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Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations 1 Season

Season 1
4.8 out of 5 stars (5) IMDb 8.4/10

Each week on Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, the professional chef/acclaimed author takes viewers on a journey as he finds the link between food and culture. Whether he's following his wanderlust to exotic places or at home in the States, Bourdain is out of the kitchen...off the beaten path...no holds barred.

Starring:
Anthony Bourdain, Zamir Gotta

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1. Paris

Explore the city of light and love's unexpected surprises on a journey through the lives of the city's working class. Explore the varied ethnic communities which contribute to the pulse and edginess of glitzy Paris.

TV-NR Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: July 25, 2005

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2. New Jersey

Host Anthony Bourdain comes out of the closet about his New Jersey roots and takes a sentimental journey through the New Jersey of his youth. Find out why the state can't shake its bad reputation, then dig deep to find the real Jersey identity.

TV-NR Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: July 25, 2005

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3. Iceland

Host Tony Bourdain checks out rumors that darkness is the excuse for Icelanders to party the night away.

TV-NR Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: July 25, 2005

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4. Vietnam (The Island of Mr. Sang)

A vicarious thrill ride as Tony discovers Vietnam from the buzzing streets of Hanoi to the rural beauty of the Montagnards, and the mysterious Island of Mr. Sang. This episode shows exactly why Tony has been completely seduced by Vietnam and its people.

TV-NR Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: July 25, 2005

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5. New Zealand (Down Under the Down Under)

Tony Bourdain travels to Christ Church, New Zealand to give a guest lecture at Savour, an upscale food and wine convention. When he can't connect with his audience, he heads for the countryside to find the real Kiwi lifestyle.

Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: July 25, 2005

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6. Malaysia (Into the Jungle)

Tony has always been fascinated by the notion of "natural fusion," the way cuisines and cultures blend over the centuries. He's particularly fascinated by Malaysia.

TV-NR Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: July 25, 2005

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7. Sicily

In Sicily, Tony eats some tripe at a local frittola stand in II Capo Market, a spleen sandwich with Sicily's President, and salt salt encrusted fish. Later, Tony also debates where you can get the best cannoli.

TV-NR Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: July 22, 2005

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8. Las Vegas

On assignment and with deadline looming for a major food magazine, Tony's got four days to cover the "very best" of the new chef-centric Las Vegas. He visits The Double Down, Bouchon, El Sombrero, Beauty Bar, Freemont Street and much more.

TV-NR Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: July 25, 2005

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9. Uzbekistan

Tony is in for a wild trip as he journeys through Uzbekistan's 2000-year-old capital, Tashkent, dines at Jumanji, goes to a bellydancing club, gets acquainted with the culture by visiting a local mosque, shops for a wedding present and much more.

TV-NR Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: July 25, 2005

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Genres Documentary
Starring Anthony Bourdain, Zamir Gotta
Supporting actors Jerry Risius, Todd Liebler, Eric Ripert, Nari Kye, Joshua Homme, David Moggie, Louisa Chu, Michael Ruhlman, Tracey Gudwin, Diane Schutz, Ottavia Busia, Philippe Lajaunie, Eric Rivera, David Chang
Network Travel Channel
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 18, 2007
This is my favorite episode of "No Reservations." Tony Bourdain is in fine form, and Iceland is my favorite place on earth. Tony does himself no favors by going during winter, but he does get to attend the traditional Icelandic feast, Thorrablot. Thorrablot is a feast of horrors for most people from outside Iceland, but Tony tries everything, much to the amusement of his audience. ("That was unspeakably nasty.")

While "No Reservations" is essentially a travel show about food, there is a lot of travel depicted, and here the natural beauty of Iceland shines through (although I would advise a summer visit next time.) Tony tours Reykjavik, rides an Icelandic horse, and takes a soak in the Blue Lagoon, among many other activities, but the real star is the food. Anytime you talk about Icelandic cuisine, the subject of the famous shark comes up. The central food around which Thorrablot revolves is called "hákarl" (with variants known as "glerhákarl" and "skyrhákarl," depending on the species of shark.) The shark is prepared by burying it in the ground during summer and letting it rot for six months or so, then processing it, ultimately cubing it into toothpick-ready portions. It is advised that people new to the food hold their nose as the stench and ammonia smell is overpowering; perhaps failing to heed that crucial step is what made Tony not only call hákarl "unspeakably nasty," but go on to elaborate that "this is probably the single worst thing I've ever put in my mouth." (Note that this was before the Vietnam episode, however.) Hákarl is so rank, that the recommended method of consumption is to chase your putrefied shark with "Brennivín," a type of very strong indigenous caraway schnapps, which some people think tastes worse than the shark.
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I am an unabashed fan of Tony Bourdain and "No Reservations." Truly, I think this guy will eat just about anything, and in Vietnam he gets seriously put to the test. The show features the indigenous cuisine of different cultures, and Bourdain has a knack, both in writing and onscreen, for examining different cuisines in an entertaining, amusing, and informative manner.

In Vietnam he visits some extraordinary locations, and meets some extraordinary people. Along the way he has some unbelievable food, from the very appealing, to the extremely unappealing. My favorite part of this episode is when they take Tony to a small structure in the middle of nowhere for him to try a type of woodland creature. Tony goes into the kitchen and nervously watches the proprietor hack the creature up with a huge cleaver. When asking his translator what kind of meat it was, the gentleman replied "It's a kind of squeezel." Neither Tony nor the audience can figure it out (the consensus would be "weasel" but who knows) until he has some soup made from the "squeezel" and quickly injures his palate on a sharp spine in the soup. He pulls a quill out of his mouth, and calmly says "Oh, porcupine." After having the rest of the porcupine soup, he is treated to some indigenous liquor from a jar with black detritus floating about, and the carcass of a dead bird in the bottom. Truly, I think this man has superhuman digestive abilities.

This is a great series: it's irreverent yet respectful, it is always entertaining and informative, and it beats having to eat the porcupine soup yourself. I highly recommend this show: the only episode better than this one is episode three, "Iceland." If you are interested in food or travel, this can't be beat, and I recommend the "Vietnam" and "Iceland" episodes as excellent introductions to the series.
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I bought this episode to download but it never worked on my PC so I was out the money (hence the 4 stars, not 5). I wound up just Tivo'ing the episode off of the Travel Channel. This is one of Anthony's best episodes. It is a great way to learn about a country that may have never heard of, let alone ever get to travel too.
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No one tells a story like Tony does!
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Everything was as promised. Thanks!
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