Friday, March 19, 2004


It is fortuitous that Anthony Bourdain's A Cook's Tour can be comfortably held in one hand. Even more fortuitous to have the tall sinewy form of him on the television screen, visibly revelling in the pleasure of one culinary sampling after another. Who ever thought that watching another person eat could be so hot?

The San Sebastian episode of A Cook's Tour comes to mind. Tony is taken from one tapas bar to the next by a small group of local women who are obviously enjoying his company, and by the time they have left the third or fourth establishment, I am half expecting one or more of these women to be inviting Tony back to their place for more Riojan wine and finger food [wink nudge].

As an aside, it was sort of an interesting move on the part of The Food Network to air an episode revolving around and lauding the culture of the Basque people, a mere three days after the bombing in Madrid. Planned or purely co-incidental, I wonder? More than likely the latter.

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