No Reservations Chile Episode Airs Tonight

by Liz Caskey on July 13, 2009


Tonight, July 13, at 10pm, Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations Chile episode kicks off the second half of Season Five. I will confess, this episode really kicks butt. Of course, not only because it’s Chile–I suppose I had the ultimate preview since I was privileged to work with production as the local fixer for the shoot. 

Tony’s visit to Chile certainly caused a stir among his numerous local fans–storming him in any public place or yelling from high rises; and even being relentlessly trailed on the coast by a local TV station. While my intent is not to give any of the show nor behind-the-scenes secrets away, let’s just say that during his stay he explored the Santiago and dived into some of the classic haunts and dishes like arrollado, rolled pork seasoned with cumin, chili, and paprika at El Hoyo; munched on the gargantuan lomitos at Fuenta Alemana; knocked back the mandatory terremotos, an alcoholic brew made of simple white wine (pipeño) and pineapple sorbet. Of course he hit up foodie musts like the sprawling central market, La Vega where Santiaguinos head for comfort food.

On the coast, more yummy seafood in the form of crunchy empanadas at one of my favorite spots (Las Deliciosas); wolfed down a mutant completo (see video below), and then to the campo, countryside, for some huaso fun. In the verdant south, dazzling scenery, ethereal seafood like raw sea urchins, and almost perfect weather (minus one morning). Along with Tony’s candid comments on Chile from his blog, check out the full itinerary here, if you ever come to Chile, definitely some great spots to seek out!

Tune in tonight and let me know what you thought!


Margaret July 13, 2009 at 11:23 pm

Hi Liz-
I just started hearing that it’s NOT actually on tonight… have you heard anything more about when it might REALLY be on?

Liz Caskey July 14, 2009 at 1:21 am

It’s definitely airing as far as I know. That has been the plan for weeks and is the official word from the network and production. If you go to the No Reservations website on the Travel Channel, there’s all the info. Cheers!

Tomas July 14, 2009 at 3:11 pm


Margaret July 15, 2009 at 3:44 pm

FYI- According to this morning’s El Mercurio, we in Chile are going to have to wait til 2010 to see the program!

omegaet August 24, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Liz…..what about an observation or two on The Cliffs Preserve, since you were there for a “first hand” experience?


Liz Caskey August 25, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Absolutely stunning. One of the most magical places I have ever been. This description on our website really captures my experience. The most unforgettable other than the aromas, the penguins, the crashing of waves, the organic food, etc…I learned to gallop one morning with the resident gauchos on the beach. They taught me how to fall into rhythm with the horse and become one. It blew my mind. Epic and inspirational are the only ways to describe this place. Here’s the link:

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