Feasting on Asphalt

Alton Brown is a geek. A food geek. I dig that about the guy. Some of the antics on his signature show, Good Eats, are annoying, but overall I like him. From everything I’ve heard from people who’ve met him, he’s a nice guy too.
So when I saw that his new show was a tour of the US, I figured he’d lost it. After all, he’s already taken a role on Iron Chef,* indicating a tolerance of all things Food Network. Then there were the commercials in which the network envisioned a show in which Alton Brown and Rachael Ray joined forces.
I don’t know how the new show is going to shake out, but the first episode I saw was pretty good. It was a cross between Good Eats and, uh, a show about road food. What I liked about it was that the interviews seemed to be unscripted, and the focus was on authentic, local foods. It wasn’t what I expected of a Food TV Network show, and I’m glad.
In other news, I was in Delphos, Ohio this past weekend for a wedding. It rocked. You may have heard something about delays due to recent threats to flights between the UK and the US, and what you heard was true. The flights and the security screenings were a pain in the ass. But I got to be a groomsman at the wedding of one of my best friends, and the experience was really cool. I got to see some friends I haven’t seen in a long, long time, and I met some very cool new people. Seriously, the whole thing left me feeling better than I have in a long time.
Also, did you know that Lake St. Mary’s was the largest man-made lake in the world when it was created in 1845? No? No? No? Well now you do you ignorant f***ers.
Love you!
*I love Iron Chef, and Alton’s role in it is pretty much perfect, considering the format. I still hate the freaking food network for the most part though.

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