Tomorrow night, September 6th will celebrate the 100th Episode of the wonderful Travel Channel’s series; Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. If you have never seen this program, Anthony travels the world tasting local cuisine. It is hard to find something that he does not like to eat, whether it is something traditional or something that we would never in a million years taste, never mind savor. But Anthony seems to have friends in every corner of the world.
According to New Jersey monthly magazine, he originated from Leonia, New Jersey and now resides in Manhattan. He grew up eating at restaurants in both New Jersey and Manhattan. His parents loved food and they spent their summers in Barnegat Light on Long Beach Island. There Anthony became a lover of Jersey Shore food and local food from Bergen County. During my youth I spent much time in Bergen County, New Jersey and he mentioned several places where I also dined. He mentioned Hiram’s in Palisade Park, where the hot dogs were to just die for, the Plaza Diner and Jerry’s Italian Restaurant in Fort Lee for their spaghetti and meatballs. I must admit that it has been years since I have been to Fort Lee but all three of these places are still there when I do return.
So where will Tony be on the 100th Episode? He will return to Paris, where his first episode aired. In the meantime, this weekend there is a marathon of episodes to catch up. If you have never seen Tony in action, it is a great look-see into not only the food, but the essence of what makes each place he travels to and adventure for us all.
In an episode he went to the Basque region of Spain and feasted on lamb and local vegetables. The places where he treks are places where there are no supermarkets to stock up on tons of food the way Americans do. These are places where the locals raise their own food. They raise livestock and use every part of the animal. These people make their own sausage from the intestines of their animals, soups and stews and things that many would turn their noses up at, but Tony tries everything and I have yet to find something that he does not savor.
From Tuscany to Vietnam, from China to Indonesia, he will search the globe for the greatest cuisines. Not a program for small children, Tony does speak his mind and does get bleeped, but even when he travels to places in America like Chicago, San Francisco and his home in New York, you will wish you had a taste or maybe just a smell of the wonderful things he gets to enjoy. So celebrate at 10 p.m. on Monday night for the 100th episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.
Sources: New Jersey Monthly Magazine (August 2007)
Personal experience watching this program.