Tuesday, June 06, 2006


Do you know Anthony Bourdain? Granted, I don’t personally know him, but I feel as if we are comrades in the discovery of foods and travel. A renown chef and raconteur of all things flavored, Bourdain’s current show, No Reservations, is on the Travel Channel. I cannot tell you enough how much I love this show. “Inappropriate for some viewers” warns the intrepid would-be watcher—for a cooking show! Our shared sense of travel and culinary adventure dovetail into a fantastic hour of me gawking, pea-green with envy. Only I don't think those are peas.

I have the same policy as Tony when I travel: street food YES, hotel food, no. Fast food? Not if there is a guy on the corner selling tamales! The problem is I travel with intestinal wimps. I think my intestinal fortitude comes from my indiscriminate consumption of foods from 3rd world eateries (like Beto’s.)

Tonight Anthony went to Mumbai where he ate:
Brains! Recipe: garlic, minced green onion, tomatoes, BRAINS, with garam masala. Add chiles, outcome yields a spicy, creamy dish with a great flavor. Watch for it at my next party!

All the meats he tried in the Muslim section are Halal, prepared especially for the cleanest meats and to minimize cruelty to the animals. Did you know that there are 2800 crimes per 100,000 people in New York? Well, in Mumbai it’s 144 per 100,000 people. Thanks, Tony, for the great trivia. Consider it filed away.

In the meantime, let’s hit Thailand. I would totally eat bugs.


c jane said...

Ok ONE episode had me dry heaving. So gross.
But street food, YES.

~j. said...

I don't even know where Mumbai is. But I know where El Paso is. As a soon-to-be traveling companion of yours, let me just say that I enjoy Beto's.

Bek said...

Carina...I LOVE THAT SHOW!!!!

Did you see the anniversary special he did in France?

tiff-fay-fay said...

I do not have a wimpy intestine. i just happen to like rich, creamy foods. is heavy dairy that much of a problem?

Azúcar said...

It's true, you don't have a wimpy intestine, but you are, let's admit, rather particular about your food (if I can just get you to conquer that "No Asian Foods" rule...) On the otherside, I'd eat at a restaurant with you any day (because you give me your mushrooms.)

I did NOT see the Anniversary show in France, but I heard that the brains were not as good. Tony recommends the brains in Mumbai (Bombay) over their gallic cousins.

~J, I dreamed I overpacked and that we missed our airplane (twice.)

CJaners, I can see people dry heaving over that, I know that my other half would have been. As for me and, well, at this point me, I'll try anything once.

BowlerGirl said...

I love this man! LOVE HIM. I read Kitchen Confidential and A Cooks Tour. Some of the stuff he eats absolutely kills me, but I love the way he describes food and how much absolutely loves all food...(OK, all food except Vegan food. Anyhow, if you like his show and don't mind a little langauge and some rough humor you will love his books. Oh, and his shows on the the Travel channel are great too!

La Yen said...

Is it weird that his special on London food made me want to go there more? British people eat weirder things than Mumabinians. Sardines, Intestines, Moles, Voles, Poles...anyway.
I heart him.
We may not be eating the the Mexico, just because it is a little shady. I have eaten there thrice, and once got horribly bad food poisoning. So, we'll see how it looks. On the plus side, I know of only two people who have had to be hospitalized for their Mexican Viagra consumptions...

Azúcar said...

Sardines are delightful! Of course, I prefer them grilled and smoked over an open fire.

As for intestines, I prefer them stuffed with sausage. Frankly, a wurst is not a wurst without the snappy bite of intestinal casing!

Someday I am going to write a post about my love affair with the anchovy.

Wierd foods I like: Chicken hearts, liver of all types, blood sausage, octopus, eel, and all manner of stinky cheeses.

Azúcar said...

On of my favorite stories from Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party, is when he is shooting a movie in Durango, Mexico. He goes to try the local specialty: live bug tacos.

You have to try and eat the corn taco before all the bugs escape, crawling over your face to make their get away.


This is me said...

Did you see the one in Russia? This was when his show was still on the Food Network (yeah, I'm old-school). He ate tons of gross food, drank way too much vodka and spent the whole next day puking in his hotel room. It was awesome.

Geo said...

Okay, I'm with you on the stinky cheeses and oddfish and even occasional livers, but I think I have to draw the line at creamy brains, even if they're cooked with garam masala. Hook! If they're undercooked, are they able to plot revenge?

Geo said...

Has anyone here ever tried Taqueria de la Tormenta On Center in Provo?

Azúcar said...

I have not and now I desperately want to, especially with a name like that.

I haven't seen the Russia episode either, sounds tasty. I love seeing the unvarnished details of travel adventures. Anyone else would have edited all of it out for the sake of vanity.

Shells, I picked up Kitchen Confidential today and I'm halfway through the tome. I always meant to get around to reading it and have now found it was worth the wait.

(I also picked up Hornby's Long Way Down and Prep on the recommendation of you know who you are. Borders is having buy 2 get 1 free on select books, including two I had intended on purchasing anyway, hooray!)

Azúcar said...

ja'dore escargo!

~j. said...

Okay, I've gone long enough and I have to say something.

You know how my screen is dark and I can't see photos very well? Add to that the fact that I don't know who this guy is...when I look at the photo I see...

Tom Bergeron.

Azúcar said...

I can see where the similarities lie. When you finally get a good look at him, you'll know why his nickname used to be "Flaco." (Which is not genial Bergeron's nickname.)

Also, I don't know if Tom Bergeron has ever cussed a word in his life, whereas Tony, uhm, yeah.

compulsive writer said...

Bergeron. Bourdain. Maybe they're cousins?

Slightly amused by the irony of slaughtering the animals we eat with the least bit of cruelty possible.

Beef tongue is delicious. But only if you don't stop to think about what you're eating.

J'adore les cuisses de grenouilles!

joy said...

I watched Anthony Bourdain for the first time ever today. I was wracking my brain for the celebrity he sounds like and looks like. It finally came to me: Tom Bergeron! I google both names and here I am, thankful that someone else somewhere agrees.