So: Because the barrage of inanity from the outside world ceases not, I’ve been trying to disconnect by having cooking shows on my second monitor while I do my work. I’m glad that someone uploaded full episodes of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations to YouTube, because as far as food shows go, it’s one of my favorites.
This is the episode where Bourdain & Co. are in Beirut right as the 2006 Lebanon War starts. They make plans to leave, but before they do, Anthony pops into the kitchen of his hotel to make food for his crew. As he does the prep work, he says this (in a voice over):
“Little things save your life, or at least your sanity.”
Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.
Waiting is a wonderful thing, you know. Waiting for the love of a woman for five, six years– it’s wonderful. I love sometimes standing in a queue. I enjoy it. Patience is a great thing. It just brings so many good things.
A prominent chef/restaurateur Francis Mallmann, on the “Uruguay” episode of No Reservations.