Tijuana: One Year After Anthony Bourdain

Before, during and after his visit

Tijuana: One Year After Anthony BourdainCourtesy of Tony Tee
Courtesy of Tony Tee

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In January of 2012 I received a phone call that could only be described as one of the coolest phone calls in my 30 or so years of existence thus far. Local film and television producer Ivan Garcia called me and advised me he had suggested my name to be a night life guide to Anthony Bourdain during the filming of “No Reservations” Baja episode. I said yes immediately but was somewhat in disbelief about the matter. I knew right away it wasn’t because of the numerous emails I had sent the show in the late 2000’s telling them how interesting and unique the state of Baja California was.

It couldn’t have been because of those emails more than 4 years ago. Or could it?

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Rumors had been circulating in the first weeks on 2012 and to be more precise, my friend and blogger Jason “Tijuanalandia” Fritz had been vehement about his sources confirming all over social media. Rumors and only rumors until one magic day I get an email from the production company that makes the show asking me to hang out with the world famous chef/author and drop some knowledge about Tijuana which pretty much confirmed it. I held my breath, thought about what was written, let it all sink in and finally came to the realization of what was happening. I WAS GOING TO HANG OUT WITH ANTHONY BOURDAIN! Needless to say the whole situation seemed surreal or even dream like. I was crossing the border by car looking at my smart phone emails and asked the Tostilocos (Bourdain actually tried and liked ) vendor to pinch me so I could awaken from this slumber. The man looked over and smiled but never pinched me. I tried to carry on the rest of my meaningless day and existence like nothing was different but could no longer resist, even though the email said to not tell anyone, I told my mama.

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