Anyone Watch Anthony Bourdain?

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I enjoy Bourdain's show on CNN. He's so accepting and laid back and his views of various places he visits are always interesting.

Last night I saw the show on Detroit and it was an amazing show. If you get a chance to watch it - don't miss it.
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    Is he the guy that travels around the world eating and commenting about the food?
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    Yep, I've always liked him.

    And recently, he really has had the best show on CNN.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      Yes, he's the foodie - but the show itself is a commentary on a region or a city or a culture. He's fun to watch - never boring.

      The Detroit show is truly a picture of what has happened there. The camera work in that segment is amazing.

      Bourdain has an ability to listen and blend with people in a totally non-judgmental way. Food is the focus but his personality and the camera work is what makes this show excellent.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
    I think you're talking about No Reservations. Good show. The Cleveland episode was great. Most shows miss the true heart and feel of Cleveland (even Michael Simon gets the vibe wrong, but he does it out of love), but No Reservations got it just right.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I didn't realize the series had a title - I just call it the Anthony Bourdain show

      That's definitely it, though. I was sure others here would be watching those episodes. Now I need to look up the one on Cleveland - I missed that.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        I didn't realize the series had a title - I just call it the Anthony Bourdain show

        That's definitely it, though. I was sure others here would be watching those episodes. Now I need to look up the one on Cleveland - I missed that.
        He's had more than one show, so I was trying to zero in onto which you were referring. You could be talking about The Layover. He's currently doing talk on CNN. He's also a judge on The Taste. He's hysterical on that show.

        Look for the Beirut episode of No Reservations. It was nominated for an Emmy.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Okay - I've seen him. He is objective and I find that is due to his actual interest in how different people live around the world. As far as the episodes I've seen, which were few - he'll eat anything. I found a few of the things were totally disgusting to me and I'd not be able to swallow them. It takes a very strong stomach to eat some stuff that isn't normally considered "food" in the culture you were raised in. Mine (stomach) is a little stronger than some people's - but I couldn't do what he does. I couldn't eat some of the things he does, whether appreciative of the culture that dishes it up or not.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I agree about some of the stuff he eats - the man will try anything and seems to like most of it.

      On a recent episode (New Mexico, I think) he tried a dish that literally made him cry from the heat of the chilis. One of the few times I've seen a "whoa" reaction to food from him.
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  • Profile picture of the author rondo
    He's on 4 different channels here in Oz!
    'Parts Unknown' is the CNN show.
    'No Reservations' and 'The Layover' are in constant rotation on cable and local stations.

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  • He's the guy on The Taste who says, "I think I need a paramedic."
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Benjamin
    Hey KayKing,

    Glad you liked the Detroit episode.

    Being a native of Metro Detroit, I can tell you
    this for a FACT...

    ...there has been NO one...nor ANY show that
    captured the TRUE essence of Detroit the way
    Anthony did so beautifully.

    Most all t.v. programing paint Detroit in a bad
    light as a 'has-been' washed up city.

    But Anthony showed it's dark and light side,
    as he has in EVERY episode before and after.

    From now on if someone were to say, "What's
    it like in Detroit", I can give them commentary
    of my own experience and a copy of this episode
    it's that solid.

    Personally, as much as I loved his food show...

    ...and I'm not kidding...

    ...this guy would make a FAR better journalist
    than any one seen on t.v. thus far.

    I looked forward to watching, hearing him interact
    with us locals than I did eating all the awesome
    food we have here (Coney Dogs and Chili Fries
    are famous here).

    The story about the firefighters and people
    setting fire to buildings...not because of
    vandals...but to discourage squatters, eye
    sores and infestation and drug gangs.

    ...very true.

    The plight of city parks being unsafe places
    for kids to visits at any time of the day...

    ...very true.

    The still shots of beautiful graffiti all over...

    ...I see it almost every day.

    The grittiness compared to a Miami...stark
    difference.

    He captured it. I saved it. And I only wish he
    would do 2 hour specials of his shows they're
    so good.

    Heck, living here I didn't know about that
    restaurant he went to with the local.

    I got to check that that out next week...

    So there's fun activities I've learned about
    Detroit living here I didn't know about.
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