There are several travel shows I like to watch: I have talked about Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders in a previous post
and I just finished watching an episode of Globetrekker in the Balkans. But there is something extra special for me with "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations".
For those who don't know the show, it airs in the US on the Travel Channel and internationally on the Discovery Travel & Living channel. "No reservations" has a double meaning: Anthony is a chef by training; and he does not hold back on what he eats or what he says. I have never watched a travel show with so many "beeps" to censor language, but I have also rarely felt such honesty from a travel show host. Behind a nonchalant facade is a keenly curious and deeply respectful person who takes the viewer to unusual destinations (at least in terms of travel shows- the last two I saw had him in Singapore and Saudi Arabia), eating strange foods (though not always as extreme as the sheep testicles he ate in Morocco) and providing fascinating insights about local culture- even better, posing fascinating questions- through culinary traditions.
All I can say is that I want his job!