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  1. Oh yeah, Europe, especially Paris, has always been dog friendly in restaurants, especially outdoor cafes, with the emphasis placed on small and well-behaved. New York has also been known as dog friendly in a similar way as Europe, although I don't know if it's as common there as it once was decades ago. Love this article about how dogs are treated like royalty in Paris.
  2. S05.E10: Girls on the Side

    Oh yeah, that's another thing that didn't ring true for me - While Italians from Italy are hung up on the "no cheese on seafood" rule, Italian Americans are a totally different story, and are mostly easy going about it. Some don't prefer it, but they don't generally act like it's a mortal sin to grate some cheese over a seafood pasta. I love PBS Sicilian chef Nick Stellino's story about how he really knows he's an Italian American now because he has loosened up about putting cheese on seafood.
  3. S05.E10: Girls on the Side

    I think Enzo's mom was just looking for a reason to rag on Diana because she doesn't want to part with her son. I thought making her work with that eel was an attempt to encourage failure. Even if Diana could cook lasagna it doesn't mean she can cook eel. I'm a pretty good home cook and I've never killed and cooked eel, although I remember my grandmother doing it. I just think his mother was looking for a way to make her fail because she really doesn't want her son to leave her. I'm Italian American from "borough" New York and I didn't like the stereotype either, especially having known many such Italian moms (including my own) and feeling like the way Enzo's mom acted didn't ring true. Most Italians are flattered that you'd even make an attempt to cook their food, and wouldn't be insulted if you somehow just didn't get it quite right. They would laugh it off and tell you that they can teach you. If it was motivated by fear of losing her son, she would likely have not made such a negative scene at all but acted passive aggressive toward Diana and make snide comments here and there while keeping a smile on her face and trying to appear accepting of her. Loved the nod and wink to "Working Girl", though!
  4. S14.E01: By Land and Sea

    It's probably because they couldn't get anyone else. I'm sure they have to beg people to do it. Rachael Ray fulfilled her contract and left. I miss the first couple of seasons when it looked like there was some real mentoring and learning going on.
  5. S05.E09: Starvation's Shadow

    You know, I 'm of two minds about Sam. I think if we just exchanged his personality for Alan Kaye's we'd all think his wooden spoon was cute. Speaking of Alan, to some degree he also used the same "hunker down and live off your own fat" strategy, it's just that he was a far cooler individual in my opinion. Sam seems like such a twit in some ways. Speaking of Alan, I wouldn't mind if down the road if the show continues long enough, they had a season of where only previous winners compete against each other for an even bigger prize. I think that might be more interesting than this season if enough of them were interested in it.
  6. S05.E09: Starvation's Shadow

    I have a new theory to answer the mystery of why we saw so many people tap out sooner than in their first season. Maybe it's because they knew what was going to happen to them and they wanted to avoid it. They did the cost/benefit analysis in their heads and seeing themselves waste away that much wasn't worth it. Like Dave admittedly tapped out just before he saw his body degenerate to the point of serious consequences. This time he was super-conscious about when that would happen, and seeing that just around the corner was enough for him to know he should go. Unfortunately this happened sooner than in his first season. I'm sure that this was also the case to some degree with Brooke (although for her the loneliness was also a major factor). Why the two of them didn't bulk up like Sam, though, is my next question. They probably didn't anticipate Mongolia being as challenging as it was, but I'm thinking that wasn't a wise assumption. They probably also misjudged their own ability to weather whatever increased difficulty Mongolia threw at them, too.
  7. I don't see Skylar having the right "somethin' somethin'" to replace Greg. I also don't see how the chemistry will work between him and Rachel, but I'll try to be open minded about it. Who knows? They may have Greg come back for one or two episodes just to put real closure on their relationship. I probably wouldn't have a problem with that. But if the show were to put them back together in a relationship, I don't think that would work for me.
  8. S09.E09: The Big Not Easy

    Yeah, can you imagine if he razzed on Shanika's ginormous pony tail? She'd never let him get away with it for one thing.
  9. Food Network Star Alums

    Thanks for the warning, I was afraid of that. I didn't know it was on today but I have set my DVR to record it on Tuesday when it re-airs. If she failed once on FNS, then failed on the redemption show, then WTF is she doing hosting a show? It's like FN is determined to fail. They don't know WTF they're doing anymore. It's like the definition of insanity - doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
  10. I would have chosen a man of any race if it felt right, and I did date men of other races, but ended up with a white guy. I didn't really think about it back then. I just went with what worked. I could have easily ended up with someone of another race if it had worked out that way. Just a factor of the very diverse environment I grew up in. A Jewish girlfriend of mine has always preferred Hispanic men. She has been that way forever. When I was in high school there was a Jewish guy that only dated black women. I liked him, but wasn't "his type". Geesh. So it works both ways, obviously! I have another Jewish girlfriend that exclusively dates Jewish men, and it's definitely not because she's religious because she's not at all. So I agree with you that it becomes hard to figure out where the line is drawn between prejudice and non-prejudice when it comes to this.
  11. Sure that could be the case, but as with anything else I don't think it's fair to generalize on every black man's motivations in wanting a lighter skinned partner. If Tristan were that colorist, why wouldn't he just go full-on and ask the experts for a white woman and leave it at that? I think just asking for someone that wasn't darker than himself is not necessarily a sign of wanting to be with someone closer to the dominant culture group. After all, he's still open to a woman of color. If he asked for a white woman I might wonder, though. The more I find out, the more I realize that if there's a physical trait out there, even if it's something not commonly desired, there are still men out there that prefer it. I've had to learn that it's probably best not to get too hung up on why men have their physical preferences. Whatever the reason, even if it's not motivated by some kind of ethnic prejudice, we women would likely find a reason to criticize it and call it "shallow" anyway.
  12. S05.E09: Starvation's Shadow

    As someone else pointed out, those season 1 tap outs were people that didn't know what they were getting into and had no business being there. This season is not like that. These people know exactly what they're in for and lasted a significant amount of time in their original seasons, so they should be even better prepared and determined to last longer than they did the first time around. So far there's been nothing that unusual or worse about Mongolia than what some of them endured on Vancouver Is. or Patagonia. Sam starved in season 1 and ate an occasional mouse back then too. Same for Larry. So why they are whining and tapping so early on (especially compared to their first time) is still a mystery to me. Britt is the only one that has already lasted longer than his original season and still seems determined at this point.
  13. Food Network Star Alums

    I recognized Jamika Pessoa from Food Network Star about 9 years ago. Proof that losers can end up getting a show if they persist, and are lucky. Let's hope it happens sooner with Manny! https://www.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/shows/2018/7/lets-eat
  14. S14.09 The Newest Star

    Jess is from Pleasantville? That explains a lot. Like she's never lived around any rats. Well, I'm glad that at least there's some public recognition for Manny and the social media response is confirming their mistake. Like who does Jess's family know at Food Network that got her that win? Do they golf with one of the producers up at the Pleasantville Country Club? Seriously.
  15. S05.E09: Starvation's Shadow

    You know what gets me about this season? We're only what, like 37 days in and we're already down to 3 people?? And these are people that in their first seasons lasted 20+ days longer than that? WTF? You would think that they'd last longer this time. I don't think any season has seen this many tap outs so soon, and I don't think Mongolia has been that much worse than anywhere else. So far, Britt is the only one impressing me with a desire to win. Making that sled tells me he fully intends to deal with snow. Even Sam and Larry have already bitched about missing their families or starving or whatever. I'd expect that from them maybe after 50 days, but it all started happening at less than 35 days! Sam ate nothing but mice last time too, so it's not like he didn't know what he could potentially end up eating. So again, what is their problem this time? I get the feeling the show probably enticed a lot of them to come back when that was not their idea. That would explain the lack of determination in a lot of them. The problem with that is that it doesn't make for good TV.