Tony Bourdain is pretty much the only person I can stand to watch on TV. I am surprised that I have not mentioned him before on the blog! I guess you could say that I’m a huge fan (although I hate that term). Did you know, he and his pal Eric Ripert are coming to Charlottesville? They’ll be at the Paramount in October. And I’m totally going.
I read his first book Kitchen Confidential and was hooked. I’ve also devoured every single episode of No Reservations and Top Chef. Treme is now my next obsession–although I just recently found out about it. I love Reservations’ combination of culture, food and just plain old goofiness. The history, the graphics, the puns, the staged shots; I love it all!
Anthony Bourdain is an intelligent, culturally aware, articulate “celebrity” and he won’t stand for too much BS. He also listens to great music. I would say these are the reasons he’s a-OK in my book.
Eric Ripert also seems like a genuinely nice guy, and I have enjoyed Avec Eric, though not quite as much as I love No Reservations. I get the sense that he’s truly a brilliant chef.
I wonder where they are eating dinner beforehand? If I could, I would take them out for martini’s at the C&O, dinner at Tavola or Taste of China and suggest tacos at La Michoacana before they head out of town.
Are you a fan? Where would you suggest they go for drinks or dinner in Charlottesville?