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(LA Weekly)   One woman cooks her way through greasy professional food taster Guy Fieri's cookbook, including such dishes as No Can Beato This Taquito and Tequila Turkey. "Remember Julie & Julia? This is like that but with more Sammy Hagar"   (blogs.laweekly.com ) divider line
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2012-07-03 03:16:20 PM  

Ambitwistor: rightylefty:

"The red car is a 1967 Chevy Camaro SS Convertible, and it is owned by the now ex-executive producer of the show. In the early days of production, they drove the car. Now it's transported by trailer between the cities Guy visits, and it's only driven between restaurants in the same town. Recent episodes have been shot with a 1968 Camaro."

(link)


Thanks. I can't believe they actually ship the car just for that quick opening shot. I also now know more about Guy than I ever thought I would. Who knew I was wondering if he's a Freemason.
 
2012-07-03 03:16:44 PM  
I put this in every Guy Fieri thread, so I'll say it again:

1) Don't believe the article that was written about Fieri alleging homophobia. A) He runs a restaurant in Northern California. B) His boss is gay. C) His sister is gay. That article was a complete and total hit piece on Fieri, David Page's FU to a guy he believes wronged him.

2) Fieri seems to be the guy that people who like to hate Nickelback for the sake of hating Nickelback gravitate to. "IT'S COOL TO HATE THIS GUY SO I WILL DO IT AND OTHER PEOPLE WILL FIND ME COOL." It's not being cool, it means you can't think for yourself if you logically can't debate what the problem is.

3) Fieri probably is a tool.

BUT

4) Fieri's show has turned me on to a lot of places I would have never known about or visited. Some of the places are misses but some of the places are huge hits and allowed me to have a family sharing experience that I may not have had otherwise. It's non-offensive TV that I feel OK letting my kid watch.

So basically, if you don't like the show, don't watch it.
 
2012-07-03 03:17:42 PM  

Edsel: WTF Indeed: brigid_fitch: I don't get this guy's appeal. He's annoying, doesn't seem to show any cooking finesse, and acts like a complete tool. Someone described him as looking like he's playing the Sun in a grade-school play and I can't shake that image.

First off, he's on Food Network. No matter what the show is about, there will always be a viewership of obese people dreaming about food when they aren't stuffing their face with it. Second, the show is geared toward Boomers who are nostalgic about a history the majority of them never engaged in. Finally, he is the physical embodiedment of this classic TV icon:

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I can't remember who said this a while back, but it's pretty apt: "Guy Fieri is proof that Ed Hardy has started manufacturing actual human beings".


Sounds like something Bourdain might have said...
 
2012-07-03 03:18:12 PM  

Ambitwistor: thismomentinblackhistory: I met him once. He was actually really humble and nice.

Spolier alert to haters: he speaks flawless French!

I didn't know. that. From a bio:

Of course my parents were always bringing in wayward sailors and we met a cork salesman from France.


I knew there had to be a little cork soaker in his past.
 
2012-07-03 03:18:34 PM  
I miss giving Rachael Ray a hard time.
/evoo
//yummo!
 
2012-07-03 03:18:57 PM  
And answer me this:

Why does Fieri get so much hate when Zimmern AND Richman are more decidedly hate-worthy? Fieri actually owns and runs his own restaurant. Richman can't cop to that and they are very hazy when they are talking about his credentials.

It's basically boils down to that Fark believe Bourdain and Brown and possibly Ted Allen are the top echelon and everyone else is scorn worthy.
 
2012-07-03 03:19:50 PM  

laivincolmo: My favorite tweets from @nedroid on the subject:

Guy Fieri makes another mark on the scroll. 418 marks, one for each year he's been alive. Guy Fieri sighs. He is so tired.

Guy Fieri dons his armor, woven of dancing flames. The serpent-wolf is waiting. "We're rolling out," whispers Guy to his falcon.

Guy Fieri stands at the edge of the abyss and gazes into the great unblinking eye. "Triple D," he says. "Death, Destruction... and Destiny."

Hi, I'm Guy Fieri. I wear my sunglasses on the back of my head to block out the past which is always haunting me.

Hi I'm Guy Fieri. Look at me. Hey. Watch me. Watch me, mom. Mom watch me. Mom you're not watching

Hi, you're Guy Fieri. The mantle has been passed. Finally, I can die.


All the other people in this waiting room are staring at me, trying to figure out whether I'm laughing or choking.
 
2012-07-03 03:21:05 PM  

WTF Indeed: brigid_fitch: I don't get this guy's appeal. He's annoying, doesn't seem to show any cooking finesse, and acts like a complete tool. Someone described him as looking like he's playing the Sun in a grade-school play and I can't shake that image.

First off, he's on Food Network. No matter what the show is about, there will always be a viewership of obese people dreaming about food when they aren't stuffing their face with it. Second, the show is geared toward Boomers who are nostalgic about a history the majority of them never engaged in. Finally, he is the physical embodiedment of this classic TV icon:


My aunt has been on his show so getting a kick etc.

/Emeril visited too and covered it far better
 
2012-07-03 03:21:29 PM  

Orgasmatron138:

At least Adam seems to be a really nice guy.


Speaking as someone who has worked in media, the "nicer" the guy seems on TV, the faker he is in real life.

I'm just glad Alton Brown dropped the facade and just started acting on twitter and on shows like the grumpy cantankerous old man.
 
2012-07-03 03:23:00 PM  

Vacation Bible School: shortymac: Giada started doing that too.
:(

Giada has other assets that make that tolerable...

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AHAHAAHAHAHAHA, I remember my brother suddenly became VERY interested in Italian cooking when she started her show. I never have done any of her recipes though.
 
2012-07-03 03:23:58 PM  

MattyFridays: Fieri actually owns and runs his own restaurant.


Which isn't a real restaurant, it's a pilot location for a T.G.I. McFunster's franchising program that nobody's taken the bait on so far.
 
2012-07-03 03:25:50 PM  

shivashakti: Guy Fieri is a tool. But I will say this... he goes to some really awesome places on DD&D.
That alone makes his show interesting. It's just too bad I have to deal with such a tool of a host.

I've been to three of the places featured on his show and they were all excellent.



^^^This^^^

Most of the restaurants and chefs you see on cooking shows are the kind that serve $50 steaks and shiat. As the name of the show suggests, Guy goes to places that most people can actually afford. But yeah, he's a total douchebag.
 
2012-07-03 03:26:29 PM  

MattyFridays: Richman can't cop to that and they are very hazy when they are talking about his credentials.


Richman wasn't there for his technical expertise. He's a big loud guy who worked out a shiat load (seriously the guy does way more than most people think) to not kill himself while he was still doing the challenges.

If we establish the Bourdain-Fieri Scale of Food Shows , describing how they are between being all show, and all know how. I'd put him dead center between those two. Enough culinary knowhow to get by, but a little more natural showmanship.

He was there to be a fanboy. Just a fanboy about food.
 
2012-07-03 03:26:40 PM  

shivashakti: I've been to three of the places featured on his show and they were all excellent.


Somehow I read this as:

I've been to three of the places featured on his show and they were all excrement.

/Freudian
 
2012-07-03 03:27:54 PM  

poot_rootbeer: MattyFridays: Fieri actually owns and runs his own restaurant.

Which isn't a real restaurant, it's a pilot location for a T.G.I. McFunster's franchising program that nobody's taken the bait on so far.


If you're running an independent chain of 8 restaurants for 15+ years, I think you're doing pretty well.

This is a comparison of Richman vs. Fieri, not Fieri vs. Flay. Richman says "he's held every job in the food business", Fieri's actually got credentials.
 
2012-07-03 03:29:25 PM  

MattyFridays: I put this in every Guy Fieri thread, so I'll say it again:

1) Don't believe the article that was written about Fieri alleging homophobia. A) He runs a restaurant in Northern California. B) His boss is gay. C) His sister is gay. That article was a complete and total hit piece on Fieri, David Page's FU to a guy he believes wronged him.

2) Fieri seems to be the guy that people who like to hate Nickelback for the sake of hating Nickelback gravitate to. "IT'S COOL TO HATE THIS GUY SO I WILL DO IT AND OTHER PEOPLE WILL FIND ME COOL." It's not being cool, it means you can't think for yourself if you logically can't debate what the problem is.

3) Fieri probably is a tool.

BUT

4) Fieri's show has turned me on to a lot of places I would have never known about or visited. Some of the places are misses but some of the places are huge hits and allowed me to have a family sharing experience that I may not have had otherwise. It's non-offensive TV that I feel OK letting my kid watch.

So basically, if you don't like the show, don't watch it.


1.I take claims that articles are "hit pieces" on celebrities as seriously as I do Fox Noise, which is to say I don't take them seriously at all. Just because someone's boss is gay, or has a family member who is gay, does not mean that someone isn't homophobic.

2. I dislike Guy Ferry because he's an intolerable douchebag who makes up more stupid words than Rachael Ray and then proceeds to act like he's the biggest star in the room. In reality, he's the biggest shiat stain in the room.

3.Agreed. Total tool.

4.You know what else would actually turn you on to places you otherwise wouldn't have known about? The local newspaper! That's right, for the price of a day's worth of news, you too can read local reviews of local restaurants without the pretentious douchebaggery of an overpaid assclown who parades around the country in a [rented] Camaro and wears flip flops in kitchens (which is, I'm told, not only unwise, but also a violation of a lot of health codes).
 
2012-07-03 03:31:45 PM  

Expolaris: MattyFridays: Richman can't cop to that and they are very hazy when they are talking about his credentials.

Richman wasn't there for his technical expertise. He's a big loud guy who worked out a shiat load (seriously the guy does way more than most people think) to not kill himself while he was still doing the challenges.

If we establish the Bourdain-Fieri Scale of Food Shows , describing how they are between being all show, and all know how. I'd put him dead center between those two. Enough culinary knowhow to get by, but a little more natural showmanship.

He was there to be a fanboy. Just a fanboy about food.


And how is Diners Drive-Ins and Dives any different than Man vs. Food? It's the same thing, except Fieri wasn't exposing himself to Diabetes in the second half of the show.

There are TONS of things Richman did that were "trying too hard" on his show, but because he doesn't wear his sunglasses backwards, he gets a pass. When ANYTHING Richman did on his show was 10x more awful than Fieri did on his.

Remember, NOBODY watches Guy's Big Bite. It's all about DDD, Guy's Big Bite has only survived BECAUSE he does DDD and he wants to show people he can cook.

You look in ANY Person's cookbook, there's awesome and awful recipes. Rachael Ray has had some AWFUL names for her recipes, but her penne ala vodka recipe is amazing.
 
2012-07-03 03:32:11 PM  

shortymac: Ugh, I hate Guy more so than Bobby Flay. Flay is a NY asshole, Guy is one of those people that ran away to LA to reinvent themselves. BLECH.


His last name is actually Ferry, not Fieri (though he keeps pronouncing it "Fietti"). Probably because he was sick of the "Gay Fairy" jokes, I guess (the frosted blonde hair isn't helping in that regard).

I wonder what was going through his wife's mind when he first showed up looking like a reject from an Ed Hardy catalog. Why she didn't tell him "Stop dressing and acting like a douche or no more trips down the manhole to Flavortown"?
 
2012-07-03 03:33:30 PM  

maram500: you too can read local reviews of local restaurants without the pretentious douchebaggery of an overpaid assclown


I live and work in San Francisco, so no, I can't.
 
2012-07-03 03:35:00 PM  

MattyFridays: Expolaris: MattyFridays: Richman can't cop to that and they are very hazy when they are talking about his credentials.

Richman wasn't there for his technical expertise. He's a big loud guy who worked out a shiat load (seriously the guy does way more than most people think) to not kill himself while he was still doing the challenges.

If we establish the Bourdain-Fieri Scale of Food Shows , describing how they are between being all show, and all know how. I'd put him dead center between those two. Enough culinary knowhow to get by, but a little more natural showmanship.

He was there to be a fanboy. Just a fanboy about food.

And how is Diners Drive-Ins and Dives any different than Man vs. Food? It's the same thing, except Fieri wasn't exposing himself to Diabetes in the second half of the show.

There are TONS of things Richman did that were "trying too hard" on his show, but because he doesn't wear his sunglasses backwards, he gets a pass. When ANYTHING Richman did on his show was 10x more awful than Fieri did on his.

Remember, NOBODY watches Guy's Big Bite. It's all about DDD, Guy's Big Bite has only survived BECAUSE he does DDD and he wants to show people he can cook.

You look in ANY Person's cookbook, there's awesome and awful recipes. Rachael Ray has had some AWFUL names for her recipes, but her penne ala vodka recipe is amazing.


It's pretty much the same, i enjoy both shows. I think they have about the same level of cingeworthy cheesiness, but enough charm to keep me watching. I'd just classify Fieri as a good biatcheesier than Richman.

One just involves the hilarious side show of watching this poor sap try to inhale another dish comprised of half an animal.
 
2012-07-03 03:35:05 PM  

buckler: I love anything with Jaques Pepin. His recipe shows are great, but my favorite thing was when he hosted a show that focused on technique, not recipes. "Here's how to use a Chef's knife. Here's how to use a fillet knife and paring knife. He's how to know when to use a stock pot vs. a Dutch oven" and so on. That show taught me a lot.



My wife and I love watching Pepin's show with his daughter. She had this way of screwing up everything he did, and he maintained this straight-faced level of annoyance mixed with "my god, I'm a failure as a parent". His shows with Julia were great as well.

Surprised nobody posted this gem yet
 
2012-07-03 03:36:09 PM  

Rent Party: Belay that. Tap House is farking horrible. It's a freaking box store.

Elysian on Cap Hill is what you meant to say.



Meh. As long as you don't talk shiat about Special Brews, we're cool.
 
2012-07-03 03:36:50 PM  
One more Seattle area place:

Diamond Knot Brewery (Mukilteo)
 
2012-07-03 03:37:06 PM  

The_Six_Fingered_Man: maram500: you too can read local reviews of local restaurants without the pretentious douchebaggery of an overpaid assclown

I live and work in San Francisco, so no, I can't.


Ok, ok, damnit--sorry. I was thinking of places more along the lines of where Guy Ferry has visited, not big-ass foodie cities like SF.

/You guys have that one place that does bacon ice cream and I am sooo jealous of that. Damn you!
 
2012-07-03 03:38:26 PM  
I think the only thing I hate more than his:

- spikey frosted tips
- douchey goatee
- backwards upside down sunglasses
- fat guy flame print shirts

is the way he he says Fieri as "fietty"

Douche.
 
2012-07-03 03:39:30 PM  

El Brujo: I think the only thing I hate more than his:

- spikey frosted tips
- douchey goatee
- backwards upside down sunglasses
- fat guy flame print shirts

is the way he he says Fieri as "fietty"

Douche.


Why would you hate proper pronunciation?
 
2012-07-03 03:40:10 PM  

maram500:

1.I take claims that articles are "hit pieces" on celebrities as seriously as I do Fox Noise, which is to say I don't take them seriously at all. Just because someone's boss is gay, or has a family member who is gay, does not mean that someone isn't homophobic.


Did you actually read the article in question? If you didn't, it was written in some local free rag in Minnesota, not the NY Times or TIme or something. It got propagated because hipsters who hate Fieri latched onto it.

I actually did the research into this article and the PA who made these claims about Fieri being homophobic worked on *THREE WHOLE SHOWS* of DDD and none of those shows featured two male owners.

Also, every single person who was quoted in the piece works for David Page. No independent sourcing, no quotes from Food Net OR Fieri himself. And even then, you're taking the PA at her word out of context.

"Those people weird me out." Does he mean those two people weirded him out, or "Those people" in general? Because the way it's said and meant can mean two different things.


2. I dislike Guy Ferry because he's an intolerable douchebag who makes up more stupid words than Rachael Ray and then proceeds to act like he's the biggest star in the room. In reality, he's the biggest shiat stain in the room.


I like how you claim about "made up words" and then use phrases like "Fox Noise" and a name he doesn't use anymore. Does it make you feel superior? You probably call CM Punk "Phil", too, don'tcha?


4.You know what else would actually turn you on to places you otherwise wouldn't have known about? The local newspaper! That's right, for the price of a day's worth of news, you too can read local reviews of local restaurants without the pretentious douchebaggery of an overpaid assclown who parades around the country in a [rented] Camaro


Ah, using the local newspaper to find restaurants. How quaint. Something like this?

BTW, as for the Fieri/Camaro reference, do you get upset when Mr. T pulls up in something that isn't a black GMC van?
 
2012-07-03 03:41:09 PM  

The_Six_Fingered_Man: El Brujo: I think the only thing I hate more than his:

- spikey frosted tips
- douchey goatee
- backwards upside down sunglasses
- fat guy flame print shirts

is the way he he says Fieri as "fietty"

Douche.

Why would you hate proper pronunciation?


Because his real name is "Ferry."
 
2012-07-03 03:41:23 PM  
Seriously? Nobody's used the term Guy "Human Cheese Fry" Fieri?
 
2012-07-03 03:41:28 PM  

WhippingBoy: "neo-hipster"?


RolandGunner: They are a post-post-Hipster Hipster, though. They are completely and non-ironically pretentious in an ironic way.


PeterPipersPickledPecker: ACTING post-hipster?


sigdiamond2000: Mocking hipsterism is the new hipsterism.


Touche` :)
 
2012-07-03 03:42:09 PM  

verbaltoxin: I stopped caring about Food Network after they canceled Molto Mario. Mario Batalli is one of the most pompous motherf*ckers alive, but damn does he know Italian cuisine.


I ate at one of his restaurants, Tarry Lodge in Port Chester, NY about 2.5 years ago. I haven't been back. The pasta sauce was very salty, but the worst was the salad was iceberg lettuce with flavorless dressing.

I'm sorry, but I expect a decent lettuce in my salad, especially at a "celebrity chef" restaurant. I didn't even want to give them a second chance.
 
2012-07-03 03:44:06 PM  
My beef with any cooking show is that once a chef gets all caught up in cooking for tv, he or she forgets the truth about cooking. Real cooking takes hours if not days. I cannot watch any contest shows because of this. The worst is Ramsey and any of his shows. Bordain was a judge on one of the contest shows and should also know better.

Things that take days? Stock from scratch will take 8 to ten hours of prep and cooking, nevermind if you cool for a day so that you can save the fat. Any bread or pastry needs time to set as part of the prep. These things just make the parts of ingredients and meals.

Anything that takes braising or BBQing is near 4-5 hours of cooking time, not counting the prep time for ingredients used.

Watch the old Iron Chefs (the cool japanese ones, not the lame american ones). You see the chefs cheat all the time with the pastries and stocks. This was the beginning of the end of cooking shows, unfortunately it was fun to watch.

/my bad for the rant, just needed to vent
 
2012-07-03 03:44:57 PM  

MattyFridays: Speaking as someone who has worked in media, the "nicer" the guy seems on TV, the faker he is in real life.

I'm just glad Alton Brown dropped the facade and just started acting on twitter and on shows like the grumpy cantankerous old man.


I've met Alton. He's tremendously nice. I wouldn't call him "cantankerous"... he kinda does that as a joke.

Met him at a book signing. He didn't just shuffle everyone through like an assembly line, rather he struck up a quick conversation with every single person. Also, did nice things like insist people with kids go first so they can get out quickly, etc.
 
2012-07-03 03:45:45 PM  

topcon: I always liked watching Jeff Smith back in the day. Thankfully he couldn't molest me through the television. Lot of his videos are on Youtube, or were a while back.

[nakedwithcooking.com image 394x273]


The frug was awesome. I still make a lot of the stuff from his Immigrant Ancestors cook book. The Ethiopian recipes were a culinary revelation for me.
 
2012-07-03 03:45:48 PM  

maram500: The_Six_Fingered_Man: El Brujo: I think the only thing I hate more than his:

- spikey frosted tips
- douchey goatee
- backwards upside down sunglasses
- fat guy flame print shirts

is the way he he says Fieri as "fietty"

Douche.

Why would you hate proper pronunciation?

Because his real name is "Ferry."


Yeah, used to be. Ferry is no longer his legal name.

He changed it when he got married to Fieri, his grandfather's last name. The proper pronunciation of which is "fietty."

Should my wife pronounce her last name as "Shiff" even though it is spelled "Young?"
 
2012-07-03 03:45:49 PM  

IrateShadow: shortymac: Ugh, I hate Guy more so than Bobby Flay.

"Oh, you have a recipe you've worked your whole life to perfect? How would you like a Food Network special? Surprise! There was no special! I'm here to upstage you!"


He's an asshole, he gets .000001 points for being honest. Guy just screams "I have no personality so I picked a persona!"
 
2012-07-03 03:46:44 PM  

MattyFridays: 2) Fieri seems to be the guy that people who like to hate Nickelback for the sake of hating Nickelback gravitate to. "IT'S COOL TO HATE THIS GUY SO I WILL DO IT AND OTHER PEOPLE WILL FIND ME COOL." It's not being cool, it means you can't think for yourself if you logically can't debate what the problem is.


No, the difference here is I can ignore Nickleback completely. However, Guy's DD&D show is an awesome concept. I *want* to watch it, but I just can't make it through because of him.

If he didn't have such a grating personality, it would be one of my favorite shows.

Its not the end of my world, but its a valid complaint.
 
2012-07-03 03:46:46 PM  

brigid_fitch: ingredients: a cup of oil, 1/4 cup of mayo


Stopped to look this up & call you out for exaggerating... GAG, you were serious, plus butter, olive oil & sugar.

I have a recipe that calls for a whole pound of butter, is amazing mushroom soup. Serves 45 tho.
 
2012-07-03 03:46:49 PM  
My entry from an older photoshop contest:

www.charliekilo.com
 
2012-07-03 03:46:57 PM  

McGrits: My beef with any cooking show is that once a chef gets all caught up in cooking for tv, he or she forgets the truth about cooking. Real cooking takes hours if not days. I cannot watch any contest shows because of this. The worst is Ramsey and any of his shows. Bordain was a judge on one of the contest shows and should also know better.

Things that take days? Stock from scratch will take 8 to ten hours of prep and cooking, nevermind if you cool for a day so that you can save the fat. Any bread or pastry needs time to set as part of the prep. These things just make the parts of ingredients and meals.

Anything that takes braising or BBQing is near 4-5 hours of cooking time, not counting the prep time for ingredients used.

Watch the old Iron Chefs (the cool japanese ones, not the lame american ones). You see the chefs cheat all the time with the pastries and stocks. This was the beginning of the end of cooking shows, unfortunately it was fun to watch.

/my bad for the rant, just needed to vent


So you want a cooking show to last hours, or days, so that they can show the entire process?
 
2012-07-03 03:47:11 PM  

Perducci: Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives can be an interesting show, but mainly because of the restaurants being featured rather than the host. Sometimes you can see a bit of contempt in the eyes of the cooks who are showing him their cooking techniques, as he inserts a little tidbit of knowledge into their presentation.

Talented cook: "And then we add some dried chipotle peppers into the sauce and we..."
Guy: "Now, you need to let that simmer for a couple of hours right? And really draw out the flavors!"
Talented cook: (Sigh) "Yes, that's right."


An even better example:

Cook: "So now we're going to mix a giant batch of batter to make pancakes with..."

*Guy dips his hands in the batter after touching his greasy hair*

Guy: "This stuff is SLAMMA BAMMA JAMMA OFF THE HOOK!"

*Cook stifles the urge to vomit and throttle the living crap out of Guy*

Cook: "If I wasn't getting so much good publicity from this show, I would have already chopped you up and buried your bones in a dumpster"

Guy: "What was that?"

Cook: "I said, 'You're so kewl, Guy!' "

Guy: "That's what I thought you said. Now shut up and watch me stuff a whole burger into my mouth and talk while eating it. I'm going to spray flecks of half eaten burger and saliva in your face, and you're going to like it, b*tch."
 
2012-07-03 03:50:35 PM  

downstairs:

I've met Alton. He's tremendously nice. I wouldn't call him "cantankerous"... he kinda does that as a joke.

Met him at a book signing. He didn't just shuffle everyone through like an assembly line, rather he struck up a quick conversation with every single person. Also, did nice things like insist people with kids go first so they can get out quickly, etc.


He posted rules of behavior on how to act when meeting him at book signings. He took his ball and went home on twitter once already. You don't think that's "cantankerous"?
 
2012-07-03 03:51:33 PM  

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: I have an idea, instead of sh*tting all over Guy, which is way too easy, how about we just throw out our favorite unknowns from our city, so that I can refer to this thread later if I'm ever in your town. Because the only thing I really care about in life is food.

I'll start:

Goodfriend beer garden in dallas. IS the sh*t.


Very well.

Bangkok Kitchen, Maumee OH. Easily the best Thai food I've ever come across, and some damn good curries as well. Staffed by a family of 1st generation Thai immigrants, absolutely insanely good. Little hole-in-the-wall joint, always packed.

The Irish Pub, Market Street, Philadelphia. fark Geno's and Pat's. These are hands-down the best cheesesteaks around. Basically tripped over the place on a weekend trip to the Mutter Museum, and it blew my mind. Superb cheesesteaks, cold Guiness, all you need to live.

American Coney Island, Detroit. Been around forever, the archetypically perfect Detroit Coney dog. Dearborn real-casing dog, plenty of sauce, crisp fries. Dirt cheap, and simply excellent.

Steel Trolley Diner, Lisbon OH. An utterly classic steel and chrome diner, out of the fifties. Not a rebuild or a later homage, this one's real, built in 1955. Hand-dipped milkshakes that are just what the doctor ordered after a hot day at Beavercreek State Park.

Coleman's Fish Market, Wheeling WVa. There's a reason this place has been around since 1914. It's just that good. It looks humble- a box of fried perch, with plastic baggies of white bread for the sandwiches, but once you try one, you'll be back. I've made 5 hour drives just for this, and regretted nothing. Their fried fish is simply spectacular- never had anything quite the same- and their clam chowder is above and beyond anything I've found anywhere else.

Mancy's Steakhouse, Toledo OH. Esquire named it one of the 40 best steakhouses in the US, and I can see why. It's a Toledo icon, putting up some phenomenal steaks since 1921. Still the only place that beats a steak I grill myself, and though pricey (a 10-ounce filet is $30), it's well worth it. There are still whispers of a past built on the back of the Purple Mob out of Detroit, and walking in Mancy's is a ticket back to smoky rooms, bootleg gin and whispered deals. Dinner for 2 can easily hit a hundred bucks, but it's worth it.
 
2012-07-03 03:52:46 PM  

MattyFridays: maram500:

1.I take claims that articles are "hit pieces" on celebrities as seriously as I do Fox Noise, which is to say I don't take them seriously at all. Just because someone's boss is gay, or has a family member who is gay, does not mean that someone isn't homophobic.

Did you actually read the article in question? If you didn't, it was written in some local free rag in Minnesota, not the NY Times or TIme or something. It got propagated because hipsters who hate Fieri latched onto it.

I actually did the research into this article and the PA who made these claims about Fieri being homophobic worked on *THREE WHOLE SHOWS* of DDD and none of those shows featured two male owners.

Also, every single person who was quoted in the piece works for David Page. No independent sourcing, no quotes from Food Net OR Fieri himself. And even then, you're taking the PA at her word out of context.

"Those people weird me out." Does he mean those two people weirded him out, or "Those people" in general? Because the way it's said and meant can mean two different things.


2. I dislike Guy Ferry because he's an intolerable douchebag who makes up more stupid words than Rachael Ray and then proceeds to act like he's the biggest star in the room. In reality, he's the biggest shiat stain in the room.


I like how you claim about "made up words" and then use phrases like "Fox Noise" and a name he doesn't use anymore. Does it make you feel superior? You probably call CM Punk "Phil", too, don'tcha?


4.You know what else would actually turn you on to places you otherwise wouldn't have known about? The local newspaper! That's right, for the price of a day's worth of news, you too can read local reviews of local restaurants without the pretentious douchebaggery of an overpaid assclown who parades around the country in a [rented] Camaro

Ah, using the local newspaper to find restaurants. How quaint. Something like this?

BTW, as for the Fieri/Camaro reference, do you get upset wh ...


1. I never said I believe the article. I simply meant that just because someone says something does not make it true--and that works both ways.

2. "Fox Noise" is a part of the American lexicon, just as "Google" is part of the lexicon. Also, since you went there: Just because someone doesn't use their real name anymore doesn't make their real name a made-up word.

4.For that egregious example, I will cite Poe's Law. (If you're unfamiliar, why don't you Google it?) And I know damn well having visited many cities around the country that many amazing local restaurants are featured in local newspapers.

I also openly despise Mr. T.
 
2012-07-03 03:53:23 PM  

shortymac: IrateShadow: shortymac: Ugh, I hate Guy more so than Bobby Flay.

"Oh, you have a recipe you've worked your whole life to perfect? How would you like a Food Network special? Surprise! There was no special! I'm here to upstage you!"

He's an asshole, he gets .000001 points for being honest. Guy just screams "I have no personality so I picked a persona!"


The weird thing is, Flay used to grate on me but BECAUSE he's so honest, he's grown on me and I can respect that.

Besides, Flay didn't exactly have a hugely winning record on Throwdown. I think the reason they stopped doing it was BECAUSE he was losing so much.
 
2012-07-03 03:54:40 PM  

McGrits: Real cooking takes hours if not days. I


That's simply not true.

Making stock is prep work and making bread is baking. Neither of those two things are "real cooking."

You're talking about generating ingredients. What you do with them afterwards is the "real cooking" and the notion that you need to take hours or days to make a meal is absurd, if that was true, no restaurant in the world would exist.
 
2012-07-03 03:54:46 PM  

maram500: I also openly despise Mr. T..


I can no longer debate with you. Good day, Sir.
 
2012-07-03 03:56:20 PM  

The Homer Tax: rustypouch: More like 'this is what out of touch corporations thought was cool.'

But it will still be a combination of hilarious and regretful.

Can I side rant about "The Next Food Network Star" (where we go Guy Fieri from) for a second? Yes, I admit to watching it, and no, I'm not proud. It fascinates and infuriates me for some reason. First of all, I think we're over-saturated with "Food Network Stars" I don't know that we need a contest to find the "Next" one every farking year.

Second, the whole notion of having a "story" or whatever is over-done, hacky, and pointless. Maybe I'm completely out of touch, or maybe the Food Network suits are - but farking one of us are. If I hear another contrived story about "Grandma's favorite [food conveniently at the center of this challenge, weird]" or "The time mom and I conviently[utilized the cooking method of this challenge, funny that]" I'm going to barf. It's obviously so made up and so contrived that no one could possibly think it's real, right?

I don't know, maybe I'm just bitter because the booted the one chick on this show who I actually found interesting in favor of one who "dedicated this [burger] to [my baby sister] for [some obviously contrived reason]"


1000% that. I hate how Bob Tush-lover and Suzy with the just-been-f*cked-hair keep telling the contestants to focus on these hackneyed "backstories". Screw that - the food should the focus. I don't give 4 1/2 f*cks if you were born with two vaginas and raised by garden gnomes. All I care is that you can show me how to cook something new, inexpensive and awesome. That's it. Everything else is just vanity.
 
2012-07-03 03:56:43 PM  

maram500: I also openly despise Mr. T.



Commie.
 
2012-07-03 03:56:52 PM  

MattyFridays: maram500: I also openly despise Mr. T..

I can no longer debate with you. Good day, Sir.


So...I win? Yay!
 
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