Tonight on No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain visits Sri Lanka. Ingrid at Room241 tells me, “While in Colombo, Tony samples lampreis, a local delicacy, and eats a heaping pile of kotu roti.”
I have no idea what she’s talking about, but if Bourdain’s eating it, I’m watching.
Tony told his Durham audience on February 19 he felt jet-lagged and curiously not hungry his first 3 days in Sri Lanka. I think it shows in this preview. He only seems to perk up when cameraman Todd strikes again, destroying food.
Tony was in Palm Desert February 26 and reporter Maggie Downs of the Palm Springs Desert Sun got a good phone interview. She even had the nerve to mention Paula Froelich. (Thanks, Cats Working reader Cindy, for the link.)
Rachael Ray was apparently on Nightline last week and talked about Bourdain’s attacks on her Dunkin’ Donuts endorsement. (Warning: The Feedbag’s a Rachael fan.)
In Ingrid’s installment on the recent “Disappearing Manhattan” episode, she divulged that the No Reservations folks are hard at work on a new Facebook application that’s going to run a monthly contest for travel reviews, leading up to a year-end grand prize. It’s in beta testing and not live yet, but if you’re registered on Facebook, stay tuned. It’s coming.
On another front of social networking, Travel Channel hooked up with SnapMyLife to provide candid, behind-the-scenes mobile photos of upcoming No Reservations episodes. Unfortunately, it seems to have run into legal snags posting people’s photos without permission.
After my recent encounter with Bourdain in Durham, Cats Working readers have been hungry for more. (Where have I heard that before?) Their interesting tidbits are scattered throughout the comments, so I’m bringing them to the fore.
Bob found a 2002 interview from Tony’s Cook’s Tour days. He discusses his writing and shares a gross encounter with a pig in Portugal that ended up on the cutting room floor. He also pays homage to a former cat, saying…
My house is run, essentially, by an adopted, fully clawed cat with a mean nature.
Bob also found 2 podcasts at Off the Broiler. These are casual conversations with Bourdain at home. You can even hear the click of Tony’s cigarette lighter as he declares he’ll never give up smoking.
On Michael Ruhlman’s blog, Bob dug up an account of Tony’s 50th birthday party. Scroll through the comments and you’ll find one from Ottavia herself.
Cindy found an interview related to Bourdain’s recent Durham appearance by Sarah LeTrent at The News & Observer. It seems Ariane is taking ballet lessons.
And finally, I uncovered 3 podcasts from his 2006 Nasty Bits days. Among other things, he mentions that his favorite color is blue, in case you were wondering.