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    I just want to know how an omelette reveals character....

    Few people on the planet have lived the kind of globetrotting and adventure-filled life that chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain has. You can probably learn a thing or two from the man.

    1.) “Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don't have.”

    2.) “If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.”

    3.) “Don't lie about it. You made a mistake. Admit it and move on. Just don't do it again. Ever”

    4.) "What nicer thing can you do for somebody than make them breakfast?"

    5.) “Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life - and travel - leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks - on your body or on your heart - are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.”

    6.) "You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together."

    7.) “Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”

    8.) “Maybe that’s enlightenment enough: to know that there is no final resting place of the mind; no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom...is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go."

    9.) “I don't have to agree with you to like you or respect you.”

    10.) “Good food is very often, even most often, simple food.”

    11.) “We know, for instance, that there is a direct, inverse relationship between frequency of family meals and social problems. Bluntly stated, members of families who eat together regularly are statistically less likely to stick up liquor stores, blow up meth labs, give birth to crack babies, commit suicide, or make donkey porn. If Little Timmy had just had more meatloaf, he might not have grown up to fill chest freezers with Cub Scout parts.”

    12.) "Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.”

    13.) “Luck is not a business model.”

    14.) “There’s something wonderful about drinking in the afternoon. A not-too-cold pint, absolutely alone at the bar – even in this fake-ass Irish pub.”

    15.) “Under 'Reasons for Leaving Last Job', never give the real reason, unless it's money or ambition.”

    16.) “It’s very rarely a good career move to have a conscience.”

    17.) “The way you make an omelet reveals your character.”

    18.) “Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one’s life.”

    19.) “Good food and good eating are about risk.”

    20.) "They're professionals at this in Russia, so no matter how many Jell-O shots or Jager shooters you might have downed at college mixers, no matter how good a drinker you might think you are, don't forget that the Russians - any Russian - can drink you under the table.”

    21.) “If you look someone in the eye and call them a ‘fat, worthless, syphilitic puddle of badger crap’ it doesn’t mean you don’t like them. It can be – and often is – a term of endearment.”

    22.) “Without new ideas success can become stale.”

    23.) “But I do think the idea that basic cooking skills are a virtue, that the ability to feed yourself and a few others with proficiency should be taught to every young man and woman as a fundamental skill, should become as vital to growing up as learning to wipe one’s own ass, cross the street by oneself, or be trusted with money.”

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    In re: #20....

    I spent half a year with a Russian immigrant as a roommate in my college days at Boston University in the early 90's.... my god, the amount that (young) man could drink. Made any soused fraternity boy look like a 12 year old drinking his first beer. And I have no idea what he drank or where he got it from. Clear bottles of liquid fire with Cyrillic letters printed on plain labels. Tasted like hatred.

    Some of the others above are gems too.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by joosttx View Post
    I just want to know how an omelette reveals character....
    Here is the full quote:
    "Learn how to cook a fucking omelet. I mean, what nicer thing can you do for somebody than make them breakfast? You look good doing it, and it’s a nice thing to do for somebody you just had sex with. I think it’s good for the world. It’s a good thing all around. It’s easy. If you’re a screaming, fucking asshole a woman would regret sleeping with, then you will probably never be able to make an omelet. The way you make an omelet reveals your character."

    He is one of my first choices of people I would like to have dinner with. Preferably in a remote part of an asian country sitting on a 5 gallon bucket.
     

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    Default Re: Life lessons from Anthony Bourdain

    Some wonderful shows for sure.
    Big picture stuff.
     

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    Default Re: Life lessons from Anthony Bourdain

    just loaded up my netflix Q, thanks for the reminder. good stuff here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mg2ride View Post
    Here is the full quote:
    "Learn how to cook a fucking omelet. I mean, what nicer thing can you do for somebody than make them breakfast? You look good doing it, and it’s a nice thing to do for somebody you just had sex with. I think it’s good for the world. It’s a good thing all around. It’s easy. If you’re a screaming, fucking asshole a woman would regret sleeping with, then you will probably never be able to make an omelet. The way you make an omelet reveals your character."
    He is one of my first choices of people I would like to have dinner with. Preferably in a remote part of an asian country sitting on a 5 gallon bucket.
    So true. I think that is how I landed my wife. I use to make her omeletes, omeletes with lots of care and mythology, on weekend mornings. I have a secret recipe and a secret method. That's not so secret but she lets me think it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryScientist View Post
    just loaded up my netflix Q, thanks for the reminder. good stuff here.
    If you go on a road trip you must get "no reservations" audiobook. It's so good with him reading it out loud.

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    I like Anthony Bourdain. Favorite quote: " I could make a beurre blanc standing on my head doing a bong hit".
     

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    Love Bourdain, he's the kind of new yorker we need more of around here.
     

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