Back in May, the Internet's collective head exploded when photos of President Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain surfaced online, with the pair sipping beers together on a couple blue, plastic schools in Vietnam. Bourdain later confirmed that he and Obama had in fact dined at a small restaurant called Bún Chả Hương Liên in Hanoi, and that the president would be featured on the upcoming season of his CNN travel show, Parts Unknown.
Well, we're now just weeks away from the episode's airdate on September 25—also marking the premiere of the show's eighth season—and on Tuesday CNN released the first trailer for the series' next nine installments.
“Inspired by Graham Greene's words ‘... whatever you’re looking for, you will find here…’ Bourdain joins the throngs of locals as he motorbikes through Vietnam’s capital, traverses its rapidly changing cityscape, and indulges in its singular cuisine with president Barack Obama, who, over a dish of Bun Cha, shares personal stories and reflects on his own international travels,” a press release reads.
While the Hanoi episode featuring Obama has been highly anticipated in recent weeks ("Slurping is totally acceptable," Bourdain tells the president, as they’re served steaming bowls of Vietnamese noodles and pork in the clip), Tony will also travel to China's Sichuan Province with his old buddy Eric Ripert, eat hot chicken in Nashville, and hang with Slim Thug in Houston.
Check out the full list of locations and airdates, below:
Hanoi (airdate September 25)
Nashville (airdate: October 2)
Sichuan with Eric Ripert (airdate: October 16)
London (airdate: October 23)
Houston (airdate: October 30)
Minas Gerais, Brazil (airdate: November 20)
Buenos Aires (airdate: November 27)
Rome (airdate: December 4)