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Remembering Anthony Bourdain: Best lines from his San Jose show


Eleven years ago, Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert brought their “Good vs. Evil” show to the Bay Area. Here’s our April 2013 report of the hilarious gig, from the pair’s stop at a 7-Eleven on the way to San Jose to Bourdain’s arch comments (the printable ones!) to the menu a local chef prepared for the duo and their fans. Bourdain died June 8, 2018. 

Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert brought their very frank and very funny Good vs. Evil show to the Bay Area over the weekend, and — if the number of arch comments and F-bombs coming from, yes, Ripert, were any indication — the devilish Bourdain side is winning out.

Also unexpected was the comparative turnout of foodies: Bourdain, the multitalented l’enfant terrible of the culinary world, and his many-Michelin-starred chef friend packed the house in San Jose, selling 2,351 tickets to the show at the Center for the Performing Arts, theater managers said. That’s 250 more than were sold in San Francisco on Friday night.

But the gig in the city gave them a chance to make a Saturday morning pilgrimage to the legendary Swan Oyster Depot for seafood and sauvignon blanc. After tweeting the obligatory “someone knows the way to San Jose,” they headed for the South Bay.

On the way, Bourdain mentioned a plan to torture Ripert with chips and snacks, then asked his Twitter followers whether there was a Tex Wasabi’s in San Jose. (Bourdain’s disdain for Guy Fieri, owner of Wasabi’s and Johnny Garlic’s, is legendary.)

A mild panic ensued among South Bay twitterers. This was not looking good for the area’s culinary reputation. Weren’t Bourdain and Ripert going to hang with David Kinch at Manresa? Check out the hip new food stalls at the San Pedro Square Market?

As it turns out, there isn’t time to tailor the show’s culinary content for the city du jour. But Bourdain planned a blind taste test of snack foods for the show, so the pair noshed at a 7-Eleven, of all places, during their shopping trip, our sources say. (Take a minute to let that sink in: Eric Ripert at 7-Eleven. The rest of us never again have to feel guilty about succumbing to the occasional Slurpee.)

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