When I first heard that Tony was going to be visiting China on this week’s No Reservations, my mind filled with clichés like.
I profusely apologize for my insensitivity – but the Fu Dogs that used to flank the entryway of my aunt’s house made me do it!
The truth is that I’m very excited about Tony’s visit to Harbin in northeastern China (he’s visiting the “Dongbei” area). I can’t figure why he’d bother filming in the dead of winter, but hey….it’s not ME that’s suffering out in the cold.
Tony’s answer to warming up? Having a few drinks of course. Meeting up with Alan Wang to discuss the region, before heading out to freeze in the ice-cold streets to eat with the locals. Of course for Tony, it’s going to be all about his favorite food…YES PORK. There’ll be pork belly, pork meatballs and I’m going to have to double up on my Lipitor just watching this segment. It’s so good in fact, Tony has a hard time leaving this pork paradise called Zhang Fei.
The next morning Tony gets up early and hops on a train for a trip to Yabuli ( a work in progress winter sports resort outside Harbin in the Changbai Mountain Range). Winter – Ski resort – Tony and Patrick Cao (executive partner of the resort) and some skiis? Well, it turns out Patrick can ski…and so can Tony. However, I understand that Mr. Bourdain tries to luge. I’m thinking that MOST people (even skiers and snowboarders) never luge and there’s a good reason for it – LACK OF BRAKES. This is going to be pretty funny.
As always, I’ll be glued to the TV set on Monday, March 15th, at 10 E/P.Make sure that you set your clocks forward tonight so you don’t miss it!