Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

The Great British Baking Show: Season 4

August 6, 2017

What reality show makes you cry with happiness over the contestants? What reality show proves kindness trumps selfishness? What reality show makes me forget all the world’s problems for an hour each episode? Those are just a few of the marvelous things The Great British Baking Show does for me each time I watch. Season 4 exceeded all my expectations. More fun from the hosts and judges. More outstanding bakes from the diverse and cordial contestants. By the time the show got down to the top 5, it was anyone’s win. And through the final bake, any finalist could have snagged the crown, err cake stand. I thank my lucky stars for the break from the horrors of our current reality. Thank you to the creators and producers of The Great British Baking Show for giving us outstanding entertainment and hope for the human race. XOXO. 5 out of 5 for this classic reality television series.

Did you pick this season’s winner?



The Great British Baking Show Returns to PBS for a Fourth Season of Merriment in the Kitchen (PBS)

June 2, 2017

Hell yeah this summer’s going to be delicious! PBS just announced Season 4 of The British Baking Show beginning June 16. From PBS,

PBS announced today at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour that THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW will return for a fourth season on June 16, 2017, airing Friday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings). This upcoming season is the BBC’s most recent season, which received the highest-ever viewership for the series. PBS also announced it has committed to a fifth season of the series that has previously aired on the BBC.

Read the full article on PBS.

Treme: Season 3 (take 2)

March 30, 2017

Just can’t get enough of New Awlins. Click on the image below and read my updated review of Treme: Season 3.

Treme: Season 2 (take 2)

March 23, 2017

Great revisiting my friends in the Treme. What a sleeper hit this David Simon (The Wire) show continues to be. Read Reel Charlie’s updated review by clicking on the image below.

The Great British Baking Show: Season 2 (U.K. Series 4)

March 4, 2017


Spoiler alert: I love my Great British Baking Show. Recently Netflix awarded us another season. Let’s call it U.S. 2 but it’s really original U.K. 4. No matter, we’re slowly getting the seasons. Season 2 was a bit quieter than the previous one airing in the U.S. (Nadia’s win). But I still loved it. Lots of focus, hard work, creativity and good sportsmanship. It all blends together for a whirlwind binge-worthy experience. The pool started with 13,000 entrants and ended with 13 contestants. The show narrowed down to all female by the semi-final. Definitely two of the three finalists were personal favorites. I won’t give away much more. I did love Kimberly and Glenn. Ok, and Frances,Howard, and Ali too. 4 out of 5 for this foodie delight!



The Great British Baking Show Season 3 Masterclass

December 7, 2016


What’s bound to satisfy our hunger for more The Great British Baking Show? Well start airing another couple of seasons over here in the U.S., PBS and Netflix, will ya’? Meanwhile, thank you PBS for airing Season 3’s Masterclass, a 5-part series featuring judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood baking to sheer perfection (to quote Mary B.) some of the most challenging and favorite recipes from the competition. You don’t have to be a star baker to love this show. A glass or wine or a cup of tea will do just fine while you sit back and allow your mouth to water profusely over these delectables. Four official episodes and one very special Christmas episode streaming now on the PBS app or online at A yummy 5 out of 5 for these master bakers.

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

November 24, 2016

whats-cookingI certainly have many things to be thankful for this year – great friends, an amazing family, a fantastic job in a career that helps the disenfranchised and people at risk, wonderful co-workers, a healthy body that responds to exercise, doctors and medical staff who keep me humming after all these post AIDS crisis years, and the 63,620,704 people who voted for Hillary Clinton to be president.

Now more than ever it’s important I keep myself glass half full. There is so much to do in the next four years. Meanwhile I realize it’s Thanksgiving. Many of you will be home with family and friends. I wish you a calm, happy, foodie day. And afterwards, if you’re looking for the perfect Thanksgiving movie, consider What’s Cooking. It’s very American and very ethnic. Which is very American. Now more than ever.

Read Reel Charlie’s review of the perfect Thanksgiving film: What’s Cooking.
What’s Cooking is currently streaming free on Amazon with a Prime subscription. Or rent it for $3 from Apple, Google Play, Vudu, or Microsoft. See all your choices here.

The Great British Baking Show: Season 3 (U.K. Series 6)

August 17, 2016

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Spoiler alerts: What a colossal treat the past few weeks has been binging through the third season of the best contestant reality show on the planet – The Great British Baking Show. Obviously Tamal made the show all the better this year. Read all about Reel Charlie’s crush on this sweet doctor/baker from an earlier post. Tamal made it all the way to the finals! I think Mary and Paul picked the best baker for the win. Nadia was consistently great in each of the three final challenges. And her husband’s love and pride made me a bit weepy. Now I just have to figure out how to watch season 2 which I somehow missed on PBS. Ugh, a la carte streaming can work even my nerves occasionally. Meanwhile if you want a feel-good hour filled with delicious baked goods and the sweetest, most supportive contestants ever, The Great British Baking Show is the place to be. 5 out of 5.

Crushing on Tamal: Great British Baking Show (#TeamTamal)

August 4, 2016

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Is anyone else majorly crushing on Tamal from Season 3 of The Great British Baking Show? It happened very quietly for me over the past 8 episodes. Suddenly I was noticing how adorable he was and hoping he would keep making it. Now I just looked up online and found out he came out as gay publicly because so many fan girls were swarming around his social media. That makes my crush even stronger. And to top it off, he’s an anesthesiologist. So he’s perfect to bring home to Mom. A doctor who bakes. If my friends Mark and Neil had a baby… So if you’ve thought about Tamal, I have two words for you: hands off! I just know he’s out there waiting for his Librarian Blogger American Daddy to come sweep him off his feet. Meanwhile I’m rooting for him to win big! #TeamTamal.

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The Great British Baking Show – PBS begins airing Season 3

July 9, 2016

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For the next ten weeks, no matter what happens in the world I will have the constant contentment of the sweetest reality food show ever produced, The Great British Baking Show. Season 3 (for Americans) premiered last weekend on PBS. To quote my own review of Season 1,

So much fun, incredible delicious desserts, and a room full of caring people. The Great British Bake Off (The Great British Baking Show) is the ultimate in comfort food television.

Episodes 1 & 2 are streaming now on PBS. Next week – bread! Gluten on!
Read Reel Charlie’s full review on The Great British Baking Show: Season 1.
Watch episodes now on PBS.


Judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry. Presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc.


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