The day we ran into Anthony Bourdain….(albeit with some reservations)

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….was the day Israel began to bomb the hell out of Lebanon in earnest, in July 2006.

Huz was on a ‘mission’, and Amu and I tagged along as I was very eager to see what all the fuss was about as far as Beirut was concerned, ‘Paris of the East’ and all that jazz. Not to mention the taouk sandwiches that Huz raved about from the last couple of times he’d been there.

Needless to say, I fell in love with the place, and most of all, the people. The Lebanese are just gorgeous if you ask me. Beautifully skinned, beautifully dressed (skimpy for women for a country in the Middle East, I thought) and I loved the way they spoke Arabic…and French. Hearing my own name being pronounced by an Arabic speaker was pure pleasure, and considering I wear my heart on my sleeve, I merrily proceeded to…

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4 comments on “The day we ran into Anthony Bourdain….(albeit with some reservations)

  1. Bhaswati Ghosh says:

    Thank you for sharing this.

    • huzaifazoom says:

      I had only seen a few of his shows and he struck me as a genuinely kind soul. Only now I find out about him speaking out against the ‘unpeopling’ of Palestinians. His compassion was perhaps at odds with the demands of a food celebrity, leading him, I speculate, to “suffer for his sanity.”

      • Bhaswati Ghosh says:

        He was a rare, special person. A people’s celebrity, if you will. The more I learn about him, the more I love him. His take on the Palestinian situation and this blog you’ve shared only heighten that sentiment.

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