h

HarryK's Profile

Title Last Reply

Batali, Paltrow & Bittman in Spain...

Maybe I'm mistaken. Problem is a Google search turned up lists of Mario's America restaurants only (yes, that could be because he only has them in the US) but so many pages list one or three restaurants it's tough to find something very complete. As there's no mention of any on his site either, yep, perhaps I was confusing Casa Mono. Though I would have sworn I heard (misheard?) he partnered with someone in Spain. If true (which now I'm starting to doubt) I can't prove it.

Aug 31, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

Ask Aida--Why so quiet?

Ok, let's take the guy out of the equation. So, Aida is supposed to every two minutes say, speaking of butter, I recall verbatim a butter question from so-and-so from nebraska who asked. And two minutes later, flour, I recall a flour question from Timmy in Nova Scotia. Wait while this burns I have a video to show you sent in.

Naw ... sorry, I don't see how that would ever work. I think the Noah guy fielding things as they come us is unique and works very well with the premise.

Aug 31, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

Ask Aida--Why so quiet?

>>> There must be some rule in the food media that everything has to be geared to 20-somethings

Interesting. And here I was thinking this is the first 20-something food show in years. I mean Giada, Elle Kruger Rachel are in their thirties. Flay, Batali and the rest are in their 40s. Puck is in his 60s (at least?).

I have no idea what other food shows are geared to the 20-somethings on any channel now. Which other ones are there?

Aug 31, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

Batali, Paltrow & Bittman in Spain...

Mario has had a restaurant in Spain for a few years now actually.

Aug 31, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

Batali, Paltrow & Bittman in Spain...

I understand she's a long-time foodie. And that's supposedly how she and Mario first got together.

Aug 31, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

Rocco DiSpirito on Dancing with the Stars

LMAO!!!

Agred. It's only a matter of time.

I just found out the other night there's a reality show on -- I swear this is true -- and I wish it wasn't -- with the actress who played Marsha Brady, Carrie Wilson and Bobby Brown running an inn in the country together. *sigh*

Aug 31, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

Rocco DiSpirito on Dancing with the Stars

That is funny, LindaWhit, that you compared Rocoo to the Kardashians because I was thinking the exact same thing.

Watching "The Soup" the other night, Joel McHale was saying how they couldn't admit (joke) Kim Kardasian to the hospital when she stepped on glass because she left the occupation line of her admittance form empty.

... And that made me think of Rocco here. How many people are famous for no reason and with "job" other than being famous? Paris Hilton. The chick who's doing diet food commercials because she was on Survivor five years ago or something. And they all get reality shows.

Rocco is the first from the culinary world but otherwise just another character in a long line of "ain't got no job 'cept being famous is my job" people who for some reason people watch and (even here) talk about.

Aug 31, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

Ming Tsai...

>>> Fuser, while we were there the talk was about a new series of 'East Meets West' episodes in the making...His website would have announcements about it.

Um, maybe I'm the one who's confused but I would swear East Meets West was the name of his Food Network show. Where as Simply Ming is the name of the PBS show and is in it's 6th to 8th season ... no?

Aug 31, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

Sushi DNA Testing Uncovers Fraud

I know, we could call it the FDA!

Aug 31, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

Sushi DNA Testing Uncovers Fraud

You know things like *this* could would be a much more practical thing for Tim Allan and his "Food Detectives" to do then those lame food myths. Provide and *actual* service instead of nonsense.

Not as entertaining, one might say? And yet how many decades have shows like 60 Minutes and Dateline held top ratings spots by being informative!

Aug 31, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

Olive Garden: Undeserved Reputation?

Agreed. Here in Philly if I want a "real Italian meal" there's South Philly and a lots of good places in Center City too. All "authentic". Since this was my brother and I running erands at various shopping centers in the Northeast (about 16-20 miles from Center City and South Philly) we just wanted a bite and said "let's try this out".

I *was* almost expecting bland, tasteless food. Shocked it was fresh and often spicy. Nope it's not a place I would take a date or throw a party. Hell no. But was it tasty? Yep. I'd go back again.

Aug 21, 2008
HarryK in Chains

Olive Garden: Undeserved Reputation?

This is one of those threads I know starting a lot of folks are going to hurl nasty things my way (lol), but bring it on! :)

I've avoided the Olive Garden like the plague forever. Why? Chefs on television and foodie forums. I've always heard the same thing. "An Italian restaurant chain that says Americans can't handle garlic. Insane!"

I remember an episode of Simply Ming where he had a guest chef on and they talked about when they were young and just got out of culinary school, and this chain was starting, Olive Garden and they almost went there until they heard about a no-garlic and very very little garlic rule. Ming even said while nudging his buddy with an elbow "We dodged that bullet, didn't we?" And they both chuckled and went "whew!"

And I've heard similiar things here and elsewhere. Then, lately, I've heard from some relatives and a friend that it's pretty good. Well, I figured bad palettes they must have. And then I realized I was making THAT ultimate mistake. Not trying it out and making my own decision.

So I had lunch there yesterday with my brother and .... I enjoyed it! That's right. It was quite good. More over, the so called "vanilla-ing" and "down playing" of garlic and such. Uh-uh. Absolutely the opposite!

Had an appetizer that was basically a crostini made of grilled flatbread with cheese, diced tomatoes, basil and garlic. Plenty of garlic. Yum.

Then did the soup and salad and breadsticks deal. The breadsticks were loaded with garlic. The first soup had garlic in it. The salad had whole (deseeded and devaned) Anaheim green chiles in it. The second bowl of soup was incredibly hot. My brother thought it was in the sausage, I said nope it's the actual broth. Turned out to be *lots* of ground red pepper flakes.

And all of it was very good. Too good; we both left there having feeling a tad bloated and over-eating. So ....

All of this Olive Garden sucks because no garlic, no spice, taking it all down? Either they've radically changed their menu and cooking or ... well, I'm glad I used my head (and stomach) and tried it out for myself instead of continuing my avoidance of it because of all I've heard from chefs and foodies. Again, first time there and they hit you in the face with it all. So, did they change things and bring it up to real tastes? Or for some reason have I been listening to a bunch of bull all this time? Or, do some of you still think -- from hearing things or from your experience -- that OG sucks?

All I know is I'll go back to it again for sure.

Aug 19, 2008
HarryK in Chains

Do you drink bottled water (even if the tap water is safe)?

I, as well as my friends in Philly all do the same thing. Get a 20 oz soda bottle, fill it with tap, keep it in the frig, take it out when we go. Period.

Aug 19, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

Food Network Chefs

Best chef - Bobby Flay
Most overrated chef - (or cook) Rachel Ray
Most charismatic - Flay
Best show - Iron Chef America, followed by the old Irvinesque Dinner: Impossible.
Worst show - "Semi-Cooking" (snicker) with Sandra Lee
Chef you'd most like to eat with - Mario Batali (off FN, Daniel Boulud)
Chef you'd most like to drink with - Flay (off FN, Anthony Bourdain)
Chef you'd most like to learn from - Flay or Tyler Florence

What type of show is missing from the Food Network: Cooking shows? LOL Ok, that was a shot. Um, regional cuisines from around the world. Would love to see more Caribbean, Indian, Southeast Asian plus all the other places no matter how little, which might not deserve entire shows to them, but certainly many episodes of shows.

Aug 19, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

Ask Aida--Why so quiet?

Summer lull. Vacations. Yadda yadda.

Aug 18, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

Big Daddy's House - today's episode

jgg13, total agreement; I'm sure if's purposeful. And probably very nature for Aaron the home cook. Still I'm sure he did it the "other" way when working at the hospital kitchens.

Aug 18, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

Big Daddy's House - today's episode

I dunno. I think cooking professionals tend to get more weird about the hands. I think at-home cooks are used to doing it. Like it or not, Big Daddy is a show directed to the at-home cook, so while many might find that a public no-no as it's on television, it's being "down home" and "real" to the home cook.

To be honest, I find it bizarre looking when you see the master chefs putting dressing around the sides of bowls and then either flipping the bowl repeatedly to coat the lettuce, or something I saw a week ago where a chef was laboriously putting one lettuce leaf in at a time with tongs into the bowl of coated dressing. I was like: dude, you got gloves on your hand, stick them in. It's lettuce not freaking acid! hehe

Aug 18, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

ICA: Battle Melon (spoiler)

Well this can't be a spoiler since both the 9pm and midnight airings are long gone on both coasts. (Still if you haven't seen it yet, don't read this until afterwards.)

Wow. Another very interesting one with the melons and also the spin on the required frozen component per dish!

Lots of complexity. Lots of interesting concepts and flavor combinations. Very close battle. And yea, a Philly chef won! (My home town, plus Philadelphia always gets lost by the culinary elitists of near by NYC. So, hahaha, in your face New York!)

To no suprise there would be one or two "carpaccios". One or two cold soups. And one or two something with ham/serrento/prosciutto and there were. But even there, interesting combinations. The shaved melon was interesting. Avacaco and honey dew shake was a wild surprise.

Flay continues to do well way outside his big beef and spice comfort zone, which I think is a testament to his skill. And Garces really showed he's a true talent. All in all a very enjoyable show.

Aug 18, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

Take Home Chef

Ironically he changed that this season. (And ironically now it's apparently cancelled and gone. No, I make no assertions the two are at all connected.)

Aug 18, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

Tilapia (farm-raised) now bad to eat?

I think you must be cooking it wrong. Lovely tasting fish, IMHO.

Aug 14, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

Chiles' Negative Effects on Memory?

Tsk, tsk! Never blame the beer! :)

Reminds me of that old Irish joke. An Irishman goes to pub, has rye and water, gets drunk, wakes up the next day outside the pub and goes home. Next night he has whisky and water, same thing happens. Third night scotch and water, same thing happens. On the fourth night he goes in tells the bartender "I learned me lesson. Give me something that's got no water in it. That stuff will kill ya!"

Cheers!

Aug 14, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

Diners, Drive-ins, Dives, and Disgusting

So cooking show and a food show ... represents the chain's on commercials and the mom and pops on the show ... slimy? Sounds to me the guy (pun intended) just has all his bases covered. I'd say that's pretty damned smart.

Aug 14, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

Bobby Flay mouthing the catchphrase to Throwdown

Another interesting thing. When the competitor wins, Flay begins, and then they complete the sentence. When he wins the throwdown, he says the entire sentence himself.

I'm guessing cause after they've lost they probably aren't thrilled to plug the show at the end; that or the producers probably save them the embarassment. Just a theory.

Aug 13, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

Big Daddy's House Premieres Sunday

No idea. It's possible the show I saw was a rerun. Thought it was a new one. Dunno.

Aug 13, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

What is your favorite chef worth a year?

Emeril got $50 million in February from Martha Stewart and doesn't get a listing? Let alone the top??? Hello, Forbes! Do your homework! (Ah, someone said that already. hehe Oh well, worth repeating.)

This is not the first time I've seen skewed results. Here's a link to an April article that showed both British and American chefs and their worth. http://www.tvchefsblog.com/celebrity_... Even that was totally messed up

Other gripes, between television, products and restaurants in places like Dubai Ramsay is down for only 7.5M? In the link I gave above he's on their six months ago he's listed as 126M (adjusted from pounds). So gimme a break!

Aug 13, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

No One's Watching Emeril Green?

Why next thing you know they'll stop putting videos on MTV ... Oh, wait, that happened a decade ago. LOL

Aug 13, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

Diners, Drive-ins, Dives, and Disgusting

>>> Even "the news" isn't always 100% truthful.

LOL! Ain't that the truth! Especially their commercials for "news at 11".

Scrapple probably is quite good deep fried; will have to try it that way one of these days.

Oh, one more thought I had about The Dining Car. There were a *lot* of elderly eating there who eat there almost every night, or minimum once a week. It reminded me -- LOL this is awful but true, it very much reminded me -- of episodes of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares where the failing restaurant will have "a lot of white and blue hairs" (Ramsay's words). And he'll taste the food and go bleck. And he'll get some other folks in and they go bleck.

But the "old" longtime customers think it's wonderful and he has to explain to the owner, "do you want the same 20 people in here every day, who over the next bunch of years will get fewer and fewer? Or do you want this place turning over 150 seats every Friday night and you actually make money and you don't lose your restaurant and your house?"

Aug 13, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

Diners, Drive-ins, Dives, and Disgusting

Oops, misinterpreted that one. :)

Aug 13, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

Cooking show called "The Best"

I think you hit that one on the head. Most of our (US) cooking shows are hosted by "cooking personalities". Not enough real, actual chefs. That's why we tend to love it those rare times a chef gets a show. And when they do it's more often on our Public Broadcasting Service, not usually the Food Network -- though with their recent addition of new programs with chef Anne Burrell and in a couple weeks, chef Alexandra Guarnaschel, we tend to celebrate those occasions.

Aug 13, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News

Ted Allen's New Show on The Food Network

I may have missed this, but did anyone else say or notice that it seems Ted Allen is yelling at the camera? I watched episode three last night (ug) and it seemed he wasn't so much talking as trying to holler his info across the camera to you.

Aug 13, 2008
HarryK in Food Media & News