Category Archives: Food Network
It was a while ago now but in April we took a trip across the pond to NYC. This was my fourth visit so I’d been up the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building – I’d done the tourist stuff. This time I meant business.
Staying in Williamsburg, we took in the sights of Bedford Avenue, the High Line and some art by Chelsea Pier. Of course, I’m married to a beer freak/geek so we drank at some very nice pubs and as a confirmed wine drinker I was slightly fearful of our guided tour of the Brooklyn Brewery. It was great; I sampled some beer! I didn’t really like it! Never mind. We previously visited the Ginger Man where I consumed a bottle of the only beer I actually DO LIKE. I really like. Carsmile tells me “typical that you like Duchesse de Bourgogne – the only beer that is unlike any other beer!” Unique. Classy. That’s me.
Apart from the wrasslin’, it was all about the food for us this year. Our flat had the Food Network so I got a chance to witness the goddess of fried, sugary, homely food that is Paula Deen in all her glory. I was familiar with Ms Deen through watching Top Chef and was chuffed to see her in action. Wow, so much butter, cream, sugar and syrup. Still, she looked like she was having a lot of fun. Maybe she was on a sugar rush – I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that she may not have her own full set of gnashers. That must help in some way with the awesome amount of sweetness and richness of her desserts. I really think that if Gregg Wallace met her, it might be love.
Restaurant openings by TV foodie types are often accompanied by the sharpening of knives over at The Papers but an imaginative review with all the right ingredients can sometimes be let down by the execution. The recent hammering given to Gregg’s newest venture by the Telegraph was probably deserved but the flavour was ruined by some noticeably laboured jokes.
Doing the rounds lately has been the New York Times’ furious kerb-stomping of the latest opening by the Food Network’s Guy Fieri. It’s a joy to read – a lengthy tasting menu of sustained disappointment, rage and disgust served up in bitchy bite-sized paragraphs
Diners, Drive-ins and Dives are Fieri’s domain and in his broadcasting job he tirelessly documents and demonstrates an American cuisine that’s grilled, smoked, deep fried and topped with melted cheese. His culinary empire includes the Tex Wasabi chain built especially for those who like the idea of sushi but wish it contained more brisket. This is a chef so Off. The. Hook. that he was Smash Mouth’s first choice when they needed a bro to cook some eggs.
All this makes him a fairly easy target for the refined critical palates of the NYT and there’s more than a hint of snobbery on display. The points are well-made though and, much as I love diners, burgers and BBQ, a 500-seater mega restaurant in Times Square strikes me more as a machine for raking in tourist dollars rather than an ideal place to experience the best in all-American cooking. If your restaurant can’t even get nachos right, what are you playing at?
“Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.”
So, me and my friends would regularly chatter on about last night’s Masterchef or the merits of Slater over Stein. Eventually, those who did not care for food-based telly programmes (I know, they do exist!) cried ‘shut up and blog it!’. So, here we are. It has taken me some time but, once outside of my Masterchef bubble, I have realised just how many cookery shows there are! Bloody loads.
It was requested that I compile a list of current shows so my fellow bloggers won’t miss a morsel. Happy to oblige. It took me a while and I’m considering posting a permanent weekly/monthly list so our readers can also keep up. Read the rest of this entry »