Fight like Anthony Bourdain by making his post-jiu-jitsu acai bowl recipe

Photo: Bobby Fisher
Photo: Bobby Fisher

Reprinted from Appetites by Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever. Read our interview with Bourdain here.


Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a thing in our house. Our lives—all our lives—revolve around training schedules; at any given time, there’s a heap of sodden, frequently blood-smeared gis (the two-piece garment, secured by a belt whose color signifies level of expertise, worn by practitioners of jiu-jitsu, karate, and other martial arts) waiting outside the washer, and another set (Mom, Dad, and girl) hanging to dry on a special rack in my daughter’s playroom.

Most of our professors are Brazilian, and it is an article of faith among Brazilian practitioners of martial arts that acai, the “miracle jungle fruit of the Amazon,” is the answer to—and cure for—all things, from ineptness at rear naked choke holds to cancer.

Whether the health benefits hold up under scientific scrutiny or not, the stuff is pretty delicious, and it’s become a staple in our household. A post-training bowl of icy cold acai purée and fruit? It sure seems to make us all feel better.

Acai Bowl

Serves two

1/2 to 3/4 cup acai juice, Sambazon brand preferred
2 bananas, peeled
7 oz. frozen unsweetened acai puree, Sambazon brand preferred
3/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries or raspberries
1/2 cup granola, for garnish (optional)
1/4 cup cacao nibs, for garnish (optional)
Vitamix or other blender with a fairly strong motor

Place the acai juice and one of the bananas in the blender’s pitcher, then add the frozen acai puree, blueberries, and strawberries on top so that the blades suck in the frozen items. Pulse as needed to form a smooth sorbet, scraping down the sides of the pitcher with a spatula as necessary.

Slice the remaining banana. Divide the mixture between two bowls and top each with the garnishes. Serve immediately.



I can't believe what a small world this is - first AV Club promotes Ally Wong Baby Cobra and it turns out that her Japanese husband graduated from Sidwell Friends with Benjamin Seides (and possibly Tyrus Bookman as well) who was the ringleader of the frat boys and then their other roommate and name on the lease Mario Mercado actually trained the Bourdains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at that gym according to a youtube video.

Another coincidence is that after they snuck out and cancelled the $20,000 in rent money orders and we were trying to find tenants, two girls who came separately to view the paint splattered apartment were fleeing Mario Mercado's loft in the West 30s iirc - he hadn't paid the landlord the collected rent from the other roommates and was also keeping them up at night with his activities with another roommate so three of them fled and one of them took his BOSE cd changer to hold against them.

One of the girls actually did sign a lease for their apartment and she turned out to be a really nice girl but I was always upset that she came in from having known one of them. The other girl blasted him all over craigslist using his full name and address.

I thought it was hard to believe that it was a coincidence.

At no time have any of them ever made moves to make amends and reimburse us for the rent and we have emailed some of them over the years - we even emailed Mario Mercado recently and cc'ed Anthony Bourdain's production company and the only response from his bates-toi helmet company was a denial and dismissal.

NICE people. Maybe Mrs. Bourdain will hire him to run her new gym if she opens it. I'm sure that the way it works in NYC, he'll have no problem selling his wrestling helmets.