OK. I’ve been ignoring this blog too long. When you get involved in the final phases of putting a program together, there are too many things to take care of, and on-line communications may suffer. Lots of news. And we’re not finished with breakfast yet.
Our program called BREAKFAST SPECIAL aired on most PBS stations on Wednesday evening July 14 at 8 PM. The reactions have been very kind. TV critic Robert Bianco in USATODAY made my day. Bianco’s remarks inspired Pittsburgh Post-Gazette blogger Chad Herman to post an introduction he wrote several years ago when I gave one of those “Last Lectures” at Carnegie Mellon University, years before Randy Pausch made his, and Chad’s posting was an unexpected honor. Tons of other very nice notes on my Facebook page (friend me) and on Facebook’s Official Inside Scoop On Rick Sebak (like that.) I’ve also set up a Facebook “page” for Breakfast Special. And who knows what you might find on Twitter (follow me @rickaroundhere)?
All of the positive reactions are gratifying, but this isn’t a completed project yet. In the middle of the editing process, we realized we had a problem: too much good material. Bob and Glenn and I had been to 17 places around the country, but when Kevin and I finished editing 8 stories, we realized we were already at our time limit. Do we cut the stories in half to make room for 8 or 9 more? (Oh, that hurts!) Or do we cut the material in two and go for a 2-part-er? (Eek, we’ve never tried that before!) We decided on the latter course of action.
I talk to my boss at WQED. I call PBS. I confer with Kevin and Matt and Frank in the editing room. We talked with Buddy Nutt about the music. We finished the show on June 5, and I drove it to Virginia on Sunday June 6 so we could meet all our PBS deadlines.
So, if you’ve seen BREAKFAST SPECIAL, you know we’ve been to Cartwright’s Maple Tree Inn in rural New York state, to The Breakfast Club on Tybee Island in Georgia, and to two places in Columbus Ohio: Skillet and The Best Breakfast & Sandwiches, both of which were suggested by Nick Dekker who writes the blog called “Breakfast With Nick.” We also stopped in the Cuban spot called La Herencia Cafe in Saint Augustine, Florida, and then learned a little about “jook” or congee at Hing Lung Restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown, thanks to Sandy Wada, her friend Kent Liu and her blog called “Foodhoe’s Foragings.” We capped off the program with visits to Tin Shed and Helser’s On Alberta, both in Portland, Oregon, both suggested by Paul Gerald who writes the blog called “Breakfast In Bridgetown” and a guidebook with the same name (and now apparently a collector’s item until the 2nd Edition comes out.)
If you’ve followed us on this blog and out website (where there are “tastes” of several stories), you know there are lots of places still to come.