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The Great Food Truck Race Caption It: Rules of the Road

by in Shows, September 7th, 2012

Momma's Grizzly Grub on The Great Food Truck Race
Come Sunday night, the remaining five Food Truck teams will have made it past the halfway point of the competition. By now their dreams of owning their own food trucks are so close they can practically taste them, and for some that has them racing to the finish line. Momma’s Grizzly Grub, however, comes to a screeching halt on Sunday, thanks to a run-in with local law enforcement in Arkansas.

Here Tiffany and Angela are seen powwowing with a policeman, looking caught off guard and far from happy. Were the ladies the victim of a roadside fender-bender, or were they caught driving their bright-orange truck too quickly around Fayetteville? What could a traffic ticket mean for these Alaska natives and their future in the race?

Before you tune in this Sunday at 9pm/8c to find out what happened, we’re challenging you, Food Truck fans, to write your best captions (tastefully appropriate, please) for this law enforcement moment in the comments below.

Which is your favorite food truck team so far? Cast your Fan Vote up to 10 times per day.

VOTE: Give a Cupcake Wars Baker a Second Chance

by in Polls, Shows, September 7th, 2012

Cupcake Wars Fan Vote

Fans of Cupcake Wars are in for a sweet treat: Viewers now have an unprecedented opportunity to cast an episode of Cupcake Wars with four returning challengers.

Meet the contenders:

  • Alisha Nuttall from Cravings in Pleasant Grove, Utah, appeared with her twin sister, Angela, and wowed the judges with an adventurous pizza cupcake.
  • Brandon Arnovick is a Cupcake Wars veteran appearing in not one but two prior episodes. His big flavors and fun personality charmed judges and fans alike.
  • Doron Peterson is a three-peat contender, looking to make the fourth time the charm. She’s known for her explosive creativity with cupcake flavors, which is no small feat for a vegan baker.

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Frights and Bragging Rights at “Stake” on Halloween Wars

by in Shows, September 6th, 2012

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Halloween Wars returns for a second season on Sunday, October 7 at 9pm ET/PT with five new teams, each consisting of a pumpkin-carving artist, a cake decorator and a candy craftsman, battling it out over the course of four episodes to create the ultimate Halloween-themed display that will feature heart-pounding creations. One team will be eliminated each week by the judging panel, made up of renowned cake decorator Shinmin Li and award-winning special effects, makeup artist and horror movie actor/director Tom Savini. The last team standing will wind the grand prize of $50,000. Hosted by Justin Willman (Cupcake Wars), each episode will also have a rotating guest judge that is no stranger to scary situations: Shawnee Smith (Saw, Anger Management), Rutina Wesley (True Blood), Chaske Spencer (the Twilight saga) and Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries).

Premiering Sunday, October 7 at 9pm ET/PT
Evil Clowns: In the first of four battles, five teams, each made up of a pumpkin-carving expert, cake artist and candy craftsman, must combine their talents to create the most terrifying clown imaginable. At the end of the battle, one team will be eliminated.
Special guest judge: Shawnee Smith

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Restaurant Revisited: Frankie’s

by in Shows, September 5th, 2012

Robert Irvine at Frankie's on Restaurant: Impossible

When Robert Irvine visited Frankie’s in Three Rivers, Mich., he found a dusty, outdated restaurant with dangerous levels of food safety and a kitchen stocked with more microwaves than pots and pans. After meeting owners Jay Woehrmyer and Tina Wyman, however, he realized that poor management and a lack of leadership were their biggest problems. Robert had just two days to turn around this 13-year-old restaurant and attempt to fix Jay and Tina’s failing partnership. We checked in with Jay and Tina to find out how they and Frankie’s are doing a few months after their Restaurant: Impossible experience.

Since Robert left, sales at Frankie’s have risen 39 percent, and Jay and Tina report that the makeover is attracting new customers. Both count the new open layout of the restaurant among their favorite parts of the decor.

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Road Trip: The Best Things Bobby, Guy and Beau MacMillan Ever Ate in Texas

by in Shows, September 4th, 2012

on the road texas restaurants
Go big or go home. This week, contestants of The Great Food Truck Race found themselves deep in the heart of Texas — Amarillo to be exact. The remaining food trucks cruised into town and were greeted by Tyler Florence and their first challenge: Prepare ballpark fare for hordes of hungry fans after an Amarillo minor league baseball game. One thing is for sure: Texans sure know good food when they see it.

For the next couple of weeks, we’re following the Food Trucks city by city with our guide of the best eats, compiled by the On the Road app and website. Today we’re exploring the best that Texas has to offer from all over: Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio. Come back next week for our picks in Arkansas.

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Cream Cheese — Iron Chef America Ingredients 101

by in Shows, September 3rd, 2012

iron chef america battle cream cheese
It would be hard to disagree with anyone who argued that the spiritual home for a dollop of cream cheese is on a toasted bagel, in my case accompanied by an equally large spoonful of crunchy peanut butter.

As I hope the Iron Chef and his challenger proved during their exciting battle, however, this fresh, tangy cheese is far more versatile than some people might imagine and is definitely worth keeping on hand as a refrigerator basic.

What is cream cheese?
Cream cheese is a soft, fresh unripened cheese that is made from a combination of milk and heavy cream and by definition must contain at least 33 percent milk fats and less than 55 percent moisture.

It is one of the most popular cheeses in the United States and the most recent research I could find from 2008 reports that the average American consumes a little over 2.5 pounds of cream cheese every year.

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Pizza Mike’s Says Goodbye — The Great Food Truck Race

by in Shows, September 2nd, 2012

nonna's kitchenette and pizza mike's

The third season of The Great Food Truck Race took the remaining six trucks to Amarillo, Texas, this week, and while the contestants are starting to learn the ropes of the food truck industry, they weren’t without newbie difficulties this challenge. With a grand prize of $50,000 on the line and the chance to keep their truck, each team tries to pull out all their tricks to stay in the game, but ultimately one truck must go each week. Every Sunday night, FN Dish will bring you exclusive exit interviews with the latest Food Truck contestants to get the boot.

There’s no doubt Pizza Mike’s is used to hardship: Mike’s restaurant career ended three years ago with a fire that destroyed his restaurant completely. But that didn’t stop him. Along with friends Pat and Gino, Mike battled through challenges on his food truck, and Pizza Mike’s even secured second-place spots two weeks in a row. Even though they had to hand their keys back to Tyler this week, this team has much to be proud of and many lessons to take back with them.

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The Great Food Truck Race Caption It — This Way to Food

by in Shows, August 31st, 2012

Coast of Atlanta on The Great Food Truck Race
The Great Food Truck Race cruises into its third week this Sunday, which means by now the teams have become more comfortable in their trucks and are finally starting to think and sell like professional food truck operators. But although the teams have learned to properly price their menus, cook in small spaces and work with local ingredients, some are still struggling to find the best way to publicize themselves and track down optimal parking spaces. Should trucks pair up with one another to increase their visibility, or should they try to monopolize an entire area on their own? Can they afford to settle for an out-of-the-way location if they have absolutely top-notch food? The remaining six teams are likely asking themselves these questions and more as they prepare for another weekend of selling in Amarillo, Texas.

No matter her team’s location, Coast of Atlanta’s Tawanaca has taken the opportunity to advertise into her own hands, resorting to a rustic cardboard sign and sidewalk promotion to lure potential customers to her truck. Has her team fallen victim to the Curse of the Bad Parking Spot and been forced to turn to alternative methods of marketing? Is her handmade advertisement a way to compete with nearby trucks? What else could the teams be doing to better their businesses?

Before you tune in this Sunday at 9pm/8c to find out which team goes home next, we’re challenging you, Food Truck fans, to write your best captions (tastefully appropriate, please) for this on-the-street moment in the comments below.

Which is your favorite food truck team so far? Cast your Fan Vote up to 10 times per day.

Restaurant Revisited: Gusanoz

by in Shows, August 29th, 2012

Gusanoz

When Robert Irvine arrived at Gusanoz in Lebanon, N.H., husband-and-wife owners Nick Yager and Maria Limon were struggling to keep their six-year-old restaurant afloat. Locals once flocked to Gusanoz to taste Maria’s authentic Mexican food, but growing pains got the best of the restaurant and Maria had all but lost her passion for the business. Robert faced a big and expensive mess to clean up, from the decor to the tired menu. A few months after their Restaurant: Impossible makeover, Nick filled us in on how the new-and-improved Gusanoz is doing.

After a slow start, Nick reports that sales at Gusanoz are now steadily growing. To improve their bottom line, the owners took Robert’s advice and cut down on labor costs significantly: “Our total labor is approximately 28% weekly, slightly higher than the 27% Robert asked us for, but definitely in the right ballpark,” says Nick.

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POLL: Which Food Truck Do You Identify With the Most?

by in Polls, Shows, August 29th, 2012

food trucksTwo trucks have already been eliminated on The Great Food Truck Race and fans are voicing their opinions for their favorite in the Fan Vote (you can vote up to 10 times per day). This week, we said goodbye to Barbie Babes and their Down-Under dishes. So that got us thinking: If you had to open up your very own food truck, which truck theme would you most likely identify with? Are you the king or queen of Italian cuisine like Pizza Mike’s or Nonna’s Kitchenette? Or do you dabble in the kitchen with international flavors like Seoul Sausage and Barbie Babes?

So tell us: