"Good food is very often, even most often, simple food", @anthonybourdain.
Life is short, it's so much more precious than we know. I still can't believe you are gone, I am not a fan of many celebrities but you were a legend, a true badass and no one is ever going to come close to you. In a world full of fluff, you were a breath of fresh air and always will be, your legacy is going to live on.
It was only recently I went to a restaurant that was #anthonybourdainapproved in Tokyo, enjoyed an amazing omakase meal by Yasuda-san, a chef that you called an old friend. Your recommendations have never let anyone down, certainly not me and now, I'm craving a banh mi from Banh Mi Phuong because of you. I'm still so sad that the world has lost a truly amazing person but you will never be forgotten.
RIP Anthony Bourdain.
- YUZU gelato -
Last Sunday, a “food blogger” decided to give @bekugelato a 1 star rating on Zomato because the owner was delayed in opening her store by 10 minutes.
Her review was along the lines of “…has tough competition with the likes of Zero Gradi and Pidapipo down the road. Came here with high expectations at opening time only to be faced with an empty store and not a soul in sight. Stuck around for a bit but still no one and no social media updates on issues back of house. Contacted via social media to find out there were staff back of house that didn’t bother to check for customers at the front. Hopefully these teething issues are sorted out soon”. I was quite disappointed/infuriated because this person decided to post such a scathing review that neglected to tell the truth, that the owner of Beku Gelato apologised profusely and even offered her a free double scoop the next time she visits. Also, the reason she was delayed in opening her store by 10 minutes was because her son was unwell, is she supposed to update social media and tell everyone about her personal issues?
Yes, the owner of Beku Gelato is my friend but as a decent human being, I couldn’t stand by and watch this “food blogger” think she had the right to just bad mouth a place online without telling the whole truth. I wrote back a reply to her review stating the above and also, “It’s disappointing just because you have the power to review/write that you abuse it. People like you shouldn’t be writing at all when you are just out to criticise small business owners who are just trying to make a living.” The problem with today’s society, people lack empathy and compassion, and some think they are entitled to whatever they want. REALITY CHECK, the world doesn’t owe you anything. *post continued in comments*
Last meal in Tokyo, saved it for Shima.
The sirloin steak I had was cooked to perfection of medium rare and I thoroughly enjoyed my meal.
It would have been a great last night in Tokyo if it wasn't for Rihanna (@badgalriri) who decided to eat at the same restaurant. I have never paid much attention to Hollywood or the celebrity scene so when you decided to "grace" us with your presence, it would have been nice if you had decided to sit at a quiet table in the corner of the restaurant instead of at the front counter getting chummy with your guy friend ruining it for everyone else who was there for the food. I absolutely did not appreciate being told off by your bodyguards for using my phone when they assumed I was trying to take a photo of you. I was not interested in you, I was interested in my food. Having to observe other people being told off too when they were just using their phones or seeing your bodyguards telling off the older couple sitting next to me who wanted to take a photo of the steak sandwich being made ruined the experience for us and everyone else at the restaurant.
If you wanted privacy, you should have just booked out the whole place, I am sure you could have afforded it. Unlike you, we are not rich and famous, the rest of us fork out a fair amount of money to eat at Shima and to enjoy the experience without being harassed by your bodyguards.
I cannot fault Shima for what happened tonight. As we left the restaurant, the maitre d' was extremely apologetic and when she found out we were on our honeymoon, she gave us a cheesecake on the house as congratulations.