This was the first time I have ever been served a grilled lemon with fish and chips.
I was flipping through posts, and this caught my eye:
I must be the only media person to say something nice about Guy Fieri in years, because one of his representatives contacted me wondering whether I'd like to talk to him about all the restaurants he thinks he's helped saved. (I mentioned that he's done more for small businesses than any small-business-friendly-GOP-enthusiast in my lede.) So, um, there's that!
FTR: This is now officially on.The outrage against Fieri is driven by the Gawker community, and by food snobs. His most vocal critic is Anthony Bourdain, who uses Fieri the same way music snobs used to use John Denver in the 1970s. After a while, you come to realize that food snobbery is a real thing that is too ridiculous to care about. I don't care what you like to eat, and you shouldn't care about what other people like to eat. Guy Fieri isn't just a guy on television who's trying to get you to eat something. He goes out and tries to help restaurants stay afloat.
I believe that Fieri and a very similar type of television host named Jon Taffer (Bar Rescue) have done more to save small businesses than anyone on television.
If you think about all of the wage earners that they have kept employed, and all of the small businesses that they have helped, you can't help but wonder why people hate the guy. If they both keep twenty or so businesses afloat each year, that's a lot of wage earners that are keeping their jobs. This is an underserved market because there are restaurants, bars, and retail businesses out there that need a lot of help. Their success has a huge impact on lives and communities. And they're small businesses--who wouldn't want to help a small business? It's a no-brainer.
I love Taffer--clean this place up! is the best advice anyone running a dive bar ever got. Taffer is no-nonsense and he uses business analytics. Fieri is cut from the same cloth.
He's got a California car culture look and working class culinary skills-so what?
And Rachael Ray will always be one of my favorites.
It occurred to me that I stopped writing poetry forever ago.
Fuck You Baked Potatoyou burned my handyou burned my mouthyou're covered in chivesi don't mind the sour creami don't mind your general potato state of mindbut you raise in me a feeling so unkind
i took this picture of youin 2009but you are forever in the hearts of no oneyou grew, you were picked, you were cleanedyou were trucked and you were bakedyou were adorned and served in exchange for cashyou were photo thinged by meand i don't know whyno i don't have a clue as to why
this is your lot in what was a life
this is where you restyou are immortal and none of the potatoes who grew around youare remembered in any way shape or formbut this is but the norm
Now you know why...