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Need I say more? A whole new season of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations begins airing on the Travel Channel tonight at 10 p.m. EST (7 p.m. HST) as he visits Laos. I’m been a huge Bourdain fan before, during, and after his visit to the islands last year. I still get chicken skin thinking about his Hawaii show. Great episode.

Fellow Bourdainians can watch all of last season’s episodes on the Travel Channel today. Can you say No Reservations marathon?

And is it just me or does Oceanic Cable here in Hawaii need to get on the Travel Channel HD bandwagon? I feel like I’m getting “jipped” everytime I have go down the dial (channel 325) to watch all my favorite shows. Can you imagine watching Andrew Zimmern eating bugs and whatever he eats in HD? Awesome!

If you agree, please join me in contacting Oceanic Cable with your “demand” via its online Help Desk or by calling 808-643-2100 and let’s get Travel Channel HD to our TV sets in Hawaii soon!

-NGK

[Photo courtesy of Travel Channel.]

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Anthony Bourdain came to Hawaii. He saw. He conquered. And in the end, he loved every minute of his time in the Hawaiian Islands! YES!

So why were all of the locals (including yours truly) holding our collective breath as the Hawaii episode of No Reservations aired on the Travel Channel last night? Well, because it’s Bourdain we’re talking about here. No one could have guessed whether a dash of Spam Musubi and good ‘ol dousing of Aloha Spirit would be enough to win the heart of this “tell it like it is” chef. But it did, as well as many other experiences the bad boy chef had while he was in Hawaii.

A $3,000 aloha shirt from Bailey’s, out of this world Puka Dog in Waikiki, delicious grinds at Ono Hawaiian Food, hanging out with the island’s top chefs at Side Street Inn, a visit to the famous North Shore of Oahu, all the SPAM he could eat at New Uptown Fountain, a typical local backyard BBQ, exploration into tiki drinks at La Mariana, and visit to volcano on Hawaii Island was the perfect recipe to prove to Bourdain that Hawaii is much more than sun, sand, and surf. Surprisingly, he even managed to enjoy himself at the Paradise Cove Luau.

The show was a fantastic showcase and representation of the way Hawaii people live and eat in its truest sense. Bourdain dove right in to the local lifestyle enjoyed here in the islands and opened his mind and heart to everything the encountered. The result was a new appreciation for a place he doubted before, but grew to love in one short week. Funny how Hawaii does that to people sometimes.

To all involved in this endeavor to welcome Bourdain to Hawaii…much mahalo! Mr. Bourdain, we enjoyed your presence here in the 50th state, are totally stoked you enjoyed what you saw/ate, and hope you come back to visit again soon!

For the low down and further insights into the production, be sure to visit my colleague Michael Ni’s blog.

-NGK

[Photo courtesy of Travel Channel]

UPDATE: The ‘No Reservations’ homepage just posted a Hawaii guide which outlines Bourdain’s travels throughout Hawaii. A couple things missing are New Uptown Fountain where he filmed the SPAM segment with David Choo and the backyard paina (party) in Kalihi with radio personalities Lanai and Kaleo. Bourdain also flew Hawaiian Airlines to get to Hawaii. 

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Today is the day I’ve been waiting for (I think) since last December when Anthony Bourdain came to Hawaii to tape an episode of No Reservations. The one-hour Hawaii show airs tonight (8 p.m. HST) on the Travel Channel and the world will find out exactly what Bourdain thinks about the Hawaiian Islands, our culture, people, and cuisine.

Was bringing the show to Hawaii a brilliant idea to share a unique side of paradise with travelers across the mainland? Or was this an initiative for our client – the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau – that we’ll all want to forget about soon?

The moment of truth will be delivered in a few hours.

I’ll be anxiously watching with my team and colleagues at Side Street Inn tonight. For the record, I’m sticking with my positive outlook that Bourdain will love Hawaii. And not like the outcome of the show can change at this point, but just for fun I visited Bourdain’s MySpace page this weekend to request his friendship (which he accepted). I’m taking this as a good sign of things to come.

-NGK

[Photo courtesy of Bourdain's MySpace page]

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[Photo courtesy of Travel Channel]

With the weekend coming up, I never thought I’d ever say I’m looking forward to Monday. Don’t get me wrong. I love my job, but c’mon lets face it…weekends are a premium…especially when you have an 8 month old to keep you busy.

But I’m going to saying it this time only because Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” Hawaii episode airs on Monday, March 3 at 8 p.m. HST. There’s going to be quite a number of “Bordainians” at Side Street Inn (one of the places Bourdain visited) to watch the show and I’m going to be one of them. Hope to see you there.

Not to mention, there’s been some good coverage about the show in the blogs and news to keep everyone in Hawaii excited. Most recently, local food writer Jo McGarry penned a wonderful Table Talk column in Midweek talking about No Reservations and other foodies shows featuring Hawaii. Cool thing is, my team at McNeil Wilson is involved in all of them.

Here’s a few other blogs and news sites I’ve come across talking about No Reservations Hawaii (starting with the most recent postings):

Are you excited about the show?

-NGK

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After reading Anthony Bourdain’s blog tonight about his experience in Romania, my public relations career flashed before my eyes. What if he doesn”t like Hawaii? I honestly didn’t think it was a bad episode last night and thought it was rather funny. But it sounds like a lot of people were offended…mostly Romanians and those who have visited Romania according to Bourdain.

With the Hawaii episode of “No Reservations” up to bat next Monday, I remain optimistic the Aloha State will be represented fairly. I think it’s safe to say we can expect Bourdain to poke fun at the sterotypical side of Hawaii…luaus, umbrella drinks, and the like…it’s what he does in every destination! But that’s exactly why we didn’t force anything down his throat and merely suggested some unique, off-the-beaten-track experiences to his producers for him to engage in…otherwise known as everything outside of a typical guidebook. Understanding the show, there was no way you were going to find Bourdain in the predictable Hawaii tourist spots and that’s exactly what we wanted. The goal: to showcase a different side of Hawaii that many may not have known about.

And it’s always nice to have a second opinion. A story in the Honolulu Advertiser today shares some insight into local food writer David Choo’s time with Bourdain. According to Choo, “A lot of people are worried about how Hawaii and Spam will fare during the episode, but I think we’re going to do OK. The reason for my optimism is that he really liked the stuff. He at all his Spam musubi and then ate my leftovers.”

David’s comments are music to my ears and builds my confidence that I’ll still have a job at McNeil Wilson next Tuesday. :-)

-NGK

“HAWAII EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS IN EVERY WAY.”
- Anthony Bourdain

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Anthony Bourdain at Side Street Inn with our client Darlene Morikawa (HVCB) and my colleague Michael Ni. (Photo courtesy of Michael Ni)

Head’s up to all “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” fans out there. The Hawaii episode airs one week from tonight (on Monday, March 3 at 8 p.m. HST) on the Travel Channel. As a self-proclaimed foodie and Bourdain fanatic, I can barely wait to see what the “bad boy of cuisine” has to say about his visit to Hawaii as he explores our local foods and culture. As long as it doesn’t turn out like his Cleveland episode (boy he was brutal!), the 50th state should be in good shape. Here’s what’s in store:

Tag along with chef and author Anthony Bourdain as he travels around Oahu and Hawaii’s Big Island to dispel the common myths of Hawaii…some of them his own. It’s no longer just about the luau, tiki drinks, and aloha shirts. In Hawaii, he finds a mixture of cultures that create delicious eats found nowhere else.

The thing I love about Bourdain is his style of calling it like he sees it (or tastes it). It makes for compelling, honest television that pulls viewers in with no hold barred commentary…for things good and bad. So it was with some nervousness that my team at McNeil Wilson went after this show on behalf of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) and secured it as part of our PR efforts to promote travel to the state. Everyone on the team loves No Reservations, it’s the most popular show on the Travel Channel, and millions of viewers who love to travel tune in religiously. Nervousness aside, this was the right thing to do for Hawaii.

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Bourdain feasting on SPAM dishes at New Uptown Fountain with local writer David Choo. (Photo courtesy of Michael Ni)

Hats off to my colleague Michael Ni who was relentless in hunting down the producers and getting the show to Hawaii. He put together a great itinerary for Bourdain and had a chance to hang out with him and the entire crew. I’ll let Michael tell you more about the experience in his new blog.

And for the hardcore No Reservations fans, word is Side Street Inn (one of the places Bourdain visited) is having a screening party next Monday. Be there or be square. However, reservations are recommended!

-NGK