Review: Anthony Bordain’s “No Reservations”, Season 7

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Anthony Bordain's face graces the cover of his seventh season on DVDAnthony Bourdain’s seventh season of “No Reservations” kicks off with heavy hitters.  The usual witty, no holding back Bourdain was much more careful with his words in some of the countries that he is portraying in this season.  Earthquake hit Haiti, Nicaragua reeling from governmental corruption, to Cambodia still doing its best to recover from its genocide from Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.

Season seven of No Reservations starts with an exploration of post-quake Haiti, the food, but mostly how the Haitians are recovering from the devastating quake of 2010.  It is with this episode, that one can see the more thoughtful Bourdain, in contrast to some other episodes where he is more of himself.  This is the same for the next “hard” countries and locations that he describes in this season, Cambodia, and Nicaragua.  But his curiosity of the culture and life In the locations he visited are still what one would expect of No Reservations.

Long time viewers will probably already enjoy this season as they have any other season of No Reservation.  But new viewers will find this season, as with any season of No Reservations, a pleasure, thought-provoking, and fun.  The food and the stories the surround the food, is just as inviting as ever.

With Bourdain’s wit and fun with the show, I am wondering if there are B-rolls and extras during the tapings of these episodes.  For myself, it doesn’t seem like much, but I really believe seeing extras would have made this DVD set even more enjoyable.  Especially for those of us who are fans of the show and of Anthony Bourdain.

Long story short, any fan of Anthony Bourdain and No Reservation should pick this up.  Foodies and travelers of the beaten path would also enjoy watching season 7, or any season of No Reservations.  But if my feelings are right, they already have.

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by Ted Ngheim

Ted Nghiem is a wedding and lifestyle photographer by day and explorer every other minute when he isn't making images. Learning about different cultures enriches his life in so many ways.

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