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Best and Worst of No Reservations

Curious what people think are the two best and worst episodes of No Reservations.
My votes:
Best: Last season Vietnam and the Japan episode with the baseball theme.
Worst: American Southwest and Egypt
(I actually enjoyed the Romania episode)

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  1. Any time he does the James Bond thing it annoys me. I liked the show where he went to Cleveland. I cannot remember which show it was, but the ones where he ate some sort of muscrat from a roadside Asian place and another where he went to a pepper pot place - had me chuckling. I also thoroughly enjoyed his trip to Paris.

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    1. re: Sal Vanilla

      Cleveland ranks very high with me too.

      1. re: Sal Vanilla

        That was porcupine in Vietnam with his Vietnamese pal. Great episode.

        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

          Was that the meat originally identified as squeazle? That still makes me laugh out loud!

          1. re: sagestrat

            Yes, "squeezle"! Now one of my favorite words.

            1. re: sagestrat

              Porcupine, as he was pleased to find out from a quill.

              1. re: Cinnamon

                that was a great episode but not as good as the beating rattlesnake heart from cooks tour

          2. re: Sal Vanilla

            The Cleveland episode was an absolute turd! seriously, worst episode I've ever seen. The southwest episode was way better as far as redneck diner cuisine goes. If you want to see a good episode within the US, watch the northwest episode.

          3. Best: Vietnam, Tuscany, Manhattan, Hong Kong, UK
            Worst: Sweden, Uzbekistan, American South West

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            1. re: Evilbanana11

              I love AB, quite a bit, read all his books, seen most the episodes.

              AB is best when he's passionate; and luckily enough, his best episodes are from places he really enjoys. Japan, Argentina, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam are some of his best shows I will re-watch in a heartbeat.
              He really REALLY seemed to dislike Sweden. His usual level of snark was really high for the whole episode, his heart just -wasen't- in it. Too bad, actually. (I mean, it's amusing to watch him extoll the virtures of Brennavin while getting lost in a snow-drift, but he just acted like during the whole episode, he's rather be getting a root canal with no novicane)..LOL.

              A bit of me enjoys watching him squirn, as in the Namibia episode. The most uninteresting episiode for me had to be the Southwest one. Just was "meh" for my tastes.

            2. Best: Hong Kong, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Cleveland
              Worst: Namibia, Romania

              1. I like the American Southwest show. Beer and automatic weapons with Ted? I'd do that in a second. I could have lived without the giant steak house in Amarillo though.

                I laughed all the way through the Romania episode.
                Korea was a lot of fun.
                US Mexico border was well done.
                The steamed buns in Shanghai made me want to jump on a plane
                Quebec was fun also, my cholestorol went up watching him eat at APDC

                I did not care for the India shows.

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                1. re: chileheadmike

                  For me hands down the worst was Namibia. Seemed like more of a place for Andrew Zimmer not Bourdain. I don't think there was anything that he ate there that I would even remotely think of eating, and the warthog anus was probably the most disgusting thing I've ever seen him put in his mouth.

                  Norway has to be one of the worst also. Better than Namibia but reminds me why there aren't any Scandinavian restaurants around anywhere (no offense to anyone from that area). The buffet with all the gellied meat product and the fermented shark jerky looked absolutely disgusting.

                  Best would have to be Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, Shanghai.

                  1. re: chileheadmike

                    Great heads think alilke Mike. I loved the Nuge and machine guns, plus my wife is from the Texas border and I've been to many of the locations shown, that is my favorite episode. Romania was hilarious, sometimes it's not about the food. My all-time favorite scene was in the New Jersey episode where Mario Batali, in a scene done from The Godfather, has Tony whacked in the marshes of NJ, then delivers the classic line, "Leave the gun, take the cannolis."

                  2. There was one episode where he got knocked around in a Turkish bath. I took perverse delight in that. it was only topped when he sent his stout little friend on a revenge spa where he got his body hair waxed. I laughed until I choked.

                    My husband enjoyed it when he went to Iceland and he had to eat their specialty and sit thru a strange festival. He swears I do that to him when we travel.

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                    1. re: Sal Vanilla

                      that's a uzbeki bath
                      at a book signing i got him to sign of photo of himself in the bathhouse
                      he was so outraged anyone would bring this before him
                      i died laughing
                      and he told me to f* off