I know it’s an occupational hazard, but it’s really not fair that at 2:00 this afternoon I was craving ribs, vegan shakes, homemade tortillas, gnocchi, and mazto ball soup. All at once. (Hey, here’s a culinary conundrum — how do you manage to crave both ribs AND vegan at the same time?) I blame it on the fact that I’ve been hanging around the set of Check, Please! Bay Area this week.

That’s right, the second and brand new season of Check, Please! Bay Area is being cooked up even as I type. This year, we’re dishing up more episodes featuring a passel of new restaurants to salivate over. There’s such a rockin’ vibe coming off the set that I can’t wait for these babies to hit the airwaves. I can’t reveal too much, but I think this is going to be an awesome season.

Also, they are still looking for people to be on the show, so if you like to duke it out over duck, fight about fingerlings, or just generally chew (and swallow) the fat, grab the nearest internet connection and bang out an application.

Room for Seconds: Check, Please! Bay Area 27 July,2006Stephanie Lucianovic


Stephanie Lucianovic

A former picky eater, Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic is a writer, editor, and lapsed cheesemonger in the San Francisco Bay Area. A culinary school grad with an English lit degree, she has written for CNN.com, MSNBC.com, Popular Science, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. Additionally, she has been writing for KQED’s Bay Area Bites since its inception and is the website editor for KQED’s Emmy-award winning show “Check, Please! Bay Area.”

Stephanie was an original recapper at Television Without Pity and worked on a line of cookbooks for William-Sonoma as well as in the back kitchen of a Jacques Pépin cooking show. Her first book, SUFFERING SUCCOTASH: A Picky Eater’s Quest To Understand Why We Hate the Foods We Hate (Perigee Books, 2012) is a non-fiction narrative and a heartfelt and humorous exposé on the inner lives of picky eaters that Scientific American called “hilarious” and “the perfect popular science book for a reader that doesn’t think he or she wants to read a popular science book.”

Stephanie lives in Menlo Park with her husband, three-year-old son, assorted cats, and has been blogging at The Grub Report for over a decade.

Follow her on Twitter at @grubreport

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