For show info, skip down to “Provence.” For a tortured personal essay on travel blogging, start here:
O.K. I’ll admit it.
When asked by the people who do the promos for the Travel Channel’s weekly No Reservations TV show—which features the ostentatiously grouchy-guy Anthony Bourdain—to provide program promotion, I saw it as a relatively effortless device to create a recurring blog post.
After all, for us
wannabe professional travel adventure humor multimedia website content creators (we shun the “blogger” moniker as something that designates a journalist or writer of a lower class) it’s all about content and the number of “hits,” whether for the purpose of creating another few pennies of revenue, or in my case, an ego-based confirmation that I am a real travel writer—all indications to the contrary, notwithstanding.
But, given the volume of program notes, travel guides, YouTube & episode clips, slideshows & photo albums, and crew journals, which I must review to ensure they are worthy of my vast viewership, and my excruciatingly plodding post-creating productivity, I am beginning to question my possibly misguided commitment.
Call it a misplaced work ethic or an aversion to doing things half-assed, but I continue to avoid creating original material, which might further divulge my true lack of even the most basic writing skills, by providing these No Reservations revelations.
Personally, I’d rather watch the actual television presentation, but I imagine for some of you, the web-based viewing might be your primary connection to the show. Based on the comments I receive on my weekly blog posts on the topic, there are many people who really follow Tony’s exploits: these people seem to range from the truly devoted Bourdain groupies to the vaguely interested to those who have succumbed to the contrived Bad Tony image with distain.
Don’t get me wrong, I still follow Tony’s exploits with interest, whether it is that I am enamored with his black t-shirt and leather sex appeal or his obvious business acumen in turning foodie world travel with drinking to excess into a well sponsored and highly produced avocation.
Maybe we all wish we could be him or at least be with him. Nevertheless, the show goes on.
To limit the usual multiple links and video clips, here is a one-stop connection to as much show info for tonight’s Provence program that you will need to occupy yourself to avoid doing what you are really supposed to be doing right this moment.
(Oh, wait, the YouTube clip is not on that one site.)
For the true Bourdainophiles, here are a few Bonus Bourdain items, that truth be known, were more than even I needed today.
Here is a No Reservations Knowledge Quiz. (Note: I flunked, and I am not sure if that is all together a bad thing.)
Finally, here are the supposedly Top 5 Food Porn Moments. (O.K. I must admit, the second picture is as close as to what is called Food Porn that actually could be associated with the other kind of porn.)
And, that folks, is I guess why we keep coming back to Tony, albeit sometimes with maybe just A Few Reservations.