LOOK: Rhian Ramos’ quest to find Anthony Bourdain’s favorite food spots
Rhian Ramos’ latest travel adventure involves more than seeing tourist sights: she is actually visiting late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain’s favorite food spots around the world.
Bourdain is known for his kitchen memoirs and food travel shows, his last being “Parts Unknown” on CNN before he died on June 2018.
The “The One That Got Away” actress began her Bourdain bucket list with a trip to New York, where she visited Tibetan restaurant Lhasa Fast Food in Queens, as seen in an Instagram post on Jan. 9.
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Kicking off my Anthony Bourdain fangirl mission with Lhasa Fast Food. He's such an inspiration for food lovers, servers, makers everywhere. God bless him, what a gift his work is to this world. . The first two dishes are what he ordered. Then Thuk and Beef Momo. The rest was just us being excited #WheresWhian #WhianEats #NewYork #NYC #NYCFood
“Kicking off my Anthony Bourdain fangirl mission with Lhasa Fast Food,” she wrote. “He’s such an inspiration for food lovers, servers, makers everywhere. God bless him, what a gift his work is to this world.”
She also took a picture at the same table Bourdain dined in when he filmed his show “Parts Unknown” and tried the same food he had, particularly thenthuk (hand-torn noodle soup) and sha momo (steamed dumplings with beef).
Another food haunt in New York featured in the same travel show was Yu Garden Dumpling House. Ramos shared her visit there last Jan. 11 on Instagram. She described the Lion’s Head (meatballs with pork, ginger and soy) and soup dumplings, which Bourdain recommended, as “tremendous.”
The actress then headed for warmer weather in Puerto Rico. While there, she headed to Esquina Watusi in San Juan, a bar featured in “Parts Unknown” where Bourdain enjoyed some drinks.
Ramos revealed that to get the picture at the same place that the celebrity chef once sat in, she asked some locals if they could use their table for the photo-op. Thankfully, they obliged to make sure Ramos got to tick off her bucket list.
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Im a lucky girl to have made friends who support my dorky wishes! 😅 HERE'S ANOTHER BOURDAIN SPOT! We also made friends here cause we borrowed their table to take a photo 😅 kapal diba? But the people in Puerto Rico are some of the nicest you'll come across in the world.. just like Filipinos! 😋
“We also made friends here cause we borrowed their table to take a photo,” she said. “Kapal diba (Shameless right)? But the people in Puerto Rico are some of the nicest you’ll come across in the world… just like Filipinos!”
A handful of eateries in Puerto Rico were featured on “Parts Unknown” so it should be interesting to see if Ramos will be making her way into those as well. JB
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