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Posted 17 February 2009 - 11:27 AM

AB eats sisig atbp!!!

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 11:43 AM

Lechon Cebu is the best!!!

Any Bourdain fan here?

Edited by Wyld, 06 March 2012 - 04:56 AM.


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Posted 18 February 2009 - 01:50 AM

Any link/pics of him sir?

I'm quite avid fan of "No Reservation" :thumbsupsmiley:

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 01:59 AM

saw it .. first half was good .. then it went downhill when he tried to reconcile the filam's identity crisis with the filipino cuisine's lack of real identity....

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 03:47 AM

best pig ever!

still can't get past the fact that a good chunk of the ep was spent on the poor boy's brooding.
(cue in Nirvana)

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 05:02 AM

for a more indepth discussion of this particular no reservations episode y'all might wanna drop by the USA/Canada thread.


id say -- the first half of the show was good ... even if i still maintain that pampango cuisine is in no way the best representation of philippine cuisine.


aling lucing's though -- is sisig nirvana!


the second half was crappy ... trying to relate augusto's angst over his filipino-ness to lechon was a bit of a reach, even for tony bourdain.


there are outtakes of tony's tapsilog experience in the travel channel website, in case anyone is interested.


all told, the episode could have been way better.


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Posted 18 February 2009 - 06:11 AM

^
guess that's just capampangan swag in full effect---"culinary capital" blah blah...hahaha.

maybe we ought to start campaigning for a do-over---a 2nd round of the Philippines minus that brooding Fil-Am kid.

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 06:57 AM

Here's AB's blog entry:

http://anthony-bourd...erarchy-of-pork

Hope someone uploads the show.
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Hierarchy of Pork
By Anthony Bourdain on February 16, 2009 6:55 PM | Permalink | 226 Comments

I'm very nervous about tonight's Philippines show.

I'm all too aware of the fact that the country is made up of over seven THOUSAND islands and that I visited exactly two of them. The food is intensely regional ... I mean, even the difference between the food in Manila and Pampanga -- only a couple of hours away --is striking. So I missed ... a lot.

I'm very aware of how many Filipino fans we have -- and how enthusiastic they are about us (finally) covering their country. I wanted very badly to do a good job on this one. But I fear there's no way we got it "right."

Not that I didn't have a great time. I did.

For one thing, I settled a karmic debt of sorts: Augusto Elefano, who'd argued so fervently for his country of ancestry on the previous season's FAN-atic special had been sent home short of the prize after a brutal interrogation at my hands. Impressed by his zeal and feeling guilty about smashing his hopes and dreams I felt that Cebu would be good to see through his eyes. So we packed him, his wife and baby daughter onto a plane -- and sent them off into TV Land.

What we did get right, I'm quite sure, was making sure that the amazing, porky delights of "sisig" got plenty of camera time. If you've never had this divine mosaic of pig parts, chopped and served sizzling and crisp on one side on a screaming hot platter, then you've yet to have one of the world's best beer drinking dishes. And speaking of pig? It can now be said that of all the whole roasted pigs I've had all over the world, the slow roasted lechon I had on Cebu was the best. This puts the standings in the Hierarchy of Pork as follows:

#1. Philippines

#2. Bali

#3. Puerto Rico

If nothing else, I hope that homesick Filipinos living abroad get a glimpse of some of the food and scenery they've no doubt been missing. And for viewers who weren't previously familiar with the wide and tasty spectrum of flavors available over there, I hope the sight of me shoving a lot of very tasty stuff into my maw provides -- if nothing else -- inspiration to look further.

Closer to home, I have a problem: My obsession with the HBO series "The Wire" is taking an unhealthy turn. I recently bought the DVD boxed set -- all 60 hours of the show -- as well as "The Corner" the previous six part mini-series by the same writer/producers. I'm rewatching them all from beginning to end and just can't stop. It's like if I watch them closely, I'll somehow figure out how writing can be so good -- how an ensemble of mostly little known actors and a mammoth, wildly ambitious progression of story arcs can make a whole city come vividly, tragically alive. It's funny, exciting, excrutiatingly sad and always, always feels real. I can't tear myself away.

Gotta go. Omar and Brother Monzon are making their move on Stringer Bell ... I love this part.

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 07:34 AM

meh .... the tapsilog outtake was hell of a lot better than the whole fil-am arc... im pretty sure the dude in the tapsilog scene is filam .. or somebody who spent time here.. in last weeks teasers they were showing him eating some pandesal concoction.. and really .. im proud of our lechon .. but its not the holy grail of filipino cuisine ... wheres the modern take on filipino cuisine? he showed traditional stuff .. are there no young upstart chefs back in the PI?

<-- still ranting

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 08:16 AM

^
there's probably a bit more where that came from...
we want a refund! LOL!

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 09:01 AM

im a fan of the show and i enjoyed the sariling atin episode and i was proud that i really think tony enjoyed the food especially sisig and lechon(who wouldnt) on the national identity regarding pinoy cuisine i think tony summed it up when he said you guys should pick 3 dishes and just go with it.... and he acknowledge that he only visited 2 islands out of 7000t so there is no way that is the representation of pinoy foods..

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 10:25 AM

they couldve at least tried .... i mean it was obvious that the augusto section was a fail... check the site .. theres the tapsilog piece and i think it would work .. from what i hear he tried to explore the spanish side ... like most his shows i think the 1 hour isnt enough to show the culture as a whole.. ive even seen episodes with no cohesion but it was still good.. this episode was good .. better than greece.. but i still think it couldve been better...

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 08:07 PM

not the best ep but until they decide to make a few more return trips, it would have to do, I guess...

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 08:36 PM

or do a re-edit and follow the old formula ..

cultural background -->street food--> breakfast--> trad restaurant/old school established chef-->up and coming modern take on the cuisine-->a meal with the locals featuring the identifying dish

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 08:44 PM

would love to join the discussion, just have to watch the episode first though. any suggestions where? hope they have it in pirate bay.

edit: season 6 episode ?

Edited by kanski, 18 February 2009 - 08:55 PM.


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Posted 18 February 2009 - 09:17 PM

epsiode 4.. i think .. not too sure

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 11:19 PM

epsiode 4.. i think .. not too sure

It's season 6 episode 7. Try this link from Mininova:

http://www.mininova.org/tor/2296130

or this one

http://www.mininova.org/com/2295812

Enjoy!

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 02:16 AM

I felt so bad with the FilAm kid especially the dining room episode. If it was my house, be 100 times louder and fun!
'No Reservations' will be back!!!

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 02:42 AM

not to discount the issue but I honestly don't think that it was the most pressing thing on his mind i.e. Filipino identity.

the boy was a new dad---he was younger and probably single when he sent the video entry a year ago.
he's dealing with more real, immediate s@%t right now---raising his daughter and being a dad and breadwinner.
he's trying to grow into a new, meaningful role so if he seemed a bit detached, reserved and serious for most part, it's `coz he's got a bit too much on his mind.

Edited by gift_of_game, 19 February 2009 - 02:43 AM.


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Posted 19 February 2009 - 03:36 AM

But really how many FilAm, FilCan, FilJap or Fil____ are looking for their true filipino identity??? "No Reservations" is just not the perfect stage...nice try Bourdain but maybe next time....Oprah????




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