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Ryori No Testujin (or Tetsujin) [that translates to Iron Chef]
An unusual cooking show is on opposite 60 MINUTES on Sunday night anytime from about 6:30* p.m. to 8:22* p.m. on KSCI channel 18. A guest chef challenges one of four* resident chefs (the Iron Chefs). The surprise ingredient appears, and the two chefs with their assistants rush to prepare the best dishes in a limited time in side-by-side kitchens. A panel of diners discuss the dishes and pick the winning chef. In Japanese; *no English subtitles since about 5/24/98 for "copyright reasons". The LA Times newspaper did a review recently in the food section on 10/14/98.* Many web sites available; search for "iron chef".*

PS -- Start and stop times are flexible. On 3/8/98 it ran from about 6:57 to 7:35 p.m. The 200th show was broadcast on 3/15/98 and ran from about 6:52 to 7:33 p.m. On 4/12/98 and 4/19/98 it started at 6:30 p.m., and on 4/12 it ran till about 8:15 p.m.

With Love
[The last show was 7/5/98, but there may be a video and there are three CD's; see notes at end.] I don't usually watch soap operas but, since this one is sandwitched in between Ryori No Tetsujin (above) and Kuishinbo Banzia (below), it often gets on the VCR. Well, over the last few months I got hooked. It's the story of a conservative girl and a slightly unusual guy. They aren't looking for anyone, but over the last few months they keep bumping into each other, then they start saying hello, and tonight they end up with friends at the same dinner. Suddenly, he gives her a little kiss, to which she does not respond. Then he tries to kiss her again, and she slaps him. They go home, to their own places, to think about what happened. And, there is also a computer angle with another plot. What hooked me is that this is more like the old-fashioned romances, like before the 1970's. So far I don't remember any T&A, sex, or violence (or only very minor). Why can't they find actors, plots, emotions, visuals, and sound tracks like this in the USA? ***I'm looking for a CD of the sound track -- found it, see note at end.***

6/21/98. Big Show. She almost marries the wrong guy, the old boy friend. But, when she hears the friend play the piano, she knows he's the one she fell in love with on the internet. Watch his fingers as he decides what to play. Watch her eyes as she figures it out and thinks about what to do. And hear the music; it's the tune he sent to her over the internet. Maybe they'll show flash backs on the 6/28/98 show. The end of this show may be among the best seven minutes in TV drama and music.

7/5/98. The last show, but I hope they will repeat it or make more shows. Not the ending I had expected, but good.

*Each show lasts almost an hour, so don't tune out at the intermission. The show is on Sunday night, on KSCI channel 18. Time and schedules are irrelevant at this station, but try sometime between 7:30 and 8:25 p.m. Or, tape everything between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., and get all the KSCI shows in this review. In Japanese, but it works without understanding the language.

Hey! Hey! Hey! (This might not be the correct name.)
On Sunday 4/5/98 KSCI channel 18 preempted Ryori No Tetsujin (above) and ran a variety show from about 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. I have never seen such a bunch of high-energy people having so much fun. I was laughing and crying. The main entertainment was singer impersonators. Tina Turner was good, but Mick Jagger was funny. This may have been a variation on the show which normally start at 6:30 and only run for a few minutes. **"My Little Lover" did "Destiny" on 7/26/98 at about 6:40 p.m. In Japanese.

Kuishinbo Banzai
One of the shortest food-related shows is also on KSCI channel 18 on Sunday night from about 8:22 to 8:28* p.m. On 3/1/98 it began with a food tasting, then moved aboard a fishing boat, and back to the tasting with a few food-related commercials. The only food I could identify was fresh sea cucumbers. In Japanese.

Let's Dine Out**
New version of "Table for Two" with two of the three original people. Two people review restaurants; mostly in the Inland Empire but sometimes in LA or even other states. The last two guys could be compared to Siskel & Ebert or Laurel & Hardy. The show includes other short subjects. I did question the last guy's ability to appreciate Chinese food. It is broadcast on KVCR channel 24 in San Bernardino on Tuesday at 7:30? p.m. and repeated on Saturday at 6:30 p.m., or vice versa; also Thurs at 11:00 a.m. Check for exact schedule. Most shows are 30 minutes, but some special shows are longer. This is an interesting PBS station, but it can be difficult to receive over the air, and it is not on many cable systems. Ask your cable company.

California Heartland
This show covers the production of food items in California and the associated people. The food items could be anything from abalone to zucchini. The first few minutes introduce the items and give the viewers a chance to tune out or skip items. The show could also be of some value as an aid in picking trip or vacation destinations. It's on Saturday from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on KCET channel 28. This show is followed, typically for a few hours, by gardening and cooking shows.

PS -- The show is also broadcast on Saturday at 7 p.m. on KVCR channel 24 and on Friday at 5:30 p.m. on KOCE channel 50. It is also available in other cities and states; see their web site for details.

more to come

Tips - One-Liners

These shows move around the schedule and come and go, so check the schedules for the newest info.

B. Smith With Style
- Sat, 3-3:30 p.m., KNBC channel 4. A practical Martha Steward with more food.
Travel Cafe or Travels with Chuck Henry
- Sat, 3:30-4 p.m., KNBC channel 4. Inside LA restaurant kitchens and chefs.
Wine 101
- Sat, 5:30-6 p.m., KOCE channel 50. Get to know wine and beautiful scenery.
Martha Steward Living
- Sun, 10-10:30 a.m., KCBS channel 2. Highlights from the week's programs.
Combate (or Combate Mortal)
- Fri, 9:30-11 or 11:30 p.m., KWHY channel 22. Cage or fake fighting dubbed into Spanish.
Eye on LA
- Sun, 5:30-6 p.m., KABC channel 7. Swimwear.
Tom Snyder
- Tues-Sat, 12:35-1:35 a.m., KCBS channel 2. Better talk, the last season, try now.
B. Smith With Style
- Sun, ending at 10 a.m., KNBC channel 4. Also saw today, see above.
Classic Arts Showcase
- Everyday, 1 or 2 a.m. - 5 or 5:30 a.m., KCET channel 28. Performing arts, short videos, needs support.
At Home on the Range
- Mon - Fri, 11:30 p.m.- midnight, KOCE channel 50. "...the cooking show for the deranged!"
Rick Stein's Fruits and Taste of the Sea
- Sat, 11:30 - noon, KCET channel 28. English restaurant chef does seafood and more.
Little Italy with David Ruggerio
- Sat, 12:30 - 1:00 p.m., KCET channel 28. New York City Italian food, the good stuff.
The Joy of Music with Diane Bish
-Tues 9 a.m. & Fri 5:30 a.m., KTBN channel 40. She can play the big organs. Did real good on dual organs with J.S. Bach T&F. Was on 11/10/98 at 9 a.m. Due back 12/3 - 12/11/1998. Keep checking schedules.

*Revised since date shown

Note for "With Love"(7/31/98): I did find three CD's at Asahiya Bookstores U.S.A. in Torrance, CA at 310-787-0700.

*A single is "Toy's Factory TFDC-28085", by "My Little Lover", titled "Destiny", and dated 1998. Track 1 is the main vocal from the show, the one that starts with the two guitar notes. Track 2 I don't like, and track 3 is the music from track 1. I got the last one on 6/10/98 for $9.70 plus tax.

PS - At first I didn't appreciate the instrumental bridge on tracks 1 and 3 between 3:20 and 3:47. But, after hearing it a few times, I think almost anyone in music (maybe even J. S. Bach) would be proud to play or write something like this.

*Another is "Sony SRCR 2220", by Taro Iwashiro, titled "With Love, Original Soundtrack", and dated 1998. They ordered it for me, and I got it on 6/27/98 for $30.80 plus tax. There are 13 tracks, and the more I hear them, the more I like them.

*The last is "Sony SRCL 4345", by Takashi Hasegawa Works, titled "Once in a Blue Moon", and dated 1998. I got this on 7/26/98 for $22.00 plus tax. It is six tracks and is mostly a different version of the previous tracks, but good on it's own.

PS -- Thanks to everyone who helped with this music; it is magic to me. Please do more music and get more distribution in the U.S.A.