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  • Post #271 - July 1st, 2023, 11:33 pm
    Post #271 - July 1st, 2023, 11:33 pm Post #271 - July 1st, 2023, 11:33 pm
    polster wrote:Also, Rick Bayless thinks the show has turned the restaurant industry as a career 20yrs back by showing the ugly side of the business.
    “If you’re a mother of a teenage boy that’s watching that show and he goes, ‘Mom, I want to work in restaurants,’ would you let him?” Bayless said at the event. “No you wouldn’t. That’s like the worst profession in the world.”

    https://chicago.eater.com/2023/6/23/237 ... inion-hulu . . .

    Other than his unfortunate, ill-advised dalliance with Burger King, I have nothing but mad respect for Rick Bayless but c'mon. No one should be making any life decisions, relying even loosely, on a piece of television fiction. Whether the world therein is depicted favorably or negatively, that's not just a sensible or wise basis for decision making.

    =R=
    Same planet, different world
  • Post #272 - July 1st, 2023, 11:51 pm
    Post #272 - July 1st, 2023, 11:51 pm Post #272 - July 1st, 2023, 11:51 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    polster wrote:Also, Rick Bayless thinks the show has turned the restaurant industry as a career 20yrs back by showing the ugly side of the business.
    “If you’re a mother of a teenage boy that’s watching that show and he goes, ‘Mom, I want to work in restaurants,’ would you let him?” Bayless said at the event. “No you wouldn’t. That’s like the worst profession in the world.”

    https://chicago.eater.com/2023/6/23/237 ... inion-hulu . . .

    Other than his unfortunate, ill-advised dalliance with Burger King, I have nothing but mad respect for Rick Bayless but c'mon. No one should be making any life decisions based on a piece of television fiction. Whether the world therein is depicted favorably or negatively, that's not just a sensible or wise basis for decision making.

    =R=


    I agree, but for a career outside of the head chefs and waiters at fancy restaurants the rest of the labor makes very little money and struggles. This is not a career for most who go into the food industry to gain a foothold into the middle class and beyond. It reminds me of people who go to college and choose humanities as their major and then wonder why they cant get a job with a college degree and being $100k in debt.

    People who go into the food industry have to love this career and money should be a secondary thing to think about. My issue is more about life in general should not be about working for a narcist with a Napoleon complex who makes great food but treats human beings as a disposable thing. Those who work for someone needs to understand the purpose of a job is to make money first and passion second.. There is a lot of passionate painters, musicians, chefs, etc. who are broke AF..
  • Post #273 - July 3rd, 2023, 8:17 pm
    Post #273 - July 3rd, 2023, 8:17 pm Post #273 - July 3rd, 2023, 8:17 pm
    Mary Berry's Fantastic Feasts is on WTTW right now. She has three different beginner cooks than she did last week. I just watched the Great American Recipe too, and as far as I can see, they still have not eliminated any of the eight contestants. I am sure both of these shows will be shown again on WTTW this week.
  • Post #274 - July 9th, 2023, 6:22 am
    Post #274 - July 9th, 2023, 6:22 am Post #274 - July 9th, 2023, 6:22 am
    For those watching The Bear, this deep dive into Carmy's cookbook collection has a great full list at the end:
    https://www.foodandwine.com/all-the-coo ... ar-7557548
  • Post #275 - July 15th, 2023, 6:24 pm
    Post #275 - July 15th, 2023, 6:24 pm Post #275 - July 15th, 2023, 6:24 pm
    Baking it is on NBC right now, with Myra Rudolph and Amy Poehler. Tonight is the first episode. I think it first appeared on Peacock. It is on Saturdays at 7:00pm.
  • Post #276 - July 18th, 2023, 4:38 pm
    Post #276 - July 18th, 2023, 4:38 pm Post #276 - July 18th, 2023, 4:38 pm
    NFriday wrote:Mary Berry's Fantastic Feasts is on WTTW right now. She has three different beginner cooks than she did last week. I just watched the Great American Recipe too, and as far as I can see, they still have not eliminated any of the eight contestants. I am sure both of these shows will be shown again on WTTW this week.

    How is Great American Recipe? It sounds interesting but I've never seen it.
    Another PBS food show that I want to watch but haven't is Family Ingredients. Not sure if it's on WTTW, but it's on the app.
  • Post #277 - July 20th, 2023, 2:01 am
    Post #277 - July 20th, 2023, 2:01 am Post #277 - July 20th, 2023, 2:01 am
    Has anybody watched Gordon Ramsey's Food Stars on Fox yet? The show has 16 contestants that are all in the food business. There are three contestants from Chicago. One of the contestants owns Fat Milk, which sells Vietnamese coffee beans. Another contestant owns Provare restaurant, which is located on Chicago Ave. in Chicago. The third Chicago contestant owns Tony B's Steak Chips company. The show reminds me a lot of celebrity apprentice. Tonight they had two different teams that opened up popup coffee shops right next to each other. One of the teams was marked down because they did not sell decaf coffee, and the second team was marked down because they did not offer any iced coffee. The person that got eliminated this week, deserved to be. The last person to remain wins $250,000.
  • Post #278 - July 25th, 2023, 4:46 pm
    Post #278 - July 25th, 2023, 4:46 pm Post #278 - July 25th, 2023, 4:46 pm
    I have never heard of the show Family Ingredients. I am not sure if WTTW shows it.

    I watched the Great American Recipe again last night, but I did not watch the whole show. I am a big fan of the Wall, and so I also watched that show. All eight of the contestants are still on the show. I think they are all going to be on the show next week, and then in two weeks they have the finale, which is going to have less contestants.

    Last night all of the contestants had to submit one of their recipes, and another contestant had to make the recipe. Everyone had the option of asking the person that submitted the recipe for help if they were having problems with the recipe. The person making the recipe could also tweak the recipe if they wanted to.

    One of the contestants submitted a recipe for cheese scones, and the person that had to prepare the recipe had never made any scones before. All of the contestants are good cooks.
  • Post #279 - July 26th, 2023, 7:21 am
    Post #279 - July 26th, 2023, 7:21 am Post #279 - July 26th, 2023, 7:21 am
    mamagotcha wrote:Wow, this darkly comic series just throws you into the deep end of a busy restaurant kitchen. The whole thing is a marvelous love letter to Chicago and food, and especially Chicago food. I've only seen one episode but I feel confident that pretty much everyone in this forum would enjoy it, and I wanted to get it onto your radar right away.

    “The Bear” is among relatively few TV shows that truly lean into a Chicago setting: In addition to copious shots of elevated trains and city skylines, there are nods to local culture hallmarks ranging from the obvious (Scottie Pippen, Bill Murray, Vienna Beef hot dogs) to the deeper cuts (Harold Ramis, Pequod’s Pizza, Margie’s Candies). Some of network television’s most popular procedural shows are set here — “Chicago Med,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.” — but like so many Chicago stories on TV, they use the city for its unmarked, adaptable qualities: It is a metropolis big enough to accommodate any type of person or story, big enough that viewers do not expect to be offered quaint local color, and yet not culturally defined in the American mind in the ways New York City and Los Angeles are. Chicago is in the sweet spot, asking for no explanation, happy to serve as a kind of median city. Insofar as it does have a national reputation, it is as an unpretentious workhorse of a place: the “City of the Big Shoulders,” the city Nelson Algren compared to loving a woman with a broken nose. (“You may well find lovelier lovelies. But never a lovely so real.”) The sort of place a restless, plucky Midwesterner like Carmy would leave in order to pursue his ambitions, hoping to prove something to everyone back home — and the sort of place he would return to, stoic and remote, to dole out unglamorous sandwiches from a broken-nosed kind of shop.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2023/07/26/maga ... icago.html
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #280 - August 8th, 2023, 4:30 pm
    Post #280 - August 8th, 2023, 4:30 pm Post #280 - August 8th, 2023, 4:30 pm
    I just watched both seasons of "The Bear".

    I thought it was really well done. Unique, intriguing, interesting characters, sometimes painful, but overall really well done. Felt real. I think people should stick with it and watch it until the end.

    That review from The Reader.... just.... give me a break? With all of the terrible shows out there, get off your high horse and enjoy the rare homage to Chicago.

    And it reminded me I need to go back to Kasama, if no other reason than to get the Breakfast sandwich - with longanisa/egg/cheese, and get the hash browns, and add it to the sandwich before taking a bite. If I can even get my mouth around that...
  • Post #281 - August 8th, 2023, 8:52 pm
    Post #281 - August 8th, 2023, 8:52 pm Post #281 - August 8th, 2023, 8:52 pm
    They just had the finale for the Great American Recipe last night. The top three contestants competed for the grand prize, and the person that won it, I was kind of surprised that he won it. His family is Jewish, but they immigrated from Libya, and I just looked it up, and currently they are no Jews living in Libya. At one point there were 30,000 Jewish people in the country.
  • Post #282 - August 8th, 2023, 9:29 pm
    Post #282 - August 8th, 2023, 9:29 pm Post #282 - August 8th, 2023, 9:29 pm
    NFriday wrote:They just had the finale for the Great American Recipe last night. The top three contestants competed for the grand prize, and the person that won it, I was kind of surprised that he won it. His family is Jewish, but they immigrated from Libya, and I just looked it up, and currently they are no Jews living in Libya. At one point there were 30,000 Jewish people in the country.

    I thought he was a good selection.

    Regards,
    CAthy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #283 - August 9th, 2023, 12:57 am
    Post #283 - August 9th, 2023, 12:57 am Post #283 - August 9th, 2023, 12:57 am
    Has anybody been watching Baking It on NBC? Four grannies are the judges. They started out with eight contestants. One of the grannies has won 150 blue ribbons
  • Post #284 - August 9th, 2023, 7:36 am
    Post #284 - August 9th, 2023, 7:36 am Post #284 - August 9th, 2023, 7:36 am
    NFriday wrote:His family is Jewish, but they immigrated from Libya, and I just looked it up, and currently they are no Jews living in Libya. At one point there were 30,000 Jewish people in the country.


    Fun fact, Italo Balbo (for whom our local street is named) was assigned to govern Libya in the years leading up to WWII, when it was an Italian colony. Under his authority the small Jewish community did not endure the war years well.
  • Post #285 - August 25th, 2023, 7:37 am
    Post #285 - August 25th, 2023, 7:37 am Post #285 - August 25th, 2023, 7:37 am
    ‘The Bear’ Effect: Chicago Restaurants Featured In Show See Traffic Skyrocket

    Chefs and owners say the hit FX series has been good for business and great for the city’s reputation as a food town that has it all, from Michelin-star menus to Italian beef.

    https://blockclubchicago.org/2023/08/25 ... skyrocket/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #286 - September 16th, 2023, 12:48 pm
    Post #286 - September 16th, 2023, 12:48 pm Post #286 - September 16th, 2023, 12:48 pm
    CNN is going to start showing Jose Andres and Family in Spain on 9/24, I am not sure how many episodes are going to be shown. It sounds like it is similar to Stanley Tucci's show on Italy. He and his family are going to visit various cities in Spain to sample the food.
  • Post #287 - September 23rd, 2023, 10:08 pm
    Post #287 - September 23rd, 2023, 10:08 pm Post #287 - September 23rd, 2023, 10:08 pm
    I just want to remind people that Jose Andres and Family in Spain, will premiere on CNN tomorrow 9/24 at 8:00pm. He goes to six different cities in Spain with his family, and so I assume it is going to be on for six weeks. The show was originally on Paramount +.
  • Post #288 - September 24th, 2023, 8:18 pm
    Post #288 - September 24th, 2023, 8:18 pm Post #288 - September 24th, 2023, 8:18 pm
    Did anybody watch Jose Andres and Family in Spain tonight? I thought it was good. He was in Barcelona and surrounding areas tonight with two of his daughters. The show originally was shown last December on Discovery+. I am sure CNN is going to rebroadcast it in a few hours. They are showing a Stanley Tucci rerun right now.
  • Post #289 - January 26th, 2024, 2:59 pm
    Post #289 - January 26th, 2024, 2:59 pm Post #289 - January 26th, 2024, 2:59 pm
    Now on Hulu:
    Superhot: The Spicy World of Pepper People

    A deep dive into a subculture fueled by spice: from the elite growers who strive to create new superhots to the chili eaters who chase the endorphin rush of consuming them; one chili headsets out on a quest to answer the spiciest of questions.
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #290 - January 26th, 2024, 5:58 pm
    Post #290 - January 26th, 2024, 5:58 pm Post #290 - January 26th, 2024, 5:58 pm
    I enjoyed a prior series by Luke Nguyen on street food in southeast Asia. There is now a new 6 part series with Luke on the food of Southern India. We really enjoyed this, although that was partly due to the fact that we visited many of the places he did a few years ago. It is shown on something called the Tastemade channel, which we get (at no extra charge) as part of YouTube TV. He focuses on the places and dishes popular in a region (no fine dining) and usually goes into the kitchen to show you how stuff is made and what a kitchen in these parts of the world looks like.
  • Post #291 - February 15th, 2024, 8:02 am
    Post #291 - February 15th, 2024, 8:02 am Post #291 - February 15th, 2024, 8:02 am
    Cathy2 wrote:
    Cathy2 wrote:Hi,

    Last year on PBS, 'I'll have what Phil has,' is now Netflix's, 'Somebody Feed Phil.'

    That Phil, he really gets around. First episode, Phil is in Bangkok. What a lucky guy.

    Regards,
    Cathy2

    There are new episodes of 'Somebody Feed Phil' on Netflix. From listening to the audio, and not watching, he seems more comfortable in his role.

    On a human level, I really enjoy his interactions with his parents.

    Regards,
    Cathy2

    Phil Rosenthal, creator, writer and producer of Everybody Loves Raymond, and Netflix’s Somebody Feed Phil announced a series of 2024 dates for his live tour: An Evening with Phil Rosenthal following a successful 2023 run. Produced by Live Nation, the 25-city tour kicks off on Thursday, April 11 in Albany, NY at The Egg, with stops across the U.S. in Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL and more. His tour also includes a stop in Los Angeles at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel as part of the 2024 Netflix Is A Joke Festival.

    https://www.livenationentertainment.com ... our-dates/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard

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