When I indulge in TV, I gravitate towards food shows. My long-time favourite is Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations. I love the destinations, the culture, the humour, oh yeah, and the food. I’ve been meaning to post about a couple of episodes for a while, and I’ve just read a few interesting snippets from interviews with Anthony, so here goes.
Provence – my favourite episode thus far. Honestly, is there one store in all of Vancouver that compares to any of the little specialty artisanal shops that line the streets of Provence, or as it seems, any other place featured in France? (I also particularly enjoyed the Brittany episode). The quality, freshness, and variety of food that they sell there… and I mean real food, not food products. The gorgeous cobblestone streets, the villas, the fields, the cafes, the food shops. It’s so sunny there that people plan their walking route so as to stay in the shade – they cross the street, walk in alleys, whatever it takes. Take that, Vancouver! Oh, and of course the food. Simple, beautiful food that doesn’t need to be dressed up or fussed with – the only way a cook can wreck it is by trying too hard. The toughest decision of the day seems to be should I nap, take a stroll through the fields, or eat? How about all three. Then repeat. Yes, in this happy little daydream, I’ve also won the lottery and no longer need to work. Sigh :P
As for Anthony Bourdain, here are a few interesting tidbits:
“Brooklyn rules – communal tables and fatty food. Ludo Lefebvre was talking about how easy it is, since fat tastes good. It’s easy and intensely pleasurable. People have definitely been concentrating in the past few years on food that is enjoyable… I think we have a few years to go before it really works its way around and everyone is over it. You go out to Australia now and it’s only recently that people have gotten into the communal table thing. Porteño in Sydney is the hottest place in town, and it’s basically giant slabs of meat on a stick.”
Eating fat and giant slabs of meat on a stick at a communal table? Sounds pretty paleo/primal, sign me up.
Speaking of meat, it’s what on the menu for Anthony’s wife:
“My wife is on an all-protein diet, which means grilled and seared meats.”
Innnteresting. And what the heck – let’s finish off with a friendly vegetarian quote from the Mozambique season premiere:
“What promoters of vegetarianism maybe don’t realize is that much of the world already is living a vegetarian lifestyle, and they ain’t too fucking happy about it.”
If you watch No Reservations, what’s your fave episode? Have you read his books? They’re on my reading list.