Monday, January 14, 2008

Bourdain-ophiles...

Yep, I made up my own word. But, in watching the one show that my husband and I never ever miss, I got a little inspiration. Actually a lot of inspiration, which is something I have been lacking lately (hence the lack of posts). Slowly, but surely, though, the wedding fog is lifting, and it's all coming back. So. here's the first of what I hope to be a string of posts to help bring me closer to my new year's resolution of getting my blog average up to 2 posts a week. :)

One topic that we haven't discussed much here is TV. Reading, yes, but TV, no. In reality, though, in modern America, I think it’s safe to say that we get our “fixes” of whatever it is that we love from TV more than the written word. For me, that’s travel.

So, dear readers, I present to you my addiction...


Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations.

It is that show for us--the one that causes our world to pause, if only for an hour. Pathetic? A little. But, at least I'm honest. ;)

Anyway, for those of you that are not familiar, No Reservations airs on the Travel Channel at 9:00 pm CST on Monday nights (and encore presentations run throughout the week at various times—hit up the travel channel’s website for the schedule). Anthony (Tony) Bourdain is a rather smartassed, but incredibly real former chef who somehow ended up in the world of travel. If you are looking for a little comedy (in unscripted, smartassed sense of humor type of way) and a lot of real, honest travel information, this is the show for you. Bourdain has absolutely no issues telling you something sucks (he crushed my dreams of going to the birthplace of Pina Coladas in San Juan when he visited the restaurant and reported that it was actually a spinning frozen drink maker) and will expose you to things you've never seen before, particularly in the area of food.


In short, he avoids tourist traps and seeks out booze.

What more could a traveler ask for? ;)

3 comments:

Sarita said...

I share your love for Tony B! He's the MAN. :)

Sarah said...

Ashley...you do not understand the addiction I have to Anthony Bourdain! I tivo every show that he has on. When we were in Seattle I also made it a point to try the places he talked about on his Pacific Northwest show. He also has a restaurant in NYC that is totally on my list to try!

Christy said...

We love his show. It's great, but he gets on my nerves a little bit.