It's a fair bet there's not too much overlap between Anthony Bourdain and Dallas Morning News restaurant critic Leslie Brenner's lists of what they liked best in 2010.
According to a recent feature story, Brenner this year thrilled to grilled mussels and escargot fritters. Bourdain enjoyed the documentary We Like to Drink, We like to Rock and Roll; Keith Richards' memoir; and rabbit kidneys. And, as he noted in a "pointless, end-of-year" list recently posted on his blog, he also relished The Dallas Morning News' "BBQ-Gate" incident.
It's unclear what Bourdain found so satisfying about accusations Brenner had lifted her best barbecue list from a D magazine story researched and written by barbecue maven and blogger Daniel Vaughn. Here's the entirety of what he had to say on the topic:
"Thankful that The Dallas Morning News "BBQ-Gate" showed the world what was painfully apparent all along," he writes.
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Which was what exactly? That mainstream papers don't footnote their reporting? That food bloggers get exploited way too frequently and cavalierly? While I agree wholeheartedly with Bourdain that Boardwalk Empire was a mess, Treme's sadly underrated and Jack Pendarvis is a tremendous talent, I'm not sure just what BBQ-Gate showed the world (other than how much we Dallas food folk like to snipe.) Maybe I'm still jet-lagged, but I don't get it. What's your interpretation?