Food TV has deteriorated as has much of mainstream TV to the lowest common denominator. I rarely stop at the Food TV channel more than ten seconds anymore. But just look at CNN. Hughley Breaks the News. Should be called Hughely Breaks Wind. And that self-important hot shot Rick Chavez is barely tolerable. Essentially, TV that gets major ratings or tries for them sucks monkey ass (to use somone else's term) big time. Without MSNBC, TCM and WNET and the occasional program on the various cable channels, my TV watching would be less than 30 minutes a week. So I see food tv as no different that popular tv. Shit on a hi-def shingle.
It's your memory, but are you sure you saw the original Pepe Le Moko with Jean Gabin and not the American remake, Algiers, with Charles Boyer? There was even a remake with music, Casbah, with Tony Martin.
I saw both, but I did not see the Boyer one until much later. I honestly don't know how it came to be playing where it was. Perhaps I am wrong, but I remember the smokey light and the exotic feeling of the scenes. I think it was dubbed and not with subtitles, because I doubt I could have read them well enough at eight or nine years old. I know the Boyer movie came out in 1948 so that would make the time right, but perhaps the distributor saw an opportunity to get more mileage from the 1938 French film. I saw the Gabin movie on TMC nbot long ago, and it tirggered a lot of old memories. The Boyer movie was not as evocative for me. I remember walking around as a kid saying "I am Pepay Luhmokko, ze thif." in my best imitation of a French accent. Heddy Lamar was in the Boyer movie, and a French actress was in the Gabin film. Lamar was a knockout, but the French actress was sooo exotic. I never saw the musical.
In the days when we shopped for everything at Bloomies, we went to Gino's for soft shell crabs. They did them rather well. Haven't bought a thing at Bloomies for over two decades, nor have I been back to Gino's. Might go when soft shells are in season, just for the sake of auld lang syne..