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February 19th, 2009


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09:46 am
PHRASES THE FOOD NETWORK IS NO LONGER ALLOWED TO USE

"The Ultimate"
"Chowhound"
"Smackdown"
"Challenge"

PROGRAMS THE FOOD NETWORK WILL NOW DEVELOP JUST TO SPITE ME

The Ultimate Chowhound Smackdown Challenge

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From:ron_newman
Date:February 19th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
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Why are they talking about Chowhound? Do they mention Yelp, too?
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From:ikkarus01
Date:February 19th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
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I would like to add most of Rachael Ray's "vocabulary" to this list, please.
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From:antikythera
Date:February 19th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
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EVOO?
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From:ron_newman
Date:February 19th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
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That's a restaurant at Beacon and Washington streets in Somerville. She's involved in it somehow?

Edited at 2009-02-19 03:14 pm (UTC)
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From:surrealestate
Date:February 19th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
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No, "evoo" is just an acronym for extra virgin olive oil, but the reason Ray is so annoying with it, is that, at least every time I've seen her do it, she doesn't just say "evoo", she says "ee-vee-oh-oh-extra-virgin-olive-oil".

Which kind of misses the point of shorthand.
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From:tansu
Date:February 19th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
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Oh crikey, the acronym itself is mildly annoying, but that is super special single-estate-bottled annoying.
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From:ikkarus01
Date:February 19th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
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See also: "Stoup" (or is it "stewp"?), and "smashed potatoes".
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From:antikythera
Date:February 19th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
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I think "smashed" is a genuine British-ism, though. I heard it used as a synonym for mashed potatoes long before I'd ever heard of Rachael Ray.
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From:ikkarus01
Date:February 19th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
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Ok, I'll give on "smashed potatoes", though I've never heard the term outside of her show. But in return, I would like to add "yummo".
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From:wring
Date:February 19th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
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thanks for teh morning lulz :D i will be loling about this all day!
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From:thetathx1138
Date:February 19th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
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The Ultimate Chowhound Smackdown Challenge

So, members of Chowhound wrestle?
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From:bkdelong
Date:February 19th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, it's getting really, really old. Did they suddenly pull over most of TNT network fans when WWF got boring?
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From:antikythera
Date:February 19th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
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I would like to add "BAM" to the list of things that other shows should stop appropriating from the Food Network.

Also, even though I'm a fan of Iron Chef, I'm getting sick of "whose (word that rhymes with cuisine) reigns supreme?"
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From:gee_tar
Date:February 20th, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
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I was okay with "Futurama" appropriating it.
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From:goldsquare
Date:February 19th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
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All I want is for people that know what they are talking about (like Tony Bourdain) and who can say what they are thinking (like Tony Bourdain).

Not on Food Network, but his show "No Reservations" is good - and the episode when they were trapped in Lebanon during unexpected military activities, may be the best hour of TV I can name.

My wife and I watch Food Network so we can learn more about food and cooking. Rachel Ray gives us gas.
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From:antikythera
Date:February 19th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
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I wish Bourdain would stop ragging on vegetarians. I think his idea of a foodie is someone who will eat anything and everything without squick or an ethical dilemma. It's a fun show, but at the same time is disturbingly macho in an "I can crap bigger than you" sort of way.
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From:goldsquare
Date:February 19th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
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That's the guy... "Let's slam it on the table and see what you have".

I don't mind him ragging on vegetarians: and I am one. :-)

He once did a show that ran directly from a review of New York, into a show by Andrew Zimmerman. The transition was literally the two of them meeting on a beach in Brooklyn. Bourdain made a few comments about Zimmerman taking it a bit too far, as I recall.

I think a real foodie will try anything. That's what moves them from the category of "like the rest of us".
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From:derspatchel
Date:February 20th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
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The Lebanon episode was incredible. The entire No Reservations series is awesome, but that special was an amazing example of what happens when you go in to a place with cameras to get one special view, but end up with a wholly different one.

Bourdain's an unabashed hedonist. I like that. Rachael Ray is just obnoxious. I don't like that.
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From:goldsquare
Date:February 20th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
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I'm about to hate myself - join in...

There is a niche role for Rachel Ray, and she fills it well. If Food Network is to have economic appeal and value, it has to be bigger than the foodies, home cooks, pro-cooks and wannabes. It has to bring in folks that don't cook.

Ray (and, to a slightly different, Emeril Live) talk to the folks that find cooking perilous or scary. "Go ahead, it isn't hard, I can show you how." (Plus, if the food-teacher says "buy my orange handled knives from Food Network", they will: BAM!)

That is part of what Food Network has to do. It doesn't mean I like it, or need it, or want it.

Bourdain is what the world needs of few of: A Bon Vivant. Someone that goes to the edge, looking for a great thing, and has an unquenchable need to share it. He is, to folks that care, what Rachel Ray is to those that should care: the impetus to that next, great, step.

In actual fact, he is far better at encouraging that next great step, than Ms Ray can ever hope to be. But he challenges, and that is his virtue, and she doesn't, and that is hers.
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From:platys
Date:February 19th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
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I would totally watch that show. I would.

I have a problem.
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From:luckimunki
Date:February 19th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
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I love Food Network for 'Ace of Cakes' and 'Good Eats' alone, and 'Iron Chef' and 'Chopped' are pretty good too. I've been known to watch the Food Network Challenge, also. Hell, it's a pretty good network, but yeah, they need a wider vocab.

<3 Duff Goldman so much, though.
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From:nathanw
Date:February 19th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
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Tell me you wouldn't pay to see some Chowhound users smacked around.
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From:mybadhairlife
Date:February 19th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
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Damn, I wish you were running the Food Network. And now it's not just because I know you'd find a way to involve robots and death matches.
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From:joyeous
Date:February 19th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
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Oh my God! I just got an email for a casting call!!! HAHAHAHA.

OPEN CASTING CALL FOR FOOD NETWORK
TV SERIES!
Monday, February 23, 10AM- 4PM at
The Mall at Chestnut Hill and Wednesday, February 25, 10AM - 4PM at
Boston Casting

Are you are a connoisseur, critic, chef, aficionado, restaurant owner, food expert or are just in a serious love affair with food?
Food Network is currently casting expert foodies of all kinds in the Boston area to be a part of a fun and exciting new TV series!

The show focuses on two teams who race through many of Boston's culinary hot spots competing in challenges in the ultimate chowhound smack down! It's an amazing "food-adventure" race!


Well, at least they didn't say "food-venture."
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From:goldsquare
Date:February 20th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
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Who votes we change the name of this blog from DerSpatchel to CultureDelphi?

I does. :-)
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From:redtheblue
Date:February 20th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
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I watch if they'd do a show about a food enthusiast from a small, exotic country exploring the cuisine of North America.

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