I think I've discovered a few things that I really like about Bourdain that none of the other travel people do.
- He actually enjoys the crazy loval food, like pickeled rattle snake whiskey - whiskey where they keep a dead rattlesnake in the jar with the whiskey.
- He hates having to go to established restaurants.
For the first, he went for seconds on the whiskey.
For the second, he truly prefers to et at the random side stands and dark aley bistros that most other people avoid. He is usually snarky, insulting and pissy in "real" restaurants but he smiles and laughs when he's eating at the little food stands or dives. All of the other travelers? They're releived to eat at the established places.
I think its for the latter that I rather like Bourdain more than any other of the wandering foodie shows. He is gleeful to eat at the small places.