I Hate Jill Zarin Top Chef – All Stars Week Two

I Hate Jill Zarin Top Chef All Stars Dec 9, 2010

Week two opens with scenes from last week and Elia’s devastated face as she is the first one eliminated from this all important All Stars competition. It was tough to watch Elia being sent home last week because she is so talented but then we have to remember that the best of the best are in this competition and any one of them could go home at any time. Still I wish it could have been Stephen last week rather than Elia.

Tonight’s Quick Fire Challenge is a long one as Padma enters with Teen Beat Superstar Joe Jonas of The Jonas Brothers. The duo explain that the quick fire is all about kids, fitting for Mr. Jonas whose fans are all kids, but I think he’s ok with that. Padma explains that a group of kids are doing a Museum Lock In and the chefs are each to prepare a midnight snack for the kids. 45 minutes later, we have a boatload of goodies for Padma and Joe to sample.

This group of chefs already has the experience of being on film, they know about the quick pace and stress of the challenges so it seems as though they’re more comfortable and their true personalities are coming out on screen. They have some amazing one-liners that make you smile, some even make you laugh out loud. Dale suggesting adding Nyquil to the kids snacks was particularly funny.

As Padma and Joe taste each creation, there’s no telling who will be the winner and losers, until the announcement is made. Joe informs the group that he wasn’t fond of Tiffany D’s, Mike’s or Stephen’s dishes. The bottom three are clearly disappointed and Mike tells us that he’s never been in the bottom of a Quick Fire Challenge in the past.

Only two chefs win top marks and there’s a very good reason for that, Tiffany F and Spike are chosen as the winners and informed that they will be re-creating their dishes for 150 children who are spending the night at the museum, and the kids will decide the winner.

With a large task of creating so many snacks, Tiffany and Spike choose teams and one by one each of the other chef’s make a face as they land on one of the two teams. Left at the end without a home is Fabio, no one seems to like or respect Fabio, and I thought he did pretty well on his season but this group has no love for him. Padma allows leftover Fabio to choose which team he will play for and he picks Spike and then tells us that he did that to piss Spike off.

Tiffany and Spike school the other chef’s on how to prepare their midnight snack and everyone gets to work unhappy about having to help one of these two chef’s win the Quick Fire Challenge. I think it was clear to the viewers all along which team would win as Spike has carrots in his snack while Tiffany has chocolate, the winner was clear from the beginning. Kids are going to choose chocolate over carrots every single time.

And so Tiffany wins the Quick Fire and has immunity for the final elimination challenge that will surely take place the next day. The chefs are exhausted and all just want to crack open a beer and get to bed. But nothing doing, Chef Tom Colicchio stops them at the door and tells them that the elimination challenge starts right now.

Moaning and groaning is kept to a minimum because this group knows that Top Chef means little to no sleep and grueling schedules. Chef Tom explains that the contestants are going to be spending the night at the museum with the kids and will be preparing breakfast to be served at 7:30am. Since Tiffany won the Quick Fire, she is allowed to choose whether her team will cook with meat, eggs and dairy products or will they pick the fruits, vegetables and grains? I think most contestants would have done what Tiffany did and pick the typical breakfast items, meat, eggs and dairy. Chef Tom was clear that they would be allowed ONLY those items to be prepared using items in the Museum’s kitchen.

The chefs are escorted to a private area with cute little cots and fuzzy Top Chef pajamas for everyone! At 2am the chefs are discussing what they will prepare and with such an early breakfast time, most of the teams tried to get some sleep but they were in a museum in the middle of the night so a few of the guys thought it would be a great idea to go on a Flashlight Tour.

Spike, Marcel, Dale and Fabio went off on a hunt to find museum treasures but only served to make fools of themselves as they made fun of their fellow contestants while shining their flashlights on ugly cave men and women.

I just want to throw something out here, being that this is the All-Stars and this group already knows the routine, they’ve most likely watched all 7 prior seasons of this show and they know how they come off on television. I was really hoping that we would see more respect, tolerance and graciousness toward one another on this show. Season 6 has to be the best of the best of Top Chef in that people like Jen, Kevin, Michael and Bryan really showed a lot of respect for their fellow contestants and as professional chefs and that is what I liked to watch. I know that the snark and the foolishness may be funny and drama-filled but I think the majority of these chefs have earned respect due to their past performances on the show and should act accordingly.

Season 6 of Top Chef really showed audiences the way professional chefs can have extreme talent yet still recognize talent in their fellow chefs and give respect all around. I really thought we would see more of that on this All Stars season.

But alas, the chefs are just as childish and snarky as any old regular season. I suppose a group of professional people was just too much to ask.

Early the next morning with less than an hour or so of sleep the chefs get to work in the museum kitchens, ingredients are marked for each team and Tiffany quickly learns that she isn’t allowed to use anything in the kitchen that isn’t meat, dairy or eggs. She claims that she expected to be able to utilize anything in the kitchen in addition to her three mainstays. Chef Tom was pretty clear but Tiffany continues to complain that she didn’t understand, and it won’t be the last time she complains.
Most of the two teams have broken into smaller teams and are creating one dish between two of them as they’re cooking for the 150 children who spent the night at the museum as well as their parents and the judges.

As the cooking begins, Jamie cuts her finger and because the medic on site told her she would needs stiches, she high tails it out of there to the hospital. I’m no chef but I think that was probably the wrong move for Jamie. She immediately loses all respect from the other contestants, as most agree they would have put a bit of duct tape on the cut and moved on, when Jamie returns with just two stitches, no one is impressed with her actions. To make matters worse, Jamie lost the viewer’s respect by announcing that she refuses to put her name on the dish that she created with Jen, knowing she will go in to judges table without taking ownership of any dish, she is basically safe from elimination.

I never liked Jamie much as she used to guest blog for Top Chef seasons after her appearance and she was wishy washy about some chef’s horrible dishes and overly critical of others, she was clearly biased, Jamie the Johnny Weir of Top Chef blogs but without a vote. Her announcement that she would never have children…ever, didn’t win her any popularity contests, it is absolutely fine for a women to choose not to have children but her complete disdain for them is a bit over the top.

A few of the match up’s were, Casey and Tre preparing a Salmon dish, Fabio and Stephen with their breakfast version of a noike and Tiffany D with Antonia prepared three different versions of their egg and meat dishes that they called Frittatas, the ovens were blamed for the uneven cooking as some were overcooked while others were runny and watery.

Top Chef has brought back Season One host, Katie Lee Joel to guest judge the Elimination Challenge and as she and Padma drop the gloves and duke it out for the Top Host spot the kids and parents are critiquing the dishes along with the judges. Here is where I really miss Anthony Bourdain! Looking forward to next week, Bourdain returns to give his words of wisdom to the chefs. Can’t wait!

Spike’s team is brought into Judges Table first and is announced as the winneing team. Three strong chefs creating what looked like cereal with fruit, Richard, Marcel and Angelo have the winning dish of the night. Earlier we watched as Angelo improved the dish while Marcel complained that Angelo was sabotaging him. If Marcel had a brain in his head he would realize what we all could see, this dish had Angelo’s name on it as well as Marcel’s so why would he sabotage it? This theory of Angelo being a saboteur is getting old, it was joked about at the Season Seven reunion but it seems Marcel was just trying to be prepared with an excuse should his dish be found unacceptable. I’m sure the fact that this trio won the challenge won’t get Angelo off the hook as a Russian Spy, but he reminds us that he has now won two in a row, albeit it as part of a team this week.

Finally the losers are marched in to face the judges, Tiffany once again complains that she didn’t understand that her team would be limited to the three ingredients of eggs, meat and dairy but thought she would also be able to utilize fruits and grains as well. She may be the only one who didn’t understand because Chef Tom was pretty clear but Tiffany has immunity and she is safe and sent back to the kitchens along with her cooking partner, Dale for their acceptable steak and eggs dish.

Left behind and in danger of going home are Casey and Tre who prepared the Salmon, while the fish was cooked properly, Tre was called out for the sauce being too salty but both are allowed to move forward in the competition.

Jen is visibly agitated standing in front of the judges and Padma asks her why she is so pissed off. Jen explains that she doesn’t believe that she should be there, nor that her team should be on the bottom. When asked if she tasted all of her competitors dishes she rudely says, “Yes, of course I tasted every last one of them”. This is not the Jen we watched on Season 6 of Top Chef. She was respectful and professional standing alongside Michael , Bryan and Kevin in the final four but she lost all respect last night as she seemed to be a different person. When Chef Tom asked why this team didn’t put each of their dishes on different plates, Jen responded, “you’re judges, you’re smart, why didn’t you ASK for different plates”. Wow, that was uncalled for, is she saying that she and her fellow chef’s weren’t smart enough to think to serve using separate plates? Or that the children didn’t deserve separate plates because they wouldn’t be smart enough to ask?

Just prior to being called out in front of the judges, Jen was also a bit brash in the stew room discussing the competition with Dale, she admits that she cooks only for the judges and not for the target diners of each challenge. She didn’t care that this meal was meant for kids and their parents, her only goal was to impress the judges, Dale was less than impressed with that sentiment.

I don’t know what was done to Jen over the past two years or so but she appeared to be on something as she explained to her team that this was “All Star Jen” who clearly is nasty and rude unlike “Season Six Jen”. While preparing her dish Casey tasted it and admitted that the meat tasted like watery bacon but since Jen was pleased with it, Casey kept that to herself. In front of the judges, Jen defended her dish telling them that the meat was seasoned perfectly and came out exactly as she planned. When Chef Tom informed her that the broken up hard-boiled egg that topped the meat was unseasoned, Jen became visibly angry and told him that he was wrong.

It was uncomfortable to watch as Jen completely lost her composure in front of the judges and even worse was her evil grin as she dubbed herself, “All Star Jen” who was clearly not the same person anymore. Chef Tom, back at judges table admits that Jen’s outburst and arguing would not be held against her during the judging, it was all about the food but apparently Jen’s food was just that bad and since Jamie left the competition to get stiches and Jen admitted that nothing was lost due to Jamie’s absence, that dish was all Jen’s and it got her sent home.

Jen’s reaction of shock and awe was expected as she hugged the other contestant’s goodbye and explained to the audience once again that her father taught her that second place is just another loser, or something just as brilliant. What kind of father teaches his child that type of wisdom? A good loser is important, particularly when you’re being filmed for television and Jen’s reaction after she left the Top Chef Stew room was clearly heard as she swore like a truck driver screaming and crying all the way down the hallway. Her father’s lessons may have been better to teach his daughter some class and respectfulness.

Jen, while expected to be disappointed to be the second person sent home, came off looking very foolish and I had to again wonder if the producer’s drug test these contestants prior to allowing them on the show. At one point during tonight’s show Tiffany interviewed that Jen should take a “chill pill”, maybe that’s not the type of pill that Jen took?

The Jennifer Carroll who competed against Kevin Gillespie and the Voltaggio brothers was subdued, respectful and showed class and courage during her time on the show, I really don’t understand what happened to her but it is disappointing.

The bit of controversy in tonight’s episode was Jamie’s decision to leave the competition to go and have two stiches at the hospital rather than finishing the dish and going later on to have her finger tended to.

Since I didn’t get a vote on the show, I’ll provide my opinion here and knowing that Chef Tom rarely has sympathy for this type of behavior, I’m a bit surprised that he didn’t send Jamie home. The dish that did in fact have her name on it was the one that got Jen sent home and there is no way of knowing if Jamie could have improved upon the dish but to be let off the hook for providing nothing for the judges to critique didn’t seem fair at all. This could have had a completely different outcome had Jen admitted that the dish was substandard and explained that she was spread too thin being without a partner to help her. In the end, Jen chose to defend her dish to the end and while the judges found that admirable, they clearly disagreed with the flavors and texture of her dish.

Next week marks the return of the comical and always entertaining judge, Anthony Bourdain and I look forward to his appearance.

I did write my blog on Monday night’s Tabatha’s Salon Takeover, it has been sumbitted to Yahoo’s Associated Content but two days later, they’ve still not approved it for publishing. With five articles now published, I don’t know why the delay, but I will post the link as soon as it is available.

Please take a moment to read my blog on Monday’s Tabatha’s Salon Takeover here:

Blog: Tabatha’s Salon Takeover Air Date Dec 6, 2010 @ http://look.ac/gxx1Dm

My interview with Tabatha Coffey:

http://www.winningbeautypageants.com/2010/12/reality-buzz-with-lynn-hudson-featuring-salon-queen-tabatha-coffey/
Until Next Time….

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313 Responses to I Hate Jill Zarin Top Chef – All Stars Week Two

  1. Wall St Lady says:

    Hi
    Posting from Manhattan Court House for jury duty. They never choose me cuz I am too conservative & “religious”. I always meet some nice people !

    Lynn have you told ?

  2. jen says:

    I am laughing because Giles Benisimon shot Bethenny’s RedBook cover- Kelly must be pissed and dying of envy !!!! HAHAHAHAHA- she will probably start tweeting pics of herself taken by him soon

    • lillybee says:

      Wow, that is funny. I wonder if he did it just to piss her off.

    • 2Stupid says:

      That has to be the best news I’ve heard all day. Except, of course, that our dear lynn is taking the bravolebrites by storm. It is ony a matter of time before she is in that chair telling Mr. Andy Cohen a thing or two about Housewives. I wander how our revered JZ feels about JZ fraternizing with the enemy. Love to see her face when she finds out about that one!

  3. AZ Girl says:

    Man I am so pissed I had to go to bed early last night and miss this episode but THANKS TO LYNN I am able to get the low down on Jen. What happened to her? Lynn you are right about Jen being so much more professional in Season 6.

    I have a feeling that Stephen is going to be the “dead weight” contestant that seems to get by without being eliminated. As far as I am concerned he should not have been selected for the show in the first place. He is not all star material.

    I have been trying to get on the Bravo site but they are re-formatting it and it is SLOW.

  4. historykc says:

    i’ll admit that i was a little taken aback by jen’s behavior. however the fritatta that tiffany and casey made (i think?) was raw. as eric ripert (jen’s employer) pointed out on his video blog on bravotv.com, a raw fritatta is unedible and dangerous to eat if you do. although jen was clearly lacking sleep and any amount of respect for tom, her dish couldn’t have been as bad as an unedible one. after i saw that, i began wondering if jen’s poor attitude got her kicked off, considering her dish was at least edible. i’m a huge fan of anthony bourdain, and in his book “medium rare” he mentions that even a great chef could be kicked off of top chef. in the real world you can make up for mistakes with time and help from coworkers. inside the pressure cooker situations that top chef creates there is no room for mistakes, unless someone makes a bigger one than you. i’m sad to see jen go, but i’m glad bourdain will be back next week.

    • LynnNChicago says:

      Casey made the Salmon, Antonia helped Tiffany with the Fritatta’s but I think that they said some were undercooked and inedible but others were overcooked so at least they were able to taste them.

      I agree, however, I don’t think Jen deserved to go but while Chef Tom insisted her attitude didn’t have anything to do with her elimination, I’ll bet it had a little bit…

      • Need a Hobby says:

        I wasn’t paying all that much attention last night on the prep, but Jen had a more basic and easy dish and both components still fell short? Hard boiled egg on a piece of meat, wasn’t that the dish? And if it indeed was less than tasty, well.

        That and her denial that her dish was less than perfection could be a justifiable reason for letting her go. At least others acknowledged there were issues with the prep and end results. And of course, Jen’s attitude was just whacked from the get go. That was nuts.

        • JKW says:

          I liked Jen in her season and really wanted her to do well this season. I think the 2 making the frittatas that weren’t edible should have sent home. That may be one of the reasons that Jen was so upset. I never liked Jamie either and other contestants bandaged up their cuts and went on. I agree with Jen..it wasn’t fair but she was on a mission last night.

        • iwannabeanarchy says:

          I agree. They often eliminate chefs that don’t understand their mistakes. I never liked her during her season. She always seemed pretty disturbed to me, like she shouldn’t be trusted wielding those knives… but her ranting and raving last night really put me off. It came across as so incredibly entitled.

      • Scorpiosue1102 says:

        I’m guessing part of Tiffany and Antonia’s saving grace was that they gave the judges the better fritatta’s yet the judges knew of the under done ones. Also, the ladies coped to the problems that they had.

        I cannot even imagine soft, icky bacon/pork belly. That does not seem appetizing at all. Jen stood behind her bad dish instead of saying it may not have been up to par. Jen was appalling rude for no good reason. Yes, she made good tv while making herself look like an abrasive, petulant child.

  5. Had Enough! says:

    Pretty much none of the food made last night looked like anything I would want to eat. The gnocchi looked disgusting, all of the meat dishes looked at best unappetizing. The contestants were pretty much all jerks to one extent or another. I have never liked Casey, Jen was obviously on the rag, and the chick who got the boo-boo on her finger and had to go get stitches? Ridiculous. They should call this program Top Chef All-Star Losers.

    Padma is getting to be a total sourpuss but last night she wasn’t quite as bad. My husband used to have her on his list, but her personality has knocked her off the list. About the only thing I like about her is that she’s what KellIdiot wishes she could be: an actual model. She’s only 2 years younger than Kelly but looks a million percent better, actually knows how to dress, and OH, doesn’t cling to the name and reputation of her famous ex-husband.

    • LynnNChicago says:

      You did sum it up well, I was expecting to see 17 professionals with respect going at it but instead we seemed to get a bunch of bumbling idiots.

      Had Enough! you have a talent for turning everything against Kelly, even Top Chef and I love you for that!!! 🙂 lmao

      • Had Enough! says:

        Now if only I could make some $$ with this talent. Lord knows, there is so much material to work with. The jokes practically write themselves…

        • quincyil says:

          A career based on Kelly Bensimon’s attire and style. Sounds like something Kelly would come up with.

  6. Had Enough! says:

    Our fave moron tweeted:

    “#ifIHadSuperPowers i’d erase the ability to be mean.”

    Hey KooKooPuff – we’ll stop when you stop. But of course that would mean you’d have to admit to having been mean. To have been a bully.

    So I guess we’ll never have to stop.

    • Noelle says:

      I love your responses to our favorite nut…I could read them all day!

    • Blue Sky says:

      Had Enough, maybe she’s responding to you…you have been on a tear recently, and it is funny (sometimes especially funny). It’s really simple Kellamity, if you are reading this…why are you on a reality show if you can’t stand the microscope you have put yourself under? If you can’t take the heat, well get out of the kitchen. Stop the twitter crazy, don’t you realize by now that twitter is a black hole that has sucked you in, for the worse? We will not miss you…much, except we won’t have you to snark on! You had a great life before the NY ho’wives, and you can continue to have a nice life without RHONY. Your kids need you more than we the viewers ever will, and well maybe it would be best for you to step back into the reality of your own life, stop letting Bravo make oodles of money off of your crazy ass antics. Kelly, honestly has being on RHONY done any good for you? It has made you look ridiculous. Even if you are making $, it’s not worth what it has done to you & to your children.

  7. Had Enough! says:

    The Freak Slide Show:

    http://www.aceshowbiz.com/events/Kelly%20Bensimon/shrek_forever_16_wenn2816176.html

    #4 is particularly interesting – she’s dark brown and her kids are white…

    #5 is a true horror show in every way

    She looks good in #7 but then #8….yeeesh. What happened there? Looks like she went to the loo and had a few tokes before this photo was taken. The hair looks particularly bad and that dress…you can see the full thing in #9 – it is beyond awful.

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      wtf? is up with this woman’s shoes?

      All of them are truly heinous. I like the hot pink pumps in the last photo but with that dress?

      girl, if you read this blog- and I know you do- please lose the rounded toe flats with the ankle strap. Waitresses at Denny’s have nicer flats than that. Please, for the love of all things pretty and fashionable, lose them.

    • Buffywood says:

      I too think she looks good in 7 (and 6 as well). It is probably because we can’t see her outfit or funky way she stands. She looks stoned in #8.

    • klmh says:

      I can’t be snarky or mean to this woman, but damn, where does she get her clothes? Who makes this crap? Im not a fashion expert, but I have never seen such an outlandish immature dress code for a 40 plus year old. That tells you where she is in her mind though, I suppose… just answered my own question.

    • Cusi77 says:

      # 9 is: Some Bourdell is looking for their curtains!

  8. Had Enough! says:

    Once again, PR 101 backfires on our fave moron:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703493504576007640835661876.html

    Basically, it is a company going down the tubes and they picked her because she said she liked to write thank-you notes. The reporter admits to be a lousy reporter, and it shows when he calls KKB a former supermodel. Ummm. No. She was maybe a parts model for a few years.

    And first paragraph – “But my wife came in this morning and suggested that if I plan to write about Ms. Bensimon I shouldn’t neglect her behavior on the reality-TV series, using adjectives such as “viper-like” and “out-of-control” to describe her. Then she checked with our daughter who also watches the program, and Gracie seconded her assessment.”

    • American Idiot says:

      I have to echo the author’s question – Why chose KKB as spokesperson for a pen company, when she is not a writer? He mentions she was an editor at Elle Accessories, but that was only for a month or two. Maybe the pen company didn’t know that either.

    • cdnfillie58 says:

      ah geez…that explains her random tweet the other day about looking for the pen her dad gave her when she graduated LMAO

      • TLM says:

        Maybe she lost that pen at St. John after she wrote her goodbye note to Ramona. The things you lose when they’re dragging you away in a net…

      • Cusi77 says:

        That pen is the same place where her diplomas are: In her imagination!

    • Need a Hobby says:

      I’ve loved Parkers….I’ve got some of their classics. But Kiki? ooog. That doesn’t help them out at all. Good grief. She’s like the antithesis of what they’d want to be associated with and the image they’d want to project.

      • Need a Hobby says:

        Didn’t Kiki say she wrote one of her picture books on her Blackberry? And most of her current “writing” is being BSC on Twitter. Yeah, a perfect spokesperson for a pen company.

  9. WindyCityWondering says:

    While I wish all the chefs would act more professional and respectful, I can’t forget their performances from their individual seasons. They clearly have a different mindset this season and to not win will only reinforce the fact that they are not Top Chef calibre. So I expect more snarking, more mean spirited exchanges and less true teamwork. IMO, Jen set out to take herself out and willfully offended everyone on purpose.

    • Had Enough! says:

      Tom (love him!) said that personality and behavior don’t count, and I believe that he believes that but let’s face it. No matter how hard you try, it is impossible to ignore the fact that someone has been a total asshole. If her dish and the Tiffany/Antonia dish were equally bad (and actually it sounds like theirs was worse), then what accounts for her being sent home instead of one of them.

      I am trying to remember back over the seasons as to the behavior of each of the winners. Hung and Stephanie were both class acts. Michael Voltaggio was a douche. I can’t remember how the others behaved.

      By the way, Hung competed in the Bocuse D’Or. Confirming the fact that he is head-and-shoulders above almost all the others (except maybe the Voltaggio brothers, who seem genuinely talented).

  10. Had Enough! says:

    Don’t we find it fascinating that Bravo didn’t pick Jill and her Trained Sasquatch for the Fashion Show cross-over? I mean, they didn’t pick the famous former supermodel and fashion expert? Hmmm….

    Maybe if they ever do another “dress the frump” episode (you know, the one where Jeffrey Sibelius made Angela Jubilee-Jumbles Keslar’s mother cry), they could star Jill.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      IMO Bravo wanted fan favorites in the fashion show plus some drama (Teresa). Maybe Jill is being somewhat punished for her behavior from the last season….I sure wouldn’t put that snake front and center on a crossover show – except MM which has to be circling the Bravo toilet now.

    • quincyil says:

      They may show up sometime.

  11. ritgrad says:

    Lynn – Long-time reader and first time replier here. I respectfully disagree with you about Jen’s professionalism on her first season. I remember in her first few challenges on season 6 that she was very cold and methodical, expecting to win every challenge. It wasn’t until she ended up in the bottom three a few times that she seemed to almost break down and start to question her abilities. Then she rallied and got her mojo back in the form of the support from her other contestants. She did come out smelling like a rose, but only after almost self-destructing from her overconfidence early in the season. On the whole, I’m kinda glad she got booted because I’m tired of her drama.

  12. AZ Girl says:

    @Had Enough I can’t wait for next season’s HWONY just for your Kelly comments. It is going to be a riot.

  13. Wall St Lady says:

    Has anyone seen tuzentswarth ?
    I am trying to figure out if I should bake a cake for tomorrow.
    I haven’t seen tuzentswarth in a long time.
    Input PLEASE !

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      she’s been playing with me over at RCH-why?
      is it time to come in outta the cold for birthday cake?

  14. Wall St Lady says:

    Had Enough
    You said (I think) that there was a pre trial hearing for the July hearing,on Dec. 14th for M&M Ape. Will u b able to gather any information on the outcome ?

    • Had Enough! says:

      There probably won’t be much to get. These pre-trial hearings are normally just housekeeping, like estimates of how long the trial will take, how many witnesses, and things like that. The judge may ask the parties to try to negotiate to resolve the matter without trial but that conversation would not be on the record. Only if they actually settled the case would there be a record and that record would consist of the terms agreed to. If there is anything on the record, it will show up on PACER, but I doubt it will be much of interest.

      Right now, I can’t find either the pre-trial or trial date in the schedule or docket report. IIRC, I read it in an order, but I dont’ have time to go back and read through the orders, and even if it was there, it should have shown up in the schedule by now.

      Anyone in the Newark area who happens to be free that day could certainly attend, but wouldn’t be allowed to hear any settlement discussions. It may not even be held in open court if it is just the housekeeping matters.

      • Had Enough! says:

        Oh wait. Here it is:

        This is the case by the bankruptcy trustee (Sywilok) –

        Pretrial hearing was held 9/24
        Discovery deadline 4/11/11
        Trial 7/14/11

        They were NOT ordered to mediation and they are required to file stipulated facts (things that everyone agrees to) 3 days prior to trial and they anticipate a 3-day trial.

        In the case filed by the U.S. Trustee, Discovery due by 7/30/2011. Trial date set for 10/13/2011 at 09:30 AM at MS – Courtroom 3A, Newark.

  15. Had Enough! says:

    KellIdiot linked to the Wall St. Journal article as though she were proud of it. Confirming that she just doesn’t get that people are laughing at her, not with her. So to speak. Because there really isn’t anything to laugh at. It isn’t funny, it is pathetic.

    What next? She’ll link to IHJZ? Now THAT would be funny!

  16. Had Enough! says:

    If you set up a hot cocoa stand for charity in the freezing cold, wouldn’t you want to put the hot cocoa in something that will keep it hot? Like, say, a freaking THERMOS?

    http://www.kellykillorenbensimon.com/blog/kids-dogs-horses/

    • American Idiot says:

      This is what bugs me about Kelly. Who took this picture? Did she ask a passerby to take it just so she could post it? Why can’t she just do something nice with her girls without posting it on a website, twitter, or any other media.
      She is obsessed with being charitable and making sure we know she is being charitable. Something is off with her. Really, really, authentically off.

    • Blue Sky says:

      Thanks Had Enough, now that I vomited all over my keyboard…ugh, Kelly’s website is so ummm thinking here, over the top narcissism gone wild? No way will she ever voluntarily stop being on tv, she is so in love with herself anyone else would have been checked into the local looney bin by their family. Clearly her family can’t stand her & they are laughing at her too.

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      wow.

      she REALLY is an idiot, isn’t she?

      • vilzvet says:

        Er, have to agree, sure the girls mean well, but a glass pitcher covered with a bit of tinfoil?? It looked freezing where they were standing, outdoors. And that website surely sucks, she doesn’t have the experience or credentials to back it up, just her infamy on Housewives.

      • LynnnSoCal says:

        She has to be aware of something, her comments are OFF! She doesn’t want to hear it. Only crickets and the buzzing of voices too numerous to count in that teeny,tinselly mind.

  17. American Idiot says:

    Thinking of Boston and HD and hope they are doing ok. If you are lurking, we haven’t forgotten you. I am sure many of us are thinking about you both and wishing you well.

  18. Had Enough! says:

    Holy cow. How great does Bethenny look in this cover photo taken by Gilles Bensimon:

    http://www.realitytea.com/

    And the inside photos…

    http://www.realitytea.com/photo-gallery/20785/2/bethenny-frankel-i-used-to-get-drunk-and-binge-plus-mom-slams-her/

    Wow. Bethenny is very photogenic, but he really is some photog beyond that…wonder if he could make me look half-way decent?

    • error404 says:

      She looks great.

      But… if she’s really going to pursue this fame game, she’d better beg Tyra to learn her some new faces… being on 10 mag covers loses it’s impact if you look the same on every one.

    • 2Stupid says:

      Hey did anyone notice there were ugly comments from Lynn Hudson and Put Your Hair UP (RCH) under the article. I think our trolls are back at work.

    • TLM says:

      Man, what I wouldn’t give to hear the conversation that must have taken place between Gilles and Bethenny…

      • quincyil says:

        “Turn your head slightly to the left.”
        “Turn your head slightly to the right.”
        “Chin up.”
        “Tilt head.”

  19. Had Enough! says:

    WE WANT PODCASTS! WE WANT PODCASTS!

    • American Idiot says:

      Had Enough – you are cracking me up today. I am supposed to be cleaning, but I keep coming back here to see what you have posted. Loved all the links.

      • Had Enough! says:

        We aim to please (blush). I am supposed to be working, and I am, but have stuff going on that has ramped up my need to distract myself and take my mind off things.

  20. Butters'Mom says:

    From the recent photos of KKB she still has the wonky boobs. I thought she got them fixed for the Playboy shoot?

    • Buffywood says:

      Ok… I need some help… are you butterisafruit’s mom or is your name just similar?

      • Butters'Mom says:

        Name is just similar. Butters is my dog’s name. We named her after Butters on South Park. I mostly lurk though I have commented on occasion.

        • Buffywood says:

          Damn now I remember that as well, sorry. Well “hi” there. I dind’t see the playboy shoot myself but from I understand weren’t a lot of the pictures that were actually in the magazine old ones? She is just too bizare…

          • Butters'Mom says:

            You are right. I had forgotten they were old ones. And she never did answer Ramona when she asked her if she was getting her boobs redone. KKB’s body reminds me of a character Jim Carey used to do on the old “In Living Color” TV show. Basically a man’s body with weird boobs stuck on!

  21. Cleveland Girl says:

    Hey Lynn,
    I love all the comments here, but I kind of wish we could all just talk about “Top Chef -All Stars” and leave the Housewives comments for your “Housewife” blogs. Top Chef is my all time favorite show on Bravo and I was soooo looking forward to this all star line up. I am a little disappointed (as usual) in the women of the group. They seem to lack the focus, maturity, and professionalism of the men (even Spike seem more focused!) Anyway, I clearly think that Jen’s ridiculous rant had something to do with her being sent home. I could barely look at her, yet listen to her. She really made a fool of herself.
    Also, I just wanted to mention that Richard Blaise seems as mature, focused, and talented as EVER. I hope he wins this one, I really think he is a more talented chef then Stephanie -and of course that horrible Lisa who was the other contender in the final of his season.

    • quincyil says:

      Yes, it’s rough being on a board with so much freedom to express your own mind. Maybe, someday…. alas…it will never happen…….

      The Second Law of Thermodynamics supercedes dreams of board order……

      Ladies of the Board…. entropy reigns….but maybe….. someday….

      • Had Enough! says:

        The little-known fourth law of thermodynamics – some of us (she said sheepishly) have the attention span of a flea. Incapable of holding one conversation at a time. My brain is like a pinball machine. The little ball bounces around and whatever it hits, that thought lights up and out it comes…Feel free to scroll by me.

        Also sometimes the show that is the subject of the blog just wasn’t all that snarkable, or lots of people didn’t watch it, so if we limited the conversation to the subject of the blog, the talk might be mighty slow…

      • cdnfillie58 says:

        ummm…now I have to look up “entropy” we don’t use fancy words like that here..brb

    • Need a Hobby says:

      The nature of this blog is more of a gathering where OT discussions are allowed and welcome. That’s just the way it is.

      TWOP has a moderated Top Chef forum where OT posts are against the rules.

      http://forums.televisionwithoutpity.com/index.php?s=5d83f7c61c15fd823e2d2a7df8191c81&showforum=868

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      hey there @clevelandgirl.

      isn’t it funny? I wish we could stick to just the Housewives on the blog, since that is what brought me here first. I hate Top Chef, think it’s boring and never watch it.

      But I would never want to take away the enjoyment that others here get from discussing it, and I would never presume to suggest how Lynn runs her blog since I am a guest here.

      So I just skip over the Top Chef comments and that way everybody’s happy.

      easy peasy

      • Zipit Zarin says:

        And I watch Atlanta housewives for MAYBE 10 minutes and get skeeved out and turn the channel. As if i’d presume to tell people not to talk about it. Da NOIVE of some people LOL.

    • LynnNChicago says:

      Well, we talk about everything on every blog, it is easier for everyone just to stay on the most recent blog so that nothing gets missed, we talk about everything from birthin babies to fixing cars to Bravo shows, its all here! 🙂 Especially once we’ve exhausted the subject of Top Chef, the other topics keep the conversations going, I kinda like it that way…feels like home!

      • vilzvet says:

        Yes, looking forward to BH tonight, so Cleveland hate to tell you but Top Chef comments will be on the wayside by tomorrow a.m., that’s just the way it goes here. Hope it is a good episode…

      • quincyil says:

        The scifi Lexx board was like going to prison. If you were posting slightly off topic or repeated something that the board regulars said, they would hold a meeting to decide if the should just cut off your right hand or stone you to death.

        They felt they owned the site.

        Someday, I will have my own little piece of cyberspace and I will build a log cabin on it. Until then, I follow Lynn’s rules and try not to cough on the board.

        • OneMoreInBoston says:

          I come visit you m’kay?

          I like log cabins in cyper space- you can see all the stars up close.

          • quincyil says:

            Did I mention there are guest rooms with private baths and satellite tv and satellite internet. I even provide the pokadot dresses and pumps.

      • Zipit Zarin says:

        Amen 😀 And thanx for providing such a comfortable home, Lynn! You rule.

    • BessiB says:

      Well, I am glad they do not focus. I lurk to see what other updates – especially the bankruptcy case – are posted in the comments….

  22. Buffywood says:

    Lynn,

    That is SO cool about your interview with Tabitha and Sonja!! Can I make a suggestion? At the top where you have your various “pages” you should add a link to all of your previous podcasts so we can find them easily at anytime. Plus it would give you some better “crossover” with your audiences.

  23. tweatcyn says:

    I agree with Lynn and Cleveland Girl. Jenn was petulant, arrogant, rude and unprofessional and should be ashamed. My favorite Bravo show is Top Chef Masters. Those pros are admirable in both skill and behavior. I think a lot of that boils down to their established success and that they’re competing for charities dear to their hearts, not the greed of their own pocketbooks. All-stars still have a lot to learn. I want Blaise to win also. Wish all TC were Masters.

    • Had Enough! says:

      I loved TC Masters for exactly the reasons you stated. I think Rick Bayliss and Hubert Keller were so wonderful. Anita Lo could get a little emotional but within reasonable limits. Chiarello – love him. Great to watch people who are really on top of their games. With so many of the TC contestants, I get the sense that they are really lacking in skills, taste, range…they can do a few things well and that is it. I don’t get the sense that they really know food. Hung and Stefan Richter (season 5) were exceptions. But most – I get the sense that they are in way over their heads both on the show and in professional kitchens. Whereas I think you could ask Rick Bayliss, who has been cooking Mexican for his entire career, to make you a salmon coulibiac or a pad thai and he’d do a credible job.

  24. Buffywood says:

    My anger and disgust is at an all time high right now. That damn hate group that protests at Military funerals is planning to protest at Elizabeth Edward’s funeral. I wasn’t aware The Associated Press was supporting this BS “church” in court due to its concern over free speech. Someone her previously posted an article where the people of the town basically blocked all of the roads to the church to protect the military funeral of one of its own from this group. I thought that was such a great story.
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40587353/ns/us_news-life

    • Had Enough! says:

      And this is the reason it is a good thing that we have gun control. Trust me, you wouldn’t want me running around loose with an assault rifle. Not when Bin Laden, shoe bombers, undie-bombers, and people like this are out there, just begging to be taken out.

    • Kansas Girl says:

      Jeez! I am so sorry to hear this. On behalf of the entire state of Kansas, I apologize. We would like them to go away too.

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      I saw this too, and it just made me sick.

      I am pretty liberal and contribute to the ACLU (like no one here figured it out yet LOL) but I just don’t understand how the rights of a small handful- really just a small family- are as important as the majority’s right not to be subjected to this level of hatred.

      This CANNOT be what the designers of the constitution meant to protect. How is this allowed to continue, month after month after year after year?

      @had enough- are you an attorney? please enlighten me on this? wth?

      • Had Enough! says:

        Actually, it was exactly what they intended to protect. This is why the Nazis could march in Skokie (some of you are too young to remember that). The government can place reasonable limits on time, place, and manner. Usually, this takes the form of “free speech zones” that are usually intended to protect public safety and order. That’s why they can keep protesters a certain distance, for instance, from the World Bank when the big international meetings occur. They can’t prohibit protests entirely. That’s why they can require permits for rallies and such. There is a need to protect the peace and keep order, etc. so they can require permits so that they can make the necessary arrangements such as law enforcement, street closures, etc. And also to be sure that there aren’t multiple groups trying to use the same area at the same time.

        • quincyil says:

          I remember and when they finally did it it was a big bust.

        • OneMoreInBoston says:

          yes I remember the marches in Skokie- and (gulp- deeep breath) believethat the neo Nazis should have been allowed to march.

          They are an organization- albeit a hate organization- that has 100’s to 1000’s of members. I don’t like it- but I get it, and makes sense to organize and regulate so no one gets hurt.

          But this is a church that enjoys non profit status, consisting of family members who are out and out harassing mourners.

          Isn’t there a law that you can’t incite to riot? or something like that?

          How is this any different from going onto a crowded movie theater and yelling “fire”? Instead they are going to crowded memorials for young soldiers yelling “God kills fags”?

          How can this be legal?

          • Had Enough! says:

            I am the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and I too believe they had a right to march. That’s the whole point. That people can say things that other people – the majority of the people – don’t like. We the majority do not have the right to oppress the minority, or to be more accurate about it, the government can’t oppress them. Now if it is our private property, we have every right. But on public property, the government has the authority and it can’t use that authority to repress speech. It can only control time, place, and manner. That is why “fire..crowded theater.” That is a public safety matter. And it is why the government can force these cretins to remain a certain distance away and can arrest them if they disobey that restriction. But it can’t stop them from protesting altogether. If the police think that their actions are likely to incite violence, the police can lawfully step in to stop them. It is just really hard for the police to stand by and wait and try to determine if that is going to happen. But the government can’t simply prohibit them from protesting altogether simply because it might anger others to the point that others will then break the law.

            • quincyil says:

              I knew a lot of Loyola U student from Skokie and they were really upset about the KKK. The KKK enjoyed that.

              I bet this group of religious fanatics also enjoy upsetting the soldiers, the liberals who love Elizabeth and gays. Thanks to the media, these people have become powerful.

        • AZ Girl says:

          I remember the march on Skokie. If I am not mistaken everyone decided to stay home on purpose so not to draw attention and the march was pretty much uneventful. No press would cover it. Is that correct?

      • twoile says:

        Democracy one citizen one vote.

    • lillybee says:

      The reason those idiots are protesting at EE’s funeral is that she defied God by having children after their 16 year old was killed in a car crash.

      I hate this group with every fiber of my being. I wish that fundamental Christin leaders like Doug Phillips and Bill Gotherd would call them out on this. These people are giving Christianity a bad name.

      • error404 says:

        The only thing these morons are giving a good name is …. well, they even give evil a bad name. I doubt the devil himself could be so lame.

      • Need a Hobby says:

        IIRC, she supported equal rights for gays, including marriage. And she’s a high profile figure. So of course it’s not surprising that these ghouls would trot themselves out for the publicity they’d get.

        Although, truth is, they don’t need a rational “reason” for what they do. They demonstrate at funerals for troops who are private individuals. Families are grieving and there these bozos are with their slogans and hate.

      • twoile says:

        Among many others under the gise of “Christianity”

    • JKW says:

      That group came to PA for a soldiers funeral. The parents are actually suing them. It was so sad while parents are trying to bury their child to have protesters there. It was all over the news and everyone was upset. Freedom of speech or not…that should not be allowed.

      • jillz68 says:

        This group should be used more often:

        Patriot Guard Riders
        The Patriot Guard Riders is a motorcyclist group composed mostly of veterans who attend the funerals of members of the U.S. Armed Forces at the invitation of the deceased’s family. The group was initially formed to shelter and protect the funerals from protesters from the WBC.

    • AZ Girl says:

      The “God Hates Fags” Church is just plain evil. Shameful to have the families of our military put up with their cruel antics. Hopefully security is able to keep them out of sight from Elizabeth’s family. This is the LAST thing those poor children need right now.

      • quincyil says:

        Well. I would form lines of Humans with locked arms and surround them for the entire funeral. Call it a prayer circle.

        • Buffywood says:

          I am hopeful somehting like that will be done, much like those town people blocked the roads leading to the cemetary when they were coming to protest the funeral. We can only hope that for every act of hate shown in this world there is a greater act of love and peace to counter act it.

        • Kat says:

          That is a way better idea than mine. You are far kinder and gentler than me. I hate Phelps and his family.
          May I meet them at the gates to their hell.

          • quincyil says:

            Kat, they can’t hurt anyone who refuses to be hurt. I think gays should be members of the prayer circle. If I were there I would do the organizing. Sing Christmas hymms… or spirituals…. Make it a party.

            Do they have a Church? Surrond the church and keep them busy at home.

            • AZ Girl says:

              Edwards are Methodist.

            • Kat says:

              The family is the congregation of their church… in Topeka. Baptist IIRC.

              I’ve gotten tired of living quietly and peacefully thinking that eventually the world would right itself on the mere weight of good people with good intentions.
              I don’t have any answers but I’m comfortable hating this family. I don’t consider them Christians. . . just hateful people spreading misery.

              • quincyil says:

                They a lunatics like the Taliban, al Qaeda, and the KKK.

                My sister wanted to work in Oregon and after a bit of research decided that the wackos in compounds out there were not her cup of tea.

                I know house of the KKK’s leader in the USA, but I’m not going over there. I did play a mental game with him one time in our Toyota Dealership. He didn’t even know I was controlling the conversation, but two teachers gave me a high five later. He was as dumb as a door knob.

  25. error404 says:

    I’m looking forward to the Sonja and Tabitha interviews.

    I was thinking about this yesterday.

    Both TC and PS have similar shows: a strong and feisty woman giving expert advice to help turn around a losers life. Both swear like truck drivers and tell sad sacks a few home truths.

    But here’s the difference: TC is successful. Every episode she turns around a failing business and put in back in the black. Her advice is never surprising or even questionable. And even her “victims” are usually grateful by the end of the week.

    PS OTOH has a 0% success rate. None of these people ever find love, or frankly, even change one small bad habit. Often, the relationship ends in screaming matches and clients either storming off or being thrown out. Really, it’s actually fraudulent consumerism to keep calling the show “Millionaire Matchmaker” at this point, as matches are never made and half the clients aren’t even rich.

    • twoile says:

      Who in their right mind would ever expose themselves to go on p (mm) show!

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      hmmm, interesting analogy Professor @error 404.

      And I think you hit the nail on the head. Tabatha’s advice is not arbitrary or capricious, she is a “trouble shooter”. Find the problem, and fix it.

      Sometimes she’s crude, sometimes she’s tough and sometimes she can be surprisingly sweet, it depends on what she believes will “wake up” the salon owner.

      She is also about the long term results and stepping aside so others can shine.

      Now let’s compare and contrast… nah… too exhausting to even think about that creature and her island of Santa’s misfit toys.

    • Kansas Girl says:

      Tabitha gives read advice and explains what she means. She brings in people to teach and show what she wants them to learn or change. She shows them footage of themselves so they can understand and change.

      PS, on the other hand, seems to not be able to teach. She commands, gives out rules (possibly outdated), but she doesn’t model what she wants. A great example was to put a bug in that guy’s ear and scream “Don’t be creepy”. That is only useful to him if he understands what behaviors are seen as creepy. As it was, it did him no good at all except to make him nervous. Better advice would have been to not leer (sp?), smile with both sides of his mouth, not look back and forth over his glass, nod as people talk and look them in the eye (but not hold the look too long). I sort of felt sorry for him because he was not getting useful help. I quit feeling sorry for him when he was mean to his date, tho. Still, PS is not a helpful teacher.

  26. Kelly_Has_Big_Shoulders says:

    Hi everyone,

    Do any of you know why Padma never blogs? I know she is the Hostess but she also sits at Judges table and is part of the discussion why does she never blog? Is she to pretty to blog just asking.

  27. I knew that would be a great blog, and it was. I Looove this season of Top Chef and so far the drama has been spectacular! I can’t believe the way Jenn acted last night, but I enjoyed everything about this episode and really loved the re-cap. I didn’t want it to end.
    thanks Lynn.

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  29. Had Enough! says:

    As long as we are being angry about injustice….I think that every single gay member of the Armed Forces should go to their CO first thing in the morning and announce that they are gay and so they have to be discharged. I’m guessing that the armed forces from the Pentagon right down to the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq will be decimated and the Congress will have no choice but to change the policy immediately.

    Shame on the U.S. Congress. Boy, I say that a lot these days.

    • twoile says:

      Ditto !

    • jillz68 says:

      That is what I think! They all come out right now and see what happens. This country has to choose between an all voluntary military or the draft if they are going to pick and choose who is qualified based on sexual orientation.

    • kbinldo says:

      I think every member of the armed forces should do that. Either the wars will end, or the GOP will “see the light” & DADT will finally be thrown in the dustbin of history.

      • Had Enough! says:

        Better yet. Let the Congress enact DADT for the Congress itself.

        • OneMoreInBoston says:

          BEST IDEA YET!

        • kbinldo says:

          Well, while we’re at it, how’s about stripping each & every congresscritter who is against “socialized” medicine of their tax-payer funded health care plans? Especially the one who campaigned against it, but then whined when he found out his tax-payer funded benefits won’t kick in until February.

      • quincyil says:

        Well, Barak was my Senator and he had a tendency to not get involved or vote on anything that might cost him a vote in the future. I should have warned all of you, but I hoped for the Best. Barak is now Commander in Chief. He could change this in the blink of an eye, but he is looking at 2012 so he won’t.

        • Had Enough! says:

          I 1/2 agree. I wish he would just do the right thing and get it over with. But I also see the value in forcing Congress to do it. This is the kind of decision that some won’t accept if it is made by the President or by the Courts. Not to say that they will be happy about it if the Congress does it. But Congress has to show that this is “the will of the people” – it is an important, watershed moment in human rights, much like the Civil Rights Act.

          • quincyil says:

            Actually, the people would accept it. Clinton should have done it. They are afraid that they won’t be re-elected.

    • AZ Girl says:

      I really wish John McCain would retire and go live in his cabin in Cottonwood. Jon Kyle is no better. How did a “Blue” dove like me live in a state surrounded by “RED wolves” all these years?

      • twoile says:

        Keep strong sista!

      • Adgirl says:

        My husband thinks the issue isn’t dispproval of gay people, but of fighting men (ground forces) feeling unity within their squad. Or being distracted by romantic/sexual relationships blooming while being in a war zone.
        Something akin to women not being allowed on the front lines.

        If that is the case then there shouldn’t be any problem with gays serving openly in most areas of the service or having fighting units where everyone is OK with it.

  30. TLM says:

    Uh-oh … wonder what Camille will be up to this week. It’s that time again!

    • 2Stupid says:

      I have to say I enjoy Camille as much as I do KKB. I mean, I think they both truly believe the BS that comes out of their mouths. I don’t think they realize the whole world is on the joke. I do truyly feel sorry for the children and hope their nannies are really loving and nurturing. I don’t think either woman has 1 ounce of mother’s intuition or love in them. It is all about a phot op and check. I hate to think that way, but they don’t really come off that caring.

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      Is “that time” like “that time of the month” complete with discomfort and occasional cramping?

  31. Cusi77 says:

    “Camille has stated in a past interview that she believes Kelsey got her to do the show so that he could cheat while in New York. “Looking back, maybe he wanted to keep me preoccupied in California while he was off having his affair in New York…I think [Real Housewives] was more Kelsey’s agenda”

    I have two words for Camille: Really, Columbo?

  32. kbinldo says:

    Lynn, go back & select “Display Only.” Once you have 3 articles approved, if you add content marked “Display Only,” it will publish immediately. Good luck & let us know when it posts so we can check it out! 🙂

  33. Hi Everybody. sorry if this is a repeat.
    Caroline Manzo is on our local radio station, NJ101.5 right now.
    She’s answering listeners questions about family situations, etc.
    She sounds a little nervous, but overall, pretty good.

  34. TEB says:

    TOTALLY OT- (Please scroll through.. this is not TC or Housewives related 🙂
    My day started at 3:30am when my 3.5yr old woke me up to vomit on me. It was on her, the bed and me. My husband is on travel this week so I was alone. (#1 bad). Then- my childcare provider’s alarm didn’t go off and she was late (NEVER happens. She’s awesome) #2 bad.
    I had an extremely important meeting for work that I needed to be ‘on my game’ for and I was not on my game because I was almost late. #4 bad.
    I should be done for a while, right???

    Thanks for the rant.

    • TEB says:

      Oh- and apparently I can’t count. FANTASTIC!

    • Holy Crap, you paid your dues.

    • Had Enough! says:

      If you were the KookooPuff, you’d have tweeted pictures of all this. I am so disappointed. No pix.

      • TEB says:

        Had Enough! I thought CPS might be looking into it – or a Twitter detective Wassup- (but I did consider sending my husband a photo for sympathy value….)

        • TEB says:

          OK- I meant that a photo would make CPS look into it. Geez.
          Twitter detective Wassup just makes me laugh. And not focus.
          I DID actually think that I might send a photo to my husband.

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      well, I wasn’t going to post this- because it’s sort of like a self fulfilling phophecy thing right?

      Mercury went retrograde 12/07. Mercury is the planet of transportation and communication. Expect delays, and glitches all month. It goes direct 12/30 and then there is a 4-5 day “wobble” where things are still a little messed up, and then it all goes back to normal.

      Basically expect the unexpected. And when it happens realize it’s happening to everyone. Not a good time to start something new like a business or a relationship, unless you were, like me, born when Mercury was retrograde- then this is your “power” time.

      3 year old vomit all over. good times, good times. poor lil gal

      • TEB says:

        Ah Crap OMIB-
        Big meeting was Totally for a new business situation. Can this be a personal ‘new direction’ or just don’t sign on to a new ‘existing’ business situation??

        • OneMoreInBoston says:

          depends on your chart. Go to the meeting- see what they’re pitching and if there is a way to hold off on signing or starting anything new until after 1/01

          • TEB says:

            Meeting was today. Good but lots of things in the air. GOOD to know. I may ask Lynn for your email if you don’t mind…

          • TEB says:

            There is a way to hold off until 1/1/11 Should I?

            • OneMoreInBoston says:

              go ahead and get my email- I will do your chart- all I need is exact time of birth, location and date of birth with year.
              I have a software program so I can send you an attachment of a short term forecast plus personality profile.

              I don’t know ify ou should wait or jump now until I see it. You might be in a power time now, I know I am.

              Typically when you are born when mercury is retrograde you are a late bloomer. Do you feel that about yourself?

      • Cusi77 says:

        Pinky OneMore_ Mercury is Aries, right? I do not know much about Astrology but I had my cart done a while… My sun is in Cancer and my moon in Aries… with 5 planets in Cancer… does that make us sistas?

        • OneMoreInBoston says:

          u r 2 coot!

          No we are not sisters although I also have a lot of planets in Cancer.

          Your Moon is your emotions which is in Aries the first sign in the zodiac. you like to be first and are competative but very loving and compassionate.

          Your Sun is in Cancer which means you are very feminine and family orientated. Cancers have a tendaency to put on weight esily and are characterized by moon type faces- although they are usually very pretty- Lady Di, Pam Anderson- just very girly and feminine.

          • Cusi77 says:

            Yes! My face is like a moon! I am very feminine and everything right about family.

            I do not know about the weight… I have problems with cholesterol therefore I do The Zone Diet (low fat or none) I am 115 to 125 Lbs. (at most) for most of my adult life. But there is a fat woman inside of me since I adore bread (to eat and to make!)

    • Kat says:

      Nothing like the smell of vomit in the morning. yuck.
      I hope your child feels better.
      Tomorrow will be better. (If your not sick too by then.)
      The weekend is almost here, hang in there TEB

    • Cusi77 says:

      Great Job Lynn… my very best wishes of continued success! Can’t wait to hear your program with your interviews. I hope this will encourage another HW to accept being interviewed!

  35. AZ Girl says:

    Anthony Bourdain’s blog on Bravo. This guy is a poetic genius.

    http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-8/blogs/anthony-bourdain/all-in-the-game

    • Had Enough! says:

      Now imagine that brilliant shit being read aloud by Eric Ripert. OK, this is getting so NSFW, what is going on in my head.

      • AZ Girl says:

        I would die and go to heaven if I ever by chance ran into Tony and Eric having a drink together ANYWHERE. I would just ease drop on their conversation.

        Even better if by chance I ran into their wives and over heard THEIR conversation about those two. Now THAT is a book to be written.

      • Zipit Zarin says:

        Imagine Killiot trying to just read it and comprehend it. lol

    • Need a Hobby says:

      Oh that was wonderful! Thanks!!

      If that’s his writing style, I’m going to have to check out his books.

      • historykc says:

        his books are amazing if you’ve ever worked in a restaurant… start with “kitchen confidential” and then read “medium rare.” hilarious and thought-provoking stuff.

  36. LynnNChicago says:

    Real Housewives of Atlanta Air Date Dec 5, 2010 @ http://look.ac/e7EiZh

  37. Adgirl says:

    Originally Jamie and Jen were going to make something that required sausage, but when there was no sausage on the kitchen cart they had to change the dish.

    Maybe Jamie hated the new dish and was relieved to have an excuse to leave the kitchen to go to the hospital?

    Watery bacon with bland hardboiled eggs sprinkled on top sounds awful. Jen steamed/poached the meat! Yuck. Why didn’t she sear one side of the meat to make it crunchy? Isn’t pork belly where bacon comes from?

    The frittatas were uneven because the oven was wonky. If Tiffany & Antonia had more time they probably could have corrected the problem by rotating the pans in the oven while cooking.

    Jen’s dish could not have been corrected – it was just an awful concept.

    Top Chef is one of my very favorite shows. However I was losing interest the past two seasons. DC was surprisingly dull. Las Vegas, I liked the contestants but had issues with the plastic Vegas-ness and they filmed too much time at the McMansion the contestants were in.
    Personally, I thought the Season 6 contestants were subdued in criticizing each other because the V brothers were trying hard to keep the rhetoric neutral. If only one brother was in the show I think the gloves would have been off.

    Jenn is a sore loser, just like Elia (did you see Elia’s interview on the Chicago newspaper site?

    • TEB says:

      Adgirl- I agree that if the V brothers only had one- then there would be less fans for them.

    • Need a Hobby says:

      I like pork & bacon. I find it a flavorful meat. How can you go wrong with it? Apparently Jen found a way. Steamed or poached pork belly with a hard boiled egg on top? Ugh.

      I ain’t no chef, but even I could turn out something from eggs, dairy & pork belly that actually tasted good.

      • Adgirl says:

        Absolutely! And did they not have cheese? Couldn’t they have done something with cheese to perk up their food?
        Wet bacon .. bleh.

        Sorry to se Jen go because I wanted her to redeem herself for not making the finals S6.

        • Need a Hobby says:

          Exactly! The lack of veggies and other ingredients really threw them for a loop. Failure of imagination perhaps. But I’ve done low to no carb cooking and there are things one can do and still have tasty food with nothing but killer cholesterol ingredients, lol. And that’s with me not being a real cook or a chef. 😉

          Yeah, I looked forward to seeing Jen do good too, so the whole thing including her attitude was disappointing.

          I think her denial that there was anything lacking with her dish which was so simple and still not well executed, while the others acknowledged there were problems, was likely the tipping point. Or at least gave the judges reasonable grounds for the heave ho.

      • Had Enough! says:

        No kidding! We used to joke that whoever made a pork or bacon dish or included those meats would win. It is truly an achievement to screw up pork or bacon that badly.

  38. Had Enough! says:

    To get back to TC All Star Losers, here is Gawker:

    http://gawker.com/5710394/top-chef-children-arent-the-future

    I was actually surprised that these kids – who are almost certainly from upper-crust, well-educated families – were so into the greasy, salty, sugary shit. I thought they’d be more into healthy/fruits&veg/low-fat, etc. They were all into the unhealthy red meat and totally dissed the healthy stuff. Just wait, you little suckers. You will be eating grass and twigs when you are 45. Or gobbling statins at 15. I guess they are just like us – calories away from home don’t count!

  39. Had Enough! says:

    Tom’s blog:

    http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-8/blogs/tom-colicchio/annoyed-at-the-museum?page=0,0

    Here’s what Eric Ripert (who owns the restaurant where Jen cooks had to say):

    http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-8/blogs/team-top-chef/the-squid-and-the-whale?page=0,1

    Not that I care what he says. He could read the Manhattan phone book, or the Art of War, or the back of a cereal box and I’d be over-the-moon.

    But it was really clear – she has lost his respect.

    If he says fritatta one more time, I am going to have to take a cold shower.

  40. Well it appears that Caroline Manzo is going to have a regular radio show on NJ101.5
    It’s called “Caroline Rules” and it’s about all sorts of family issues and conundrums.
    She was very nervous, but sounded good.
    Wowa, it certainly doesn’t hurt to be a “housewife”

    you know what, I’m actually kinda happy for her in a weird way, it separates her from the other “housewives” she’s very good at advice……….

  41. Adgirl says:

    Why is it funny and OK when Dale complains about the children and suggests Nyquil sauce but disgusting that Jamie says she won’t have children ever. At least she knows the limit to her patience.

    • JKW says:

      My take on that was that Dale was kidding. With 150 kids and lots of sugar, I would be thinking Nyquil or Benadryl ! He at least laughed. Jamie was dead on serious.

  42. AZ Girl says:

    Regarding the posts above…..Tony + Eric = The best of both Naughty and Nice

  43. LynnNChicago says:

    http://wp.me/PVOhN-95

    A few more photos added to the IHJZ family photos

  44. LynnNChicago says:

    Here it is! My latest podcast, my interview with Tabatha Coffey!

    @lynnNchicago hobnobs with the stars (LOL!) http://tinyurl.com/SALONTAKEOVER

  45. Adgirl says:

    Why do I think Camille instigates next weeks arguement?

    • Kansas Girl says:

      Ya think? LOL! And now we learn she already knew her hubby didn’t want to come back to CA. It’s seeming less and less a dramatic shock.

    • Had Enough! says:

      Mrs KG exists only because other people exist. Were there no KG, she’d evaporate. Were there no Kyle, she’d have no story line. She’s a big nothing, a vacuous waste of life. Like you-know-who – that Never-Been-Nobody from NY who clings to her ex-husband’s last name and fame like a lifeline. Who has no discernible skills or talent (or brain), who can’t get a real job….but fortunately for Mrs. KG, she not only has two little support checks but she also lives in a community property state which means she will get a great big chunk of cash and property in a few months. Some say as much as $30 mill. You can be a nothing for a long time on $30 mill.

      From the previews, it looks like Kyle will take one for the team and try once again to give this woman the dressing-down she so desperately needs. And once again, Mrs. KG has this stupid smirk on her face. She is obviously enjoying provoking this fight. Meanwhile, surrounded by her paid friends.

      It was great watching Kyle and Mauricio in the biking event. Why can’t we have more of this and much, much less of Mrs. KG (like NONE)?

      • 2Stupid says:

        Had Enough, I heard it was closer to 70mm. I would have my husband cheat and leave me for that kind of cash! Just joshing of course. She can buy Nick then.

    • Rabble Rouser says:

      I think Camille had her urchins DiDi and Allison DeBois (yes- the “real” medium) stir the shit-pot for her in passive aggressive way) and that Kylie sussed it out and called Camille out on her crap.

      Then I think Kim must have done a line of something in the bathroom- and was wired. Then she fed off the fire and made a jab at Taylor- Taylor tried to go Oklahoma on her ass but ends up looking like a blow up doll with a with a slow hissing leak.

    • Zipit Zarin says:

      Awesome Lynn! Thanx!

    • Kat says:

      I enjoyed your podcast Lynn, Tabatha was great too!

    • Need a Hobby says:

      Well done, Lynn!

      I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to some “professional” folks who do “interviews” and then barely let the guest get a word in edgewise. And/or they ask stupid questions, often because they know little or nothing about the guest and it shows. So frustrating.

      This was quite the opposite of course. I enjoyed it. We also got a peek ahead at the season. Cool! No spoilers, y’all will have to listen to the podcast.

      Congrats on the “get” and look forward to more! 🙂

    • Cusi77 says:

      Fascinating Lynn! Yupy!

    • Zipit Zarin says:

      I love Tabatha. What a great role model. I specially liked when she said writing a book seemed self-indulgent. Wow. Being humble whilst at the same time having amazing chutzpa (sp). And to back it all up with talent and brains. Love her! And you Lynn, for such a great interview. You let her talk. Unlike most interviewers who think it’s about THEM instead of the guest. You asked the questions I would have and questions I didn’t know I would want to. So great! Thank you for this.

    • JazzNightOut says:

      Congratulations, Lynn! Excellent interview. Viewers, listeners do want to hear what the celeb has to say; thanks for allowing that and asking great questions.

  46. Rabble Rouser says:

    I really enjoyed the Top Chef All Stars blog- Jamie and Jen really made angry.

    I think Jamie should have left- because it doesn’t mater what happened to her finger she didn’t put anything on a plate nor did she want her name associated with any dish. Angelo was bed ridden at the finally- but he knew if he didn’t drag his ass out of bed he would have NO chance of winning. If Jamie wanted to walk away from the competition over a cut that needed two stitches SEE YA- and while you are at it suck it up. I also didn’t really care for her bitchy attitude about children. Good thing you don’t want any lady, because if you can’t handle a tiny, tiny little cut on your thumb (being a chef-someone in a profession that you would think would see their fair share of nicks and cuts) there is no way yo could handle perinea l tears. Sucks it Up!

    Jen- your food sucked- deal with it. I thought I was watching Top Chef Masters for second except her ego surpasses her talent. While I am sure you don’t get to work for a Master without any skill- you are not a Voltagio. It’s one thing to fight back and remain composed the way Fabio did- but you just became unhinged. To me, all that chest puffing says you KNEW your dish sucked. I would have had more respect for her if she had tossed Jamie under the bus. Yes Jamie, getting hit with a bus is a reason to go to the hospital not a little cut!

  47. Adgirl says:

    Are every one of the Top Chef All Stars going out with a Blaze of Disgrace??

  48. Had Enough! says:

    OK, I know Lynn will soon post new blog and will give us a delightful dissection of BH, but meanwhile, please do go to the Bravo site and watch the two preview videos and then tell me you don’t want to fly out there and shove Mrs. KG off a cliff. What a vicious bitch. And her vicious bitch friend, deliberately taunting and insulting Kyle, and then puffing away on a cigarette. Who smokes anymore? Who smokes at a dinner table? Who smokes without asking others if it is OK? Who holds a cigarette like this douchette-bag?

  49. Had Enough! says:

    HOLY SHIT, Taylor! What on earth is this?

    http://howwhypedia.com/archives/10701

    Love the third photo – some guys hand pinching the dress (or her ass?).

    Last night on WWHL, she said she’d had an implant in her upper lip. I never heard of something like that, but I have to wonder if she sued the surgeon. Surely she didn’t intend for it to stretch her mouth out like that? Plus she said she was in her 20s. Why would she need something like that in her 20s? And did she also have the bottom lip done? Because it is stretched out as much as the lower lip.

    And she says she’s not ready to do anything about it yet. Wonder why? Just fear of more bad plastic surgery? It is clear that she’s aware of how bad it looks.

  50. Had Enough! says:

    KADOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOZ TO LYNN on the Tabatha Coffey interview. That was terrific, Lynn!

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