Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Top Chef All Stars

So I haven't blogged all season. It's been a stressful beginning of the year. And now I'm in the middle of 11-hour work days. Leave when it's dark. Return home when it's dark, even with the time change.

But. I. Must. Vent.

Last week, we have our five finalists. yay. Carla loses. Boo. And boo to the Elves for making them have to cook all over again that very same day instead of pushing things back.

But my vent may be arcane trivia.

What the heck? Does becoming a chef mean you didn't take history or civics classes? How the HECK could you not know that the Bahamas don't have royalty? That no country in the western hemisphere has royalty? Except the countries like Canada and, oh, the BAHAMAS, that have some vestigial ties to England and the old lady who lives there.

Also guess you didn't read about how Columbus and conquistadors who followed wiped out all the Indians in the Caribbean. While technically, the Bahamas aren't Caribbean, well, that is where Columbus landed first.


I understand Richard lost a parent. But really, Richard, get some mental health counseling, see a therapist.

So if Richard, despite his self doubts, or Antonia win, I'll be fine. But if Douchebag Mike does I'll be really upset.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Top Chef All-Stars

Finally blogging!
I keep having to get up at ungodly hours so keep watching TC All-Stars at off hours. Have to admit, though, that I love, love, love this season.

The concepts for the competitions over all have been a lot of fun, even if Jennifer C went home early. Carla won for nut stew and got to go to Italy. Hootie-hoo!

This ep is typical. Having them compete against Tom Colicchio's time and his time being 8.37 minutes was a major hoot. I'm sure he practiced a few times and had his recipe planned to a T, but it was still fun.

Dim Sum! My first introduction to dim sum was in San Francisco, of course. I was overwhelmed both times about the carts whizzing by with overwhelming selections (and lack of language skills). You just point and hope you made the right selection. This would be very challenging.

Wonder what sis J is thinking about the grocery shopping scene since she spends a lot of time now in Chinese grocery stores in Arlington, Va.. which has an enormous Asian population. My couple of times with her in the Chinese stores was rather overwhelming.

Love how these chefs were doing prissy presentations when people were famished. Lots of impatient looking folks. Definitely dim sum is not about presentation.  The subtitles are hilarious. Wonder if they're accurate.

Worried about Carla and Casey. Rooting for Jamie to go.

Dale really? I was guessing (or cheering) Tiffany.

Pleeeeaaaassssee don't send Carla home. I'd feel sorry for Casey except she said use a wok instead of deep fry. sounds like deep fry would have been the right way to go. Ja-mie, Ja-mie, Ja-mie. She just hasn't been in the game.

Rats. I'd rather see Jamie go home.