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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

ANTHONY BOURDAIN IN DETROIT

While filming the "rustbelt" series for his hit show, "No Reservations", Tony Bourdain and his good buddy Zamir were in Detroit this month showcasing the Detroiter experience during this wonderful and endearing economic downturn. Mr. Bourdain is a "TV personality, best-selling author, public speaker, weary world traveler, gourmand, punk-rock aficionado, proud New Yorker and, most recently, newlywed and doting father." He, "...continues to explore every corner of the globe on his Emmy-nominated Travel Channel series, now in its fifth season, Anthony Bourdain encounters the weird, wild and downright outrageous personalities and places that help define the international cultural landscape."

While I'm not privy to Mr. Bourdain's exact schedule while in Detroit, I was given access to rough plans for where the show would film. The plans included speaking with a former steel worker with Zug Island looming in the background, visiting Family Donut Shop in Hamtramck on Conant, a stop at a middle eastern restaurant in Dearborn, feather bowling at Cadieux Cafe, and a drink at Hamtramck's New Dodge Lounge.

As exciting as it was that Mr. Bourdain was filming in Detroit this month, I'd be lying if I didn't find it more more exciting that Mr. Bourdain and his crew used everyone's favorite blog, DetroitArmy.com, as a reference when planning the show's itinerary. While searching for a Polish restaurant to feature on the show, the show's producers were kindly pointed to DetroitArmy.com to check out my review of Polonia on Yemems in Hamtramck. Apparently they were impressed, with my post that is, and Polonia was their choice for Polish food. In interviews with the local media, Mr. Bourdain already proclaimed the duck blood soup at Polonia as some of the best he's ever had. I'll choose to take his word for it.

Look for Bourdain's show "No Reservations-Rust Belt Tour", to air later this year on the Travel Channel, on Mondays at 10:00 P.M., and keep in mind whose reviews Mr. Bourdain relies on when visiting the D.

Note to Mr. Bourdain, and Zamir, who was so kind and engaging when we met-If and when you come back to Detroit, and would like to eat Polish food again, try Polish Village Cafe or Under the Eagle, both in Hamtramck on Yemens and Jos. Campau respectively. Everyone has their favorites, but these two restaurants may be even better than Polonia...

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2 comments:

Rebecca said...

How cool that he is doing a show on Detroit! I can't wait to see it!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I'm impressed. Your Blog certainly is far reaching ---- and informative.