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Last week on Friday, I spent the evening with Anthony Bourdain. I was watching an episode of No Reservations, when an obnoxiously loud commercial came on saying that I can catch Anthony Bourdain in Rochester. I immediately looked it up and it was true! The show was going to be at the Auditorium Theater. The description simply said “an evening with Anthony Bourdain”. I was sold! Both Joel and my brother were a little skeptical. “What exactly is he going to do?” they both asked. My answer was “I have no idea. It just says an evening with Anthony Bourdain. But does it really matter?? It’s Anthony Bourdain!” :) Kristin and her friend Jon decided to join us. The evening was set – dinner at Kristin’s, followed by the show, and then drinks and dessert at Good Luck.

The show was great! He discussed his travels as well as his favorite foods and places that he visited. It was as if I was watching No Reservations, but he was standing only a few rows in front of me. :) Crazy!! I really love his humor. I was happy when he mentioned that when traveling, one should really try and eat local foods. Forget about Hard Rock Café or some other American chain! Find a small, local restaurant that has been there for years and eat there. That is how you should experience a new city, new country, or new region. Towards the end of the show, he turned the microphone to the audience for a question and answer session. The audience asked some interesting questions, some better than others. One person asked his thoughts on the fact that it was a Friday night and that the theater was filled with folks who worked in restaurants. He laughed, and when he asked how many people worked in a restaurant, about 1/2 of the audience raised their hands. The last question came from a woman (who apparently cut in front of Kristin, which was not very nice!). I can’t recall the exact question, but it was either what was the most memorable food or favorite food that he ever had. His answer was booze. Typical!! If you watch No Reservations, you would agree. I really wanted to say a few things but did not get the guts to go up to the microphone to do it. :( “What were you going to say?” you ask. What I wanted to say was this:

“Hi Tony! My name is Veronica. I am ecstatic that you are here. I really love your show! I want to say two things. First, my brother is a chef in NYC. A few years ago he worked at Babbo, and he mentioned that you and Bill Buford stopped by the restaurant and you were noticeably wasted. :) Secondly, I am originally from Romania. I was so excited when I found out that you were going to have a show on Romania. However, after watching it, I was not so excited anymore. That was the worst show you’ve ever done! What is up with Zamir?? I think that you need to go back and do another show there. I will be more than happy to be your tour guide.”

Perhaps the planets will align and he will somehow stumble upon my blog and read this post. :) Hmm… I can dream, can’t I??

I was very glad to go to Good Luck for drinks and dessert after the show. It was very fitting, after all. Good Luck was great!! The space is so cool – the brick walls, the antique lamps, and the table décor were great! Also, they have some very tasty drinks and desserts! YUM!! We ordered the chocolate cake and the goat cheese cheesecake. They were just delicious!! I really loved the goat cheese cheesecake. Who would have thought to make cheesecake out of goat cheese? It really worked! I can’t wait to go back to try the rest of the drinks and desserts. I also noticed that they have homemade gnocchi. Hmmm… :)

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