The Latest Bourdainia

By Karen

Actually being with Anthony and Ottavia Bourdain temporarily interrupted my usual cyber-hunting, but my Bourdain calendar is blank the rest of 2009, so I think Tony may be wrapping up his appearances this year. Here’s some catch-up…

Hill’s Kitchen caught a pic of Tony when he was in Des Moines on November 5.

Des Moines will be included in a Midwest episode of No Reservations during Season 6. Tony killed 2 birds with one stone by filming a scene at Bistro Montage while he was there. snagged an interview before Tony’s appearance there on November 7.

Go Ahead and Snicker saw him in Ann Arbor and offers favorite Tony quotes.

While in Ann Arbor, Tony ate in some restaurant where he met chef and cookbook writer Max Sussman and posed for a picture. Sussman wrote Freshman in the Kitchen: From Clueless Cook to Creative Chef with Eli Sussman.

ClubFood shot a really creepy video about why Anthony Bourdain is her hero. Not sure about her dates, since I wasn’t aware he appeared anywhere on November 9. But between her drugged/hung-over(?) demeanor and her peeling orange nail polish, I’d say he has much more to fear from fans like this than the middle-aged ladies who read Cats Working. ClubFood even caught a snippet of illicit footage from his appearance. which you’ll find at about 5:30. And then her first commenter, the charming Deathrape2001, gets Bourdain totally wrong in every way. had the most interesting recap of the Capital Food Fight on November 11 I’ve seen, and they critiqued Tony’s garb for the evening.

Next, Bourdain and family headed to Miami for a celebrity chef event with Eric Ripert and Jacques Pepin on November 13, and allpurposedark snagged a little Q&A. (Note to Morgan: Tony uses the word douchebag.)

Miami New Times reveals that Bourdain is on the short list of chefs (with Ripert and Ramsey) whom Ingrid Hoffman of the Food Network’s Simply Delicioso would like to cook naked with, in the answer to what has to be one of the most stupid interview questions ever. interviewed Tony by phone before his appearance in Schenectady on November 15, after which he was flying to Ecuador to film No Res.

Speaking of Ecuador, We Travel World did a little fixing and got to meet Tony and crew while they stayed at the Mandala for 2 nights. Bourdain apparently wasn’t much-recognized outside of Quito.

Here’s what the TimesUnion reporter had to say after Bourdain’s Schenectady appearance.

Denver Post got an advance phone interview before his sold-out November 18 appearance there, and learned that Bourdain is now actively seeks to undermine the “bad boy” tag he can’t seem to shake.

Just to rub it in that Bourdain once vowed never to return to Denver after saying he couldn’t find any good food, Mayor John Hickenlooper presented him with the “Fork to the City.”

Café Society ran a contest to recommend 3 good restaurants for Bourdain in exchange for a pair of tickets, and this was the winning entry. After his appearance, they also posted one of the worst pictures I’ve ever seen of him.

A.V. Club reports on what Tony said in Denver and offers a bit of illicit video from the Q&A portion.

ROCNow scored an advance phone interview with Bourdain before his appearance in Rochester, NY, on November 20. Bourdain says he realizes that writing will be his fall-back after TV, and hints that maybe he’s getting weary of No Reservations.

James Leach with Rochester City Newspaper got another advance interview where Tony talks about becoming famous and offers a tiny preview of Season 6 of No Res. reports that Rochester gave Tony a standing ovation just for showing up. did its annual ranking of the most influential men and places Bourdain at No. 73, although readers rank him 94th (the lower the number, the more influential). In 2007, he was No. 19. I’m guessing the husband-father thing may explain the slippage.

Karl Klockars, a food blogger in Illinois, wants to know what Bourdain has written lately to deserve the laurels he’s resting on, and criticizes his diligence in following Web buzz about himself.

Alice at Uncommon Sense writes an eerily lyrical love/hate letter to Bourdain that makes her regret her humdrum existence as a college student in Texas.

Finland has launched a campaign to get Bourdain to pay a visit.

In honor of the upcoming holiday…

Here’s a video clip of Bourdain preparing a turkey and stuffing from his only holiday special. It’s the closest Tony may ever come to doing a cooking show. Pass me some of that stuffing, Tony!

If you’re in New York City, Tony will be at the Union Square Barnes & Noble TONIGHT with David Chang at 7 p.m. and it’s free.

22 Responses to The Latest Bourdainia

  1. Bob says:

    Tony is back in NYC tonight, Hmmmmm. Hope he has a little down time. Looks like he’s been a busy busy guy.

    Thats it, relax put the feet up, watch a movie or two.

  2. Zappa says:

    Can you do something about that “middle-aged ladies” comment before my mom sees it? I really don’t have time to listen…I am trying to nap…..


  3. catsworking says:

    Hi, Zappa, don’t blame us for that “middle-aged ladies” crack. That was Karen! We know all our readers don’t fit that description. We have Bob and Bosco and other males, as well as cool cats like you. We think what Karen was trying to say is that now that Tony has actually met some Cats Working readers (Morgan and Cindy), he should realize they’re harmless. After all, they shelled out $150 apiece just for the tickets, not to mention travel expenses.

    OK, so middle-aged women may not be his type, but some day he will learn to appreciate them. They watch his show, read his books, and will probably prove more loyal in the long run than kids whose tastes are still evolving.

    -Yul, Adele, and Cole

  4. catsworking says:

    Bob, I don’t claim to be omnipotent, but I haven’t seen any upcoming events for Bourdain until January 9, when he’s appearing in Florida. Maybe in December he’s either traveling to film NR or he’s taking some much-needed R&R for the holidays. This post alone shows how many miles he’s been logging lately, and he did look kind of beat at the Food Fight. Besides, he’s got a book due at the publisher by the end of the year.

    “Watch a movie or two??!!” Could you be referring maybe to My Winnipeg? If so, Morgan may decide she has to kill you. 😉

  5. Zappa says:

    Thanks ,guys!! Anything that keeps me in chin scratching and catnip toys.I don’t think my mom really cares so much,I just want to keep her happy.


  6. Bob says:

    Just saying that he should kick back, enjoy some quality time with his Daughter and Wife. Just throw something in from the top of the pile..

    But mainly just enjoy any time off that he’s got coming..

  7. MorganLF says:

    ” Middle aged ladies” pardon me but I resemble THAT REMARK! agonizingly so…in my mind I’m still that Playboy Bunny..oH f’ it, I know the babe torch has been passed (but truly hate admitting it).

    Anywho.. thank you Bob for your subtlety much more appetizing than your usual “HEY TONY COME TO WINNIPEG!!

    As for the douche bag reference, I hope my earlier comments on this blog defining the varied and proper employment of this term and its many conjugations have proved edifying.

  8. Bob says:

    You’re Welcome Morgan 😛

  9. Thanks for the campaign announcement. Almost 26 500 members already and still new ones every day 😀 We decided not to change the groups name yet, but sincerely, truly, you all people reading Cats working would be our members of honour, so please join 🙂

  10. Bob says:

    Just joined your group, being the wacky Canadian of this lot, you should be careful what you ask for Fanfromfaraway. You just might get it…..

    So am I an honorary Fin Yet???
    We have a large Nordic Population in Manitoba,Canada.
    Mostly Icelanders in Gimli, Manitoba. So I hope that counts for something..

    Good Luck on your Quest.


    PS Watch out for Morgan she bites 😛

    PPS Just Kidding Morgan.

  11. catsworking says:

    Fanfromfaraway, I went out to the Facebook page but could not figure out how to join. I’m an idiot when it comes to Facebook. I’ll try again. I promise.

  12. Thank You Bob, that counts and You are now an honorary Finn! The “Join”-button is right next to groups name.

    Btw. You should see this funny video of Gordon Ramsay tasting finnish “delicacies”. Everything went really wrong. They served him something not so good right from the supermarket and he acts like a spoiled kid:

    Our show with Tony would really be something else.. Manuscript is almost done already 😀

  13. catsworking says:

    Fan, that was really funny! I once had dinner with a bunch of Norwegian ship’s officers, and they served what were supposed to be authentic Norwegian dishes — lots of fish and berries. I didn’t put a forkful in my mouth that wasn’t full of tiny bones or seeds. By the time the meal was over, the spaces between my teeth were so packed with garbage that I was afraid to smile.

    Update: It is DONE. I joined the Finns’ campaign to get Bourdain to Finland. I had to be logged in to see the Join button.

  14. MorganLF says:

    Warning fanfromfaraway…if you pester and pester about your desire to have Bourdain visit your country(like a certain Canadian)you may just turn him off.

    I know little of Norwegian cuisine but the landscape looks beautiful, and a friends daughter who has in-laws there raves about the freshness of the food.

    I think all that bleak Scandinavian angst: Kierkegaard, Munch juxtaposed against gravlax and the old bitter, eye rolling Tony would make for a great show one that I’d tune in to see.

  15. MorganLF says:

    Wait a minute he did that show…in Sweden Escu Divine!

  16. Bob says:

    Laughing…. Morgan you are always good for a laugh or three…

    I have been pretty quiet on the whole subject for quite some time now. If anyone fans that flame for me its you.

    And don’t forget the motorcycle club and the mutant roll up hotdog were in Sweden.

    But he also had issues with the lack of sunlight, well in Iceland. Since I am not officially his travel agent just yet time will tell

  17. catsworking says:

    Just for the record, fanfromfaraway is in Finland, not Norway.

    Personally, I’ve got a thing for Norway (and Norwegians) and would love to see Bourdain go there, but I’m not even going to suggest it. He’s done Sweden. Close enough for one lifetime.

    And Bob, you know we’re just playing with you about your desire to get Tony to Winnipeg. With his next book coming out, I’d say the chances of him swinging through Winnipeg are better than for him ever showing up in Richmond, Virginia, which isn’t known for being a city of voracious readers.

  18. Bob says:

    Karen… I have just put out a shingle of my own.

    I may be pestering you relentlessly but hey you’re used to that now anyways!!

    Check it out, critiques are always welcome.

  19. catsworking says:

    Bob, good first try. Tentative, yet cheerful. Polite, yet witty. I particularly like the part about having cookies.

    May nobody ever tell you they hope cats eat your eyeballs.

  20. Bob says:

    Here Here !!!!

  21. MorganLF says:

    I knew it was Finland, that’s a Freudian slip the two are interchangeable to me…in any case I’d rather see a show on either of those countries than certain other cold, boring locations.

  22. Bob says:

    Morgan, so predictable.
    Do check out my blog, I think you will find it quite refreshing.

    And you say I sound like a broken record…
    Come for a visit, I double dog dares ya!!!

    You are actually spoken of very highly in my pages might surprise you!!!

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