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Jan 28, 2008 08:51 PM

Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations New Orleans Episode [Moved from New Orleans board]

I'm sure most of you know this already, but in case you don't, next monday will be a new episode of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations whereby he visits New Orleans. It will air Monday February 4th, at 9 pm on Travel Channel which on Cox is Channel 66. I'm sure it will re-air throughout the week in case you don't have DVR, and can't miss out on Lundi Gras festivities.

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  1. I'll be interested to see this...I was not a huge fan of his first book which seemed to say the obvious. On the rare occasions when his globe-trotting has taken him to an area I know, I've thought he missed the boat but, then again, there is that personal taste intruding again.

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    1. re: hazelhurst

      I'm a big Bourdain fan, but realistically this show is bound to disappoint everyone who has ever been there and has their favourite spots that are bound to be overlooked.

      But it IS only a one hour show. He could do a dozen episodes from New Orleans and still not hit every place that all of us would hope he'd get to.

      1. re: Fydeaux

        Once while dining in New Orleans I happened to overhear a wife talking to her husband at the next table. What she said was SO appropriate for The Big Easy. "So many places to eat, so little time" :)

    2. I thought it was interesting that, in the previews, he speaks with Emeril. In his writings he is pretty snarky toward the big E.

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      1. re: cor

        Not just his writings. He's pretty open about it period. I have seen on the show others tell him that E is "One of them" and that he should back off. Perhaps he decided to meet him face to face and make an honest judgement on him and not just call him a "Sell out."


        1. re: Davwud

          I think Tony has done a 180 on his Emeril opinion. Probably helped by the fact that the Food Network has been giving Emeril the high hat.

          1. re: kevinlimbo

            The two times we've seen him here in Pasadena, Tony has gone out of his way to point out that Emeril is in fact an excellent cook and chef, unlike your typical Trendy New Food Channel Media Darling. Bourdain recognizes an honest self-promoter when he sees one, and while he can't conceal the smirk he can't conceal the respect either.

          2. re: Davwud

            In The Nasty Bits, Bourdain pretty much apologizes to Emeril and admits that he’s been a snarky ass who mis-judged him.

        2. I am not familiar with Anthony Bourdain, or with his program. However, I have found, over the years, that the Travel Channel, plays it close to the tourist mags, and their recs. I greatly apprecitate the H/U and will look forward to his program, since we do not have much, in the way of Mardi Gras in AZ. I will hold off comments, until I have seen his choices in dining, and how he covers these.

          Based on other comments, in this thread, I have to say that I am a fan of Emeril as a chef, and as a cook, though less as a TV personality. For me, it's about the food, and not the showmanship (no gender specific reference intended, but "showpersonship" sounded too hokey). I've had the pleasure of dining with him at Commander's and in later iterations, and all have been good to great. Also, I appreciate the things that he, as a personality, has done for NOLA and the Gulf Coast. That does not embellish, nor does it detract, from the food, that I have experienced.

          Still, if this "reads," like a travelogue of NOLA, then I think that they are missing the boat, and cowtowing to the Chambers of Commerce and Tourism Boards, and there is so very much beyond that. It will be interesting, and as I sit with my Mardi Gras tie & cumberbund, watching, throwing beads at my wife, I will make note and grade harshly, if warrented. I find that the TC's take is like the "Three Perfect Days," in _____, in "Hemisphere's Magazine," (United Airlines' inflight mag) something that could easily have been written by the Tourism Board, and not someone, who actually visited the city - any city, you choose.

          Again, thank you for the H/U, and I will watch AND DVR the program for reference. I hope that he, Anthony, does it well, and actually dines at the spots in the piece, and does not just rely on the script provided.


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          1. re: Bill Hunt

            Tony has done a show before in New Orleans..and he didn't hit any of the touristy spots.

            1. re: Bill Hunt

              too bad I don't get the travel channel I would love to see the show. but not to pay $30 more per month to get it.

              1. re: Bill Hunt

                In his previous show (A Cooks Tour) on FTV he visited NOLA and I didn't recognize many of the names. He went to a place called Jacque Imo's and a place called Dooky Chase.
                It was really great when the show started up with some guy who lives on the bayou and he cooked him alligator in his little shack. Very entertaining.
                I also remember him ordering a muffaletta and taking it to his hotel room and eating on a tour bus or something like that.
                Forgive my vague memories. I haven't seen the show in a few years.

                My guess is he'll touch on the places he went to before plus give you an idea of how the big guns are doing in the reconstruction.


              2. I hope only that Tony makes stops at Snake & Jakes Christmas Lounge (which I think he has written about before, but deserves video documentation) and Ms. Mae's. He can get an oyster loaf at Casamento's before heading into Mae's.

                1. Why are people wasting their breath commenting on a show that hasn't even aired yet? At least watch the damn thing before you take your gloves off . . .

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                  1. re: Roo

                    I'm so glad that I stumbled on this topic. I'm fixing to find out what channel the Travel Channel is on our cable and watch it!