I think it's easy to go overboard bashing Bourdain here.
First, maybe this is not as ho-hum as we think for the show's target demographic
Second, there were some good recs - River Oyster Bar,Sakaya Kitchen, Garcias (Miami institution probably 30 years old or more), Michael's Genuine,
Third, you would be radically surprised by how good Colombian hot dogs are and they don't really exist anywhere else in the US. I'm not including the whipped cream dessert one that even the owner was looking at him like he had brain damage.
I wouldn't have included Jai-Alai, as it's an old, outdated venue but I actually heard a few "oh look, I haven't been there in years, we should check it out."
I'd also question his choice of interviewees, but I guess they wanted to make us look like we lived in tin shacks in the Caribbean instead of high rise condominiums and green sprawling suburbs.
Yeah, a terrible episode, and I think Bourdain is coming to the end of his run...
There's Bourdain, the ultimate food snob, touting awful hot dogs with awful concoctions on them, and then hangng out at a 50s place with canned peas and canned gravy (aaargh!) and finally sucking up to his pal from Michael's Genuine and chomping on crispy pigs ears.
Give me a break...
And Bourdain has the smugness to make fun of Samantha Brown all the time?
I thought it was funny that he went on and on in the beginning about South Florida being so diverse and "the gateway to Latin America" and then managed to hang out with white dudes the whole time. His food choices were pretty poor and I thought he more mocked the city as a place that was weird enough to have interesting experiences but most of those experiences were ho-hum.
Boy, Bourdain is harder and harder to take, he's just so full of himself.
They had an obvious big plug for his friend from Michael's Genuine. Then he had some disgusting (IMO) looking hot dogs at some dive place in NMB. One concoction was with whipped cream (ugh!) and pineapple on the dog!!
And he spent so much time in that dive bar on South Beach that he never talked about some places BETTER than Michaels (IMO) like Michy's, Sra. Martinez, Sugarcane, and Chef Adrienne's.
Bourdain is getting worn out, time to give him a break.
i think the main issue was he spent too much time talking about sitting around by the pool at his hotel!
what i would have thought from this episode if i wasnt FROM SoFl is while in Miami I should:
1) Get a tattoo
2) eat disgusting hotdogs
3) not leave my hotel for anything else
this was the only episode of the layover so far where tony has actually recc not leaving the hotel. was really disappointing
It's a shame that this episode had to air. It was an awful look at this area. I'm sure that anyone who watched it that has never visited South Beach would never want to come.
Shame on the producers to show our beautiful area in such a bad light.
All the food shown was not a good representation of south Florida except for Garcias. What were they thinking?
Dang!! Forgot all about this! Got caught up in watch Fear Factor folks devour scorpions and grab beef hearts in their mouth, LOLO. Shades of Andy S. But not to worry, it'll be repeated gazillions of times in the next few weeks. In general I'll say that many of his recs are very good, but some are definitely producer pushed and may not be your cup of tea.