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  1. For me she wasn't very good and tried (or was ordered) to Americanize too much. I don't need Indian Hot Dogs. Bal Arneson's Spice Goddess was great, but then FN decided we should see less cooking with weird ingredients and more stories about her kids so they screwed that up. I would love to see another Indian cooking show and would watch Palek do one but that is not going to happen. I saw her Beat Bobby show when it first aired and tried her chicken curry recipe she beat him with once, I thought it was great and the ground cashew made the difference, but it's pretty expensive for weeknight home fare.
  2. Top Chef in the Media

  3. All Episodes Talk

    The cynical view (mine) is that the first round is just for entertainment and production knows all along which first-half chef will advance. But even if that is not the case, there's nothing to say the first and second rounds are filmed strictly in real time. They can take an hour or two off and get everything both chefs need for round 2 from the Chelsea Market downstairs, let Bobby Google a bit and/or call friends for help, and call in a specialist judge from their list.
  4. S06.E10: START

    I think she'll go on the run by disappearing into the Grateful Dead tour and meet Lindsay Weir. They are married now and live in Portland on one coast or the other. I was pretty disappointed with the drama level here, and while I'm not really like this normally I kept getting distracted by continuity errors. Liz seemed to have a cut on her lip which kept coming and going in the early scenes. Phil is barely finished breaking into the driver's side of the red car with the slim jim when Liz pops up and just opens the passenger door. If the Mickey D's bags actually held food there would be enough for an army and the grease would be seeping through. Unless they are within a couple of blocks of Henry's school, one coin in a phone booth is not going to get them several minutes on the phone with him. (Callback to an early season, where Paige puts a coin in a pay phone, doesn't get through, hangs up, and fails to retrieve the returned coin like no one who used a phone booth ever). There was nothing new or crucial in the dead drop, just Liz confirming what they already suspected. The car they drive into Russia had different plates on front and back.
  5. S06.E09: Jennings, Elizabeth

    I was thinking Mama's secret chocolate chip recipe rather than Zharkoye, but otherwise I'm with you 100%. Is it illegal for a Russian national to pick up a stick? What's to prove he knew what was inside?
  6. Small Talk: ...not Top Carrot

    Reddit scuttlebutt is that they are filming around Louisville now. Sightings at WF and elsewhere. Padma tweeting from a local BBQ place, etc.
  7. Jeopardy! Season 34 (2017-2018)

    A lot of places that don't have JITBoxes as such have Qdoba, which is JITB in Chipotle drag.
  8. Food Network in the Media

    I remember Palek because she was cute as a button and beat Bobby Flay with Chicken Curry.
  9. Battlebots (2018): All Episodes Talk

    Fewer Bot-bunny interviews, more fights - I'm good with the format this season so far.
  10. The second record by Slim Bone Head Volt, Vincent D'onofrio's collaboration with musician Dana Lyn, has just been released. They played a show at Joe's Pub in New York to celebrate - no video up yet, but there is plenty on Youtube of earlier appearances. Here's a zippy number from the second record. Declamations NSFW.
  11. I didn't, but I remember an ATK episode where they roasted a chicken and gave it to Chris to carve, and when he took off the leg I went full Grrr and screamed "But that's RAAAAAAWWWW". I don't know why they didn't just stick it back in and re-shoot.
  12. S01.E02: Lone Star

    I must be the only one here old enough to remember Mannix. Wonderful. Do you know who the dark-haired woman with the harmonica was? The audience did.
  13. S15.E14: Finale

    What really surprised me was the quick picture of her Mom, who we met a couple of weeks ago. The picture was when she was about Adrienne's age, and she was a dead ringer then for Adrienne now.
  14. S15.E14: Finale

    I'm not even a middle chef let alone a top and I realize black eyed peas aren't technically beans, but when I make red beans and rice I cook them with a ham hock and smash some against the side of the pot so their starch thickens the broth. Isn't that just how it's done? The multiple comments about how she cooked the peas with a ham hock sounded like they were trying to come up with something to say.
  15. S15.E13: A Little Place Called Aspen

    You say that like it's a bad thing. My 8 year old self begs to differ. So does my 18, 28, 38, 48, and 58 year old self. So far. Adrienne put me off from the beginning with her constant recitation of her resume, and I agree with whoever above said she cooked to the middle and kept her head down all through the first half of the season. Joe seems a little more interesting and they both seem like nice people, but I wonder if he's going to get a mental asterisk because if the reason forLCK is for Tom to pick his favorite and push them through to the end come hell or high water then what's the point?