Who's in the kitchen?

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This week's show takes us on a culinary trip to three very different restaurants. What makes them different? Well, of course it's the cuisine, the ambiance, and the cost. But the culinary expertise, life experiences, and personalities of the chef/owners are truly what create the overall experience.

Best Burger?

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My apologies to my vegetarian friends, but this week I'm all about the meat!

On this week's episode, our guest reviewers talked about the best burger in town. But, really, how do they know? Have they had all the burgers in town to compare? And, just what makes a burger the best in town? Don't get me wrong, I've had some delicious burgers, but the "best" is really difficult to prove, because it all depends on what you like.

Surprising!

By Carmen Schmidt |

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As Bo Diddley so famously said, you can't judge a book by its cover! That definitely holds true for restaurants. I've taken friends to my favorite little Chinese restaurant and watched their faces as they look at the sad looking store front, the mama's kitchen style seating, and lack of the typical Asian décor. But, when they have the perfectly prepared dishes for an even better price, they totally understand why I like it. Our guest reviewers for this week's episode of Check, Please! experienced the same kind pleasant surprise as they visited each of this week's featured restaurants.

Wooonderful...

By Carmen Schmidt |

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People ask me all the time, do you get hungry working on Check, Please!? And my answer is almost always, "YES. Don't you get hungry watching it?" I mean, there are plenty of reasons for this.

Happy New Year!

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The new ninth season episodes are here. We hope you've enjoyed revisiting the first six episodes of our ninth season over the holidays.

Tonight, Check, Please! features fancy pizza, affordable Asian cuisine, and barbeque flavors to die for. O.K., I know what you're thinking, "What are you doing to me?" Don't we know it's just seven days after you made that New Year's resolution! How are you supposed to loose weight, save money, or live a greener lifestyle when we keep showing you tempting deliciousness every Friday evening? Don't worry, I've got you covered.

Just try it!

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When I was growing up and would wrinkle my nose at food I thought I would not like, Mom always said, "you'll never know unless you try." And, what do you know? Sometimes, I did like it.

Foodie, or not a Foodie, you decide.

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Every week Check, Please! offers restaurants featuring a variety of cuisines. It's interesting to see how people react to these cuisines. Most of our guest restaurant reviewers are "foodies," so you can expect that they will have an open mind when it comes to unfamiliar eating environments and cultures. But, this week's show proves that even foodies can find themselves in a rut.

How can I be on Check, Please!?

By Carmen Schmidt |

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When people learn that I work on the production of Check, Please!, the reaction is always the same. First, I'm told just how much people love the show. They love Alpana and get excited about discovering new places to eat. Then, they proceed to tell me about one of the restaurants they visited because of the show or about their favorite restaurant and how it should be on the show. And finally, the question comes: how can I be on Check, Please!?

Aren't the portions always big?

By Carmen Schmidt |

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So, who doesn't like chocolate?! It's a common biological need. Or at least that's my take on the subject. I mean when the next episode features a restaurant called Hot Chocolate, how can you go wrong?

"un-Belizably" Delicious Food

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Our ninth season of Check, Please! is off to the races with three more exciting new restaurant conversations. Are you feeling like having a big juicy steak in a classic Chicago setting? Or, maybe you're looking for some South American flavor. Let me tell you, this next episode has it all.

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