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Meeting Anthony Bourdain

June 17, 2006

Armed with books (and Steve Mars, our photographer) in tow, we went to the Ferry Building to meet Anthony Bourdain my favorite ex-food-network-now-travel-channel chef. I just love him – the way he writes, the stuff he talks about, the places he goes, the foods he tries. I heart Tony. I can call him that now, since we’re BFF and all.

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See how bored Tony looks? That’s because he has yet to meet us.


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Okay Steve, you can stop “testing” the camera now. Me and C are ready to get our books signed, and we are strangely (and embarrassingly) nervous.

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I have a puppet mouth because I am laughing about something Tony did or said. No, it’s because I told him I was racking my brain trying to think of something clever to say, but now that I was there, I couldn’t think of anything. Maybe he felt sorry for me because he starting drawing a knife in my book…or maybe, subconsciously…he wanted to kill me and make me shut up.

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Yeah, that’s right, he has his arm around me. I just want to mention that Anthony Bourdain smells like a combination of earth and cooking food. Like if you walked into a greenhouse at the back of a kitchen.

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I asked Tony if he would mind taking a pic with me and the roomies – Renita and Christine. He paused and said, “Sure, come on over.” It was so funny because Christine and Renita were standing there staring at us, waiting for the “ok” – and when he waved them over, they had the biggest grins ever. So this is us – me and Tone – waiting for them to join the party.

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This is my favorite picture. I’m totally printing it, framing it, and putting it in my cube. Notice Tony is smiling now. Told you he loves us.

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Yeah, this is the picture Tony drew for me. It’s *our* thing – you wouldn’t understand. Heh. I heart Tony. Did I mention that? Anyone who can be that passionate about food is a-ok in my book.

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