Reminders of Bourdain…..

Walking around Porto

Quite a few years ago my husband told me that we had to eat a “cachorro” at this place in Porto. A few weeks earlier we had enjoyed this amazing grilled meat platter with rice and potatoes (all carbs always) and black beans at this great place in the Batalha Plaza. I was sort of hoping for a repeat but since I am from Chicago and a good hot dog is rare to fine, I needed to go for it. In my entire life I never knew that one could have an addiction to hot dogs. But, it is now a truth for me.

The “New” Gazela

Two summers ago my Mom and I watched the Anthony Bourdain episode in Porto. He had not been back there for many years so I was excited to see what his adventures would be this time. AND THERE HE WAS eating my “cachorro” at Gazela. That same grilled bun with just the right amount of hot sauce.

Now there are photos of him inside the original Gazela. I’ll never be able to eat here again without thinking of Anthony Bourdain and how many hours I spent traveling and enjoying food and people from all over the world right by his side. Yesterday I read that Eric Ripert and José Andrés decided to name June 25th “Bourdain Day”. I’ll have one for you to celebrate that day in just a couple of weeks. They opened a new spot now, I’m sure it was because of you. Saúde!

“There are no two finer words than “encased meat”, my friend.” Anthony Bourdain

6 thoughts on “Reminders of Bourdain…..

  1. HI Margaret, we just got back from wonderful trip to Porto and Lisboa and Evora on our way to Spain, Andalusia. Ana Ramos was our guide with OAT. She said she knew you. Hope we see you and Felipe one day. Warm regards, Marilyn

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    • Thank you for writing. I’m glad you had a lovely trip. Too bad our paths didn’t cross. Hopefully in the future they will. I send you both my love and warm regards as well!! Margaret

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  2. I have never understood ‘hot dogs’. It must be a cultural thing. The same with how Americans like their bacon all burnt and crispy and Hershey Bars don’t get me on Hershey Bars!

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