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WO: Weekly Obsessions

The highlight of my week was being featured in a company video at our big meeting yesterday. My agent is already collecting beaucoup bucks and I’m making plans to remodel my cube into a trailer. Autographs to the left, dear. But seriously …

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  1. Remembering Iconic Women: Politician Margaret Thatcher, designer Lilly Pulitzer and entertainer Annette Funicello all died within a day of each other earlier this week. Read about their contributions to society herehere and here.
  2. Bryant Park: It finally feels like spring, so I’ve been celebrating with lunch outside at this nearby legend. My personal favorite stop is Tom Colicchio’s ‘wichcraft — made me a turkey-sandwich convert in just a few bites.
  3. Reasons My Son Is Crying: Kids are fickle beings; and though I don’t pretend to understand them, this tumblr account explains why their little boy’s life is so tear-worthy … like suggesting he play with a train.
  4. AT&T Commercials: Now here’s someone who gets children. Most of the series of “it’s not complicated” ads have made me laugh out loud, especially the one below.


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All Fired Up: “Top Chef: Seattle” Finale

WARNING: This post contains spoilers. Do not continue reading if you didn’t “Bravo,” AKA watch what happened!

Courtesy of SeattleMet.com

I’ve seen every season of “Top Chef” without fail — even the Masters, All-Stars and Just Desserts spin-offs. I’ve bet my friend Cosmo the past few seasons, this time with a draft of chef teams (I won, natch). But I worry my dedication will change if it continues to be so gimmicky.

The finale began with a cheering crowd of 150+ diners. Host Padma Lakshmi greeted us to explain the remaining two chefs’ challenge: Create any five courses. The first chef to create three winning dishes will be crowned the 10th Top Chef — and only second female to do so.

Each plate served at Judges’ Table produced a round win before the chefs were sent back to cook again.

So why the need for a live audience? Why not just cook for the world’s toughest critics, plus the judges who’ve scrutinized them since the first week? It all feels campy and hacked.

The rest of the episode was chopped up with moments from this season and the past nine, something I’d rather be left for a reunion special than a finale. We’ve already watched each week; we know what went down. Showcase the techniques they’ve put into what’s now the most important plates of their lives.

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I’d already scowled at the return of “Last Chance Kitchen,” which gives axed chefs the opportunity to rejoin the competition at semifinals — and in Kristen’s case, cook their way into the finale to win it all. Sure, she had to beat out the other losers. But the beauty of “Top Chef” for the first eight seasons was being sent packing for ONE bad dish.

Then, there was the #SaveChef competition, where Twitter users vote to have a chef try AGAIN in “Last Chance Kitchen” to possibly rejoin at semifinals. Someone could, in theory, win the whole shebang with three extra lives.

In past seasons, too much salt sent home a culinary prodigy. A frozen protein was the farewell ticket for others. The choices they make under pressure should be enough to speak for their decisiveness, and giving them another chance (or more!) is as infuriating as awarding participation trophies.

I still love Padma, Tom, Gail, et al. I know I’ll keep coming back, if only for the annual wager with Cosmo.

I’d just love to see it return to what made it such a likable show to begin with: chefs cooking for world-renowned judges, and not succumbing to the pressures of reality TV.

Courtesy of BravoTV.com

WO: Weekly Obsessions

Anyone else exhausted from this election hub-bub? I’m sure mine has nothing to do with the late-night partying we did for Brother’s fiancée last weekend, or my growing excitement for their marriage to begin this Saturday … surely. Let’s get to it, shall we?

  1. Lisa Frank Pic ‘N Share: Remember how awesome your Trapper Keeper was all covered in Lisa Frank stickers? Well, now you can jazz up your photos with sparkly bears and unicorns! It’s a clunky app, but I love it all the same. Thanks to my friend, Sarah, for the find.
  2. “Top Chef Seattle”:  The 10th season of this award-winning cooking competition promises to be a great one. I met Top Chef Master Art Smith last weekend, and we gabbed about its return — we’re basically besties now.
  3. The Election Is Over: Flori-duh is a disaster, the country is divided and every thought to enter the public’s mind is published on social media. Nothing there has changed, though it needs to if we’re ever going to progress as a country.
  4. Movember: It’s that time of year when the menfolk grow their facial hair in a sign of solidarity to support men’s health issues. Donate to the cause, and stay tuned here for more mo’ updates.


I feel the same way, Abigael.

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