Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations - Collection 3
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My question is:
Where are Saudia Arabia and Egypt?
I certainly hope the production quality improves with the next collection offered for sale.
1) Russia - watch the great antics with Tony and Zamir. Zamir is the local "fixer" who steals the show. Zamir shows Tony the exterior of the KGB headquarters. They then have lunch with a former head of the KGB and his wife. Tony flys on a Russian fighter jet in this one. Don't miss it.
2) New York - Tony gives a tour of his hometown. He eats some Grays hot dogs at his favorite local hot dog place with a cab driver. The episode opens with an homage to the movie Taxi Driver. I did not realize this when I first saw it. Then I bought Collection 6 and they talked about it in the bonus features section about the past 100 episodes. Tony also goes to Brighton Beach to have some tasty Russian food and see a show. Later he eats a sheeps head with some of his chef friends in New York City at a secret location.
3) Shanghai - the crab and dumplings look awesome! One special kind of local crab even has a barcode to prevent counterfeiting. Tony also eats some stinky tofu. While the title of this episode is Shanghai a large portion of this episode takes place in other parts of China such as Yunan Province. I enjoyed this episode a lot.
4) Hong Kong - this episode makes me want to go there right now. The seafood looks great. Stir fried spicy crab cooked on a boat in the harbor. Tony also does some interesting martial arts fight scenes. They go to the racetrack but don't have much luck there. But they are very lucky finding delicious food later on.
5) French Polynesia - I have never been a huge art fan but the scenes on Gaugin's life were amazing. This was my favorite episode.Read more ›
What I find interesting about this new show is the balance he's seemingly struck between his own tendencies and the requirements of filming a network driven travel show. On A Cook's tour it came across as butting heads with the network and producers resulting in a lackluster second season filled with excursions to ridiculous destinations like the Mall of America, content that felt forced and sad. No Reservations, though occasionally still succumbing to these depths, frees Bourdain up to getting to the heart of the matter which is examining true local culture and the food that sustains and elevates it. It combines the point of view of a 70s punk rebel with a soul searching existentialist, while also ditching most of the pretension and being generally entertaining TV which is pretty darn rare.
If you're looking for the insanity of A Cook's Tour (the swallowing of still beating cobra hearts, etc.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quite vulgar. Can't show it to my students in a school culinary setting. I don't feel crude language is necessary to get ones point across.Published on March 12, 2014 by William P. Luke
This particular season had some very interesting episodes, unique to travel documentaries and film. He always is so reflective. Strongly recommend this season!Published on June 2, 2013 by Alicia P. Pressel
Loved his show when on A&E, now another chance to enjoy his shows now that he is off the airPublished on January 10, 2013 by real gypsy girl
I always enjoy Bourdains books and videos. This collection included an episode about LA which is very interesting. Not so much about the food, but more about the people. Very coolPublished on June 14, 2010 by Ronan Chris Murphy
I would definitely buy an all-Chinese episode collection with bonus episode Sri Lanka but this one is the closest to my ideal set. Read morePublished on May 12, 2010 by Cleo
All he does is whine and moan about everything he comes across. He tries way to hard to make stupid jokes...ever heard of editing. Read morePublished on November 27, 2009 by Glutton
Received my dvd in the condition promised in a very timely manner. Would order from this company again.Published on September 16, 2009 by Cat