I get back to the office from lunch (see below) and I get my first e-mail from the promotions people at Discovery about my new Travel Channel show, Bizarre Foods. I guess I am going to be on The View in the end of September and it’s a sobering notion that 'the game is on,' so to speak, and what we’ve been working on behind the scenes for so long will be consumed and evaluated by the general public . . . finally. Will Barbara like me? Is she even on this show? Will Star Jones Reynolds try to eat my bagel? Oh, wait she’s dropped the weight and quit (or got canned, depending who you talk to) . . . I guess Debbie Matenapolous, Lisa Ling, Joy Behar, and Elisabeth Hasselback, to be joined in September by Rosie O’Donnell, will all be in The View bullpen and some combo platter of the four of them will be talking to me about chowing down on everything from beating frog hearts to bulls' balls, from roasted guinea pigs to balut—Philippine eggs with feet! Game on, ladies.
So I’m sitting over a lunch in the newest incarnation of the restaurant formerly known as the Bakery on Grand, now known as Grand Café, and who should stroll in but one of the Strib photogs, on assignment to do some work for what must be an upcoming review to be featured in the Taste section of our local daily. The hub and the bub were palpable, the owners and the chef were beaming, the staff was distracted, the patrons were preening, and I was laughing hysterically since I was also there on business, as it were, for our magazine. I can tell you that the food is delightful, and the room has never looked better. But I sure do miss those eggs en cocotte from the old days when Emily Streeter was at BoG and the Andersons were on the west side of the Cities. But now we have three good eateries spawned from one source, so that’s a good thing from a big-picture point of view.
Saturday I am off to the Philippines to tape another show, so I’ll be blogging from the road. Get set for updates from the hustle and bustle of Manila’s restaurant world all the way to the exotic native indigenous indians of Palawan. Should be an exciting trip.