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Anthony Bourdain in Quebec

The fifth episode of the first season was the least political episode so far. The focus was almost entirely on the food, except for a three-minute history of why the Province of Quebec speaks French.

Quebec doesn’t seem like a very exotic place to go, but the catch is that Bourdain goes during the winter, a season when regular tourists stay far away.

Bourdain mostly hangs out with some Quebecois chefs. These guys are gourmet cooks, but they are also prole. They go ice fishing, trap beaver, play ice hockey, and they have prole body types. In other words, they are fat. And of course they are fat, they do eat mass quantities of fatty foods. The big mystery is how Anthony Bourdain stayed so lean.

This episode is not for those who are afraid of cholesterol. Or those afraid of unkosher food. If you need to know why you shouldn’t be a kosher Jew, you need to watch this episode. Just about everything has cheese or cream mixed with meat, and most of the meats are unkosher. Bourdain eats normal unkosher meats like shellfish and pork, of course, but much weirder things like horse and beaver. The beaver stew looked pretty interesting. The horse tartare: that doesn’t sound very appetizing, or very safe either. But Anthony Bourdain ate it!

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 16, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Television

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  1. “The horse tartare: that doesn’t sound very appetizing, or very safe either. But Anthony Bourdain ate it!”

    And look what happened to him!

    Sorry, had to sit through a presentation on how redlining 50 years ago and racism cause blacks in the present to have broken families, under employment, higher imprisonment, poor health and inadequate social resources. Presented by a non-profit flake huckster claiming to be a psychological anthropologist. And this schtick was eaten up by some people who should know better.

    Two imaginary forces 1) history as a force in the form of redlining, and 2) racism as a force. Maybe eating that horse DID cause Anthony to commit suicide.

    Curle

    June 16, 2018 at EDT pm

  2. Magnavox

    June 17, 2018 at EDT am

  3. Bourdain had a top 1% body type for his age.

    jjbees

    June 17, 2018 at EDT am

    • That’s a stupid low bar. Oh, no huge gut and over 50! Give me a break. Art De Vany and Clarence Bass are top 1%.

      I think you do see a bit of a pattern where vigorous guys in and past middle age have more problems with how shitty the national society is. Bald 43 y.o. fatty shuffles from his paycheck back home to fuck around and ignore his kids and doesn’t complain much. He’s beat into complete submission. The inner caveman of healthier older, experienced guys tends to drive them nuts. They more vividly realize how shitty things are.

      bobbybobbob

      June 17, 2018 at EDT pm

  4. Most travel writing sucks — on purpose.

    It’s intended to benignly sell ads and travel services. Travel writers are told by their editors and producers to avoid saying anything negative or controversial.

    Bourdain refused to follow that rule. You may not agree with everything he said or did, but he was interesting and memorable and opinionated.

    JA

    June 17, 2018 at EDT am

  5. still not a single post about the border. So many areas to touch on:

    1. The chimpout. Multiple posters on ResetEra are advocating for civil war to stop the family separations. Democrats are 100% mobilized like they haven’t been since the healthcare fight.

    2. The policy seems to have come from Miller. Will we see a return of the “President Miller” meme?

    3. The Republican party standing behind Trump on this, having been terrified into obedience. Plus they have largely started to realize that immigrants are scum.

    Otis the Sweaty

    June 17, 2018 at EDT am

    • Do they want to stop splitting up families just by letting illegal immigrants go or by some other means?

      Magnavox

      June 17, 2018 at EDT am

      • They want to just let them go.

        Otis the Sweaty

        June 18, 2018 at EDT am

  6. > If you need to know why you shouldn’t be a kosher Jew, you need to watch this episode.

    Yes, hedonism worked out really well for Bourdain. The ability to transform natural talent, hard work and professional success into a heroin addiction, a whore for a wife and such overall misery and hopelessness that you kill yourself, leaving your child fatherless, is really impressive.

    If you are a Jew and wish to achieve Bourdain’s results, you should adopt his methods and principles.

    They say that Jews are smart, but I suspect this isn’t quite true. If adopting a certain (Hellenist) worldview leads to misery for yourself, your loved ones and for most people you see doing this (even as they “succeed” outwardly,) intelligence is the ability to say “this shit ain’t working” and trying a different approach. But unfortunately most secular Jews use their supposed intelligence mostly to generate idiotic excuses and justifications as to why they should keep doing more of the same. Not very smart, overall.

    BaruchK

    June 17, 2018 at EDT am

    • Bourdain was nothing like the Jews I know. Jewish men are less likely to be alcoholics or drug addicts. This is both genetic and cultural. On my genetic health report it said that I am genetically predisposed not to become an addict. Not only am I not an addict I am one of the few people who still thinks of addicts as scummy, not disease victims.

      Jay Fink

      June 17, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Alcoholism and other addiction problems basically track late introduction of grain. Meds in general including Jews have low rates. Italian Americans have way below normal rates of alcoholism and drug addiction. Scandinavians and Scots and most Northern Amerindian tribes have huge problems with drugs and alcohol, despite high IQs. This is all very obvious if you spend time in Scandinavian capitals on weekends. Those people are basically the negative drunk indian stereotype when it comes to booze and drugs. Three drinks and they’re violent retards, but they insist on downing five more. This is why a beer costs $20 in Norway. It’s sound social policy.

        bobbybobbob

        June 17, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Bourdain had used drugs years ago, long before he was successful. I haven’t heard any mention of him using recently. If he had then I’m sure it would have been mentioned as a possible motive for his suicide.

      I’ve heard it alleged that his ex-wife was running around with some guys from her gym. But I’ve never seen any evidence to support this. In fact, Bourdain said there were no injured parties in their separation.

      They were separated but not divorced. And, at the time of their separation, he said they’d been living separate lives for years. The primary reason was that he was on the road 250 days per year.

      Does that sound like someone who killed himself over drugs or divorce? No. He killed himself during a bout of severe depression. It had nothing to do with hedonism or drugs or whether he ate bacon.

      Falsely accusing his estranged wife isn’t nice. I’m pretty sure the torah frowns on spreading such rumors.

      destructure

      June 17, 2018 at EDT pm

  7. [prole body types]

    At least in the states, wealthier men are more likely to be fat. The opposite is true for women.

    [The big mystery is how Anthony Bourdain stayed so lean.]

    A lot of chefs don’t swallow what they cook, they just taste it then spit it out. Giada De Laurentiis kept a bucket on hand for exactly this while filming her show.

    If you ever meet a skinny professional chef chances are they’re doing this. Also alcohol is metabolized differently than normal food so if they’re drinking heavily this might paradoxically make them lean. I’m sure we’ve all encountered a scrawny alcoholic.

    toomanymice

    June 17, 2018 at EDT am

    • I was reading that the relationship between men with high income being obese is mostly true for minorities, especially blacks. Skinny black men and fat women of all races are most likely to live below the poverty level. Thin white women are the most affluent group.

      Jay Fink

      June 17, 2018 at EDT pm

  8. Have you seen the Congo episode yet? I will wait for your review of it. He he he.

    Donne belle

    June 17, 2018 at EDT am

  9. He stayed lean because he was a heroine addict.

    DataExplorer

    June 17, 2018 at EDT am

  10. dried peanuts

    June 17, 2018 at EDT am

    • http://www.cnn.com/video/shows/anthony-bourdain-parts-unknown/episode4/index.html

      And he went ice fishing with Fred Morin and Dave McMillan, co-owners of the Montreal restaurant Joe Beef, on the St. Lawrence River atop 2 feet of solid ice over 100 feet of water.

      Morin and McMillan prepared a savory lunch for Bourdain in a wooden shack smack dab in the middle of the iced-over river.

      Morin and McMillan are self-admitted “hopeless romantics” when it comes to the lost art of truly fine dining. Morin travels with a truffle shaver — when truffles are in season, that is. The two chefs served Bourdain an array of French classics, including foie gras over potato puree and chilled lobster a la Parisian. With heaps of black truffles aplenty, each dish was presented on vintage tableware. Wine pairings accompanied each course.

      “There must be cheese,” remarked Bourdain. And cheese there was, a “voluptuously reeking Epoisses,” to be precise.

      “Is there a billionaire or a despot anywhere on Earth who at this precise moment is eating better than us?” asked Bourdain, no doubt on a cheese high.

      The epic meal ended with Cuban cigars (yes, they’re legal in Canada) and “a dessert as rare as it gets: a dinosaur-era monster long believed extinct.”

      The dessert — Gateau Marjolaine — consists of layers of almond, hazelnut meringue and chocolate buttercream.

      MEH 0910

      June 18, 2018 at EDT pm

  11. “The big mystery is how Anthony Bourdain stayed so lean.”

    Genetics: at every phase of his life, Bourdain was rail thin.

    Substances: for a certain — perhaps indeterminate — period of his life, coke and heroin. There’s no weight loss program on earth like a coke and heroin weight loss program.

    Cigarettes: throughout his life.

    Brazilian Ju Jitsu: adopted in a vain attempt to keep up with his much younger second wife. Didn’t help his marriage, apparently, but it probably burned off a good many calories.

    I listened to a radio interview with some Canadians who hosted him during his show’s visit to Newfoundland. They said the drinking started at 10:00 am and was still going on at 10:00 pm, along with his nearly compulsive cigarette smoking. And that whereas for them this was a very uncharacteristic debauche, he’d just move on to the next location, and carry on.

    Maybe Bourdain never completely swore off the coke.

    ice hole

    June 17, 2018 at EDT am

    • I’d say smoking. And it has helped Obama too.

      Supposedly Bourdain was on Chantix again. That plus his business and romantic failures might have driven him over the edge.

      Lion o' the Turambar

      June 17, 2018 at EDT pm

  12. I once attended a soul food lunch at a black church, intended as a kind of “outreach” event for the county court officials. Served at that lunch were squirrel, possum and raccoon. I was standing in the buffet line next to a tall black guy when he said, “where’s the ‘coon? where’s the ‘COON!” No lie. The only thing I could touch was the peach cobbler, which wasn’t that good.

    Marty

    June 17, 2018 at EDT am

    • I definitely would have tried the wild game.

      Peter

      ironrailsironweights

      June 17, 2018 at EDT pm

    • They were trolling you crackers, it was all chicken

      EzE

      June 17, 2018 at EDT pm

      • +1

        destructure

        June 18, 2018 at EDT am

  13. Lion, too many Bourdain posts. He wasn’t widely known; I never heard of him before he died.

    fakeemail

    June 17, 2018 at EDT am

    • The posts aren’t really about Bourdain, they’re about the lessons learned from watching Parts Unknown.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      June 17, 2018 at EDT pm

      • I like the Bourdain posts, and I think he was actually pretty well known.

        Gozo

        June 17, 2018 at EDT pm

      • How about some lessons learned from watching the soccer world cup? A lot of material for HBD analysis, politics, economy and whatever else you could think about. To give you a head start, take a look at the Mexican national team, they seem to have much more European blood than the average Mexican immigrant to the US. On the other hand the French team is mainly Africans and it seems like they miss a white guy in the midfield who would base his game on reading the field rather than pure athleticism and speed.

        Hashed

        June 18, 2018 at EDT am

      • I too like the Bourdain/Parts Unknown posts and hope that they continue.

        MEH 0910

        June 18, 2018 at EDT pm

  14. OT/ -Fran Lebowitz, NYC scenester, making Fussell-Lionesque comment:

    “Lebowitz simply shrugged. “I don’t have as much faith in rich people as other people seem to have,” she said. “Morals and aesthetics are not related. Surely you’ve noticed.”

    https://www.wral.com/the-great-interview-magazine-caper/17631047/

    Curle

    June 17, 2018 at EDT pm

  15. He smoked and did drugs for a long time. He continued smoking for a while after quitting drugs. Cigarettes and drugs tend to keep off the weight. Caffeine, nicotine, cocaine, and heroin all suppress the appetite.

    He might have only eaten 2 meals a day, or even just 1 meal at times. Those might have been delicious, rich, high calorie meals, but if you only eat 2 meals a day, it’s generally hard to get fat. People get fat because they eat 3 square meals every day along with snacks and drinks. It becomes an ingrained habit and the chronic daily caloric surplus accumulates.

    After he quit drugs, he was still drinking coffee and smoking. I’m guessing he would typically get up late, since restaurants start their work later than normal businesses, and have coffee and cigarettes instead of a meal. That would leave him with only time for 2 meals for the rest of the day and night, and he probably smoked for breaks instead of snacking.

    Tom

    June 17, 2018 at EDT pm

  16. Was Bourdain’s lineage Jewish from both parents?

    Roli

    June 17, 2018 at EDT pm

    • His father was French Catholic. Mom was Jewish. Neither was religous.

      PerezHBD

      June 17, 2018 at EDT pm

  17. I watched the episode. The quebecois have a strange accent, they randomly shift from standard english to barely decipherable french-slurred english. Maybe it depends on how much they’re drinking. I thought the food looked tasty, that filet mignon at continental was insane and the constant black truffle grating was funny.

    Those Joe Beef guys were featured in season 1 mind of a chef as was the wilensky sandwich shop (bourdain actually does narration for mind of a chef).

    Not sure if you caught it but bourdain makes a reference to hanging himself when he visits the hipster restaurant.

    toomanymice

    June 17, 2018 at EDT pm

  18. “These guys are gourmet cooks, but they are also prole. They go ice fishing, trap beaver, play ice hockey”

    How Canadian.

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    June 17, 2018 at EDT pm

  19. Hey Lion, if you liked the beaver stew, then you should definitely try this:

    sestamibi

    June 17, 2018 at EDT pm

    • The used to serve rabbit at the University of Pennsylvania cafeteria, so I imagine that other rodents would taste similar.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      June 17, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Rabbits aren’t rodents.

        Peter

        ironrailsironweights

        June 17, 2018 at EDT pm

      • FYI, rabbits are not rodents. They are closely related to horses.

        JS

        June 17, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Oh. No wonder why they taste so good!

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        June 17, 2018 at EDT pm

      • The guy says they taste like Rabbits in the video.

        Magnavox

        June 18, 2018 at EDT am

      • How are rabbits closely related to horses? You think it’s because they run a lot?

        Yakov

        June 18, 2018 at EDT am

    • I’ll stick to beef, chicken, pork thanks

      Yuck

      marck

      June 17, 2018 at EDT pm

  20. Mmmm, beaver. I love eating it. Hot creamed beaver, I can’t get enough of it.

    Leave it to Beaver

    June 17, 2018 at EDT pm

  21. I haven’t kept up with all the Bourdain discussion here but has anybody yet mentioned the time he championed the prole upper midwest restaurant reviewer who became internet-famous for her review of an Olive Garden?

    http://abc7chicago.com/food/bourdain-published-book-with-writer-mocked-for-olive-garden-review/3582733/

    Zombie Paul Krugman

    June 17, 2018 at EDT pm

    • I believe, as someone here pointed out, that bourdain’s culinary counter-snobbery was at least in part a status signaler. Ie he is even more elite by daring to be non elite. For example (as lion will see in the depressing congo episode) he liked to cook with SPAM- but always made a big flourish about it.

      toomanymice

      June 18, 2018 at EDT am

      • Mostly I agree, but he had a softer side where he defended the underdog. I think he just thought it was nasty to jump all over an old lady.

        gothamette

        June 21, 2018 at EDT pm

  22. According to Adam Gingrich, Mueller is panicking and his investigation is all but over.

    The 2nd IG report targets Crossfire Hurricane and Mueller’s investigation will not be able to survive it. McConnell and Gowdy, who had previously been supportive of Mueller, are now calling for the investigation to end.

    It would be nice to have this wrapped up before the midterms.

    Otis the Sweaty

    June 18, 2018 at EDT am

  23. On the matter of compassion for animals, I realize LOTB commenters are no worse than the average man in the street, but the callousness on display here is still depressing. If the people currently freaking out about separating children from parents at the border could devote a tenth of that energy into animal welfare, they might actually become people worthy of their passion.

    Roli

    June 18, 2018 at EDT am

    • There are tons of different animals though. So what animals are deserving of compassion? Say, a snake, is she deserving? Or fish? Or ants? Are we to go full Jain now? You gotta flesh this out.

      Yakov

      June 18, 2018 at EDT am

      • I once spoke with a vegan who was adamant no living creature should be killed. I asked, do you drive? Because you’re killing countless insects if so.

        Animals should not suffer needlessly or for trivial sport but I’ve come to the conclusion, after being a vegan myself for many years, that meat and other animal products are an intrinsic part of human health and evolution. I’ve been on a meat only diet for years to manage diabetes and my bloodwork is perfect, better than many non diabetics.

        Meanwhile this vegan I spoke to was morbidly obese and required insulin and a small mountain of test supplies to get through the day. Chances are some sea creature choked on one of his discarded lancets.

        toomanymice

        June 18, 2018 at EDT am

  24. The episode paints a very skewed, bizarre view of Quebec. Those two Montreal chefs are obnoxious, constantly shaving truffles onto every meal — wtf? Those two could have been a brief interlude in the episode, but they didn’t have to be the whole show. People in the country don’t eat like that at all (they literally eat fries, poutine, hot dogs, and burgers all the time). And traditional Quebecois cuisine is heavy comfort food (no truffles, I promise).

    Montreal has a massive immigrant population, most of whom don’t speak French (or barely understand it). Rural Quebec is absolutely prole (how else could they have preserved the language?). Nothing preserves like poverty, as they say.

    I think the Quebecois are otherwise pretty rich in terms of culture. People can lampoon the accent all they want, but having their own language has allowed them to keep mass American culture at bay (they have their own media, film, tv, music, and schools etc.). And they still retain a sense of ethnic identity, not just a vague “whiteness”. For the record, the accent is merely the result of France’s linguistic reality in the 1600’s/1700’s (many different accents and dialects all over France at that time, especially pre-Revolution). And then those particular accents in Quebec evolved over the years to reflect life in Canada, including vocabulary you wouldn’t hear in France. I liken it to Australian English: lots of unique words and a striking accent that takes some getting used to.

    SWPL2

    June 18, 2018 at EDT am

    • Back in the late ’70s – early ’80s growing up in Massachusetts, almost half the students of my large high school were of French Canadian descent. The further north you went into New England even more so, obviously.

      E. Rekshun

      June 18, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Are French Canadians considered Great White North Canadians, eh hoser?

        Curle

        June 18, 2018 at EDT pm

  25. The peru episode is good. Not particularly political, lots of food, and (sadly I guess) bourdain seems happy and is enjoying himself. Not sure if guinea pig is kosher?

    The chef accompanying him, eric ripert, converted to buddhism but still eats meat.

    toomanymice

    June 21, 2018 at EDT pm


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