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phew... much better tonight - not necessarily his best stuff, but he's back to appreciating what he's got around him and presenting it with some (snarky) joy.

Other than the $3,000 rayon shirt.

I saw those hot dog bun hole toasters in Germany in 1975. BFD. They didn't have any mango sauce, though. I figured the toasters would be all over the US sometime in the 80's - I figured wrong, but now that Tony's had them on his show...

The two best segments were the Ono Hawaiian Food place with so much great local cuisine, plus I thought that his sitting with the chefs segment was great, and thought that this works virtually everywhere. Why couldn't he find a bunch of chefs to drink, eat, and shoot the shit with in Romania?

I've never understood the aversion to Spam - although I love the Monty Python sketch. It's just another prepared meat product, no different than sausages, or store bought bacon or ham steaks. I'm glad he's over whatever issues he had with it. I hope all that food didn't go to waste - I know he turns it over to his staff, but it's not like he has a huge film crew going around with him everywhere.

But he is getting soft. A few years ago, he would never have allowed for the tourist shtick to be worthwhile for anybody, never mind his own time. I mean - pretty soon he's going to be taking out I Wanna Be Sedated on his iPod to make room for Tiny Bubbles.

Can't wait for next week - can he still handle the shit? Too bad it's the season finale - there haven't been that many episodes.

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  1. It certainly was the best show of the season IMO. A nice blend of food and travel. They must have filmed very recently because the few hold outs that lived near the lava flow were evacuated within the last month or so. The luau thing at the end kind of spoiled it for me a bit. I don't expect much from the next show. I very much doubt AB has the chops to be behind a stove any more.

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    1. re: Docsknotinn

      For next week's show, he asked Eric Ripert to do dinner service at Les Halles with him.

    2. Good to see him back in true from. Man, that was a TON OF SPAM!

      1. I enjoyed it. I wish I would have known about that Ono Hawaiian when I was there. I have a friend who grew up in Hawaii, and considers himself a native. He used to work in those shows tourists go to see. He said "the cast" makes horrible fun of the mainlanders..."many Hawaiians don't like white people very much..except for the bucks they bring in". That's what he said.

        1. Not a bad show, but there was a bunch of places that he could've gone. While on the north shore he could've gone to Matsumoto Shave Ice/Aoki Shave Ice, Giovani's. I think he should've included more of the nieghbor islands. Sam Sato's on Maui or Hamura's on Kauai.

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          1. re: da_seuss

            Yeah, I was waiting to see if he'd hit up Matsumoto or Ted's Bakery.

          2. The show was boring. I’m an AB fan, but I also lived in Hawaii for 8 years. There are so many other places he could have highlighted. Yet I realized there is no time for that in a one-hour show.

            I’ve been back several times, but in 2006 I went back with someone who’s never been there. It took me 10 days and two islands just provide a semi-glance at what local life is.

            I’m reminded that these TV chefs, TV travel guys, and taste the world people can only do much. I see the same junk when they come San Diego. It’s like – what the heck are doing? I live here, I know. What are you doing at these places?

            I’m also reminded it’s only a TV show, they only have an hour, a percent of their market demands the tourist stuff, there are commercials, and we are really seeing nothing, no matter what show, that resembles what it’s like to live in the actual place.

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            1. re: SDMike

              Its hard to get everything right for every person so you just do your best! There are also other factors such as, maybe that great place that should be featured in a certain city does not want to be on TV (gasp)....I can say firsthand that the NR crew does a great amount of research puts out a great show on a consistant basis....most people think you just roll in with a camera and film....I know I did....but its just not that easy....also sometimes you think something is going to be great, but then you get there and its the total opposite.

              1. re: ccognac

                I know Hungry Detective is no more - are you working on anything else?

                1. re: ccognac

                  Chris, I agree. There is only so much time and there are so many places. I would have like to seen the puka dog segment go in lieu of some other choices that are more Hawaiian but it did have some quirk factor which seems to be a consistant theme. All in all I like the show. Although I have never had a bite of Spam, I like the segment because I know it is so popular in Hawaii. Made me want to make a Spam handroll.

                  There were several segments where Tony had me laughing out loud.

                  And to echo Applehome's comment, anything new in the works for you?

                  1. re: scubadoo97

                    I liked the Puka Dog segment.....made me hungry...I live in an area with a lot of Hawaiians and I have grown to love me some spam and some loco moco (I saw it on Tony's Table but it was not mentioned)..

                    as for future stuff w me and my gang...yes, we are working on stuff.....cant say any more here (never now who is reading).......

                    I am on the new NBC show Amnesia march 14th......it was fun!

                  2. re: ccognac

                    With the AB episodes that have been airing recently it's hard to believe a lot of fore thought went into some of those shows. Slip sliding in bat guano and watching AB's drunk Russian buddy really don't seem like a well thought out plan. At least to me. I also have a hard time thinking that AB could have thought for a second that a tourist luau was a great idea. It looked more like fluff but it wasn't interesting or funny so I was left wondering WHY would AB stoop to that level? I expect a RR hand holding session in the near future where they sing kumbuyah. Now only if they could get RR and Bobby Flay to wade in bat crap.

                    1. re: Docsknotinn

                      The tourist luau's are a huge part of the experience for the majority of visitor's to the islands. I have been to them and if you go with an open mind, they are pretty fun...I think that is what Tony was doing....keeping an open mind and just going with the flow of the mai tai's

                      1. re: ccognac

                        I've never been to Hawaii. But when I go, I'm definitely going to make sure I go to a luau. Definitely cheesy and touristy, but then again so is Disneyworld. Some things are just a "must".

                        1. re: ccognac

                          It was like watching AB get neutered. The snarky persona that made popular stands in stark contrast to doing something as passe as a luau. I think it totally defies any notion of well thought out pre-film planning.
                          Will watch for the AB Disney episode.

                          snort