Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Restaurant Impossible - The Country Cow Restaurant Update

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Tonight on Restaurant Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Campton, NH to makeover The Country Cow Restaurant & Bar.  The co-owners are a divorced couple, and there are horror stories of them cursing in front of diners and throwing pans in the kitchen.  However, when Robert Irvine arrives, everybody seems to be on their best behavior.  Robert then looks at "behind-the-scenes" footage to figure out the problems that need to be fixed.  As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about The Country Cow Restaurant & Bar to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Restaurant Impossible):

Monday, August 18, 2014

Justin Warner's Unique Ice Bucket Challenge Video

I am sure you have seen plenty of Ice Bucket Challenge videos, which are all over social media to raise awareness and money for the disease ALS.  Here is Justin Warner's unique Ice Bucket Challenge video where instead of just using water and ice, he uses "putrid" brackish water, dry ice, and rotten fish.


Justin was nominated by fellow Food Network Star contestant Martie Duncan, and he nominated Food Network Star judges Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, and Alton Brown.  I wonder if any of the judges will accept his challenge (or even know about it).

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Great Food Truck Race Season 5 - Spoilers and Preview

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The 5th season of The Great Food Truck Race premieres on the Food Network tonight at 9pm ET/PT.  This season begins in Santa Barbara, California and goes all the way across the United States ending in Key West, Florida.  There will be eight food trucks with three team members each, and all of the competitors do not currently operate food trucks.  Every team is provided a food truck to begin the race, and the winning team gets to keep their truck as well as $50,000 to help start their business.

The teams competing for the season 5 title are: Beach Cruiser (Venice, Calif.) Chatty Chicken Truck (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Gourmet Graduates (Providence, R.I.), Let There Be Bacon (Cleveland), Lone Star Chuck Wagon (Houston), Madres Mexican Meals (Norwalk, Calif.), Middle Feast (Los Angeles) and Military Moms (Fort Drum, N.Y.).

This season is seven episodes long and the stops along the race include: Santa Barbara, CA; Tucson, AZ; Austin, TX; Oklahoma City, OK; St. Louis, MO; Mobile, AL, and Tampa, Naples and Key West, FL.

As the food trucks advertise their locations on social media and local newspapers do stories on the race while it is filming, the order the food trucks are eliminated can be determined.  If you are interested in seeing which trucks are eliminated in each episode, and who the final two trucks are, continue reading.  Obviously it is a spoiler, but it just reveals the final two trucks and not the winner.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Restaurant Impossible - Pomona Golf and Country Club Update

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Tonight on Restaurant Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Egg Harbor City, NJ to makeover the Pomona Golf and Country Club.  The Pomona Golf and Country Club has been open for decades and is a family run business currently being run by three cousins.  The country club is having trouble attracting a younger crowd, which is preventing them from making any profits.  Robert Irvine needs to come up with a new business plan to turn the country club around.  As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Pomona Golf and Country Club to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Restaurant Impossible):


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Chopped Teen Tournament Finale - Winner Gets $25,000 And A Scholarship

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On a much lighter note, tonight at 10pm on the Food Network is the Chopped Teen Tournament finale.  The winners from each of the past four weeks face off against each other for the prize of $25,000 in prize money and a $40,000 culinary school scholarship.

The winners so far who will compete for the grand prize are as follows:

  • First Episode - Jason Khaytin - Pennsylvania
  • Second Episode - Dante Foggy - New Jersey
  • Third Episode - Tommi Rae Fowler - South Carolina
  • Fourth Episode - Sequoia Pranger - Oregon
The judges tonight will be Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, and Alex Stupak, and the contestants will be facing ingredients such as a sea creature in the first round and a classic kids' snack in the entree round.  So tune in tonight to see who will take home the big prize of $25,000 and a $40,000 scholarship.  I will update this post with the winner after the episode airs.

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The first contestant eliminated was Sequoia, followed by Jason.  Tommi Rae and Dante battled it out in the dessert round, and Tommi Rae Fowler won the $25,000 and a $40,000 scholarship to culinary school.  Congrats to her!

Also, everyone else left with a $1,000 gift certificate to Foodnetwork.com
 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Food Network Star Lenny Mcnab Controversy - Will His Past Cost Him?

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Lenny Mcnab was just crowned the season 10 winner of Food Network Star, and there is currently a lot of outrage on message boards and in the Food Network blog comments section because of things Lenny has posted on the internet in the past.

Lenny had a crude Youtube video, which was recently removed by someone after people started talking about it.  Lenny also has a past with calling into the Ron and Fez show (currently on Sirius Radio) and is a frequent poster on multiple Ron and Fez forums.  Lenny's comments on those forums are also vulgar, and he even makes a derogatory comment toward Food Network's Ree Drummond.  Finally Lenny has a photobucket site with more videos that could be considered offensive.

Here is a rundown of some of the comments, videos, and controversial things that Lenny has posted on the internet in the past:

WARNING - A lot of bad language below and NSFW videos due to language.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Winner Of Food Network Star Season 10 Announced Tonight

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Tonight at 9pm on the Food Network is the season 10 finale of Food Network Star.  All of the contestants and judges are back together to reminisce about the season, and the winner of the season will be revealed.  The final three contestants who were up for America's vote were Luca Della Casa, Nicole Gaffney, and Lenny Mcnab.

The poll on this website to see who people were voting for was very close between Luca Della Casa and Lenny Mcnab.  Lenny led the poll with 42 percent of the people voting for him, while Luca was close behind with 38 percent.  Judging by this, Lenny is the favorite to win tonight, but with the vote being so close, and the way it seems like they edited the show in Luca's favor, maybe Luca will come out on top.

So, tune in to the Food Network tonight to see who wins Food Network Star, and look for an update on this site.


UPDATE - The winner of Food Network Star was Lenny Mcnab.


The poll on this website to predict the winner is now 3 for 3.  Whether Lenny gets a show or not remains to be seen, but there is a lot of controversy surrounding him.  More on that tomorrow...
 

Georgia Boy Cafe From Restaurant Impossible Has Closed

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Georgia Boy Cafe in Hagerstown, Maryland, which was featured on season seven of Restaurant Impossible has closed.  On August 8th, they posted the following on their Facebook page:

"Georgia Boy Cafe at Park Circle would like to thank the City of Hagerstown for their years of continued support. Without the blood, sweat, and tears of the community, Georgia Boy Cafe could not have survived for as long as it has.


Despite the best efforts of everyone, the time has come for Georgia Boy Cafe to close its doors at Park Circle for one last time on July 31, 2014. This is not the end of Georgia Boy Cafe, but the beginning of a new chapter at a new location to be determined in the future. 


Over the years, Chuck and Montez have both worked 100 hours weeks trying to keep Georgia Boy Cafe the go-to place in Hagerstown. They have worked tirelessly in the community to promote Georgia Boy Cafe and Hagerstown in general. They have put every ounce of themselves into keeping the Park Circle location open. 


As Georgia Boy Cafe closes its doors for the final time, Chuck and Montez will be taking a few days off to recover from years of hard work and dedication. They won't be on vacation, sitting around eating chips and watching television. They'll be hard at work, planning and preparing for the next phase of Georgia Boy Cafe.


In the meantime, Georgia Boy Cafe will still be catering event throughout Washington County. Georgia Boy Cafe's website will continue to be updated with news and information about the relocation process, as well as where we'll be so long-time customers know where to go for our famous fried chicken. 


Thank you to each and every one of you who made Georgia Boy Cafe at Park Circle possible. Georgia Boy Cafe, Chuck, and Montez look forward to seeing you soon at the new Georgia Boy Cafe, coming soon to Hagerstown."


It remains to be seen if they open in a new location, but only time will tell.  This is the third restaurant from season seven (2013-2014) of Restaurant Impossible to close, and the Restaurant Impossible Update page has been updated with this information.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Sweet Tea's From Restaurant Impossible Has Closed

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Sweet Tea's Restaurant in Pineville, North Carolina, which was featured on season five of Restaurant Impossible has closed.

On July 20, 2014, they posted the following message on their Facebook page:
It is with a very heavy heart and great sadness that we are closing Sweet Tea's. This was the hardest decision we have ever had to make. We loved that our customers became our friends and our employees our family. We will miss everyone terribly!
Also, their website is no longer active and you get a domain name error when visiting.  This is the ninth restaurant from season five (2012-2013) of Restaurant Impossible to close, and the Restaurant Impossible Update page has been updated with this information.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Smitty's From Restaurant Impossible Has Closed

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Smitty's Restaurant in Clearwater, Florida, which was featured on season six of Restaurant Impossible has closed.  Last week they posted on their Facebook page, "Unfortunately smittys has closed. We thank everyone that has come in to eat after all these years. We greatly appreciate your patronage."

Also, on their website, they have the following message:
To our Valued and Unforgettable Smitty's Customers:

It has been a pleasure serving you all these years. But, the inevitable has occurred.
Our lease has expired and, our landlord has given us no choice but to move out due to the fact that he has increased our rent by 25% plus tax.
Thank you for your support throughout the years. You all will be missed dearly. It is with a heavy heart that we hope our paths cross again one day in the future as we say Goodbye.

God Bless,
Gus & Family
Smitty's Restaurant
You may remember Smitty's because of the roach problem they had during their episode.  The restaurant suffered from bad reviews, and also had numerous bad restaurant inspections.  This is the fifth restaurant from season six (2013) of Restaurant Impossible to close, and the Restaurant Impossible Update page has been updated to show this.