When Rachel Ray ate in Rome for $40...

Old Mar 29th, 2005, 08:21 AM
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Faina,

Rachael Ray is a popular Food Network personality and hosts several cooking shows. Her $40 a Day show combines food with travel, hence the relevance of the thread to fodors. She has several cookbooks out, centered around the "30 Minute Meals" concept (also the title of one of her shows). Just as the Travel Channel can seem like "The Vegas Channel," the Food Network can at times seem like "The Rachael Ray Channel," which is why I think some may be annoyed with her.
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Old Mar 29th, 2005, 08:27 AM
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Faina, Rachael Ray is a personality on the Food Network with three different TV shows. 30 Minute Meals, which IMO has some decent recpies. $40 a day, on which she visits different cities and attempts to dine on a $40 budget. On the third show she hangs out with a celebrity and visits one of their favorite restaurants or cooks with them in their kitchen.

I do tend to think she gets a bit goofy with her mannerisms and comments.

YUM-OH!!!
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Old Mar 29th, 2005, 08:35 AM
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Just for the record, I don't hate Rachael Ray at all,I enjoy the $40 a Day show,I just think the responses to the food are a little over the top.
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Old Mar 29th, 2005, 08:52 AM
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LOL I should have known that a thread about RACHAEL (note my spelling Rex!) would evoke all these comments!

So, anyone else want to weigh in on whether Enoteca Corsi does actually serve the "best roasted chicken you've ever tasted in your life", Al Pompiere is the best place to go for the YUMMIEST fried artichokes ever, or it Spirito di Vino serves a pork dish TO DIE FOR?...
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Old Mar 29th, 2005, 09:02 AM
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We ate at Al Pompiere and were not that impressed with the food or the service. One of the waiters made an obscene touch on one of the three of us!
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Old Mar 29th, 2005, 09:33 AM
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Jennifer PM... what about her saying "EVOO " every time for extra virgin olive oil? I guess she thinks it's cool but I would rather her just say extra virgin olive oil!

I don't hate her but she can be annoying ... the giggle, the talking with her hands so emphatically...
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Old Mar 29th, 2005, 09:41 AM
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I'll be the first to admit it, I am jealous of Rachael's job. Life would be a dream if I could get paid to travel around the country and the world and do nothing but eat and sightsee. I could even learn to act overly enthusiastic as she does over a blue yogurt drink, or something equally displeasing.
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Old Mar 29th, 2005, 09:49 AM
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Anyone ever notice that sometimes when she eats she holds her utensils in the European fashion? I wonder where she picked that up from. Did she spend her younger years abroad?

IMO - I love her shows. She is perky and perpetually positive, but so what. It's just television!
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Old Mar 29th, 2005, 09:52 AM
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omg seaurchin! totally unacceptable!
guess i will be finding my fried artichokes elsewhere...
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As long as she does not yell POW every time she throws some spices in her food
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Old Mar 29th, 2005, 09:53 AM
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...or BAM.
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Old Mar 29th, 2005, 10:01 AM
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Hey Scarlett,

Are you trying to "Kick it up a notch?"

Now...that does grate on my nerves! roflol!
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Old Mar 29th, 2005, 10:22 AM
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JNN, What do you mean "the European fashion" of holding ones silverware? Do you mean fork in left hand and knife in right hand and not "switching"? If so, those are called proper table manners.
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Old Mar 29th, 2005, 10:23 AM
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Coincidentally, we ate at both Al Pompiere and Spirito di Vino last year. We had a great total experience at Spirito di Vino and I have posted on it before.
The ambience at Al Pompiere was fine -- nothing I would rave about but no problems either. The service was OK too -- the waiters visited the table regularly and delivered the right orders on time.
The food, though, was a mixed bag. We went specifically for the fried zucchini blossoms and the artichokes. My memory is that they were a little cold and a bit soggy. I don't know what they're supposed to be like, though.
The main courses were much better -- my fish was perfectly done and the sauce complemented it well -- but I was disappointed since the fried vegetables were supposed to be a specialty and we had made an effort to go there.
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Old Mar 29th, 2005, 10:24 AM
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Proper? HA! They eat like savages!

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Old Mar 29th, 2005, 10:39 AM
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Interesting comparison to Rick Steves: Both are awkward or goofy hosts, doing a job many of us would like to have, but offering advice many of us think we could top?!. That said, the comments here are really negative, at least compared to those aimed at RS!

Now I have to ask Sea Urchin: What is an obscene touch?
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Old Mar 29th, 2005, 10:43 AM
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Who eats like savages, JNN?
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"What do you mean "the European fashion" of holding ones silverware? Do you mean fork in left hand and knife in right hand and not "switching"? If so, those are called proper table manners."

That's ludicrous. Its merely a cultural difference.
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Michelle - Europeans! Have you ever seen a table of them hunched over, attacking their food with sharp utensils in both hands? It looks like a psychotic feeding frenzy!

(Please don't take me too seriously. I think I need a vacation)
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Old Mar 29th, 2005, 11:48 AM
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Fodors is a touch audience.
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