Bourdain Dodges Paula Deen Drama, Plays With Barbies

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MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 27: Anthony Bourdain attends the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village during the 2011 South Beach Wine and Food Festival on February 27, 2011 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Anthony Bourdain
He's skirting about the Paula Deen saga. Photo: Alexander Tamargo/2011 Alexander Tamargo

He's back from vacay and blogging about "the monstrously overblown controversy" in which he called Paula Deen fat and evil and she called him mean and snooty, and all the major media outlets "dropped a deuce" on his head. Or something like that. On his Travel Channel blog, Bourdain also muses, "I just got back from family vacation, where, for ten days, I violated all my rules and everything I've ever preached about how to travel. I stayed put ... splashing around in the shallow end of the pool with a Barbie pail, an inflatable porpoise, and a relentlessly energetic 4 year old girl." Bourdain insists that all the McDeens out there will change their opinion of him after this week's No Reservations, the last episode of the season, where Bourdain visits New Orleans, bows down to the South ("The South pretty much taught us all to cook!"), films Treme, and keeps it real(ish). [Anthony Bourdain/Travel Channel]

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