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Best No Reservations Episode?

Puffin3 Aug 1, 2013 11:21 AM

Somehow I missed the 'Burgundy' episode until I watched it on Youtube last night. IMO it's the best ever. What's yours?

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  1. Paprikaboy RE: Puffin3 Aug 1, 2013 11:26 AM

    For me it's the Penang episode.
    It made me want to get on a plane a get out there straight away.
    I watched it on a plane bound for Thailand but the missus wasn't up for a diversion.

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      Puffin3 RE: Paprikaboy Aug 1, 2013 11:57 AM

      Thanks, I'll look for that episode.

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      Bunson RE: Puffin3 Aug 1, 2013 02:37 PM

      The Tokyo episode from season 4 (every segment is amazing), and, the Hong Kong episode from season 3 (the guy making the noodles by jumping on a bamboo pole with his crotch might be my favorite segment ever).

      1. JuniorBalloon RE: Puffin3 Aug 1, 2013 02:58 PM

        The Cajun episode where they butcher a pig and cook up most of it that day. Music, drinking, cooking and great food. I would love to take part.


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          roro1831 RE: JuniorBalloon Aug 3, 2013 04:14 PM

          That was my favorite as well but I'm a little biased being from Louisiana

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            juliejulez RE: JuniorBalloon Aug 3, 2013 09:13 PM

            This one and the Haiti one are toss-ups for me. Very different episodes but both very good.

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            Evilbanana11 RE: Puffin3 Aug 2, 2013 11:01 AM

            I liked: Sardinia, Emilia Romagna, Vietnam no place like home, Honk Kong, Mexico, Rome, Burgundy .

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              kpaxonite RE: Puffin3 Aug 2, 2013 02:28 PM

              Im biased but the Quebec ones are very good you can see how much he loves Montreal.

              I like the Japan and Vietnam ones too.

              1. SilverlakeGirl RE: Puffin3 Aug 4, 2013 03:59 AM

                As someone who has watched all, I can say the Burgundy episode with Ludo Lefebvre is extraordinary.

                I think it pinpoints Ludo, already an incredible chef, as a compelling figure to watch.

                1. coll RE: Puffin3 Aug 4, 2013 04:02 AM

                  I love all his shows, but still the one in Beirut is my favorite. Even though the best food scene was him eating the tuna casserole on the Marine ship at the end. Comfort food at its finest!

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                    Phoebe RE: Puffin3 Aug 4, 2013 12:24 PM

                    Season 7 (episode 12) "elBulli"
                    Tony travels to Spain with Jose Andres to dine one last time @ elBulli before it closes. The food that is served is from another world. Not really food, more like art!

                    Season 4 (episode 10) "Into the Fire NY"
                    Tony goes back to Les Halles with Eric Ripert to cook on the line once again. (Tony gets his butt kicked!) This episode accurately shows how a line works together to get through a dinner service. (I know, I cooked on the line for 6 years.)

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                      C. Hamster RE: Phoebe Aug 4, 2013 02:17 PM

                      Both of those episodes came to mind. El Bulli and the working the line where he couldn't read the tickets.

                      His worst has to be Boston.

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                        linguafood RE: C. Hamster Aug 5, 2013 02:25 PM

                        Boston, Berlin, Greek islands. Awful.

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                          Bada Bing RE: linguafood Aug 5, 2013 03:44 PM

                          Yeah, about Greece, I do remember getting this odd feeling that Bourdain just didn't have a positive mindset about the experiences--almost as if he had to be badgered by the end into actually admitting that the closing al fresco grill party (as I recall) was in fact not bad...

                          I'm a big fan of Berlin, so it must say something that I found little memorable about that episode.

                          Don't recall seeing Boston.

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                            linguafood RE: Bada Bing Aug 5, 2013 03:48 PM

                            Boston was one of the "Ima hang out with some super-cool musician all night and get wasted" kinda thing.

                            Boring. Boring food, boring super-cool musician. Feh.

                            I had high hopes for Berlin and was disappointed to see him buy into much hype. Glad he stopped in at Rogacki, tho. That place is magical.

                            Greece was incredibly lackluster, given how fantastic Greek food can be.

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                              alliegator RE: linguafood Aug 5, 2013 03:51 PM

                              I feel the same about the Prague episode as you do about the Berlin. I got all sorts of beer and snacks and settled in to watch, and I feel like they worked up the plan for that show using a Lonely Planet book as their guide :(

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                                C. Hamster RE: linguafood Aug 5, 2013 04:08 PM

                                They filmed some of Boston a block away from my house. Good pub, by the way but they cut the Irish bakery segment. PortrayedBoston as a city of seedy Irish bars. Which we do have our fair share of.

                                I was very disappointed.

                                The diner where he had his hangover breakfast rocks, though

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                                  Bada Bing RE: linguafood Aug 5, 2013 04:41 PM

                                  Oh, yeah, I did see that. Some musician that was part of a band he was into back when. One could charitably call it a "personal, intimate" episode. I remember feeling cheated out of a wider view of Boston that I knew must have been there to be found, if looked for.

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                                    Bunson RE: linguafood Aug 6, 2013 10:56 AM

                                    Was the Boston one where it had that noir feeling to it and he talked about The Friends Of Eddie Coyle? If it is, yeah, that wasn't a good episode.

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                                      C. Hamster RE: Bunson Aug 6, 2013 12:22 PM


                          2. Bada Bing RE: Puffin3 Aug 4, 2013 02:27 PM

                            I missed the Burgundy episode, too, so just watched it. I agree that it's terrific!

                            The only thing I can think that is as good regarding foods and story is episodes from South-East Asia, but there are so many that they kind of wash together in my memory.

                            Among the episodes that stick with me for their story, if not always their food: Ozarks, Vienna, Maine and Cleveland.

                            Looking to Wikipedia to remind myself of the episodes, I see there are many I've missed. YouTube, here I come...

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                              juliejulez RE: Bada Bing Aug 4, 2013 03:00 PM

                              Oh forgot about the Ozarks ones, I loved that one too. My dad's side is from Missouri (mizzurah), so it was cool to see.

                            2. alliegator RE: Puffin3 Aug 5, 2013 08:29 AM

                              Laos is my all time fave. Uzbekistan and Cambodia are runners-up. Worst: Montana. Snore.

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                                BerkshireFoodie RE: Puffin3 Aug 5, 2013 07:30 PM

                                I think my favorite episodes are in no specific order.


                                I loved watching the Southie punks throwing snowballs at drunken Tony Bourdain.

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                                  chileheadmike RE: Puffin3 Aug 6, 2013 07:49 AM

                                  It was universally panned here a couple years ago, but I think my favorite was Romania. I laughed through the whole episode. That stupid machete lodged in Bourdain's head. That POS car they rented. His buddy hurting himself and drinking homemade booze while eating painkillers of questionable sourcing. And that kid standing over the pig was just creepy.

                                  Laos was the best serious episode.

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                                    alliegator RE: chileheadmike Aug 6, 2013 08:12 AM

                                    I enjoyed Romania, too! I laughed the whole way through.

                                  2. lamb_da_calculus RE: Puffin3 Aug 6, 2013 04:56 PM

                                    Japan: Cook It Raw isn't really a representative No Reservations episode but it's certainly fun.

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                                      Puffin3 RE: lamb_da_calculus Aug 7, 2013 11:15 AM

                                      I don't think AB is a sort of 'Central European kinda guy'. Not his vibe at all.

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                                      jarona RE: Puffin3 Aug 7, 2013 01:33 PM

                                      Three- wayed Tie between the "I-Want-My-Seafood-Tower" Brittany, France episode and the Cajun episode and the Ludo episode. All three = greatness

                                      1. chompchomp RE: Puffin3 Aug 7, 2013 07:40 PM

                                        Paris with Eric Ripert -- watching the new generation razz the old. It was inspiration to make 2 trips to Paris and we weren't disappointed following in AB's footsteps.

                                        Greece was awful. Totally loveless.

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