Category Archives: tv

CSI has made me sad

I have been slowly going through the tv shows on the DVR from when we were on vacation.  This means that I’m way behind on a lot of season finales (but not Lost, that’s tonight!) with exciting endings.  Well, actually, I take that back.  I guess there weren’t too many cliffhangers that I’ve watched.  Desperate Housewives kind of wrapped things up (not neatly, but wrapped up nonetheless).  Umm… maybe that’s the only finale I’ve watched.  I just finished watching CSI: Las Vegas, a show that I’m oddly addicted to even though I don’t like the spin-offs it’s produced.  Maybe it’s the wacky cases they get, being in Las Vegas.  Anyway, I don’t consider the ending to be a cliffhanger.  But it still sucked.

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Random tidbits

If you watch American Idol (I kind of just watch the auditions and part of the Hollywood episodes), could you please vote for David Archuleta?  He’s that adorably cute (as opposed to smokin’ hot cute) 16-year old kid.  I just adore him and every time he opens his mouth on tv I go, “Aww… he’s so cute!” and T is probably getting tired of it.  Anyway, we DVR the shows, so I’m never watching when the voting window is open (I assume the voting window closes within an hour or something?) so I don’t ever vote.  But, if you vote, would you please vote for him?  I would buy his CD over that Australian guy any day (although, I’d take the Australian guy whenever).

Also, I noticed someone Googled “recipe for shoes that dogs will not take” and I have to say that no such recipe exists.  If you have a shoe-taking dog, that dog will take any shoe it sees.  It doesn’t matter if you mix pleather with metal grommets and add a splash of rubber.  The dog will still take the shoe and chew on it.  Trust me.  The only true shoe protection is a cabinet or a closet.  I cleaned out half the closet in the dining room to install shoe racks from The Container Store and I’ve never been happier.  I don’t leave any shoes out, ever.  Sometimes I think about it, and then I remind myself to take the 3 seconds out of my life and put my shoes away on the shoe rack.  If dogs even hear you thinking about leaving shoes out, you can practically guarantee those shoes will be gone by morning.  Just don’t do it.

Other Googles:

trader joes detox” (and variations thereon) – I did read in the latest flyer that TJ now sells a set of detox pills designed to take over a 2-week period.  I haven’t tried it, nor have I even seen it, but I put a lot of faith in TJ and trust that they wouldn’t sell a product that might be harmful.  As to its effectiveness, I can’t really say.  But I am willing to give it a try at some point in the future.

tiny dogs” – I have no tiny dogs!  My dogs are not tiny!  The husky alone is a big (to me) hulking bunch of fur who steps on me all the time.  I think I have found that I’m not even a fan of tiny dogs.  My dogs are just the right size that when they place their head in my lap, calmly and rarely, they emit enough heat to keep me warm.  Tiny dogs don’t do that.

tapas picasso happy hour monday” – Actually, Tapas Picasso holds their happy hour every day of the week, which makes it a pretty good happy hour.  I think it’s from 5 to 7 pm.  Get the fried potatoes and fried chorizo.  And the baked garlic (which isn’t on the happy hour menu but you get $1 off and it is so good).

That’s about it.  People search for funny things and I always wonder what they think when they click on a link and end up here.  I can’t be that helpful, I don’t think.  Except when it comes to the Mr. Hummos searches.  Because I have written a post!  It’s the most information on the internet concerning this eatery! 

The Next Iron Chef

Okay, I realize that The Next Iron Chef is not the huge sweeping sensation like Top Chef or Hell’s Kitchen (I’m not fond of Gordon Ramsey, by the way), and I also realize that I really just don’t have many readers. However, in the event that someone who reads me and watches The Next Iron Chef has not yet watched the latest episode, I am using the “more” feature so as not to spoil your DVR watching pleasure.

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Local “Next Iron Chef”


Gavin Kaysen on the set of the ‘Next Iron Chef.’ via Poway News Chieftain

I promise there are lots of real food posts coming. I made some lovely peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies from Baking: From My Home to Yours (which also illustrate why sometimes Skippy is better than natural peanut butter), I have a super easy tiramisu recipe that doesn’t require raw eggs and has an amazing texture, I made a tomato pie that captures the best parts of fresh tomatoes, and I have a recipe for my mom’s caramel corn puffs (with a secret ingredient) that would put a distributor out of business… if they ever returned her phone calls.

But, today I want to tell you about the first person on a tv reality show that I would sincerely watch and be rooting for. Chef Gavin Kaysen, of Rancho Bernardo’s El Bizcocho, is competing to be on of the next Iron Chefs on Food Network. If you’ve been to his restaurant, you know he can cook spectacular meals, but to be chosen among so many fine chefs throughout the country has got to be an exciting honor. The show was taped over the summer, so he already knows who the next Iron Chef will be, but you can bet I’ll be watching (on the DVR, to skip through commercials) to find out how far he gets.

He’s already been mentioned in Food + Wine magazine as one of the Best New Chefs of 2007 and been on the Today Show. I’m hoping his new bout of fame will quiet down certain snobby people (ahem, Chowhound) who seem to enjoy telling us how bad San Diego food is. Please see here to read about how I feel regarding comparisons between our food and that of NY or wherever. I also feel territorial loyalty towards him, as he is from Thousand Oaks, just a hop away from where I grew up. And he’s pretty cute, too, like my favorite chef at Thee Bungalow.

The Next Iron Chef starts this Sunday, October 7, 2007 at 9:00 pm on the Food Network.

At 8:00 am Saturday (the 6th) on Bravo, however, you can watch a Food + Wine special that also showcases Chef Kaysen.