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One of the greatest joys in life (granted, perhaps just for oddballs like me) is being proven wrong. I love when I am shown a new perspective, when someone moves me enough to change my mind.
This happened recently with my trip to Seattle, and also with Anthony Bourdain.
To the shock of most of my foodie friends, I have been an ardent Bourdain non-fan. But you revel in sarcasm! You love f*cking swearing! You’re both pains in the ass who obsess about food and travel! Maybe my beef is not with him, but with the ever annoying sexism when it comes to socially acceptable male vs. female behavior. If a woman went on TV and behaved and spoke exactly like Anthony Bourdain? The world would claim her a total beyotch and her show would be canceled in a heartbeat. But Bourdain? He’s revered, seen as a rogue street hero in the otherwise colorful cardigan bright white smile world of television, giving society the “real life” view of food and travel.
I digress. I realize that Anthony Bourdain surely is not to blame for societal inequities.
When presented with the opportunity to write about Bourdain’s latest 2-DVD set of No Reservations (Collection 6), I saw it as a great opportunity to give the man a shot. I knew I needed to be forced to watch him uninterrupted by chores, kids, and work to fully grasp the Bourdain experience. Then, I could make a more fair judgment.
So I watched. I kinda started liking the guy.
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Collection 6 Part 2 includes 8 main episodes and 2 bonus features. This 2-DVD set follows his travels to Liberia, Dubai (skiing in a mall in the middle of the desert, anyone?), Paris, Rome, Madrid, India, Beirut. It begins, appropriately, with Where It All Began, and includes two bonus features: What Were We Thinking (100th Episode) and Making of India.
From a travel junkie’s perspective, I admit that he’s pretty amazing to watch. I love how he weaves his stories of the people, the cuisine, the history, the economy, the culture of each place he tours. His perspective on travel is fresh and light, just as the travel experience should be: unencumbered by tourist hot spots, full of everyday local flavor and new friends. The Rome episode somehow pulls off being shot beautifully while maintaining a campy cheeky feel. I like how he pushes – just slightly – the unspoken cultural inequities in Dubai. Overall, an enjoyable collection that turned me from a non-fan into someone who has respect for Anthony Bourdain and appreciation for his approach to educating the public.
YOU have the chance to win this fiesty 2-DVD set. Enter below. You have several chances to win! Contest closes at 11:59pm Friday March 2nd. Winner will be chosen by random.org and notified Saturday March 3. Good luck!