Post Edit 3.07.08: Since by now the show has already aired, and folks have made comments under this post, let’s recap the show right here…
‘No Reservations’ Hawaii episode segment summary:
Bailey’s Aloha Shirts
Tony starts his visit by going shopping for an Aloha Shirt at Bailey’s Aloha Shirts on Kapahulu Avenue, near Waikiki. Owner David Bailey provides some insight on the history and current trends of this island wear. Tony sorts through a number of shirts on the racks, most of which are over-the-top “touristy” designs, including the collectible one he chooses which he was told was priced at $2000, but ended up being $3000 on the price tag.
Puka Dog Waikiki
Tony and friend, Ted Stemple head over to Puka Dog in the Waikiki International Marketplace.
Ono Hawaiian Food
Tony meets with Chef Colin Nishida of Side Street Inn for lunch at Ono Hawaiian Foods on Kapahulu Ave. in Honolulu. Dishes they sample include Laulau with Pork and Butterfish (including a quick demo’ on how it’s put together), Lomi Lomi Salmon, Pipikaula, Salt Meat & Watercress, Kalua Pig and Poi. Contrary to those who say Poi “sucks”, Tony acclaims “It’s great!”
The Side Street Inn
Chef/owner Colin Nishida once again hosts Tony at his famous hole-in-the-wall hotspot, talking the night away over drinks and pupus with fellow local celebrity chefs Alan Wong, Fred DeAngelo, Donato Loperfido and Russell Siu, Nalo Farms’ Dean Okimoto, Star Bulletin columnist Betty Shimabukuro and Master Sommelier Chuck Furuya. Dishes on the table included Gizzards, Portuguese Sausage, SSI’s famous Island Pan-Fried Pork Chops, Pulehu Rib Eye Steak with Hamakua Mushrooms & Maui Onions, Steamed Moi with Hoisin Sauce and Opihi (which he refers to as “Baby Abalone”). Of course with Tony’s favorite green bottle close at hand.
Oahu’s North Shore
Tony meets with big wave surfer Darrick Doerner for a tandem Jet Ski ride out from Haleiwa boat harbor, where they head out to Waimea Bay, which on this particular day was flat as pond. Then they stop by surf legend Peter Cole’s home for a chat over surf culture while enjoying some backyard grinds, which included Poke, Sashimi and grilled Ahi.
New Uptown Fountain
Hawaii Business Magazine food columnist Dave Choo meets with Tony for lunch at New Uptown Fountain in Kalihi. The mission here being to demystify Hawaii’s love of SPAM. Dishes served include a SPAM Musubi made with fried rice, a SPAM omelet served over rice and smothered with curry sauce and Kim Chee, SPAM Saimin, along with just about every other dish New Uptown Fountain has on their menu. In the end, SPAM has made it into Tony’s heart, notably by the SPAM Musubi, which said he really loved.
La Mariana Sailing Club
Tony joins Lloyd Kandell of the musical group Don Tiki for a trip back in time at one of the most famous last-remaining Tiki-themed restaurants in Hawaii over at La Mariana Sailing Club. Here he samples exotic drinks including the Zombie and the Scorpion.
Backyard Paina with Lanai and Friends in Kalihi
Island Rhythms Morning DJ Lanai invites Tony for a local-style backyard party, along with live Hawaiian music and hula. Dishes served included Steamed Onaga with Lup Cheong and Mayonnaise, Poi, Beef Luau, Ahi Poke, Tako Poke and Palusami.
Royal Gardens, Big Island
Author RJ Hillhouse joins Tony for a visit to Jack Thompson’s Garden House Bed & Breakfast in Royal Gardens, the only home still occupied in this remote subdivision now mostly covered by recent lava flows. They discuss the madness of living in the path of an active volcano over a baked chicken, macaroni salad and rice plate lunch.
Paradise Cove Luau
Tony battles his apprehensions of the cliche tourist experience by doing just that at Paradise Cove Luau.
Make the time or set your DVR, because tonight, March 3, 2008 is the much-anticipated Hawaii episode of “No Reservations” with Anthony Bourdain!
It will air on The Travel Channel (Oceanic cable channel 58 or 325 digital) at 8pm Hawaii Standard Time, with encore repeats immediately following at 9pm, and once more at 12am.
I’ve got word that Dave Choo will have a viewing party tonight at his home. Most likely others who’ll also be featured on tonight’s show will be having viewing parties of their own. In fact, I just got off the phone with someone (I think it was Colin) at Side Street Inn, and he said they’re having one as well, and they’re all booked.
Honestly, I’m very excited and can’t wait to see it! After doing so, I’ll follow this post with a full review, including my thoughts on the show.
To bring you back to speed on what this is all about, following is the original story I posted back in December…
‘No Reservations’ SPAMS it Up in Kalihi
Anthony “Bad Boy” Bourdain and crew were in the islands a week ago taping a Hawaii episode for his hit Travel Channel show, “No Reservations”. With that nickname inserted in quotes, I need not re-explain what’s already known about him. See the next link if you don’t.
According to a story publshed a few days ago by the Star Bulletin, his itinerary here included:
• Side Street Inn
• New Uptown Fountain (SPAM files)
• Paradise Cove Luau
• Lewer’s Lounge
• Bailey’s Antiques (where he bought a $2,500 Aloha shirt!)
• Jack Thompson’s B&B (Big Island)
• Lava-Side Inn (Royal Gardens on the Big Island)
Dave Choo, editor-at-large for Hawaii Business Magazine, was one of the lucky few chosen to host a segment, which he recommended they visit Uptown Fountain in Kalihi. According to Dave, the focus of this particular segment was on Hawaii’s love of SPAM. How ironic this happens on the day I had just posted (see previous entry) a ‘SPAM Musubi Showndown’. This is a perfect follow-up!
Items ordered at New Uptown Fountain included, yes, a SPAM Musubi, which Dave said Tony really enjoyed. They were also served the house special: SPAM Omelet over 2 scoops of rice, with curry poured over and topped with Kim Chee. Whoah!
Dave noted how professional and polite Tony was; actually almost “geekish” at first impression. But as soon as the camera was on, his bad boy persona came right out. He joked the entire time and even posed for pictures and signed autographs for folks. Very cool.
In Dave’s new blog, he mentions that Anthony also did the following while here:
• The north shore of Oahu for a barbecue with big wave surfers (cool!)
• Puka Dog (Kauai?)
• Ono Hawaiian Food (Oahu)
One thing they missed that really should have been covered was a segment on lunch wagons. Say from Tsukenjo’s and grind ‘em at Ala Moana Beach Park.
Dave and Tony share some Hot Monkey Love
I’m really looking forward to the finished product when it airs on the Travel Channel in 2008. Aside of that Paradise Cove Luau visit, hopefully as a whole it won’t be just another “touristy” travelogue, but a real-life look at hardcore “local style” Hawaii cuisine and lifestyle, as told through the eyes and stomach of a hardcore kinda’ guy. As a fan and regular ‘No Reservations’ viewer, I’m willing to bet it will be, how can I say?… bad *beeping* @ss!
For an absolutely brilliant, fully-detailed report of Anthony Bordain’s visit to New Uptown Fountain, check out Dave’s new blog, Choo On This!!!