I’m not sure when I started liking Anthony Bourdain. Somewhere in between watching him eat fish guts in a remote Taiwanese bar and hearing him rag on Rachael Ray for “stiffing every waiter in town” as a part of her now off-air 40 Dollars a Day show, I started to really dig the celebrated chef. Maybe I just have a thing for people who think before they speak.
Anthony visited Montreal as part of his series, Layover, and I found myself falling in love with our magnificent city all over again. I’ve said it 5,000 times- when I first visited Montreal in 2006 before moving here 3.5 years later, I was head over heels the minute I stepped out of the airport. I knew I was in a city unlike anywhere in the world. Since then. I’ve traveled all over Quebec and am floored with this province. We’re lucky.
During this episode, Anthony visits classic eateries including, of course, Schwarz’s. I was surprised, though, when he didn’t go for full fat when it came to his sandwich. Medium. And no fries? For shame.
He had a chat with a few iconic Montreal chefs including Martin Picard, the owner of the famous Au Pied de Cochon. Martin is like the Québécois of San Francisco chef Chris Cosentino: both are known for their commitment when it comes to using and savoring every part of the animal (especially pigs). I’m a huge fan of Martin (and Chris, for that matter). If you haven’t seen his show, The Wild Chef on The Food Network, you’ve been missing out. It’s 30 minutes of hilarity, French Canadian history, and food love. Ice fishing, food preservation…I’m talking old school Quebec living & eating 101. Fantastic.
Anyway, watch the clip below.
Notes: People keep saying Montreal is fully bilingual- that really depends on where you live/work/play. I don’t think it’s possible to get around and interact without speaking at least SOME French unless you make a conscious effort to avoid it. Love the bit about the French from France and French from Quebec language…issues. You’ll see. Enjoy!