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Have you ever visited same location as Anthony Bourdain...Stories?

I am sure many of you have watched at least one Destination Unknown by Anthony Bourdain. May he Rest in Peace!
I have found them very interesting for a traveler as he finds those "off the beaten path" places, a bit like RS!
Gee, I wonder if Rick Steves has ever met AB?

We have one story about dining at Konoba Mondo in Motovun, Croatia and having the opportunity to speak with the owner about both AB and RS. Then we got a wonderful moment to learn about the local truffles. I can't say enough about the experience. WOW! And we got to have the fresh white truffle, as we arrived like, day 2 of the season. But the owner had quite a bit to say about the filming of the AB show in his restaurant and the hunting of truffles.

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He filmed a show here in Kansas City once, hitting a couple of well-known local favorites, as well as focusing on some of the many barbecue joints that are here. We'd been to all the places many times, so it was fun to watch him in familiar locations. He wasn't afraid to criticize (not a fluff piece like some others) and added lots of background information that was interesting even to a local. You could tell that there was a lot of work done behind the scenes.

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I'm in DC and have visited his restaurants here and always see many tourists.

Still can't believe he's gone. People think that smart, successful people have no reason to harm themselves but that's not the case. RIP.

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RS Eastern France tour takes you to Kaysersberg which is where Anthony Bourdain just died. We were there in 2015. It is a beautiful small town. I am still reeling from this sad news.

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A couple years ago we were in Rome, checking into our B&B in Trastevere in the afternoon, and asked for a restaurant recommendation. We didn't really care where, we were just hungry and tired. Our hostess told us about a couple nearby places and we just randomly picked one. The menu listed some specialties, one of which was cacio e pepe, which I ordered. The waiter gave me this weird look as he took my order. Soon another party of Americans came in and started talking to the waiter, asking about Bourdain. Turns out, this place was in one of his shows and he ate the cacio e pepe, raving about it, causing tons of Americans to stop in. When we got back to our room I looked it up and discovered that the ratings for the place had gone down because it became so popular that people thought the quality had suffered, and if I had looked it up before I might have given it a miss. Luckily, the buzz had died down and the food was fantastic!

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He did a show on some places here in Nashville with which I am very familiar.

Also a show on Charleston, S.C., covering some places I'd been.

I loved his show "The Layover", in which he'd spend 24 hours in one place. My favorite show was when he was in London, and visited one of those green cabbie shacks that serves tea and bacon butties to cab drivers. He visited the one just outside the V&A Museum, which I went to a month after he filmed there.

Can't believe it. Will be waiting to hear more details tonight on NBC Nightly News. It is hard to accept that he's gone.

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RIP Anthony, sorry there was something that you could not live with anymore. We loved you for your courage to be outrageous and can't believe that something scared you enough to leave us. We are sad that we do not yet understand the darkness that you had to deal with. Hopefully we can learn enough to reach out to others before they take themselves away from us.

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We have always planned all of our food experiences around Tony’s shows and recommendations. Just today one of my Facebook memories our Rome trip from 2014 came up. It was the cacio e peppe place that the other commentor mentioned.

Tony is associated with so many of my exceptional travel and food experiences and for that I will always be grateful. I miss him so much already.

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We were walking down Wellington Street in Hong Kong near our hotel when saw a sign in a small noodle shop’s window that said it was recommended by Anthony Bourdain. We went inside and had their shrimp wontons in broth, delicious.
He died in Kaysersberg, a beautiful small town in Alsace with a WWII history and also the birthplace of Dr. Albert Schweitzer when it was part of Germany.. Two losses to suicide this past week of amazing and creative people.RIP

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"I've had fried squirrel in Boone County West Virginia. I don't do much fancy eating like you more sophisticated folks."

The thing is, Mike from West Virginia, Anthony Bourdain would have loved your Chicken-of-the-Tree. He would have found the unusual in West Virginia, talked with working people in W. Virginia to find out what was on their minds, and not forgotten his or their own roots. It could be on a paper plate at a picnic table, but if the food was exceptional, the cook talented, he or she was always treated with admiration and respect by Anthony Bourdain. He respected and honored the people he featured on his shows, from eating cold noodles in Vietnam with Barack Obama to wearing an ill-fitting suit and tie as he sits in reverence to be in the presence of Paul Bocuse. He deconstructed the pedestal upon which some celebrity chefs are placed by the public, showing their hard work and backgrounds growing up on farms and sweating away as apprentices from age 14 on. There's a reason you didn't see his shows on the Food Network.

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We watched the episode (never missed any) where AB and Obama had lunch together in Hanoi, and my husband and I turned to each other and said “we gotta go”. So we did, we spent last November , 2017 touring Vietnam and even found the little restaurant in Hanoi that was in the show. He inspired us to travel again to a place that will give us wonderful memories for our lifetime. It was our second trip to Vietnam and thanks to AB for the inspiration. RIP

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Several in Austin, TX!
RIP Anthony - you chose a permanent solution to a temporary problem but I realize you felt it was the only way out of your pain. I am so sad - you will be so missed by your daughter.

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I'm sure I've hit some of the spots he's been to food wise but I don't seek them out because when a place turns too popular, then it gets too crowded and sometimes gimmicky, etc. I really liked his approach to food and travel more than specific recommendations. I have been to many locales where his shows have been filmed in the US and overseas, although not in Asia or Africa. I loved how his shows highlighted the culture of the place, the different ethnic groups that contribute to the rich history of food there, and paid homage to people and sometimes very simple, homey dishes. Some of his shows were downright haunting, including the one on Seattle (the music itself was amazing, I still remember it). I loved the shows on Nashville, Charleston, Seattle, and Houston (as well as many others) and he's given me such a broader perspective on all those places - the food is of course divine too! I really miss him already. I don't think there will be another show like his because a lot of it had to do with him specifically and his persona. He made those shows what they are.

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He provided the impetus for my travel to Cuba.

In all honesty while I watched him casually stroll along a Havana Street I asked myself “ why does he get to go and I can’t?”

Unfortunate that his demons won, more tragic he left an 11 year old daughter to endure.