'Heroes' Stars Come Clean About Romance
Sunday, December 30, 2007
'Heroes' Stars Come Clean About Romance
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Look I'm woman enough to admit that I am more than a casual view of "A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila". I have DVR now, what can I say. I just read today that MTV is doing a spin-off featuring everyone's favorite humorous little Italian, Domenico!! I really liked Domenico and I liked how much everyone else liked him and cried when he was eliminated. I really doubt he will find love American style but I think it will be mindlessly entertaining. I'm just waiting for a VH1 spin-off of "I Love New York" (which was actually a spin-off to begin with) entitled "I love Punk." Punk-you went to Harvard, why on earth were you on a reality show competing for the love of New York and interacting with crazy Mother Sister Patterson?!
(FROM HOLLYWOOD REPORTER) – MTV is doing a spin-off of its popular unscripted competition series A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila, which just wrapped its first season with an average of 6.2 million viewers, making it the network's most-watched series. The spin-off, titled That's Amore, will focus on Milan, Italy-born contestant Domenico Nesci, who will be looking for an ''American Sweetheart'' from among 15 single ladies who will travel to Italy with him to meet his mother. Six hour-long episodes of Amore (plus a reunion special) are slated to run Sundays at 10 p.m. starting on March 2. (Hollywood Reporter)
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
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Friday, December 7, 2007
Now Sarah Brown, while always a VR Trooper in the back of my mind, is a great actress and just killed it in the role of Carly. She was getting Emmy nominations left and right back in the day. At the same time though, she was rather.....messy and masculine in her approach to Carly. She was very tough and rough and didn't strike me as your typical soap heroine. I also recall reading once that Steve Burton (aka Jason) wasn't crazy about the idea of love scenes with Sarah and I feel like it was due to her general posture and attitude but this was of course never confirmed. Laura Wright has been Carly for awhile now and she is fairly well respected in the genre. I'm not sure how well the fans like her as Carly but I'm sure it's better than that blah man voiced brunette who assumed the role ever briefly.
What do Coo Coo and General Hospital fans think of this news? Personally, I'd rather hear Vanessa Marcil or Jonathan Jackson was returning instead.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Jodie Foster sent shockwaves through Hollywood this week by publicly acknowledging her same-sex lover of almost 20 years for the first time ever. The actress was presented with a leadership award by the Hollywood Reporter at a Power 100 breakfast on Tuesday. When accepting her award, Jodie thanked “my beautiful Cydney who sticks with me through all the rotten and the bliss.” Cydney is Cydney Bernard, Foster’s longtime partner and co-mother of their children. In her speech, Jodie went on to characterize herself as a “professional” and a “gentleman,” someone that’s managed to have a 42-year career in Hollywood and come out relatively sane.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Why did Christian Bale agree to appear in three big budget action movies directed by McG (of "Charlie's Angels" fame aka he is not particularly well-respected)? Bale is a great actor and can convincingly portray any character he wants. He already has a big budget iconic character in the bag with Batman. I would think that role would take care of any action, monetary, etc type of desires he may have, leaving room for Bale to also act in smaller, edgier films. But now that he's committed to the Terminator movies and the Batman movies, how is going to have time to do anything else? He's so method too that I fear he will start believing we are living in a post-apocalyptic world and start making tourniquets out of shirt sleeves and screaming "Come with me if you want to live!!!" in his everyday life.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Every time "The Today Show" touts an "exclusive interview" with Brad and Angelina, it's always with Ann Curry. Why Ann why? Of all the people on "The Today Show", I find her the most bland and open to ridicule. Maybe it's her awkward jokes, the way she leans too far in towards her guests to show her sensitivity, the way she attacks attractive older male actors, but something about Ann ain't quite right to me. Perhaps, Ann got the first exclusive by random assignment and then she just became designated the go to girl for all things Brad and Angelina. Or maybe this was leverage. Ann, we gave you Brangelina, now you have to go to Antarctica during NBC's green week! Whatever it is, it's a real mystery. I think I'll put Natalie Morales on the case.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
While I literally only looked at this site for 5 minutes in total, I am deeming it coo coo worthy.
My favorites bit on the site is:
You can feel Manny’s love for films in his TV and radio segments, or in his weekly paper. From his ratings (he gives kisses—because he loves movies so much, every movie deserves at least a kiss—or a half kiss—just don’t ask him to give the tongue) to the way he calls his viewers, listeners, readers—they’re all “lovely.” Manny also has this infectious giggle that viewers have been imitating but never able to duplicate. And of course, Manny parades around with his magical beret, not because he’s bald, but it’s his lucky hat.So luck, tenacity, and talent led him to where he is now, let’s all wait and see where his American dream will take him next. Let’s just pray it doesn’t turn into an American nightmare (giggles).
Manny strikes me as a Phillippino Ross the Intern with a penchant for headwear. Here's his site: http://www.mannythemovieguy.com/.
Monday, November 12, 2007
1) Nicholas threw this party to celebrate his renewed love with Emily. He wanted to re-create the magic of the Bacchanalia which Emily loved back when she was played by Amber Tamblyn and not hot enough to be paired with Tyler Christopher (who looks so chunky now, good thing he and Vanessa Marcil never tied the knot, she would be cursing her misfortune). Now, that's sweet to bring in history I suppose but is Nicholas forgetting something very important about the Bacchanalia? KATHERINE BELL WAS PUSHED OFF THE PARAPET!!! Everyone knows that!! I mean, I don't think Katherine died (maybe she fake died I cannot recall) but still it was a very tragic end to a "magical night". If the citizens of Port Charles were normal human beings, one would assume that they would always associate the Bacchanalia with Katherine's tragic fall and not the delicious Windamere punch and Gothic architecture.
2) Rick got stabbed through the shoulder with some kind of sword/lance. Fine, fine, I can believe that. A psycho killer is on the loose and stuff like this happens. However, this is where I get angry. He's losing a lot of blood and therefore Dr. Patrick Drake declares if they don't operate on Rick immediately, he will die! Now there is no power, no tools, and minimal gloves. How on earth are they going to do a blood transfusion? With straws and steak knives? This makes absolutely no sense! I mean it's bad enough they did this during the hotel fire, stitching HIV positive Robin up with a basic sewing kit and towels found around the hotel, but something about a blood transfusion I find more ridiculous. I mean it makes no sense! Just kill Rick and be done with it than make me watch this silly story. Even "Grey's Anatomy" is more realistic than this.
3) I miss Lucy Coe, she would have been buckets of fun at this Ball. Someone give Lynn Herring a call! She's comedy gold.
4) Rumors are swirling that Luke is the one to die from a heart attack. Give me a break Soap Opera Digest. You are so full of it. If Tony Geary left the show or was let go, I would be compelled to write an angry letter, err email, to ABC and possibly stop watching the show altogether.
5) Robin Scorpio looks gorgeous in this story. Her gown, her make-up, her hair - everything works. I have never seen her look better! Nice job hair, make-up, and wardrobe department! She definitely looks better than Leyla for the past few weeks.
6) That kid who play Johnny Zacchara is hot and can act. I like him with Lulu. Just when I think I really like the guy Lulu is paired with, GH brings on an even better love interest for her. But they must be careful, Lulu is apparently the only suitable young woman in town and she may end up with quite a slutty reputation with all these men around - Logan, Spinelli, the younger brother of Max, Johnny. She's only one woman.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Anyway, I think I have been in self-pity mode and nothing really struck me as interesting enough to write. But I mustn't disappoint my fans. So here we go.
Let's see, I just finished a book which I absolutely adored. It was Cormac McCarthy's "The Road." It was incredible. I was a little bit embarrassed initially to be reading it on the subway/path because it was a more recent paperback edition which meant it had the Oprah book club stamp on the right hand corner. Cringe. Now, I love Mama O. I think she's swell. I think the mistakes made at her elite girls' school in Africa were terrible but she is doing what she can to rectify the situation. Oprah's a busy lady and does a lot of great things. I don't mind if she preaches or turns people against meat or makes otherwise sane women freak out when she gives out freebies on her show. B/c you know what? I would freak out too around Oprah. She is so powerful and charismatic and say what you will about her being pompous, etc but she's undeniably a smart, strong woman who does inspiring things. I once saw Oprah outside the premiere of "The Color Purple" on Broadway. I was so close to her that I could have literally lunged forward a few feet and touched her. But b/c I'm not a creepy stalker and I don't believe in exercise, I refrained. But it was thrilling to be in her presence. I also think they were must spray paint/shellac her make up on everyday b/c it was flawless and everyone knows Oprah's face looks VERY different without make up. Anyway, the book was about a father and son who are living in this post apocalyptic world. We don't know quite what happened. I think McCarthy is being purposely vague in this respect which I like. Was it a nuclear holocaust? Was this a case of humans destroying nature over time with their greed and violent tendencies? Was there a worldwide virus? Did zombies/vampires take over our land? Probably not the last one b/c this isn't a bad sci-fi horror movie. Regardless, there aren't many humans left walking the earth. Some of the people left are "bad guys", desperate individuals who will do anything to survive. Times are tough - food is scarce, there's no electricity, you can't stay in one place too long, there's no running water - it's just horrible. People have turned to cannibalism and violent theft in order to sustain themselves. It's really gritty and pretty frank about what people need to do in order to survive. Now our father and son protagonists are "good guys" b/c they don't eat people or intentionally (ideally) hurt others. The book is all about their journey, trying to survive and navigate their lives and the love that sustains them. It brings up all these questions about what you would do if you were placed in such a desperate situation and also what is the true meaning of love. I don't want to spoil the book for 2 people reading this blog b/c I've already recommended this book to them, but I will say this. I was very hesitant to read Cormac McCarthy. I had heard good things about him but I always associate him with his border books (which I haven't read). I figured he talks about cowboys and the open range and old fashioned boys and values. This is stuff I just can't relate to. I had heard he was very graphic and violent and I just didn't think his writing style would suit me. Initially, when I started the book, I noticed that McCarthy used very sparse prose. Simple but well done sentences and a lot of back and forth dialog between father and son. I think I tend to enjoy overly verbose stuff as that is the type of person I am. However, this was a really quick and engaging read. I immediately became engrossed in the book and just fell in love with it. It was so well written and the story was just amazing. I was emotionally moved and I found it truly thought provoking. It was one of those books that you can't wait to finish (I wanted to give it 5 stars on goodreads, which is basically friendster/facebook/myspace for books, - a rarity for me) yet at the same time, you don't want to finish b/c that means you cannot read any more of something that brought you so much pleasure. I loved this book so much that I wish I was a man so I could give this book to my father (much like that sorta cute hippish college kid on ER gave his dad played by sorta hot Stanley Tucci) and 5 years later, after I finally harassed him into actually completing a fiction book (my pops don't read much), we would hug each other and cry about the love between a father and son. Sigh.
Cormac McCarthy also wrote "No Country For Old Men" which comes out in theaters today. It stars Javier Bardem and Josh (yawn) Brolin aka Mr. Diane Lane aka James Brolin's son aka Babs's step-son aka Minnie Driver's ex aka dude who wound up in 2 heavyweight movies this fall wearing a crazy thick mustache. The movie is getting great reviews and I'm going to see it tonight. I contemplated reading the book first, but time was of the essence and I decided that I would take the visual cliff's notes way out on this one. If I like it, I will read the book after. Now, here is what I am thinking about. Javier Bardem: hunky and smoldering or weird and tough or ugly beautiful? I mean I think it's universally agreed upon that he is a great actor. Penelope Cruz seems to think his tonsils are hot. But I'm on the fence about his looks. He's big and hulking and he has talent. He has presence which sometimes translates into sex appeal. But his face is kind of rough and ape-ish. I'm not sure if I dig that. He looks like he could take a tree trunk and break it in half with his bare hands and then make a chair out of that wood. That dreadful Ichabod Crane hairdo he sports in "No Country" doesn't do him any favors either. But I just can't decide if I want to jump on the Bardem bandwagon or not. He is also going to star in "Love in the Time of Cholera" this year which I will probably see so I think I'm going to end up seeing more of Javier than ever before.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
But enough about Gore, I just read this today and it is much juicier:
James Lipton, host of Inside the Actor’s Studio, spent his early years working as a pimp in Paris. James has interviewed the top actors of our time for the past 13 years and is revealing the details of his life in a new book. ABC News reports:"This was when I was very very young, living in Paris, penniless, unable to get any kind of working permit... I had a friend who worked in what is called the Milieu, which is that world and she suggested to me one night, `Look, you'll be my mec... We would translate it perhaps... as pimp. We were earning our living together, this young woman and I, we made a rather good living, I must say."
He does have those shifty pimp eyes!
This has been a banner week. Dumbledore is gay, Marie Osmond faints, and James Lipton is a pimp. I love it!
I started off ambivantly towards GG (not to be confused with "Gilmore Girls" a far superior program). It had some elements that showed potential - NYC scenary, rich kids doing bad things, snobby one liners, good wardrobe. However, it didn't really live up to its' campy potential. Characters were too one dimensional, there didn't seem to be real stories, and the parents were waaaay too young. The main heroine that you root for really did terrible things to her best friend and apparently only eats yogurt for lunch (which is funny but a little anorexic). Plus many of the actors struck me as cheap versions of actors on "The OC".
Dan Humphrey = Seth Cohen without the wit, geeky charm, and good taste in music. Better looking in a classic sense but too uncomfortable in his own skin and not in the endearing way.
Serena Van Der Somethingsnotty = Marissa Cooper with better wardrobe and saucy vibe (UPGRADE!).
Mom Van Der Woodsen? = cheap Kelly Rowan wannabe, I didn't even like you on "Melrose Place" Kelly Rutherford (even the actress's names are similiar)
Blair = budget Summer Roberts but not as pretty
and so on...
I became a casual viewer. I watched bits here and there since it was preferable to "Private Practice" (grow up, you guys are like 40+, this behavior is no longer charming) but I did not find it tape worthy although it seemed as though every single person on the street and everyone I knew was watching. I don't buckle to peer pressure.
However, one lazy Sunday (who am I kidding? all my Sundays are lazy), there was a MTV marathon featuring all the GG episodes. I believe at that point 4 or 5 were shown in a row. And that is when I decided you know what? I kind of like this show. It started to grow on me and feel comfortable and comforting much like the way a martini washes over Serena and comforts her by masking the pain. Blair became super bitchy with a heart and some of her lines are pretty good. I am finding the show pretty watchable as a whole. But something still irks me beyond belief. And some parts of my rant may sound snooty and elitist on my end but considering I'm reviewing a show about elite Upper East Siders, I think it's allowed.
The subject of my rant is the Humphrey family (minus Jenny, the kid's alright and she's only 14. I will not talk trash about someone so young unless it's Dakota Fanning jk). YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY HUMPHREY FAMILY!!! Ugh, first off, that dad is far too young to be believable. There was some scene where he was reminscing about like Nine Inch Nails or something that was so recent that it made me feel like I was old enough to sire a child Dan's age. Soon we are going to have parents on the CW say "Remember when Britney Spears was hot? Back when we were young and in middle school in the 1990s?" Also, the Humphrey's are poor. They spend all their money to send their kids to top NYC private schools so they have a better shot at a good education blah blah. Well their apt in Brooklyn (which is apparently in the boonies. yes yes I know that is what all the other kids think but it's just so ridiculous) is gorgeous. It's huge, it's well organized, it looks totally hip. They are not poor. Maybe Dan doesn't have enough money for duck at a fancy restaurant but at least papa Humphrey could fix up some bolognese for them. Also, Dan is supposed to dress like a hip "outsider". He sometimes wears hip army green jackets and tight plain t-shirts. This denotes the fact that he's "indie" and should give him street cred. Puh lease, we all know those pieces from Urban Outfitters and American Apparel don't come cheap Dan! And this is what enraged me more than anything. Dan wants to go to Dartmouth. That is his dream school. He got pissy with his dad because he didn't get to be an usher during Ivy Week b/c he didn't have the family connections. Let me break it down for you Dan. Dartmouth, while indeed an Ivy League school and a fine institution for higher learning, is what one might consider an "easy Ivy". Great school, great reputation but Yale, Harvard, or Princeton it is not. There are lots of kids who go to public high schools who do well on their SATS, get good grades in honor and AP classes, and are involved with activities who get into Dartmouth. I'm not saying it's easy to get into Dartmouth by any stretch of the imagination but you don't need to go to some fancy ass school and have family connections to get in. If Dan is as literate, smart, and well rounded as everyone says, a guy like that should have a really solid shot of getting into Dartmouth. You know why S wasn't stressing Dan? Not b/c she already had an "in" with the school (although that helped) but b/c she was eyeing Brown, another easy Ivy. So Dan, get off your melodramatic high horse and stop bitching at your dad. Just start volunteering and write some deep personal statement and you will get into Dartmouth. The end.
Recipe from Gourmet Magazine:
For this Spanish-inspired pasta, you break the dried noodles and cook them more like rice — the result is a silky mix speckled with crunchy almonds, smoky chorizo, and aromatic saffron.
Active time: 30 minutes Start to finish: 35 minutes
Servings: Makes 4 servings. (and this is a true 4)
1 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 teaspoon crumbled saffron thoureads
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus additional for drizzling
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
4 ounces Spanish chorizo (cured spiced pork sausage; not hot), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 medium onion, finely chopped
12 ounces fideos (dried coiled vermicelli noodles) or angel-hair pasta or thin spaghetti, broken into 2-inch lengths
1 (14- to 19-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup sliced almonds with skins, toasted
Bring broth, water, wine, saffron, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil in a small saucepan, then reduce heat and keep at a bare simmer.Heat oil in a 5- to 6-quart heavy pot over medium-high heat until it shimmers, then sauté garlic until pale golden, about 30 seconds. Transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Add chorizo and sauté until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Transfer with slotted spoon to paper towels with garlic. Add butter to pot and sauté onion until golden, about 5 minutes, then add pasta and sauté, breaking up fideos with a wooden spoon, until golden, about 4 minutes. Add broth mixture and cook, covered, until all liquid is absorbed, about 6 minutes. Stir in chickpeas, chorizo, garlic, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve pasta sprinkled with almonds and drizzled with oil.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I'm assuming she wrote the book herself as "Jessica Seinfeld with [INSERT NAME HERE]" does not appear on the cover. She worked with a nutritionist (Joy Bauer who seems like she's BFF with Jessica) and a professional chef on most of the content of the book. I feel like Jessica's contribution is probably limited to writing a few intros and providing some family photos and personal anecdotes and then BAM - instant author.
I think the idea behind the book is great in theory and probably in practice (I haven't read the book yet or tried out any recipes but yes, I am fit to comment on it). Basically, Jessica sticks vegetable puree into classic recipes so that children who refuse to eat vegetables get their nutrients and vitamins. Some of the purees make perfect sense (sweet potato puree in pancake batter) and others are very interesting and somewhat unique (spinach puree in cookies, avocado puree in chocolate pudding).
However, I do have a few potential issues with the book and maybe Jessica Seinfeld. Jessica commented today that she also puts raw and more obvious vegetables alongside these dishes to show her children that vegetables are an important part of their lives and diet. This is very good and I was glad to hear that. But uh Jessica what if your kids still refuse to eat these vegetables? Do you just go "oh well I put them there, they know vegetables are a part of the food pyramid. It doesn't matter if they don't eat them because I've snuck the veggies in their food anyway! Ha!). She also mentioned on the "Today Show" that her kids think that her tofu nuggets are actually fried cheese. From this story, it sounds like her kids are truly being deceived. They are eating vegetables and enjoying it and not even being told! Wouldn't it be a better policy to tell the Seinfeld children that they are eating mac and cheese and then when they say, "ooh I love this mac and cheese, it's so yummy" (or however kids talk talk these days), you can say, "you know there is cauliflower in that mac and cheese" and then the children will realize that they do enjoy the taste of vegetables and may be more open to eating all different forms of vegetables in the future. By giving kids essential nutrients for their body but letting them believe they hate vegetables and don't eat them, you are, in a way, poisoning their minds! Well that is over dramatic, but you get the point. In my opinion as a women who does not have any children, kid's minds can be pretty simple. If something tastes good they will eat it. Even if something doesn't taste good, kids will eat it (aka any child that has ever eaten paste). If a child truly enjoyed a particular dish and then found out it contained vegetables, it would be safe to assume that they would continue to eat the dish even after the big reveal. This might encourage children to try more vegetables in the future and therefore promote healthy food choices for life. We don't want a bunch of fat 18 year old college students wondering why they don't feel as good ever since they moved away from home and stopped eating their mother's "fried cheese".
Another thing I am pondering is how much did Jessica Seinfeld really contribute to the book? Was it her idea to puree vegetables and then she just introduced the professional chef to the nutrionist and just let them have at it? Does Jessica even cook for her children? Or does she just dictate to her chef what she wants to eat that day?
What I really want to see is a book by Jessica Seinfeld talking about how she landed Jerry Seinfeld. She can call it "Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Getting a Rich, Eligible Bachelor to Propose." I'm sure some deception was involved as she was married to Eric Nederlander when she first met Jerry at the gym and they began their courtship. I think they are well matched actually. She's a smart, attractive, articulate Jewish woman who is obviously very cultured and professional. She's attractive enough that everyone can agree that she's attractive. But she's not so hot that people think she's a bimbo just out for your money. She's an ideal wife type. But women like that also always strike me as being really hungry - hungry for the best deal, always hunting for the next best thing. Jessica gets to run philantropic organizations and plan black tie charity events and is always rubbing elbows with celebs in the Hamptons. Which leads me to another issue with the book which I will call "The Anderson Cooper Effect".
The Seinfelds are famous. People love them. They have a lot of famous friends. And these famous friends lend support when you publish a book. But sometimes you have to wonder about the relevance of this support. Below are three highlights of reviews for the book:
--Anderson Cooper, CNN Anchor, Anderson Cooper 360 and best-selling author of DISPATCHES FROM THE EDGE: A memoir of War, Disasters and Survival. "Deceptively Delicious is a book anyone wanting easy, healthy meals will find indispensable. Page after page, you'll find yourself saying, "what a great idea!"
Really? Anderson Cooper? What is the relevance of his reviewing a cookbook for children? Does he also hate vegetables? Does he give the cookbook to his latin lover and tell him to prepare healthy dinners but lie about the vegetables pureed inside?
-Sarah Jessica Parker, Mother"It's not just a cookbook, it's a manual. For everyday. And what a clever and inventive way to change mealtime discourse. Oh what joy."
Funny, I thought SJP was both a mother and an actress. Well I can't say anything bad about this one. I am a woman who watched SATC and therefore, I love SJP. I even forgive you for Bitten.
-Kelly Ripa, actress, co-host, Live with Regis and Kelly, and Mother "Jessica Seinfeld is genius. She puts practical advice, delicious and easy recipes together in such a creative way! Somehow she makes good nutrition taste delicious. "
I actually like Kelly Ripa too. I watched her on "All My Children" and we go way back to when I was in elementary school. However, should we just be throwing around terms like "genius" so casually? I understand that you think Tide to Go is "magic" too but let's pull it together Ripa.
--Alexandra Wentworth - Actress, Writer, and Mother "She incorporates genius recipes with whimsical quotes from her kids and other moms and the photographs are practically edible. This is my Bible. "
So let me get this straight. We can call Alexandra Wentworth an actress but not SJP? Don't get me wrong, Alexandra was great as "herself" on "The View," "Politically Incorrect,"and "Living It Up! With Ali and Jack" but I think her 2 day episode stint on "Felicity" should not qualify as acting cred. Also, does George Stephanopoulous know his wife is godless and follows the cult of puree piety?
This blog is dedicated to my sister Janet who basically decreed I comment on this book. Apparently, I now take blog subject matter requests.
Monday, October 8, 2007
2) Josh Ritter (songs off his two most recent cds)
3) Uncovering whether or not anyone I am friends with is a fan of John Mayer's music (his good looks are a separate issue not to confuse the point)
4) The H&M on 59th and Lex (so much better than all the others!)
5) Staring at my new Ralph Lauren tan boots and plotting when I will actually have an opportunity to wear them (http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/17499181.html). So so beautiful.
6) Things I can make with mint or heavy cream
Sometimes it's okay to be subtle. I understand that you are Canadian and advertise that you "go there" and it's true. No one beats "Degrassi" or the N network in general for cutting edge stories and risky subject matter. But in your recent season premiere, Darcy managed to get roofied at a ski party, got raped by an unknown assailant, found out she got chlamydia, and then had the school think she lost her virginity to Peter (and insist she remove her abstinance ring). Then Darcy slit her wrist in the shower in the girl's locker room during cheerleading practice. This was an hour long episode but come on! Too much going there Degrassi. Maybe split that drama up for a change. I feel like sometimes you need to lighten things up. Plus, if you keep up at this pace, you may run out of stories. You can only have so many pregnancies, stripping, school violence, and drinking problems when most of the kids are still in high school. Save it for "Degrassi: The College Years".
If you make a salad or serve bread to accompany this, it could serve up to 6 people. But I don't care for salad or bread and I eat a lot of carbs so this recipes serves 4 mes. I would say in general this recipe serves 5.
1 lb of spaghetti (can be whole wheat or you could even substitute fettucine - whatever is your preference)
1/2 cup cream (I used heavy cream b/c it was cheaper at Garden of Eden but you can also use light)
1/4 lb panchetta, chopped into tiny cubes (have them cut it thick in the store). Some people prefer to use bacon for their carbonara, which is fine. However, it does add a more smoky flavor to the pasta and the dish has a different feel to it.
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped finely
3 extra large eggs
1 cup fresh grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and more for garnish
Timing on this needs to be coordinated b/c the hot pasta should be ready to go into the meat as soon as you are done cooking it. This will ensure that the eggs get cooked in the hot pasta, etc.
Boil a pot of hot water, add salt and pasta. Stir occasionally.
While pasta is cooking, put olive oil in either a large saute pan or a dutch oven. Cook panchetta and onion over medium heat for about 7 minutes until both are soft and aromatic. Add garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add cream and cook for 1 minute.
While the panchetta and onion mixture is cooking, beat the eggs in a bowl.
By now your pasta should be ready - quickly drain pasta, reserving some of the pasta water in case you want to modify the sauce (optional). Add the hot pasta to the meat and onion mixture, stir to coat the pasta. Then add the Parmigiano-Reggiano and quickly stir. Then immediately add the eggs and stir the pasta until everything is well distributed. If you want to thin out the sauce, you can add the reserved pasta water here a little bit at time until it reaches your desired consistency. I had no use for the pasta water but everyone is different.
Serve pasta in little nests if you are fancy and own tongs. Or if you are like me and cook only for yourself, serve plopped in a bowl b/c presentation doesn't really matter. Add black pepper and extra cheese and voila! Delicious!
Friday, October 5, 2007
Sodomy scene in movie causes fears for child actors' safety. Interesting article. If you watch the movie (which I did), Assef basically pulls down Hassan's pants from behind but you don't actually see anything. It's more of a suggestion of what happened b/c there is the movement of pulling the pants and a swishing action noise. Belts are undone and later drops of blood fall to the ground (as in the book).
Say what you will about Pam Anderson being a bubble headed blonde. I think she's smarter than she seems and I always felt like she was actually a caring (if unconventional) mom. However, this story that Kid Rock is spreading around disturbs me. What do you guys think? Who's right in this he said/she said story?
Kid Rock blabbed to Rolling Stone about his suspicions over the miscarriage Anderson reportedly suffered shortly before they split up in November 2006. According to Kid, he flew to Pam's side in Vancouver, British Columbia, when she told him the news, but "when I get there, she's partying at this restaurant, drinking champagne, jumping on the tables. I'm thinking, 'That's a quick recovery from a miscarriage.'" Pam recently called her ex "bitter" and sighed to Rolling Stone, "If he has nothing nice to say about me, then please tell him to stop talking about me."
Today was Cody and Jessica's wedding and it looked really nice and it's great that everything is planned for them and it's free. However, a thought hit me as I was watching Natalie Morales at Tiffany & Co. (the site of their Breakfast at Tiffany's themed reception). Are the Today Show wedding receptions always just breakfast? They must be because they show the wedding live on the plaza at 8 something in the morning and from there they go on to the reception and I am not sure if the party continues until....lunch. As Natalie showed off the baby Bloody Mary's and Tiffany blue rimmed champagne glasses, I felt grossed out by the idea of having the reception for the biggest day of my life at 9am. I barely like eating breakfast at 10am and I really don't care for champage before that. Is the entire affair basically over by 2pm? Because that would be a very bizarre wedding set-up.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
They are babies, I think they are still in college in fact. They competed against older, more established couples that probably went through more traumatic things than zits to find one another. Nonetheless, they are getting that wedding.
I was pissed about this but today I looked at them on the eve of their wedding and I have to admit, they are freaking adorable. I forgive America!
Okay, so the "Top Chef" finale was last night and I was beyond excited. I was looking forward to it all week long with bated breath and I found myself emotional during the last few minutes of the show.
It started out with the chefs being shown a cornucopia of gorgeous fresh meats and produce amid the mountains in Aspen. Casey, Hung, and Dale bit into the goods and reflected on how best to combine the existing spread before them with their specific ingredients which they were allowed to bring for the finale. From the beginning, Casey seemed to be having issues with the elevation and the air which ultimately may have affected her performance in the finale. The three chefs discussed their planned 3 course menu and it became apparent that giant prawns were the big winner since all three chefs wanted to use it for their second dish. Dale decided to switch to lobster which perhaps also led to his undoing in the end.
Per usual, the chefs drew knives to pick their sous chefs. Typically, previous "Top Chef" cast offs have the distinction of serving as sous chefs - usually the chefs who were most recently eliminated and thus most skilled. This time, however, there was a twist which I just loved. Celeb sous chefs! Rocco DiSpirito (an uber famous talented chef now more known for his tantrums on his short lived series "The Restaurant" and shilling for Bertolli frozen dinners and buying bikes for supermodels in NY Magazine), Michelle Bernstein (famous for umm being a lady chef and uh maybe she won a James Beard award? I have no idea) , and Todd English (owns more restaurants than he probably can name) came to assist the final three. They were instructed to simply be the kitchen bitches for the finalists and not provide any type of commentary or assistance which might influence the outcome of the competition.
Hung drew Rocco's knife, Casey drew Michelle, and Dale got Todd and it seemed like in terms of flavors and taste, the matchings could not have been more perfect than if it had been pre-determined by Bravo. Hung and Rocco shared some sweet, tender moments of mutual fawning. It was nice to see someone actually be nice to Rocco. Most of the chefs bashed him, called him a tool and a sell out, and Tony Bourdain loves to give it to Rocco in his blog. Now, I did not really watch "The Restaurant". I've heard about it on more than one occasion and I get the idea. But I've also read Ruth Riechel's reviews of Rocco's restaurants and seen him on "Top Chef" this season and read his blog and I like the guy. He seems like he's learned his lesson and is humble and hard working and knowledgeable. His blogs actually rival Bourdain's in terms of enjoyment. Where Anthony is saucy and hilarious and witty, Rocco is clever and educational. He takes the time to explain cooking methods and origins and he's a great writer. While Anthony Bourdain is right in that Rocco vaguely resembled David Gest (cringe) in his first "Top Chef" appearance, last night he looked downright hot. Yes, he has slimmed down due to his marathon trainings but his face looked quite fetching as well. Kelly Hu syndrome me thinks.... Anyway, Rocco followed Hung's precise directions as did Todd and Michelle. All expressed some hesitation about the sheer number of ingredients going into these dishes. Simplicity was stressed and there was the overriding concern that the chefs were overthinking in their zest to blow the judges out of the water. Michelle was very wary of Casey's choice of pork belly. Casey was braising it first and then planned to stick it in the oven. Michelle seemed to think this meat was a dangerous choice for our fair Casey which was increasingly getting frustrated. I think Casey seems to work by herself best as does Hung to an extent. Casey seems like she needs to actually be in the moment, touching and tasting her food and seeing how the elements work together and then improvising changes and clarifications. It seemed difficult for her to do that when Michelle was prepping her mise en place. As for Hung, he's such a whirlwind and talks so fast and has so many ingredients-sometimes it probably is more efficient for him to take care of things than to have to explain it. Now Dale on the other hand seems to enjoy managing and delegating and Todd English commented on how nice it was to "not think" and just do what Dale told him to do. Yes, Todd, I agree. I love being a robot sheep too. Baaa baaaa.
The next day, the chefs are hard at work when the big bear himself head judge Tom comes in and tells them to come outside. Now anyone who's ever watched any Bravo show or reality competition knows a twist is coming. Sure enough, they have to prepare a "surprise" 4th dish. But they can get help from sous chefs CJ (the gentle giant with one ball and eyes for Padma. They are totally getting it on now that she is divorcing), Sara (cheese lady with bad cous cous), and Howie (his secret ingredient: sweat). So off our little chefs go. Hung decides to tackle desert and sends Sara on her way. Dale and CJ decide to do a scallop and hopefully CJ's knife skills are faster. Casey and Howie decide to do lamb but apparently it's out along with poor Casey's chances and she goes with beef (yawn).
Let's get to the good stuff now. The celeb sous chefs are part of the table alongside the standards-Padma, Tom, Gail, and Ted Allen (I wonder if he has ever noticed how much he and Ilan, the Season 2 winner, resemble one another). They are joined by B-rok aka Brian Malarky, recent cast off. Brian lost the cowboy hat for the occassion and jokes that the meal is his $100K prize. He's a good sport, that Brian. The chefs present their dishes head to head and I can't help but wonder how much each judge actually eats of the dish. It's a lot of food and you have to have at least 2 or 3 bites to get a feel for the dish. And if you love the dish, maybe you even clear the plate. It's 12 dishes in total so I think I finally understand why Padma is wearing that South Beach meets muu muu navy blue number. If a hint of a bump started to show in her belly, rumors might spread that CJ impregnated her!
So here's a run down of the dishes, I'm going to go into explicit detail b/c a) I'm just a home chef foodie and not a professional so I cannot remember all the ingredients and b) you can just to BravoTV if you want more food specifics.
Hung-His take on fish and chips using himachi. It looked clean and delightful. The judges really liked it but felt it could use some acid in the form of lemon juice.
Dale-Foie gras with raddish salad and peaches. Apparently, Dale put so much foie gras on his plate that the geese population will never forgive him. Judges wanted some toast to cut the richness but it was well received besides that.
Casey-Cinnamon scented scallop and foie gras on an apple with some sort of yellow sauce. I like the way Casey says "Cinnamon". It's adorable. It's a lot better than my friend Kim's southern fried Texas accent. To say the judges did not care for the roe would be the understatement of the year. They were beyond sickened by the presence of salmon roe which Casey tossed on "for color". Oh Casey Casey Casey, fish roe with foie gras? I love both things but together they do sound unpleasant.
Hung-Giant prawn with palm sugar glaze served on ocean scented rice (which let's be honest probably just means salt right?). There was some foam on this one I believe? And he was using Tamarind and a variety of other hard to find in the average American grocery store items. This was tasty and refined but the judges thought it could use a dash of salt and maybe some acid yet again.
Dale-His surprise dish with CJ was a scallop dish with purslane (some weed that is similiar to aloe vera apparently) and grapes. This looked lovely and the judges went ape shit for it. They loved loved loved it. Best dish so far hands down they cried!
Casey-Giant prawn in a lobster mushroom yuzu broth with some caviar sprinkled on top. The judges were mystified by her use of roe. I think this was Howie's fault I am told by my friend Margaret but I can't recall who flung the roe. But in Howie's defense, he honestly was trying to make nice.
Hung-Sous-vide duck (you stick things in a vacuum sealed container and then you can poach it in water so it retains the flavor and juice and can come out perfectly if prepared well. This show is so educational!!!!) with crisped skin in broth with some kind of foam on top. There was mushrooms in this as well. This dish looked amazing. Even though foam can look a bit disgusting and many say "it's been done", this dish made me drool. I would have had a "When Harry Met Sally" moment if I ate this dish I felt. The judges loved this one. Todd English said it was worth three Michelin stars!! That's no joke! That's an amazing compliment. Rocco said the duck was cooked to perfection and all the other judges agreed. That is when little B-rok piped in that he found absolutely nothing wrong with the dish and also reminded us that he was still there. Michelle said she was a little jealous of this dish too. Or was that the scallop? Oh dear, maybe I should have wrote this blog this morning...
Dale-Lobster with mushrooms, corns, butter, bacon, gnocchi, curry sauce and the kitchen sink. There was a lot going on here but it sounded tasty. However, the judges felt the lobster was overcooked (doll's head texture perhaps) and the curry overpowered and ruined the dish. Bad Dale bad.
Casey-Pork belly, gingered pea shoots, perfectly cooked peach, and some creme fraiche. I love pea shoots. And I think I like pork belly. And I of course like peaches and creme fraiche. However, this one was no good for Casey either (who now it was clear was not going to win even tho she was arguably the fan favorite going in with her past victories and great personality). The pork was overcooked to the point of being burned (hey it's more like bacon that way right?) and Michelle and Tom just knew she left it in the oven too long. The sides were delish though.
Advantage: Hung no doubt
Hung-Chocolate molten cake with some sauce blah blah boring. I hate dessert. Dessert is boring. I have a salty tooth and I love savory foods. I also don't like chocolate cake. But apparently, the cake was tasty and well done but boring and did not go with Hung's Vietnamese/French/modern meal progression.
Dale-Colorado lamb cooked in duck fat (yum! but oh wait, I don't eat lamb..) on a bed of something or other. This one was perfectly cooked and judges were impressed yet again.
Casey-Her extra dish. Basically it was steak and potatoes. You can stretch out the word fingerling and say ruby this and that but it was basically steak and potatoes. It was Casey's best dish declared the judges yet Howie basically made this. Ouch.
Advantage: Dale, the self-proclaimed big gay chef, who loves them cowboys
So judging commenced. 2 for Dale, 2 for Hung. It was a nail bitter. Tom hated Dale's lobster with a fiery passion matched only by the sun. Everyone else loved his scallop so much that they felt it made up for the lobster. Tom said he would rather eat unimaginative chocolate cake over doll head lobster any day and put on his angry face. Basically, Dale had two really superior dishes. However, he also had a really terrible dish. And he credited 50% of the scallop dish to CJ. WHY DID YOU DO THAT DALE? SO NOT SMART!! I feel like it was probably 75% Dale anyway so you should of said that. Now is not the time for Mr. Nice Chef. Hung's duck was a "triumph" and all his dishes overall were consistent, well thought out, and delicious. Tom would have eaten any of them again. I had no idea which way it would go. Dale had that wrenching story about how he got laid off from his dream job and didn't cook for a year after that until he landed on "Top Chef". That story was killer and I really felt for Dale. Dale has all that heart and a lot of creativity and really started to make some amazing dishes towards the end. However, he is really out there and combines a lot of different ingredients which either pays off big or is a huge disaster. He also says he can't smell well which is an odd thing for a chef to say. I wonder if that affects his taste buds? It's like having Helen Keller lead you across traffic. Hung is cocky and competitive yes. But it is a competition and he said before if it was a kitchen, he would help out but it's not so he has to play the game. Hung is an immigrant with a family full of cooks and he is so passionate about food and just loves it and is so knowledgeable about technique. Oh I like him too! The way he ripped apart those whole chickens was so amazing. He's been the one to beat since the beginning and especially after Tre kicked it (I still blame you CJ) but I just didn't know what would happen. Reality shows can be so unpredictable.
Cut to the live show that was very "Survivor"esque. Everyone wore the same clothing as in "Survivor" and "The Apprentice" even though obviously we knew that it was not all happening the same day. Seriously, where did Padma get that dress? Motherhood Maternity? I think I want one for bedtime. The finalists got to say their last words, tears were shining in their eyes and I clutched my heart. My sister came through the room to ask who won at 9:55 and I found myself yelling "SHUT UP" I was so keyed up with emotion. Finally, it was revealed that Hung was the winner. Hung's 6 people jumped up and cheered (including Marcel his BFF from Season 2 who was felled by too much foam and hair that looked like Wolverine) and then there was slow standing O from the rest of the crowd who just won't give Hung his effing due. I mean come on, he's not the evil villain everyone wanted to make him out to be. Yes, he was at times selfish and overused the phrase "it's so simple a monkey could do it". But he could back it up with talent and he obviously has a passion and talent for cooking and I think he's a good guy. I love a good immigrant success story sigh. A sad display of confetti fell down as Gail hugged both Hung and Dale a little bit too long. Padma swished in, shoved a mike in Hung's face and he mentioned something about the support of America. I felt a bit awkward for my man there b/c it was not a popularity contest where people vote like "Dancing with the Stars" but I'll chalk that comment up to too much excitement!
In conclusion, Hung fully deserves the $100K from the Gladd family of products, a vacation to the French Alps sponsored by Evian Natural Spring Water, a feature in Food and Wine magazine, and the title of "Top Chef". Casey and Dale will be okay. They are extremely talented and now beloved by America and they can certainly parlay their fame into bigger things. Maybe Bertolli needs a new spokesperson.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2007
I watched my tape of "Heroes" last night. It was the second episode of the season. I have to admit that while it entertained me, that show often makes odd choices. For example, Claire deciding to cut off her pinky toe in hopes of lizard regeneration. Sure, it's frustrating hiding your identity and you are an angsty teenager. And I would be curious about the boundaries to my abilities too. However, it's very erratic to just decide hey, I'm going to cut my toe off with a pair of scissors while Mr. Muggles stares at himself at the height of doggy narcism. I found myself rooting for her toe to not grow back and then having to watch the fallout of horn rimmed glasses having to explain to doctors why his daughter cut her toe off.
It doesn't help that I went to a movie screening in NYC for "Shanghai Kiss" earlier this week staring none other than Hayden Panettiere (which I hear means "baker" in French) and she was dreadful. This may have not been completely her fault. The writer/director may have told her "I want you to play a 16 year old with sunny smile, perky disposition, and say a lot of high pitched baby talk." In that case, she is in the clear. But if not, I abhor baby talk. I think a lot of people share my view. It's pointless, annoying, and when the high pitched sound is amped up in a movie theater, can probably be used as torture for prisoners of war one day. For those of you who aren't aware of the straight to DVD gem that is "Shanghai Kiss", the basic plot is that an Asian American actor (played by Ken Leung soon to be "Lost") is rather aimless and not finding a lot of luck in his life in LA. He strikes up a friendship with this cutesy blonde high schooler and while she calls him her boyfriend, he just drives her to school and eats her brownies and laments her age. He is 29 and this whole relationship is ridiculously creepy. It's even worse than the suspected real life romance between Hayden and Milo Ventimiglia (who is much better shape than I ever would have imagined-see episode 2 season 2). The two never kiss on the mouth once in the movie and even share a scene where he noticeably cringes when she leans towards his mouth. My take is that their relationship has not become physical beyond the hand holding, dancing, hugging stage. But back to the plot - the main guy's grandmother dies and she leaves him a house in Shanghai. He goes to Shanghai to sell the house thinking he will get $500,000 US for it but in fact it is 500,000 yuan which amounts to about $60,000 US. Oh the monetary conversion misunderstandings!! It's like "Three's Company" for world travellers! While in Shanghai, he suddenly discovers he has no problem bedding Asian women despite the fact it's hinted that he has an aversion to them in LA and tends to go for busty blondes. In Shanghai, he meets the very lovely Kelly Hu (who for some reason is starting look less Asian these days but I cannot put my finger on why. is it the hair? the eye makeup? plastic surgery? leaner face?) and decides to move to Shanghai and discover his roots. I won't go into any further detail about the movie because it's annoying me just to think about it. Kelly Hu has an accent in this movie that reminds of what people who aren't Asian feel like Asian people sound like and basically she sleeps with Liam (the main guy) even though she's a lot hotter than him and she has a sugar daddy boyfriend who she hopes will provide for her poor brothers and sisters. In the end, Liam decides to move back to LA. and ends up with Hayden who at this point may be legal. This movie was being touted as a great example of Asian cinema (at least to those presenting the movie at the Imagineasian Theater) and certainly the main character is humorous and charismatic and gets the women and is screwed up and somewhat interesting which is a different and unique portrayal of Asian men in the movies. However, I wonder what exactly is it supposed to mean that he ends up with the underage blonde who calls him "bunny"? I have really digressed now but if you want to read more about the movie, go here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0469184/.
Back to "Heroes", I am loving Hiro in Japan and David Anders as Kensei. Hiro always brings the humor to the show and he's just so darn cute. I have loved David Anders since he was evil Sark on "Alias" so I'm just happy to see him end up on a good show. As for Peter "I got a really great personal trainer this year along with amnesia" Pettrelli, I love his haircut. He's never looked better. He needs to get back together with Alexis Bledel b/c she is looking fantastic these days too and they were a great looking couple. Plus, while she is younger than Milo, it doesn't creep me out to think of them as a couple as it does with him and Hayden. Unless of course, those page six rumors are true and he is a girlfriend beater which I sincerely hope is not the case.
Rock of Love
I watched finale to this good/bad show last night as well. Bret Michaels actually seems fairly sincere and despite the fact that he never takes off his bandana and asked the final 2 women if they would consider both being his girlfriend (oh he kids he kids, it's just a final test! b/c he's just that clever and sneaky and wily. Axl Rose has nothing on this dude!), I want the dude to find a special lady. And he made the right decision. He chose Jes (one s please) over Heather the manly stripper with the self proclaimed "fuck me" hair. This was apparently a soul wrenching decision for Bret although it was pretty clear to me when Heather tattooed "Bret" on the back of her neck, that there was no way in hell she would end up winning his heart. Jes is cool, seems level-headed, and actually appears to be naturally pretty. That is which an accomplishment considering her hair is bleached blonde and hot pink. Good choice Bret. Rock on! May you and Jes spend many a day listening to your new music which pretty much sounds like 10 million variations of "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." Kudos on the fact that your show is far more sincere than "Scott Baio is 40 and a Douche" er I mean "Single", far more classy than "I Love New York", and less uncomfortable than "Flava of Love".
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Things that I am loving this week:
Kanye West's white sunglasses-Simultaneously ironic, goofy, trendy, and reminds me of those dancing flowers wearing sunglasses from the '80s.
http://www.rilokiley.com/ (Silver Lining, Breakin' Up, Under the Blacklight, Close Call, Smoke Detector are great. Avoid Jenny Lewis's Spanish in Dejalo)
My age inappropriate (but legal) crush Daniel Radcliffe doing tricks with his tongue and pretending to be American on "Ellen." http://justjared.buzznet.com/2007/09/10/daniel-radcliffe-tongue/. I'm actually disturbed by the second tongue trick which resembles both lasagna and octopus tentacles. I feel like if he stuck his tongue on a window pane, it would stick in that position. Nonetheless, that is sheer talent folks.
My aspirations for this blog are as follows (broken down by percentage):
35% TV show reviews
45% Entertainment gossip and commentary
15% Gossip girl (aka colorful anecdotes about my friends/family/co-workers/myself)
5% Angry lunatic ravings