Anthony Bourdain in Cambodia. Will he like it this time around?

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    Justen
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    The last time he was there, he didn’t care for Cambodia. Will he like it this time? I think the guy’s a snob, and anything that’s not considered high end food is a little hard for him to praise.

    http://blog.travelchannel.com/anthony-bourdain/read/comfort-zone/

    By: Anthony Bourdain
    I am a total whore for a grand, old, colonial hotel in Southeast Asia. In my early, adolescent fantasies of what it might be like to be a writer and what land such exotic creatures might occupy, I imagined a place where Somerset Maugham or Graham Greene would look at home. Pierre Loti, Norman Lewis. In short, it would look like this:
    Le Royal in Phnom Penh, the smell of jasmine flowers and burning coal, the occasional waft of jackfruit. Gin tonics by the pool, fiery noodles in broth for breakfast, and the history bearing down as heavily as the humidity.
    Day one after a long, long flight–over 36 hours in transit — Zach and Todd are in their rooms, sorting equipment and are due down here any minute. I think the plan is beer at Hurley’s, the local Expat Central–said to be the information hub–then shooting starts in earnest tomorrow.
    It’s been ten years since I’ve been here–the last time in the still not-so-good old days, the third episode of COOK’S TOUR, my first time really out on the road with a television crew on the other side of the world. Me, Chris and Lydia, not yet really knowing what we were doing, still feeling our way–and over our heads in Cambodia, a country still reeling from one of the most awful genocides in history. We arrived to dark, unpaved streets, random road blocks, and a country that frightened, confused and beguiled us. We then went straight out on a spectacularly misguided, foolishly arrogant and misinformed plane, boat and road trip to Pailin, then the retirement village/heartland of what remained of the Khmer Rouge.
    Things have changed. The decidedly unlovely government hasn’t–but the country has.
    Then? I had a very different life to return to–which may or may not explain the recklessness with which I careened through this still tragically afflicted country. It was, in late night, Battambang, not the first time I’d had a loaded gun pointed at me. But it was certainly the first time it was a group of locked and loaded AK-47′s, held by a group of very angry persons trained in their use. We’d just attempted to blow though a roadblock and these men had not taken this breach of etiquette lightly. It was, as they say, a learning experience.
    There are now consumer goods in the streets. New cars and motorbikes. School children in clean uniforms. It seems, at first glance anyway, a younger and slightly more prosperous and hopeful country. I no longer feel the paranoia of my previous trip. But maybe it’s just me that’s changed. They no longer serve alcohol at the gun range after (it is said) a depressed expat blew his brains out. You read the local English language paper and it’s still a litany of the depressing and the lurid. But these days–at very least–it’s easier to recognize the obvious about this country: that it’s spectacularly beautiful. Electric green rice paddies, tall sugar palms, the incredible temples, the moldering, French style villas of the long gone or long dead.
    Today, it’s gin tonics by the pool and expat quesadillas. Tomorrow? We jump right in.
    I’m clinging particularly hard to my current creature comforts as–in general–the next few days and weeks and this season as a whole–are not about that at all. After a season six, which found me in Rome, Paris and Madrid in cushy succession, we’ve decided to move out of our comfort zone a little bit, off the usual travel show grid, confronting destinations with more… challenging histories.
    Cambodia, Haiti, Nicaragua, Yemen, the Congo, the Ozarks. Needles to say, it won’t all be gin and tonics and five star water pressures.

    [Message last modified 10-29-2010 01:10pm by Justen]

    "If I can't be my own, I'd feel better dead"
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    Darony
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    He will.

    Let the Refining and Improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others
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    ChanKimSear1
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    Justen, you are wrong about Anthony Bourdain. He’s far from a snob as can be. Have you watched many of his shows? I watched about 99% of his shows. So, I can tell you he will try anything, no matter how strange.

    #788783

    Justen
    Key Master

    Noticed how I said, “a little hard for him to PRAISE”.
    I know he will try anything, that’s his job…but praising anything that’s considered poor man’s food isn’t something he normally does.

    Also noticed his new list of Countries to go to. “Cambodia, Haiti, Nicaragua, Yemen, the Congo, the Ozarks”.

    I bet this was pressured by producers to spice things up a bit about his show. It gets boring/redundant and is easy to go and talk about how much one enjoys the food and culture of Japan, Korea, China, France, Germany, etc…

    I prefer Zimmerman. Now he will eat ANYTHING.

    [i]Originally posted by ChanKimSear1[/i]
    Justen, you are wrong about Anthony Bourdain. He’s far from a snob as can be. Have you watched many of his shows? I watched about 99% of his shows. So, I can tell you he will try anything, no matter how strange.

    [Message last modified 10-29-2010 04:27pm by Justen]

    "If I can't be my own, I'd feel better dead"
    #788786
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    Korbelicious
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    Missed his first time go around. Gonna have to Netflix it. I like his writing, style and overall format of his show.

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    khmerdos
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    I like bourdain. I can relate to him more than andrew zimmerman. I’ll try something once but there’s some stuff that I would not even touch no matter how adventurous it is. I saw the last time he was in cambodia and it seems like he did not enjoy it as much. That was 10 years ago and cambodia has changed a lot since then. I’m guessing he is going to love it this time around.

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    borospailin
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    i thought the guy eats anything but durian
    or is that Andrew Zimmers?

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    Ficlya
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    yes, that would be Andrew. He tried it acouple of times. With Andrew its all about the texture and it doesn’t help that it has a strong smell. So Durian would be one of things he doesn’t like.

    [i]Originally posted by borospailin[/i]
    i thought the guy eats anything but durian
    or is that Andrew Zimmers?

    #788798
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    BigP
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    I saw that original show where he went to cambodia when it was on food channel and he did pay praise to the chefs in Siem Reap for their authentic dishes as that restaurant served food that was originally only served to the king and he even dared to share a meal with a family that lived on the floating villages, which was impressive considering they were washing the fish and dished in the river water right in front of him lol

    #788801

    AhSaren
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    oh to the contrary Anthony love Durian. I like his show. The writing and his commentary are witty. I watch pretty much all of the shows when i had cable and now i netflix it. He doesn’t come across as a snob and i think he actually grew as a person through his travels. In his early shows he had some rough edges. Watch the show he did about Vietnam and Laos..it really show how much he love different cultures and actually criticized western encroachment.

    [i]Originally posted by Ficlya[/i]
    yes, that would be Andrew. He tried it acouple of times. With Andrew its all about the texture and it doesn’t help that it has a strong smell. So Durian would be one of things he doesn’t like.

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    [i]Originally posted by borospailin[/i]
    i thought the guy eats anything but durian
    or is that Andrew Zimmers?

    [/quote]

    [Message last modified 10-29-2010 10:42pm by AhSaren]

    [Message last modified 10-29-2010 11:31pm by AhSaren]

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