ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In case you were caught up with “Breaking Bad” and its finale last night, New Mexico was also featured on CNN.
World traveler and foodie Anthony Bourdain came to New Mexico last year for an event at the Kiva Auditorium.
During that time, Bourdain found some time to film a segment for his CNN show, “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown.”
The episode featured New Mexico and Route 66. It aired on CNN, bud don’t fret, you can still watch the videos at: http://www.cnn.com/video/shows/anthony-bourdain-parts-unknown/season-2/new-mexico/index.html
Bourdain drives along old Route 66, which runs through the state and visits some spots in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. He can be seen at the Five & Dime in Santa Fe, where orders a Frito Pie and explains that the Frito Pie originated in Texas. “New Mexico you have many wonderful things,” he says in the video. “I think, let Texas have this one.”
He also makes a comment that FIve & Dime used Hormel chili in the Frito pie. New Mexicans dispute that and you can read it here: http://www.santafenewmexican.com/life/taste/article_fd018141-ef8e-5694-bae9-d1351c142932.html
Bourdain also is saddled with answering the question, “red or green,” to which he says: “As far as the much more important question of where I stand on the question of red chile or green? I’m green all the way. And New Mexico’s got it best.”
Here is also an excerpt of a letter written on CNN’s website from Bourdain:
“The upcoming New Mexico show is not about guns. Though there are, as in much of America between the coasts, many guns there.
This show is about the American cowboy ideal, about the romantic promise of the American West, about individuality and the freedom to be weird. New Mexico, where Spanish, Mexican, Pueblo, Navajo and European cultures mix and have mixed — at times painfully and lately, more easily. New Mexico, where everyone from artists, hippies, cowboys, poets, misfits, refugees and tourists of every political stripe have interpreted the promise of its gorgeous, wide-open spaces and the freedom that it offers in their own, very different ways.
New Mexico is an enchanted land, where people are largely free to create their own world.”