ANTHONY Bourdain, chef and host of CNN's Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, yesterday threw out a tantalising Instagram picture which he indicated was taken in Trinidad.
While the details of Bourdain's visit were not available yesterday, speculation on the social media site Facebook, where excited local fans began sharing the photo almost immediately, was that the popular American television personality is here to film for his series.
Bourdain's Instagram selfie, in which he wore a casual look as he appeared to be standing in a hotel room, stated: “What did they say about Nixon? “Tanned, rested and ready.” #Trinidad”.
Ecstatic Trinidadians who shared around the picture also posted invitations to Bourdain to be taken to try doubles, bake and shark, pastelles and other local cuisine that in the past year have gained significant popularity among travel writers and in foreign “foodie” programming.
Bourdain authored the best-selling Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, and has hosted, among other popular shows, A Cook's Tour, which ran on the Food Network, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservation and The Layover on the Travel Channel.
But Bourdain's most memorable recent foray might be a simple sit-down last year at a small table, in a bustling and quite ordinary restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam, during which he interviewed United States President Barack Obama.
Bourdain also spent time in Jamaica last year for an episode of Parts Unknown.
Trinidad has recently picked up some steam on the foreign food radar, with popular Tunapuna restaurant Wings being featured last week by the New York Times.
A short video clip of Taran “Wings” Singh, owner of Wings Restaurant and Bar, showing Times reporter John Eligon how to prepare roti is still making the rounds on Facebook.
T&T hot to visit
Vogue magazine has also named Trinidad and Tobago as one of “The 10 Hottest Travel Destinations of 2017”.
The powerhouse fashion and lifestyle magazine placed T&T sixth on its list and described this country as possessing a “unique mix of wild nature and distinct culture make them a refreshing alternative to the typical Caribbean beach vacation”.
“The week-long itinerary mixes cultural experiences (dancing to soca music and tasting that national dish, roti) with jungle adventures and beach lazing,” Vogue stated online.
T&T is the only Caribbean country on the list, which included among its destinations Georgia, Oman, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Idaho, Jordan, Denmark and Colombia.