No Reservations: Anthony Bourdain in the California Desert

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Girls, girls... there's no reason to lose your heads over Anthony Bourdain. He's married.
No Reservations has had Anthony Bourdain travel to some interesting places, like Cuba, Ghana, Liberia, and Cambodia. Imagine our surprise when last evening, Tony was seen driving a vintage Thunderbird in the California desert.

Tony meets Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age, who grew up in this no-man's land somewhere between Los Angeles and Palm Springs to take in a little local color tequila and try to get a new soundtrack for the show.


First stop is Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace, a desert outpost full of biker babes, booze, and barbecue. After being served a Mason jar full of tequila, our intrepid traveler gets hungry. What's on the menu in this roadhouse? Meat on the grill in the form of rib eyes and ribs. Upon eating, Tony spots the bouncer, who he notes could take out Swayze (in an homage to Roadhouse). Plans to go to the recording studio to lay down tracks come to an abrupt end after they lapse into a food- and tequila-induced coma.

The next morning, Tony and Josh head out to what has to be the most awesome flea market/junkyard on the planet, where they purchase an autographed photo of Nancy Sinatra and some wig heads.

Tony notes that tequila's been sweating out of his pores, which means it's time for breakfast. The logical food for an awesome hangover is an awesome breakfast of chili and onions! Way to go, Tony. Josh calls the food "a booze mop," which is something that we'll steal because it's both witty and true. Might we mention that the wig heads are at the table watching... just watching...

After breakfast, it's time for a cocktail. The Corvette Summer seems to be the drink of choice. Made with tequila (we're noting a pattern) and grapefruit juice, it's the perfect drink to record a soundtrack to. Tony quips that the only thing to really do after making a truly great piece of music is "pick up the Grammy, OD, fall into the pool."

Besides music and booze, we have to admit we found two shocking moments in this episode -- and they both involve Anthony Bourdain making vegetarian dishes. In the first go-round, Tony cooks a creamy asparagus and black truffle risotto for the band that's recording his epic soundtrack.

Bourdain's second vegetarian meal in one episode is a re-creation of Scott Conant's tomato and basil spaghetti from Scarpetta. The secret of the sauce is in the butter, to make it creamy.

All trips to the California desert eventually lead to Palm Springs. Tony and his pal Josh go to Lord Fletcher's, which hasn't changed since the days of Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin. Tony then says what we've been thinking for years -- that Frank Sinatra wishes he were as cool as Dean Martin was.

As the day ends in the U.S. desert, Tony gets the new soundtrack to his show and notes that "rock 'n' roll is a grueling business" as he jumps into his classic T-Bird and drives off into the sunset.

Here's a great reel of the sun coming up on the desert, from the show:

No Reservations Desert Roll from Adam Lupsha on Vimeo.


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14 comments
Zachunter
Zachunter

"Corevette Summer"2 Equal Parts Reposado Tequila1/2 part fresh lime1/2 part tonic

I've had best luck with casadores, odwalla grapefruit & diet tonic

Phyllis Rothwell
Phyllis Rothwell

No Reservations is a great show.  I learn something new every time I watdch it. Corvette Summer baby.

FiveLittleHens
FiveLittleHens

Does anyone have the recipe for a Corvette Summer cocktail?

The Pulp Blog
The Pulp Blog

This has generally been a great season -- Cuba, Liberia, Haiti were all incredible episodes. But I gave up on the desert when the two of them were wandering a swap shop. I mean, are we really watching two dudes stroll through a flea market in the middle of nowhere?

Marco Cueto
Marco Cueto

Tony will be coming to El Pollo Imperial very soon. I hope you rnjoy it.

Jeff Mcclung
Jeff Mcclung

I think he said tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice and tonic.  I am in the process of making it tonight.  It is rather good!  Just mix those to taste.  

Laine Doss
Laine Doss

Dear Hens:

Couldn't find one (will keep looking), but I did find a recipe for a Little Red Corvette. Here goes:

Little Red Corvette30ml Midori30ml Frangelico4-5 strawberriesBlend with IceServe in a standard Martini GlassGarnish with Strawberry (optional)

Laine Doss
Laine Doss

Eric - I have to disagree. That flea market is what made me want to get in a plane to LA, buy some junk heap of a car for a thousand bucks (as long as it's a convertible) and go to that swap meet looking for old signs and rusty bits of Americana. And to do it with Tony Bourdain......sweet!

ErinHilburn
ErinHilburn

Maybe I'm a fan girl, but I'd watch Bourdain and Homme do damn near anything. *shrugs*

Rastapark
Rastapark

u right im drinking my version of it now and watching the show on netflix...... to me it seems like more grapefruit than lime and tonic, but I like more tequila than lime tonic or grapefruit :)

FiveLittleHens
FiveLittleHens

I thought he said ginger ale, not tonic.  We tried it with ginger ale and it was delicious.  I'll have to try the tonic although I think that might be a little too bitter with the grapefruit juice

Jeff Mcclung
Jeff Mcclung

Oh, I did a ruby red grapefruit also, which was tart and sweet.  Regular grapefruit may be a bit on the bitter side.  

Jeff Mcclung
Jeff Mcclung

I liked the tonic, but if I get some ginger ale I'll give it a shot, too.  The drink was nice and refreshing.  

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