A month after Anthony Bourdain died of suicide this summer, street artist Bradley Theodore unveiled a mural of the iconic traveler in the Lower East Side on Delancey and Ludlow streets. In a post on Instagram, Theodore wrote the caption: "In a city full of villains we all need heroes. On that corner is a Duane Reade and a Bank of America. That corner, where Bourdain's likeness watched the tourists and Ubers and wealthy collage kids pass by—was nothing like the Lower East Side of the late-host's wilder days. Back then, during Bourdain's formative years in the city, it was home to punks and brave artists, to drug addicts and murderers. That time is the focus of the final episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown , an hour of television that tells the story of the legendary chef and author's influences, friends, and heroes. And it's only fitting—even depressingly poetic—that Bourdain's final show, his unfinished travel story, is about the man himself. It looks unflinchingly at his days as a drug addict chef in New York and juxtaposes it beautifully with the Lower East Side of today—and Bourdain's celebrity life as a successful TV host living dozens of streets uptown.
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This week, he takes us to Seattle —a city known for its foodie culture, booming tech industry, and unusually high number of serial killers this last point comes up a lot. Our first look at Seattle is all about the backlash against the tech renaissance. At lunch, local musicians Astra Elane and Dustin Patterson of disco-punk band The Gods Themselves tell Bourdain how you can spot a tech boy namely Amazon, Google, and Microsoft workers on the street—sunglasses on, badges swinging in step with their swagger.
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More importantly: What did he eat?
As Bourdain, who died Friday of an apparent suicide , was rising as a literary foodie of the highest order, he injected attitude into a restaurant culture that at the time was mostly reliant on Muzak subscriptions for audio atmospherics. Music, he argued, helped define a space as much as menu and decor. He may have celebrated lesser-known culinary rock stars, but he admired the real ones too. He consulted musicians for their thoughts and stories. Bourdain harnessed his good fortune in service of music. A typical episode of his show would contain songs that Bourdain helped pick. Another playlist, for the Travel Channel, further defined his tastes by including annotations of the songs. And Nicki Minaj is terrifyingly good on it.
I was driving across the American desert a few years back with my friend Josh Homme, and he played me a few songs by Mark Lanegan. I was immediately inhabited by his voice, his lyrics, the experience of his songs—the darkness, pain, and longing. I was mesmerized. Read More. Singer-songwriter, formerly with Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, and many other acts; artist behind Parts Unknown theme song. Former chief technology officer at Microsoft and lead author of Modernist Cuisine. Bourdain ate: oysters; flash-fried whole local smelt served with pepperoncini sambal aioli; local dungeness crab, chilled and cooked with pickled ginger sauce. Bourdain ate: cilantro noodles, yu choy, and thinly sliced flatiron steak; kimchi pancakes with braised pork belly and bean sprouts; marinated-short-rib rice bowl with house sambal, daikon kimchi, and egg; short-rib dumplings topped with pickled shallot and scallion. When Gadhafi fell in , dreams of building the Switzerland of North Africa took hold—those dreams are now a distant memory.