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'Restaurant Redemption' react: Farewell to season 2

Season 2 | Episode 12 | “Thai Rock” | Aired Jan 20, 2015

The season finale of Restaurant Redemption is peculiar. It’s unique.

There’s no “come to Jesus” moment between Ching and the wife/husband duo of Robert and Metta Kaskel, the owners of Thai Rock. The Kaskels are on board with all of Ching’s suggestions for their debt-ridden restaurant. Ching is sympathetic toward the restaurateurs’ struggles in a way you haven’t seen her. She doesn’t push them. They don’t push back. Seriously, there are no sparks whatsoever.

The only real confrontation (if you can call it that) occurs when Ching instructs Thai Rock’s head chef, who happens to be Metta’s sister, on how to properly grill and cook a replacement for the restaurant’s skirt steak. The quiet chef says nothing while she watches Metta and Robert gush over Ching’s Crying Tiger Steak and Spicy Dipping Sauce, but offers a (subtle) disappointed look. That’s it for the drama.Read More

'Restaurant Redemption' react: Where's the Korean zest?

Season 2 | Episode 11 | “Korea House” | Aired Jan 13, 2015

I’m not sure what to think of this episode of Restaurant Redemption, which focuses on Korea House in Santa Clara. The episode is a mixed bag.

On the one hand, Korean food! Finally, some Korean cuisine on Restaurant Redemption!Read More

'Restaurant Redemption' react: Pimp my ride!

Season 2 | Episode 10 | “Naked Chorizo” | Aired January 6, 2015

I’m totally down with this week’s Restaurant Redemption. There are a ton of “firsts” that make it, IMO, the best episode of season 2.

For the first time, Ching rides a bus to introduce an episode, hair flying and everything. It’s like she’s in a Björk video. Awesome.Read More

'Restaurant Redemption' react: The marriage counselor

Season 2 | Episode 9 | “Kathy’s Chinese Cuisine” | Aired Dec 30, 2014

Sure, last week’s episode of Restaurant Redemption was the most hilarious. (Seriously, Mama is awesome.) But this week’s is the definitely the most endearing.

In this episode, Restaurant Redemption focuses on Kathy’s Chinese Cuisine in Forest Hill, California, and the restaurant’s husband/wife owners, Baron and Christine Lee. Baron and Christine started Kathy’s (named after their oldest daughter) in 1994 to serve up healthy Chinese food without MSG and animal fat and skin—food they could feel good about serving children. The restaurant did well the first 12 years or so, but then it began to struggle, namely because of Baron’s lackluster cooking. It appears that Kathy’s problems rubbed off on the owners’ marriage as well.Read More

'Restaurant Redemption' react: Mama's house

Season 2 | Episode 8 | “Golden China” | Aired Dec 23, 2014

Here’s Cooking Channel’s description of tonight’s Golden China Restaurant & Sports Bar episode of Restaurant Redemption:

“Ching-He Huang is heading east, to a struggling restaurant in Canton, Massachusetts. Golden China’s been in the Chen family since the 1970s, and since then neither menu nor décor have changed. Golden China was once considered Canton’s answer to Boston’s Cheers bar—a popular Chinese sports bar-themed restaurant. Now it has hit hard times and the bar can no longer turn a profit. Will Ching be able to help the Chen family continue their legacy? Will their restaurant remain empty despite Ching’s best attempts to drag their dated Americanized Chinese menu and decor into the 21st century?”

No offense to the producer’s of the show, but what the description should say is something like this:Read More

'Restaurant Redemption' react: The Asian computer guy

Season 2 | Episode 7 | “Red Panda Asian Bistro” | Aired Dec 2, 2014

I’m not sure what to think about Sam Cheng, the main owner of the generically named Red Panda Asian Bistro in Queens, New York. As much as I don’t want to hate on an Asian brother, he’s totally perplexing.

Sam has made some really poor choices for the restaurant, the focus of an engaging Restaurant Redemption episode 7. (Ching is spot-on throughout.) Without any industry knowledge, he opened Red Panda Asian Bistro a year ago with the idea of serving up a good fusion of Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Korean cuisine. He unfortunately kept his day job as a software engineer while doing so, rather than focusing strictly on his new business.Read More

'Restaurant Redemption' react: "I'm back!"

Season 2 | Episode 6 | “Kirakuya Sake” | Aired Nov 25, 2014

After the Ferguson grand jury decision on Monday night, I have to admit it’s difficult to write about anything but Mike Brown. With that said, I have to say that I was pleased to watch the latest episode of Restaurant Redemption because Ching and her team rebound from a lackluster episode 5 with gusto.

The focus of the special hour-long episode 6 is Kirakuya Sake, located in New York’s bustling and vibrant K-Town. May, the owner, is a quite the character. The former party girl (she takes shots of sake throughout the episode) started working in the restaurant industry as a server after immigrating to the United States, then decided to go out on her own and open Kirakuya Sake in 2010. She was later joined by her business partner, Paul LaRocca.

May clearly cares about her restaurant, business partner, staff, and patrons. Paul, too, is vested in the business personally and financially; he and May appear to be good friends. Nevertheless, the dedication isn’t working. Read More

‘Restaurant Redemption’ react: Sputtering fire

Season 2 | Episode 5 | “Fusion Fire” | Aired Nov 18, 2014

I was kind of excited to see another episode of Restaurant Redemption since the Cooking Channel decided to air a Thanksgiving special last week. However, as much as I hate to say (because I really like the show), episode 5 is really … meh.

The episode focuses on the pan-Asian restaurant Fusion Fire in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. The owners, Vivian and Frank Dominick, opened it in August 2011 at the encouragement of a friend who operates a thriving restaurant chain in China. Fusion Fire was the couple’s first foray into the eatery business. Three years later, Fusion Fire is struggling. Big time. The over $1 million the Dominicks have put into the restaurant isn’t coming back to them; they’re just breaking even, and sadly, they’re close to losing their house. In comes Ching to help them revive the joint.Read More

‘Restaurant Redemption’ react: Uncle Joey!

Season 2 | Episode 4 | “Joey Thai” | Aired Nov 4, 2014

This is how the Cooking Channel describes the fourth episode of Restaurant Redemption, which features Joey Thai:

“Ching-He Huang’s dishing out culinary therapy at a Thai restaurant in Montclair, New Jersey. After their first restaurant in Manhattan failed, ex-husband and ex-wife team Joey and Jumi Yuwprayowg had hoped for better luck opening their business. Sadly, after only a year, they have found themselves struggling to make more than $100 a day. … Joey runs the business like a dictatorship doing everything from cooking to serving, with a temper so unpredictable that no one wants to work with him. With stressed-out owners at the helm, can Ching turn this restaurant around?”

Let me get this straight. A divorced couple running a restaurant? A control-freak owner/cook with a temper? Jackpot! Before I started watching, I was, like, “YES! There’s going to be some drama! The ex-husband and ex-wife are totally going to go at it! Gender and age dynamics between Ching and Joey will explode! Get out the popcorn!”

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'Restaurant Redemption' recap: Serving up some good drama!

Season 2 | Episode 3 | “Chal Chilli” | Aired Oct 28, 2014

Episode 3 of Restaurant Redemption focuses on the Chal Chilli. Located in Murray Hill, New York City, it’s an Indian/Thai fusion restaurant owned and operated by a mother and daughter duo, Alia and Ayesha Kiani. We learn quickly that although the restaurant has only been open since 2013, Chal Chilli is already tanking financially. Thus, they bring in Ching. But she has her work cut out for her, because OMG! There’s so. Much. Drama!

Alia and Ayesha, immigrants from Pakistan, don’t agree about much for most of the episode. Alia frequently throws passive-aggressive looks at her daughter, Ayesha. When she actually uses words to complain about Ayesha, she only says them to Ching. Unlike her mother, though, Ayesha is somewhat caustic, straightforward, and biting. She aggressively blames all of the restaurant’s woes on her mother, who raised her and her two siblings for most of their youth as a single parent. The daughter frequently cuts her mother off when speaking, and answers for her, a trait Ayesha pretty much “blames” on Alisa. Ching offers up a few of these looks while watching them interact:Read More

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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