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Jul 15, 2006 02:16 AM

Confirmed. Tony Bourdain is stuck in Beiruit

As of 6:30 eastern

Read posts here

Both my wife and I find him amusing, entertaining and pretty much a straight shooter. I know that he's not for everyone but he does try to provide a local flavour of places that many of us can't/dare not go.

Let's hope he gets home safe.


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  1. Thank you for the report -- he's a favorite of mine among all the "celeb chefs." I wish him and his crew a safe homecoming, among other things.

    1. I'm part of a Barnes and Noble online book group that Tony moderates and they posted yesterday that he and his crew are doing okay, but they are, in fact, stuck there for a bit.
      He is by far my favorite food writer and "television personality." Maybe it's because I'm a New Yorker. I, too, wish them all well.

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      1. re: CeeBee

        I'm guessing this will be one "Can't miss" episode.


      2. Yah, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Tony. He has to get out of there quickly!! I'm addicted to everything Tony -- his books, his shows, everything. He's the best.

        1. I wish him no harm, but don't relish any enhancement of his faux machismo. I already think of him as the Geraldo Rivera of food writers.

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            1. re: Sarah

              Oh, just the fact that the seems to follow a natural tendency to crank it up a notch when the spotlight is on him.

              And imagine, building a whole book around the fact that you eat offal! I bet schoolgirls in Hunan eat stuff on a daily basis that AB wouldn't touch unless there was a camera on him.

              Grandstander? You bet!

              1. re: Gary Soup

                Yes other cultures eat things that most Americans wouldn't or haven't been exposed to and think "ICK!" when they see him trying it. But that's what he's all about - showing his non-adventurous American public what else is out there - it ain't just all about the U.S. and packaged foods. Will they run out and try seal meat or offal? Most likely not (probably because you can't find seal meal in the U.S., most likely <g>). But just *maybe* they'll try something different than McDonald's when visiting another country. But that's his focus - letting people know there's a lot of good food out there and people should *at least* try it.

                For a lot of people here on Chowhound, who try different foods all the time, his show may be schtick. But for those people who are so enamoured of The Food Network and think that's the cat's meow to cooking - well, he's showing some people that it's a lot different out there in the "real world" for so many other people, and hopefully encouraging them to try the local food. More power to him.

                I hope he and his crew get home safely.

          1. Hope he and the crew get home safe and quickly. Tony's my hero. Love "Kitchen Confidential" and never miss "No Reservations" on the Travel Channel.