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Hal O'Brien
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It's not the heat, it's the humility.
It's not the heat, it's the humility.

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As manifesti go, this one's pretty good: 

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Bourdain gives good advice. Especially his variation on what I think of as Digby's Law, which I first heard from LA science fiction fan Tom Digby in the early '90s: "The fastest way to get information on the internet isn't asking a question, but posting the wrong answer, and waiting for people to correct you."
The idiosyncrasy of travel advice

I almost never find much of value in the "10 Tips to Make Your Travel Better!" articles, because (a) half of them are written for covert sponsors, and (b) travel is a personal experience. What works for me may very well not work for you (and that's okay). So much of what makes a trip (vacation or business) a success is highly subjective that it's nearly impossible to imagine advice that would be universal. What I find comfortable, tasty, a pleasant passtime, interesting to see (or the reverse of all of those) is all about me, not you.

On the other hand Anthony Bourdain travels a lot, and to a lot of places, as part of his chef media duties. So I thought I'd give this one a try. And he does have some interesting things to suggest, though I found this one the best:

'The other great way to figure out where to eat in a new city is to provoke nerd fury online. Go to a number of foodie websites with discussion boards. Let's say you're going to Kuala Lumpur — just post on the Malaysia board that you recently returned and had the best rendang in the universe, and give the name of a place, and all these annoying foodies will bombard you with angry replies about how the place is bullshit, and give you a better place to go.'

Manipulative, sure, but funny. Ask people online for advice and you'll often get chirping crickets. Assert online what the best of anything is and you'll get a lot more reaction.

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A rare selfie, at the more rare venue of 21.
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The view from the upstairs bar at Sardi's. 
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