Ottavia Bourdain Has a Beef with Someone’s Meat

ELV update: Well the mystery meat mystery has been solved folks! Susan Stapleton reported earlier today that Charlie Palmer, he of Charlie Palmer Steak fessed up and issued a public apology to Anthony and Ottavia Bourdain for the steak he served them 12 days ago.¬† And Bourdain graciously accepted. For the record ELV regrets his mistake in identifying the hotel the Bourdains were staying in. Had he been a more diligent reporter, he would’ve sought confirmation of the information he received.

Geez Louise! What a tempest in a teapot!

Anthony Bourdain and Ottavia Busia - 8th Annual Can-Do Awards Dinner

Ottavia Bourdain, whom Grub Street New York describes as “foodie¬† royalty” was in Las Vegas two weeks ago to take in a UFC match, shoot machine guns and drink a lot of Amaretto with her husband Tony. Continue reading “Ottavia Bourdain Has a Beef with Someone’s Meat”

How They Make Soup Dumplings

Since one of the posted comments about Beijing Noodle #9 concerns how soup dumplings are made and references the insufferable, pseudo-macho food guy Anthony “The Shoemaker” Bourdain,* we at ELV thought we’d post a couple of videos about how these bad boys are constructed:

Here is an excerpt from AB’s program, and here’s one way you can eat them.

FYI: We agree that China MaMa’s soup dumplings are thinner and finer (not to mention cheaper) that BNN9’s, but there’s no denying the overall strength of BNN9’s menu.


* “Shoemaker” (cordonnier) being a pejorative term French chefs use to denote a kitchen hack.