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No Reservations-Colombia

My best friend is from Colombia and he never watches any TV having to do with food. I told him about the show and he watched it. We just got done talking about it, we were both hungry this morning, especially for the breakfast that AB had, heart attack on a plate. MMMmm chicharrones!!! Empanadas!!! Arepas!!!

He said that his favorites are the lunch that AB had right after the breakfast of cholesterol and the very final dish of stew on the roof top. He kind of got misty eyed for home, as did his wife who is an anglo from New York.

By the way, Aguardiente is a killer, I have done shots fo that and its not the most pleasant thing I have ever had. It certainly does the job though.

It seems AB is really hitting his stride with the show now.

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  1. This was one of my favs of the whole run of NR. Good balance of history, heart, local color and personality, and of course, food! It was baldly evident that Bourdain was having a blast there!

    And what a great story of a pleasant turn-around for a nation! Just plain refreshing to hear something positive especially about a country with what seems like such a vibrant populus.

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    1. re: Scortch

      That's one of the reasons I like this show so much. I like that it is a Travel Channel show and not a Food Network. I prefer the "while we eat real good food let's discuss the country" to the "here are the best deals/restaurants". Yes there have been some episodes where I wish he spent more time on the food, but for the most part I enjoy all the history and local colour.

      I liked the conversation he had with the one chef about how one needs to protect and know how to cook native dishes.

    2. He can't have done it right: he didn't come to my house!

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      1. re: Sam Fujisaka

        I was half-expecting to see you on that show and thinking that you had to keep it secret from us due to legal reasons!

      2. The new season is off to a great start. I really enjoyed this episode. There were so many fruits and goodies I have never seen before and to me that's very interesting. I would enjoy a whole show just about the markets.
        The lobster on the beach was just so perfect.
        I have to admidt I thought Columbia would never be interesting but it was very cool.

        1. Having been to Colombia recently (Pereilla, Baranquillia and Cartejena, forgive ny spelling) I can attest that Mr. Bourdain hardly hit the nail on the head with his program. And I don't say this in a bad way. Colombia still has problems with racism and it shows. That's the bad part so to speak. Culinary wise there is just so much going on in Colombia it's hard to cover a 1/4 of everything in an hour. Each city I was in has its distinct cooking style. And then you start gtting into different sections and different "suburbs" of each city and it varies even more. The crazy thing is even with all the animal fat and starch and sugar cane going on it's probably some of the healthiest food you'll ever come across. I'm diabetic to the core. I did some walking and hiking, nothing close to the biking I do in NYC. I ate everything in sight (in reasonable amounts) and my blood sugar barely budged. My cholesterol level went down and I went down two pant sizes in three weeks. All meat and starch, very little greens and fruit. It's some of the best unadulterated food you will ever taste. Everything from street food to restaurants to home cooking. There's a reason why the women are beautiful down there.

          1. I too loved the Columbia episode for the local flavor & about face. Can't wait for Saudi Arabia next week. No alcohol!!!

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            1. re: ceekskat

              Hee hee. Forgot about that. Is the Saudi Arabia episode the one that drives AB over the edge?

            2. My husband is part Colombian (his mom and her siblings/mother are very tight knit) and we enjoyed this episode!
              I made sancocho last night, although there was no bird intoxication/butchering in my kitchen:)

              Ohhhhhh, saudi arabia! sounds really interesting!

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              1. re: isadorasmama

                Yep Columbia show was excellent. Likewise can't wait to see tonight's Saudia Arabia one. Especially after seeing the commercial where Tony's talking to this woman in native garb who's trying to convince him American's and others should flock there for travel. And he says somethng about all of the (liquor, dress, etc.) restrictions and she replies something on the order of "yes, lots of fun" and you just see his eyes roll back.

              2. Does anyone know what was that corn-cake with cheese and condence milk thing he ate at that street-side stand in the night market? It looks sooooooo good. Can that be replacated eaily at home?

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                1. re: meimei

                  Probably an arepa. You need arepa flour to make them. Simple to make.

                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                    A sort of half-assed arepa flour is available in many grocery stores (including in small town New Hampshire, when I lived there). It will work well enough for making a decent replica

                2. Bandeja Paisa. Awesome stuff!

                  1. Coming from the perspective of a Spanish teacher (that's me), I was so pleased with this episode! It totally rocked. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to get any video clips of Colombia that are in this century and from a positive perspective?

                    I recorded the episode and put it on a DVD. I didn't record the last segment on the rooftop with the chicken, but I will show the rest to my seniors. I loved how he showed the positive and thalked about interesting things, including the changes in the lifestyle and crime rate. And the Botero Plaza was awesome!

                    Meryl
                    http://inspiredbites.blogspot.com/

                    1. My thanks to AB, then. Colombia is a wonderful place to live. You're all invited.

                      1. Just saw this for the first time last night. I enjoyed most of the episode and I get, and am very entertained by, the fact that Tony is so anti-PC. But eating an endangered species and then being flippant about it was really sickening in my view.
                        As an avid diver I am very aware of the problems the planet is facing in regards to (un)healthy oceans and I've read many articles about the plight of sea turtles and shark finning in Scuba magazines. For Tony to eat a sea turtle, show footage of turtles, and make jokes about there being a few less turtles while eating the eggs was more offensive to me than if he had plucked a dog off the street, butchered it and started eating it while showing clips of Lassie.
                        Tony tends to be very critical of those who are far removed and "unaware" of their food source. I think in this case he should have done a little more homework and become "aware" of the fact that what he was doing was no joke.

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                        1. re: tofuburrito

                          I just saw the segment and I agree with you 100%. Sad.