Pork Tenderloin Sliders

Leftovers were made for day-after sandwiches. Meatloaf? It’s okay the night of, but it’s way better on some white bread the next day. So I was pretty excited when my wife came home with pre-seasoned pork tenderloin for the grill because I knew the next day would mean some of my favorite sandwiches in the … Continue reading Pork Tenderloin Sliders

Marcus Sakey and Travel Channel

TRAVEL CHANNEL’S “HIDDEN CITY”

Pop Alert: Travel Channel's "Hidden City"

There was a time in the not-so-distant past when the Travel Channel meant Samantha Brown and Ian Wright. One is the bright-smiled tour guide, the other a diminuitive English vagabond. Together they produced the type of service-oriented, travel-based programming that, when coupled with daytime episodes of “The World’s Greatest Water Parks” and “50 Truck Stops to See Before You Die,” amounted to a very expensive television version of Frommer’s, Lonely Planet and scores of lesser print guides. It’s not that it was bad, just that it was what it was.

And then Anthony Bourdain happened. And he begat Zimmern who begat Richman, Kreisher, Wildman and others who, one 30- or 60-minute program at a time completely changed the nature of the network, at night anyway. You can still find some of the old-style shows on during the day, but flip on Travel Channel after dinner and you’re almost guaranteed to find something smart, funny, edgy and, above all else, interesting. As a long-time viewer, I think it’s one of the more impressive shifts I’ve ever seen in a media outlet.

Likewise, not too long ago, the image of a crime novelist might have been something like Bogart in “The Maltese Falcon.” Dour. Forlorn in a rumpled London Fog with two-days growth and breath wreaking of cheap bourbon and regret. Continue reading “Marcus Sakey and Travel Channel”