Originally Posted by SField
You know for a guy who claims to be such a bad ass and to have lived this really wild and interesting life, he sure comes off as such a wannabe poser in every single episode he does. I watched the Boston, Paris, and Rome ones where basically the entire time he talks about wishing he was one of the locals. He isolates whatever he finds charming about the city and then desperately tries to look like he's part of it, compounding the faggotry of it all with his voice overs rhapsodizing about how much he wishes he were a local and part of whatever cachet he admires with that city.
To me he's like that annoying little brother he so dearly wants to be like the older brother that actually does shit.
Ok, you bate me so I will bite.
First of all, what is wrong with wishing you were part of a local group where you knew the bartender, and what pubs were best, say in Boston (which is the episode I am going to use as my rebuttal to your post)? Should he just settle for tourist traps like Legal Seafood so he does not get viewed as a poseur which is totally bullshit since he spent much of the episode in ghastly non-SF approved gray sweatshirt advertising a local bar. Not very hip in my opinion.
On that note, he could have done a paint by numbers episode for Boston and featured the prick Todd English or beloved local hero Ming Tsai. He could have also just as easily spent the majority of his time in the gentrified South End which is full of average to very good restaurants. But did he? No. Instead, he focused this episode on South Boston which is very different to the Back Bay/North End/South End areas of Boston that most visitors of Boston flock to. As someone who has been to Boston many times, I was very much looking forward to the episode though never expected for him to shoot the episode he did.
Am I fan of Bourdain and his show? Yup, so I am biased with no doubt though I think you are being overly harsh for no apparent reason other then that you do not like him. I think your argument here though is no valid.