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MSP...Tony Bourdain @ Solera or Triple Rock???[Moved from Midwest Board]

Any fellow Chowhounds going to the Anthony Bourdain event @ Solera tonight or @ The Triple Rock tomorrow night??? I'll be @ Solera...hope to see you there.

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  1. What's the event? Can you provide some more detials?

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      1. re: g rote

        We'll expect a full report then. Also see if you can get him to say something funny about Andrew Zimmern. Like, "You won't believe the job I talked this guy into. He flies around the world and eats bugs!"

        1. re: mnitchals

          First question of the night from the audience: Is Andrew Zimmern a dork?

    1. I'll be there with the bf. Very excited. I believe he was at the Triple last night.

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      1. re: NordeastB

        Wish I would have known about it sooner - it looks like it's sold out. How much were the tickets?

      2. Bourdain is on MPR right now (10am) and they just said he'll be at MOA at 5 tonight. I heard him last night on 107.1 (I think...) and it was so painful. Those extreme Minnesota accent women clearly had no idea who he was and had only read snippets of his books.

        I believe the tickets to Solera were around $75 and they sold out quite a while ago.

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        1. re: katebauer

          Kate did you listen to the whole interview? i think that kerri miller totally doesn't *get* anything that bourdain has ever written about & seemed uncomfortable and unprepared for the interview. oh well.

          1. re: soupkitten

            I did listen the whole time. I definitely thought she was more prepared than the interviewers last night, but I did find it very odd that she kept focusing on his time as a chef at Les Halles, considering how much he's done in the past few years. Perhaps that's because the book he's promoting really focuses on that time. I think he must have so many insights about international travel, I find it sad that people tend to focus on all the "weird" stuff he eats (I hate Zimmern's show for that reason, while I get that Andrew actually likes the bizare foods he eats, the premise of the show does nothing to promote understanding and acceptance of different cultures)

        2. I'm going to Solera tonight. You can find some notes about the Triple Rock visit last night over on the Media board.

          1. He was at the Triple Rock last night (Monday.) http://www.chowhound.com/topics/462622 Is he going to be there again on Weds or do you have your wires crossed?

            Dara introduced him. Then he gave a canned speech for about 10-15 minutes. Then he took questions from the audience--Q&A lasted for a good 45 mins, after which, he took a brief break and was going to come back and sign books (I left, so, I don't know how the book signing went, but they said he'd stay until every last book was signed.)

            Very entertaining evening, I thought, and a good value at "free".


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            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              ? Yes, I said he was at the Triple Rock last night and would be at Solera tonight. Am looking, but don't see any crossed wires.

              Edited: Ah, I see. The original posting had the crossed wires.

            2. He was on Garage Logic with Soucheray November 27th, at 2:30pm, 1500AM. It was quite interesting, and also painful to hear some of the questions lobbed at him by listeners. He was gracious and kind though, and took great care in answering them all. I have friends attending the Solera event and look forward to their commentary.

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              1. re: cooknKate

                You're right Kate. I cringed at some of the callers' questions like the one about whether he had heard of some hot sauce -- huh? I'm getting more blank stares at work from people who have no idea who he is. Oh well.

                1. re: NordeastB

                  yeah, the guy who was asking about peppadews? he said it was italian! peppadew is an african pepper...that guy was all hot air and no substance

              2. Bourdain was excellent @ Solera, and the food was fantastic. Menu was highlighted by octopus ceviche, goat cheese stuffed piquillo peppers, pork belly with blood sausage, and chorizo in a paprika sauce. Bourdain skipped the prepared response and took audience questions while sipping a Heineken. Highlight discussions (enough with the ragging on FoodTV already, we agree & we get it) were talking about him wanting to produce a live cooking / Italian travelogue with Mario, waxing nostalgic on Vassar, exploding the myth of NYC in the '70's. But the highlight question had to be the one on which his spiel ended...an audience member, in reference to the "Tony Eats a Beating Cobra Heart" episode from A Cook's Tour, asked Tony who he'd like to eat his still beating heart. After tossing out a few off the top of his head (hot nude woman, Iggy Pop), he chuckled and said "a crowd of angry drunk vegetarians...thanks and good night", dropped the mic and walked off the stage.

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                1. re: g rote

                  Not just any hot, nude woman. Rosario Dawson. I agree; the tapas were very good. My friend's calling the chorizos "party weiners" kind of altered our table's perception of that dish. But the pork belly/blood sausage, stuffed peppers, and salmon with lemons and fennel were standouts. And the Portuguese goat milk cheese; holy moley that was good! The great beating heart question came from our table, but I also enjoyed Bourdain's lengthy answer to another person at our table who asked him which film director he and his crew planned to pay homage to next. If what he said was true, we can look forward to an episode of nothing but long shots and extreme closeups, ala Sergio Leone.

                  1. re: clepro

                    A person at our table said the chorizo reminded her of smokies from back in the day. I kind of have to agree, but not in a bad way. The octopus rocked. I thought he looked awfully twitchy on stage with the microphone. Maybe aftermath of his quitting smoking? Which got applause from the crowd, but he said "Don't clap, it sucks."

                    1. re: jennywinker

                      If all cities he's visiting are like this, it a pretty brutal book tour - jeez louise! the poor guy was definitely tired (and maybe in need of a smoke), but it was great to see his high comfort level at answering any kind of question - from the AWESOME director reference and "eat my heart" ones to the woman who kept whinning about moving from NYC to the 'burbs and looking for advice (??)

                  2. re: g rote

                    Thanks for your report.

                    Sounds like a fantastic eating of eating great chow, and hearing Bourdain talk about great chow. Can you expand a little more on what you mean by "exploding the myth of NYC in the 70's"? Sounds intriguing.


                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                      I think he must meant the myth that everyone was having a rollicking good time surrounded by fantastic music, when in fact (or fact per Bourdain), the music sucked, the city was grim, and Son of Sam was nigh.