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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old Jul 21st, 2006, 7:40 pm Thread Starter
 
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"Feasting on Asphalt" on 7/29

The host of this TV show, Alton Brown, will be riding cross-country on his (BMW?) motorcycle and covering road food along the way. What else would you expect from the Food Network?

http://www.altonbrown.com/adventure/...aepisodes.html

Those of you familiar with Alton Brown and his TV show "Good Eats" already know this should be an entertaining series.
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Something that may be of interest only to me....

..but anyone catch the first episode on this series?

I noticed they covered up the Roundel on Alton Brown's bike - how odd.....

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I saw it. They should have called it "Feasting on UHH Asphalt".

Guy said "UH" 40 times in 90 seconds. People with that habit drive me nuts to listen to.
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..but anyone catch the first episode on this series?

I noticed they covered up the Roundel on Alton Brown's bike - how odd.....

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I saw that to... Pure blaspheme! Yes, I know I don't quite have spelling skills.
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Okay, I've now forced myself through two of these episodes, and I think this show ABSOLUTELY SUCKS ASS!!!

I normally like Alton's programs, but this show just sucks beyond all belief. Maybe I'll have to to go watch Snakes on a Plane with Samuel L Jackson just to get this bad experience out of my head.

No wonder the BMW logo is blacked out.

This guy and his crew makes the Fort Worth Cheese Tray Group look like a gang of hardened Iron Butters.

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The only people who are gonna watch Alton Brown's new show are fan-boys.

"Ooh, ooh....look. He rides a BMW..(swoon-faint from sheer joy )

There's damned little worth watching on the food channel these days.
Certainly nothing "adventurous".

Rachel Ray is kinda cute though.


The only "food" guy worth watching on TV is, IMO, Anthony Bourdain.

That guy is seriously out there :wtf

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How hard a job does this guy have. He rides around the counrty and he stops places to eat. What a novel idea. I do that every time I go on a trip. He also rides with a posse of three other bikers that you never get to meet. How much money is this TOOL making.

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How hard a job does this guy have. He rides around the counrty and he stops places to eat. What a novel idea. I do that every time I go on a trip. He also rides with a posse of three other bikers that you never get to meet. How much money is this TOOL making.
Sounds line envy to me.
Isn't it great how people talk trash about other people they really know nothing about?

Anyway, from what little I know about Alton Brown, he's supposed to be a pretty decent guy. He's been into BMW motorcycles in the same manner as many of us well before this show came to be.

I believe this is simply his attempt at doing what many wish they could do. Combining your passions (in this case two of his passions, motorcycling and food), share your enthusiasm and get paid for it.

Being a BMW fan and loving motorcycling, traveling, food, etc. you'd think this should be a great show. Well, like many of you, I've watched several episodes of "Feasting on Asphalt" and I have to admit, I have yet to be inspired.

While I think his primary show "Good Eats" is a fantastic series, for some reason this show misses the mark for me.

Maybe it's because the idea of sampling food across the country for TV has been done several times before in one form or another. Maybe it's because, there's no waypoints to the places he actually does visit. Maybe it's because he never says "this place sucks." Maybe it's because there's not enough about the motorcycling aspect of it (i.e. what it's like to be on the open road in all kinds of weather, navigation, group riding, road hazards, close calls, packing light, maintenance, other experiences you just can't get in a car, etc...). What ever it is, for me it comes down to the fact that IMO, almost every aspect of the show could have been done allot better.

Oh, and although I could care less wether or not the roundel shows up on screen, I think it's stupid that it has to be blacked out for TV. What ever the reason (licensing agreements, who's not getting paid for the advertising, whatever...), it's no excuse. It's just dumb and every time I see a scene of him riding the RT with the roundel blacked out it distracts my attention from the point of the show and all I can think of is how once again, someone's corporate greed is putting a sour taste on things.

It's all too bad because I think this could have been a very good show. Never the less, although I won't go out of my way to see it, I'll still watch it if it happens to be on when I'm flipping channels and I'll always hoping it will get better but knowing it probably wont.

Still, on this subject, Alton's ok in my book, at least "Good Eats" is still a good show, and maybe if Giada De Laurentiis would ride pillion, Feasting on Asphalt would be a little more interesting.
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Like I said, Alton on Good Eats is really great. This show just is abysmal. I think it has a lot to do with Alton being unprepared for each destination. He doesn't strike me as the kind of guy who can ad lib or do improvazation on camera. The production value is pretty bad, considering he has a complete production team with him, it feels like they have taken the public-access channel approach to production values.

Also, this seems to show a very dark side of Alton -- the "it's all about me" side of Alton. I would think with a great crew with him (especially the other motorcyclists), there might be more of the interaction or "reality" to this program than just Alton and his chasing of the bees or eating of herbacide coated kudzu. And when you take a bite out of a pigs foot or fried brain sandwich and it sucks, say so. Don't become the culianry equivalent on an apologist.

Good Eats is a great show, and had Alton stuck to the forumla that worked and did "Good Eats on a Bike", it would have been great. "Feasting on Asphalt" really has been a total letdown. At least the Food Network's choice of celebrity Geico commercials with Bert Baccurat, Little Richard, and Charo have been marginally entertaining.

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I liked it. Didn't notice the logo was blanked out. Don't care. Thought he went to some interesting holes in the wall.

Remember, its a just a TV show.
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