Staycations with Anthony Bourdain

We have the latest scoop on his first U.S. episode of the new season of Anthony Bourdain’s show, No Reservations.

Anthony Bourdain is the renown gourmet chef, author and television personality. While attending Vassar College he became interested in cooking and went on to graduate from the Culinary Institute of American in 1978. From there he went on to run various restaurant kitchens in New York City including: Sullivan’s, One Fifth Avenue and Supper Club. Because of his family’s French heritage and his study of classics in culinary school, his role in the restaurant catapulted him to the role of executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in Manhattan. From there Anthony went on to become an acclaimed culinary writer.

The Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, his first book debut, led to a television offer. Bourdain went on to write two more books and produce the food network series before landing his Emmy nominated show No Reservations. In its fifth season, “No Reservations” travels the world seeking out the not so popularized eating havens of today. Like our gonzo journalists here at, Tony seeks out the cheapest and best experiences before the rest of the world has caught on. He secretly works for us…:)

The first episode of this season airs July 13th in Chile. But in relevance to our endeavors, check out the 3rd episode on July 27th on the Travel Channel to check out some great eating staycations to help you become the ultimate connoisseur of underground U.S. culture. Tony will be traveling to Baltimore, Detroit and Buffalo. Although you may be imagining a grey cloud hovering over these cities in between the crime and traffic, the old hard working cities of the eastern U.S. have a culture and vibe that cannot be re-created by resorts or newly booming cities.

Food, art, architecture and personality are aspects that take years to develop in a dense city. This is certainly why everyone loves to travel to Europe; there is a vibe and culture of honesty that surrounds you when you walk along cobblestones. When a new resort is opened up most of the attractions are new, and have been put there just to attract tourism. When you step into Buffalo or Detroit, the food and places of entertainment have survived years of bad economies and emigration. This honing of a city is what gives the bricks the same dark hue that you see on the shops of European towns. So please, go check it out before the episode airs so you are ahead of the curve. Catch a ballgame, eat some American pastime and catch some local music. I don’t have to tell you how cheap it is to visit these cities, you already know. Safe Travels until next time.