Anthony Bourdain travels to Libya

CNN's Chris Cuomo talks with Anthony Bourdain, host of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," about his trip to Libya.

Posted: Jun 9, 2018 7:38 AM
Updated: Jun 9, 2018 7:48 AM

Chef. TV host. Storyteller.

Anthony Bourdain was many things. He was also something of a badass, boldly taking on new adventures and challenges. We were lucky that he took us along for the ride.

Here are six of the late CNN host's most jaw-dropping moments.

Eating brains and blood in Thailand

While roaming around Thailand, Bourdain didn't flinch as a friend ordered up a meal of pig's brain at a restaurant. But even he was shook when he found out the meal included a bowl of lou, basically a soup made up of raw pig's blood.

"That's like a horror movie," he said when the soup, mixed with bits of meat, lemongrass and other stuff, reached his table. "It's like CSI: Soup. I'm eating out of an open wound."

Yet he found it "completely delicious" and deemed it the best meal he'd ever had in Thailand.

Turning into the karate kid

While enjoying a meal in Okinawa, Japan, Bourdain mused about the city's most famous export -- karate -- and agreed to get a lesson from one of the discipline's true masters. Oh why did he do that.

The "open hand" technique employed by Bourdain's teacher left him squirming on the floor. He tried to tap out but "they don't know what tapping out means here."

Playing the eat-it-first-then-we'll-tell-you-what-it-is game

Right at the time "Parts Unknown" premiered five years ago, Bourdain popped up live on CNN and was game to eat from a platter of delicacies placed before him -- without knowing what they were beforehand.

In one sitting he had:

Bull penis ("Not bad"),

Turkey testicle ("If you didn't know, you'd have no problem with that"),

Steamed pig's feet ("That's great. Who doesn't like this?"),

Goose intestines in black bean sauce ("Good stuff. I'd order that in a restaurant.")

He sussed out the fetal duck egg before he even tasted it ("Not one of my favorite things on Earth, but it's really not that bad, if you can get past the feathers and the beak.").

He even said the maggot fried rice was "good," but ... he did have to cleanse his palate with a sip of wine after that one.

Going to Libya when it was still rife with conflict

Bourdain and his crew rolled through Libya just as the nation was dealing with the aftermath of civil war and the death of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. It was not the show's typical production shoot and staying safe was paramount. They changed hotels frequently, stayed off social media and used young members of a militia to provide security.

A trip to the ruins of Gadhafi's former palace in Tripoli yielded the episode's most tense moment -- perhaps the most tense of the entire series -- when an armed group of men showed up and basically shut down Bourdain's crew from filming. But Bourdain still managed to tour a war museum, enjoy the country's Italian restaurant scene and share a meal with an ex-freedom fighter at a KFC knockoff named Uncle Kentaki. Bourdain called it the best piece of work he'd ever done.

Filming in Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank

Bourdain didn't blink at the controversies when he went to the Middle East to check out the food, culture and politics of Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. There was really no way he could make a show without ticking off one side or the other, but he made it anyway. Although he filmed most of this show in Jerusalem, he also spent some time in Gaza, a place few Westerners get to visit. He noted the extensive security there, but he was also happy that the episode, through food and conversation, was able to present a view of Palestinians beyond "crying women and men throwing stones."

Trying something new in Quebec

A trek to the Canadian wilderness meant an opportunity to try out one of the few foods Bourdain had never tasted -- beaver.

It was served in a thick, heavy sauce ("almost looks like chocolate, it's so rich looking") with vegetables.

What was the verdict? He joked that it tasted like chicken.

But of course.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 604509

Reported Deaths: 7638
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin1249671779
Ramsey52513897
Dakota46840471
Anoka42774458
Washington27428291
Stearns22557225
St. Louis18138313
Scott17551136
Wright16379149
Olmsted13399102
Sherburne1202095
Carver1067448
Clay826192
Rice8202110
Blue Earth762644
Crow Wing681795
Kandiyohi667985
Chisago619952
Otter Tail585884
Benton582998
Goodhue483874
Douglas475581
Mower470533
Winona461351
Itasca459763
Isanti440064
McLeod430661
Morrison424762
Beltrami407861
Nobles407650
Steele397816
Polk389072
Becker386755
Lyon363853
Carlton353056
Freeborn347033
Pine334923
Nicollet331245
Mille Lacs311854
Brown307840
Le Sueur297326
Cass286232
Todd285633
Meeker263443
Waseca238023
Martin235332
Roseau211221
Wabasha20793
Hubbard196641
Dodge18783
Renville182446
Redwood176539
Houston174616
Cottonwood167124
Wadena163323
Fillmore157610
Faribault154719
Chippewa154038
Pennington153820
Kanabec146828
Sibley146810
Aitkin138937
Watonwan13579
Rock128719
Jackson122712
Pipestone116726
Yellow Medicine114920
Pope11306
Murray107110
Swift106918
Koochiching95418
Stevens92411
Clearwater89016
Marshall88817
Lake83220
Wilkin83213
Lac qui Parle75622
Big Stone6044
Grant5948
Lincoln5853
Mahnomen5669
Norman5479
Kittson49022
Unassigned48193
Red Lake4017
Traverse3775
Lake of the Woods3453
Cook1720

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 371101

Reported Deaths: 6053
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk58263640
Linn21221339
Scott20308248
Black Hawk16157312
Woodbury15240230
Johnson1462385
Dubuque13510211
Dallas1129199
Pottawattamie11228174
Story1071648
Warren583791
Clinton561593
Cerro Gordo554095
Sioux517574
Webster515894
Muscatine4882106
Marshall486976
Des Moines467672
Wapello4338122
Buena Vista426940
Jasper421172
Plymouth403181
Lee382356
Marion366076
Jones300957
Henry294637
Bremer288461
Carroll287152
Boone268634
Crawford268240
Benton259855
Washington257351
Dickinson249344
Mahaska232651
Jackson225242
Clay216727
Kossuth216166
Tama212071
Delaware211143
Winneshiek198735
Page194522
Buchanan194033
Cedar192423
Hardin187544
Fayette186643
Wright186040
Hamilton181951
Harrison180073
Clayton171057
Butler166335
Madison164619
Mills163824
Floyd163442
Cherokee159338
Lyon158841
Poweshiek157036
Allamakee152952
Hancock150334
Iowa149824
Winnebago144531
Cass139255
Calhoun138913
Grundy137233
Emmet135841
Jefferson133535
Shelby131837
Sac130920
Union130035
Louisa129649
Appanoose129049
Mitchell126643
Chickasaw124917
Franklin123523
Guthrie123332
Humboldt119626
Palo Alto113623
Howard105022
Montgomery103638
Clarke100924
Keokuk96732
Monroe96431
Unassigned9540
Ida91535
Adair87332
Pocahontas85822
Davis85225
Monona82931
Osceola78916
Greene78011
Lucas77923
Worth7618
Taylor66812
Fremont6269
Decatur6169
Ringgold56424
Van Buren56318
Wayne54423
Audubon53311
Adams3444
Rochester
Cloudy
53° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 53°
Mason City
Partly Cloudy
46° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 46°
Albert Lea
Cloudy
52° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 52°
Austin
Cloudy
50° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 50°
Charles City
Partly Cloudy
48° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 48°
More storm chances this week
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Community Events