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Monday, August 29, 2011

Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations Visits Louisiana Tonight!

Tonight at 8 PM Central our television sets will transform into a beacon of culinary imagery and language that will transcend cultures and time.  Okay, maybe that is being a little too verbose on purpose, but if you are watching Hurricane-postponed Monday Night Football, then you have your television tuned in to the wrong channel.  Anthony Bourdain's hit show "No Reservations" airs tonight in the season finale from Cajun Country.  The chef, author, and TV host will surely have some wise remarks about his visit to our fine state.

Anthony Bourdain visits Lakeview Park in Eunice, LA (photo courtesy of travelchannel.com)
His journey on the Travel Channel show will begin in New Olreans where word is that he'll check out a drive-through daiquiri shop and swing by Willie Mae's Scotch House for some fried chicken.  From there it'll be off to Breaux Bridge for a crawfish boil and then to Eunice where Tony will participate in a boucherie (literally translated: butcher shop, Cajun Dictionary definition: A community butchering which involves several families contributing the animal(s) --usually pigs -- to be slaughtered. Each family helps to process the different cuts of meat, like sausage, ham, boudin, chaudin, chops, and head cheese. Each family gets to take home their share of the yield. This process was done in late fall to provide meat throughout the cold months.).

Anthony Bourdain and his hosts in Eunice prepare the hog for the boucherie (photo courtesy of travelchannel.com)
This is sure to be an exciting episode of "No Reservations" and I'm very happy to see Louisiana's culinary trails getting more attention and respect from national television programming.  Make sure to tune in (or at least set your DVR) to the Travel Channel tonight at 8 PM Central.  I don't think you'll regret it.