Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain was best-known for his brash honesty and bold, adventurous palate.
In a post on Twitter on Sunday, comedian Patton Oswalt offered up a quintessentially Bourdain example of that no-nonsense brand of integrity, when he tweeted the advice Bourdain had given him for his honeymoon trip to Paris just last year.
Oswalt and his new bride were in the midst of planning their honeymoon when he decided to reach out to Bourdain for feedback on the list of things friends and family had recommended.
And Bourdain did not hold back:
When @MeredthSalenger and I honeymooned in Paris our friends & family put together lists of places to eat and things to do. Then I sent those lists to Anthony Bourdain for his input. This was his response. I love and miss him: pic.twitter.com/1YFI7zScz0
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) June 10, 2018
Bourdain’s reply was short, direct, and just a little bit salty:
I’m a fan and an admirer so gotta tell you this is no way to enjoy Paris. F*** them. All of them.
Oswalt’s tweet was a warm remembrance of a the author, chef, and globetrotting travel series host we came to love, after he was shockingly found dead last Friday in France due to an apparent suicide.
Fans responded with their own remembrances of how Bourdain touched their lives:
Literally one of the hardest celebrity passings, for me, personally.
He just straight up lived life.
— Erik (@CABillsFan) June 10, 2018
He brought the world to our living room. I felt like I knew him and we were friends for years.
— Sgt24commplt (@youn_baek) June 11, 2018
So I just read this and I totally heard it in @Bourdain 's voice. And he's right my favorite way to enjoy Paris is to just go…..and go…..and do. Thank you for sharing!
— Not Mr. Garrison (@tempsanity98) June 10, 2018
Typical Anthony Bourdain, direct in profane honest way right spots to visit in Paris.We viewers will miss him as he was able to cross boundaries of culture, people in seamless, effortless, endearing manner and reach out to humanity in all of us.
— BetterWorld (@HelloCrandil) June 10, 2018
Some had advice for how to best preserve Bourdain’s advice:
Oh, that is amazing… What a cherished piece of correspondence. Print copies, scrapbook or journal it… Preserve so it never disappears!!
— Tamara (@kukrae) June 10, 2018
I would mat it in a bold color and surround it in a lovely frame – and keep it close where my beloved and I would see it every day and smile and remember as we “go and do important shit like live your life…” so much love to you Patton.
— Rene (@Rene34015334) June 11, 2018
I believe the kitchen would be a lovely place for it to reside.
— johanna burniston (@LoftyLoon) June 11, 2018
this is such a wonderful momento of an amazing human being. cherish it forever.
— Nicki Ross (@quicksilver8122) June 10, 2018
RIP Anthony Bourdain.