Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"Minute to Win It" mash-up, plus upcoming episodes

Dj mTp put this mash-up together, "Get Up," the summer theme song to Minute to Win It and "Dr. Jones" by Aqua:

*link to video - source*

The summer Minute to Win It theme song is "Get Up" by Stephen Wrabel, produced by Eve Nelson of E.V.E. Available on iTunes, for $0.99. Click here.

Tonight on Minute to Win It, Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 8/7c on NBC, "Sisters Got Game" - Sisters Taneshia and Shalaye Camillo give it all they've got in their attempt to take home a million dollars.

And on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 8/7c on NBC, "Movers and Shakers:"

Next week, two NFL themed episodes:
“Minute To Win It,” will air special NFL themed episodes on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 7 and 8 (8-9 p.m. ET) leading up to “NFL Opening Kickoff 2010 Presented by EA SPORTS” which airs on NBC on Thursday, September 9 (7:30 p.m. ET).

The players in the NFL episodes, airing Tuesday and Wednesday, September 7 and 8 (8-9 p.m. ET), include New Orleans Saints Pierre Thomas and Robert Meachem and Minnesota Vikings Anthony Herrera, Visanthe Shiancoe and Bernard Barrien and Amber Wright from the San Francisco 49ers cheerleading squad “Gold Rush”.

Read more.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Ready to Go Guido (GI0806H) with video

Guy's Big Bite - Ready to Go Guido - Aired 8/29/10

Guy "Guido" Fieri is a Guy on the go, and needs to whip up some grub that'll go great wherever he goes. So pack the pail with his Ale Brined Roasted Turkey Sandwich, Rojo Onion Rings, and the Blonde with Dark Roots cocktail that stays true to Guy's roots of delicious drink design.

[Note: the above description is a gaff. ~D]

Blonde with Dark Roots - dessert recipe, NOT a cocktail recipe

Ale Brined Roasted Turkey Sandwich - recipe, with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Pesto and Rojo Rings

hazelnuts, coconut, dark chocolate, turkey breast, beer, giardiniera, Roasted Red Bell Pepper Pesto, sourdough loaf, Rojo Rings

Related Guy Fieri Recipes:
Main dishes with turkey

-> more on Guy's Big Bite <-

Airs on the Food Network:
Aug 29, 2010 - 11:00 AM ET/PT
Aug 30, 2010 - 3:00 PM ET/PT

Friday, August 27, 2010

Fans visit over 100 Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

On Monday's Season 10 premiere of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, the show returns to Hillbilly Hotdogs in West Virginia on the day two super fans, Roger and Jane Holm, visit their 100th restaurant on the Triple D list. At the time of this writing, they've been to over 124 restaurants from the Food Network program, following in Guy Fieri's footsteps.

"Our 100th restaurant featured on Triple D and was it ever a spectacular party!" Jane Holm writes from Facebook, "Sonny and Sharie, their family, staff and friends went all out to make our day absolutely perfect!"

Visit Family Joints DV1001H for more information on the 10th season premiere episode, future air dates and times.

I'm keeping in touch with dozens of fans of the show, many hitting their 20th, 50th and a few now having visited over 100 restaurants that have been featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

Perhaps my best Triple D buddy and pen pal has been Dr. Robert McCleland, who recently visited his 100th DDD in, of all places, Hawaii, with his family. Both Jane and "The Robster" have helped me enormously by collecting pictures of "Guy Ate Here," spray-painted tags on the walls of featured restaurants. My thanks to you both. :) Further, may I also thank the dozens of others who keep me organized, true and honest with my Triple D information and database.

Listen to Dr. DDD on Restaurant Radio. Click here.

When Rob asked my opinion on which Hawaii Triple D restaurant should be his 100th, I recommended Poke Stop.

Chef Elmer Guzman wrote from Twitter, "I'm honored that Rob McCleland visited Poke Stop for his 100th diners drive in and dives restaurant."

While in Hawaii, Rob kept account of all the restaurants on Oahu. And now, in his own words:


Triple D—Aloha Style!

I recently spent a week on Oahu and had the privilege of eating at the seven Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives (yes, there were some of each!). First off, hats off to Triple D and Page Productions for putting the list together. I understand that the Hawaii Bureau of Tourism really wanted the show to visit the Aloha State. The joints they picked were very good. They had a wide range of Triple D delights, from the most authentic Hawaiian you could imagine (Highway Inn), to some unbelievably good Asian Fusion (Poke Stop), with several great stops in between. Funky joints with good food, they just happen to be off the mainland!

First stop was Nico’s Pier 38, the closest joint to the airport. If you watched this episode you’ll remember that Nico hits the giant fish market early every morning. Trust me, his fastidious control is worth it in every bite. We ordered the catch of the day and the largest selling, Furikake Pan-Seared Ahi Tuna w/ Ginger Garlic Cilantro sauce. I’m salivating just thinking about how good it was (seriously). It’s a small place in an industrial area, but totally worth the stop

Next up, Murphy’s Irish Pub, a couple of miles from Nico’s. I met Don, the owner, who was nice as can be. The funkiness of this place is derived from the fact that is half Irish fine dining and half sports bar, with good food on both sides of the house. Standard comfort food prepared the right way for the long haul—it’s what earned them a well-deserved spot on the show. I wish I could have been there for some of the World Cup games.

Hank’s Haute Dogs. Very funky, reminiscent of Fab Hot Dogs in Los Angeles. Got love their funky ways of dressing up the dogs (think mango/pineapple relish, or the Lobster sausage!). While I’m not a dog connoisseur, these were excellent. The counter help was excellent, you could tell they believed in their product! My only suggestion would be serving the dogs a little hotter. These would be “warm dogs” rather than hot dogs. On round two we asked for hotter dogs and they were perfect. Yelp reviewers had the same suggestion.

The Rainbow Inn—this place is a classic. We were the only Houlis (white people) at the place, and every parking space was full. This is one of those local joints that need to know what and how to order when you arrive or you look like an idiot. I’ve found that “give me what he got on the show” works well in these situations. Food was good, cheap, and there was plenty of it.

Germaine’s Luau does have the best luau food (in my many trips to the islands). Most luaus are simply about feeding people quickly and putting on a show; the quality of the food is usually an afterthought. Not here. You get the good show with a great host, but the food is center stage. Since you’re going to attend a luau anyway, make it this one.

I’ve saved the best two for last. One of the two I expected to be good—but it was great! I did not have high expectations for the other one, but it was outstanding as well! “Whoa, Dr. M, how could you not expect a Triple D to be fantastic?” Good question that is worth asking.

When you watch the TV segment for the Highway Inn you see how truly authentic the food is. Guy has a great appreciation for the authenticity of preparation and the old school methods that have been preserved. My experience is that most “fully authentic” cuisine is not as tasty to uninitiated palate. Boy was I wrong! The Highway Inn is THE REAL DEAL on about a million levels. First of all the history of the place is remarkable. The daughters have done a great job capturing the historical context and the importance that food plays in the culture. Second, wow was that food good! I tried 3 or 4 dishes and each one was multi-dimensional, full palate, unique tasting, and downright delicious! Third, this place is special. I’ve been to over 100 Triple Ds and this is one of the best when it comes to caring, giving back, and making a difference in the community.

I had the good fortune of talking to Monica, one of the daughters who returned to Hawaii to run the place when the dad had a medical issue. She was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. You can tell that this family is “all in” when it comes to making outstanding food and making a difference. The Highway Inn isn’t in downtown Honolulu, you have to make a 25 minute drive out of town. It’s worth every mile it to support a place with great food that is doing it right on so many levels. You’ll thank me for this one.

My personal favorite in Hawaii was my 100th Triple D: Poke Stop. Hodad’s in San Diego was my 50th Triple D; I wanted someplace just as special for my 100th. Dora told me that she and Chef Guzman had tweeted a couple of times and that she thought this would be a great place—it was outstanding. The flavor combinations, the freshness, the family atmosphere… it blew me away. Chef Guzman worked for and was mentored by both Emeril and Sam Choy. You can see the fun when you walk in the door and you taste the flavor with every bite. Chef Guzman and his family were very kind to my family. This is the kind of place that you could eat at two or three nights a week and never tire of it. When you watch the episode you’ll see Guy’s reaction. That was my reaction as well—and soon it will be yours. Enjoy.


For more on all of the Hawaii locations and episodes, click here.

Are you a Diners, Drive-ins and Dives super fan? Been to 20, 50, a 100 places or more? We'd love to hear about it. Please write to dorablenights@yahoo.com.

Related Posts:
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Dr. M’s TOP TEN reasons that visiting Triple Ds is a great hobby!
Dr. M gets me a #shoutout from Guy Fieri

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Guy Fieri donates Awesome Pretzel cart to Ferndale Elem School

From California Culinary Schools, "Guy Fieri, came back to his roots at the Humboldt County Fair and presented the Ferndale Elementary School students with the very first Awesome Pretzel Co. cart. They also got training from the best! Guy sold his first pretzel at this same fair at age 10 and now passes the pretzel on to the next generation of culinary creatives.

Thanks to Guy Fieri, Humboldt County Office of Education, local Rotary clubs and community members and Guy Fieri Foundation for Inspiration and Imagination." (via)

Also, News Channel 3's Phil Milani was on hand to catch the action. View video here.


More Interviews:

Guy Fieri called in to Lamont and Tonelli, on 107.7 The Bone / KSAN-FM San Francisco, to talk about Minute To Win It. Click here to listen.

Also, Guy called in to The Q 107.5 FM, based in Memphis, TN. Click here to listen.

Related Posts:
Fieri inspires Ferndale students, plus interview from Better Recipes
Guy Fieri, at Humbolt County Fair
Guy Fieri Foundation launch, Eddie recalls and a First Pitch

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

More DDD in Sac, interviews on radio, plus Good Housekeeping vids

A very quick post this morning, My apologies for the total brain dump here; I find myself playing catch up. Again. :)

In addition to the Putah Creek Cafe on the list of upcoming Sacramento shoots for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives this week, we have two more to add to the list today:

The Golden Bear - website
2326 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 441-2242
Read all about it, Sacramento Bee.
*Premieres 1/3/11 - From Pork to Tofu*

Gatsby's Diner - website
2598 Alta Arden Expy
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 977-0102
*Premieres 1/31/11 - A Little Twisted*

Dad's Kitchen - website
2968 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 447-DADS
Twitter: @dads_kitchen
*Premieres 3/7/11 - Soup and Sandwiches*

Meal Ticket - no website?
1235 San Pablo Avenue
Albany, CA 94706
(510) 526-6325
*Premieres 11/26/10 - Sweet n' Savory*

Worth Our Weight - website
1021 Hahman Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
(707) 544-1200
*Premieres 1/17/11 - Funky Finds*

And on the watch list ...

Chuck's Hamburgers - website
6034 Pacific Ave
Stockton, CA 95207
(209) 473-9977



Guy was a guest on KZOK Radio. He called the Bob Rivers Show from Spokane where he was searching for good food joints for his TV show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, with the places he recommended. Check it out here - click here for more.

And recently, Bob Tuschman of the Food Network commented with all his thoughts about Guy Fieri on Restaurant Radio, based in Chicago, IL. Click here to listen to a clip.

And Good Housekeeping Magazine posted several small video interviews with Guy Fieri on You Tube.

Chef Guy Fieri on Cooking with your Kids
*link to video*

Follow the links for more Guy Fieri from Good Housekpeeing's Magazine:

Secret to a Happy Marriage
Chef Guy Fieri on his favorite Diner, Drive-in, or Dive
Why Pepper is the Most Misunderstood Spice
Why Kids and Adults Shouldn't Have Separate Menus
Chef Guy Fieri on his Housekeeping Skills

Also, a few new videos have been added to ChefGuyFieri's YouTube channel, including some footage from the recent visit to Seattle for "Tailgate Warriors" and the preseason game at Qwest Field. Check 'em out.

I'll update this post with links and more shortly. Thank you.

Related Posts:
Guy Fieri, on coffee and counting vegetables
DDD in Sac
Guy Fieri cooks up pork tacos at Good Housekeeping

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Monday, August 23, 2010

"Minute to Win It" specials this week, plus NFL in Sept.

Monday August 23, 2010, begins a three-day run of themed Minute to Win It episodes. This week, "Girls of Summer," airing at 8/7c on NBC.

The first of the three episodes is a Miss Universe charity episode. Former Miss USA and Miss Universe titleholders competing against one another will air on Monday, August 23 (8-9 p.m. ET), as a lead in to the "2010 Miss Universe Pageant" on NBC (9-11 p.m. ET).

Beauty Queen Battle

Chelsea Cooley (Miss USA 2005) - Masters Inn Ministries Inc.
Kristen Dalton (Miss USA 2009) - USO
Shandi Finnessey (Miss USA 2004) - Stray Rescue of St. Louis
Wendy Fitzwilliam (Miss Universe 1998) - Keep A Child Alive
Brook Lee (Miss USA & Miss Universe 1997) - Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus
Shanna Moakler (Miss USA 1995) - Children's Burn Foundation
Riyo Mori (Miss Universe 2007) - Make A Wish Foundation International
Justine Pasek (Miss Universe 2002) - Orphaned Starfish Foundation Inc.
Zuleyka Rivera (Miss Universe 2006) - American Childrens Cancer Association Inc.
Rachel Smith (Miss USA 2007) - Boys and Girls Club of America

On Tuesday, August 24, 2010, it's East vs. West as girls from opposite coasts compete for the grand prize. Melissa Busfield from Gloucester, Mass., competes against Erica Sanchez from Orinda, Calif. Their first challenge is the game Paper Dragon (view blueprint), in which they must unspool two rolls of party streamers using only their hands and arms. The girls will compete head-to-head in the first three challenges and whoever wins the most out of the three challenges continues to compete for the $1 million. Later, Atlanta Hawk cheerleaders Stephanie Ming and Kaylin Reque compete as a team to win money to support their disabled parents.

On Wednesday, August 25, 2010, after cheerleaders Ming and Reque finish competing, the 60-second circle welcomes, sisters Kandis & Kristin Erickson from Los Angeles and Orange County, California. The sisters are competing for their grandmother who wants to return to her homeland of Italy. Their first challenge is "Tilt-A-Cup" (view blueprint), in which they must incrementally build a wobbly tower of cups and ping-pong balls by bouncing a ball from the ground up into a growing stack of cups held in their hands.

Two weeks later, on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 7 and 8, 2010, NBC's Minute To Win It will air special NFL themed episodes 8-9 p.m. ET leading up to NFL Opening Kickoff 2010. The players in the NFL episodes include New Orleans Saints Pierre Thomas and Robert Meachem and Minnesota Vikings Anthony Herrera, Visanthe Shiancoe and Bernard Barrien.

Thomas and Shiancoe will team up together to win money for their respective charities - United Way for Greater New Orleans Area, The Children's Hospital, Inc., New Orleans and National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area, Inc. and National Kidney Foundation of Minnesota, Inc. Bernard Barrien will play with cheerleader Amber Wright from the San Francisco 49ers cheerleading squad "Gold Rush". They will play for their respective charities Second Harvest Heartland and Bay Area Women's Sport Initiative.

Later, Meachem and Herrera will team up to play for their respective charities as well - Boys & Girls Club of Greater New Orleans, Indian Nations Football Conference and Boys & Girls Club of Collier County.

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Pictures from Best Buddies' Flag Football Game
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Sunday, August 22, 2010

"Tailgate Warriors" in Seattle

It's no secret that Seattle is one of Guy Fieri's favorite cities in the country. No surprise, then, that one of three new episodes of Tailgate Warriors was taped yesterday, Saturday, August 21, 2010 at Qwest Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks.

The Green Bay Packers were in Seattle for a pre-season game, and two tailgate teams represented each NFL team for an epic Battle on the Blacktop, to be televised on The Food Network later this Fall.

Ray "Dr. BBQ" Lampe (website) and Jay "The Tailgate Guy" DiEugenio (website) were back as judges.

DrBBQ - Tailgate Warriors starts shooting Saturday! Guy's the host, I'm a judge and real tailgaters are cooking. Catfish OK, but please no snake!

TheTailgateGuy - TAILGATE WARRIORS IS BACK!!! Filming this weekend in Seattle, next weekend in Oakland, and next month in NOLA!

Marcellus Wiley (website), a retired San Diego Charger selected to the AFC Pro Bowl team in 2001 and current co-host of "Winners Bracket" on ABC, was on set as a judge too.

marcelluswiley - On the set of Tailgate Warriors with Guy Fieri. After today, I will definitely be north of 300!

ChefGuyFieri - In Seattle for Tailgate Warriors shoot…it’s the battle on the grid iron and the blacktop

More pictures -
Guy Fieri with the Seattle Sea Gals - sportstechieNET
Marcellus with a Seattle Sea Dog - sportstechieNET
Dr. BBQ on set - sportstechieNET
Guy Fieri with BJ Shea and crew - BJShea
Guy Fieri with producer at judge's table - RevEnFuego
BJ Shea with Guy in background - RevEnFuego
Seahawk Fiend and friends - RevEnFuego
Marcellus with Seattle Sea Gals - marcelluswiley
Roast beast on TGW set - marcelluswiley
Tailgate Warriors set - marcelluswiley
Fan with Guy Fieri - TalkSportyToMe
Hawk One Tailgate Warriors - thank you Tom!
Jay the Tailgate Guy - NFL Tailgate Nation

If you have more pictures from the shoot you'd like to share with other fans, post a comment below with a link.

KISW, 99.9 FM in Seattle interviewed Guy Fieri the day before the shoot. "We were joined by our great friend Guy Fieri this morning in anticipation for his arrival in Seattle for tomorrow's Seahawks game where he will be filming for an upcoming Tailgate Warriors episode. Listen here to what went down with Guy!" Click here to download.

And click here for Sports Techie's blog about the day.

Next on the TGW shoot schedule, August 28 - San Francisco @ Oakland and September 9 - Minnesota @ New Orleans!

Related Posts:
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Guy Fieri is looking for more Tailgate Warriors
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Friday, August 20, 2010

Guy Fieri merchandise at Bed Bath & Beyond

Bed Bath & Beyond has picked up the Guy Fieri "Knuckle Sandwich" series of knives plus his books, in addition to the cedar planks they've been carrying for some time now. Visit www.bedbathandbeyond.com to shop online.

The line of knives, produced by Ergo Chef® include:

4" Parer $34.99
5.5" Utility Knife $44.99
8" Chef's Knife $75.99
5.5" Santoku Knife $54.99

And the first of more to come, Guy Fieri grilling accessories by Outset, Inc., a set of cedar planks, ideal in grilling fish, pork, poultry, beef, and vegtables.

Guy Fieri's Interlocking Planks (Set of 6) $14.99

To date, Guy Fieri has co-written two companion books for his show on the Food Network, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, published by HarperCollins, both of which are selling now at "B3."

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives $19.95
More Diners, Drive-ins and Dives $19.99

A cookbook of Guy Fieri's own recipes is scheduled for release this fall. More on that as we hear of it.

Related Posts:
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Knuckle Sandwich on a Walkabout
On reviewing and marketing Guy Fieri's knives

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p.s. An inside source tells FoGF that Guy Fieri's restaurants, Johnny Garlic's and Tex Wasabi's, will soon be serving San Pellegrino, mineral water with carbonation added. :)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Triple D in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene

Film crews from The Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with Guy Fieri have been sighted at the following locations in East Washington and Northern Idaho:

Elk Public House - website
1931 W Pacific Ave
Spokane, WA 99204
(509) 363-1973
*Premieres 12/18/10 - Sandwiches Plus*

Picabu Neighborhood Bistro - website
901 W 14th Ave
Spokane, WA 99204
(509) 624-2464
www.picabu-bistro.com - tapes August 24th
*Premieres 1/24/10 - Quirky Classics*

Capone's Pub & Grill - website
751 N 4th St
Coeur D Alene, ID 83814
(208) 667-4843
*Premieres 12/13/10 - Wings 'n Things*

Chaps Coffee Co. - website
4235 S Cheney Spokane Rd
Spokane, WA 99256
(509) 624-4182
Facebook - taped August 24th. Read article with pictures.
*Premieres 11/1/10 - Fresh, Filled and Fried*

Waddell's Neighborhood Pub - website
4318 South Regal Street
Spokane, WA 99223
(509) 443-6500
*Premiere 3/14/11 - From Crepes to Kreplach*

Hills' Restaurant and Lounge - website
401 W Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 747-3946
*link to photo* See these pictures also, tweetphoto.com/41345219 and my favorite of the two, tweetphoto.com/41345121
*Premieres 1/10/11 - Po' Boys, Pasta And Pork

Jimmy's Down The Street Cafe - website
1613 E Sherman Ave
Coeur D Alene, ID 83814
(208) 765-3868
Tapes August 22nd & 23rd
*Premiere 2/28/11 - Favorites with a Twist*

View map of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives in the Spokane / Coeur d'Alene area.

Feel free to comment with your confirmations and additional sightings, pictures and comments.

I'll update this post as confirmations come in. We love tips! Just fill out the comment form below. Thanks!

*Update* Click here to read more about each of the Spokane and Coeur d'Alene featured restaurants.

Guy Fieri on KSLB, the BobbyD Show and more

Just a quick note:

"Guy Fieri from "Triple D" and NBC's "Minute 2 Win It" on the show today! That dude makes me hungry..." - @djgemineye

Visit www.107kiss.com, based in Medford-Eugene, Oregon. Click here to listen.


"Wednesday Thursday morning Casey talks to tv pitchman Anthony Sullivan and the Food Network's Guy Fieri. Plus you have a chance to win tickets to see Slash, The Smashing Pumpkins, and more at the Sunset Strip Music Festival. 937 KCLB Rocks!"

Visit www.937kclb.com, based in Southern California.


"Wednesday, August 18, 2010, on @thebobbydshow we welcome back to the program Guy Fieri from "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" and "Minute to Win It." TUNE IN!!"

Visit http://thebobbydshow.com, based in Seattle / Tacoma, Washington. Click here to listen.


Click here to listen to Guy w/ Dane and Tom on Restaurant Radio (Twitter) for his personal 2-minute Labor Day Grilling preview


Also, an excerpt from the recent Food Network special, The Guy Fieri Road Show:

*link to video*


And this just in: The Tune Inn has now been certified a "dive bar" by Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

The Tune Inn, located in Washington, D.C., taped its segment for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives in April, 2010. The episode is scheduled to air in September 2010.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Fieri inspires Ferndale students, plus interview from Better Recipes

From the Times Standard:

Before attending a BBQ cookoff at the Humbolt County Fair in Ferndale, CA, Guy Fieri stepped onto the Ferndale High School campus on Thursday, August 12, 2010, "into a classroom full of waiting students, teachers and parents. He recognized it as the home economics room from when he attended the school."
The Humboldt County Office of Education filmed Fieri at the school talking to students and teachers for a video project that will be edited by students at Hoopa, Fortuna and Arcata high schools, said Heidi Moore, coordinator of curriculum and instruction.

*View photo*

The DVD project is designed to promote the idea of entrepreneurship to youth from elementary school to high school, she said.

Read more at www.times-standard.com.


Guy Fieri crowned Kristina Vanni of North Hollywood, California the National Pork Board’s “Next Pork Personality” on Friday, October 9, 2009. Vanni received a $5,000 grand prize for her original recipe: Spicy Asian Pork Tenderloin with Pear Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Baby Choy. Click here for the winning recipe. From Kristina Vanni of BetterRecipes.com:

Interview with Guy Fieri at the Atlantic City Food and Wine Fest

*Link to video*

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Guy Fieri, at Humbolt County Fair

The Times Standard was on hand to visit with the folks of Ferndale at the Humbolt County Fair, Thursday, August 12, 2010, when Guy Fieri made his appearance. Guy hosted the "In It to Win It" BBQ competition, opening day at the fair.

"As the sun finally cut through the fog draping the Humboldt County Fair, Guy Fieri took center stage on Thursday. The hometown star's appearance in the early afternoon put smiles on the faces of fairgoers, who waited in anticipation to ask questions and shake hands."

Guy Fieri was born in Ohio, but raised in Ferndale. He goes back to visit several times a year.”He never forgets where he came from,” said Adena Bohn, who used to babysit Fieri.

”As you enjoy the fair, please remember that community means everything,” Guy Fieri said. “This is one of the best.”

Click here for the full article. Photo - http://times-standard.mycapture.com

Guy Fieri launched his Foundation for Inspiration and Imagination at the fair.

Maditude Adjustment met Guy Fieri the morning before the fair. "He was super cool and said my hats are 'Off da Hook!' ... Guy talked about what it was like to be a young entrepreneur and he didn't make it sound like it's all fun and games. I liked that, because sometimes it is hard work!"

Lori Jones said, "opening day of fair. Lots of people. Guy Fieri was there for the BBQ cookoff. Hopefully the photos I took will turn out. Too many people were in front of me blocking the view. Sampled some of the BBQ and it was great."

Doug Culbert had a fun time at the fair. "Got to see Guy Fieri, which was pretty cool."

And Sarah Annis Ireland had fun at the fair too, "with my beautiful boys today...Guy Fieri signed Connor's cast, the very thing he has been waiting for since the day he got the casts! Thanks, Guy, for making my Boo's wish come true!"

While in town, Guy Fieri partied it up at the Hotel Ivanhoe Restaurant and Saloon on Main Street in Ferndale, CA.

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Guy Fieri and the Aflac Duck

Aflac unveiled a new television commercial called "Spicy." The 30-second ad features the Aflac Duck and Guy Fieri grilling up a new message about Aflac and its products.

"Working with the Aflac Duck to tell America how Aflac pays policyholders fast is enough to make anyone's hair stand up," Fieri joked. "But this commercial has a serious message about how Aflac policies can be a key ingredient to anyone's financial plan."

First, a little behind the scenes:
Aflac | Inside Look at Hair and Makeup for Guy

*Link to video*

By the way, there are several new behind the scenes videos posted at www.youtube.com/user/chefguyfieri. Check 'em out.

"Spicy" is the 51st television commercial starring the Aflac Duck and will air through November 2010. It will debut August 16 on various broadcast and cable television networks.

*Link to video*

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

DDD in Sac, NYT take on demo, plus tonight's M2WI

The Food Network crew will be filming at Putah Creek Cafe on Thursday morning, August 12, 2010, for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, and host Guy Fieri will hit the Main Street restaurant on Aug. 29, said owner John Pickerel.

Putah Creek Cafe - website
210 Railroad Ave
Winters, CA 95694
(530) 795-2682
Twitter - @putahcreekcafe
*Premiere 4/4/11 - Signature Twists*

Gourmet Magazine featured the cafe in its June 2000 issue.

Read more at Sacbee.com.

Gatsby's is also rumored to be featured on the show.

Gatsby's Hamburgers - no website?
2598 Alta Arden Expressway
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 977-0102

Triple D has featured three Sacramento-area restaurants: the Squeeze Inn (Burgers) in 2007, then in its 450-square-foot space on Fruitridge Road. The restaurant has since relocated to 5301 Power Inn Road and also has locations in Galt and Roseville. Cafe Rolle (A Little Bit of Everywhere) and Jamies Broadway Grille (Funky Joints) were both featured in 2009.


The New York Times caught up with Guy Fieri's live cooking demonstration in Atlantic City, late July, 2010, and wrote an excellent article about the appeal he had to his fans as well as some insightful comments about his detractors.

"... this platinum-haired, heavily tattooed chef-dude has proved that he has a Sarah Palin-like ability to reach Americans who feel left behind by the nation’s cultural (or, in his case, culinary) elite." [image]

"The fact that it was 3 o’clock in the afternoon, that there were numerous children and oxygen-toting seniors in the seats, and that he wasn’t about to do anything more radical than sear a duck breast didn’t do anything to diminish the energy Mr. Fieri brought to the stage. The charisma that recently inspired a middle-aged mom to throw her lavender-colored bra onstage during a cooking demonstration was on full display.

And although his props and costumes evoke a hard-core rebelliousness, his persona is friendly and jovial, serving up a solid helping of American family values with a garnish of patriotism."
He says that his chef-rock star-sports fan persona reflects his real passions: food, family, music, fast cars, sports and generally having an excellent time. Now, he worries about turning that persona into a person, with a lasting following and a real culinary agenda.

“Look, the fame rocket is only on the upward trajectory for a limited time,” he said in an interview a few days after the show, riding in the back of a car between television shoots in the Philadelphia suburbs. “I have to do what I can for the program while it lasts.”

"He’d rather have the loud love of the guys in the audience at Caesars than awards from the James Beard Foundation." [image]
Mr. Fieri has worked in the restaurant business steadily for 25 years, and although the politics of food isn’t his priority, he is smart enough to be genuinely worried about the real issues facing his industry and his audience.

“Will organics prevail?” he asked, furrowing his rubbery, normally cheerful face as he fretted that America is at a culinary crossroads. “I don’t know. Will schools get the funding they need to feed our kids? Will we be able to bring back all the cooking skills that got lost in the drive-through and the microwave?”

For the full story, visit The New York Times.


And tonight on Minute to Win It, the Charlotte Observer reports a Huntersville, NC couple will vie for the $1 million Wednesday, August 11, 2010.
Emily Barzee said this morning that she and her husband, Scott, were flown to Los Angeles to tape the show in late June.

The couple had appeared at a casting call for the show earlier that month at the EpiCentre at Trade and College streets in uptown Charlotte, Emily Barzee said.

Huntersville is about 15 miles north of Charlotte, North Carolina. Minute to Win It airs on NBC, 8/7c.

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Guy Fieri Foundation launch, Eddie recalls and a First Pitch

The Contra Costa Times recently interviewed Guy Fieri about his hosting the opening day at the 114th annual Humboldt County Fair.

"... he's glad to use his fame to promote the place where he grew up.
There's really no bigger reward, I think, than being able to come home and offer what you gained in life and the experience you gain, and share it with the place and people that helped form you.

Humboldt County Fair Manager Stuart Titus said he remembers coaching Fieri when he was a seventh grade football player. "He's kind of filled in since then with all the diners, drive-ins and dives, and stuff, but he's always had that twinkle in his eyes."

Fieri will at the fair between noon and 4 p.m. Thursday, August 12, 2010, hosting the barbecue contest between local rotary clubs as well as partaking in other activities.
I'm getting a kick out of coming back

This appearance at the fair launches Guy Fieri's nonprofit, the Guy Fieri Foundation for Inspiration and Imagination.

With his new foundation, Fieri hopes to eventually donate 25 to 50 pretzel carts a year to schools or youth organizations. The carts are being built in Ferndale.
It's the old teach them to fish theory. It's a great vehicle that teaches young adults the entrepreneurial environment.

Fieri wants the first cart to go to the place that helped him realize his potential -- Ferndale Elementary School. He said the school, and specifically his eighth grade teacher, Fran Moriarty Fischer, helped him to become the person he is today.
I've done it all -- done everything I've ever imagined I'd want to do, too. And this event has got to be in the top three things in my career. It has me grinning ear to ear.

For more information on the Humboldt County Fair, visit www.humboldtcountyfair.org.

Click here for the full interview.


Fans of Ultimate Recipe Showdown may remember Eddie Huang, from the "Party Food" episode, aired on March 21st, 2010. Huang has opened two restaurants in the past six months, Baohaus and Xiao Ye in New York.

Zen Kimchi recently asked Huang what was it like meeting and working with Food Network chef Guy Fieri?
Ha, ha. You know, going into the show, I thought he was going to be a s— show. Food Network has tapes of my interview, [in which] I’m imitating him, making fun of his backwards glasses, etc. But, in person, he’s really cool. You hear it all the time, “This guy’s down to Earth,” but it’s true. He’s a good dude — lower voice than on TV, knows his food, about his business.

Read the full article here.


On Sunday, August 8, 2010, Guy Fieri pitched the ceremonial first ball at the Oakland A's vs Texas Rangers game.

Photos submitted by FoGF, Angie Talmon

And ajt_2002 caught a ride in the elevator with Guy and his boys.

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DVR alert: Guy Fieri's Road Show

In September of 2009, Guy Fieri and his company, Knuckle Sandwich, announced they'd go on the road across America with a new kind of live entertainment show - a cooking demo, rock concert style. From November 17 through December 19 of 2009, the crew traveled by bus and airplane, entertaining thousands in 21 cities from East coast to West.

On December 11 and 12, 2009, in Seattle WA and Portland OR, camera crews caught all the action for a forthcoming television special.

Guy Fieri's Road Show
Check out an exclusive look behind the scenes as Guy Fieri travels the country on his culinary tour that is part cooking demo/part Rock concert.

Airs on the Food Network
Aug 14, 2010 - 7:30 PM ET/PT
Aug 15, 2010 - 3:00 PM ET/PT
Click here for future air dates and times

Each show featured a local restaurateur or chef, several restaurant owners from Guy Fieri's show, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives traveled with Guy to assist on stage and several dates included appearances by other Food Network personalities. Locally-based culinary students assisted with the prep and service to on-stage audience members. DJ Cobra and flair bartender Hayden Wood were also part of the crew.

Photos by Alan Poulin

If you missed the live show, catch it on T.V. Also, commemorative Guy Fieri Road Show T-shirts are now available for purchase at www.shopguyfieri.com.

Following the premiere of Guy Fieri's Road Show on Saturday, August 14, there will be a mini marathon of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives from 8 to 11:00 p.m., with scattered repeats until 4:00 a.m. - Food Network Show Schedule.

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Whole hog, 1st pitch and "Guy Ate Here" app

At the Sonoma Fair on Thursday, August 5, 2010, Guy Fieri purchased a hog at the Fair’s Junior Livestock Auction.

Guy Fieri with sons, Hunter and Ryder


Today, Sunday, August 8, 2010, Guy Fieri is scheduled to pitch the first ball at the Oakland A's vs Texas Rangers game, which broadcasts starting at 1:05 p.m. PT.

Follow on Twitter, http://twitter.com/OaklandAs

Guy Fieri with sons, Hunter and Ryder


Airent, Inc. has developed a Diner’s, Drive-ins and Dives app for WebOS.

"The app allows you to get details on the closest restaurants featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. You can search by GPS or by zip code. Details about each restaurant include the name, distance, phone number, address, website, Youtube video and which episode they were featured on. You can call the restaurant from the details screen. You can also see a map of where the restaurant is located.
This application is not produced by or associated with the Food Network."

Read more at www.precentral.net. The app is available for free download at palm.com.

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Guido's Lambo-Rama (GI0815H) with video

Guy's Big Bite - Guido's Lambo-Rama - Aired: 8/8/10

Guy Fieri makes lamb the Big Bite way: a whole Leg-O-Lamb, wrapped in bacon and served with aromatic Rosemary Au Jus. Black Eyed Basmati Salad, tossed in a honey-dijon vinaigrette, makes a primo side, and to end the meal with a bang, Guy's busting out the flambee skills for his famous Texas French Toast Bananas Foster.

Leg-O-Lamb with Rosemary Au Jus - recipe

Black-Eyed Basmati Salad - recipe

Texas French Toast Bananas Foster - dessert recipe

rosemary, boneless lamb leg, black-eyed peas, basmati rice, French Toast Batter,
Caramel Sauce, bananas, brioche or Texas toast

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Guy Fieri, on coffee and counting vegetables

The Daily Grind caught up with Guy Fieri at a recent food festival in South Carolina. They talked coffee!

How do you prefer to make your coffee? I have a Breville espresso machine that someone gave me. I love it. Normally I’ll use a French press for coffee. No drip machines allowed.

Do you make your own? I do. I grind my own beans for every cup. It’s just like pepper. I crack my own pepper fresh when I use it. ... Quit grinding your coffee at the store or buying pre-ground.

Any certain way you enjoy your coffee? I enjoy Americano’s.

Read the full article here.


The Grits n Cheese Dish had a chance to meet up with Guy Fieri, host of Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, for a morning chat. We talk about everything from his non-foodie appeal down to his diet. Yes, the man watches his portions! Check it out....

*link to video*

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Diners, Drive-ins and Dives filming New Jersey and Philly

On the list of restaurants chosen for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives in and around New Jersey this week:

Maui's Dog House - website
806 New Jersey Avenue
Wildwood, NJ 08260
(609) 846-0444
*Premieres 12/18/10 - Sandwiches Plus*

George's Place
301 Beach Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204
(609) 884-6088
*Premieres 11/15/10 - A Triple D Thanksgiving*

Quahog's Seafood Shack - website
206 97th Street
Stone Harbor, NJ 08247
(609) 368-6300
*Premieres 1/17/11 - Funky Finds*

10th Ave Burrito Co - website
817 Belmar Plaza
Belmar, NJ 07719
(732) 280-1515
*Premieres 12/13/10 - Wings 'n Things*

Some locations in Philadelphia have been added to the shoot pod:

"Guy Fieri is in town today, doing segments at a few joints for Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. One rumor has him visiting Good Dog Bar on 15th Street, where a camera crew showed up Saturday to shoot B-roll. Its website says it's closed till 6 p.m. for a private event."

The Pineville Tavern - website
413 Pineville Road
Newtown, PA 18940
(215) 598-3890
Twitter: @pinevilletavern
*Premiere 3/7/11 - Soup and Sandwiches*

Good Dog Bar - website
224 South 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 985-9600
*Premiere 11/1/10 - Fresh, Filled and Fried*

Memphis Taproom - website
2331 East Cumberland Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 425-4460
*Premiere 1/3/11 - From Pork to Tofu*

Honey's Sit 'n Eat - website
800 North Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 925-1150
*Premieres 1/21/11 - Quirky Classics*

To view a map of all the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Guy Fieri has gone to in New Jersey and Philadelphia, click here.

I'll update this post as more information comes in. Tips are welcome! Just post a comment. Thank you!

In other news, DVD's for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Season 4 are now available for purchase. Visit The Food Network Store.

Putah Creek Cafe, 1 Main Street in Winters CA (website) is scheduled to film their segment for the show sometime in August. *Update* Crews film Thursday, August 12, 2010.

Page Productions is seeking writers for the Food Network show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” Writers work under the guidance of the Head Writer, writing segment scripts for approval by the Executive Producer. Click Here for more information.

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Last few tidbits from AC Festival 2010

Here are a few last comments from the Atlantic City Wine & Food Festival, held in the first weekend of August, 2010.

Food Network host Guy Fieri, in town for the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival, brought his wife, Lori, to the Pier Shops at Caesars, where she picked up a $448 handbag at Michael Kors. - www.philly.com

"Over 700 food fanatics swarmed the Caesars Palladium Ballroom. Two contestants from AC; 2 from Philly. Talk about a border war! The winner was a local -- Tony Baloney's.

Saturday started by intro'ing Guy at his Big Bite Brunch @ Phillips Seafood Restaurant, on the pier. .... They oversold the event, so I had the pleasure of welcoming nearly 300 peeps to this gathering. The menu was conceived by Guy and his team (led by the unflappably talented Korina).... It was, to put it mildly, unique.

• Drink ~ Mai Tai oh My – fresh fruit and juices blended with Cazadoras Reposado tequila
• Gratis ~ Garlic Parmesan Crab, with King Crab topped with garlic a lemon aioli (mayo) and panko, then broiled
• 1st course ~Grilled polenta with a crawfish Etouffee “Guy style”
• 2nd course ~ Tequila Turkey Fettuccini with Cazadoras Reposado tequila
• Dessert ~ Coffee Banana’s Foster French Toast with Formica Challah Bread

... Guy's cooking demo. .... Turns out he SOLD OUT the frickin' theater (Circus Maxximus) to the tune of 1600 people!! .... Guy had 'em eating out of his hand, pardon the pun, the entire time. To be honest, the food he demo'ed is overshadowed by this guy's personality and charm and energy. For the record, he prepared Duck Fried Rice and Blackened Sesame Salmon." - Rich Cooks

*Link to video*

Not only did Guy Fieri set out across southern New Jersey to record segments for his popular Diners, Drive-ins and Dives series, but the spiked-haired chef — who also hosts the game show Minute to Win It on NBC — is seriously thinking of opening a restaurant in Atlantic City.

“Serious as a heart attack,” the 42-year-old California native said. “You give me a year, 18 months at the most, and I’m gonna have a restaurant here. Bet on it.” - Atlantic City Weekly