Monday, June 21, 2010

Anthony Bourdain visits U.C.L.A.

Anthony Bourdain, chef, author, and host of the Travel Channel show; No Reservations, came to visit U.C.L.A. to promote his new book,
Medium Raw:A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and The People Who Cook. Bourdain is raw and honest and doesn't "sugar coat" his thoughts to satisfy the masses as most cooks on the Food Network must do in order to get ratings. Bourdain is a native New Yorker and coming to L.A. he points out that the city of angels does not compete with N.Y. against haute cuisine, but we make up for it in "low-end ethniky stuff".

New York makes up in height what Los Angeles has in width. As New York is small enough to utilize trains, transportation in L.A. is about the car and Californians seeks faster dining. Drive-Thru's are an important part of identifying Los Angeles food. With all of the traffic headed to west L.A. or downtown, Angelenos, can find Taco trucks for a quick snack on their commute. Taco trucks aren't just taco's anymore either. There are beef bowl trucks and the infamous "ghetto" hot dogs. Although Wolfgang Puck defines "California cuisine" for Los Angeles, people that come to visit will be escorted to the local "mom & pop" restaurants for authentic Mexican or Asian food. Its these restaurants that keep L.A. in a league of its own.