It’s hot and humid, and I would definitely rather be sipping some gazpacho on the beach than sitting at my desk doing whatever it is I do everyday. So . . . here is what is distracting me today. Any ideas on what I can do to waste time and procrastinate on making phone calls to insurance companies or cleaning my desk!?!?!? Would be most appreciated . . .
Debonair Magazine's food-blog awards came out, and while the pool of applicants they pulled from is ridiculously limited and the awards are really just one editor's picks, the conversation fodder contained here is awesome. Having said that, anyone who thinks David Leibowitz’s blog is tops for celeb-chef sites is drinking too much pinot grigio.
I am really digging The Amateur Gourmet that won "Most Entertaining." This is the blog where the Batali conversation re: food-bloggers caught fire.
If you are looking for something fun to do at your desk at work that involves videos, check out these great YouTube vids.
Check out the new short rib app on the menu at Mission. Doug Flicker has breathed some new life over there. And stay tuned for Via, Anoush Ansari’s new place, opening the first week in August. Apparently the new Wayzata Eatery is serving Ginsberg's pastrami, just like the old Louie’s Habit used to, and Que Nah, one of my fave Vietnamese eateries, has a new menu focusing on lighter fare. Hmmmm.
Anyone catch Hell’s Kitchen last night . . . ? I am dying to compete in a "palate talent" competition—doesn’t that look like fun? I was a little peeved at the casual dissing of the platters of offal that the lads were forced to lunch on, but hey, I’m in the minority on this issue, I know. And from a strategy standpoint, it's way too early to eliminate the competition if you get to nominate someone to be kicked off. We talked here about it last week, and Ramsay sniffed it out this week. Nice, see ya later, Vinnnie. Why do I love this trash so much???
And by the way, for the blog-o-philes out there, it's like my buddy Dan Barreiro always says about sports fans in this market who think writers are too hard on the teams and subjects they cover: One ought to check out what happens in other cities where little confections like our Restaurant Deathwatch and Body Count are part-and-parcel of the daily conversation. I have received about a hundred emails about the two bits, and they trend about seven-to-three in favor. The majority of those in favor are diners; the majority of those against are restaurant owners/managers.
Any restaurants you know of that are absurdly busy or oddly empty???