Monday, February 26, 2007

A Waiter Weighs In

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Every now and then , I’ll blog about, well, another blog. Usually, it's got to be one that totally captured my attention, made me laugh out loud, or feel that it’s 100% worth the mention simply for its uniqueness alone. So I think such would definitely be the case for a truly clever blog site called, Waiter Rant.

Ever wonder what waiters say about you, or what the cook will say to the waiter when your food is politely (or otherwise) returned to the kitchen? (Trust me, in most cases -- you probably wouldn’t want to know) The cat fights that go on amongst the staff? All the other behind-the-scenes yet very rarely talked about stuff that goes on in the restaurant world? Well, move over, chef Anthony Bourdain, and Kitchen Confidential. Here we have it straight from a NYC waiter, who brings a fresh and informative perspective to the much-heard phrase, “Hi, I’m (fill in name here), and I’ll be your waiter this evening.”

So be sure to check this blog out if you can. This one's a *guaranteed* good read.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Sealed For Freshness: Tupperware Party -- Gone Wild

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I’m on my way to see it tonight, and Sealed for Freshness is the story of five Mid-West women who believe in being good wives, mothers and neighbors (well, almost).

Dubbed as the original Desperate Housewives, they were raised to trade their dreams, hopes and desires for society's norms...and now they want them back. And only a Tupperware party gone out of control will help them find what they've lost.

By all the accounts I’ve heard from some very reliable sources -- this one is a sharply funny and endearing play that showcases the lives of five women at a 1960s Tupperware party gone haywire. In a mock-up of TV sitcoms and stage comedies, it easily shows how catfights, back-stabbing, and Tupperware can be one hell of a hoot. And these women are said to be a *total* howl, so needless to say, I can’t want to see them tonight.

They’re onstage at:
New World Stages here in NYC, at 340 West 50th Street.

(Oh, and by the way... Opening Night is tomorrow, Feb. 24.)

Monday, February 19, 2007

Eating With Oscar

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Okay, it’s that time again…or will be this coming Sunday. So for all of us residing in the NYC area and approximately 3,000 miles away from all the Red Carpet gown-spying and gourmet tidbits served up at the After-Parties in and around La-La land, here are some great places to order in and sup with Oscar.

By the way, if you live on the West side of Manhattan, perhaps here would be a better bet for prompt delivery as well as a great Academy Awards Night meal.

Either way, best of luck to my favorite best actress and supporting actress nominees this year, from Notes On A Scandal, Dame Judi Dench and from Dream Girls Jennifer Hudson!

Enjoy.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Just Think Tropical

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Like the old song that talks about, "Drinking rum and Coca Cola" I’m totally loving Confessions Of Super Mom author (and my good friend) Melanie Lynne Hauser’s description of her recent vacation to Cancun:

I was lying in the sun being served rum drinks by men in crisp white uniforms. (And no, I wasn’t hanging with Lindsay Lohan at her latest “rehab center.”)

Yum.

And what a lucky girl -- considering all the ice-snow-slush-mush-muck weather many of us are still facing here in the northern sector of the good old U.S.

In any event, thanks for putting me in that tropical state of mind, Mel. And while we’re on the subject, check out the ingredients for one of my personal favorites for a cool rum concoction, the Mai Tai :
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4 ounces light rum
2 ounces Triple Sec
8 ounces passion fruit juice
Ice cubes
2 ounces dark rum
Lime wedge
Mix first 3 ingredients together in a cocktail shaker. Place ice in glasses. Divide mix among glasses and float 1 tablespoon of dark rum over each glass. Garnish with lime wedge.

Also: Be sure to check out Melanie Lynne Hauser’s latest continuation of the Super Mom saga titled Super Mom Saves The World . And it just so happens that a FREE (yes, that’s right, folks) copy of the book along with a FREE Swiffer Duster (hey, after all this is Super Mom we’re talking about here) can be yours. Check out the details over at Melanie’s Refrigerator Door blog and website .
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Friday, February 09, 2007

Now That's Love

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Jamie and Jools Oliver

Just in time for Valentine’s Day are these suggestions for a romantic supper from start to finish from UK super chef Jamie Oliver and his lovely wife, Jools.

In this month’s Epicurious Magazine Oliver reveals that a few years back on Valentine's Day, the table was set, the wine was poured, rich aromas wafted from the stovetop, and he was on fire — literally.

"I cooked in the nude for a laugh, and I burned a certain part of my anatomy," Oliver explained, sheepishly. "It wasn't the most successful Valentine's Day, and the British press had a field day."

I'll bet. Ouch.

Well, all I can say is that they don’t call him the Naked Chef for nothing, do they?

Flambé, anyone?

Monday, February 05, 2007

Bush Crackers

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Former White House Chef and author, Walter Scheib

“The Loneliest President,” the title cover story of last week’s New York Magazine continues to speak volumes...well, so to speak. And as a tie-in with President George W. Bush’s alleged near-delusional state of mind (yes, right about here is where the "crackers" question would come into play), it just might appear as having something to do with the departures of two of his pastry chefs during his current administration.

But now it seems that a new memoir titled White House Chef by former head cook Walter Scheib, who was fired by the Bushes in early 2005, supports the suggestions that the president is “emotionally stunted and a totally narcissistic personality.”

Scheib goes on to claim that the president constantly referred to him as “cookie,” and wanted his food to “hit the table at the same time his hind parts hit the chair.” Oh, and by the way, Scheib also reveals that Mr. President would never eat anything green or... “wet.”

Shades of his dad's bombshell admission back in the late 80s of an intense dislike for broccoli, perhaps?

In any event, you can read more here about our president's state of mind when it comes to food, i.e., his apparent love of "simpler" pleasures such as BLTs, Kraft Singles, and barbeque.

Friday, February 02, 2007

And The Winner Is...

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Huge congrats to Ilan Hall who managed to topple Marcel Vigneron in the Bravo network's Top Chef Season 2 finale.

Well done, Ilan. Your dishes were immaculately done. And no doubt, we'll be hearing a lot more from Marcel Vigneron, who I also think is a truly talented chef, along with my personal favorite this season, Elia Aboumrad.