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Anthony Bourdain's Favorite "Vacation Food" Will Give You All the Nostalgic Feels

Turns out he’s a sentimental sucker.

By Alesandra Dubin

For all of his fearless, far-flung globe trotting, Anthony Bourdain can be a real sentimentalist. 

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When it comes to his absolute favorite food to eat on the road, it's not something exotic in a locale across the world, or something that feels inaccessible to mere mortal Americans who don't have the good fortune to have walked into the Best Job on Earth, currently occupied by Bourdain.

So what's the go-to vacation food he swears by? "I cook on Long Island in the summer," Bourdain told The Boston Globe. "Steamer clams, grilled steak, I make an Italian-style ragu, have lobster night..."

And the foods he loves eating on vacation aren't just about the taste — but about the way they make the chef feel. "It’s the food of my childhood," he said. "The vacation food I had as a kid on the Jersey Shore."

Bourdain's Boston Globe interview also provided a wealth of additional travel and food tips and info. For instance, he shared that his "guilty pleasure" food while traveling is something he considers "really disgusting, shameful."

He also shared the "key tipoff" that you're eating at the "wrong place" when you're traveling to a popular destination abroad.


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