QuickQuotes: Some of Anthony Bourdain's Thoughts on Canada, Quebec and Montreal

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QuickQuotes: Some of Anthony Bourdain's Thoughts on Canada, Quebec and Montreal


QuickQuotes: Bourdain's thoughts on Canada

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Celebrity chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain, who was found dead in France on Friday at the age of 61, filmed a number of episodes of his various shows in Canada over the past several years. Here are some of his musings on Canada, Quebec and Montreal.

Montreal:

"This is a great country because of this city. Without Montreal, Canada would be hopeless. It's where the cool kids hang." -- Montreal episode of "The Layover" that aired in December 2011.

Montreal 2:

"It takes a special breed to live in a province like Quebec. It gets cold in winter, and winters are long. It takes a special kind of person for whom frozen rivers, icy wind-whipped streets, deep seemingly endless forests are the norm. I will confess my partisanship up front. I love Montreal. It is my favourite place in Canada. The people who live there are tough, crazy bastards, and I admire them for it. Toronto, Vancouver, I love you, but not like Montreal." -- from "Parts Unknown" (2013)

The great bagel debate:

"So the great debate: Who has the better bagel, New York or Montreal? It's a completely ridiculous apples and oranges discussion. They are completely different creatures. ... I'm a New Yorker so you know where my allegiance lies. But I think it's unfair to both quite magnificent products to try to compare them." -- Montreal episode of "The Layover" from 2011.

Montreal food:

"It's the most uniquely Canadian food in Canada. In Vancouver the cuisine is a very strong mix of great Asian food from all over Asia, a lot of great homegrown stuff, but the cuisine in Montreal could exist nowhere else other than Quebec. It looks and tastes different from food anywhere else and the chefs, particularly when you're talking about Martin (Picard), or Fred (Morin) or Dave (McMillan), are unlike chefs anywhere else." -- interview with The Canadian Press in 2012.

Canadians:

"What do we know about Canadians and specifically about Quebec? …

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