Monday, November 5, 2012

Great Food TV Viewing Tonight! Bourdain Swan Song and Dangerous Grounds

Dangerous Grounds Starts Tonight

Tonight at 9 pm CST on The Travel Channel, a new one-hour series begins: Dangerous Grounds. Todd Carmichael, CEO and co-founder of the Philadelphia-based coffee chain La Colombe Torrefaction (seven locations, in NYC, Philly, Seoul, Chicago) and real life adventurer and humanitarian,  travels to “some of the most fascinating and unseen places in the world” in search of the highest quality and rarest coffee beans. Destinations for the eight shows include Haiti, Bolivia, Madagascar, Borneo, Cuba, and Vietnam (please let this episode be about the Dak Lak civet cat-poop beans!).

As for the dangerous part, previews tease us with shots of him sliding-dangling across a very deep ravine on a thin cable, and this line: “Oh…there’s a dead body.” He’s described as sleeping under his truck to avoid armed robbers, and having to McGiver his engine to keep it going in the middle of nowhere. To his credit, he is searching for the rare beans with a big wad of cash, bypassing middlemen, and buying directly with the growers. The tease is a good one, and the show looks like it might be stimulating (intended), especially for the caffeine freaks in our midst. The show will move to its regular time slot on Tuesday, November 13, 8pm CST.

 Preceding the premier of Dangerous Grounds at 8pm CST is the very last episode of Tony Bourdain’s No Reservations. After eight seasons of gustatory globetrotting, the sharpest-tongued, most entertaining, and wittiest food personality on the tube performs his swan song in Brooklyn before moving on to greener pastures (CNN, ABC, and his own publishing line with Harper Collins). The two shows combined should make for some fantastic and captivating viewing, and a welcome relief from mind-numbing campaign coverage.

Travel Channel:

ATX T-W:          CH 33
Dish                CH 196
Direct TV:         CH 277
ATX Grande:     CH 58

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