Rachael's Vacation

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Popular cook finds food and fun around the world.

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Positive Messages

Features diverse regional cultures and cuisines from many international locations.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Occasional mild references to romance.


Local eateries in the places that Ray visits are featured.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine and mixed drinks with meals. Rachael sometimes recommends certain wines with meals.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series is geared toward people who are interested in both food and international travel. It's mild enough for viewers of almost any age, although younger viewers may not find it particularly exciting. Alcohol, especially wine, is usually consumed at mealtimes, and discussions touch on wine pairings and local alcoholic beverages.

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What's the story?

RACHAEL'S VACATION follows perky TV cooking celeb/talk show host Rachael Ray as she explores the history, culture, and cuisine of her favorite vacation spots around the world. From Bordeaux to Barcelona, Ray enthusiastically shares her ideas about getting the most enjoyment out of the places she's visiting. Not surprisingly, she spends most of her time talking about the foods of each area while she samples local fare at open-air markets and gourmet restaurants.

Is it any good?

Unlike Ray's other travel series, $40 a Day with Rachael Ray, Vacation isn't about doing things easier, faster, or cheaper, but instead focuses on taking the time to really enjoy the little details that make international locations special for visitors.

But the series still features Ray's energy, as well as her signature vocabulary (she calls extra-virgin olive oil "EVOO" no matter what country she's in). Best of all, her popular tips and recommendations for finding great places to eat that are off the beaten track make exploring different cultures both appealing and accessible, making the show an attractive viewing choice for world travelers and gourmet foodies alike.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about international travel. What countries would you like to visit some day? Why? How does the media portray these places? Has seeing a particular place on a TV show or in a movie made you want to go there more? Less? Families can also talk about the kinds of food people eat in different parts of the world. How is it different than what your family eats? Do you think you'd like it? Why or why not?

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