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No Reservations: Croatia

So, anyone watch this?

I have to say it's certainly nudged me towards visiting, perhaps as early as this summer.

Of course, most of the food Tony was served was cooked by private chefs on boats, or at a winery where none of us would be fed equally, and the only 'public' restaurant shown seemed to be high-end.

But the seafood and produce looked really fantastic (I remember a tomato I had in the early 80s in Dubrovnik to this day), the coast is gorgeous, and prices should still be reasonable.

Does anyone else feel like Tony seems to, at this point, barely be phoning it in? I say this as a fan (still), but it's just not that fascinating to watch him get shit-faced on nearly every single episode this season.

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  1. I gotta say I couldn't stop laughing for about 5 minutes when he fell over.
    I still watch every episode, some more than once. I will certainly watch the repeat of this episode for the food as well as the antics. As for Tony phoning it in, I prefer to think that he's found his groove (some would say "rut").

    1. I didn't see it but here's a nice website with a link to a listing of the restaurants/other he visited.

      http://www.tasteofcroatia.org/

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      1. re: ElizabethS

        I have been to most places on this site - some many times. There are some that I have heard of but not yet tried. As we are there again in a week, I am adding this info to our ever-expanding Croatia file. Thanks!

      2. I enjoyed the episode, at least what I watched. I did fall alseep after the tuna segment. Which was pretty fascinating. It deffinitely mad eme want to hunt down some croatian red wine.

        And yes TB is phoning (or rutting) it in. This episode was better than the KC BBQ episode. He seemed bored to death. Or was that me. I love BBQ, can't stand Zamir and felt TB couldn't care less about being there.

        jb

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        1. re: JuniorBalloon

          I hear ya. I loved the 'cue porn, but yeah -- KC was even lamer than the Croatia episode, which had the saving grace of beautiful landscapes, no Zamir (hey, betcha can't wait for his new show!! I knew something up was up when he was having dinner with a producer last November at Lola's in CL), and wow, the tuna was amazing.

          I like to drink as much as the next gal, but don't expect to be paid for getting wasted on camera while saying uninteresting things I might consider pearls of wisdom/hilarity in my own (fucked up state of) mind. Meh. Though I'd love to get my hands on some of that wine, too. Wonder if Germany's importing it these days....

          Wonder where he's going next.

          1. re: linguafood

            Is Zamir really getting his own show? OMG. We're doomed.

            TB was tweeting about Bologna the other day. No idea if it was just him or the crew and or when it might air.

            jb

            1. re: JuniorBalloon

              Right - I subscribe to the NR feed on FB, so I saw some Italian names pop up.

              That could/should be tasty...

        2. I enjoyed this episode quite a bit. Really shined a nice light on Croatia, which I knew very little about.

          As for everyone here who really & truly believes that Tony is as "shit-faced" as he makes out to be on the show - any episode - (especially when it comes to "falling over"), if you really believe that, I have a bridge I'd like to sell you. Good grief. Guess it's true that there IS a sucker born every minute, but it IS a shame that The Travel Channel feels a need to kow-tow to the lowest common audience denominator with these Three-Stooges-like hi-jinks.

          I just block out the "I've overdone it again" scenes meant to titillate some of the younger masses & concentrate on the good stuff.

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          1. re: Bacardi1

            Yeah, he's been pretty damn shit-faced on the show, and he has admitted as much. I'd say any episode with Zamir is a good contender, and this last one was just the cherry on top.

            Falling on your face while trying to get off a chair?

            Keep your bridge, hon '-P

            1. re: linguafood

              Okay. I didn't want to have to reach this point, but I find the comments too insulting. Bourdain is definitely NOT as alcohol-impaired as he tries to make it seem on the show. It's all playing down to the lowest common denominator of viewer.

              I'm acquainted with someone who's friends with his wife, who - even when she's not on camera - is frequently on-site with him. It's ALL FOR SHOW FOLKS. He's NOT "for real" falling off the chair or into his food or into the street or whatever. Grow up!!!

              If you know or read anything about him that's not meant for sensationalism, you'd know that not only did he give up drugs MANY years ago, but that he gave up both smoking & alcohol over-indulgence when his daughter was born 5 years ago.

              Sorry to burst any baddy-Bourdain bubbles.

              The profanity, however, is here to stay - lol!

              1. re: Bacardi1

                Thank you for destroying my illusions. It's good to know he's a pandering ass and not a real drunk. Hallelujah!

                jb

                1. re: Bacardi1

                  You didn't bust any bubbles, but thanks for trying. I am aware of the fact that he gave up smoking.

                  Having watched AB from his first day on TV, I'm pretty capable of deciding for myself what's merely 'for show', and when he is too fucking wasted to realize he's babbling. It's just become very mediocre TV, in my not ever humble opinion.

                  That said, if it's really just for show, it's *really* pathetic.

            2. Ho Hum!! AB getting drunk. As usual, more "Bleeps" than actual conversation. I tuned out before the "falling over" scene. I'm no prude but this has gotten old. He's not worth watching any more.