Tony Bourdain – Sri Lanka!

In the next episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Tony is truly taken in by the locals as they show him Sri Lankan culture and cuisine.

Portuguese, Dutch, British, Indian, Arab, Malay and Moor traders have all contributed to the diversity of Sri Lankan food.  While in Colombo, Tony enjoys popular street foods, rides in a tri-shaw, samples lampreis, a local delicacy, and eats a heaping pile of kotu roti.

His journey doesn’t stop there. He continues onto the smaller seaside village of Seenigama and speaks to villagers about how they rebuilt their town after the devastating tsunami. Once the rebuilding was complete, the unity of the townsfolk led to other projects, like the creation of a culinary school to help Sri Lankan’s learn to properly prepare local dishes. It’s a must visit for Tony.

I’m going to stop there so I don’t reveal too much more. Tune in on Monday, March 2 at 10pm EST on the Travel Channel.

Here is a preview video!

29 thoughts on “Tony Bourdain – Sri Lanka!”

  1. shanna says:


  2. ridiculous says:

    This blog is awful now, half the posts are ads for some show on the Travel Channel. It’s a shame, I’ve been reading you for years, but I’ve got to take you off the reader.

  3. Hananh-Moon says:

    I…kind of have to agree with “Shanna” and “rediculous [sic]”. I’ll keep reading but, really? Really?

  4. MelC says:

    well poo on y’all i happen to enjoy the blurbs but then again, i dont watch the show (anthony bourdain) so i cant really say if its a good thing or not that waiter blurbs him. i do know that while its not as great as a story post, i’m glad to see any post pop up on my yahoo page.

  5. meghan says:

    These blurbs suck. I hate reading them and I hate the idea that we are supposed to believe you actually write them. Stop shilling for the travel channel.

  6. zac says:

    C’mon, Waiter. I know this is probably part of your book deal, but you’ve completely sold out. I even watch Bourdain’s show!

    I think this is the post that gets you off my Reader. It’s a shame, I was a long-time fan. I’ll check back with you in a year or so.

  7. admin says:

    Oh I don’t write these blurbs! Never said I did. I put these little adverts up as my way of saying thank you to Tony.

  8. Eric j says:

    If you see Anthony Bourdain’s name in the title, skip the article.

  9. bookwhore says:

    It is sad because obvious The Waiter is contractually obliged to do this sort of thing. This just shows us how terribly degenerate the book world truly is. It’s basically a bunch of pompous MFAs running around New York cutting deals like “Hey, I’ll plug Anthony Bordaine’s show on my 100k unique visitors a month blog if he gives me a blurb on my first book and you give me an advance on my next book on people that earn a living off of tipping!” It is – sadly – a tit for tat world.

    Let’s play the fun game of drawing the publishing world connections!

    The publisher of The Waiters Book: Ecco, a Harper Collins Imprint.

    The publisher of Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential: Harper Perennial

    Both company’s are owned by Murdoch’s News Corp.

    It is sad, but this is the type of whoring people who get six figure book deals need to do. le sigh.

  10. admin says:

    Actually Bookwhore, I’m not contractually obligated to do anything. You’re talking out of the southern end of your alimentary canal.

  11. Alison says:

    I’ll believe you that Tony’s a very nice man, but I’m just not that interested. I’m not offended by the Tony Bourdain posts, but I am a trifle disappointed when I click through from my feed to find another review. It’s fleeting and ultimately affects my enjoyment of your blog not at all, but there you are.

    That said, I have a suggestion for you. Since some of your readers appear to be offended and think you’ve sold out (which I don’t buy at all, by the way), perhaps you could tack these plugs onto the end of another entry? Perhaps your readers would be less offended. If your readers are less offended, perhaps they would be more likely to watch the show. And wouldn’t that be a nicer present to Tony?

  12. Hananh-Moon says:

    I’m not offended and I don’t think Steve’s sold out, but I am disappointed. “WOO! HE’S UPDATED HIS BLO–oh wait no he hasn’t. He’s plugging for a show my TV doesn’t get. ._.”

    Ya see? It’s more of that and, well, these have gotten progressively more frequent. He used to throw these in every so often, but now it seems as if its every other post or every third post. I do agree with “Alison” though. That would be a nice compromise.

    But waiter–please don’t let us dictate your blog. I’m not going to take you off my RSS feed, if that’s any consolation at all. Though it probably isn’t. I’m just one in a crowd.

  13. bookwhore says:

    fair enough. maybe it is a bit of a stretch to say you are contractually obligated. however, knowing how media works, i have a hard time believing these things, particularly since you happen to share the same publishing company. maybe, rather than plugging every single freakin’ one of tony’s shows, you should elaborate on your budding friendship with the no reservations host. Tell us about the places you go out to eat together! Tell us how he treats the waiters in his restaurants! Tell us how he tips! Or why not actually go on a trip with him to sri lanka or the azures or even Vegas. Anything would be better than reading another pitch for his show.

  14. Suebob says:

    Will you just give him my number and get it over with?

  15. Barbara says:

    I hate Tony Bourdain! Absolutely hate him!! How can someone who eats what he does and has quit smoking still manage to stay that skinny? Grrrr!!

  16. Kayleigh says:


    Just wanted to throw my two cents in. I’ve seen some of my favorite blogs discontinued after their writers won book deals and didn’t have the resources to manage both. So, I appreciate that you’ve made the effort thus far to keep your blog active. Please keep it up, even if it means less frequent posts, and more casual ones. It’s great to “hear your voice”, even just recommending a tv show.

  17. TJ says:

    Dear Steve ~

    Why are you doing this to us?


    ~Your Readers

  18. Jamie says:

    Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was a book…a guide if you will…that would help us decide on the TV programs we wanted to watch, and the onces we didn’t. We could call it a “TV Guide.”
    Then we wouldn’t have to read blogs!

    Why, Steve?

  19. Terri says:

    for the love of God people, chill!

  20. LittleMo says:

    If all of you who don’t like the way things are done around here really, really, REALLY don’t like it, the way I see it, you’ve got two options, and for ultimate effect, they should be done as one:

    1. Stop reading this blog.

    2. Write one – as WELL as maintaining a part-time job AND trying to beat a deadline for a SECOND book, demanded by the publishing company you don’t have (yet) – that is more entertaining and even better than this one.

    If those things are not in your scope of abilities, simply attempt task number one and stop complaining. It’s quite obvious to me that those blurbs are not written by The Waiter (sorry, even if you have come unmasked, I feel more comfortable using your nom de plume) because of the vast difference in writing style and HE HAS SAID BEFORE that he is doing this as a favour to someone who helped him out by promoting his book. Some of us left in the world do favours for people who help us out – and not just the obligatory one or two that is expected of us when we are pertaining to the rules of “polite society”. We’re lucky he still posts any stories at all. I know I sure wouldn’t, if all I thought I was going to get were complaints. Waiter doesn’t HAVE to share his stories with us. He gets nothing from it but enjoyment from the fact that his stories are entertaining others, and it’s HIS BLOG. Like I said, you want it done differently? Go write your own.

    End rant. I really try to be a pleasant person, but there’s only so much bitching I can take. 🙂

  21. dave says:

    My lord. Why don’t you people just ask for the money back that you paid to access the site? Or maybe request that you not be forced to come to this website at all? Get back to your clove cigarettes and whining about corporate America while you connect the free wi-fi on your Macbook at the local Starbucks (that is probably inside a Barnes and Nobel)?

    The web’s anonymity allows people to be rude enough to say things that they wouldn’t have the sack to do in person. Pathetic.

  22. MorganLF says:

    Yeah how does he stay so skinny?

  23. fred garvin, m.p. says:

    with all the “selling out” going on in this world (buyouts, bailouts, overpaid ceos, unfettered greed and corruption, yada, yada, yada), why do you get your panties in such a bunch over a guy letting a friend post blurbs on his blog? is it so difficult to discern the difference between a plug and an actual post? and if it is a plug, don’t you respect the waiter’s judgement enough to think it could be something worth plugging? take a deep breath and relax…

  24. a nameless waiitress says:

    I use to think that someone like you gave us a voice…now I think you are a sellout. This blog was a place for people in the service industry to vent…now it’s all about your book and guns, etc & for you to talk about crap that has nothing to do with a waiter ranting.

    Oprah is wonderful, I saw you on her show – but I won’t buy your book.

  25. delraygrrrl says:

    Holy cow people, relax! Anthony Bourdain’s stuff is great and I wouldn’t have known of him had I not followed Waiter on his incredible journey.

    Really, if you see it’s “Tony Bourdain – Bumf**k, Egypt”, and you’re not interested, instead of getting your knickers all in a twist, why don’t you just bloody skip it?

    I am and will remain happy for Steve, and whatever contacts he has in his travels, more power to him.

    xoxoxoxo to ya, Waiter.


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  27. jjray says:

    Bourdain might think his acid tongue is what sets him apart but I think it is his humanity. No matter where he goes (the bush in Namibia, for example) he reaches out to the common people in an attempt to understand them and reach common ground. If he was just a New York jerk that rants about restaurants, his 15 minutes would have ended 10 years ago.

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  29. Владимир Сенников says:

    Супер! Действительно познавательно написано. 🙂

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