Tuesday, July 22
Now, the playful, flirtacious couple is hitting the road in the latest installment of Road Tasted, taking over for Bobby and Jamie Deen as hosts. (Jamie claims the excessive travel and his desire to be closer to family as his reason for not returning to the show.)
While similar to other travel shows, Road Tasted typically highlights specialty stores and family-run businesses. Viewers can then go online and order what's showcased—a somewhat more economical way of experiencing unique food items, compared to, say, a visit to D.C.'s uber-expensive Citronelle like Giada De Laurentiis on Weekend Getaways.
Pat and Gina obviously love each other. In the first episode, "Minneapolis: More Than You Imagined!", Pat gets "upset" when the beekeeping outfits they've donned to learn about single-source honey prevent him from "getting any sugar" from Gina (i.e. - a kiss). While sappy and sometimes excessive for a weekend morning show, the Neelys flirting seems to work a little better in primetime when the mood is more "fun road trip for the parents" and not "yuck, mom and dad are making out in the kitchen while making me dinner."
In the premiere episode, Pat and Gina also visit Laura’s Candy to sample homemade marshmallows, Faribault Dairy, and a barbeque spot for good measure. Some good stuff here, but nothing that made my eyes pop out of my head and get me onto that computer to start ordering.
The show is nothing new. Nothing we haven't seen before. Your enjoyment of it will be based primarily on how you feel about Pat and Gina Neely. They're unlike anyone else on Food Network, that's for sure. And, to me, that's a good thing.
Food Network Addict review: C+
Road Tasted with the Neelys premieres tonight at 9:30pm ET on Food Network.