Sad night tonight. The last episode of No Reservations aired, chef Anthony Bourdain’s raw and insightful Travel Channel show exploring food and culture around the world. I’ll miss it terribly. Thank you to Tony for showing the Samantha Brown’s of the world what real travel is all about. (Psst, it ain’t Disney cruises, Samantha.)
Here’s a clip of the last episode where Bourdain traveled to foodie meccas in Brooklyn. Perfect coda. (I just knew he was going to hit the new Roberta’s tasting room, Blanca. But no Lucali’s?! Major oversight.)
Luckily, Tony’s new show, The Layover airs Nov. 19. His Amsterdam episode is maybe his finest work yet. Brilliant.
Snuggled right next to a park, this adorable little red cafe is the perfect spot to while away a sunny weekend afternoon. Ted & Honey is in a prime spot in Brooklyn’s lovely brownstone-filled Cobble Hill neighborhood. Here, you order at the counter and they bring your food to you. Or you can get a coffee, sit at their communal table (or at the bar in the front window and read the paper – love that!) As we sat on the patio eating, lots of folks rolled up and ordered their food to go and took it next door to shady Cobble Hill Park to eat.
Of course this being Brooklyn, the chef uses locally sourced ingredients, but I’m over that. What’s more notable is that he makes his own ketchup, salsa and various pickled things that he sells in jars on the shelves of the market (also overplayed in Brooklyn, but still cool). But the real headline is his homemade pop tarts filled with strawberry preserves, bananas and chocolate and a variety of other delicious things. Gourmet junk food – what a fun idea! Now if someone could only get the yodel down…
See our meal after the jump …
After a bike ride to the Fort Greene’s Brooklyn Flea on Saturday I was darn parched so I rolled up to these fine ladies doling out exotic tonic and got myself a frosty glass of … hibiscus tea!
The taste: Slightly sweet, a bit tart, a little cranberryish. Perfect at $2.
The Effect: People drink hibiscus tea all over the world, especially in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. It’s sometimes used as a mild medicine and it’s been found to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure. Even better.