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Top Chef Rant, Only Necessary

In Uncategorized on February 20, 2009 at 10:19 pm

TOP CHEF. Aside from Nip/Tuck, this is the only other show I set aside time to watch.

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I have been hooked on T.C. for years now; I remember sitting in my mom’s  bed watching the show with my brother, guessing every commercial break who would win. As you could imagine,  I was usually spot on. This year, however, I’m having a hard time pin pointing the winner. I think it’s because the 3 final contestants styles are SO different, it’s like comparing creme brulee to mango sorbet— impossible!

I will break down my thoughts on the three and see if perhaps while writing this blog I can come to a final decision as to who I think will win.

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OH CARLA, that’s all there is to say. As my brother likes to refer to her as, she most definitely resembles an ostrich. With that aside, do I feel like she will be winning T.C.? I hope not. I like her style of cooking, I think Tom digs her because her food is very similar to his food at Craft. She sticks to the basics and perfects it, like her A-MAZING peas apparently? I wouldn’t know, only Jacques Peppin would… but I’ll take his word for it. Some good dishes paired with mediocre ones = 2nd place, not 1st in my opinion.

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STEFAN– so, I used to hate him…. however, I have changed my mind after watching a disgusting amount of reruns this week while lying in bed with the flu. I think his whole cocky persona is totally an act, and in reality he seems to VERY unsure about his dishes. He seems like he has his shit together but he’s been on the bottom so often recently, and with lines such as “I’m so luckily so have slid under the radar this week” I think Stefan’s big ego is slowly deflating. For him to win next week he’ll need a dose of reality, a cigarette break or two, and one HELL of a dinner prepared.

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AHHH my favorite, HOSEA. OK so, do I think he’s better than Stefan skill wise? No I don’t. My brother begs to differ but I firmly believe Stefan’s skills far outweigh those of Hosea’s, HOWEVER, big however…. I think Hosea could potentially knock this one dinner out of the PARK. He wants it bad, and realizes it can’t be “just a good side dish” or “a lovely flambé” he NEEDS to nail it down; appetizer, entree, and dessert. I think his STRONG dislike for Stefan will drive him to make sure his dish is the best.

…. Ok so I lied. I told you by the end of my blog I’d come to a decision, when in reality, all I did was make myself more confused and uncertain as to who will win! I think Carla can’t… I just will NOT let her win, she already won the car, isn’t that enough??? Come on now. I hope Hosea wins and kicks Stefan with his fashionable “Cooking Crocs“, but I guess well have to just wait and see…

Until next Wednesday when I’m SURE I will have a lot to bitch about…

Gatorade, stop confusing me

In Uncategorized on February 20, 2009 at 1:31 am

I can’t figure out what to do with all of the Gatorade drink options on the market. Yes, I am athletic but I do not know which one fits my “athletic lifestyle” best. I am literally overwhelmed with the amount of drinks available, see below:

 

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So Tiger makes a form of Gatorade. Tiger, what makes yours any different from the rest? Let’s be serious.

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Then we have the typical, well known Gatorade. No surprises, no promise for “low sugar” or “low carb” – although I firmly believe most of the Gatorades taste like piss? I ‘m happy they don’t change. Ever.

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Like we don’t have ENOUGH Gatorade options, let’s throw a less fufilling, more watered down drink into the mix. Most of these flavors taste like diluted drinks that were GOOD at some point in time… oh well.

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Then Propel decides to keep the dull watered down version of Gatorade and fool people by adding colors to the water, to perhaps making it seem as though they are flavorful. FALSE.

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Finally we have G2, which is my favorite out of the mix, surprisingly. It’s sweet and fulfilling yet not overwhelmingly syrupy and sugary like Gatorade. It’s also not watered down like Propel.

 

….. Now that you see my dilemma, I think you can understand why I stick to water.

Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures

In Uncategorized on February 19, 2009 at 9:20 pm

 “You’re making beer in our kitchen?!” Yes, ladies and gentleman this was the start to my phone call home last night. Over the course of my life, my mother has tried various culinary endeavors and failed miserably. One of the most memorable ones had to be her attempt to create “Healthy Challah French Toast“. The idea of creating anything healthy from Jewish Cooking let alone trying to incorporate french toast into the mix is nearly impossible. Her latest challenge of creating home brewed beer, however, had me thinking. 

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At first, I was a bit taken a back that my mother at age fifty-five was working in conjunction with my eighteen-year-old brother to create a “microbrewery” in my kitchen. After soaking it in, however, I realized that my mother’s newest project is becoming a trend I see quite frequently in papers, magazines, and even in my own backyard. I firmly believe that the upset in the economy has turned many of the once lazy and wasteful Americans into creative and thrifty entrepreneurs. 

With the economy in the slums, one assumes the “luxuries in life” such as trips to Tahiti and Truffle Oil Macaroni and Cheese are out of the question. But are people going so far as to create all of their necessities from their home now? 

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I come from a well off family but even in this economy, everyone is feeling the repercussions of what our past president left us to deal with. 

With creative new ways to produce vegetables, fruits, and apparently beer, from home, there is less of a need for locally owned restaurants and markets. Sure we all enjoy our wings and beers from Charlie’s, where really everyone does know your name, but at the same time wallets are tighter and in return we sacrifice less trips to our favorite spots. Rex Halfpenny, publisher of “Michigan Beer Guide” quotes, “If you like expensive beer, you can now make it for less”. He goes on to mention, “I can produce beers that sell in stores for over $10 per six-pack for the same price as Bud, Miller, etc.” 

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The reality is as such; most people may not be as inventive as my mother and brother may be. I do believe, however, that many more people are now turning to creativity to save some money in the bank. In a sense, people are now becoming their own enterprises– when asked the name of her newly invented beer, my mother jokingly replied, “Hey now there’s an idea! Maybe I’ll start my own label.” With creativity high and finances low, everyone is eager to bring in profits however possible– whether it be from fermenting yeast for home made beer to growing the largest Jersey Tomatoes, the possibilities for these new “Recession Entrepreneurs” are endless. 

Until next time when I come home to find family members hand making linguine.