Monday, March 3, 2014

My 15 Minutes of Fame

I have a long history of discovering fabulous little restaurants about a month before they die.  For a while I was beginning to think that my patronage was the kiss of death for any eating establishment.  That's why when I looked around my favorite Thai place last year and realized that I was almost the only one there, I panicked; what if they were on the verge of going down the tubes?  So, I decided to nominate it for Check, Please! Arizona.

For those of you who don't live in Arizona, Check, Please! is a show on our local PBS station, hosted by a professional chef.  Every week they review three different local restaurants, and they have a bias toward small ethnic places.  Viewers recommend their favorite spots; if your restaurant is chosen, you get to eat at your place and the restaurants recommended by two other people and then talk about them on the show.  I went to their website and filled out the form to suggest Line Thai in Sun City.

Well, fast forward a year and my restaurant (and I!) made it on the show.  With quite a bit of judicious editing, I even looked fairly articulate. I've lost track of how many people have told me they plan to visit Line Thai as a result, so mission accomplished.  I hope the restaurant lives long and prospers.

(If you would like to see the show, visit the Channel Eight website at

"There is no sincerer love than the love of food." ~George Bernard Shaw

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