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No Reservations Holiday Special

Phaedrus | Dec 7, 201004:59 AM

This episode embodies the best and the most overindulgent parts of the No Reservations show.

Th parts where Tony and Michael Ruhlman are working in the kitchen is rpetty good, it gives information and it has asome pretty hilarious adhoc snarky comments. None of it is forced and the information is pretty good. I would try the beef heart dish in a heartbeat, so to speak. The tenderloin looked amazing.

The best segments are the ones with the Butcher and Batali. Really interesting to see the butcher work, see how precise his work is and how he presents the side of beef. Very professional, an artist at work. The same could be said of Batali making the beef cheeks ravioli, I was fairly swooning at the end. Once afgain, great to see a professional at work.

The segment on David Chang was interesting. Seeing him in the Korean grocery store was a little different and seeing him work in his kitchen was very entertaining. Not sure if I like the oxtail he prepared, and using the rice cake was an interesting idea.

The asegment on Duff was kind of fun but it isn't something we hadn't seen in Ace of Cakes. Mind you I like Duff and his crew and I think what he does is pretty neat, but we don't need to waste time on NR to see what we always see on Ace of Cakes.

The segment with The Nuge was a snore, this is the worst part about NR, when Bourdain goes overboard, as he often does. The Nuge is a one trip pony as far as the culinary shows go. he'll make a bunch of supposedly controversial comments about liberals, vegetarians, and anyone non-Nuge, make like the Motor City Madman that he was 20 years ago, pretend he is this crazy ass, and get his point across in a very inarticulate way. Truth is he is a middle aged has-been trying to get attention. What purpose did it serve to show him cooking steaks on a grill?

The segment at the end in the Chinese restaurant was pretty funny, even though it fell along the lines of the Nuge segment. A little bit of WTF are they thinking, but the rapport amongst the people around the table was more natural and not forced. Marky Ramone is much more personable, less interested in politicizing everything he says and seems like he really likes to eat. Perfect juxtoposition of two similar aegments and how one person can make one seem stupid and trivial, and the other seem stupid but fun.

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