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A Date With Anthony Bourdain February 26, 2009

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Well, not exactly.

What I should say is that the Hubs and I have a belated Valentine’s date night tonight. To celebrate, we are off to enjoy a nice dinner and attend a lecture by one of our favorite chefs/intrepid world travelers, Anthony Bourdain. It is part of Bourdain’s A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines.

For those not familiar with the cooking world’s globetrotting “bad-ass”, Bourdain is a chef, author of several books and host of the Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. The hubs and I enjoy watching his TV series and appreciate Bourdain’s respect, enjoyment and enthusiasm for emersing himself in the culture, food and customs of a people wherever he travels.

Some of my favorite episodes include him eating fermented shark in Iceland, a still-beating cobra heart in Vietnam and raw seal in Quebec.

This below write up from FOX, as seen on Bourdain’s website, is an example of why I like Bourdain:

NEW YORK — Anthony Bourdain suffered quietly as he dined on wart hog – encrusted with sand, fur and fecal bacteria – in the African country of Namibia.

Bourdain, host of the Travel Channel’s “No Reservations,” finished the meal knowing he would become terribly ill. But who was he to complain as a VIP guest of the same arid landscape where Angelina Jolie delivered Brad Pitt’s baby?

Spitting out nasty bits of wart hog would be rude to the locals he was dining with.

“The chief is there in front of his whole tribe offering you his very best,” Bourdain said. “Show respect. I’m lucky to be there. I’m lucky to see that. I’m lucky to have that experience. Chewing some antibiotics is a small price to pay.”

Photo from here.


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