“But I frequently look back at my life, searching for that fork in the road, trying to figure out where, exactly, I went bad and became and thrill-seeking, pleasure-hungry sensualist, always looking to shock, amuse, terrify, and manipulate, seeking to fill that empty spot in my soul with something new.
I like to think it was Monsieur Saint Jour’s fault. But of course, it was me all along.”

If you really know me, you know what an influence Anthony Bourdain has had on my life. I was first introduced to him via endless re-runs of No Reservations playing on crew channels on my tiny cruise ship cabin TVs. I was immediately drawn to his anti-tourist, pro-traveller attitude, his commentary and rants and his quest of always avoiding the cliche bullshit while traveling – like a pina-colada at the “original” birthplace of the pina-colada (where it’s made from canned juices in a giant cement-mixer-like machine). Whatever new place I travel to, I usually check to see if Bourdain filmed an episode of No Reservations or Parts Unknown there. Thanks to him, I had some amazing travel experiences, including a several hour hunt for the best bagel in Montreal, the best sunset hang in Rio De Janeiro, and who could forget the the Lachonera pork extravaganza in Puerto Rico. And definitely more to come…

I finally got around to reading Kitchen Confidential and now I know that this is even a greater achievement for Bourdain than accomplishing what I previously thought impossible – making CNN watchable. Finally getting to the source of his cynical yet optimistic attitude has been eye opening and comforting in a strange way. So many parallels can be drawn between to the world of cooking and the world of working musicians. 

I also watched the documentary, “Roadrunner” about him last summer and that was quite sad and surprising to learn of the circumstances of his demise. 

But, on the bright side, thanks to that film I found a great French artist to listen to.

Check out these two tracks by Jacques Dutronc…

“Et moi, et moi, et moi” is the one that was used in the film. 

“Ill est cinq heures, Paris s’eveille” is another gem I found in the discovery process.

And a couple more Bourdain quotes from the book. (I didn’t post the one about vegetarians and vegans to spare everyone from the profanity 😉 )

When a job applicant starts telling me how Pacific Rim cuisine turns him on and inspires him, I see trouble coming. Send me another Mexican dishwasher anytime. I can teach him to cook. I can’t teach character. Show up to work on time six months in a row and we’ll talk about red curry paste and lemongrass. Until then, I have four words for you: “Shut ___ ____ up” 

Avoid at all costs the vile spew you see rotting in oil in screw-top jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don’t deserve to eat garlic. 

RIP Anthony Bourdain



Bartek & From Warsaw With Love is:

Drums – Yurii Zhyharev

Bass – Roman Tur

Guitar and Voice – Bart Milczarczyk

Recorded @qualitystudiowarsaw

Mixed and Mastered by Piotr Szumski

Video Recording by Łukasz Echeński Łukasz Echeński – Fotografia

Video Editing by Bart Milczarczyk

New Song OUt TODAY!

Dance Monkey by Bartek & From Warsaw With Love is out now.

Check it out on Spotify 👇…

… or anywhere else you purchase or stream music. Full video will be out on Thursday.

So how this came about…

I moved to Poland on my birthday during the heart of the pandemic (#NowIsNotTheTimeToTravel) and met my Ukrainian brothers, Roma and Yura, through a Facebook add when I was looking for musicians to play with. Through some last minute circumstances we ended up playing a gig together (filling in on vox and guitar for their other band) only two days later. We were scrambling to find 30 songs we all new and this one was easy enough to throw in (in a closer to the original arrangement) as it’s only four chords and I was playing it already in my solo sets.

Well during the gig, the ending turned into a full on punk rock assault… and naturally… I really dug that. When I was leaving Poland (at least I thought I was leaving) I wanted to have something to remember these times by, so we rehearsed a bunch and recorded 3 cover tunes in our own, new arrangements at @qualitystudiowarsaw in Warsaw.

Then the video and audio sat for a year because … procrastination is a mother#####. I finally met a brilliant audio engineer, Piotrek Szumski a few months ago after hearing one of his mixes and decided he had to be the man to mix these recordings (and hopefully more music in the future) as I had no luck elsewhere to get it how I wanted it to sound.

So the next two tunes will be out soon and I hope you will dig what we did with our 🇵🇱🇺🇦 collab. If you really like the original of this song…I know you may really hate what we did.

(Also see if you can hear three animal noises I tried to get from the guitar – monkey, some wild cat and elephant)

I hope this massacre in Ukraine will end soon and Yura, Roma and myself can get back rocking out in Warsaw.

From Warsaw With Love, ❤️

Yura, Roma, Bart