Thanksgiving is right around the corner — only 4 days away! Are you ready? If you’re still racking your brain for what to cook or how to prepare the ever-popular sides of stuffing, mac ‘n’ cheese or the main event: the bird, here are a few tips and recipes from chef and host of Bizarre Foods America, Andrew Zimmern, and chef and host of No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain. READ MORE
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“¡Cuidado con los pajaros!” said the counter guy, as he pointed to my food on the table outside. I quickly figured out what he was saying, meanwhile birds were descending on our food.
After shooing the feathered scavengers away, my dad and I dove into our roasted chicken and Magna beers at El Verde BBQ. It’s the very definition of roadside dive as we could almost touch the cars going by. Following the advice of Anthony Bourdain, we had taken a chance on the place, pulled in, and began eating without fear.
Randomly, a grizzled man plopped down at our table. He said a greeting in Spanish that my dad responded to in between bites of juicy chicken. One reason I choose Puerto Rico for this father-son trip was because my dad taught himself Spanish. I figured he’d enjoy getting to use it.
Then the old man spoke to me in English: “It’s good that you bring your dad here. My dad is 90 now and we see each other often. That is good.” He also told us how long he had lived in the Puerto Rico, how much he liked his homeland and he offered some of his thoughts about life in general. Then he said goodbye and left.
As he got into his truck, all of the workers waved goodbye. We soon learned that the man we were talking to was the owner of the restaurant.
I liked his style. No showy welcome to his restaurant, no attempts to win our attention with a free beer and no questions about what we thought about the food. It was just a pleasant conversation from a pleasant man while eating pleasant food.
In the space of an hour, Puerto Rico taught us three lessons: watch out for birds stealing your food, random roadside dives are delicious and always welcome a stranger to the table.
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- Written by Greg Stroud
Tonight, Feb. 4 at 9|8c, catch the very last of Anthony Bourdain’s adrenaline-fueled, booze-brimming, food-filled layovers. His final 36-hour jaunt? An uber-quick trip to Seattle.
Watch as he ditches the airport to sample some of the stinkiest, stickiest cheeses that Melrose Market has to offer, buys his daughter a whoopee cushion at a toy store that caters to adults (and serial killers?), and takes a not-so-family-friendly tour of the city’s seedier history.
Want to visit that handmade biscuit joint or take a seaplane tour like Tony does in the episode? Check out our Travel Guide to get all the details from his trip, or download our Layover app (now free!) for all the info.
In anticipation for tonight’s episode, watch this missing scene — Tony discusses his go-to drinks for every situation, like when he’s in a Tom Waits kind of mood. Then tonight, settle in at 9|8c, Negroni in hand, to watch Tony’s final turn on Travel Channel.
During his 36-hour layover in New Orleans, Anthony Bourdain slurps down a giant Styrofoam cup of judgement-imparing goodness at one of NOLA’s signature frozen daiquiri shops, visits one of the city’s first (and best) food trucks and shoots the s**t with writer Lolis Elie, chef Donald Link and musician Davis Rogan … just to name a few.
Sounds a lot like your typical trip to the Big Easy, right?
Ok, so it’s rather unlikely that on your next trip to N’awlins you’ll snack on BBQ shrimp on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain with the famed chef of Cochon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t replicate Mr. Bourdain’s trip. See where Tony eats and sleeps while in New Orleans (plus some more recommendations) in our Travel Guide, or download the Layover app to create an itinerary on the go.
Check out behind-the-scenes photos of Tony and the crew, and tune in tonight, Jan. 28 at 9|8c to watch as he eats and drinks his way through New Orleans with the locals … and avoids the French Quarter at all costs.
Have you downloaded Travel Channel’s Layover App yet? If not, what are you waiting for? The app is now free, and was recently chosen by Apple as one of the App Store’s Best of 2012 in the “Hidden Gems” category. Plus, new cities are being added each week!
Tonight at 9|8c, watch as Anthony Bourdain makes the most of a layover in Atlanta — he browses a farmer’s market with Top Chef’s Richard Blais, and visits a famous strip club with Food Network’s Alton Brown (yes … you read that right … see the pictures here). Then, use the Layover App to replicate his trip (perhaps minus the strip club?) — learn his do’s and don’ts, watch exclusive video and use the app’s practical tools to map out the places you want to visit. Want to learn more? Check out our Layover App video, and download the app for free today!
Tonight at 9|8c on an all-new episode of The Layover, Anthony Bourdain visits Sao Paulo – one of the most populous cities in the world. Tony’s top Sao Paulo travel tip? Know someone in the city to show you around … otherwise, it can be overwhelming.
Unfortunately, we can’t all be so lucky as to have a collection of super-cool (and trustworthy) foodie friends all over the world. But if you’re planning a trip to Sao Paulo soon, you do have Mr. Bourdain himself! Plan your itinerary based on our travel guide from Tony’s layover – it includes all the restaurants and places he visited, plus some tips for where to stay (even if you’re looking to get a room for just a few hours …).
See behind-the-scenes photos from Tony’s trip, and find out where he dined on “the perfect dish,” admired the art of Sao Paulo’s graffiti artists — and where he nursed his hangover!
Tonight at 9|8c on an all-new episode of The Layover, Anthony Bourdain finally does Philly. In his 36-hour trip, Tony pays a visit to a 9-foot colon, takes the Grim Philly Tour to learn about the “drinking, carousing and whore-mongering” of America’s Founding Fathers, downs a shot glass full of hot dog water, and attempts to cure his hangover with a steaming bowl of pho.
One thing he doesn’t do? Eat a cheesesteak.
Check out our travel guide to see all the places that Tony visited on his whirlwind tour of the City of Brotherly Love, see our behind-the-scenes photos, and get a sneak peek of tonight’s episode:
Tonight at 9|8c Anthony Bourdain is back for another season of adrenaline-filled layovers all over the world. This week, Tony lands at Chicago’s O’Hare airport with exactly 43 hours to kill. He heads straight to the airport’s exit, vowing to not spend a single minute of his trip at O’Hare. Instead, he cruises Chicago in a vintage Caddy, searches for the perfect Chicago-style hot dog (don’t ask for ketchup!), day drinks with painter and blogger Bruce Cameron Elliott and dines with Top Chef champion Stephanie Izard. READ MORE
A Word From Anthony Bourdain:
“Our best to our friends the Randazzo family of Randazzo’s, Sunny Balzano at Sunny’s, Yuri Saian at Primorski and Roll-N-Roaster. They welcomed our crew with open arms when we filmed the Brooklyn episode of No Reservations — and all were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. We wish them each a speedy recovery so they can reopen for business soon.”
Tonight is the night. At 9|8c, No Reservations takes its final bow in Brooklyn, NY, a place that Anthony Bourdain thought he knew, just across the river from the city in which he’s lived nearly all of his life. READ MORE
“Contrary to how it may look, I am NOT cruising Ipanema Beach for guys while my wife works out at the gym.” – Tony Bourdain
Nearing the end of his final tour around the world with No Reservations, last night Anthony Bourdain visited Rio de Janeiro to accompany his wife to her jiu jitsu battle. Tony isn’t a newbie to the ridiculously beautiful white-sand beaches of Rio and the city’s delicious cuisine. But when your wife travels such a great distance to battle it out, you gotta go!
Tony made time to explore ports of Rio that he hadn’t seen before, such as a beach that’s secluded from the crowds and a bodega in the Rio neighborhood of Santa Teresa.
And let’s not forget about the food! Tony checked out Barraca do Uruguay, located on Ipanema Beach — this was the same vendor that Tony had visited 10 years ago! Get a complete list of all the restaurants and eateries that Tony checked out in Rio in our Travel Guide.
Get Tony’s thoughts and favorite picks in his Rio Journal and watch his Rio Bourdainisms, a collection of Tony’s one-liners from this episode.
Did you miss this episode? No worries. Watch our episode recap.
The Final Tour of No Reservations will come to an end on Monday, Nov. 5, at 9|8c, in Brooklyn, NY.