Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

Season 1 Episode 1

Paris (Why the French Don’t Suck)

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jul 25, 2005 on Travel Channel

Episode Recap

Anthony starts his journey with memories of France from his childhood and unlike the commercial of his youth. The plane ride was awful and his ride from the airport never showed up. Comically the anti-French sentiment of the time is brought up with a radio broadcast reporting on the movement to rename French fries freedom fries. Anthony tries to get French lessons but upsets his teacher by insulting the restaurant he works at. The next day Anthony samples a traditional French breakfast which he comments is healthier than American meals. After wards Tony spends the night in the hotel Oscar Wilde died in. He leaves later that night to try Absinthe the legendary liquorish based drink that has been said to cause insanity. Anthony starts with newly produced drink which is legal but with a local tries vintage hundred year old bottles which are illegal. A comical segment about Anthony hallucinating follows and ends with him enjoying the hotels underground pool. Next Anthony visits Le Halles a legendary open air market now closed but a food hub at the turn of the century. At the location of the former food Mecca there are numerous restaurants. Anthony enjoys classic French cuisine and comments on how a social environment is created when eating out unlike in America. While at the restaurant Anthony is invited to see the wine cellar which leads him to the sewer. After exploring Anthony heads to Les Boucheress the new meat hub of Paris and he explores the site with guide Louisa. It's wild game season so not common birds and mammals wit the fur still on them are on display. The two enjoy a hearty breakfast comprised of sandwiches and wine at 7:00 am. Anthony enjoys more French cooking at a multi-generational restaurant close to the meat market. After wards Anthony meets with Pascal a baker and marvels at his food creations and the time of day he has to get up each day to make them. In the final segment of the show Anthony enjoys bread and coffee at an outdoor cafe. He laments on how the French indulge in the senses and try to get the fullest out of life.