The Travel Channel: The Layover with Anthony Bourdain – Taipei

I’ve watched on-and-off The Travel Channel’s show, The Layover with Anthony Bourdain, after reading a review of the television series in the New York Times when the show first premiered in the Fall of 2011. Recently, I saw my fellow Taiwanese American friends and acquaintances posted the YouTube-hosted episode on Taipei on Facebook (with no commercials) and watched the episode immediately.

The episode made me *so* hungry and made me long for beef noodle soup and Xiao Long Bao. I knew that even before watching the episode, any Western television show on food in Taiwan would have to mention Din Tai Fung, which is profiled starting around minute 35:25. Bourdain is also quite entertaining and I learned a few things about Taiwan and Taipei that I didn’t know. As my friend Roger put it:

“OMG. Great Taiwanese food overview – I’ve eaten most of the things he talks about (but not in those specific places except for Din Tai Fung)… but then I haven’t lived there since I was 8… I saw this while eating dinner and now I’m still hungry. Plus Anthony Bourdain is somehow foul-mouthed and composed at the same time… it’s ridiculously entertaining.”

The premise of the show is that Bourdain flies into and out of a city for 48 hours and tries a lot of different foods in different neighborhoods with locals who help show him around the city. I particularly like it when Bourdain visits cities I’ve been to before or places I want to visit.

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About John

I'm a Taiwanese-American and was born & raised in Western Massachusetts, went to college in upstate New York, worked in Connecticut, went to grad school in North Carolina and then moved out to the Bay Area in 1999 and have been living here ever since - love the weather and almost everything about the area (except the high cost of housing...)
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