No Reservations: Anthony Bourdain in the California Desert
|Girls, girls... there's no reason to lose your heads over Anthony Bourdain. He's married.|
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
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:
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