Yesterday's episode of No Reservations found Anthony Bourdain in Macau, where he won big at Baccarat, jumped off of a huge tower, went cart racing, and managed to find time to eat a bunch of pork in between. Here now, on to the Quotable Bourdain — feel free to add your picks in the comments below.
1) On pork belly: "The Chinese learn how to do this brilliantly before learning to ride a bike."
2) To a Friar who's okay with gambling: "What about eternal damnation? You waste your life and bankrupt your family."
3) On cart racing in Macau: "This is not a toy. It looks like an over-sized slot car, I grant you. But this shit moves, and the plastic jug of fuel between your legs adds a certain frisson."
4) Words of advice for cart racing: "Do not throw up in a helmet, by the way. That's really to be advised against."
5) On eating steamed milk pudding: "I want to get my strength up for the nap scene."
6) On getting a number written on his hand before bungee jumping: "For ID purposes later at the coroner's office."
7) The "hard part" of bungee jumping: "That shaky metal walkway you gotta creep out on, feet tied together, into the cold drizzle and every nerve end sending messages to your brain that say go back."
8) To vegetarians watching him eat a fried pork chop roll: "Come on, you know you want one. No one's watching. You can have it."
9) On meat substitutions for pork: "'Well they can make something that tastes just like that out of tofu. No, no, they can't."
10) On the first person to put a pork chop on a roll: "Thomas Jefferson or someone of that caliber."
11) On today's lesson: "I think we learned something today. Pork, good. Pork on sandwich, better."
12) On the important things in life: "Usually — and with mind-numbing predictability — this show ends up with a family meal, some heart-warming resolution of a theme, where we demonstrate implicitly or by implication the international nature of the meal, that we are all one notion of sitting around together, sharing a meal. But this time we get down to the real truth. In the end, it's all about me."