Remember last spring, when your intrepid foodies at the City Paper spent almost a week tracking the footsteps of Anthony Bourdain as he toured Charleston?

Well, it ended in an interview with the famous chef/author/TV host at the Pavilion Bar and resulted in a piece about his visit to town and the upcoming season of his show, No Reservations. He spent the week here eating at places like FIG and Cru Cafe, and filming various activities, including a trip out to Edisto with the Lee Brothers (Matt and Ted, that is), a Civil War reenactment, a fox hunt at Middleton Place, and visits to Sweatman’s BBQ, Hominy Grill, Gullah Grub, and St. Helena Island. It should be fascinating to see our rich cultural heritage given the Bourdain treatment. The episode airs Mon. Sept. 17 at 10 p.m. on the Travel Channel.

Recently, I’ve been devouring Bourdain’s blog over at Bravo, where he’s been writing hilariously astute commentaries on the shenanigans of the Top Chef “cheftestants.” Just compare his stuff to Rocco DiSpirito’s child-like observations (yes, they’ve given him a blog too), and you’ll be howling with the rest of us. First Tim Gunn, and now Anthony Bourdain. Those Bravo people really know how to distract me from my work!

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