This Sunday, Travel Channel star and foodie Anthony Bourdain goes off the beaten path and explores some of the food and history of Mississippi on his award-winning CNN original series "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown." Bourdain admits the Mississippi Delta is a place he knows little about, but ambassadors John T. Edge and John Currence help fill him in along the way.
Bourdain starts his tour in downtown Jackson, where he meets up with Edge at the Big Apple Inn to taste a pig ear sandwich. He then paddles the Mississippi River with John Ruskey of Quapaw Canoe Co., who cooks greens, sweet potatoes and pork loin over an open fire for dinner. Julia Reed and Currence meet him at Doe's Eat Place in Greenville for the famous salad, tamales and fried shrimp. Next, his travels take him to state Sen. Willie Simmons' The Senator's Place in Cleveland where he indulges in fried okra, mac and cheese, neck bones, rice and gravy and fried chicken before heading on to Lusco's in Greenwood, a "reliquary of indiscretions past" as described by Edge.
No trip to the Delta would be complete without a stop in Oxford. A writer himself, Bourdain makes sure to fit in a
Last night's episode and the season finale of Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations" took place in Cajun Country. The show was just too good - and Bourdain's one-liners too plentiful - to watch just once, so we viewed it a second time and wrote down our Top 10 favorite lines. If you missed the episode, it airs again next Monday, September 5, at 8 p.m. E/P. And for a behind the scenes look at filming during the boucherie in Eunice, watch our video here. (A travel guide for Bourdain's Cajun Country is also in the works and will be up on our site soon!)
Top 10 Lines From "No Reservations" in Cajun Country (in order of appearance)
1. New Orleans still has a regional culture. In much of the rest of the country, you ask them what kind of food they eat, they say McDonald's or Burger King. You ask them what kind of music they listen to, whatever's Top 40. New Orleans, you get emblematic food, emblematic music, emblematic architecture, and we are an example for the rest of the country to rediscover those things about themselves. - Lolis Eric Elie on New Orleans
2. Two hours drive from New Orleans, and
by Erin Z. Bass
A few weeks ago, I heard Travel Channel star and chef Anthony Bourdain was going to be in Lafayette filming for his show, "No Reservations." I didn't know exactly when he'd be here, but figured the local rumor mill would start to churn once he arrived. On Friday afternoon, a few people tweeted they'd seen him at Tsunami Sushi downtown. It didn't take long for y'all to wonder why Anthony Bourdain was eating sushi instead of a poboy or bowl of gumbo, and he actually replied to a few tweets saying he'd only had a beer. To further clarify, he and his crew were staying in the lofts above the restaurant, and Tsunami does serve a crawfish roll.
There was no need to worry though. On Bourdain's agenda for Saturday was an all-day boucherie at Lakeview Park in Eunice that included the 6 a.m. butchering of a pig. For those of you not from South Louisiana, a boucherie is an old tradition of making use of all parts of a pig before there were freezers and refrigerators. In communities like Eunice and Mamou, west of Lafayette, neighbors got together and spent the day killing and cleaning the hog,