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iknowwhatitmeans Aug 6, 2007 09:31 AM

Mr. Brown's "Feasting on Asphault" segment on New Orleans was a disgrace. What kind of research does the network do?

I really hope this is how the conversation between alton and the food network went so that i can keep my respect for Alton and continue my distain for the FN's feudal chef system:

A: i met alot of great small businesses owners struggling to be promoted in new orleans; can we make sure they get in the final show?
FN: oh Alton, you're such an idealist, you dont know what the viewership wants. we will edit the final show into what we want; besides we enabled you to fulfill your middle life fantasy by allowing you to travel accross the country in a motorcycle gang.

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    Hungry Celeste Aug 6, 2007 10:32 AM

    I was disappointed in it, too. Why on earth did he have a crew member get into the andouille mascot suit & dance around? Pointless.

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      marthadumptruck Aug 6, 2007 01:41 PM

      I thought that scene was hysterical.

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        kkak97 Aug 6, 2007 02:43 PM

        It was hysterical. Although, I couldn't believe he couldn't find anywere else to eat in New Orleans.

    2. bodie Aug 6, 2007 10:57 AM

      I didn't see it.
      What made it so disgraceful? Did he feature the usual food network suspects (emeril's) or was it something more than that?

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        Hungry Celeste Aug 6, 2007 11:34 AM

        It wasn't completely disgraceful. He opened with some nice remarks on the river, aerial shots of the mouth of the river, comments on FEMA trailers in Plaquemines, then he rolls into NOLA and stops at....Mulate's. Where he bitches about the tourists and sets up a table on the sidewalk & the resto brings his food to him outside, across the street. Then he side-trips to Kliebert's alligator farm on the northshore, briefly forays down Magazine St., hits a seafood market/takeout joint in Vacherie, and goes to Bailey's andouille in Laplace (see previous post for the andouille-suit incident).

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          Phaedrus Aug 6, 2007 12:35 PM

          So where should he have gone? I am going to NO in late September.

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            heathermb Aug 6, 2007 12:46 PM

            This will probably get moved but when I was down there a few weeks ago I had a WONDERFUL meal at Cochon in the Warehouse district. Sooo good.

            Fried chicken livers on toast with pepper jelly (ordered a second and a third they were so good (and my DCs were big eaters). BLT with fried oysters for my main (house made bacon).

            Moonshine with my dessert (which was the special of the day - cobbler, i believe).

            Great service, relaxed atmosphere.

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            Cochon
            930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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              Hungry Celeste Aug 6, 2007 01:37 PM

              Hop on over to the NOLA board; you'll find lots of local info.

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                iknowwhatitmeans Aug 6, 2007 04:31 PM

                Dooky Chase will be recently opened when you arrive... make sure to put it on your list - I know people who are visiting nola just to dine there.

          2. Hungry4Good Aug 26, 2007 08:45 AM

            I was surprised that Alton apparently had not spent much time (if any) in New Orleans in his lifetime, seemingly unaware of much of the character of the city. He assumed NO is part of the "sweet tea" south. The lady he asked the iced tea question to acted like he was nuts. And the restaurant choice? Hmmm. Guess you can't take the Atlanta outta the boy... ;-)

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