Tracey Gudwin, a former video crew member of No Reservations, appeared as a guest in this episode.
Goof: Bourdain told Sierra Pardus that he and his crew would be visiting Czechoslovakia next week and Sierra informing him her grandfather came from there. Czechoslovakia no longer existed since the 1990s; it split up into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. So both of them especially Bourdain should know that. Second, Boudain visited the Czech Republic in the previous episode Season 6 Episode 4, "Prague" before this episode.
This episode features one of the non-winning finalists of the Fan Favorites episode, Augusto.
The four finalists are: Nelson Starr Buffalo, New York
Augusto Elefanio The Philippines
Eric Rivera Thailand
Danya Alhamrani Saudi Arabia
At the home of a farmer, whose leg and arm were blown off by American bombs during the Vietnam war, he asks Anthony whether he is afraid to see the results of the tragedies foist on the Laotians. Anthony, playing the reluctant diplomat, replies that all Americans should know the "price of war", and suggests that such realities are "not a movie". However, it is not clear whether the farmer and his family, in their modest home without any obvious western technology, have ever seen a movie, much less even know what a "movie" is.
This episode marks the end of the feud between Tony and Emeril. Tony had spent numerous years poking fun at Lagasse in print and on camera, but declares him to be an "okay guy."
Raki. A distilled alcohol legally produced by any vinyard owner. Made from the fermented leftover grapes after pressing for wine.
Tony continues his disparagement of celebrity chefs/cooks by asking the waitresses at the Hominy Cafe about Rachael Ray's tipping habits. The host had recently eaten at the Cafe for an episode of $40 a Day. The consensus was that she only tipped about 10 percent.
Goof: In his voiceover, Tony explains that the chef on the boat in the marina usually makes the dish at the restaurant "Under the Bridge Chili Crab;" however, the camera shot of the restaurant shows the name as "Under Bridge Spicy Crab."
Tony played two years of varsity high school soccer.
As Tony prepares to embark on the MIG flight, the background music is The Volga Boatman's Song, a well known Russian folk song.
Ferran Adria's style of cooking is referred to as Molecular Gastronomy.
The red-covered book Tony is reading as he lounges is Goodbye Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War by William Manchester.
After Tony accepts the shot of premium gin, he comments that he usually accompanies that drink with vermouth and olives. This is the standard recipe for a martini.
The hotel in Bandung where Tony has his own little bamboo bungalow on a lake, with breakfast delivered to him via boat, is the Kampung Sampireun, located in Ciparay Village.
The restaurant that Anthony and Jamie Aditya are eating the fried duck dish is known as Bebek Bengil, a restaurant in Ubud.
The Padang restaurant that Anthony ate (and Todd subsequently destroyed) is located in Bekasi Barat, which is in East Jakarta.
The resort that he ends the episode is The Ritz-Carlton Bali Resort & Spa, a five-star hotel in exclusive Jimbaran Bay.
Tony mentions for the second time about his dislike of karaoke when he tries to get out of going to a karaoke bar with Nari and then how he acts and talks about it at a karaoke bar.
This episode gives the first mention of Anthony's dislike of karaoke.