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Anthony Bourdain No Reservations Recap: Island Hopping In The Caribbean

Posted by on July 6, 2010 at 11:14 AM EST

anthony bourdainAnthony Bourdain: No Reservations returned last night with its season 7 premiere in the Caribbean.

Season 7 of No Reservations premiered last night on Travel Channel in what was an excellent start to the new season.

We find world-renowned author, chef and globetrotter Anthony Bourdain lounging on a tiny island in the Grenadine Islands in the Caribbean. In a landscape that is sure to take anyone’s breath away, the opening scene of season 7 of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations is absolutely gorgeous.

The premiere episode follows Bourdain as he island hops to each of the Grenadine Islands. I have to give credit to whoever produced the Season 7 premiere. Instead of jumping right into the worldly adventures and bizarre food we are used to seeing, they ease into the season with a laid-back episode in which the backdrop is white sand beaches and crystal clear water.

Food wise, there is nothing out of the ordinary. Everything that Bourdain eats in this episode of No Reservations is all about the freshness. Seafood in these parts of the Caribbean is caught fresh within minutes of being prepared. In addition to the fresh fish, locally grown herbs and spices, Bourdain is blessed with sipping on the local favorite, Rum Punch, all day long.

In a twist of the more extraordinary, Bourdain travels to a tiny island, which consists of nothing more than a bar. The extraordinary part of this island is that it made solely out of conch shells and concrete. It amazes me how what was once the ocean emerged an island that is a staple to the Grenadine Islands locals.

Now for the part of the show that is surely to make P.E.T.A cower in utter fear, it is hunting time. Anthony Bourdain joins up with some locals in a tradition that is ages old. Ladies and gentleman it is now time to hunt for some Manicou. Of course here in the states we refer to them as the opossum, the Manicou is more likely to be road kill than a hunted delicacy.

The shear savagery of the method in which the Manicou was hunted will make any animal lover weep in a corner. Armed with nothing more than a long spear, the Manicou was stabbed, swung by its tail and then eaten.

We round out the show with Anthony trekking through the beautiful rain forests, eating freshly caught crawfish and just soaking it all in with the locals.

All in all, the season 7 premiere of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations was a tasteful journey through one of the most beautiful places in the world.

I feel there was no better place than the Grenadine Islands in the Caribbean to start off what is sure to be another exciting and adventurous season of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.



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