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Feb 9, 2009 06:07 PM

no reservations food porn

hope all of you who love eric are watching... :)

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  1. You betcha! Didn't even need to see the food.

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    1. re: JoanN

      You may love how Eric looks but I love how Martin cooks. Plus i can actually afford to eat at his restaurant. :)

    2. Just want to say that I loved the food porn show. I want, want, want that taleggio and short rib sandwich. And I want everything on David Chang's menu... with a side of onion rings.
      And if that wasn't enough, it was a genuine thrill to see Martin Picard and his crew; Hugue, Mehdi, and Emily. I eat at Au Pied de Cochon whenever I visit Montreal. I am a huge fan of those people. They are the culinary equivalent of rock stars to me.

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      1. I was digging the reblochon tart at Picholine until it was topped with parmagiano before going into the broiler. Horrific. The cows in Thones must have shed a tear.

        1. Was I the only Chowhound who was deeply disappointed in this episode. I thought the film porn metaphor was strained and not funny. It was, in actuality, a theme clip show (not unlike a VH-1 countdown show) with an extended and tiresome and trite metaphor uniting it, and more than a tablespoon of snark.

          I loved the Chicago show

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          1. re: Dave Feldman

            i thought it was awful actually. turned it off. really boring and trite. oh just saw you used trite too - but it's appropriate!

            1. re: Dave Feldman

              Oh, come now. First, it was not just a "clip show" because several of the "clips" had never aired before (in fact, I think the only pieces that had been aired previously were in the montage toward the end). The theme was contrived, and some of the execution of it even more so (the mock cooking show), but the "No Talk All Action" metaphor was appropriate, and the food was fantastic - Ripert's dish (though it's really not so revolutionary - there's an izakaya in my 'hood that does an uni & ikura pasta), Terrance Brennan's cheeses, Momofuku, Picard (I thought the shirtless bit was pretty funny). This was exciting food, and I felt (particularly the Momofuku scenes) like TB was genuinely excited about it - something that to my perception has been increasingly rare in recent episodes, which has somewhat diminished the show's entertainment value for me.

              1. re: Frodnesor

                I love uni and ikura! Please, please what is the name of the izakaya that serves the uni and ikura pasta?!?!

                Also, does anyone have a recipe for this dish?

              2. re: Dave Feldman

                I loved the idea and framework, but there was literally nothing served the entire episode that made me want to eat what they were eating. It really made me feel like a much pickier person than I would normally feel like. I just cannot get excited about a bowl of soup, no matter what you call it, or salt "air" or whatever. That pig reconstruction was just disgusting to me and everyone sitting around ripping into it naked just made me think how awful it must have smelled in that room, between the pork and all the funk. Maybe I'm just too pedestrian to really think of myself as a chowhound.

                1. re: Dave Feldman

                  No, Dave, you're not the only one who was disappointed. I kept waiting for the "food porn" to arrive, and it never did.

                  But maybe it's a matter of definition. For me, "food porn" is photography of food (still or motion) that is so gloriously framed, lighted, and arranged that it sets your mouth watering just looking at the picture. I found none of that on this show. There were some interesting dishes, but watching Tony Bourdain with pho noodles hanging out of his mouth is not my idea of "food porn."

                  1. re: Caroline1

                    Different strokes, I guess. The sandwich at Picholine as well as the entire meal at Momofuku had me audibly moaning. And the thought of Pho with marrow fat floating on top sends me to my happy place as well.

                    1. re: rcianci

                      Exactly! Different strokes for different folks. For me the closest thing on the entire show to food porn was Eric. He's certainly drop dead sexy gorgeous! But then when he desecrated the sea urchin roe AND the caviar by mixing them up with other things, I wanted to smack him up alongside the head! Those are both MAJOR no-nos! Yup. To each his own.

                    2. re: Caroline1

                      Caroline that maybe one type of food porn but I think Tony made some real connections even in his sleazy approach. Restaurants are in the pleasure service, no question about that. The connection to food TV and porn is real. Cooking for someone, wanting them to enjoy it to the hilt is an act not unlike sex. I think Tony made mention to that in his book Kitchen Confidential.

                      Watching Tony slurp down pho is not food porn, that I agree. But that is a matter of opinon as well. Looks like Tony was having a good time.

                      1. re: scubadoo97

                        I didn't say my definition of food porn is the only definition, nor did I intend to imply that none of Anthony Bourdain's TV shows are void of food porn. His first show on Tokyo certainly was laden with it. As was his visit to The French Laundry, much as I dislike the concept of turning one's taste buds into drunken sluts by drowning them in an endless onslaught of flavor challenges. But WATCHING the endless onslaught was indeed a form of food porn in it's most eleitist format.

                        For me, this particular No Reservations food show was to food porn what the Charles Atlas black and white comic panels in the back of a comic book were to the full color page-long stories of Superman or, indeed, Daffy Duck. '-).

                  2. Tony Bourdain blows! And I mean that in the most complimentary sense. The Food Porn Show was without a doubt the single greatest hour of food television in history. Perhaps this is why when left to my own devices on Bourbon Street I go to Acme Oyster Bar instead of a topless bar or if wandering the streets of Manhattan I'll look for a sushi bar instead of a massage parlor. I've eaten at Jaleo, Jose Andres' Spanish place in DC but must try his other restaurants that Tony has profiled. That tongue taco got me hot. I wanted to deep throat Alan Wong's abalone dish. By the time Ripert was finished noodling with his uni/caviar pasta (anyone else notice the uni left on his chin?), I was sweating. Terrence Brennan's poached egg covered in reblochon fondue and truffels made me take off my bathrobe. I was aching to try the pho from Vietnam that Tony was slurping. I am a slut for anything cooked by David Chang-Momo Fuk Me. Finally, I got completely naked along with Martin Picard and the crew from Au Pied de Cochon, (which, like Tony, is my favorite restaurant in North America), when Mrs. GG walked in on me. Oh the shame. Thanks Tony. Was it good for any other hounds?

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                    1. re: guttergourmet

                      Hang on, I'm smoking my post-coital cigarette.

                      1. re: guttergourmet

                        You said it! That poached egg left me drooling, as did the urchin pasta & all the Chang dishes. Maybe the dessert was a tad bit excessive....nah. It's all good.

                        1. re: guttergourmet

                          "By the time Ripert was finished noodling with his uni/caviar pasta (anyone else notice the uni left on his chin?), I was sweating."

                          Oh yeah. That was good for me too. Watching him eat it sent me over the edge.
                          *pant pant pant*