Sunday, June 15, 2014

Anthony Bourdain visits Bahia state on Brazilian coast

Anthony Bourdain concluded his latest “Parts Unknown” and “No Reservations” world food tour, with a visit to Bahia (link), a state in Brazil on the Atlantic Coast, with capital city of Salvador.  He started out with the Caipirinha lime cocktail.  Later he pulled apart a crab delicacy, organ by organ, related to a source of poison. 
Bourdain talked a lot about the past history of slavery, and the large influence of the African population, relative even to other parts of Brazil.  
He presented the area as a somewhat otherworldly place, something like one of the other dominions in Clive Barker’s “Imajica”.  One could view visiting almost another totally different culture as like going to another planet or at least “dominion”.
Bourdain presented Bahia as a trendy place for artists and writers (and retirees) to settle.  I would find that personally hard to imagine. But I hear the same things about some of Central America.  
On Sunday morning, Fareed Zakaria followed up on Global Public Square with a discussion of slums in Brazil, at a time when the government spends money on the World Cup of soccer. A speaker suggested that people move to slums because they still offer a better life than rural poverty. 
Wikipedia attribution link for shore picture of Salvador 

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