I've been thoroughly enjoying watching Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations as well as his new program, The Layover. Unlike some of the other programs on The Travel Channel and cable in general, Bourdain's is about quality AND quantity. He embraces life... like his jingle goes, "I write, I travel, I eat, and I'm hungry for more."
He's a talented connoisseur of great cuisine worldwide AND an excellent writer. He hates cliches, has a wry sense of humor and makes everything about life FUN. It all began with an article in The New Yorker... and then his first book, Kitchen Confidential: "New York Chef Tony Bourdain gives away secrets of the trade in his wickedly funny, inspiring memoir/expose. 'Kitchen Confidential' reveals what Bourdain calls 'twenty-five years of sex, drugs, bad behavior and haute cuisine.'"
My favorite episode EVER was Cleveland - where he met and ate with the great Harvey Pekar from American Splendor. When Pekar died last year, Bourdain posted a truly touching tribute to him.
This is one of the rare shows on TV that show you how to discover new and exciting things about life on this planet all the while being entertained and inspired to really go out there and live your life to its fullest. It's unpredictable, hilarious and deliciously delectable to the last bite!