Sandra Lee Meets Bourdain, Lets Him Live

By Karen

No Reservations tonight is a special on street food that sounds like a compilation of sweepings from the cutting room floor. Sort of a cinematic version of Bourdain’s book, The Nasty Bits. Not that I’m complaining. Tony seems most at home eating mystery meat prepared by some wizened, toothless crone who’s been cooking outdoors for decades on a grill that’s never been sullied by soap and water.

In her advance buzz e-mail, Ingrid from Room214 mentioned Ireland, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, Mexico, and New York, so we’re in for a world tour. Maybe some of the old footage will provide a glimpse of Tony’s former snark. He’s been too mellow lately.

No so Bourdain’s critics. Dave Zurawik, TV critic for The Baltimore Sun, hated the Rust Belt episode, and the Bourdain bashers came out in force to comment on his post.

Zurawik lambasted Bourdain further on radio at Midday with Dan Rodricks. Scroll down to July 27-30, 1:00-2:00 p.m. to listen.

Buffalo Chow wasn’t thrilled with Bourdain’s visit there, either.

Hot Buffalo provides several clips from the Rust Belt episode without editorializing.

Bourdain blogged his own impressions of the episode.

Too much negative buzz in the blogosphere about Bourdain’s alleged superficial handling of Baltimore and Buffalo to link to here, much of it redundant. Seems nobody liked him saying their city is “bleeped up.”

Perhaps not so oddly, I don’t think I saw a bad word about his treatment of Detroit. After the meltdown of the auto industry, maybe they were grateful for any empathetic visitor.

On July 30, Tony was in New York City attending the premiere of Julie & Julia. Epicurious mentions his “female companion” had a foreign accent. Found a photo in this gallery (#9), and it was Ottavia.

SFoodie wrote a first-hand account of helping Tony find a good taco truck in the upcoming San Francisco episode. SFoodie is also running a contest to attend a view party when the San Francisco episode airs on August 10. All you have to do is write in 60 words or less why you love Anthony Bourdain. The contest ends at midnight tonight (which I assume is 3 a.m. August 4 on the East Coast.)

UPDATE: Bourdain confirmed on his blog my comments about the Street Food episode, that he attended the Julie & Julia premiere with his wife — and they met Sandra Lee.

What I found most shocking was that Sandra Lee dates Andrew Cuomo, New York state’s attorney general.


8 Responses to Sandra Lee Meets Bourdain, Lets Him Live

  1. Adele says:

    I must say the Sandra Lee meeting produced some of the funniest blogging Tony’s done lately. Talk about a nightmare come true. The vision of his horror as she tugged on his earlobe is still making me laugh. But I’m shocked that Sandra’s dating Andrew Cuomo, who, as I said on Tony’s blog, must have his head turned by a nice rack and processed food.

  2. catsworking says:

    Adele, I wish I could have been a fly on the wall for that meeting. Tony’s chickens are really coming home to roost. Rachael Ray, Alice Waters (who recently rescinded her last meal wish of shark fin soup, BTW. Seems she didn’t know where shark fins really come from), and now Sandra Lee. It’s too funny!

  3. Partial says:

    Keep that broad away from Mario’s kids – they are half-Kennedys.

  4. catsworking says:

    Partial, are you saying Mario’s married to a Kennedy? I never heard that before. Hmmm….

  5. st says:

    Andrew Cuomo used to be married to Kerry Kennedy, one of RFK’s daughters. This would mean that the former NY governor, Mario Cuomo, has half Kennedy grandkids even though Andrew Cuomo and Kerry Kennedy are divorced. I think the “Mario” Partial is talking about is Mario Batali. No Kennedy relatives there.

    By the way, Top Chef returns on 8/19 and there’s no mention of Bourdain making an appearance. In addition to that, that awful Toby guy is still around!

  6. catsworking says:

    Ha, ha! When I saw “Mario,” I immediately thought of Batali. Mario Cuomo, of course. I didn’t realize there was a Kennedy connection there, either. Thanks for the info, ST.

    I’ve been hoping Bourdain would return to Top Chef this season. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that they’re keeping a visit from him a secret!

  7. cindy says:

    OMGoodness… get off s/lee’s back. some of her stuff is delicious. some is not. america is the land of “CHOICE” people. c’mon. she has had a turmoil of a life and made something of herself. she deserves credit for that. big time. she is not a bimbo. no way.

  8. catsworking says:

    Cindy, I don’t know enough about Sandra Lee personally to even speculate on whether or not she’s a bimbo, and I’ve only seen her show a couple of times. She seems nice enough, but she’s also living proof that if you have a pretty face and nice cleavage, you can become a celebrity even if you have almost no talent.

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