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Chef Robert Irvine of "Restaurant Impossible" on the PhilCast

Thursday, Mar, 14 2013

Wednesday nights you can bet I'm either in front of my TV watching or at the very least recording one of my favorite shows on television these days, "Restaurant Impossible" on the Food Network.

Host and star of the show Chef Robert Irvine joins me on the PhilCast Thursday afternoon right after the 3:30 news.

I love this show because in the vast wasteland of reality TV that exists today, this is 'real' reality TV. The big guy comes into a failing restaurant, talks tough and straightens out both the owners and the place itself.

Their track record is impressive. Failing restaurants turn successful. And to me, more importantly, the failing families who are running these places end up getting fixed as well.

It's always fun to interview people you admire and are a fan of. Such is the case for me today. Don't miss the interview.

And for more info on Robert Irvine and the show just CLICK HERE.

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Enter

Wednesday, Mar, 13 2013


Time once again for "PhilCast Bracket Madness" and you can sign up to play along as of today. When it's all over, who will be the last PhilCast family member standing to win the coveted champion's sweatshirt, a one-of-a-kind hand made by SuperFan Judy? Will it be you? We'll stuff a PhilCast iPod holder with some coupons from the prize closet for you too. But mostly, lets be honest, it's about bragging rights. And for Reggie the Executive Producer it's about beating me at least.

All you have to do is sign up to play. CLICK HERE to get that done.
Fill out the information they need to set up your account and then to make sure you are in our group, here are some instructions for you to follow after you sign up.

--Click 'Join a public group'
--Search for 'PhilCast'
--Once at "PhilCast' click 'Join Group'

It's that simple. Take a look around and see who else is in the group and follow all of our progress there. The teams will be announced and posted as of Sunday night and then you can start filling out your brackets.

GOOD LUCK! (except for YOU Reggie)




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How to ruin a little boy's birthday

Tuesday, Mar, 12 2013

All this 9-year-old third grader in Michigan did was bring the cupcakes his mom made  for him to school on his birthday.

The principal of the school ended up calling the kid's dad about it.

Seems the boy was in trouble for bringing in the cupcakes because they had little plastic toy Army men on them.

The Army men needed to come off those cupcakes immediately because the principal felt it was insensitive.

Really?

A) I think every little boy in America has at one time or another played with little green Army men and understood the difference between crazy people that shoot others in schools and members of our military.

B) That principal might not have the freedom to kick cupcakes out of the classroom were it not for the very real version of what stands atop those cupcakes.

Way to ruin the kid's birthday at school...and a big DUH to you Ms. Principal!

We'll discuss as part of the "Tell-a-Friend" Tuesday PhilCast today.

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More than a 'beauty pageant'

Monday, Mar, 11 2013

It's a step toward the Miss America pageant, a little slice of life that plays out this time of year all around the country.

And it's more than a beauty pageant. It's a chance for young girls and women to grow by competing.

It was fun being one of the judges at the Miss Fond du Lac pageant Saturday, an all-day affair as the contestants one by one went through the process of being interviewed by us.

After the actual show, this is back stage with the winners: left to right...
Miss Fond du Lac Marissa Wier
Miss Oustanding Teen Marlaina Perelshtein
Miss Central Wisconsin Michelle Neumann

Congrats to all who took part!


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Matching beer to food

Friday, Mar, 8 2013

Who knew?
I didn't.

Last night I attended an event at the Red Ox Seafood and Steakhouse in Appleton that paired different types of beer with several courses of food. The idea is that, just like wine, beer can be 'matched' to a wide variety of flavors...and boy were there the flavors last night, both food and beer.

Here is the lineup arranged in order of how much I liked the various brew provided by the Stone Arch Brew House of Appleton.

The food covered a vast variety, from Cajun catfish to pot pie to pork tenderloin.

And what I learned is that it really does work.

Actually I'm not much of a beer drinker and certainly do not dabble in the darker, what I call 'real' beers at all.

Yet somehow after each course of food it seemed like the beer was more mellow to me and made perfect sense.

Notice I didn't drink all of it either!
If you ever get a chance I'd recommend trying something like this. More about it on the show today.


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