Get Over the Volcano: An Open Letter to Anthony Bourdain

I have stated here before that Anthony Bourdain is one of my favorite persons in the world, a splendid writer and TV personality. San Diego-based blogger W. Scott Koenig, aka ‘El Gringo’, praises the famous chef’s talents as well, but is perplexed at the unbalanced view of Mexico presented in a recent episode of his show “Parts Unknown”. Read his open letter to Bourdain.

UPDATE: Bourdain has responded to Koenig’s missive. Check out his reply here.

A Gringo in Mexico

May 5, 2014

Dear Mr. Bourdain,

My name is W. Scott Koenig. I am a San Diego-based blogger at, a small site I started about two years ago to report on the fantastic experiences, people, food, culture and trips my wife Ursula – and now 6-year old son Wolfie – have had in Mexico during our many visits south of the border. In 2013, my blog started gaining a bit of momentum, and I soon found myself writing and shooting on assignment for – reporting on food, art and culture in Tijuana and other Baja California municipalities. My new “pase tiempo” (past time), has afforded me the opportunity to travel to even more amazing destinations, and I’ve had the distinct pleasure of meeting and interviewing many passionate Mexican people who are more than happy to give me an interview, their time, a meal, a drink, even a handmade regalo in exchange for the modest coverage they…

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