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By Kelly Thomas - Posted on 28 July 2009

Anyone a fan of the Anthony Bourdain Show? I just wanted to let you know that Buffalo (along with Baltimore and Detroit) was featured on last night's Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations show on the Travel Channel. My hometown, Buffalo, is highlighted during the last 15 minutes of the show. My husband's band-mate (the main guy featured in the clip) persuaded Bourdain to come to Buffalo and a bunch of us gathered at a local bar a few months back on a snowy winter evening to welcome the show to town. My husband is actually in one of the scenes at the end (he is on stage doing back-up vocals and playing guitar.) I am part of the big crowd they show-my 2 seconds of fame! The show will air again next Monday, Aug. 3rd at 9pm ET (and other odd times during the week) if you're interested. Just thought I'd share : )

Here's a link.

 

Picture: Travel Channel, L.L.C.
Episode Description

In the bleak, cold winter, Tony meets up with his good friend Zamir and the two travel to the heart of America's Rust Belt with stops in Baltimore, Detroit and Buffalo. After visiting this misunderstood region, Tony realizes that it's not just home to auto factories and cold weather, but it's also full of kind people and delicious food.

 

I actually watched this last night! I love Bourdain!

I thought that that kind of neighborhood rot had gone away during the early 80s. I mean, even some folks in the show said that things had gotten better but still. 

"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so." -- Douglas Adams

They did not show the best of Buffalo, that's for sure. But I was glad they didn't bash us too much/shed too much of a negative light. Bourdain actually seemed impressed in a "surprised" kind of way. The food in Buffalo really is amazing and diverse, if I do say so myself. There are still lots of proud Buffalonians (like me) who still conisder Buffalo "home sweet home" despite the tough economy and gloom on the surface.

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