Like so many friends, family members and fans, comedian Patton Oswalt thoughtfully paid tribute to the late Anthony Bourdain this weekend.
Oswalt personally knew Bourdain, so his homage to the CNN personality came in the form of an email screen grab that detailed a list of Parisian honeymoon recommendations straight from the well-traveled, world-renowned food critic. Oswalt, 49, and Meredith Salenger married in November 2017, and enjoyed a delayed honeymoon in Europe.
Bourdain, of course, with his culinary and journalistic expertise, was an incredible resource for the newlyweds looking to explore the romantic destination.
“When @MeredthSalenger and I honeymooned in Paris, our friends and family put together lists of places to eat and things to do,” Oswalt tweeted on Sunday. “Then I sent those lists to Anthony Bourdain for his input. This was his response. I love and miss him.”
“Patton, I’m a fan and an admirer so gotta tell you this is no way to enjoy Paris,” Bourdain wrote in his email. “F—k them. All of them. They’re THERE, everywhere. You will see them from the car window as you go and do important s—t like live your life. In Paris!”
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
The former chef’s recommendations included several Parisian institutions including Le Comptoire and Le Dome. In true Bourdain fashion though, the journalist recommended taking to the streets of Rue Mouffetard (la Mouffe) and other unassuming spots for fresh sandwiches, croissants and more.
Bourdain tragically passed away last week from an apparent suicide in the very same country where he had provided the recommendations. At the time, he was working on a new episode of his acclaimed series, Parts Unknown. Like many friends of the late chef, Oswalt encouraged those struggling with suicidal thoughts and depression to call the national suicide hotline shortly after the news broke.
“I’ve brushed up against this darkness and I know it’s a tempting exit but REACH OUT to ANYONE,” Oswalt, who himself has struggled with depression, wrote at the time. “Stay on this side of it—in the light and warmth. Where you get to try again, every day.”
If you need help or you know someone struggling with suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).