Bourdain is Bullish on Spain

By Karen

On tonight’s No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain heads to Madrid in a new episode. Tony arrived in July just as Spain won the World Cup in soccer, so the city was celebrating. Here’s the promo…

Tony also revels in pork and gets the definitive answer to who was hotter, Ava Gardner or Rita Hayworth. And there’s one scene where I actually wish they had used the Chase Sapphire card as payback for previous annoying intrusions. You’ll know it when you see it.

Room 214 tells me there’s one more episode left in Season 6, but doesn’t know where it takes place nor when Travel Channel will air it. Maybe TC thinks they’ll keep us viewers so “hungry for more,” we’ll resort to watching Zimmern stuff himself with bugs or Richman just stuff himself while we’re waiting.

Bourdain blogged about achieving the 100th episode and listed many of the stellar chefs he’s had on camera, which may constitute some kind of record in food television.

Kevin McDonough of South Coast Today had a kick in the pants for NR’s recent spate of specials in a column titled, “Hey Tony, Snap Out of It.” He wrote…

“With the 100th behind them I hope the host and producers of “Reservations” start thinking about their audience again and stop making self-indulgent home movies.”

What I noted during the specials was that Tony was asked several times if he wants to continue making the show, as if everyone around him has felt his steam running out. He insists he’s still “hungry for more,” but only time will tell if that’s true. What else can he say unless he really wants Travel Channel to pull the plug on him?

BootsnAll got Tony to talk about travel itself in a refreshingly unusual interview. I think it’s the first time I’ve ever seen Bourdain mention my previously favorite travel writer, Somerset Maugham.

In an interview with CBCNews in Canada before his Toronto appearance on September 22, Bourdain mentions, among other things, that he’s put on about 15 pounds since NR began.

If you’re on the West Coast, Bourdain will be there making personal appearances on the 17th and 18th in Sacramento and Escondido, respectively, and hitting Houston on the 20th.

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