Archive for April 13th, 2017


We were down 5 zip last night and ended up winning 10-5. When was the last time we came back after being behind by 5 or more runs?

For the most part, PaperCity is a monthly magazine for and about H-Town’s rich folks – most of them white, for the most part. Its advertisers are of the high-end variety. I don’t have a problem with that. When Anthony Bourdain came to H-Town a few months ago to film his “Parts Unknown” show which runs on CNN, he didn’t feature any of the hot spots frequented by the PaperCity crowd, you know, the fancy eateries with the high profile chefs.

New Yorker recently had a lengthy feature on Bourdain and in the piece had a brief mention of the H-Town visit in which Bourdain, a white guy, said he didn’t want to include “white people” in the H-Town shoot. A white guy who doesn’t want to include white people on his show is not offensive to Commentary who is of the Latino persuasion.

I guess that didn’t sit well with a PaperCity writer who put this out recently:

From PaperCity:

Anthony Bourdain received plenty of love for the unconventional Houston episode of his popular CNN TV series Parts Unknown. The episode’s diversity was particularly praised. It turns out the bad boy chef turned travel savant achieved that with one simple edict.

“No white people,” Bourdain told producers about his vision for highlighting Houston according to a recent New Yorker magazine profile.

As PaperCity’s own Jailyn Marcel pointed out when the Houston Parts Unknown first aired, none of the city’s celebrity chefs even sniffed a bit of air time. It turns out most of them never had a chance to get on. Foodie power players such as Chris Shepherd, Bryan Caswell and Ronnie Killen were out from the moment Bourdain issued his “no white people” command.

It’s hard to argue with the results (though when it comes to race, someone is always going to object). Bourdain’s Houston show is one of the most critically-acclaimed episodes of Parts Unknown ever. Bourdain tells the New Yorker that he wanted to look at Houston “as a Vietnamese and Central American and African and Indian place.”

There is little doubt Bourdain accomplished his mission — no matter his methods. The episode provided a fascinating look at the Houston that many of the residents populating all the mid-rises and high-rises popping up don’t even know.

Bourdain comes across as a fascinating, almost tortured artist in the beyond extensive New Yorker profile (it runs a full 13 pages in the magazine — the New Yorker scoffs at what other publications try to pass off as “long-form” journalism). The article opens with a riveting scene detailing the meeting between Bourdain and then-President Barack Obama at a barebones noodle shop in Vietnam — and gets into the dissolution of his marriage with Ottavia Busia. It also delves into some of Bourdain’s hilarious chef feuds.

But some of the most interesting stuff is how determined Anthony Bourdain is to not do what’s expected on his ever-evolving TV show. Sometimes that requires issuing a “no white people” decree.

Here is the H-Town mention from the very lengthy New Yorker piece on Bourdain

At this point, Éric Ripert observed, Bourdain’s show has “done the entire planet already!” Now, Bourdain says, the pleasure of making “Parts Unknown” lies in revisiting places to see how they’ve changed—Cuba five years ago is a different country from Cuba today—or in returning to a place with a fresh perspective. For a recent episode on Houston, Bourdain decided that he wanted “no white people,” and provided instead a look at the city “as a Vietnamese and Central American and African and Indian place.” Chris Collins suggested to me that the perpetual discontinuity of Bourdain’s life may have assumed a continuity of its own, as if jet lag were his natural condition. “I’ve often thought, How would he ever go on without the show?” Lydia Tenaglia said. “It is such an inextricable part of him—who is Tony, apart from this?”

Here is the entire New Yorker feature on Bourdain:


I guess the PaperCiity take didn’t sit well with Bourdain. Here is from the Chron:

Last summer author, TV personality, and world traveler Anthony Bourdain came to Houston in search of the best culture and food that the city could offer.

While he was shooting footage for an episode of CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” he discovered the city to be a very gritty, multicultural and tasty place. When it aired in October 2016 the episode was just as much a revelation to natives as it was to outsiders. 

Flash forward six months later and PaperCity writer Chris Baldwin finally decides to pan it for not including enough white chefs. 

Houstonia’s Katherine Shilcutt first noticed Baldwin’s blog post and wrote her own response on Tuesday evening. 

She was confused, like many people, as to why it took so long for Baldwin to get his blood up about the six-month-old episode, not to mention at a loss as to what exactly he was offended by. Baldwin pointed to a recent New Yorker piece in which it was revealed that Bourdain wanted “no white people” in his Houston episode. 

Bourdain responded to the story directly on Twitter. 

“This is some shameful, dishonest race-baiting click bait. All involved should take a hard look in the mirror,” wrote Bourdain, linking to the PaperCity piece himself. 

Here is the entire Chron piece:


Much ado about nothing if you ask Commentary. It is funny though. So what if the PaperCity crowd didn’t get a Bourdain shout out. It is not the end of the world.

Commentary has said it before. Donald Trump played his voters for the suckers they are. See these tweets from yesterday:

Manu Raju‏Verified account@mkraju 40m40 minutes ago

Trump today shifted positions on Ex/Im Bank, Yellen, China currency manipulation, and NATO being “obsolete.”

Pulitzer Non-Winner Retweeted

Ryan Teague Beckwith‏Verified account@ryanbeckwith 3h3 hours ago

In a single day, White House reverses on: • Janet Yellen • Ex-Im Bank • China • NATO • Federal debt • Hiring freeze

I think that Steve Bannon fella is losing the battles. Bannon got played too. What a sucker.

When writing about MLB, Commentary never mentions the name of the Cleveland team.  I don’t even refer to them with the “T” word.  It is my way of protesting the caricature logo of the Chief Wahoo fella. You know what I am talking about. So, it was good to see that MLB is taking steps to bury the Chief once and for all. Here is from a Sporting News story:

The Chief Wahoo logo was prominently displayed at the Cleveland Indians’ home opener Tuesday, but that might not be the case in the near future.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is increasing the pressure on the team to abandon the caricature, The New York Times reported, and there are signs of progress on that front.

While the logo remained on the caps and uniform sleeves of Indians players Tuesday night, the Times noted it was not evident anywhere else around Progressive Field. While the uniforms remain the most visible use of the logo, an MLB spokesman said Manfred has made it clear to the team he wants the Indians to “transition” away from the logo.

“We have specific steps in an identified process and are making progress,’’ spokesman Pat Courtney told the Times in a statement. “We are confident that a positive resolution will be reached that will be good for the game and the club.’’

Native American groups and others have advocated for the elimination of the logo for years, saying the caricature of a smiling Indian is offensive. While the team has used it less in recent years, Indians senior vice president for public affairs Bob DiBiasio said there is still a balance to be struck between the two sides.

“We certainly understand the sensitivities of the logo, those who find it insensitive and also those fans who have a longstanding attachment to its place in the history of the team,” DiBiasio told the Times.

Now that sound like a very dumbarse thing to say. If you “certainly understand the sensitivities of the logo, those who find it insensitive” then get rid of it. That’s an easy call. For those “fans who have a longstanding attachment”, give them a free hot dog with the works and a beverage of their choice, and heck, throw in some peanuts, double heck, also throw in some roasted grasshoppers if they want.

Speaking of, here is more on the toasted grasshoppers:

According to Forbes, sales of toasted grasshoppers, served up by Seattle-area Mexican restaurant Poquitos, were brisk at Monday’s home opener.

In Mexico the dish is called “chapulines” and has been available here in Houston for years at award-winning eatery Hugo’s as an appetizer next to the salsa and guacamole. 

The candy booth at RodeoHouston has also been selling ranch-flavored grasshoppers for years now.

Over 300 orders were sold at Safeco during Monday’s opening day game, according to the Mariners, which amounts to about 13 pounds of bugs. They can be served up as a stand-alone side or inside tacos for $4. The lines at Safeco for grasshoppers were longer than lines for hot dogs and beer and they were sold out by the end of Monday’s game. 

Root Sports field reporter Julia Morales took it upon herself to try out the delicacy on Tuesday night during coverage of the Astros-Mariners night game, which the good guys won 7-5.

During the sixth inning Morales tried a few of the protein-rich bugs but reported that the taste wasn’t so great. 

Forbes reporter Maury Brown said that the grasshoppers were “salty, with a good kick of Cayenne pepper and chili lime salt” and that they go well with beer or tequila.

And we all thought that weird mashed potato and chicken popper waffle cone at Minute Maid Park was wacky.

On May 15, 2008, the ‘Stros fell behind the Giants 6 zip at AT&T and came back to win 8-7 of course.

It looks like our bats are coming alive – it looks that way and we have the day off.

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