Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

Season 3 Episode 1


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jan 01, 2007 on Travel Channel

Episode Recap

Anthony starts his journey with a brief overview of the ups and downs of Irish history. He talks about Ireland in it's post "troubles" era which is what the open warfare between Catholics and Protestants is referred to. He tours the separation walls the run throughout the city to keep violence down. To get more understanding of the Irish situation he takes a black taxi ride. These rides provide a history of the countries political upheaval and he first sees the protestant enclave of Shank hills. Next he goes to falls road a Catholic enclave and he notices how life is celebrated on the Catholic side and militarism on the Protestant side. Next at the Crown Salon Anthony and his taxi driver Patty enjoy and authentic Irish stew and a pint of Guinness beer. Next Anthony speaks about the Irish cooking revolution and how Ireland is transitioning from a bad culinary destination. He meets Paul Rankin in his Belfast gourmet restaurant. They speak about how the Irish oddly enough don't traditionally like fish products and his gourmet dishes. In the morning Anthony takes the train to Dublin and enjoys quality food and drink on the train which is something he's not used to being from America. He meets his old friend Cormet and the two discuss the economic growth of the city. Cormet and Anthony see the multicultural side of Ireland and tour the non-Irish side of the city. Next Patty and Anthony take a seafood tour of the city. The two enjoy razor clams, lobster, prawn, oysters and sea snails. The next day Anthony witnesses and lightly participates in a game of rugby. He also tours County Cork the Artisan capital of Ireland. First he meets the cheese and smoked meat specialist the Ferguson family. Second he meets Shamus O'Connell and samples his version of blood pudding. In the final segment Anthony is witness to the game of road bowling. The game is played by bowling a small metallic ball down a public highway and the objective is to make it to the end with the least amount of throws.