Sunday, September 23, 2012

Pop-A-Waffle Exits Great Food Truck Race

In the run-up to the finale of the Food Network's Great Food Truck Race, the three teams of Seoul Sausage, Nonna's Kitchenette, and Pop-A-Waffle rolled into Cleveland for the semi-final challenge.  In a victory for culinary tastes and modest, healthier waist lines, Pop-A-Waffle will not be rolling back out of Cleveland.  The rather schlubby guys from Los Angeles were finally eliminated, despite winning the truck stop challenge and being given three hours to sell food while the other two trucks were shut down.  Thankfully, that did not give them an advantage for their unappealing and certainly far-from-healthy food.

During the entire season of this Great Food Truck Race, I have been disappointed by the mediocre and unappealing food put out by a group of three guys who look so unhealthy I wouldn't buy a paperclip from them.  The entire chicken-n-waffle concept is far too Paula Dean for a show which is hosted by Tyler Florence - and for a network that employs some of the top chefs and high cuisine.  Certainly, none of the contestants are making the healthiest food this season - but the concept of waffles with whipped cream out of a can is just really disappointing.  And the men in the waffle truck need to hit the gym and Weight Watchers for about six months before they decide to start shilling for waffle business again.

Fortunately, the finale for the Great Food Truck Race will be two trucks with people who actually know how to cook, and can serve up some quality cuisine.  The odds-on favorite is clearly Seoul Sausage, who has consistently won week after week with a dependable formula.  These Korean guys know how to run a food truck, and they should be proud.  However, the girls from Nonna's can certainly give them a challenge, and it should be an interesting finale.

As an added bonus to the Sunday night line-up, this episode of the Great Food Truck Race was followed by the premiere of the Food Network's $24 in 24, featuring Jeff Mauro, the Sandwich King.  Jeff is branching out with a new show featuring inexpensive but great food from cities around the country.  I am excited about this show - which premiered in Jeff's hometown of Chicago.  And, I am really hoping this can provide a relief from the endless replays of Guy's Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.  Jeff the Sandwich King has Guy-like star power, and hopefully this show takes off and generates some more press - and a better time slot - for Jeff the Sandwich King.

*UPDATE - For info on Season 4 premiering Sunday, August 18, check here.


Anonymous said...

The high school teacher should have checked spelling. "Waist lines" not " waste lines". Embarrassing. I hope you do not teach English. Schlubby guys are people too!

mmazenko said...

Thanks, Anon.

Of course, an auto-correct typo is just one of those things that happens. Schlubbiness? Not so much. The waffle guys are, of course, people, and they seem like reasonably nice guys. But I won't back down from commenting about the turn-off of overweight guys selling unhealthy food with little shame or self respect. I was un-impressed by their entire food/business model, and that should matter to them.

By the way, you need a comma before the "too" at the end of your sentence. And, the period goes inside the quotes. And, of course, your second sentence isn't a sentence. And, I will test my English knowledge and experience against yours any day. Do 96% of your students receive 4's and above on the AP Language exam? If not, get back to work and call me when we're on equal ground.

Thanks for stopping in, though.

Anonymous said...

Rude much?

You're extremely mean and condescending. Those three 'schlubby' guys had the best attitude. So what if their food was unhealthy? It was what they were passionate about. You have zero right to rag on them for doing what they loved to do.

mmazenko said...

I believe the "rudeness" began with your snarky comments about a typo. And, I tend to come back a little harsher than it comes at me. As for my rights? I have every right to my opinion, and I am quite free to publish it.

I concede that the Pop-A-Waffle guys seemed like very nice men - though, no "nicer" than any other team. And, I will not back down on my criticism of unhealthy lifestyles and poor diet and exercise habits. Perhaps, we wouldn't have such a high obesity rate and a health care crisis if people did "rag on" others a little more.

Once again, thanks for stopping in. But, you know, no one is forcing you.

Anonymous said...

Those who teach don't know.

Anonymous said...

Those guys were cute, body shape is a matter of personal preference.
Not everyone has the same tastes towards appearance as you. It would be nice if you weren't so critical of other people's bodies. So what if people are fat, get over it.

As for grammar, it's dependent on context.

You seem egocentric, but it's not like a random message from some anonymous person online will change that. So, oh well.

Anonymous said...

The whole time I read this, I couldn't stop thinking about how ignorant you sound in your attempt at snobbery. Instead of ragging on other people for their dreams, why don't you try to better yourself? It seems you could use it.

Anonymous said...

Also, almost all of your comments about a previous commenter's grammar are incorrect. The commenter does not "need" a comma. It's a matter of taste and opinion in that circumstance. The period only goes inside of the quotation marks-- or "quotes", as you call them-- if you live in the US. Additionally, many prominent poets and authors don't follow that grammatical rule; Punctuation is very fluid in use. The second sentence is a fine sentence for creative writing purposes, which is what a comment is. The rules for such examples you're citing really only apply to formal writing. However, spelling is a completely different story.

But it's not really about the spelling, or grammar, or anything of the sort. When you have a holier-than-thou attitude, people love to pick you apart.

mmazenko said...

Thanks, Anonymous, for the latest comments.

I appreciate your advice as well as your readership. Of course, seeking improvement is part of my everyday life. I am always growing and learning and putting my ideas out for criticism, and I'm certainly not afraid to do so.

I'll stand by my critiques of grammar, noting they were more responses to an unprovoked attack than actual instruction. However, it's worth noting that the artistic license of a poet or author is a far different situation than poorly written comments on a blog.

Oh, and feel free to identify yourself by name if you have the integrity to take pot shots at people. Of course, it takes something special to put your name out there for ridicule and not hide behind the anonymity of the internet.

I do appreciate the readership and the commentary. It's one of the reasons I write. So, feel free to check back in and play again.