Chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain is a self-confessed “snarky, cynical bastard.” So why is he my rainbow of the week?
I recently did a post about my vacation in Peru and my favorite things there, including the Amazon jungle, a Peruvian beer called chicha, guinea pigs, Incan stone work, alpacas and aliens. One of my fellow travelers told me about an episode of Bourdain’s show No Reservations that basically replicates our trip. Watching it (in four segments on YouTube) was like being in Peru again. So for those of you who would like to visit Peru from the comfort of your own home….
In segments 1 and 2, Bourdain visits Lima (Peru’s capital) and eats at one of the city’s 2,000 cevicherias. Like we did, he stays at Posadas Amazonas in the Amazon jungle, fishes for piranha, and visits the same shaman, only his trip there is even more interesting than ours.
In segment 3, Bourdain spends time in Cusco which, at about 11,000 feet above sea level, was Peru’s capital in Incan times. He learns about the 3,000-plus varieties of potato in Peru, eats a guinea pig, and drinks some chicha.
Finally, in segment 4, Bourdain visits Macchu Picchu, marvels at the Incan stone work, sees (and eats) some alpaca, and discusses … aliens! Coincidence? I think not.