Famed food TV personality Anthony Bourdain ate around Seattle and checked out our tech culture and weed scene for his CNN series ‘Parts Unknown.’ So, did he get it right?
Did he get us right? Was he too harsh on “tech bros”? Inquiring minds want to know. Drop us a line in the comments below.
For my money, the Hollingsworths stole the show. What an adorable family. A few viewers wanted to know more about them. Here’s our story on them, plus a video:
Days leading up to the airing of the Seattle episode of “Parts Unknown,” dozens of readers were disappointed or underwhelmed by Anthony Bourdain’s dining and imbibing choices around town. Where would you have sent him?
One reason Northwest fans love Bourdain is because Bourdain loves Seattle. And he often waxes about Seattle during his tours and in interviews. Below are his thoughts on our city that he posted after his last visit for the filming:
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“I love Seattle. I’ve had many happy experiences there. From the beginning of my writing career, it’s a town that has welcomed me—probably because it was one of the first cities in America to embrace chefs and new restaurant ideas, to loudly celebrate their local ingredients and local producers. It was a foodie town long before the word foodie existed and will be when that loathsome term is long dead and buried. Demographically speaking, it’s a town that likes talking about food, eating food, reading about food—and, in my case, stories about people who make food. It’s a strange and beautiful place: gray, rainy, moody, and culturally rich—a place that seems to weed out those who are less than determined to reinvent themselves, break away from the pack, do their own thing however oddball it may be. It’s also yet another American city in transition: changing from company town to music town to tech center, with all the good and bad that comes with that.”
But of course, if you saw Sunday’s episode, you know he’s a fanboy of musician Mark Lanegan, the main reason why he returned to the Emerald City this time. Lanegan, along with Josh Homme, composed the title track for “Parts Unknown.”
Bourdain on Lanegan:
“I wanted to do an hour of television absolutely saturated with, scored by, and featuring Mark Lanegan and his music. I wanted to hear some of my favorites played over wide shots of the Puget Sound. I wanted to smoke weed legally, listening to his songs. And I wanted every single person who watches my show and isn’t already a fan of his to experience his music.”
Also, a couple of viewers wanted to know the name of the Mark Lanegan song that played in the closing minutes, an homage to the film “Magnolia.” That Lanegan song was Strange Religion.
To watch clips from the Seattle episode, visit Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” website.