Well, here it is: the Libya episode of Parts Unknown. The one host Anthony Bourdain has been saying he wanted to make ever since he left the Travel Channel for CNN. While it is much more intense that your average Bourdain show — save maybe the Haiti episode — there was a lot of joy in it as well. And food; this is Bourdain after all. Over the course of the episode, he tried tried local Mediterranean fish, fried breakfast breads, the local barbecue, and something called "Uncle Kentucky Fried Chicken." Now on to the Quotable Bourdain — fill free to add your picks in the comments below.
1: On Libya: "It's amazing arriving here after all you see on TV these days that Libya is in fact functioning at all. But it is."
2: On how Libya celebrates: "Every kid over the age of five seems to have been issued a lighter and a fistful of fireworks."
3: On what Tripoli's like: "This is Tripoli after 42 years of nightmare. How to build a whole society overnight and make it work in one of the most contentious and difficult areas of the word is what people are trying to figure out."
4: On Muammar Gaddafi: "There aren't a lot of conflicts in the world where there is a bad guy. Clearly there was a bad guy here."
5: On Uncle Kentucky Fried Chicken: "The Colonel and his buddies the king and the clown have not quite made it here given the uncertainty of the situation. So in the meantime, places like this have been popping up."
6: On what chain restaurants mean to Libyans: "A few pieces of greasy fried chicken eaten in a brightly colored fast food setting means something more than a calorie bomb."
7: Gaddafi's former stronghold: "Outside Tripoli's center, there's this: one time axis of all power and untold evil, a huge complex of sinister offices, barracks, residences on top of a rabbit warren of secret tunnels and underground facilities. The Bab al-Azizia."
8: On the use of Twitter in the Libyan revolution: "How does that feel, knowing you can call in a Tomahawk missile?"
9: On fashion: "Should I be wearing one of those cool journalist safari jackets at this point?"
10: On Misrata: "Looking around at the price this city paid for freedom, you can see why they don't want to lose what they fought so hard for."
11: On the war museum: "Now if you had any doubt about the terrible odds these young revolutionaries were facing during the early days of the fighting, especially in the months before NATO came in with their support, check out Misrata's war museum."
12: On one homemade weapon: "You took it off a helicopter and you put it on a car?"
13: On another homemade weapon: "So it's basically a crossbow that fires molotov cocktails."
14: On his Libya chin scruff: "I don't know if you noticed, but I'm going full-Blitzer on this shoot."
15: On who likes barbecue: "Like barbecue? Who does not like barbecue? They sure like 'em here."
16: On Libya's alcohol policy: "I've been about a week without any alcohol. I'm enjoying my new clean living lifestyle."
17: On the power of barbecue: "I've said it before and I'll say it again: barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it's a start."
18: On Italy's influence on Libya: "So the Italians left you one good thing. A few nice buildings and pasta."
19: Eating a gas station liver sandwich: "When they were talking about a high risk environment, I think they were talking about this.... it's good!"
20: On the figurines chiseled into some ruins: "Someone chipped off all the dicks. Not that I was looking."
21: On Libya: "It's Libya. They were supposed to be the bad guys, a bad country filled with bad people, right? I don't think so."