She caught up with the taping at Otto's Sausage Kitchen; "Fieri sat next to me and cracked jokes about pork love and asked my dad about car parts while the cameras rolled." And she learned a thing or two ... or five ... about the Food Network and television in general.
"The crew shoots around 15 to 17 half-hour tapes for each location they visit ... edited down to around seven minutes of screen time for each restaurant."
The filming crew is "on the road around 240 days a year. "
"TV people don't like it when you really eat. 'Eat slow,' begged one assistant"
"That car that Fieri motors around in? Not his. It belongs to the show's executive producer ... (towed) across the country"
The quote of the whole article:
"Portland's bitchin'," Fieri told me as he waited in the sunshine for his crew to set up the next shot at Otto's. "It's days like this that make me wanna buy three houses here. But the rainy season makes me want to kill myself."
A real Portlander couldn't have put it better.
Other places visited by the Triple-D crew included Pine State Biscuits, Arleta Library Cafe and Pok Pok.
To view a map of all of the restaurants Guy Fieri visited in the Portland area, click here.
Byways Cafe - Retro
Arleta Library Bakery and Cafe - Biscuits, Bagels and BLT's
Otto's Sausage - Go-To Joints
Pine State Biscuits - All Kinds of Classics
Podnah's Pit Barbeque - Only At This Joint
Blueplate Lunch Counter and Soda Fountain - Old Time Favorites
Pok Pok Restaurant - You Can Say That Again
Bunk Sandwiches - Upper Crust