15 July 2006

Bourdain in Beirut: the mojitos are great

"Kitchen Confidential" chef Anthony Bourdain is stuck in Lebanon, reports NY Post's PageSix: "The best-selling author... flew to Beirut on Sunday with a camera crew from his Travel Channel series, "No Reservations," to do a show on the local cuisine. But after the thunderous assault on the city... Bourdain and his crew holed up at the Moevenpick Hotel while they waited for evacuation instructions from the State Department. "Our network, our friends and our families just want us out of here as soon as possible," Bourdain told Page Six yesterday afternoon, as Israeli shells exploded in the distance. "We're not getting a show out of this . . . I just wanna hang out and drink at the bar. The mojitos here are great... After spending Monday and Tuesday eating his way through Beirut and befriending locals, Bourdain and his crew partied at local nightclubs into the wee hours. "This is a party town," he explained. "Everyone in this city is [bleeping] gorgeous. It's like L.A. It's a totally international, sophisticated city. Everyone speaks English and throws dollars around."