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Anthony Bodain The Parts Unknown THAILAND Episode: Just the One-Liners

Via: Eaters

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On last night’s episode of Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain joined Pok Pok kingpin/cat selfie enthusiast Andy Ricker in northern Thailand to eat all the sausage and drink all the rice whiskey they could manage. There was blood soup, sheep’s brain, super-spicy rice dishes, a pork monger in a cowboy hat, live action cat selfies, a lady boy cabaret, a failed engagement on the part of Ricker, bad karaoke, and lots and lots of drinking. Hold on to your cowboy hats. Now, on to the Quotable Bourdain — feel free to add your picks in the comments below.

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1: On tasting Thai food for the first time: “It was like discovering a color I never knew existed before. A whole new crayon box full of colors.”

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2: On how Pok Pok chef Andy Ricker learned how to cook Thai food: “Andy here is constantly back and forth from America to Thailand, for nearly 25 years now looking for recipes, techniques, digging deeper and deeper into an amazingly complex and widely misunderstood cuisine. And getting his ass chastised by a few aunties as he goes.

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3: On Thai rice whiskey: “This stuff is a delightful beverage that tastes better and smoother, apparently, the more you drink.”

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4: On the whiskey shop’s uncle, who at 68 drinks half a bottle a day: “It’s pretty much the Keith Richards health and preservation plan.”

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5: On eating brain: “I’m not a big fan of brain. That custardy texture coupled with the nutty taste? Frankly I’d sooner ram a big handful of nutsack.”

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6: On blood soup: “That’s like a horror movie. That’s like CSI soup. I’m eating out of an open wound.” Pause. “Actually that’s completely delicious.”

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7: Andy Ricker on eating sheep’s brains: “Eat too much of this shit you’ll go blind, that’s what they say.” Bourdain: “Yeah, they say that about jacking off, too, and I’m still here.”

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8: On their meal of blood soup, sheep’s brains, and sausage: “Honestly, best meal I’ve ever had in Thailand. I’d eat it out of Chris Christie’s jock strap on a hot summer day.”

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9: On his mission in Thailand: “This time it’s all about consuming medically inadvisable amounts of food and drink.”

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10: On appearances being deceiving: “There’s almost an inverse relationship, the more hideous looking a dish the more delicious it is.”

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11: On where they’re going: “Next stop? It ain’t Flavortown. It’s some place beyond that, man, way beyond.”

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12: On how much he drinks: “This may surprise you, but I am not an alcoholic. I don’t drink at home ever. There’s not beer in my fridge. If I’m not working, I’m not hanging out in bars. But if I was an alcoholic, and I did hang in bars, I’d hang here.”

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13: On french fries in Thailand: “You ordered french fries? Apparently it’s an indigenous specialty.”

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14: While watching an older white guy drunkenly sing karaoke: “That could be me someday, I’m thinking. Things go just a little wrong, I go off the rails, this would be all too attractive. I can well see myself singing happy birthday in German to tourists in a hotel bar in Jakarta or Bangkok.”

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15:Bourdain on a Chinese liqueur: “Tastes like boner medicine.” Andy Ricker: “Yes, and it tastes like dirty sack.”

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16: On what he loves about Thailand: “It wasn’t the girls, it wasn’t the beaches, it was the noodles, the greasy bottle of fish sauce, and the smell. That’s it.”`

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17: On how things change: “I once wrote your body isn’t a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride. But that was before I had a daughter and a respectable job at CNN.”

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18: On an ideal lady boy experience: “If we had a lady boy show in a sports bar we could watch football, drink a lot of beer, and around beer number eight, bring out the lady boys.”

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19: On kissing a lady boy (SEE PHOTO) : “I end up kissing the only lady boy in Thailand who looks like Ernest Borgnine straight on the lips. I mean, why not one of the hot ones, at least?”

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20: On going to the lady boy cabaret: “If out of context photos of me here end up on the internet, this could look bad.” (SEE PHOTO)

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21: On spicy food: “That perfect balance of pain, and pleasure, and more pain. Brain flooding with endorphins and all is well with the world. Until tomorrow morning.”

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22: On the morning after the lady boy club: “It was very traumatic. I need to go to a strip club and watch a football game and mow the lawn and barbecue all at the same time.”

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23: On onion breath: “I’m gonna eat some more onions. The boys at the bar tonight are gonna be in for a surprise if they move in for a smooch.”

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24: On breakfast: “I’m a big believer in a healthy, nutritious breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day, my doctor said that. Of course, he also said that just about everything I love and hold dear is killing me, so what does he know.”

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25: On papaya salad: “Attention hippies: this is a salad.”

http://eater.com/archives/2014/06/02/parts-unknown-thailand.php

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June 4, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sea-Tac Child with measles may have exposed travelers

Via: KiROTV

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A measles infection in a King County child who was at Sea-Tac International Airport during the contagious period was confirmed Sunday by public health officials.

The person was likely exposed to the measles while overseas.

Most people in King County have immunity to the measles through vaccination, so the risk to the general public is low.

However, a measles outbreak has hit record levels in Washington State.

Two-thirds of the people who have come down with the disease in the last year had opted out of getting vaccinated.

http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/child-measles-may-have-infected-sea-tac-travelers/ngBsr/

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Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers BASTARDS!

 

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June 2, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Malaysia Airlines – bad, bad, BAD ad!

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March 22, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

1962 – ‘Son of a Shoemaker, Becomes a Shoemaker’

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My Dad was my HERO.

Because I wanted to be like him, I also became a construction engineer.

I know my Dad was proud of his ‘shoemaker son’, but he unfortunately died a few months after I got into the biz.

Not only did he inspire me to do the job I loved, but he instilled the LOVE of travel; and for both, I will be forever grateful.

I honestly don’t know if there is an ‘after-life’, but I know if he and I can ‘hook-up’, we’ll first talk of family, and then do a whole lotta ‘shop-talk’, and then we’ll talk travel.

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Photo: My Dad is on the Left. This was from the lead story from the Number One trade magazine for the engineering/construction market, ‘Engineering News Record’.

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My ‘Old Man’, and I do mean OLD, would have been 104-years-old, today, September 12th.

Happy Birthday, Dad!

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September 12, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

“Quote of the Day”

Via: Tywkiwdbi – “Tai-Wiki-Widbee”

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Tywkiwdbi – truly one of the coolest sites, EVER:

http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/

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Yeah well, travel has ALWAYS been part of my life.

related post:

http://jonsfamily.wordpress.com/2009/05/04/49-front-row-left/

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Beginning my 9th year in Chiang Mai, Thailand; and I can’t help think my Mom would’ve been impressed. 🙂

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September 8, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Air India pilots suspended for leaving cabin crew in charge of plane while they slept in business class

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Via: Indepenent

Two Air India pilots have been suspended after reporting to leave a plane on autopilot in the hands of cabin crew while they slept in business class.

The pilots left the cockpit for 40 minutes while they had a nap, leaving two flight attendants in charge of flying the plane who accidentally turned off the autopilot, The Times of India reports.

The two pilots are reported to have rushed back from their seats to steer the plane back to safety once they realised the auto-pilot had been turned off.

An Air India source said the crew members’ actions “made a mockery of air safety”. (yeah, you think?)

“It is standard procedure to ensure the presence of a second person in the cockpit if the pilot is not able to operate the aircraft. But what actually happened after this made a mockery of air safety,” the source told The Times of India.

The four crew members on the Bangkok to Delhi flight have been suspended, and Air India has admitted in a statement today that there was “over stay of the cabin crew in the cockpit”.

HOWEVER, it claims it was the co-pilot not the cabin crew who switched off the auto-pilot, saying “due to distraction (see photo), the co-pilot touched the auto pilot disconnect button momentarily. But the same was connected back.”

An inquiry about the incident is now being conducted by India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGVA). Arun Mishra, director general of DGVA, said: “Following a safety violation, the airline has already suspended the people in question. We are conducting an inquiry into the matter.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/air-india-pilots-suspended-for-leaving-cabin-crew-in-charge-of-plane-while-they-slept-in-business-class-8603075.html

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May 4, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

106 year-old Japanese man travels round the world on public transport

Via: Raw Story

A 106-year-old Japanese man has become the oldest person to have travelled around the world using public transport, a report said Friday.

Saburo Shochi has been recognised by Guinness World Records for his feat, which saw him travel through North America, Europe and Africa, the Mainichi daily said.

With dozens of his supporters hailing his return at Fukuoka airport in southwest Japan, the centenarian said with a big smile: “I will live more.”

Shochi, a professor emeritus at Fukuoka University of Education, started travelling frequently at the age of 99, giving lectures on child education and health in foreign countries, the Mainichi said.

Shochi, who celebrated his 106th birthday on Thursday, said: “In my whole life, I have never said ‘I’m tired’.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/08/17/106-year-old-japanese-man-travels-round-the-world-on-public-transport/

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‘started travelling frequently at the age of 99’‘Amazing’ doesn’t even begin to describe the amazing Professor Schochi.

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August 18, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

(2 of 2) Air Asia – Flight Attendants

Via: World stewardess crews

Even more, that’s right MORE, here:


http://worldscrews.blogspot.com/2011/06/beautiful-red-hot-air-asia-stewardess.html

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Not enough for ya; really?

Well then, here’s Part 1:

https://seattle98.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/air-asia-flight-attendants/

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June 21, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

Thailand – the ‘Land of Smiles’

I literally see dozens of smiles like in the photo, each and every day.

They aren’t all as lovely as this hotel (Shangri-La) employee, but they all seem to resonate from deep in their Thai soul; be they from a monk on his early morning walk to collect his daily alms, or from the old lady at the market selling lottery tickets, or from the school kids piling into the back of the bus.

Some Thai people seem not to know how falangs (foreigners) will react to their smiles.

I have found, if I without hesitation, return their smile; the ‘bounce back smile’ will not only ‘light up the room’, but will ‘light up my heart’.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand,  a.k.a. ‘The Land of Smiles’

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June 4, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Frank Horvat – Image Gallery

Via: Poe’s Mistress

Swinging Girl, Cairo, 1962

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‘Cario – Facade’ from Horvatland

The airport is in the Western desert. (Here one speaks of the Eastern and the Western desert, as in Paris of the Eastern and Western banlieues.) As the plane tilts to align itself with the runway, I lose my bearings and have the disagreeable sensation that the wings are about to smash into the dunes.

Read more, See more, HERE:

http://www.horvatland.com/pages/tm/01cairo/index_en.htm

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May 2, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment