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Most readers are probably familiar with a Chef named Anthony Bourdain.  Bourdain, as far as I know, is less of a chef these days, but used to be.  Now, he is more of a TV guy and a food eater.  Instead of cooking, he usually eats what other people cook.  I can’t blame him, if you can just enjoy great food without having to do the work, and get paid for doing it.. how could you go wrong?  Really, when I see one of Bourdain’s TV shows, I usually find it enjoyable.

Bourdain used to be featured on The Travel Channel with a show called “No Reservations”.  A few years ago he moved to CNN and his newest show is called “Parts Unknown”.

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Several years back, before Bourdain left The Travel Channel, he came to the Philippines.  In that show, Anthony went to Manila and to Cebu, as I recall.  When in Cebu, Anthony went to the house of a fairly famous blogger in the Philippines, known as The Marketman., His blog is called Market Manila.  I used to follow his blog fairly regularly, but it has been a few years since I followed him closely.  It is a good “foodie” blog about the Philippines, though.  When Anthony visited Marketman, they prepared a Lechon Baboy for him to try.  Anthony Bourdain has never made it a secret that he loves pork.  When he tried Filipino lechon, he found out that he had a new pork favorite!

A couple weeks ago, Bourdain made a follow up visit to the Philippines for his CNN show, Parts Unknown.  Feyma and I just watched that episode and I really enjoyed it.  Feyma did too.  Due mostly to weather, Anthony was only able to visit Manila on this trip, but he wanted to visit at least one other island.  Anthony’s CNN show is not totally about food, but more about people, life and food is mixed in.  Anthony did the obligatory lechon baboy again in this program, and also has some Sisig, Adobo, Kare-Kare and some other famous Filipino cuisine.  He also made another “foodie road trip” in the Philippines, which I will talk about shortly.

When Anthony did the Adobo part of his trip, he talked with some Filipinos about how the Filipino people love to share with others.  Share food, share life, share whatever they can, no matter how little they have.  It was really quite touching.  I have included a video of that segment above.

In another part of the show, Anthony went and ate Sisig.  If you don’t know what Sisig is, watch the video, and I will tell you that Sisig is made with innards of the pig.  Anthony seemed to love it!  Video is above.

Some people will love this next part (hello BobNY) and others will hate it!  Anthony made a visit to Jollibee, and he confessed that he loves the place!  He even seemed to really be liking the sweet spaghetti there, something that I just can’t stand!  More power to him, I guess! Video is above on his Jollibee trip (that is what I was referring to above on his food road trip).

The most touching part of the show to me was when Anthony visited a family, and particular the matriarch.  The older lady had just recently come home to the Philippines after spending most of her adult life working abroad to support her family.  There is so much about that that is just very touching, and I could see that Anthony Bourdain had tears in his eyes as he talked with the lady.

Anyway, if you have a chance to see the entire show, I recommend it highly!  It was quite enjoyable.  The program shows that Filipinos have little, basically nothing in the way of creature comforts, but they are happy and proud people.  Watching the show reminded me about a lot of things that I tend to take for granted because I have been living here for so long now.

This episode took place during the Christmas season, so there is a fair amount of holiday stuff in the show, which I also found interesting and entertaining.

Give it a look and think about what you see.  It shows simple things in life that make a big difference.  Or that is how I feel anyway.

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Bob Martin

Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur. Bob is an American who lived in Mindanao from 2000 until 2019. Bob has now relocated back to the USA.

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Robert Moser
6 years ago

he grew up in a town near me in New Jersey . town name is Leonia

Bob Martin
6 years ago
Reply to  Robert Moser

I see, Robert. I did not know that.

George O'Byrne
6 years ago

Saw it here in Toronto I think it did not express the philippines as well as it could have . But that said I have seen all of this shows and loved them.

Bob Martin
6 years ago
Reply to  George O'Byrne

Hi George. Really? I thought it made a great representation of the Philippines!

Scott Day
6 years ago

He should have visited Davao also….

Bob Martin
6 years ago
Reply to  Scott Day

Ha ha, that would have been nice, but maybe next time!

Joe
Joe
6 years ago

I watched the show when it aired in the U.S. two weeks ago. I thought Anthony Bourdain did an excellent job portraying life in Manila and the spirit of the Pilipino people. He also talked about OFW workers and the hardship and sacrifice they endure working in foreign countries to send back money to support their families. I also recommend watching the show.

MindanaoBob
6 years ago
Reply to  Joe

Hi Joe – Yeah, the part about the OFWs was touching and also inspirational. Glad you caught the show!

queeniebee5
queeniebee5
6 years ago

Hi Bob,
We’re still seeing re-runs of No Reservations here, but I’ll hope to see this new show and episode eventually! I think that adobe of any kind is one of my favorite dishes here. I also find Jollibee spaghetti “strangely alluring” too. Not big on many other items there, but gotta have the spaghetti always!
As always love Anthony Bourdain! Thanks for sharing
Queenie

MindanaoBob
6 years ago
Reply to  queeniebee5

Hi Queenie – I don’t follow Bourdain closely, but when I do see him, I find it entertaining and also informative.

I don’t really care much for Jollibee (is it safe to say that here in the PH?. The spaghetti would be my least favorite of all, I think!

I downloaded this show from one of the torrent sites… don’t tell anybody!

Patrick Duffey
6 years ago

Anthony is a breath of fresh air in travel and food dialog , willing to do the extreme experience

Bob Martin
6 years ago
Reply to  Patrick Duffey

Yeah, I like Anthony, although I don’t follow him too closely.

Patrick Duffey
6 years ago
Reply to  Patrick Duffey

Like t h e Clint Eastwood of travel and food ! Quirky and if enought drinks just rants! An honest approach to travel,food and people

Bob Martin
6 years ago
Reply to  Patrick Duffey

Ha ha, the Clint Eastwood of the food world.. I like that! Go ahead.. make my day!

Patrick Duffey
6 years ago
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George Damrau
6 years ago

Hi Bob, I think the best thing at Jollibee is the Peach Mango Pie to me. Here in N.Y. It doesn’t have the same taste. Me and my wife Ailyn watch Anthony’s shows here every week. Thanks for the great post always enjoy them.

MindanaoBob
6 years ago
Reply to  George Damrau

Hi George – Yep, I agree. That Peach-Mango pie is really delicious. I don’t eat that kind of thing anymore, because I am pretty serious about taking care of my health, especially diabetes. But, you are right about that.

Thanks for reading/visiting!

Dave Starr
6 years ago

Mita and I just watched it. Very rewarding indeed. Recommended.

Bob Martin
6 years ago
Reply to  Dave Starr

Glad you saw it Dave. It was a really touching show, and I can see that Bourdain has a true affinity for the country.

Dave Starr
6 years ago
Reply to  Dave Starr

And he didn’t eat anything that made me want to puke, LoL

Bob Martin
6 years ago
Reply to  Dave Starr

Hi Dave. Ha ha.. Anthony is not the guy that eats sickening stuff. That guy is Andrew Zimmern and his show is called “Bizarre Foods”. Two different people, two different shows. Bourdain tends to eat just regular foods, a lot of gourmet stuff, etc.

Dave Starr
6 years ago
Reply to  Dave Starr

Really? I stand corrected then. BTW did you notice the absolutely terrible; phony-beard Santa in the mall scenes? You should edit out a little clip of that and when yu pitch clients, show it to them and say this is NOT the way we do it, LoL

Bob Martin
6 years ago
Reply to  Dave Starr

Ha ha, yeah, I noticed that Santa thing, Dave. I didn’t think of using it for promotional purposes, though!

Dave Starr
6 years ago
Reply to  Dave Starr

It was kind of a perfect example of how NOT to portray Santa.

Bob Martin
6 years ago
Reply to  Dave Starr

I agree… I think the best “Santas” in the show were they guys who delivered the Balikbayan boxes! Speaking of the Balikbayan box, I really loved it that the American guy who was raised with the Filipina as his nanny took the time to write to her and also send a box of goodies. He showed real love for his “mom” didn’t he?

Orlando
Orlando
6 years ago

Hi Bob,

Have you seen “The Big Short?” He has a part there where he compares Finance to Fish.

MindanaoBob
6 years ago
Reply to  Orlando

Hi Orlando- Yeah, I saw The Big Short.. but I have forgotten seeing Bourdain in it! Maybe I better go back and watch again! 🙂

Derek
6 years ago

Hi bob, we watch all his shows he does things a little different to other chefs and he seems to like his drink, ? But jollybee I don’t mind the chicken and rice but spaghetti no way just to sweet but the Filipinos love it each to their own give me a home cooked Italian spaghetti any day with Parmesan cheese good post Bob, Derek in pasig.

MindanaoBob
6 years ago
Reply to  Derek

Ha ha, yeah, he likes a drink! No doubt. I understand that plenty of people like Jollibee.. I’m just not one of them.. no arguments on that!

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