Hugging lessons with Andrew Zimmern
You also get Andrew's take on the food equivalent of Led Zeppelin IV* and the four essential things you should know about how to hug.
Speaking of which, I've had some fun, unexplainable hugs in my travels. Like when the huge Nigerian-American taxi driver bear-hugged me after a $10 tip at JFK or the bearded Turkish guy who 'adopted' me in an Istanbul bar and bruised me with sturdy beer-soaked embraces for hours. Now, I grew up in Oklahoma -- and we just don't hug. So I've long needed Andrew's hug lessons (as well as cheek-kissing lessons for NYC farewells; anyone?).
Andrew was certainly an effective teacher. For proof, note how well I manage in the Zimmern HugFest versus TBEX founder Kim Mance.
Andrew, thank you. I had the time of my life.
* Andrew also gave food versions of other bands too. Wings is matzoh ball soup ('comforting'); Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young ('greasy pizza slice at 2am -- a guilty pleasure'), Van Halen ('classic -- a hamburger with fries') and Van Hagar ('turkey burger -- it's good, but it's imitation -- not something for every day'). Think I'll stick with his food Bob Dylan, 'bacon and eggs.'
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