Q&A: Anthony Bourdain Says He’s in a Zen-like State

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The Layover crew, Tony, and Oscar after a dip in the Tonga Room pool
The Layover crew, Tony Bourdain, and Oscar Villalon after a dip in the Tonga Room pool

This Monday marked the debut of the San Francisco episode of The Layover, where Anthony Bourdain showed some local love for San Francisco. He ate with La Cocina’s Caleb Zigas, Chefs Roland Passot, Danny Bowien and Chris Cosentino. Tony also explored the daytime drinking crowd at Toronado. Jeff Hollinger, barkeep at Comstock Saloon served up adult beverages and later joined Bourdain for more drinks. Bourdain ate at the Rice Paper Scissors pop-up with Oscar Villalon, my husband. We visited the Tonga Room with Bourdain and the crew after the Rock Paper Scissors feed fest/shoot. Tony had already celebrated at the Tonga Room earlier with Cosentino, and was happy to share more Scorpion Bowls. After an hour or more, two of the crew decided to take a dip in the Tonga Room pool. A hotel staffer was on hand with clean and dry towels and robes for the swimmers. We took a picture and smoke break outside after the swimming action.

Bay Area Bites caught up with Bourdain via email.

Bay Area Bites: What food-restaurant trends do you see for this year?

Bourdain: Trends? It's all about Sean Brock [a Southern Chef].


Bay Area Bites: For the San Francisco episode of The Layover... viewers seem to think you were pretty sauced.

Bourdain: SF? YES. I was at least that f*cked up.

Bay Area Bites: Who in the food world bugs you the most these days? St. Alice [Waters], or someone new?

Bourdain: Bugged by? No one. I am in a Zen-like state of peace and universal harmony with the world.

Not sure I fully believe him. His recent Twitter feed debates the merits of movie remakes, as well as telling local eater @GarySoup off via the following twitter exchange:

Gary Soup tweet

Gary Soup tweet

Anthony Bourdain tweet

Anthony Bourdain tweet

Anthony Bourdain tweet

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