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Bourdain in New Orleans

I just saw a preview for tonight's No Reservations episode in New Orleans. I was shocked to see that Emeril was sitting down with Tony and having a seemingly polite conversation. After all the smack that Tony has dished out in Emeril's direction, the fact that the 2 would be sitting down together should make for interesting TV. If someone had repeatedly called me "Ewok-like", I don't know how cordial I would be towards them. What I am really curious to see is Tony's introduction to the segment where he will probably rehash many of his harsh comments towards Lagasse.

Wait until next season, when Tony visits upstate NY and has a 30 minute meal with Rachel Ray!

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  1. Rachael Ray and Tony Bourdain. How about Rachael Ray and Gordon Ramsay? I like that better! I'm sure a good deal of $$ was involved and of course that takes precedence over all. But perhaps their love of everything Louisiana is greater than petty name-calling. BTW..I would have said "yoda-like".

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    1. re: RichardCrystal

      Exactly! Those people are on television earning a living. There is no bad publicity or bad feelings when milions are being placed in your pocket!

        1. re: wolfe

          I received a picture of him hugging my girlfriend along with a copy of his new book autographed to me for Christmas. I feel like one of the family!

      1. In his books Tony has mentioned his respect for Emeril outside the BAM shtick.

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        1. re: scubadoo97

          Yes, Bourdain actually apoligized for some of his remarks.

        2. LOL Tony's feelings about Rachel aren't any secret. I don't think he's come anywhere near her 30 minute meals ;)

          1. So. I absolutely loved the show. I have never been to New Orleans -- a fact I've been in deep regret about since Katrina, so naturally I would like to hear some of the NOLA expert opinions.

            Regardless of whether he was able to represent the many culinary facets the city still has to offer, he once again has proven to be someone who is not afraid to talk about serious issues.

            And his peace talk with Emeril was sweet. Awwwww.

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            1. re: linguafood

              I moved from New Orleans a few years before Katrina.

              I recently I looked at satellite photos of the area I formerly lived in. You can see the roofs torn off of some of the buildings and abandoned cars strewn about pointing in different directions.

              Makes me sad to think about it.

              I still keep in touch with the former coworkers and they seemed to have faired well.

              I'm not sure I want to go back. I like to, but I'm afraid to see the lack of progress in the rebuild after two years. Very demoralizing.

              1. re: linguafood

                why regret it? go now. i was just there and the food was fantastic. if you don't get out of the tourist version of NO, it seems like katrina never happened, but a quick trip to the ninth ward or gentilly is really alarming.

                1. re: ndl

                  Oh, trust me, I will -- as soon as I get the chance. Still, it is such a tragedy. And what an unnecessary one. After all, this is not a third world country ...

              2. Excellent job. The thing that really makes all the other shows about N.O. so bad is that they all try to sum up N.O. food. NR followed a stream of conciousness that told his story instead of pretending to know the whole story.