Anthony Bordain, Parts Unknown 
Anthony Bordain
is my intellectual crush. I’ve never identified anyone like that before. Although, in actions, I probably have worshipped Steve Jobs story, rise (not his nasty personality part) :: but how he was an imagineer, and I would dub “mental energist (T) optioneerJM (c) or a closet fan of Guns N Roses’ Axel Rose. From the first time I caught glimpse of him in a 1980s grammy when the group stumbled on to the stage, pretty obviously incoherent, wasted, loaded. On what? I don’t think I was understanding of the drug scene back then. Nose started in the books, in the 80s, that is for sure.

Parts Unknown
what I was starting to say is that I just love “Parts Unknown”. And being a strong believer of the mode of you can’t say you are a fan of something, without proving it, or dislike something that you are not prepared to try to fix. I commented on Anthony Bordain’s Facebook Page

Guess what I did now?
I have been watching Anthony Bordain on TV, long before he was on CNN. Thru osmosis, from someone who is not a very big TV-water, “Parts Unknown” caught my attention. Slowly I’ll admit. But you have to remember, I’m not a big show-watcher, except the nightly news (drilled into me by my parents), where no matter what you’ve been doing, where you’ve been. You will either eat or cook dinner or relax post meal with the news.

Suggested accommodations: The Azuridge Estate Hotel near Priddis

Comment on FACEBOOK:

You show a the world thru unique eyes. It could

be war torn Lebanon, crumbling buildings, smoke in the far ground of

billiowing bombs. Caught in a time warp mentality and sensitivity that

truly is a gift. So, is instinctively being curious by nature. One can only

imagine how the ideas to travel where, who to host you, how will it go?

I could be taking a really big stretch here, probably not. Food is the one

common denominator that we all have. You don’t have to proclaim you

are seeing global warming first hand (Leonardo DiCaprio did, causing

himself embarrassment when filming his only Oscar performance,

among many great ones. I will forward a proposal to Anthony Bordain

directly. With my Twitter handle as identification on the return address

~ you’ll know I’m authentic.





Enthusiast. Frequent flyer. Used to cook for a living.

This is the deal

I would love to host Anthony this summer for infamous Calgary Stampede. Why infamous? Because you may arrive innocent, but you leave infamous. After all, there is a lot of food to be had in these here parts. Think of “The Chuckwagon” restaurant southbound in a little hamlet south of here. Or a Stampede Breakfast, always free, always hotcakes, sausages, orange juice before they turn into barbeques with a keg of beer, big side of beef, marinaded for forever, then slowly grilled so that the succulent juices don’t escape without the feel of a fork.

Food critic
My first boss who was head of marketing for a really big, respectable museum, historically capturing the feel of the western pioneer’s spirit (a must see), well he is now a pretty well known Food Critic. The first time I heard him was a long while after I had worked under his arm, experimental entrepreneurialism at its core. Never realizing that fast forward 20 years, solopreneurialship will be more of the norm than the expected.

Well, I’d host a selected site by John, along with Anthony and we’ll have a gay old time. I hardly know how long it takes to run an episode of one of these so I’m going to have to predict. I will have to set out an agenda, see if it meets the approval of Zero Point Zero, the parent creator of Anthony Bordain’s “Parts Unknown”. Did they scoop him up from somewhere else or create his brand as he is known?

Zero Point Zero
Since they’re the money men that is where I will start. Befitting name on where I will begin. Before lift off.

Lift off
Would be agreement by both Zero Point Zero and Anthony to fly to Canada, Calgary that is, to film a tribute to the west. Nowhere more fitting than the biggest outdoor show on earth other worlds known as the biggest purse in rodeo.

The lull
I would imagine Anthony will fly through the night on Thursday, July 17th. That will give him a chance to check into this amazing boutique B&B nestled in the rockies. About 20 minutes to the border of Calgary, and about another 30 minutes to the Stampede Grounds … for the week. A lull before the storm.

After a long day
It will be dependent on how tired Anthony is. One can only imagine the stamina it takes to travel AND appear upbeat all at the same time. Often with a grizzled beard that bespeaks that parts is often what we leave unknown. It take a lot to plan, travel and do a show I would imagine.

We can have a glass of wine or a cognac nightcap after he checks in and is settled. The host and hostess keenly sitting nearby with the munchies. This will be a lovely respite and clear the palate for the onslaught of beer and calories to follow. 

 We will review the bustling 4 days I’ve planned for him, make any changes, last minute thoughts. It should be nice. Relaxing. Maybe he won’t mind if my husband Rob comes for that. They’d really get along. Two guys shooting the gab on anything that appeals to them.

Day 1
We’ll go to one of the restaurants I have in mind that sound like “Chuckwagon” first. It will be a chance to get him to see the landscape. The very one that caught the attention of the movie makers of The Reverent, in particular one Leo Dicaprio, maybe just decide to come up to join us :: where we will talk about:

* history of the area, in their own words: perception
* some facts about the city and citizens 
* review of what is actually climate change and Chinooks.

Chinook winds are a unique phenomena to Calgary and surrounding areas at the Foothills of the Rockie Mountains.


The first day could go on a bender when Leo shows up. The township amazed, the media unaware, that there was something very cool happening :: Leo and Anthony meet and chat about the area, his experience filming locally, the people, his own discoveries. I’d be the hostess, of course (comes with being a citizen and a social media enthusiast who came up with the idea first). Tweeting and posting as it happens. Not just promoting “Parts Unknown” but the western spirit captured by the annual “Calgary Stampede”.

EXCEPT FROM CBC: (click on link to read more)

“I’ve never experienced something so first-hand that was so dramatic. You see the fragility of nature and how easily things can be completely transformed with just a few degrees difference. It’s terrifying, and it’s what people are talking about all over the world. And it’s simply just going to get worse,” said DiCaprio.

“We were in Calgary and the locals were saying, ‘This has never happened in our province ever.’ We would come and there would be eight feet of snow, and then all of a sudden a warm gust of wind would come.”

Day 2
Up at the crack of dawn, we meet down south of Calgary at a traditional Stampede Breakfast. Always free. Usually hosted by the executives of very big oil companies. Who will sit down with Anthony and myself to talk about the region, oil prices, recovery.

Alberta’s Premiere, Rachel Notley, serves up pancakes to a youngster. 
I’m thinking the CEO of TransCanada Pipelines would be ideal. After all, it is the one Canadian news item that registers across the border and with politicians and leaders like Obama, Clinton, and even The Donald stated they’d want a piece of the pie if the pipeline was finally approved. Let Anthony ask his questions, while munching on the traditional breakfast piled high with pancakes, bacon and sausages.

Anthony could include a side story with a narrative about what has happened to Fort McMurray and indirectly, the rest of the province of Alberta :: wildfires that evacuated 10s of thousands of two weeks from their homes. The amazing spirit and resilience the province’s people demonstrated. Even newcomers to Canada from far and wide, talk about the hospitality they experienced first hand when they arrived here. How it was a chance to repay in with kindness. That story could take a good take a chunk about the Alberta people, their spirit, and how they bounce back as survivors.

Kate and William take in the Western Hospitality at this annual event. 
We’ll take clips while shopping
because Anthony has to fade into anonymity by donning on some western style. Where he witnessed executives looking just as comfortable in their jeans as they are in their suits for shareholders or investors. To the traditional Smith-Built hats where only the true believers in the western spirit shop there. Then The Alberta Boot Company, a must for visiting dignitaries fit for future Kings (Prince William) and his Queen (what’s her name? insert). After measurements, Anthony will be bequeathed with the White Hatter, you got it from Smith-Built, ceremony which inducts Anthony as an honoree Calgarian. 

 Excerpt from Visit Calgary:

The White Hat Ceremony is a long-standing tradition in Calgary, a symbol of the Western hospitality and good cheer we like to share with visiting guests. The white Smithbilt hat has been bestowed on numerous celebrities and dignitaries on their visits to our city since the 1950s, when Calgary’s Mayor, Don MacKay, started the tradition.

MacKay was inspired by the white hat after traveling to Toronto with 250 excited Calgary fans to see the Stampeders compete in the 1948 Grey Cup (the Canadian Football League championship game). The exuberant group sported white cowboy hats, which soon became a hit with easterners, and presented a hat to Toronto’s mayor as a way of saying ‘thanks’ for the city’s hospitality. Years later, when he was mayor of Calgary, MacKay began distributing them to visiting dignitaries.

 Smith Built Hats

A tradition, a mainstay since 1919. Crafted western hats for visitors, dignitaries, citizens, tourists alike.

CNN Ratings
bringing human-interest ratings is something that I interpret is at the core of CNN. Yes, they bring us knews, up to the minute, sometimes bungled among rumours, striving to be considered true journalism for today, as the traditional dynosaurs fade into the sunset.

This scenery is only an hour from Calgary 
The evening dinner
After hotdogs, hotcakes, and hot women (I’m sure Anthony would notice), John will join us after our mid-late afternoon naps. To escort us to his favorite restaurants. The one he saves for the ones he wants to impress the most. If it is in Banff, so be it, Anthony will get to see the beauty on our doorstep, mere 1.5 hours from Calgary.

Sidebar on Banff

The history, the art, the crafts, the treats (like fudge), Bernard Callebau chocolate, those things that delight tourists, are famous from the region. 

Day 3
The midway experience. The shows, the free stuff from the Coca Cola stage. I’ll ask our Calgary musical spiritual voice, Paul Brandt to take us to the midway, the best food to snarf down, backed by the mini donuts. Have a listen to the following clip from Paul Brandt’s “Alberta Bound” to get into the mood:

Paul Brandt
We’ll chat about some of the great talent in music that is coming out of Canada, and in particular, Country and Western music. Where Keith Urban came to the dance hall where visitors two-stepped or local taught them how to dance it.

We’ll eat grub till we’re so stuffed, only the Chuckwagon and the Grand Stand show could erase the unease …. of gas. Thankfully, the thunder of the cowboys, horses and chuckwagons drown out any escaped puff of air, or otherwise.

Day 4
We’ll head back down to the Stampede grounds by 11 to take in the real rodeo action. To watch broncing, bull busting, wheel barrel racing fun. After that, we’ll head down to the Ranchman’s, the unofficial biggest country and western dance hall in the world. Still going strong, after decades. We can chow down to some cowgrits and chat with the owner’s daughter, whom I know, met along my journey in sales. This can easily turn into an all-nighter (1am at least) where Anthony learns how to two-step (hmm, we’ll have to find out if that could be the Stampede Queen?)

Day 5
Depending on how Day 4 sounds or has gone, we can make this a 5-day excursion, rich with lots of spirit and traditions, long faded from many memories. A day we spend with the spirits, hosted by the elders of any one of the indigenous nation who live close by. Then the casinos, the typical tourist attraction.

We could eat at Chief Chunkee’s. Maybe if we juggle the schedules around, line the people up, we’ll have an extra day and then stay overnight in Banff. Maybe Anthony will invite my husband along? Eating at this restaurant, they can talk about how well they are treated by their neighbours. Where we have lived in harmony for years, helping each other. Or share their plight, disappointments and human strife.

That’s a wrap
A gal from Calgary can always dream, right? Or nothing ventured, nothing gained. 

 I’ll keep you posted if anything does happen. You can count on that.

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