The timing certainly seems inappropriate given the worldwide concern over swine flu, but I just couldn’t resist tooting my own horn on this one. Thank you to reader “Calixte” for the heads up, but the Philippines’ lechon is mentioned in this week’s issue of Time Magazine Asia in their annual article on the “The Best of Asia”. See link here. They mention that Anthony Bourdain’s pronouncement that he had just eaten “The Best Pig, Ever” in Cebu has only cemented our national view that we make a pretty darned good roast pig… Heeheehee. Now I really want to print a t-shirt; Lee, any design suggestions? :) Could it be the porcine equivalent of wearing the Philippine Map on one’s chest? I have to run to the grocery to buy a copy of the magazine… Ah, the silly little joys in Marketman’s life…
All of the related Bourdain posts from the archives:
All My Bags Are Packed – A teaser
One Sentence Says it All – My first post minutes after Mr. Bourdain left the premises.
The Pig Before the Pigs
The Day Before – Marketing before the Feast
Anthony Bourdain in Cebu, Philippines
Marketman’s Arrogance – Reader with an Axe to Grind… who lost control of the axe and sliced off their own light brains.
No Reservations Philippines, February 16, 2009 – An announcement for the premiere of the episode in North America.
“It tastes like candy” – more pre-show hype.
No Reservations, Philippines, Now Showing – a hilarious live running commentary of readers in North America watching the program and letting us here in the Philippines know how it was going!
Full Menu of the The No Reservations, Philippines Feast
Why Augusto is My Hero
Behind the Scenes Preparations
The Man Has Spoken – Links to Mr. Bourdain’s blog post on “The Heirarchy of Pork”
The feature on Philippine Pig was written by Lara Day, the same writer who featured the Salcedo Market several weeks ago… I read through the 15 “Bests” in this year’s issue, and three of them really put a smile on my face. First, this one, for all those commenters on marketmanila that are in the running for the annual fishpan awards. This one, wondering if the craftsman would consider some gilt/gilded balls… And finally, this one, as almost anything chocolate brings a smile to my face. Hahahaha!
News Flash… While I was out with The Teen eating dinner, I got a text that Marketman was coming out on TV Patrol. I didn’t see it. Apparently it was a quick blurb, with reference to the Time Magazine article, and they somehow got video (youtube?) of the Anthony Bourdain visit to Cebu for lechon. Then, a mention on the ABS-CBN site/blog. Hahaha. Honestly, who would have thought a roast pig would result in all of this? :)
And it continues, with an apparent mention by Kris Aquino on SNN? a program I am not familiar with, and today in the Philippine Star. Imagine if it was scandalous pig news how much more than would spread… :)