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2012-02-16 01:17:39 PM

busy chillin': Ketchup is for well-done fillet mignons


I like that the fancy places, like Sizzler, bring it to you without asking.
 
2012-02-16 01:21:23 PM

tlchwi02: GranoblasticMan: I think a lot of people would be surprised to find that even the more famous/accomplished chefs enjoy street food as much as, well, every other normal human being. Hell, the entire first issue of David Chang's Lucky Peach magazine (new window) is dedicated to ramen shops... and every bit of it sounds gloriously delicious.

The only thing about his street food love is that he glosses over the fact that the average traveler is probably going to suffer some gastro issues going with the street food route, unless they are with a good guide who can make sure they go to a place that is ok for the out of towner. the more casual traveller is going to end up like Carl in Idiot Abroad if they just start eating from the first random cart they find.


Well, yeah, he doesn't mention it in the show ( It would probably be a bit more responsible to put a warning before the show a la the "Don't try this at home" bit ), but he does mention it in one of his books ( I can't remember if it was Kitchen Confidential or Medium Raw )
 
2012-02-16 01:23:35 PM

rillettes: Almost 40 posts and BelugaJoe hasn't come in to tell us that Bourdain isn't a chef?


More of a chef than half the people people associate with the term. He's done his time, but he even openly admits that he's "not a chef."
 
2012-02-16 01:28:16 PM

busy chillin': beantowndog

JimmyFartpants: Ever had the fajitas at Applebees?

To die for.

I always put a whole bottle of ketchup on mine.

ketchup on fajitas?!?!? that is retarded.

Ketchup is for well-done fillet mignons


Oh, good one. That would get some responses on a Foodie board.
 
2012-02-16 01:31:48 PM

WTF Indeed: sweetmelissa31: Screw Anthony Bourdain. Ghost Adventures is the best show on the Travel Channel.

[lh4.googleusercontent.com image 140x100]


Thank you.
 
2012-02-16 01:32:27 PM
I like Bourdain, but he needs to find a network that lets him be his claimed bad boy self. Who doesn't troll on occasion to gather information and help form a more knowledgable opinion though? The Internet is a much safer place to test your ideas and attempt to break social norms.
 
2012-02-16 01:32:50 PM
I know the guy is hard working, and I know plenty of people who loves him, but I absolutely cannot stand to listen to him talk. His brand of drunken and relentless self promotion reeks of an 18 year old on Facebook.
 
2012-02-16 01:35:51 PM

Banacek: scotc


I know what you're doing, and I still flinched in pain.
 
2012-02-16 01:36:53 PM
Yet another way Bourdain is an asshole.
 
2012-02-16 01:37:39 PM

neritz: busy chillin': beantowndog

JimmyFartpants: Ever had the fajitas at Applebees?

To die for.

I always put a whole bottle of ketchup on mine.

ketchup on fajitas?!?!? that is retarded.

Ketchup is for well-done fillet mignons

Oh, good one. That would get some responses on a Foodie board.


I only use the finest Dijon Ketchups
 
2012-02-16 01:38:48 PM

zerkalo: Thread needs more Megan from Globe Trekker

[www.pilotguides.com image 640x512]

Is she even on the show any more?


She was the only reason I watched that show.
 
2012-02-16 01:38:56 PM

GranoblasticMan: Well, yeah, he doesn't mention it in the show ( It would probably be a bit more responsible to put a warning before the show a la the "Don't try this at home" bit ), but he does mention it in one of his books ( I can't remember if it was Kitchen Confidential or Medium Raw )


thats good- i've almost always had good luck with street food, but i also always hire a guide and then rely on his/har advice. sometimes they have a "place" that they'll take tourists, sometimes they'll just flat out tell you you're really likely to have trouble and i've even had a guy who just made a big pot of pho himself for my group and i. The other thing i've found is that everyone assumes that street food risks are only in 3rd world countries, but my experience has been thats only somewhat true. SE asian food seems to generally be pretty safe as street food, western europe ditto, south american and eastern europe not so much.
 
2012-02-16 01:45:07 PM

sweetmelissa31: Screw Anthony Bourdain. Ghost Adventures is the best show on the Travel Channel.


DUDE, DUDE, DUDE YOU HEAR THAT? OMG! COME AT ME, GHOST! YOU WANNA GO?! WE'LL GO, BRAH!
 
2012-02-16 01:47:47 PM
So he's a Trollveler now?

doesn't surprise me
 
2012-02-16 01:49:15 PM

syberpud: shivashakti: Great idea. Bourdain's awesome!

I love how Bourdain's show is generally not about haute cuisine. (Though it's sometimes featured on there.) He loves street food, as do I. I like seeing that kind of thing much more than hoity-toity crap.

The man loves a good bowl of pho, which means he's alright in my book.

I heard that the best way to find a good (cheap) restaurant in a city is to see where the cops eat. On the road - see where the truckers eat.

/Works if you assume good == fried.
//which it does


Or go to see where the cooks at good resturants go to eat.

Not the chefs, the cooks.
 
2012-02-16 01:50:59 PM

shivashakti: I love how Bourdain's show is generally not about haute cuisine. (Though it's sometimes featured on there.) He loves street food, as do I. I like seeing that kind of thing much more than hoity-toity crap


Eh, the main foodie message board in Chicago has some talk about the Alineas of the world but most of it seems to be about the great variety of good ethnic places in the neighborhoods. Hell, the board itself is basically named for a tiny dump of a place in Chinatown.
 
2012-02-16 01:51:08 PM

busy chillin': beantowndog

JimmyFartpants: Ever had the fajitas at Applebees?

To die for.

I always put a whole bottle of ketchup on mine.

ketchup on fajitas?!?!? that is retarded.

Ketchup is for well-done fillet mignons


Philistine. Filet Mignon is too good for ketchup. You should be using A1 Steak Sauce.
 
2012-02-16 02:06:00 PM

aendeuryu: busy chillin': beantowndog

JimmyFartpants: Ever had the fajitas at Applebees?

To die for.

I always put a whole bottle of ketchup on mine.

ketchup on fajitas?!?!? that is retarded.

Ketchup is for well-done fillet mignons

Philistine. Filet Mignon is too good for ketchup. You should be using A1 Steak Sauce.


Doofus, just put a lot of salt on it.
 
2012-02-16 02:11:54 PM

GQueue: Eh, the main foodie message board in Chicago has some talk about the Alineas of the world but most of it seems to be about the great variety of good ethnic places in the neighborhoods. Hell, the board itself is basically named for a tiny dump of a place in Chinatown.


I like cheap ethnic food, as long as it's good.
I'll take a dumpy-looking authentic taqueria over the local gringo "Mexican restaurant" any day. I don't care if the menu's only in Spanish and Univision is on. The food is generally cheaper and better.

You won't find lengua (beef tongue) tacos in most "Mexican restaurants" for white people. Or pozole. Or lots of other great cheap authentic dishes. I want to be the only white person there.

These type of places are generally cheaper than the white people Mexican restaurants. There, you're paying for atmosphere. Maybe they have mariachi singers or whatever. But you're not going to see any Mexicans eating there that don't work there.

Especially the chains. Most of the food in those places (like On The Border) comes out of a bag or can. F*ck that. Give me a couple of tacos al pastor from the taco truck loaded with fresh onion and fresh cilantro, plus hot sauce, and I'm a happy man.
 
2012-02-16 02:20:19 PM

zerkalo: Thread needs more Megan from Globe Trekker

[www.pilotguides.com image 640x512]

Is she even on the show any more?


Yes. Love that show, and if she's the traveler then it stays on the dvr forever.
 
2012-02-16 02:24:58 PM

LeroyBourne: He did a speaking/book signing at local bar, 'the triple rock' a few years back. Man, he's got a foul mouth.


Seeing Double at the Triple Rock (new window)
 
2012-02-16 02:32:11 PM
Bourdain is a tool.

So is that Marcus Sakey guy who's now aping Bourdain's persona.
 
2012-02-16 02:49:19 PM

Hot Rod Zoidberg: aendeuryu: busy chillin': beantowndog

JimmyFartpants: Ever had the fajitas at Applebees?

To die for.

I always put a whole bottle of ketchup on mine.

ketchup on fajitas?!?!? that is retarded.

Ketchup is for well-done fillet mignons

Philistine. Filet Mignon is too good for ketchup. You should be using A1 Steak Sauce.

Doofus, just put a lot of salt on it.


Salt? Oh, man, do I pity you. You should always trust the chefs in the kitchen to season the meat correctly. But then again, I only frequent classy establishments, like Outback.
 
2012-02-16 02:51:21 PM

shivashakti: cameroncrazy1984: I definitely love his saying that if you want to learn about a place's culture, just find the market and wander around. Its 100% true.

Also, pho is delicious.


Exactly... Though it's hard to do that here in America where so many food markets have been replaced with soulless supermarkets full of fake food.


And how does that not tell a person about American culture?
 
2012-02-16 03:15:58 PM

Ashtrey: Banacek: scotc

I know what you're doing, and I still flinched in pain.


It felt just as bad typing it...
 
2012-02-16 03:20:05 PM

aendeuryu: Hot Rod Zoidberg: aendeuryu: busy chillin': beantowndog

JimmyFartpants: Ever had the fajitas at Applebees?

To die for.

I always put a whole bottle of ketchup on mine.

ketchup on fajitas?!?!? that is retarded.

Ketchup is for well-done fillet mignons

Philistine. Filet Mignon is too good for ketchup. You should be using A1 Steak Sauce.

Doofus, just put a lot of salt on it.

Salt? Oh, man, do I pity you. You should always trust the chefs in the kitchen to season the meat correctly. But then again, I only frequent classy establishments, like Outback.


It's just sad you all still get that overpriced crap filet. Rib-eye is clearly the superior cut. Well-done on the griddle with a good rub of steak seasoning. Catsup to taste.
 
2012-02-16 03:26:05 PM
Gotta love that dude. I envy his job soooooo much.
 
2012-02-16 04:38:32 PM

zerkalo: Thread needs more Megan from Globe Trekker

[www.pilotguides.com image 640x512]

Is she even on the show any more?


SO. IN. LOVE.

Her segments were definitely among the best, if only because of her personality.
 
2012-02-16 05:09:03 PM

God Is My Co-Pirate: Aw, I love Bourdain.


Me too. I want to have his babies. And I'm a dude.

But I thought the best way to find good eats was to find the sleaziest bar in town, by everyone a couple rounds of drinks and then ask the patrons where the locals eat? At least that's what he said in the section of Nasty Bits I just read last night. Maybe that was a pre-Internet thing.

Oh, and I just had my first bowl of Pho a couple days ago. Good stuff.

/csb
 
2012-02-16 05:28:25 PM

hulk hogan meat shoes: Bourdain is a tool.

So is that Marcus Sakey guy who's now aping Bourdain's persona.


Let me guess: you're more of a Guy Fieri/Bobby Flay man?
 
2012-02-16 05:52:07 PM

buck1138: aendeuryu: Hot Rod Zoidberg: aendeuryu: busy chillin': beantowndog

JimmyFartpants: Ever had the fajitas at Applebees?

To die for.

I always put a whole bottle of ketchup on mine.

ketchup on fajitas?!?!? that is retarded.

Ketchup is for well-done fillet mignons

Philistine. Filet Mignon is too good for ketchup. You should be using A1 Steak Sauce.

Doofus, just put a lot of salt on it.

Salt? Oh, man, do I pity you. You should always trust the chefs in the kitchen to season the meat correctly. But then again, I only frequent classy establishments, like Outback.

It's just sad you all still get that overpriced crap filet. Rib-eye is clearly the superior cut. Well-done on the griddle with a good rub of steak seasoning. Catsup to taste.


Ugh. I farkin hate you people. You come in here spouting absolute food nonsense so other people have no frickin clue where to go and eat. Applebees? Are you farkin shiatting me?!

Best steak in the US is at The Walther House is Tuscaloosa. They take a veal cutlet, grind is up into a fine paste and feed it to a living steer that they beat with a mallet three times a day.

They murder one of the steer's calves right in front of it to get it all emotional before they bring in an Olympic Greco Roman wrestler to strangle it to death.

The cow gets drug into the kitchen and laid straight onto the grill. No ridiculous knives ever touch the flesh, it's just left to cook until all that's left is a 5.5oz slab of beef that is the most tender and delicious thing that will ever touch your tongue.

Everything else you're eating is absolute tripe!
 
2012-02-16 05:52:24 PM

DjangoStonereaver: THE LAYOVER has its moments, but it seems to be largely an infomercial for
various trendy eateries and hotels in the episode's subject city (something that
afflicted the last couple of seasons of NO RESERVATIONS, either).


At least it's about food, and not just ruminations on political and sociological generalities.

Yes, yes, Uzbekibekistanstan is a nation at a crossroads. But what tasty stuff do they eat?
 
2012-02-16 05:58:45 PM
If you're into AB's food travelogues, if you're interested in cooking anything, if you care about how things taste, whether it's haute or street, if you're interested in expanding your eating experience beyond the local Arby's, well, I hate to break it to you, but you're a foodie. And if you go on and on about how stupid and pretentious all the other foodies are, well, then you are an obnoxious foodie.
 
2012-02-16 06:05:42 PM

fusillade762:
Let me guess: you're more of a Guy Fieri/Bobby Flay man?


I have standard snarky responses when I'm shopping for kitchen gear, and all the sales lady wants to talk about is the latest branded kit with whatever TV chef is shilling it. They all start with "X is a hack..."

"Bobby Flay uses these same kives!"

"Bobby Flay is a hack. Yeah, he can roast a decent joint, but the minute he takes it off the grill, he screws it up by plating it with a bunch of sauce and other shiat he doesn't need..."

"Emril has a new line of pans out..."

"Emril is a hack...... BAM!!!!!" * crazy eyes... *
 
2012-02-16 06:31:04 PM
I am going to Stuart Anderson's Black Angus tonight for a cheap steak, so I am really getting a kick...... (It's not the best steak anywhere, I have a coupon, it's inexpensive.)
 
2012-02-16 06:46:56 PM

fusillade762: hulk hogan meat shoes: Bourdain is a tool.

So is that Marcus Sakey guy who's now aping Bourdain's persona.

Let me guess: you're more of a Guy Fieri/Bobby Flay man?


Why does it always have to be like that with you biatches? If you don't like one thing, you MUST like the complete opposite end of the spectrum, and it always seems to be delivered like a snotty little college girl.

I'd rather listen to damn near anyone over boudain because he comes off as a snide elitist who is in love with the sound of his own voice.

I'm guessing that's why most people here like him.
 
2012-02-16 06:49:40 PM
I am going to give you the secret to finding the best "anything" in a given city.

ASK A TAXI DRIVER.
 
2012-02-16 07:01:52 PM

bel4sucks: fusillade762: hulk hogan meat shoes: Bourdain is a tool.

So is that Marcus Sakey guy who's now aping Bourdain's persona.

Let me guess: you're more of a Guy Fieri/Bobby Flay man?

Why does it always have to be like that with you biatches? If you don't like one thing, you MUST like the complete opposite end of the spectrum, and it always seems to be delivered like a snotty little college girl.

I'd rather listen to damn near anyone over boudain because he comes off as a snide elitist who is in love with the sound of his own voice.

I'm guessing that's why most people here like him.


Yup, that's Fark for ya. Nothing but a den of snide elitists. Wouldn't have it any other way.
 
2012-02-16 09:57:17 PM

verbaltoxin: sweetmelissa31: Screw Anthony Bourdain. Ghost Adventures is the best show on the Travel Channel.

DUDE, DUDE, DUDE YOU HEAR THAT? OMG! COME AT ME, GHOST! YOU WANNA GO?! WE'LL GO, BRAH!


Pure awesome there.
 
2012-02-16 10:04:53 PM
Is this the "Bourdain is an insufferable snob who ought to be publicly flogged for this!" thread?
 
2012-02-16 10:05:11 PM

Backwards Cornfield Races: Fidels is the best mexican food in San Diego


LIAR.

The Cotija's drive through in Penasquitos has the best carnitas.

/Real answer: There is no single "best". It depends on what dish you are looking for.
 
2012-02-16 10:07:06 PM

Beerguy: I am going to give you the secret to finding the best "anything" in a given city.

ASK A TAXI DRIVER.


Yes. And surely he won't try to jack up the meter by picking a way out of the way place. Good luck with that.
 
2012-02-16 10:34:51 PM

Beerguy: I am going to give you the secret to finding the best "anything" in a given city.

ASK A TAXI DRIVER.


You really don't want to try that in ooooh, about 95% of the countries on Earth. Especially India.
 
2012-02-16 11:07:05 PM
Not a cook in the house.
 
2012-02-16 11:28:07 PM
This is also the easiest way to get Linux help. "If Linux is so great, why can't it [____]?"
 
2012-02-16 11:54:21 PM
The trick hubby & I use is 'Watch the locals. Go where they go. Order what they order.' You want good food in a new town? The locals know where it's at.
 
2012-02-17 01:56:12 AM
Bourdain has the best job ever.
 
2012-02-17 03:35:07 AM

apeiron242: Yet another way Bourdain is an asshole.


He's a New Yorker. That means his assholicity only makes him more honest and authentic. Or so they tell me in New York.
 
2012-02-17 03:56:56 AM

Bagelox-99: He's a New Yorker. That means his assholicity only makes him more honest and authentic. Or so they tell me in New York.


That's kind of true. I love to hate NY but you got to admit the reason they are dicks is because that's reality. I lived in the south and people were nice as hell but you could tell a lot of the time it was fake. NYers are more direct I guess. Personally, as a native Tejan, I'd rather have people be fake nice if I don't know them.
 
2012-02-17 06:54:28 AM

Bagelox-99: apeiron242: Yet another way Bourdain is an asshole.

He's a New Yorker. That means his assholicity only makes him more honest and authentic. Or so they tell me in New York.


Actually Bourdain is from New Jersey, further cementing his assholiosity.
 
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