Allison Shoemaker
allisonshoemaker
Contributor, The A.V. Club and The Takeout. Allison loves television, bourbon, and dramatically overanalyzing social interactions.
8/23/19
11:59 AM
20

The difference is that Rip’s departure felt necessary so that Sara could step up as captain.

6/26/19
11:57 AM
2

They’re all so wonderful and this has broken my heart for a second time realizing that such an open, adventurous spirit is gone forever. I’ll also add that one of my personal favorites is the Brittany episode, due to the fact that I geek out over seafood towers as much as he did.

6/26/19
10:05 AM
1

Peak Bourdain, for me, is way back in A Chef’s Tour. It wasn’t that polished. It felt like they literally had one camera guy. It was simple.

6/25/19
11:23 PM
1

Fermented tea leaf salad is delicious. Anyone who has any reason to be in Ottawa should go to Rangoon and eat the tea leaf salad. I can not describe what it tastes like but it is absolutely delicious. 

6/25/19
7:49 PM
4

You’ll get no argument from me over the Charleston scenes you chose. Still, the one that really hits home for me is the final scene: pals pondside after a long visit, sipping bourbon, tossing baits (that soundtrack too!). Though it probably wouldn’t have meant much without everything that preceded it.

6/25/19
3:48 PM
1

The slow-motion shot in the Cuba episode of the the Malecón (officially Avenida de Maceo), was so perfect and beautiful and lovely, it made me homesick for a place I’d never been.

6/25/19
3:45 PM
2

And that was a day after climbing the highest mountain in Indochina (Fansipan). The young man we hired both days to guide us (for our group of 7 mid-20s guys) was Hmong and brought us a bottle of “happy water” to help with the summit. Happy water has opium in it and that stuff is so potent that the single water bottle

6/25/19
3:31 PM
3

I’m happy to see Houston so high up. Whenever I hear people talk shit about food in Texas, one of my first reactions (after resisting the urge to yell incoherently) is to tell folks to watch that ep of Parts Unknown. Such a great tribute to a generally misrepresented city.

6/25/19
2:52 PM
3

I would have put the LA Koreatown episode on the list, but I realize it’s really hard to narrow down a list like this.

6/25/19
2:49 PM
21

My dad’s idea of a great adventure is to go back to one of the fly-fishing streams he’s been to over a dozen times, by himself, and do nothing but cast all day. His idea of a great meal is the classic campfire burnt-on-the-outside, raw-on-the-inside trout that not only tastes awful, but can make you pretty sick.

6/25/19
2:49 PM
9

I just rewatched the Hanoi show, and the Obama scene is tough to watch. Seeing Bourdain ask him if things are going to be OK and if his daughter will be able to visit in five years is kind of a gut punch. The bit of hesitancy in Obama’s reply that he thinks things will be OK is hard too.

6/25/19
2:48 PM
2

I went to a Georgian restaurant in Bat Yam, Israel a few weeks ago.  I’d never eaten Georgian cuisine before this and I’m looking for Georgian restaurants back home now. That food is flavorful AF.

6/25/19
2:35 PM
2

I thought The Layover was mostly rehashes of shots from prior shows he had done.  If it wasn’t he certainly went to a lot of the same places.  I have seen every or almost every episode of ALL his shows.  I love love love that man.  I would kill to do what he did, but I am nowhere near as entertaining nor eloquent as

6/25/19
1:39 PM
1

What’s certainly true is that you must experience Hanoi on a motorbike. It’s breathtaking, terrifying, exhilarating. And the bun cha there is amazing. Just go outside the Old Quarter for that.

6/25/19
1:34 PM
3

I found Borneo and Georgia were up there for me as well

6/25/19
1:16 PM
5

I just want to hug you while mourning and celebrating AB. Beautiful work.

6/25/19
1:06 PM
2

Agreed...We were just watching his No Reservations Chile episode the other night, and at the end of the show, i turned to my wife and said “So Chile is a place we want to visit now right?” she responded with a smile on her face “Yup!”...Chile! a country not on our radar of places to check out.

6/25/19
1:02 PM
22

I know it’s from No Reservations, but I do feel that no exploration of Anthony Bourdain’s TV work is complete without going into “Anthony Bourdain in Beirut”. That episode was unlike anything I’d seen on TV before.