Earlier this year, President Obama sat down with Anthony Bourdain to eat a meal of bún chả—a Vietnamese noodle and pork dish—in Hanoi. It was a dining experience one entire year in the making—and recently Bourdain opened up to Esquire about the experience.
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On how the whole thing went down: "No one knew he was coming," Bourdain said. "Outside of a small circle of people, nobody knew this was going to happen. It was a closely held secret at the White House; CNN didn't know, the camera people didn't know, no one knew until the last possible minute."