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Oct 21st 2010 8:58PM I lived outside Rome for almost a year in the 90's. After a while, you get to the point that you know there is always a choice of the round pasta or the square pasta. Generally, I ate with other Italians and always let them order. I sat through half hour conversations about things like the tomatoes however, the food was always delicious. Italy is unique among European countries when it comes to a variety of food.
While the Chinese food in Rome was truly dreadful, I did find 2 delicious Japanese restaurants. I think if you are going to stay in Italy for a long time, you either learn to cook or to truly appreciate and enjoy the freshness and seasonality of Roman food. When I came back, I was so attuned to this freshness and the solid preparations I rarely ate any Italian food. Except in NYC, even good bread is almost impossible to find.
Aug 22nd 2010 1:34AM When I moved to CA in 1969, higher education was basically free, There was no tuition. I thought this was amazing and a wonderful way to ensure an intelligent work force and the state's continued economic success. Ronald Regan was elected governor. He and his friends thought that nothing should be free and people should pay for their education. He felt that the answer was to lower taxes on the rich and charge for everything. He and his friends were rich, but needed more money and could afford to send their kids to USC anyway. Now we see the results. Students spending so much money on tuition, books and housing that they have no money for food. To the jerks who complain about immigrants getting food stamps, MediCal and other benefits, they should call the State or County to complain and they will learn that no one who cannot prove US citizenship is eligible for anything.
Aug 10th 2010 2:48AM Their goal is to find someone who can be on week after week or night after night and not alienate the audience plus they are looking for someone to fill a different niche. They had no black people so they found the Neeley's Aria is gone because they already have a bubbly host in Rachael Ray. They've never had an Indian before but Indian food is very complicated to make and not all that popular. They've had chunky guys before but you don't see Mario Batali much so Tom could win. I don't think he deserves it but they've never had a muscle guy before and every cable channel wants a larger share of the hispanic audience. They should have bagged the whole contest and just developed a show featuring Eva Langoria, her new LA restaurant, her husband and myriad NBA stars enjoying delicious food.
They need to do something about the judges. Clearly the grey haired guy likes the muscle number. On Iron Chef, they had a French woman who could barely speak English. On Chopped, one guy was so rude to one of the chefs that she almost walked off. She should have! Simon Cowell has already co-opted the nasty judge thing!
May 17th 2010 12:28PM I was very happy to see Saundra win. She tried to warn the others about Russell so many times and no one would listen. After they got voted off, I guess it dawned on them that she was right. During my life I have seen other creepy people like Russell, but you rarely see them get what they deserve, much less, on national TV. The most pathetic thing is that he is clueless. He actually thought that his back stabbing and immoral behavior would be rewarded. I have seen other shows where the topic of who "deserves" the money becomes of paramount interest. This time it was true.
Mar 10th 2010 5:42PM The Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood FL basically has $25 blackjack tables. However, there are a few $10 tables available from 7 AM to noon. They are the obnly blackjack tables in S.FL. Unlike the race tracks with slots and poker, the Seminoles pay no taxes to anyone Even with the "bargain" $
25 tables guests line up for a chance to play.
Mar 4th 2010 10:17PM I join the viewers whe believe that she is a delight to watch. The comments about her interviewing techniques seem strange since she has experience doing interviews on 60 Minutes. Her personal story is remarkable between the 3 kids and the difficulties inherent when your husband has MS. Who can blame her for accepting/wanting a one year contract. It's not like her only skill amd accomplishment in life has been co-hosting with Matt. Frankly, I don't understand the negative comments. If watching her bothers you so much there are many other choices. Try Morning Joe on MSNBC, but you'd probably hate Mika.
Jan 25th 2010 7:24PM Designers Challenge hasn't been on for years. A designer I knew in LA (who had exquisite taste) was selected and the result was stunning.
What bugs me are Americans on House Hunters International who comment about the work necessary to keep up the yards in Mexico, Honduras, costa Rica, etc. Don't they know that they have gardeners and yardmen in these countries who are not expensive?
It's amazing that these people who are so rich that they are looking for a 2d home in a 3d world country are clueless about the existence of maids. What difference does it make if there is no dishwasher? I lived in Brazil and Singapore for years and never needed to wash a dish. A maid in these countries cost $100 a month. And who are all these people going to "entertain" in their new country?
Equally obnoxious are 20 somethings who insist on 3 car garages on the regular House Hunters.
Jan 6th 2010 9:02PM If the ratings were down over the holidays, maybe it is because few are interested in seeing re-runs of soaps. The whole thing is money and there is no shortage of commercials during OLTL. If it goes down the tubes it will be because of the writing. The storylines are pathetic. Bad stories encourage a switch to HGTV or the Food Channel. But the cancelled shows were on CBS and the people who run ABC have different strategies.
Dec 27th 2009 8:52PM The executives at CNN have made some strange personnel decisions in the past, but this one is enough to make me change the channel and forget to go back. His morning show on NBC 6 Miami was painful to watch. I don't know or care about his politics but his arrogance and ego know no bounds. His on-air presence can only be described as opressive and from the other postings on here, others share my feelings. If public opinion can remove Lou Dobbs from the airwaves, let us hope that it happens again. CNN runs a local UHF station in Atlanta. This is where he belongs.