Props to Anthony Bourdain for having what many travel and food types consider to be the world's most aspirational fantasy job — and simultaneously managing to remain totally relatable and down to earth. In some ways, he's just like us.
And here's just the latest example of Bourdain's mere mortality: According to an interview with the globe-trotting TV personality in The Boston Globe, Bourdain's guilty food pleasures while traveling include a pedestrian but innocuous dish: "Every restaurant in the world, every hotel has spaghetti bolognese on the menu and I have a perverse desire to see how they make it."
He noted, though, that his obsession with the pasta dish is a bit over the top: "It’s become a joke with my crew. We try to always eat what’s local — especially in a country with delicious food — but in our down time, we all succumb now and again to the spaghetti bolognese, if only for the comedy value."
But Bourdain's guilty pleasures get, well, much guiltier from there. "My real guilty pleasure — my really disgusting, shameful pleasure — is the mac and cheese at Popeye’s fried chicken," he said. And, like certain other celebrities who do dubious things while traveling, he's likely to get caught... and put on blast on social media.
"Late at night, I’ve been known to sneak in there with a hoodie on — and I always get nailed," he said. "People are like, 'Dude, I’m going to put this on Instagram.'"
Lucky for Bourdain, he's not known to tiptoe around other people's opinions of him. And he carries a lethal weapon when he travels anyway... so.
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