Joan Steffend fans who want to be on The New Decorating Cents on HGTV have me to thank if they make it on the show. Joan and her production company are looking for singles, couples, and families with young children who are NOT camera shy, who are currently living in Minneapolis/St. Paul houses, town homes, condos, apartments, and lofts. There is no cost to be on the show. Joan and her team will transform your room with a $500 budget if you are chosen to participate. Fun, right?!?!?!?! Anyone interested needs only to send an e-mail. Check out this link to see before and after photos of their work.
Felicity Huffman is the greatest sport. She even enjoys getting chased by Korean hagfish on national TV, and I am deeply indebted to her for allowing me to have a little fun at her expense on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. For those that missed it, we're watching should it pop up online somewhere, but let’s just say that some of the critters left the friendly confines of their tank and went after her during my segment.
Dolores O’Reardon, the lead singer from the Cranberries, has a great new solo album out. She was the musical guest, and she warmed up playing three songs in the rehearsal and three more in the dressing room before the show. I got to sit a few feet away, and to say I was impressed would be an understatement. She has a voice like an angel, and her band is killer.
Sushi Katsuya in Studio City in LA is an amazing find: half the price of any super sushi spots, and the food is as good as you will find anywhere, just with fewer frills. Why can’t a sushi bar that serves something other than dynamite rolls and the same twelve types of fish make it here in the Twin Cities? Aren’t I supposed to know the answer to that question?
Speaking of which, Nick Tosches’s sushi article in the new issue of Vanity Fair is the best piece of food writing I have seen in a non–food-related magazine in 2007. Not even close.
Social lending websites like zopa.com and kiva.org are all the rage. Essentially, you get to fund a new business over the internet, or you can raise money that way if you have a great idea. Want to own a restaurant in Belgium, Bulgaria, or Borneo? Here is your chance.