodness Berlin wasn't getting bombed!

              1. re: jennywinker

                I should add - not that it was a good thing that Beirut was getting bombed.

                1. re: jennywinker

                  This is my favorite CH thread to date. Swear. The episode tonight is new.

            2. re: lasiciliana

              I was disappointed. I spent time in Frankfurt several times and found a lot more interesting things in a less interesting time. Sitting at a bar that opened in the 1400's is pretty amazing. The food in Germany is also better than he showed it. My first time, I was young and didn't know what to say when I ordered a pork steak and they asked me how I wanted it done. I took a chance and said medium, and the waiter looked at me with something approaching respect. Germany has never had trichinosis, which is why we cook pork to death.

              1. re: Pete Oldtown

                Ive been to both berlin (lived there for a year) and frankfurt - and my moneys on berlin for having better food anyday.

                1. re: kare_raisu

                  Yeah, totally. Frankfurt's a culinary & cultural wasteland...

                  1. re: kare_raisu

                    @alkapal -- yeah, total waste of time on the 'revolutionary' "artist"
                    @melly -- or mental patient, for that matter ;-)

                    I wish AB had had better guides -- maybe someone from Berlin would've been a better idea. Instead of a Brit & an Austrian... go figure.

              2. I wish AB would have gone there last year before I took my trip to Berlin!! I am so excited to see where he eats. Croatian food was very good.
                Berlin is BIZARRE, so AB will have a good time I'm sure!


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                1. re: stellamystar

                  My man and I were always fantasizing about inviting AB over to Berlin and showing him 'our city' ... I'm wondering if I won't be disappointed with the show somehow, thinking "but he should've also gone to x, y & z ----

                  Well, we shall see. And then we can rant or rave about it later!!

                2. FRIST!! (I'm not even sure what that means.)

                  I LOVED tonight's show! I had some complaints last season that Tony was getting away too much from the food (remember the central Asian killer massage episode?). But, after all, this IS the TRAVEL Channel. I thought tonight's episode was a perfect balance of local food, and edgy, underground, political, angst-riddent Berlin. (But maybe Berlin just lends itself to that.) But, heck, I wish Marky Ramone was in every episode.

                  1. I had high expectations, and am happy to say that I was not disappointed. It makes me want to try out Rogacki now -- the smoked fish alone would be worth it. I've never eaten there because frankly, for a German, I am not absolutely crazy about sausages. I have never had a currywurst that I liked. It is not a food I seek out, or crave/miss when I am not in Berlin. Döner -- that's a different story :-D, and I LOVED that he went to Kreuzberg and had some good Turkish grub. Hasir is solid stuff.

                    Excellent show.

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                    1. re: linguafood

                      Well, I was VERY disappointed he never tried one of those Turkish peppers at Kreuzberg. At least not on camera. They are killers! Nerve toxins! I've only touched one to my tongue once, years ago when I lived in Turkey, and the pain was excruciating.

                      I once told a Mexican girlfriend about how hot those Turkish peppers are, and she just turned up her nose and said I didn't know anything about peppers. Then her husband was sent to Germany with his job and she went along. She missed making her own good salsas, and one day she was in a greengrocers that catered to the Turkish population. She bought a bunch of the peppers and rushed home to make salsa. When she tried it, it did the same thing to her as it did to me. It makes you feel like your toenails are exploding! It just spreads pain through your whole body instantly! I can't even say it was "hot." Just extremely painful. She threw out the salsa and prayed her plumbing would survive.

                      I kept waitng for Bourdain to take a bite of the peppers. I think Turks must be genetically predisposed to surviving those things.

                      1. re: linguafood

                        I had the most amazing Turkish food from a place right above the ubahn station. Not to mention killer chicken shwarmas down the street.

                      2. Now, I am watching the old Vegas show, which I never saw. He is basically kissing ass on THIS show. He can't nuke these guys and so he finds one lousy appetizer to criticize. Not a good show, but entertaining. They should have shown him having sex with the bimbo from the bar.

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                        1. re: Pete Oldtown

                          Just because he enjoyed Bouchon and didn't blast Mesa Grill doesn't mean that the show sucked. If you are just watching to listen to him blast celebrity chefs I think you are watching for the wrong reasons. To me it’s about the food and the location weather it be deep fried Twinkies in Vegas or wart hog anis in the desert of Africa.