The episode of No Reservations Philippines with Anthony Bourdain is showing in North America as I release this post. I suspect some new readers will find their way to this blog if they google some background information on the show. I don’t think Mr. Bourdain ever refers to me as Marketman or mentions the marketmanila.com blog, so linking the lechons in Cebu with marketmanila.com is not a foregone conclusion. At any rate, if you have landed on this site for the first time, a warm welcome from Marketman, Family & Crew!
On October 14, 2008, I hinted to readers that I was busy preparing for a special guest, here. I did not confirm or deny any of the reader guesses about the identity of the guest. I have several posts on the Lechon Chronicles (my personal quest for the perfect lechon here, here, here, here, here and here) in my archives, but the post that describes the puffed out version featured in the No Reservations program was christened the “Accuchon” for an accupunctured lechon, relevant post here. I did a post in late October that I was getting on a plane, ready to meet up with our guest(s) and crew in Cebu, post here. Post date is out of sync, but two days before the lechon lunch, I did a tour of Talisay and other lechon vendors all around Cebu, here. We also hit the markets the day before the shoot, here. On October 28, we played host to Mr. Bourdain, meeting him and his crew of 4 or 5 producers, cameramen/women, etc. at the dried fish market in downtown Cebu at 7 a.m. and continuing on to lunch and up until they left for the airport mid-afternoon. I was ecstatic when Tony signed an autograph in a book that he gave me, with the inscription “Best Pig Ever!”, brief post here. Of course he could have just been extremely polite, but I was high for hours… :) Finally, I did a post about the day spent with Mr. Bourdain, here, with lots of photos. Menu and other details kept unpublished so as not to pre-empt the show.
If you are new to the blog, please feel free to browse back into the archives that house some 2,000+ posts. I hope the No Reservations Philippines episode was a good one… I haven’t seen it myself. :)