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Bourdain’s Layover Taipei Recap

Well, the long-awaited Layover in Taipei with Anthony Bourdain has finally aired, and kudos to My Kafkaesque Life (MKL) for the viewing tip!

There’s so many things to taste and check out in Taipei and its vicinities that packing it all in 42 minutes makes it hard to do Taiwan’s capital justice, but Bourdain managed to visit some interesting places and the producers introduced good alternative spots or things to do in the city. All in all, it’s great that Taipei got some airtime.

The great things about cultures with a street food culture is that eating becomes an adventure of its own, so I think you shouldn’t strive to check all the places Bourdain has eaten at, unless it is very special, and instead, go venture on your own. For this reason, I’ll recap the show with some pointers to other online resources, so you can create your own Layover in Taipei, Bourdain style. Continue reading Bourdain’s Layover Taipei Recap

Bourdain(?) and Zimmern in Taiwan

[en] Ok, I give up, for now at least. Anthony Bourdain did make a stop in Taiwan during his days on the Food Channel, and if I am not delillusional, I remember once finding a footage of him in Taipei, but since I can no longer find it, I’m afraid I’m losing my head… so if anyone can find that said footage, and hence proving that I’m not crazy, please raise your hand!

In the meantime, let’s console ourselves (video below) with Andrew Zimmern who did shoot an episode of Bizarre Foods in Taiwan. Too bad he only stayed around the Taipei area as I think he could have discovered more bizarre food by checking out other parts of the island.

Know any other TV shows that featured Taiwan and its food? (Please don’t mention The Bachelorrette 😉 )

update 2012/06/12: some facebook pages have sprung up petitioning for Bourdain to come to Taiwan, but it’s already a done deal. Taiwan get ready for this summer! 😉

[fr] Bon, je laisse tomber, pour le moment du moins. Anthony Bourdain a bien déjà visité Taiwan pendant ses années à Food Channel, and si je ne me fait pas d’illusion, il existe bien une vidéo sur son passage sur l’île, du moins, je me rappelle en avoir déniché une sur internet. Bien sûr, cette sois-disant vidéo est introuvable,  et c’est donc peut-être tout simplement ma mémoire qui flanche grâve! Si quelqu’un pouvait me prouver le contraire en retrouvant cette vidéo, merci de lever la main!

En attendant, consolons nous avec Andrew Zimmern de Bizarre Foods à Taïwan. Dommage qu’il ne soit resté qu’aux alentours de Taipei car il y a tellement à découvrir dans le reste de l’île.

update 2012/06/12: des pétitions sous formes de pages facebook  ont  été créées pour que Bourdain passe à Taïwan, mais la mission est déjà accomplie. Taïwan, tiens toi prêt pour cet été! 😉

Crossover: 食尚玩家 and The Layover

@tvsuperstarr and The Layover crew

[en] While we’re still on the topic of 食尚玩家, let me get off-topic for this post. By coïncidence, 食尚玩家‘s host 莎莎 and Bourdain happened to be in Hong-Kong at the same time last summer, shooting their respective show. With Denny, famous Hong-Kong tour guide, as a common acquaintance, 莎莎 managed to catch a real-life glimspe of Bourdain and snap a few picture with him. It’s particularly funny to see the women of the 食尚玩家 crew being all giddy when meeting him. As a fan of both shows, this short crossover between 食尚玩家 and “Anthony Bourdain: The Layover” made for a surreal TV moment!

It’s a shame Denny simply introduced 莎莎 as a big fan and not the female taiwanese version of Bourdain, but I also blame her for not seizing the opportunity to lobby Bourdain about a collaboration for a  real crossover of the two shows in Taiwan! @NoReservations, if you read this, you have fans in Taiwan, and knowledgeable guides ready to show you around!

For the record, as gifts, she gave him some traditional  pineapple cakes (鳳梨酥), and on what it feels like a last-minute thought, included some taiwanese instant noodles (泡麵) and Lay’s potato chips (taiwan flavor), yes, you read it right, instant noodles and potato chips!

食尚玩家 female crew waiting for Bourdain

[fr] Tant que nous sommes sur le sujet de l’émission 食尚玩家, j’en profite pour un faire un petit article hors-sujet. L’été dernier, le hasard a bien fait les choses car 莎莎, la présentatrice de 食尚玩家, et Anthony Bourdain  se trouvé au même moment à Hong-Kong pour filmer les émissions respectives. Grâce à une connaissance commune en la personne du célèbre guide Denny, 莎莎 en à profité pour aller à la rencontre de son idole Anthony Bourdain, ce qui résultat en un petit crossover entre les émissions 食尚玩家 et “Anthony Bourdain: The Layover“!

En guise de cadeau, 莎莎 offrit des sablés à l’ananas ainsi que des chips Lay’s au goût taiwanais et nouilles instantanées, original non? 

Denny, Bourdain and 莎莎

(Pictures courtesy of TVBS)

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