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Location, location

I’m watching Food Network Star right now, which has been in Las Vegas for the past couple of weeks.

But it certainly doesn’t look like Vegas.

food network star vegasEvery time Bobby, Alton or Giada — the show’s three hallowed hosts — stand before this season’s contestants to set up a challenge, it looks like they are shooting the episode in an empty room. Or vacant parking lot.

Food Network goes to such great lengths to clear out the ‘normal folk’ during production, Vegas looks nothing like the manic city I have experienced every time I’ve had the chance to visit.

Why go to the expense of using Vegas as your backdrop if you’re going to make it sterile and still?  You might as well fake the whole thing at the Food Network studios here in New York City.

The show’s producers must have heard me.  They just announced this week’s survivors are coming to Manhattan for the remainder of the season.

That will probably look like Cleveland.



No beans about it

I’m watching 24 in 24Sandwich King Jeff Mauro’s new show on Food Network.

(It’s kinda like the $40 a Day series that Rachael Ray did way back when, but with less scratch.)

He’s in Cleveland in tonight’s episode, and he’s eating chili for lunch.

Now I love chili, and today’s dramatic drop in temperatures makes it sound especially good.  I don’t have any chili on me, but I am really enjoying watch him eat chicken chili from Palookaville Chili in Cleveland.

But he made a curious claim during the program.

He said chili is usually the “B-film of food.”  It’s canned stuff.  It goes on hot dogs.  It’s not the star.

I love the Sandwich King, but I consider chili to be at the top of the soup chain.  At the top of the stew chain.  At the top of Rachael Ray’s ‘stoup’ chain (combo soup/stew).

Chili is king.  And was king long before Jeff won Food Network Star.

Let’s show it a little respect.

Fa ra ra ra ra, ra ra ra ra

I recently traveled to Cleveland on business — or the ‘Land of Cleve,’ as I like to call it — and was in and out of the city so quickly, I didn’t get a chance to visit the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.  (In my mind, that’s what you do if you have free time in Cleveland.)

Man, was I wrong — so wrong, in fact, I wish I was there right now.

This weekend, the 2010 A Christmas Story Convention is being held at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel…and I just found out!

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the holiday classic.  Convention attendees get to tour the Cleveland home used in the filming of A Christmas Story — which is now a museum —  attend a cocktail party, and meet-and-greet seven actors from the original cast.

They also get to shoot a BB gun in the backyard, ride in the same fire truck used to save Flick at the flagpole, hear behind-the-scene stories of the ‘making of’ the movie, and even see Randy back under the sink .  (He’ll be living in the house during the convention.)

Apparently this is the fourth annual event to date.  Seriously — have they advertised this sucker at all?

Think about the 24-hour marathon broadcasts each Christmas on TBS.  Even one lousy 30-second spot during that day dedicated to A Christmas Story would cause a huge influx of tourists into the Land of Cleve.

Or, at the very least, I could have gone.

Next year.  Who’s up for Chinese?

Unhairy mess

I was working in Akron, Ohio last night, so perhaps that’s why this news story caught my eye.

The International Women’s Air and Space Museum (IWASM), which is located in Cleveland — or ‘Land of Cleve,’ as I like to say — has for 20 years been home to a wad of hair from the head of famed female aviator Amelia Earhart.

Or so they thought.

Recent DNA testing by the Institute for Aviation History, a non-profit group that continues to search for the pilot’s remains, discovered that the clump was really…thread.

Oopsy daisy.

And it’s not like the alleged hair was pulled from a random shower drain. IWASM received the false fringe from the Smithsonian Museum…which got the whacky weave via donation from a man in Pennsylvania.

Now, it doesn’t really surprise me that someone might try to pass off a tangle of thread as the legendary flier’s locks. There’s a shyster born every minute (to balance out all the suckers, of course).  It is shocking, though, that it got by the Smithsonian.  I don’t think hair and thread necessarily look that much alike, even to the human eye.

But most surprising of all?  Get this — now that the fraud has been exposed, IWASM has decided to keep the thread in the exhibit.


What on earth are the museum curators thinking?  We know it’s fake, guys.  You announced it to the press, and since the movie ‘Amelia’ opens soon, they actually wrote a story about it.  We know it’s not her hair…it’s thread.

It was already kinda creepy. Now it’s just stupid.