July 21st, 2003


The Restaurant

Saw the opening episode of The Restaurant. So far - I love it!

The funny thing is that the spot they selected is about a block from where I work; I've walked by it many times, both before, during, and after the filming of the show. I remember wondering for a while what was going on there, and then I heard about the show. I pondered going in during the time they were filming, but decided I didn't really want anything to do with that - the novelty would've been there, but I'd rather catch the restaurant once it's settled down and is actually worth going just on its own merits and not because it was part of a tv show.

The show, though, is really enjoyable so far. There's a certain level of tawdriness to it, of course, as with every reality show, but the nice thing is that you know that most of it really is real. There are probably some contrived conversations and scenes, but there's a lot of real stuff in there. They really did open a restaurant, they really did get it ready that quickly, and I'm willing to bet they really did have an assload and a half of problems - after all, even restaurants without cameras whirring have their share of problems.

Restaurants are in my blood, and seeing the insides of a restaurant brought to life, without having to go through the heart ache and heart break is really nice. (My grandparents owned a very successful and well-known (at the time) hotel and restaurant in Hong Kong (and speaking of my grandparents, my grandmother spent a long time studying cooking all around the world, good preparation for the restaurant business), my uncle owns a restaurant in Denver (and has owned several others in the past), my mother's going to cooking school now and thinking of possibly opening her own at some point, and of course my entire family is obsessed with food, cooking, and eating - so this is great fun for me.)

As my cousin pointed out, the show is rife with gratuitous and blatant product placements. I have to wonder how much financial trouble they were ever in, despite the drama in the show, since they had to have a lot of money coming in from their sponsors (and of course from NBC!).

Is anyone interested in having an nyc_cuisine meet there? I was thinking of doing it in a few months once all of the hoopla had died down, but if people want to do it sooner, let me know.

Update: The link wasn't working for a few seconds until I realized that NBC's page for the show Uses Caps In Its Title. Sigh. I hate mixed-case urls.
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*hiss* *boo* Rain.

It's raining out. We've skirted the edges of having real rain for a while, and each time I've managed to avoid most of it, or it's turned out to be a false alarm - but it looks like this morning I'm due for a soaking.

Damn you, weather deity. DAMN YOU!
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Playing with the new S2 styles...

Trying out the new LJ S2 styles. I'm not sure if I'm crazy about this one, yet, but it's not bad, I guess.

Check it out and let me know what you think: http://www.livejournal.com/~ntang/

I'm thinking the color scheme has got to go, and I dunno if I like the order/position of those boxes on the right side. And no, I'm way too lazy to actually take the time to make a worthwhile style myself.

I just wish LJ wasn't so bloody slow nowadays. Sigh. I wonder if S2 makes it slower.

Update: LJ is being really frickin' slow right now. It makes it awfully hard to make changes and test how they'll look. I set all of my colors to be garishly different so I could see where they were used, but now as I adjust them I'm getting so bored of waiting for it to save and then for my page to refresh that I'm tempted to just leave it as-is, half-done. Like I really care anyways, sigh.

Note to myself: http://www.livejournal.com/customize/ to fix this, later.
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    Ray Charles - You Don't Know Me