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Oct 9, 2006 12:48 PM

Funny Article about Food TV

Have you read this in the Sunday Washington Post magazine? It's funny!

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  1. Funny,yes but sadly true!

    1. Haha, great article...and true. The simulated nature of both have about as much truthiness. :)

      1. You mean Rachel really doesn't LOVE all that stuff she crams into her mouth??


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        1. re: Davwud

          One of our favorite moments in one of the early $40 a Day episodes was one in which she got some kind of a breakfast sandwich or burrito and took a HUGE bite, and actually came to a dead stop. You could tell from her expression that it was just terrible, and she wasn't about to say so but for once she couldn't think of a thing to say.

          1. re: Allstonian

            I remember that one, too. My kids love watching $40 a day because they love to see how many ways she can say, "yum" (Yum-oh, mmm-mmm-mmm-mmm-mmmm, yummy, etc.). She took a bite and froze and finally said, "You can just taste that it's home made..." or something like that.

            1. re: chowser

              If you are sitting in a resto and they bring you a plate right out of their kitchen how can it be "home-made"? Is the place somebody's home? Does the health department know about it?

              The most overused phrase in the food industry.

              Ina Garten's laugh scared my cats.

              1. re: Scrapironchef

                That really bothers me, too. I see it in big chain restaurants, even--"home-made." Right.

                1. re: chowser

                  Chains usually use the term "home style". It could be French style too for all that matters.

              2. re: chowser

                She told Letterman that if the food is bad, she just talks about HOW MUCH food there is. Secret code for those in the know? Not every $6.95 meal is from heaven...

              3. re: Allstonian

                I believe that was Nashville, and the offending item was the Egg McMuffin substitute at some funky little cafe near Vandy. If this episode ever comes around on your TiVo, I will HIGHLY recommend watching it in slow motion, because her facial expression (it really is a brief look of utter disgust) is utterly priceless!

              4. re: Davwud

                On $40 a day...she is the cheapest tipper ever. I like the idea of the show but she's cheap cheap cheap.

                1. re: masha bousha

                  That was the first thing I ever noticed about Rachel. I've never worked as a server, but it drove me crazy! Amounts like a 55 cent tip on an $11 bill made me do a double take every time. That is not acceptable, and it's sad that many people who watched probably now figure that is the way to go when tipping.

              5. I've seen Bobby Flay evince some real emotion on his Food Nation program. He came to San Diego, and his producers chose Croce's for some bizarre reason. He was visibily unimpressed, and even rolled his eyes a few times at some of the stuff that the owner said. I've read that people think he's a jerk for doing that, but I think it's great that someone will actually show their real feelings.

                I wish they'd make Taste available on DVD. That was a great show.

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                1. re: Josh

                  I wonder if they talked to him about that. I saw one Food Nation where this woman made a big deal about her hard boiled eggs in the meatloaf. It was her "secret" ingredient and she went on and on about it. He kept a straight face!

                2. Bobby Flay had definitely lost His Edge. He used to be so snarky that it hurt to watch. Now it looks like he's been homogenized (same hair, gucci set), however is roving bits still have that Bobby Flayvr. Anyone catch the throwdown with the Queen of Donuts?

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                  1. re: dpnpt

                    yeah, that donut planet owner was freaking out after the initial "yes". he came off as a spazzy jerk who couldn't handle the challenge.

                    i was hoping bobby would win that one

                    1. re: dpnpt

                      Flay has calmed down either due to reshaping his image (and thus endorsements and marketability) or someone threatened to pop him. That's my guess. You know, ain't going to sell many Bobby Flay Santoku knives with a smirking. Although one does wonder how Emeril does so.