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Dining, SFoodie Monday Eight: The MEX I AM Forum Is This Week

Monday Eight: The MEX I AM Forum Is This Week

The MEX I AM Forum, Happening Now Through Sunday, July 24 From wine…
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Culture, Kill Your Television Loss of Appetite: The Food Network Loses Its Way

Loss of Appetite: The Food Network Loses Its Way

It takes awhile for it to dawn on you that you've been had. All those hours spent watching perky people take you through the steps of how to make the perfect pulled-pork supper, or big-game snack buffet, or Christmas cookies…
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Culture, Kill Your Television Frontier Justice: TV Mom's Making Meatloaf Again

Frontier Justice: TV Mom's Making Meatloaf Again

I study The Pioneer Woman closely. She has long red hair, most likely dyed to increase its deep ruby shine. She has two dough-poked dimples on her cheeks, which leave her perpetually smiling. She wears long peasant tops to hide…
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Dining, Eat Culinary Theatrics, Celebrity No Substitute For Good Food

Culinary Theatrics, Celebrity No Substitute For Good Food

Michael Chiarello stands in the middle of his new Embarcadero restaurant, Coqueta, pouring liquid nitrogen into the eager hands of a group of well-dressed women at a round corner table. He's as handsome in person as he is on the…
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Dining, SFoodie Food Truck Bite of the Week: The Classic at Belly Burger

Food Truck Bite of the Week: The Classic at Belly Burger

Our weekly bite explores the city's food trucks, one at a time, highlighting our favorite mobile dishes and snacks. The Truck: Belly Burgers The Cuisine: Melting-pot American cuisine Specialty Items: Pork belly burgers Worth the Wait in Line? Good…
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Dining, SFoodie <em>The Great Food Truck Race</em> Features Lame Truck Design, Tyler Florence's Neck Beard

The Great Food Truck Race Features Lame Truck Design, Tyler Florence's Neck Beard

Each week, we take a quick, cautious look at what's going on with food TV. This week, The Great Food Truck Race, a one-hour show that once saw a food truck drive past it, Sundays at 9 p.m. on the…
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Dining, SFoodie <em>Extreme Chef</em>: So Extreme We Had to Write an Epic Poem

Extreme Chef: So Extreme We Had to Write an Epic Poem

Each week, we take a quick, cautious look at food TV. This week, Extreme Chef, a one-hour show about watching the world burn, Thursdays at 10 p.m. on the Food Network. On the premiere Extreme Chef, seven chefs were dropped…
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Dining, SFoodie Bobby Flay Would Like You to Know That He's Not the Screaming Type

Bobby Flay Would Like You to Know That He's Not the Screaming Type

Last week we published an installment of Michael Leaverton's darkly funny Food on TV column criticizing Bobby Flay for not behaving badly enough in his new restaurant fix-it show, 3 Days to Open: Also, Bobby Flay's mild and tempered personality…
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Dining, SFoodie Bobby Flay, if You Must Subject Us to <em>3 Days to Open</em>, at Least Have the Decency to Scream and Rage

Bobby Flay, if You Must Subject Us to 3 Days to Open, at Least Have the Decency to Scream and Rage

Each week, we take a quick, cautious look at what's going on with food TV. This week, 3 Days to Open, a one-hour show about empires crumbling to dust, Fridays at 10 p.m. on the Food Network. In the past…
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Dining, SFoodie The Food Network's <i>Health Inspectors</i> Is Awfully Gross, Kind of Great

The Food Network's Health Inspectors Is Awfully Gross, Kind of Great

Each week, we take a quick, cautious look at what's going on with food TV. This week, Health Inspectors, a half-hour show about real food cooked simply and honestly by the best chefs in the world. To paraphrase Anthony Bourdain,…
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Modern Chain Gang There may not be paychecks, but there is still payment: Of course they are being paid have free room, board, and medical care because they…
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Dining, SFoodie You Can Watch the Food Network a Full Day and Only See Five Shows

You Can Watch the Food Network a Full Day and Only See Five Shows

Each week, we take a quick, cautious look at what's on going with food TV. This week we review Monday, airing Monday on the Food Network. Most cable channels can't withstand scrutiny. They're good to catch a quick show like…
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Dining, SFoodie Cupcake Wars: The Problem With a Cupcake Show Is That It's a Cupcake Show

Cupcake Wars: The Problem With a Cupcake Show Is That It's a Cupcake Show

Each week, we take a quick, cautious look at what's going on with food TV. This week, Cupcake Wars, an hour-long show about one thing, over and over, until death comes, Sundays at 8 p.m. on the Food Network. Cupcake…
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Dining, SFoodie <i>Meat Men</i> Offers TV's Best Meat Porn

Meat Men Offers TV's Best Meat Porn

Each week we take a quick, cautious look at what's going with food TV. This week, Meat Men , a half-hour show about three male strippers in a Taco Bell, Mondays at 11 p.m. on the Food Network Meat is…
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Dining, SFoodie <i>Rachael's Vacation</i>: When Rachael Ray Pretended to Visit San Francisco's Restaurants

Rachael's Vacation: When Rachael Ray Pretended to Visit San Francisco's Restaurants

Each week we take a quick, cautious look at what's going on with televised cooking. This week: Rachael's Vacation, a half-hour show you didn't hear about from me, Fridays at 4:30 a.m. on the Food Network. Rachael Ray has 31 television…
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Dining, SFoodie <i>Worst Cooks in America</i>: A Hater's Guide

Worst Cooks in America: A Hater's Guide

Each week (except last week) we take a quick, cautious look at what's going on with televised cooking. This week: Worst Cooks in America, a one-hour documentary about Arizona, Sundays at 9 p.m. on the Food Network. The premise: Imagine…
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Dining, SFoodie <i>Food Hoarders</i> Is Pretty Much Regular <i>Hoarders</i>, Just with Food

Food Hoarders Is Pretty Much Regular Hoarders, Just with Food

Each week we take a quick, cautious look at what's going on with televised cooking. This week: Stuffed: Food Hoarders, a one-hour special that sours as you watch it, Feb. 11 and 12 on the Cooking Channel. Kudos to the…
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Dining, SFoodie <i>Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off</i>: The Food Network Craps Out

Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off: The Food Network Craps Out

Each week we take a quick, cautious look at what's going on with televised cooking. This week: Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off, a one-hour show about the debt ceiling, Sundays at 9 p.m. on the Food Network. There used to…
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Dining, SFoodie The Food Network Somehow Even Ruins Its Ice-Carving Show

The Food Network Somehow Even Ruins Its Ice-Carving Show

Each week we take a quick, cautious look at what's going on with televised cooking. This week: Ice Brigade, Fridays at 4 a.m. (fuck!) on the Food Network. Ice Brigade is a show about ice carving, and if I…
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Dining, SFoodie <i>Bama Glama</i>, The Terrible Food Network Show to Hatewatch at 4 a.m.

Bama Glama, The Terrible Food Network Show to Hatewatch at 4 a.m.

Each week we take a quick, cautious look at what's going on with televised cooking. This week: Bama Glama, a half-hour show not about food, Fridays at 4 a.m. (yes!) on the Food Network. With Bama Glama, the Food Network…
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