Anthony Bourdain ate mango ice at 甘記燒仙草, Gan Ji Shao Xiancao Dessert Shop 6 years ago during the filming of his “The Layover” TV series.I returned this week to the famous shop near the Ningxi Nightmarket to have a mango ice in his honor and talk about how he influenced me and ultimately was part of my inspiration for the direction my life took.
Bourdain loved places like this and sharing the simple homey ma and pa shops, eateries, and hole in the walls that were usually filled with good things to eat.He appreciated food but I don”t for once believe he was a foodie. He expressed that good conversation and company were just as important if not more so over a meal than just what were the ingredients. I loved the places he explored in Asia. They weren’t on the regular travel shows that featured resorts, spas, and luxury accommodations. Cambodia, Borneo, Rajasthan, and Taiwan. These places were different, and Bourdain wasn’t afraid to mix it up with the locals like eating at a roadside restaurant after a long bus ride in India. I wanted to see all of these places and I almost have, but like him I hunger for more. I just had to come back to this dessert shop and share some thoughts. I’ve followed Mr. Bourdain for almost 18 years, right from the beginning of his storytelling career. I never thought one day I’d be sharing how he influenced me over a bowl of mango ice in Taiwan. Life is a mystery…
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