Bourdain Slurps Noodles with Obama

By Karen

Anthony Bourdain’s CNN series Parts Unknown is worth watching Sunday, September 25, 9 p.m. ET. He’s in Hanoi, Vietnam, and shares noodles and beer with President Obama in a small local joint.

Obama’s approval rating is at about 58%, so having a beer with a popular guy like Bourdain can only reflect well on Hillary. In fact, it’s a shame it’s not Hillary.

The intended contrast with Donald Trump is unmistakable. Not only would Trump never be caught dead in such humble surroundings, but you know he can’t use chopsticks and he’s incapable of small talk.

Luckily for Bourdain, Angelina Jolie’s divorce from Brad Pitt immediately eclipsed the Bourdain breakup announcement. The Bourdains can’t hope to have drama that remotely compares to allegations of Pitt being a substance- and child-abuser.

Today I read this Washington Post article where Tony mentions being in London during the Brexit vote (Parts Unknown to air Oct. 23) and did a double-take at the undated CNN photo of Nigella Lawson making Tony breakfast in her home.


As I’ve pondered Bourdain’s post-Ottavia life, the woman who sprang to mind as his next potential companion was Nigella. They’ve known each other for years, and he was there for her when her marriage fell apart while they were filming The Taste together.

I am absolutely NOT implying any illicit behavior, but if Tony does end up on his own, he could do a lot worse than Nigella. In fact, he DID do a lot worse before he met Ottavia.

On Parts Unknown last season, Bourdain wore no wedding ring. I should have mentioned months ago that it was his best ever, winning his 4th straight Outstanding Series Emmy. I’ve forgotten details, but every episode touched me in some way — tears, laughter, sheer wonder at the amazing cinematography.

Ottavia published an article in August on Lena Dunham’s site Lenny about how she got into MMA. Her byline included her maiden name and mentioned only her daughter, as if she’s a single mother.

So hints about the breakup were out there, even before the big announcement.

Bourdain has a new home-cooking book coming out on October 25 called Appetites. And he revealed in a recent interview with Uproxx that he’s about to start another book. I wonder what happened to the novel he’s been working on for years?

BONUS: Bourdain’s Russian sidekick Zamir Gotta has permanently defected to Buffalo, New York, to launch Zamir Vodka. And Trump’s worried about Mexicans.

DOUBLE BONUS: Here’s Bourdain’s latest episode of Raw Craft, a series he does for Balvenie Distillery featuring expert craftspeople. This one is in North Carolina with a pearl-wearing metalsmith named Elizabeth Brim.

9 Responses to Bourdain Slurps Noodles with Obama

  1. Francis Alan Wormald says:


  2. MorganLF says:

    I don’t fact I told you my suspicion right away. But if that ever was (Nigella) it’s over now. She’s too old for him.

  3. catsworking says:

    Nigella’s 56 and I think that’s the perfect age for him. In the beginning, Ottavia was 28 going on 56, very nurturing and maternal in a punk sort of way, but now she’s all fighter. She has said herself that she’s changed. While I applaud her for being such a strong and assertive woman, I get how it could wreak havoc on a marriage.

    I would be very surprised if Bourdain ever dates a much younger woman again. He’s 60. Sure he’s more famous than ever, but he’s on the cusp of becoming Hefneresque or Trumpy in his choice of women if he lets his dick be his guide. He also doesn’t want to look ridiculous to his daughter.

    Whenever he moves on, I hope Nigella is in the running because I think she’s on his wavelength and could be a friend to Ottavia and keep things from turning sour.

  4. MorganLF says:

    Wish that could be so. But nah… She’s Too old and he’s in primo shape. With his best professional resume ever. JESUS HE HAD NOODLES WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE USA. In a small unprotected street shop. That is chops of the highest order.

    Not soon, but sometime hence, we won’t be surprised by a new relationship . As you know I’m team Boudain/Busia all the way so I believe they are cool with their business and there will never be a gross nasty battle as the Brangelina battle is shaping up (mainly because Angelina is batshit mental).
    These cruel right wing internet trolls that are trashing the Bourdains are getting me in a virtual fisticuffs battle.
    Look for posts from the RUMBLE QUEENE on
    these right wing hit sites that trash Tony and Ottavia. While I may not have MMA chops …I DARE any of those weak sisters to engage it a battle of wits with this Jersey Tomato.

  5. catsworking says:

    Agreed that Angelina is batshit, but we can agree to disagree on this situation. My money is on them both eventually living happily ever after with someone appropriate in every way. Bourdain is sadder but wiser, I think. The gang at Cats Working is watching their backs and wishes them nothing but the best, in whatever form it takes.

    I am tempted to join you, Morgan, in the rumble with the right wingers because that little shit needs a wake-up and a smack-down as only seasoned women can give him.

  6. MorganLF says:

    Amen sister!

  7. Bacardi1 says:

    Nice to hear the news about Zamir – always enjoyed the Bourdain episodes that featured him.

  8. catsworking says:

    The article said Zamir plans to bring over his whole family once he’s established. Russia’s loss is I don’t know what for us. 😉

  9. stillmisszappa says:

    Morgan you crack me TFU

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