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Sep 22, 2013 10:18 PM

TB sells out

I just watched TB make a 'BB'. It was pathetic! Then he has the nerve to warn people not to let the BB "boil" while the camerman/woman shows his pathetic 'BB' sit there and happily boil away. What's with him these days?
I used to like the guy. Read all his books. Seems to me we are going to read another book of his in a year or two telling us what a farce this episode was to tape. NOT HAPPY TONY! NOT HAPPY!

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    1. re: sydthekyd

      I, too, am failing to grasp the acronyms.

        1. re: indelibledotink

          That's what I thought too. And for BB I came up with bouillabaisse. =}

          1. re: youareabunny

            I was thinking BB = burre blanc, and wondered how Tuberculosis would factor in. I'm lost as usual.

            1. re: vanderb

              I thought tuberculosis and Breaking Bad as well

            2. re: youareabunny

              I came up with Breaking Bad, as I'm currently obsessed with that show. I don't think Bourdain could break any badder :)

              1. re: coney with everything

                I'm obsessed, too. Can't wait until Sunday night. I think we should be allowed to talk about BB on CH since technically, Walter White cooks on the show:)

                1. re: KrumTx

                  We can talk about roof pizza and chicken from Los Pollos Hermanos on CH. :)

                  1. re: 4X4

                    And breakfast! Many, many breakfasts!

          2. Methinks Puffin3 put a little air in the bottle last night?....:)

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            1. re: Veggo

              I'm so clueless that I don't know what BB *or* putting air in the bottle means.

              1. re: DGresh

                And you call yourselves 'Chow hounds'!
                Tony Bourdain.
                'BB' is Beef Bourguignon.
                Using crappy cheap burgundy NOT first reduced so the alcohol won't sour the taste of the beef. Scraping the pan with a steel set of tongs?
                In his Les Halles book he calls for flour and garlic and bouguet garni. In the video he leaves these ingredients out. Too busy I guess.
                Oh yeah in the book he calls for a "wooden spoon" to scarp up the fond.
                My point is he was acting 'careless' in the kitchen in the video like he didn't care. This sends the wrong message to people working in any kitchen.
                Just my 'OCD' showing I guess. LOL

                1. re: Puffin3

                  A television rerun of No Reservations - Season 6 - "Techniques"? I would've liked to have seen it. I can't find any kind of video online.

                  1. re: Puffin3

                    Maybe because some chowhounds aren't watching TV or reading books that tell them what to eat. Perhaps they're discovering it on their own or with the help of other CHs. I can say that I've never watched an episode of TB's shows and I don't think I've missed anything because of that. Go forth and cook and eat instead of watching someone else doing it.

                    1. re: Bkeats

                      There's nothing wrong with doing both. I watch some travel shows just so I can determine where in the world I want to go eat.

                      1. re: Bkeats

                        You could apply that same logic to this site and suggest people need to quit reading on here about where to eat and how to cook.

                        1. re: carolinadawg

                          I did include getting help from other CHs. I find travel food shows to be of little to no value in me travel dining plans. I much prefer asking questions here to other CHs in the places I plan to be. I can get tailored advice that fits what I'm looking for. Works for me. Best way to experience being a CH is to get out there and do it. Don't want to be a monday morning qback. Best food advice I get is from people who have never heard of TB or the travel channel.

                          1. re: Bkeats

                            There ain't a whole of CHers in South America, Africa and many countries. You can do what makes you happy but your generalization just doesn't fly.

                            1. re: Worldwide Diner

                              Andrew Zimmern is the only travel/food show I watch. He gets down with the locals.

                              AB is too much of a condescending son-of-a-gun to be authentic. But he has become more laid back in the past few years, esp. in The Layover.

                              1. re: Worldwide Diner

                                There are CHs everywhere if by CHs we mean people who appreciate food which is what I meant. Not all CHs post here. In fact most CHs don't know this site exists at all. Didn't mean to imply that. But is your view is that TV shows will give you better insight to where to eat than locals or others who have been there? If so, I think your generalization doesn't even make it down the runway. But hey, you can rely upon travel channel for where to eat in singapore and I will talk to my colleague who was born here.

                                1. re: Bkeats

                                  Lucky you! I don't have a colleague who was born in Singapore.

                      2. re: DGresh

                        A bottle once filled with liquid now contains mostly air.

                      1. It's not like he's denying that he's selling out. I'm not a fan and I have respect for him but he's been pretty honest about his selling out.

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                        1. re: Worldwide Diner

                          Lots of people sell out when they find themselves having to support a family.


                          1. re: Worldwide Diner

                            I meant to say I have little respect for him but dishonesty isn't something that I fault him for.