November 11, 2007
Anthony Bourdain understands the Internet

A fellow named Robert Donoghue went to hear chef Anthony Bourdain speak recently, and he came away with a great piece of advice:

Just got back from seeing Anthony Bourdain in in the city, and it was an absolute treat. He is every bit as much fun as you would imagine him to be. Lots of good and useful stuff in the talk, but two stick in my mind:

1. Truffle oil is the ketchup of the newly affluent.
2. To find good places to eat, provoke the nerds.

#2 showed a remarkably precise understanding of the internet. The question at hand was how to find good restaurants, and his answer was to take the city you want to go to and just google up some restaurant names that serve the dish you're after. Then go to chowhound or another foodie site, and rather than asking about restaurants, you put up an enthusiastic post talking about how you just had the best whatever you're looking for at one of these restaurants.

At that point, what drivingblind likes to call the nerdfury will begin. Posters will show up from nowhere to shower you with disdain, tell you how that place used to be good but has now totally sold out and - most important to your quest - will tell you where you would have gone if you were not some sort of mouth breathing water buffalo.

That's just so right, I can't begin to quantify it. And I'm totally adding "nerdfury" to my vocabulary. Thanks to Unqualified Offerings for the link.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on November 11, 2007 to Food, glorious food