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2012-12-30 12:57:26 PM
Forget all that! New season of Antiques Roadshow stars in a couple weeks!
 
2012-12-30 01:27:48 PM
 
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2012-12-30 03:34:44 PM
Anyone who uses the word "foodie" deserves punch in the throat.
 
2012-12-30 04:37:22 PM
We watch the show every week and it kills me that each reviewer has a giant goblet of wine and they never touch it. Never.
 
2012-12-30 05:06:50 PM

downstairs: Barack Obama on "Check Please!"


Was that filmed in Kenya?
 
2012-12-30 05:15:56 PM

Lionel Mandrake: downstairs: Barack Obama on "Check Please!"

Was that filmed in Kenya?


Haha.... was actually Chicago (as you may have guessed).... "Check Please" has been on in Chicago since the mid/late 90s I believe, don't know if they were the first version of the show.
 
2012-12-30 05:24:02 PM
What about that other new show, "Adam Richman Eats His Own Legs With BBQ Sauce"?
 
2012-12-30 05:28:17 PM
Doesn't hurt that the original show is hosted by Alpana Singh, who's really good at talking food without talking down about it (she's a master sommelier, one of the youngest ever). Can't wait to see what her restaurant is like whenever it finally opens.
 
2012-12-30 05:29:17 PM
Editor: This is a joke, right? I mean this is the stupidest thing I've ever read!
Homer: What's wrong with it?
Editor: You keep using words like "pasghetti" and "momatoes," you make numerous threatening references to the UN, and at the end you repeat the words "Screw Flanders" over and over again.
 
2012-12-30 05:29:58 PM
Scratch that, I'm sorry; I somehow missed that The Boarding House has actually opened.
 
2012-12-30 05:37:42 PM

dletter: Lionel Mandrake: downstairs: Barack Obama on "Check Please!"

Was that filmed in Kenya?

Haha.... was actually Chicago (as you may have guessed).... "Check Please" has been on in Chicago since the mid/late 90s I believe, don't know if they were the first version of the show.


Yep, Chicago started it (WTTW Channel 11).  Obama was actually on the first season of the show (2001)
 
2012-12-30 05:38:14 PM
Two things... I thought it was "Check Please- Bay Area"
also, it's a TV show? wow, I'll be damned.
 
2012-12-30 05:39:01 PM
Ignore me, dletter answered my questions I think.
 
2012-12-30 05:39:02 PM

dletter: Lionel Mandrake: downstairs: Barack Obama on "Check Please!"

Was that filmed in Kenya?

Haha.... was actually Chicago (as you may have guessed).... "Check Please" has been on in Chicago since the mid/late 90s I believe, don't know if they were the first version of the show.


Also, the Obama episode (for whatever reason- he wasn't all that famous at the time) was never aired.
 
2012-12-30 05:41:42 PM

downstairs: dletter: Lionel Mandrake: downstairs: Barack Obama on "Check Please!"

Was that filmed in Kenya?

Haha.... was actually Chicago (as you may have guessed).... "Check Please" has been on in Chicago since the mid/late 90s I believe, don't know if they were the first version of the show.

Also, the Obama episode (for whatever reason- he wasn't all that famous at the time) was never aired.


As I remember, it was the pilot and they were still working on it so was never meant to air.
 
2012-12-30 05:43:22 PM

JosephFinn: downstairs: dletter: Lionel Mandrake: downstairs: Barack Obama on "Check Please!"

Was that filmed in Kenya?

Haha.... was actually Chicago (as you may have guessed).... "Check Please" has been on in Chicago since the mid/late 90s I believe, don't know if they were the first version of the show.

Also, the Obama episode (for whatever reason- he wasn't all that famous at the time) was never aired.

As I remember, it was the pilot and they were still working on it so was never meant to air.


So, it was truly a "lost episode" (that is how it is shown in the YT clips, looks like they showed it right after he got inaugurated).
 
2012-12-30 05:43:35 PM
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Obscure?
 
2012-12-30 05:48:15 PM

downstairs: dletter: Lionel Mandrake: downstairs: Barack Obama on "Check Please!"

Was that filmed in Kenya?

Haha.... was actually Chicago (as you may have guessed).... "Check Please" has been on in Chicago since the mid/late 90s I believe, don't know if they were the first version of the show.

Also, the Obama episode (for whatever reason- he wasn't all that famous at the time) was never aired.


What a cool story the other people who filmed with him have now, though.
 
2012-12-30 05:51:22 PM

dletter: JosephFinn: downstairs: dletter: Lionel Mandrake: downstairs: Barack Obama on "Check Please!"

Was that filmed in Kenya?

Haha.... was actually Chicago (as you may have guessed).... "Check Please" has been on in Chicago since the mid/late 90s I believe, don't know if they were the first version of the show.

Also, the Obama episode (for whatever reason- he wasn't all that famous at the time) was never aired.

As I remember, it was the pilot and they were still working on it so was never meant to air.

So, it was truly a "lost episode" (that is how it is shown in the YT clips, looks like they showed it right after he got inaugurated).


Yep, I believe all of these are true.  And, indeed, it was unearthed after he was inaugurated (2009).
 
2012-12-30 05:53:26 PM
BTW, its not a "foodie talk show" really.  Kinda the opposite.  They get normal people or somewhat well-known locals to review restaurants.  Good concept.  I've moved from Chicago, so I don't get to see it anymore.  It wasn't the greatest in production value, but it wasn't pretentious at all.
 
2012-12-30 06:03:55 PM
News flash: fat people like tv
 
2012-12-30 06:16:50 PM
Sounds like the name of a bad British TV show from the 80's.
 
2012-12-30 06:25:07 PM
Huh, I assumed it was a Chicago-only thing. What a great idea spreading it to other cities!
 
2012-12-30 06:30:46 PM
I don't watch a lot of PBS, but when I lived in Chicago, "Check, Please!" was one of the shows I'd sit down and watch if I happened across it. It was a great opportunity to learn about new places I probably would have never heard of otherwise.
 
2012-12-30 06:52:43 PM

DBrandisNC: Sounds like the name of a bad British TV show from the 80's.


They showed it right after Keeping Up Apperances
 
2012-12-30 07:25:02 PM

JosephFinn: Doesn't hurt that the original show is hosted by Alpana Singh, who's really good at talking food without talking down about it (she's a master sommelier, one of the youngest ever). Can't wait to see what her restaurant is like whenever it finally opens.


It's already open:
Hours and location here
 
2012-12-30 08:51:10 PM
Ww have a Kansas City version. It's pretty enjoyable. They have recommendations for families, which is what I like the best. Fun show.
 
2012-12-30 08:59:15 PM
So this thread got me interested, I have rarely watched to show.

And I go to its local web site.

And I see there's an episode for a restaurant I pass on my daily commute.

Pueblito Viejo, N Lincoln Ave in Chicago, a Columbian restaurant.

And I've always wondered about the place. It looks dismal. Do people actually eat there?

And check out the video, it is a happening dance place in the evening! Kind of a big deal!

Fun!
 
2012-12-30 09:22:22 PM

Uchiha_Cycliste: Two things... I thought it was "Check Please- Bay Area"
also, it's a TV show? wow, I'll be damned.


Check Please Bay Area is the edition from KQED. Various PBS affiliates have their own versions of the show, but they're all essentially the same format.

Not all of the hosts are as drunk as Leslie Sbrocco, unfortunately.
 
2012-12-30 10:39:38 PM

downstairs: BTW, its not a "foodie talk show" really. Kinda the opposite. They get normal people or somewhat well-known locals to review restaurants. Good concept. I've moved from Chicago, so I don't get to see it anymore. It wasn't the greatest in production value, but it wasn't pretentious at all


I'm not sure if it's still the case but in the past there has been a terrible (if they happen to show a restaurant you go to regularly and like) tendency for a "Check Please" effect whereby restaurants on that show are slammed for a few months afterwards. It can come back on a rerun too. There's one place I basically had to stop going to because they started having 2 hour waits on the weekends for a table for 2 (no reservations) after the Check Please aired, and those waits never really seemed to stop.
 
2012-12-30 10:51:04 PM
That headline put me to sleep.
 
2012-12-30 11:37:46 PM
The Arizona version production values are really nice. I am thinking there are some extra credit assignments for some ASU TV production majors.
 
2012-12-30 11:52:15 PM

MrEricSir: Uchiha_Cycliste: Two things... I thought it was "Check Please- Bay Area"
also, it's a TV show? wow, I'll be damned.

Check Please Bay Area is the edition from KQED. Various PBS affiliates have their own versions of the show, but they're all essentially the same format.

Not all of the hosts are as drunk as Leslie Sbrocco, unfortunately.


Thanks for the info, I had no idea the show (until this thread) that the show was in more places than KQED.. or that all the other hosts were so boring.
 
2012-12-31 12:01:42 AM

jaytkay: So this thread got me interested, I have rarely watched to show.

And I go to its local web site.

And I see there's an episode for a restaurant I pass on my daily commute.

Pueblito Viejo, N Lincoln Ave in Chicago, a Columbian restaurant.

And I've always wondered about the place. It looks dismal. Do people actually eat there?

And check out the video, it is a happening dance place in the evening! Kind of a big deal!

Fun!


You live close to me (lawrence and rockwell) have not been in there and don't think I've ever noticed it until I just mapped it, will check it out.
 
2012-12-31 12:35:32 AM

MrEricSir: Uchiha_Cycliste: Two things... I thought it was "Check Please- Bay Area"
also, it's a TV show? wow, I'll be damned.

Check Please Bay Area is the edition from KQED. Various PBS affiliates have their own versions of the show, but they're all essentially the same format.

Not all of the hosts are as drunk as Leslie Sbrocco, unfortunately.


I also thought this was only a Bay Area thing. I, like many San Franciscans, assume the world revolves around us. I dig Leslie, though she's guilty of overgesticulating, waving her arms around like she's conducting an orchestra.
 
2012-12-31 08:13:21 AM
Good for them. Since they're making money with it, how about pay us back some of that tax money you've been sucking out of our pockets for the last 5 decades (or thereabouts). I'm talking to you, PBS.

/dnra.
 
2012-12-31 12:32:50 PM

Tumunga: Good for them. Since they're making money with it, how about pay us back some of that tax money you've been sucking out of our pockets for the last 5 decades (or thereabouts). I'm talking to you, PBS.


How *will* you spend that $1.35?

/Average, per-person tax burden for the portion of the budget used for PBS.
 
2012-12-31 03:39:01 PM

hubcity: Tumunga: Good for them. Since they're making money with it, how about pay us back some of that tax money you've been sucking out of our pockets for the last 5 decades (or thereabouts). I'm talking to you, PBS.

How *will* you spend that $1.35?

/Average, per-person tax burden for the portion of the budget used for PBS.


I can *purchase* 4 cans of Showboat spaghetti with it.

/Average, per my household, of dinner for 4 days.
//People who place words *between* astericks, are dicks.
 
2012-12-31 10:43:23 PM

downstairs: dletter: JosephFinn: downstairs: dletter: Lionel Mandrake: downstairs: Barack Obama on "Check Please!"

Was that filmed in Kenya?

Haha.... was actually Chicago (as you may have guessed).... "Check Please" has been on in Chicago since the mid/late 90s I believe, don't know if they were the first version of the show.

Also, the Obama episode (for whatever reason- he wasn't all that famous at the time) was never aired.

As I remember, it was the pilot and they were still working on it so was never meant to air.

So, it was truly a "lost episode" (that is how it is shown in the YT clips, looks like they showed it right after he got inaugurated).

Yep, I believe all of these are true.  And, indeed, it was unearthed after he was inaugurated (2009).


No it wasn't the pilot, but it was very early on, and they intentionally didn't show it because he dominated the conversation. Someone also said that they never drink the wine? There are a couple of Chicago shows that never made it on the air because at least one of the people on the show got tanked.
 
2012-12-31 10:51:34 PM
This librarian's sister I used to work was on that show (Chicago).

/I dig it
 
2013-01-01 11:47:09 AM
Subby forgot the comma and the exclamation point
 
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