IHJZ Top Chef All Stars / Mary Amons Visits Chicago!

I Hate Jill Zarin  Top Chef All Stars / Mary Amons Visits Chicago!

TOP CHEF -- Season:8 -- Pictured: (l-r) Spike, Richard, Casey, Tiffani, Dale L, Carla, Angelo, Antonia, Stephen, Fabio, Tre, Jamie, Mike, Elia, Jen, Dale T, Tiffany, Marcel -- Photo by: Matthias Clamer/Bravo

I continue to use the words, “All Stars” sparingly, the final four remaining chef’s are simply not the best of the best.  The best have already been eliminated for reasons unknown.  All Stars would have been a really great time for Top Chef producers to try a new elimination system of points or at the very least a second chance for the eliminated chef to return, sort of like Survivor’s Redemption Island.
But here we are with Richard, Mike, Antonia and Tiffany.  I think even these four chef’s are surprised at the final four.  But here they are in what we’ve been told again are the “Finals”.  I would think that “finals” by definition would mean it is the last competition, right?
The Quick Fire Challenge tonight is all about consistency.  This is a concept that Top Chef knows nothing about, but they’ve set the chef’s a task of preparing one hundred dishes in one hour. Two teams of two and the ladies pair up against the men. Their goal is for each plate to be exactly the same.
It seems as though these final chef’s are prompted and prodded to slam each other, do producers attempt to get them to say mean things about their competitors?  I think it is completely unnecessary but we have to listen to it anyway.  Mike can’t believe the ladies chose such a “simple” dish, Antonia tells us that the ladies dish is much harder to plate.  More talking head interviews about how horrible the other team is and we’re left with 196 plates served to guests and four random plates are given to two judges, Padma and Guest Judge Loraine Garcia.  Padma tells us that Ms. Garcia can be seen on NBC’s America’s Next Great Restaurant.
Both teams were applauded for their consistency and quality but the women win the challenge.  Sorry Mikey, you were wrong again, as Mikey dished up nasty comments, the ladies dished up a winning plate.
The Elimination Challenge took place at the Nassau Yacht Club where Padma greeted the final four chefs wearing a skimpy bikini, another completely unnecessary element in the show but I suppose if they’re trying to attract male viewers, that could do it.  Channeling Vicki and Donn from Orange County, the chef’s are to use Conch in their dish, a shellfish that most of the contestants have not worked with before.
Mike tells us that when he learned he was going to the Bahamas he researched the country’s cuisine and found they cook with a lot of Conch, therefore he did some experimenting with it back home.  Smart move Mikey!
Adding to the challenge, the chef’s are required to swim and catch their own Conch and cook on a sandy beach with only firewood and minimal supplies.  Fresh fish and vegetables are made available to the chef’s.
It was rather comical watching these four chef’s snorkeling and attempting to secure these Conch that were laying on the bottom of the ocean floor.  They all seemed to agree that they would need at least ten each, walking out of the ocean dripping wet and sandy, they all begin to cook on their open wood fire grills.
While cooking, Richard feels the need to call out to his fellow chef’s that he loves them, they all return the sentiment and then back to cooking.
The chef’s are preparing lunch for a about a dozen guests in celebration of the 80’s anniversary of the Nassau Yacht Club.  Luckily Padma didn’t dine in her bikini, all guests were dressed in white.
Three and a half hours of fishing and cooking time later, the judges and yacht club members sit down to eat.  The chef’s were all concerned about sand getting into their food but apparently did a great job of avoiding that as Head Judge, Tom Colicchio announced no sand was found in any of the dishes.
Mike Isabella prepared Grouper with pineapple and a warm Conch vinaigrette, apparently his foresight to practice cooking with Conch was a smart move because it won him this challenge.
Antonia prepared a seared Snapper that all agreed was very spicy, that pleased many of the guests who enjoy spicy foods but the judges seemed to think it was a bit too much for most people.  Her fish was inconsistently cooked, some was over cooked and other pieces were undercooked.
Richard, like a fish out of water without his gizmos and liquid nitrogen, complained of leg, back and arm pain.  A unique dish using Sweet Potato’s and somehow making them look, feel and taste like pasta kept Richard in the competition.  Probably the best remaining chef, Richard wasn’t portrayed on this episode as a cocky, over-confident thug as he had been in the past.  Possibly producers eased up on airing his nasty comments in an attempt to make him more likable.
Tiffany’s dish didn’t make the cut, while it was described as a “nice dish”, Chef Tom didn’t like the flavor profiles and she was sent to pack her knives and go….
In a season that promised judges like Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert, we’re not seeing either chef on a consistent basis, they were both sorely missed on this episode.
Another “Final” next week, maybe this will be the real final?  I don’t know why the people at Top Chef think that moving the contestants from one location to another qualifies as “Finals”, but I think we’re finally there.  Don’t forget to vote for Fan Favorite on Bravotv.com.  ( Tre, Tre, Tre!)  Voting closes on March 24, one week from today and the winner will be announced on Watch What Happens Live on March 30th.  (you can vote up to 80 times..yikes!)  If Tre wins, I’m taking full credit for his win…know that!

Yesterday I received a Direct Message on Twitter from Rich Amons of The Real Housewives of DC.  Husband of Mary Amons, Rich asked if I knew about Mary’s trip to Chicago today.  I had heard that she was coming to Chicago but for some reason I thought it was sometime in April.  Rich was kind enough to send me the invitation via email and while I didn’t know it was a private event by invitation only, I included the information in yesterday’s blog and on Twitter.
Since my only big plans for last night was to watch Top Chef and cook dinner for my family, I decided both could wait and recruited a friend to join me at the high-end, upscale shopping venue, 900 N Michigan Avenue, Chicago where Mary would be appearing.
Unseasonably beautiful weather in Chicago, Mary spent just the one day here to promote her Labels For Love charity.  She explained at the intimate cocktail party that she had purchased a beautiful silver necklace several years ago while on vacation and wore it on the show The Real Housewives of DC.  Mary told us that so many people had asked her about the necklace and where they could purchase one of their own, so she contacted the retail store but found out that the piece had been discontinued and the mold had been destroyed.
Mary explained to Christolf’s jewelers that many viewers of her show are interested in purchasing the necklace and had a brilliant idea.  Maybe she could work with the Jewelry store to create and sell the necklace in conjunction with her Charity, Labels For Love.  Christolf’s agreed and the rest, as they say, is history.
Mary’s Labels For Love is currently working with The Cancer Schmancer Foundation and their spokesperson, Fran Drescher who are dedicated to early detection and treatment of Cancer in women.
Mary was so sweet and it was a lovely evening, (capped off with a side trip to Bloomingdale’s) and I was able to help the cause with a purchase of the beautiful necklace.
Thank you to KookADoodleDo for this post:
KookADoodleDo says:

Love the necklace Lynn!
Lucky You to be able to meet up with Mary again.
I just found the link to purchase if anyone is interested:

Until Next Time….

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265 Responses to IHJZ Top Chef All Stars / Mary Amons Visits Chicago!

  1. boston02127 says:

    ♥** ღƸ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄ღ ღƸ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄ღ**♥☆ .. Erin Go Bragh .. ☆♥** ღƸ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄ღ ღƸ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄ღ**♥

    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone. I hope your day is great & blessed.
    Luv, Shanna

  2. MickeyMouth says:

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Great blog. Love the picture of you and Mary.
    Do you know if D.C. been renewed for a 2nd season?

    • LynnNChicago says:

      Still no word. Mary did tell me that Andy’s announcement of “No new Housewives series” was a surprise as she had a friend who was about to sign on as a Dallas Housewife but Bravo changed their minds about it.

      • DJ Loops Fruit says:

        dont forget Lynn they had changed thier minds about Miami before too
        things could change
        I have to say is it just me or does Mary look much prettier then she did on season 1 of dc
        and less stoned

      • Sha2000 says:

        Big mistake. Texas supports all things Texas in big way, they’d have every woman in TX watching the show.

  3. Blake says:

    So sad to see Tiffany Derry depart, though it was a bit expected. Kick me for saying it, but I think Mike Isabella is going to take home the title. His game is totally on:

    • DJ Loops Fruit says:

      it will be funny if its him and his cousin at the end
      that ought to make for great family get togethers

  4. KookADoodleDo says:

    Love the necklace Lynn!
    Lucky You to be able to meet up with Mary again.
    I just found the link to purchase if anyone is interested:

  5. HD says:

    Lynn, girl you are just making a name for yourself aren’t you? Special invites and everything! You go girl.

    I love the necklace. I love unusual stuff that everyone is not walking around with. Very nice.

  6. HD says:

    Top Chef-I knew Tiffany would not make it to the end. I am a little tired of soup. I think soup is such a easy thing to make while you have Richard making sweet potato noodles. I mean come on.

    Padma in a bikini-Damn! I seriously need to up my workouts! Sheesh!

  7. WindyCityWondering says:

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!
    Lynn, thanks for the double hitter today as well. Glad you got to see Mary Amon and participate in her charity. The necklace is beautiful.

    It wasn’t a surprise last night but still sad that Tiffany was asked to pack her knives.
    I wish the Richard from the Restaurant challenge would surface again. Whatever is going on in his personal life has really messed with him and it showed. Last night he just looked exhausted and sad, practically defeated.
    As for consistancy – I think the judges lack it more so than the chefs – first it was too much salt, now it is too sweet that they don’t like. Next week it looks like Wolfgang Puck and Morimoto will be guest judges – while I like guest judges, too many different ones with different culinary viewpoints seems unfair. It makes me wonder are they there for the “show” or do their opinions really carry enough weight to eliminate.

  8. California35 says:

    Lynn, good for you and thanks for sharing.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

  9. LynnNChicago says:

    Poll results, the “Other” votes are starting to get really funny! I love the vote for Ginger Zarin! lol

    Other Answer Votes
    kim richards 2
    Elsa 2
    Alex McCord 2
    bethenny 2
    none of them 1
    Kim Richards 1
    bethenny frankel 1
    the countess 1
    Taylor Armstrong 1
    Kim 1
    Ramona, caroline 1
    Jeanna 1
    None of them 1
    Maloof 1
    none, none, none 1
    Lynn Chicago 1
    Bethenny Frankel 1
    Ginger Zarin 1

  10. Sha2000 says:

    600,000 homes without electricity in Japan right now and in freezing temperatures and those are the lucky ones, many are on the street. We’ve sent 15 ships to help (15th arriving now) and there are 70 countries in all have promised to help; hopefully the relief starts to speed up. We are so lucky, in Hawaii they are rescuing sea birds instead of humans.

    • cdnfillie58 says:

      It’s heartbreaking for sure

    • mariareads says:

      Sha, this is on my minds every, single day since it happened. It’s horrible beyond anything I can imagine.

    • DJ Loops Fruit says:

      it is trully tragic and im so glad were doing what we can to help
      amazing that we did next to nothing during Katrina

  11. OneMoreInBoston says:

    ahhh…New Jersey does not fail to disappoint me with their tackiness. good times:

    “The show may be “Real,” but his home, apparently, is not.

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie yesterday suspended — and demanded the resignation of — the husband of one of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” from a water commission, saying he misled officials about his “real” residence.

    Christie said Albert Manzo, whose wife, Caroline, is a star of the reality show, had claimed in 2008 — when he was nominated to serve on the North Jersey Water District Supply Commission — that he lived in the Brownstone restaurant in Paterson, which he co-owns.

    In reality, Christie said, Manzo lives with his wife in Franklin Lakes, in a home featured in episodes of the Bravo reality show.

    Manzo maintains the Brownstone is his legal residence and he won’t resign.

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/gov_rips_housewives_hubby_uwTjSjBpiA4JgkORE6RxJI#ixzz1GrtmV0Iz

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Where is the logic/truth in your business is your residence? So now more taxpayer money has to be spent because the Manzos interpret the “law” differently? Resign Albert or move to Patterson, you are being a tool!

    • LavaLady says:

      Big article in my local paper about this today. Sorry, I don’t know how to post a link to it, but it is North Jersey Media.com. Gov. C. is cleaning house.

  12. MK Valle says:

    I get the feeling you don’t like this show at all. It’s a game, the winner will be best at the game, not necessarily the best chef. I do agree that the Finals have gone on too long, I think the season has gone on too long, which is probably why Bourdain and Ripert don’t appear very often, they have their “day jobs”. I thought it was nice to see Padma in a bikini…refreshing to see a woman on Bravo who does NOT have inflated balloons for breasts!

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      ITA – It is a game/contest and if your dish is bad you go home and everyone has an equal opportunity to win/lose. Seeing the chefs work/interact with each other/listening to their talking heads leads us to form opinions of the contestants and keeps us tuning in each week.

    • HD says:

      Shoot it was refreshing to see Padma in a bikini just to encourage me to keep with my working out regimen. I am gonna tell ya’ll about it later but I want to get a few weeks under my belt. I wanted to try something new.

      You are correct-This is game and even though someone might not be the best chef, they played the game, i.e. Mike “stealing” Rich’s chicken/oyster recipe. He played the game and won 5 grand. Rich didn’t play well by pulling out his books. DUH! Who shows your competition your recipes?

  13. LynnsFaceScaresMe says:

    Lynn, you are such an unattractive woman. Please, do us all a favor and STOP posting pictures of your ugly mug. Stop thinking you’re hot $hit because you think you have an “in” with the D-list Housewives.

    • boston02127 says:

      I think Lynn is beautiful inside and out. She’s a loving & caring and trustworthy person. Too bad you never got the chance to know her. Your loss.

    • Sha2000 says:

      And your IQ scares the rest of us LFSM!

    • PJ says:

      Oh Jill be nice.

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      ladies (and gentleman)- I’m afraid that the more successful that Lynn becomes, the more the hateful trolls will multiply.

      HD- what do you say? Throwing shade her way?

      In a way, I take it as a good sign- a sign that the more success that Lynn has- the more it will drive Jen Zen and Jill Zarin crazy.

      But maybe we need to go back to the dark trollie days of the past and revisit the “No Feeding the Trolls” rule? They exist only to try and provoke, to try and get a reaction. No reactions= no trolls.

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        No point in feeding a jealous blog/twitter addict who is fading off the radar. Simply said – LFSM is so ugly on the inside that it would not matter if she was beautiful on the outside!

        • Nancy says:

          But we all know that “she” isn’t beautiful on the inside
          OR the outside.
          Jill, it’s a holiday today, give your “staff” the day off for goodness sakes.

      • twoile says:

        @OMIB, ITA!!!!!!:)

    • DJ Loops Fruit says:

      so easy to make fun of someone when 1 no one knows who the hell you are and wtf YOU look like
      Lynn is as beautiful on the outside as she is on the inside
      ps stupid she doesnt think she has a in she DOES have one

      Jealous Jill ?

    • Cathy says:

      How JEALOUS do you sound !!!!!! Wow Maybe you can attend a haters meeting and dont read Lynns Blog if you dont want to see her stupid………

  14. LynnsFaceScaresMe says:

    Nope, no loss for me. Sorry, Boston. Agree to disagree.

    • Sha2000 says:

      I got to say that it’s quite cowardly to insult someone when your hiding behind a moniker. Why don’t you tell us your real name & what your beef is because making fun of someones face is infantile.

      • LynnsFaceScaresMe says:

        Ok, I’m sure your real name is Sha2000. I wasn’t making fun of Lynn, just saying she is an un-attractive woman.

        • Sha2000 says:

          It is. Those are my initials, my first name is Susan & everyone here knows that. Besides my moniker is not aimed at offending anyone, as is yours. Btw, what do you look like? Agents from Ford models banging down your door? Lol.

    • Rhetorica says:

      Hi Jill, it’s not what’s outside, it’s what’s inside too. Too bad you don’t know that.

      • LynnsFaceScaresMe says:

        That’s funny. It sounds like you are agreeing that Lynn is an ugly beast. LMAO! Awesome!
        Oh, and this is not Jill. Don’t you people ever stop thinking about her? Geez…get over it.

        • Rhetorica says:

          Don’t put words in my mouth; I can speak for myself. Lynn is a beautiful woman inside and out! We are very open minded on this blog and we disagree sometimes, but not in a hateful way. You’re welcome here as long as you tone down the rhetoric.

        • Cathy says:

          For those of us who enjoy Lynns blog u are just more to scroll thru to actually read intelligent peoples opinoins and those who see beauty . Please log off look in the mirror and judge that !!! Have a blessed St Patricks Day

      • Sha2000 says:

        Hi Rhetorica, how are you today? If I were Lynn I’d find out the IP address & if these on & off nasty posts are all coming from the same IP address I think they can be reported to the service provider for spamming. Whoever it is, is acting like a child, very very immature. If it is JZ I’d like to let her know that we don’t all “hate” her & she shouldn’t be so sensitive…it’s a blog name, that’s all.

        • Sha2000 says:

          Geez…why don’t you get over it? Scroll through the comments, a lot of topics are discussed here, you are assumptive & sound like a 12 year old.

          • LynnsFaceScaresMe says:

            Not assumptive. I was actually responding to what Rhetorica said”Hi Jill”.

          • Sha2000 says:

            I’m not having a good day, if you want to be an ass LFSM, bring it…I’m in the mood.

            • LynnsFaceScaresMe says:

              Get over it Sha. I wasn’t talking to you in the first place.

              • Sha2000 says:

                Too freaking bad because I talk your ear off until you either A: get it or B: go.

              • rabblerouser says:

                Wah…..you sound like a child.. “I wasn’t talking to you” . No one is forcing you to come here or post here so if you don’t want to see pictures of Lynne STAY AWAY. Can your feble mind grasp that.

                The rest of us will get to enjoying reading and seeing pictures of Lynne’s adventures.

            • Sha2000 says:

              You know what? I could care less about JZ either way. I found this blog by chance & the variety & quality of conversations held my interest…that said I do believe that either you are JZ or someone close to her. Let it go; I promise you no one here truly “hates” her, shes no more than a character on a tv show, like Wile e coyote.

        • Crisanna says:

          It doesn’t “sound” like JZ. It sounds more like that crazy lady from the other blog….RCH. The one that went pyscho on some other mothers giving her looks at PTA. I remember the video posted and she loved using the word “Awesome” like she’s 12. I teach high school and I hear that word all the time! It drives me crazy. LOL So it could be her or someone else with that childlike mentality. Everyone have an “awesome” day! LOL

          • Sha2000 says:

            There are some nasty people on that blog! I commented once that I thought criticizing Dina’s hair was low & they attacked me in numbers…huge jerks!

            • Crisanna says:

              Yeah, I try to stay on just the one blog now. Some of the issues people have are scary! I usually lurk and sometimes post because some people have no filter online.

            • LavaLady says:

              Quite a few people from this blog post over at RCH as well. I enjoy her Teen Mom blogs. It is not always nasty over there, but I do agree with you, at times it can get really, really, truly, truly, authentically out of hand.

              • Sha2000 says:

                She had blogged that there was a bump in Dinas hair that the flat iron missed but she said it in a catty way & I called it out and pointed out that it was silly. Whew! They were on me like white on rice, including two regulars that come here often (but not lately); needless to say I no longer reply to their comments when I see them.Btw I think it’s good to give an opinion, positive or negative, but making fun of someones face like above is just low class and stupid.

                • LavaLady says:

                  I agree Sha, LFSM is following the usual modus operandi. Come to the blog, make an outrageous comment, hang around long enough to cause some upset, then flee.

                  I love this blog and all the posters because you can disagree, but not get nasty. Even if it gets heated, all is usually forgotten by the next day and the next topic. But you are awesome for defending Lynn and this blog. Awesome is the word of the day.

                  • Sha2000 says:

                    Thanks LL, yes some times people argue here but as long as your intention was not to spread malice (like LFSM tried). all is good.

                • Nancy says:

                  What’s wrong with Lynn’s face? I think she’s pretty.

          • LavaLady says:

            I think you are right, Cris. Sounds like her, and she would be jealous of Lynn’s success, since JS is a professional blogger and Lynn is a hobby blogger.

          • quincyil says:

            I think it is great that Lynn had this opportunity and Mary Amons seems to be working hard to brink notice and donations to her charity.

            • quincyil says:

              bring notice…. that was not awesome.

              • LavaLady says:

                Mary A. is awesome! And so is Lynn, and so is Qunicy, and so is Sha!

                • quincyil says:

                  LOL…. I enjoy discussing the shows and listening to opinions here.

                  I am not going to let anyone rain on my St. Pat’s parade today.

                  • Sha2000 says:

                    Any plans today Q? I’m defiantly making corned beef & all the fixings. Best part is that only half of us eat it in this house, meaning more for me but two dinners to cook 🙂

                    • quincyil says:

                      I just got home from work. Mom and I are going for a walk. She is cooking dinner tonight.

                      It’ s warm and sunny.

              • Crisanna says:

                I agree. I love that it was for charity. I am glad that Lynn was able to blog about it and raise awareness for Labels for Love.

            • Sha2000 says:

              Yes Quincy. She could have been selling her jewelery just as all the other HW’s seem to have some product they are pushing, Mary chose to donate first. Brava to her.

              • Sha2000 says:

                You too Lava Lady!

                • HD says:

                  I am glad Lynn keeps getting invited to stuff. She must be doing something right. With any exposure, it is par for the course that will people will come out of the woodwork to talk about you. You don’t have to draft anyone, they will volunteer. I admire that Lynn is able to dust her shoulders off and keep it moving. If you actually take the time to make up a name, get online, read a blog and post a comment, then you are allowing Lynn to live rent free in your head.

                  • Sha2000 says:

                    Good point as usual HD and I do think LFSM is a wee bit jelious : ) of Lynn and thus the childish insult.

                    • quincyil says:

                      The wearing of the green…

                    • Sha2000 says:

                      Lol, yes green! You know it’s not worth it not a second. I was just saying to my husband on the phone that after losing my friend a few weeks back I have a new apprication for look at the big picture & letting go of the small things. We are really so lucky in so many ways, aren’t we?

        • Rhetorica says:

          Doing fine. How was your outing? BTW for our “guest” poster, my real name is Karen

  15. quincyil says:

    Did you know that leprecauns take over cyberspace on St. Pat’s day and if you catch one, you get a pot of gold?

    • Sha2000 says:

      Caught one!

      But I’ll take the young Sean Connery instead, lol!

      • Sha2000 says:

        Aw, my 8 year old is begging that I make the CB & c already lol!

        • LavaLady says:

          I’d love to have a nice slice of soda bread right now. No one around her can make it correctly.

          • Sha2000 says:

            LL. no one makes it right anywhere any more! Either too cakey & not a true bread or too sweet & no seeds. I guess it’s something we have to make ourselves which in my case means it will never be made.

            • LavaLady says:

              When I lived in CA my neighbor was from Ireland, and she made the best soda bread and scones. Around here it is too crumbly, falls apart when cut.

              I don’t know how to make it.

          • Rabble Rouser says:

            I’m making Irish Stew, if I had the time I would make some wheaten bread (I’m a Belfast girl)…then DH are going to the local pub for a drink and to hear some Irish music.

            MIL got me a shirt for today but it must be a mens cut because it looks so boxy on me. I will need to find something else to wear.

            • Zoey says:

              RR, what exactly is in an Irish stew? I always thought it was like a beef stew- potatoes and carrots. Share the secrets!

            • PJ says:

              Well no wonder we clash. You just can’t put two Irish people together without there being a disagreement.

      • quincyil says:

        I love this…. When I was young, I was afraid of leprecauns, but now I would like to catch one and get that pot of gold.


      • Adgirl says:

        That looks like a tiny Burger King dude. LOL.

      • DJ Loops Fruit says:

        dont forget it was the young sean connery that was abusive to women and said he didnt think there was anything wrong with hittiong one
        visually stunning yes esp in the film Marnie
        but not such a nice guy

        • Sha2000 says:

          Had no idea DJ.

          • DJ Loops Fruit says:

            I know that most people either forget about Him saying things like that or are too young to have ever read it
            it was a long time ago i only hope for his sake he grew out of that way of thinking

  16. Sha2000 says:

    Just read your comment above Quincy, no more room north of here on this thread. Glad that it’s finally warm & sunny and that you and your mom are having a beautiful day. Glad you are finally in spring up there,

    Enjoy it ,

    • quincyil says:

      I am going to a fundraiser for the people of Japan this Sat. No matter how hard we have it sometimes, you should just think about others who need your help and ignore the small things.

      I am so happy that Lynn has these opportunities and that she shares the experiences with us. If a Real Housewife ever comes to Quincy, IL. I will go and tell you all about it too. I don’t think you all should hold your breath until this happens though.


      • Sha2000 says:


      • Nancy says:

        I would love to go over to Japan to help with the medical care.
        If anyone hears of a group doing this please let me know. I feel so helpless just sitting here I can’t stand it.

        • Sha2000 says:

          Nancy did you contact Doctors without borders? I be willing to bet the are there and need additional staff. If not they could tell you who is looking. I don’t have their link but you can google. Very kind of you!

  17. Olivia says:

    Wow! I can’t believe that someone like LFSM can actually find her way onto a blog she obviously dislikes and post that stuff. Does she not realize that the discussions here, and on other like minded blogs, are built around “make believe people” leading “make believe lives” in a “make believe storyline” that bears few traces of reality?

    I could not care less who Lynn mingles with. Good for her! If it makes her feel good then what is the problem? She has said repeatedly that we are free to discuss and criticize as long as we are polite to one another. And as far as I can tell, this rule has for the most part been honored. Those who refused to comply have been asked to leave. The problem is that there is a contingent who take all things “Housewives” to the extreme. They become so personally invested with one “star” or another that they begin to attack those on the board who see them a little differently and all hell breaks loose.

    Where Lynn may get “a kick” out of rubbing elbows with some of these ladies they get a chance to “sell” their product via the blog. A mutual consideration on both sides.

    LFSM is just another example of someone who is unable to separate fact from fiction. When taking “Housewives” this seriously one needs to perhaps “get a life” of their own.

    • Sha2000 says:

      Exactly Olivia, that’s why I said :

      “Let it go; I promise you no one here truly “hates” her, shes no more than a character on a tv show, like Wile e coyote.”

      Speaking of the devil, look who dropped by below:)

    • LynnsFaceScaresMe says:

      What are you even talking about? My comment was geared towards Lynn’s beastly face. It had nothing to do with Housewives. I told her to “stop thinking she’s hot $hit because she thinks she has an IN with D-List Housewives”. I can give a $hit about a Housewife.

      • LavaLady says:

        That’s a pretty dress you’re wearing.

      • Olivia says:

        Obviously you have a lot of time on your hands if all you do is run all over cyberspace “critiquing” pictures of bloggers. That must be some “hobby” you have going for you!

        And why should it bother you in the first place? This is what is puzzling. Did it make you feel superior? Made the world a better place today with your comments? Caused a surge of pride in your psyche?

        Because other than a mean spirited, unwarranted attack on another human being I can see nothing uplifting about taking the time to slime someone whose blog you chose to invade.

      • Sha2000 says:

        How would you know what Lynn’s thinking? There was NOTHING in her remarks that indicated that she thought she was “hot $hit”. LFSM, it’s all in your jealous mind.

      • Noreen says:

        Jealous are we?

      • PJ says:

        Oh Jill isn’t there a chapter in your book about being nice, there should be? You know Jill you aren’t the most attractive person in the world and in case no one has told you……………..you are a d-list housewife, the d-listiest. Now come on take some bran and a few prunes, you’ll fell better soon.

    • cdnfillie58 says:

      I guess I’m behind on things…what and/or who is LFSM?

  18. LynnsFaceScaresMe says:

    Damn, you’s all figured me out. I am super jealous! Or, to be festive today, let’s just say I’m green with envy!

  19. OneMoreInBoston says:

    crap- posted this in the wrong place upthread:

    ladies (and gentleman)- I’m afraid that the more successful that Lynn becomes, the more the hateful trolls will multiply.

    HD- what do you say? Throwing shade her way?

    In a way, I take it as a good sign- a sign that the more success that Lynn has- the more it will drive Jen Zen and Jill Zarin crazy.

    But maybe we need to go back to the dark trollie days of the past and revisit the “No Feeding the Trolls” rule? They exist only to try and provoke, to try and get a reaction. No reactions= no trolls.

    • HD says:

      Definitely throwing shade and lots of it!

      • OneMoreInBoston says:

        what’s the opposite? throwing light?

        Lynn! I am throwing light atcha baby! Catch it quick!

    • quincyil says:

      I agree. Ignore.

    • Crisanna says:

      Aww. But it was so much fun to play with it! You’re right of course. I was just having fun on my day off. I think I will go enjoy the beautiful day instead!

      • Olivia says:

        Sometimes it is difficult to just ignore hateful comments.

        Back to lurking and getting some things done in my own house that needs a thorough Spring cleaning.

        • HD says:

          Sometimes I am not gonna ignore that bullshyt either! I am not going to be nice about it. I am not in the best of moods and this person picked the right damn day!

          • quincyil says:

            Well, Lassie, you know you are Irish today. You can’t run away from that. It’s never too early to start the celebration.

    • girlygirlnyc says:

      I totally agree. If someone sounds like they’ve had too much green beer, ignore them!

      An Irish Blessing for us all on St. Patty’s day:

      May those who love us, love us; and those who don’t love us, may God turn their hearts; and if He doesn’t turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles so we’ll know them by their limping.

    • Nancy says:

      Who is Jen Zen?

  20. Mimisfbay says:

    Happy St Patrick’s Day! It is a gorgeous day and I hope that you all celebrate with C,B &C. Oh, and find some good Irish Soda Bread. My sister makes the best.

    Oh, the final, final of the finals is coming? Geez, this has been a long season. I was so sad to see Tiffani leave but she admitted that she was competing against chefs with training. I just love her and was hoping for a win. Sadly they are judging them on the dish they present. Okay, T’s decision to put a ceviche on top of a soup…not sure why you would want to do that. I am so tired of Richard and Mike and hope that Antonia cleans their clocks next week.

    Lynn, congrats on the invite! So glad that you got one of the necklaces and that the money went to a great cause. The troll? Urgent message for troll “Please return to your bridge”

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      I have always liked Antonia and hope she wins too. Richard needs to get his nice back and Mikey just needs to go. But I’m guessing Richard goes next week and then it will be a “family feud finale”.

  21. Adgirl says:

    Happy Green Day!!

    My Irish son is in NY celebrating. Poor kid cannot have beer because he has severe gout. I hope he has fun anyway.

    • quincyil says:

      I suspect my sons will have green beer. Last year, my husband and I were in Chicago and the river was very green. At night, our hotel had a band that played Irish music. People were dressed up in the streets and everyone had smiles on their faces.

      Hey Lynn! Are ye goin’ to a pub tonight?

  22. Adgirl says:

    Top Chef.

    Wow Richard is cracking up. I read that his new restaurant “Flip” flopped (heh.) and closed after only 6 months. It probably cost him a bundle. I think it shook his confidence. He seems a little desperate to win. I am surprised at his negative talking head comments. He comes off as arrogant on top of everything.
    Mike was not my favorite during Las Vegas at all. However he seems to have learned and grown as a chef from that experience.
    Antonia is still tha dark horse. She is steadier this season. Not a flashy chef but very focused and consistant.

    I’m happy for Tiffany that she made it this far. She should be proud. She said she is self taught. Wow. Just think how she would do with a culinary school education.

    I hate Padma. How dare she look so amazing after having a baby. Her legs are taller that my entire body.

    The Atlantis resort looks a little cheesy and run down.

    • Hi Adgirl!
      I just got back (yesterday) from the Atlantis resort,
      and I can assure you that it is in no way cheesy, or
      run down!
      I was surprised that they used the kitchen of that one
      restaurant(not the best) for filming….they have
      a Nobu there as well as Bobby Flays Mesa grill, so
      using the kitchen of the crappiest restaurant there
      was somewhat surprising. Not a smart move for the
      It was funny that you said that, ’cause I made
      a comment about it to my husband last night!

      • Adgirl says:

        Thanks for your update. Can’t believe you just got back from there! I’m glad to know Atlantis is lot nicer than we see on TC.

        Lucky you having a romantic trip!

  23. shamrockblonde says:

    Happy St. Patrick’s day everyone!! – thanks Lynn for the blog much appreciated – I still want Richard to win as I truly beleive that he is the best chef, attitude or not – being under pressure affects everyone differently -and corned beef and cabbage is not a traditional Irish dish – it was something that the Irish ate when they first came to America because it was all that they could afford – true Irish fare would be some form of lamb – both of which I do not like!! – as for Irish sodabread, my Dad’s Mom taught all of her children – all nine of them – how to make the BEST Irish soadabread so my Dad would make it for us each year – so so yummy!!! – now my brother tries to make it and while it is very good, it is just not Dad’s – but that might be more about me missing my Dad than my brother’s cooking – as for me – I only cook for my enemies – I would never wish to make my loved ones sick!!! – honestly, if I told you some of my cooking adventures you would all swear that I made it up – sadly, ’tis all true!!!

    May you alway walk in sunshine.
    May you never want for more.
    May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door

    something my Grandmother would say as we were leaving after a visit – when I was very little I would sometimes run to the front door in the morning hoping to catch a glimpse of those wings – *hugs the entire board*

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Thank you for sharing such sweet memories – have the best day!

    • LynnNChicago says:

      Sorry but MY Dad makes the best Irish Soda Bread! 🙂 LOL

      My folks (now retired) owned an Irish Import Store and Fresh Bakery and around St. Patrick’s day he supplied Soda Bread to every restaurant on the North Side of Chicago (ok well almost every restaurant)

      Happy St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock!!!

      • PJ says:

        I thought you couldn’t get Irish Soda Bread in the US that tasted as good as it is in Ireland. I’ve never found any. To bad I can’t try your Dad’s.

  24. Who wants to chat with Jill? She is lonely! LOL

    Jillzarin: Ok..where are my tweeps? Go to ustream.com type in JILL ZARIN and watch commercial then talk to me! LIVE! You see me and then chat. Come!

    Jillzarin: I’m lonely..come chat with me now on ustream.com

  25. rabblerouser says:

    Shar, I think I will raise a glass to you tonight

  26. sss says:

    In my opinion it was a stupid and contrived elimination challenege. At this point I would rather see each chef cook something drawn from their own imagination and talent rather than diving for conch and cooking on a sandy beach

  27. OneMoreInBoston says:

    okay- I don’t understand a word of Japanese- but this made me get a lil misty eyed:

    • Sha2000 says:

      Oh! Poor thing is hungry …very sad, from the homes to the cat.

      • OneMoreInBoston says:

        I know s/he’s hungry- but the cat MADE IT! Look at the damage in that house- in the village- in the country- and the little guy made it. Symbol of hope.

    • overaggression says:

      Admit that I am rusty. She talks about the experience a little, then she is returning to her home for the first time since the tsunami. The room with the tree through the window was her dining room. That is her cat and she is certainly surprised that her cat Nan-Chan has survived.

      • Sha2000 says:

        Thank you, I was going to have a friend translate tomorrow, and I glad I didn’t have to wait. That cat was surely telling her what happened and that he’s happy to be reunited.

  28. NYCer says:

    Last night, JZ posted this:
    I have been so busy I forgot to tweet.still going thru 400 emails in inbox. Not looking forward to when show starts. It’s become a curse.
    about 16 hours ago

    This morning, she blamed that tweet on ambien. Must have got some well-deserved criticism in the meantime. The champion self-promoter calls the show a “curse.”

    IHJZ, still.

    • I cracked up when I saw that tweet. She must have received some nasty email or Bravo gave her the first episode of RHONY and she is upset about how she comes across. LOL

      • Noreen says:

        Jill comes across that way because that is who the witch is all the time. She cannot turn it off. I am so glad that I have such amazing friends in my life.

        • quincyil says:

          Sometimes, she turns on people. Look at her reaction to Alex at the Season Three Reuinion and how she treated Bethenny. I think every thought that enters Jill’s head pours out, We all get frustrated, she shares with people times 125,000.

          • WindyCityWondering says:

            Jill had two faces – nice for Bethenny and ugly for Alex at the reunion. Why would she expect Bethenny to want to be her friend while she was down right nasty to Alex all in the same breathe???

      • Zoey says:

        I was wondering if the househo’s (hehe) get to see the full episodes before they are aired. Anyone know?

        By the way, what is ‘$hit’??? Lol. Does that mean one’s poop has monetary value? That it is made of gold?

  29. skogsstig says:

    Haven’t had to time to read yet – BUT:

    Saint Patrick was a gentleman,
    Who through strategy and stealth,
    Drove all the snakes from Ireland,
    Here’s a toasting to his health.
    But not too many toastings
    Lest you lose yourself and then
    Forget the good Saint Patrick
    And see all those snakes again.

    ‘Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!’
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  30. DJ Loops Fruit says:

    i think the best thing to do with that troll is just not reply to anything it says
    it will get bored and go away

  31. Nancy says:

    I’m watching a rerun of OC Housewives right now and I can’t help but scream at the TV. Jim just gave Alexis a “7 C” neckless for “what ever”? Could you imagine being one of the many that Jim screwed over when he filed chapter 7 on? How can these dirtbags
    sleep at night. And how does Bravo find these people? Are these the type Bravo thinks we should look up to? Why do we watch this crap? I feel I should see Bethenny’s “shrink” to find out. Any insight? Help!!!!!!!!!!

  32. ches says:

    If you just ate, don’t look at this.
    Although it’s odd how some things fit perfectly, yet are at the same time weirdly bizarre.


  33. LynnNChicago says:

    Live chat: Bethenny Frankel on staying fit and healthy – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com http://bit.ly/eSLOT8

  34. LynnNChicago says:


    Rich Amons just tweeted me:


    @LynnNChicago @maryamons You put the all the cheffies pictures b4 my picture?? Padma- no issues, but chef’s???? Et tu Lynn Et Tu??

  35. LynnNChicago says:

    Jill Zarin

    On Thursday 17th March 2011, @Jillzarin said:

    Too much ambien!! Never work past taking one. I post tweets and comments then dont remember

    This will be Jill’s next great excuse for everything she says on the Internet….geeze, she never runs out of em..

  36. error404 says:

    sorry Ladies

    watching my girl Kathy Griffin on Bravo and LOVING IT! lol

  37. error404 says:

    ok, I predict I will not be watching “Pregnant in Heel”. WTF!?!! Are they serious? Has Bravo become “come laugh at ridiculous women TV”?

      • Sha2000 says:

        Been there and done that baby stuff already. New moms don’t even have time to watch, who’s their target audience?

        • HD says:

          Right! What is their target audience? I guess they think we are just going to buy into anything. New moms that happen to be rich, that dont know what to do with a baby. Okay. This is just ridiculous and quite honestly would probably just piss me off. Most new moms just figure it out or ask family or close friends. Sheesh!

          Lynn/Quincy please do not write about this show. 🙂

  38. Anne says:

    No one has a right to call another unattractive. It is her blog and she can post her own pictures all over the place.

  39. sweet pea says:

    Lynn, Thank you for the recaps. You are a wonderful writer and absolutely adorable on top of that! Kala

  40. Sha2000 says:

    Who caught 30 Rock? Total homage to the HW’s, hysterical. If you haven’t seen it look for it online.

    • FlowerPower says:

      ITA! Soooo funny. Loved the psychics!

      • Sha2000 says:

        They had it down, from the way she held her cig to the ugly sweater! So many subtle jokes too, you’d have to be a huge Bravo fan (like all of us here) to get the jokes. Thats why I love 30 Rock, kinda like private jokes every week.

  41. error404 says:

    ok, why exactly would I want to watch Tamra take bath with her new bf?

    • Sha2000 says:

      No more perverse than watching Teresa plunk down over 100k down on tacky furniture that she couldn’t afford or listen to Kim & the Countess screech some awful tune. They know we love a train wreck.

    • HD says:

      I don’t mind watching her with her man (I am sure much won’t be shown) but that look on Tamara’s face was like she was going to dislodge her jaw and swallow Eddie whole. LOL!

  42. Sha2000 says:

    Okay as I said I’m not huge Kathy Griffith fan but I loved her line, “we don’t need guns we have sarcasm”.

    • vilzvet says:

      I hadn’t seen that one before, sha, thanks, maybe because it was on msnbc and I’ve been watching cnn mostly (Anderson Cooper is still over there). I have watched many others on youtube, they are all incredible to see.

    • Laura says:

      Words cannot even begin to describe the emotions that I felt watching that video. I can’t even imagine living through something like that.

      Its been about 5 minutes since I watched it and I still have goosebumps. Wow.

      • Sha2000 says:

        I know I almost lost it when that woman was crying. My friend passed away two weeks ago, she was Japanese…I worry for her family there who just suffered her loss and now this huge loss in their country. They are safe in the south but it’s got to be emotionally tolling especially since the loss of their daughter/sister is so new. Another Japanese friend had tears in her eyes when she told me her family is also safe in the west but she never imagined it to happen to her country and to see it hurts.

  43. Savannah001 says:

    Hi everyone, I have a question for Lynn or quincy and everyone.

    I’m very curious, I watched the video preview’s of the New York ladies and also on TV and at some point Jill says oh my F***ing God does anyone know why and what shes talking about?

    • quincyil says:

      I saw the clip. I don’t think anyone knows what she is addressing other than the reality stars and Bravo.

      They say that they started filming Sept 28. Jill and Bobby were on a trip to Australia at that point. Then we found out that earlier, a late summer party at Jill’s rented Hampton’s house on the beach was filmed for the show. Wikipedia has a description of episode one. Jill invited Bethenny and Bethenny said, “No.” Something happens in the discussion of this issue at the party. Ramona and Kelly go for a walk on the beach to discuss it. The clip of Kelly making a sand angel shows a small dog that looks like Ramona’s dog so that clip may be from that walk. Ramona and Kelly discuss Bethenny on that walk.

      My thought is someone talked to Bobby about Jill’s behaviors. My own guess is that person was Simon. I have an online article that sounds like Jill gave the information as she is quoted. Then, the statement is made that a “housewife” came between her and Bobby.

      In the clip from bravo.com where Ramona throws herself on the bed, Jill demands and apology. I think that Ramona joined in with Simon against Jill. Ramona has stood up to Jill from day one, but Ramona only stand tall for a while and then she retreats under Jill’s cannon fire.

      We all remember the vile comment that Jill made about Alex’s photograph and Simon’s hotel hall way. Is it a coincidence that Simon left that job weeks after the reunion aired, but had a Augh 26th date that he officially left the employment for a Internet media position that seems to mean his is able to twitter all day long and be filmed by Bravo and bravotv.com for a web series?

      I think Jill finally got her wish. She had Simon fired. She tried with the falling down drunk comment in the beginning of season two with the article in “Page Six.”

      I think the cast members blame Jill for Bethenny leaving the show. Jill will want to say that Bethenny left because of Kelly on Scary Island. I think Ramona, Alex and Bethenny think that Jill was manipulating Kelly behind the scenes with those phone calls and telling Kelly that she shouldn’t go without the protection of Jill. I have a feeling that Ramona says what they were thinking and what a lot of us think about Jill and Kelly’s relationship.

      Remember that the reunion aired in July and this party happed a couple of months later. There was little to no interaction between cast member in those two months. Ramona tweeted that she had had a 30 minute conversation with Jill at one point. Remember too that Simon and Alex the after book signing party with members of this blog. Jill in incensed by the name of this blog, yet Alex and Simon had fun with people were the anti Team Jill leader who writes this blog.

      Cindy Barstop says that the battle is between the blondes and the brunettes, but I don’ think she includes herself. I think she tried to say that the pecking order is wrong. The Countess and Sonja are out there already saying that the pecking order is the way it is. At one point, Jill has a fight with Cindy. My guess is Cindy sees what is going on and she says this is wrong. That sends Jill Zarin in to a rage. How could a new person say anything to Jill Zarin? My guess is this is the way Jill Zarin will react.

      I know for a fact that Jill wanted this season to return to the light comedy of season one. She states that in a taped interview where she also discusses her real estate genius in Las Vegas where you can make money unlike real estate in Manhattan. I think the feeling of Alex are not addressed by a simply, “I am sorry,” from Jill Zarin. Jill Zarin likes to wipe the slate clean when it comes to her past actions. If she says, “I am sorry,” at Sachs, that is a slate wiping event.

      When you have taken the hits that Simon and Alex have taken, you probably want a degree of revenge. They might not look at it this way, but all of my soothsayer skills tell me that this is true.

      Someone has to be the foil to Jill Zarin. The foil has to be strong enough to stand up to her. Alex gets hives and she is unable to stand up to Jill Zarin consistently. My soothsayer prediction is that Ramona and Simon will stand up to Jill Zarin. I think Ramona is emotional and going through menopause so she will falter. She will be on that bed in Morocco sobbing. Simon is intelligent . It’s my guess that Simon will be that “housewife.” Simon will rise in status this season and play a major role in the show.

      So on New Year’s Eve, Jill Zarin goes to Aruba and she she wants to address Lynn Hudson. Jill Zarin directly asks Lynn Hudson, “What will you do if Simon comes to my side?” I believe Simon does go to Jill’s side in the show. We, here at IHJZ, will be thrown under the bus in the name of Season Five of “The Real Housewives of New York City.” Anyone who defended Alex and the way she has been treated for three seasons will be in shock. It’s all about money and being able to stay on the show for Simon. I don’t think Alex wanted this to happen. I just don’t think Alex is strong enough to remain the foil of Jill Zarin in this show. I actually think no one is strong enough to stand up to Jill Zarin on the show. We know someone and we will stand with her.

      These are my personal opinions which are based on months of research of the fourth season and what I have noticed after studying the behavior of these cast members of this reality show. I think the viewers won’t like any of the cat members at the end of season four. I think we will go down into the Rabbit Hole with Alice and Jill Zarin, the Red Queen. Jill Zarin will shout, “Off with Their Heads!” and we will laugh at her and freely write out opinions on this board. There is nothing Jill Zarin can say or do to stop us.


      • Olivia says:

        I disagree slightly with your review where it concerns Simon.

        From the beginning of the series it was quite clear that Simon, unlike either Bobby or Mario, craved the spotlight. He made sure that he was included in almost every scene that involved Alex. Shopping, cooking, kid time, parties, fashion shows, even “Girls Night Out”. Simon wanted in. Rarely did we see that much exposure given over to Bobby or Mario.

        I doubt Simon resigned from his job based on whatever Jill had to offer. He did so with the intent that he could devote more time to a “starring role” on this series which seems to have encouraged him to seek out a Twitter account and tweet away while offering “assistance” to Alex’s protagonist, Kelly.

        Simon is doing exactly what he set out to do: become a “star” in his own right. Alex, whom I consider to be the closest to “normal”, is his ticket to whatever “fame” he sees in his future.

        Though I was never a fan of Simon, the outfit he chose to wear to Bethenny’s renewal, a skirt over his suit trouser, sealed the deal for me: Simon is an all around “twit” who seeks and basks in the attention! Almost on the same level as Jill.

        I am sure we will be treated to more scenes of Simon acting as the “devoted spouse” and getting his share of talking head shots along the way this upcoming season.

        Simon is seeking a “break out” role for himself in my opinion. An upcoming scene from Season 4 features Alex sitting on his lap feeding him grapes. Enough already!

        • WindyCityWondering says:

          IMO – Simon has always wanted the opportunity of a spin off with Alex/family. And I do believe that Jill will try to take Alex down (with LuAnn) and Ramona/Sonja try to neutralize Kelly (who Jill also controls) and to stay out of a battle with Jill.
          Bethenny leaving gives Jill an advantage – will she make herself nice (redeemed) or remain mean girl queen. Honestly, Cindy doesn’t have much of a choice – its either align with Jill or be marginalized (pecking order) in a blonde vs brunette war (unlike Sonja last year who tried to remain neutral by saying she didn’t know anyone and was getting to know them).

          • quincyil says:

            Jill will try to make a come back, but with Bravo playing seasons one, two and three, how can we forget her actions and words of the past.

            I think that the concept of “pecking order” will play a signficant role. The Countess discusses it with Alex while insulting Alex’s heels and Cindy says it in an interview on tape at bravotv.com.

            It’s all about survival in Brooklyn and Manhattan where money rules over frienships and the idea that “I am higher on the social strata than your are” reigns.

        • quincyil says:

          He has a break out status. I will be writing about his bravotv.com web series. I believe this is a test to see how popular Simon and Alex are. Bravo filmed the family in Brooklyn doing family things.

          I thought Alex was worried about the total family income when she lost her job at Victoria Secrets. Bravo can not be trusted. I don’t think any of the Bravo stars feel secure. They know they can be fired for not producing drama. I don’t think Simon would quit a good job to be an “extra” in season four when you don’t know if there is going to be a season five.

          The owners of the boutique hotel have taken hits from Jill Zarin before. I believe that they took a look at those photos and found that Jill Zarin was right about the place the photos were taken. Jill Zarin has been in the van Kempen home and she knows that home. I think she gossips behind the scenes and probably knew that the photos were taken at his hotel during the season one reunion when Jill and the Countess (who undresses for tv series now) acted as if they were above nude photos and Bethenny who has a film history of showing her breasts sat quietly letting Alex go down in flames.

          I’m sure Simon doesn’t want us to think that his choice to leave the hotel had anything to do with Jill Zarin, but if I was an owner of an expensive hotel in Manhattan and my manager took photos that were discussed on a reality show, I would discuss changes with that manager.

          What kind of work does Simon do right now? He is on twitter all of the time. He went on the booktour with Alex and the kids. That is part time employment. Simon has decades in the hotel industry.

          I think the loss of Alex’s job scared them. Simon worked very hard at his job. I can’t imagine he would walk from that income willingly during these economic times.

          • WindyCityWondering says:

            Simon knows he has to have a job/career that Jill can not destroy – he has a family to support. Saying Jill caused his exit from the hotel would not be in his family’s best interest. IMO, Jill does alot of behind the scenes gossip/rumor spreading and sometimes it works (Simon’s job) and sometimes it doesn’t (Bethenny no filiming with her).

            • quincyil says:

              Absolutely, if Simon was fired, he would not want this information to be public. The hotel would not want that publicity either. It would be in the best interest of Simon and the hotel to quietly part ways.

              If you look at the time frame, you can see why I wonder about the fact that he decided to leave so closely to the reunion being shown on national TV and the firm statement by Jill Zarin about the hotel Hallway and those photos. Jill Zarin had a slam dunk, in my opinion, and Simon, “the falling down drunk,” is no longer working for the hotel.

          • Olivia says:

            Simon is doing what they all do: striking while the iron is hot.

            Season 3 brought in high ratings. Why not take a chance on a future as a celeb which is the path he has been on since Season 1?

            He did not seem to have much difficulty securing another “job” by hitching up as a “social network” pundit so I assume those “irons” were in the fire before he resigned from the hotel.

            Jill had nothing to do with his resignation as much as this is what Simon saw for himself. As for being Jill’s “underdog”, I think he is capable of “smoozing” up to anyone who will fulfill his own ambitions.

            It’s all in the contract before they sign on the dotted line.

            • quincyil says:

              Olivia, after this show what potential do any of these housewives have? They aren’t actors who will go on to a new role. This is it and this show has a definite lifespan. Bethenny and Jason know this, they told us that you have do do it now. Bethenny has more potential for success than Simon and Alex. Alex signed a modeling contract, but how many 40 year old models are out there? That job was based on the free advertising the modeling agency could get from Alex’ stardom on Bravo. That contract will be gone when Bravo ends the show.

            • OneMoreInBoston says:

              Olivia- I agree with you but am not bothered by it.

              Simon- to his credit- has not been “mean” to anyone the way that Jill has.

              Perhaps he is annoying in his quest for stardom, but it *appears* as though he and Alex are doing it without crushing or throwing others under the bus.

              • Olivia says:

                I am not suggesting that Simon is not a good father and husband, or that he is anywhere near Jill’s level of meaness.

                What I am saying is that Simon is no different than many of these people who sign onto a “reality show” and begin to see a future based on little if any talent.

                Taken into account of all the mean things that were said by all the cast members for the past 3 seasons, it makes sense why they would continue to take the grief handed out to them if they felt they had a chance for bigger and better success.

                Not one cast member has ever been complimentary to either one of them. Jill, Ramona, LuAnn, even Bethenny, are on record as having made some pretty scurillous remarks about them.

                It was only in Season 3 when Alex essentially “fought back” that any real attention was paid to them. Up until then the rumors were floating that Alex would have to “drum up the drama” in order to be asked back. She delivered.

                But I doubt if I saw myself, my wife, my children ridiculed week after week for 3 seasons in a row would I want to continue unless there were other considerations present to force me to stay onboard a series that allowed this portrayal.

                The adjectives used by the other cast members to describe them would make any reasonable person want to throw in the towel out of a sense of self worth.

                They chose not to. And it is not up to Bravo or anyone else to consider the lifestyle they chose for themselves as a consideration of why they remain.

              • quincyil says:

                I don’t think Alex is like Jill at all.

                Do I think Simon is capable of throwing someone under a bus? Absolutely, I think Simon can do it. I think he hits back on Jill on camera with his comments in his home with Alex and at renewal ceremonies, he hit her in the press with the Long Island comment, and in articles.

                Jill is really bothered by some things on the net. I think Simon isn’t above hiding in cyberspace to hit Jill Zarin.

      • housewifeaddict says:

        Very interesting analysis. I’ve got a “destroyer/manipulator” in my life right now. She is willing to do anything to show that she is “right” that she spreads lies and fear throughout the entire organization she works for. People stand up to her, she files suits against them, starts making them the target of her lies, and they cower. I have empathy for them, but some one needs to stop her! After months of this we may have found the someone who has more to lose by letting her continue than worrying about her lies, and has the power to stop her. It doesn’t look from the previews that Alex is willing to forgive Jill – but having someone in your life bent on destroying it is very hard – and I can’t blame Alex and Simon if they distance themselves from this board – and remove themselves as targets of JZ.

        • quincyil says:

          I don’t blame them either. They have to survive and being on that show with Jill Zarin is survival. When Simon does become a member of Jill Zarin’s fabulous circle of people, he will have to be the underdog. Jill only likes the underdog.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      My son just took the SAT and I will ask him what the essay q was. In general, he doesn’t watch tv and laughs about the reality of reality tv.

  44. sweet pea says:

    I woke up way too early this morning! Here is another interesting thing I came across in my internet wandering. I hope y’all don’t mind my sharing. I just think the link below is interesting. There is little to no looting in Japan after the horrible disaster that befell the country. Very cool.

    • quincyil says:

      We have floods on the Mississippi that wipe out towns and there is no looting. I think the people of Japan care about each other. That’s what happens in these small Midwestern towns. They know their neighbors and they try to help each other.

      • sweet pea says:

        I think you are right. It’s kind of sad though, that the fact that people are NOT looting is a big surprise. It should always be like this. Just glad that with everything else going on over there, at least looting isn’t an issue.

        • Sha2000 says:

          Many places abroad have less crime than we do, the penalty for even a petty crime can be big. The looting in Egypt was rare; most of it for food. Most families live in the same neighborhood for generations so one knows their neighbors great grandma, dad, brothers, cousins in-laws etc…besides being wrong, you wouldn’t steal from neighbors you know. And in Japan people are more respectful, I wonder if there will be so looting if dry food is hard to come by? The situation in Japan is awful but I think the sharing of videos & info is a good thing. Thanks for the link.

    • DJ Loops Fruit says:

      LOL there wasnt anything left to loot

    • error404 says:

      I visited back in the early 90s and two of the things that struck me were: low crime and low unemployment. My sister forgot her purse on a park bench at lunchtime and went back for it after work at the end of the day and it was still there untouched. She said women leave their purses on movie theater seats to save it while they go to the restroom! lol They also have tons of people doing the silliest jobs. One corner I walked past was under construction and even though there were ample signs, there was also a person instructing us all to do the obvious and step around the barricade. lol

      • quincyil says:

        My daughter has a classmate and close friend who grew up in Japan. His mom is from Kansas and we have become friends for over a decade now. The American mom lived in Japan until recently. There is a cultural difference. There is crime also. It’s hard to ride the subways as men touch you inappropriately as everyone is so close.

        That said, they are all in shock right now and afraid that the nuclear reactors will blow up so the survivors are trying to leave the region if they can.

        • Crisanna says:

          Yes, I was an exchange student and I remember there were cautions, but they were very different thann what I was used to. The subway groping was a biggie. Watching be a now..I love jason. He is very sensitive.

      • Sha2000 says:

        In the Dallas Ft. worth area too, women leave their purses on tables at restaurants.

  45. BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

    Good morning sweeties~
    have not finished reading yet.
    I found I couldn’t cook & type at the same time yesterday..;(
    But our St. Patty’s dinner came out delicious~
    How is everyone today?
    Love & hugs

    • LavaLady says:

      Going to be a beautiful day here in NJ. Almost 70 degrees. Heading out for a girls’ weekend with high school friends. A yearly event and always so much fun. There is nothing like old friends who have known you forever. Three of us met in kindergarten. When you are aproaching 52, that’s alot of years. Have a great weekend everyone.

      • vilzvet says:

        Sounds like fun! Enjoy!

        • Sha2000 says:

          Have a great time LL!

          • Sha2000 says:

            Hi Patty, our dinner was great too. The best part is only two of us eat it so there’s lot’s of leftovers. How my husband could pass up corned beef for a cheese sandwich is beyond me!

            Hope you are feeling well today, you sound great!

  46. WindyCityWondering says:

    Quincy – Thank you for all your research and the fantasy season for RHNY. None of us were surprised by Jill’s agenda of last season. By now we know their personalities/strengths and weaknesses and the extent of their “friendships” with each other. Jill and LuAnn love to hold grudges and Bethenny being gone gives them the freedom to fullfill Jill’s desire to take Alex down once and for all. Ramona will be shocked when her friendship with Jill means less than Jill’s alliance with LuAnn. IMO, Sonja will not chose her battles wisely and her attempts to befriend Kelly will be disasterous (with Kelly reporting everything to Jill). There is no place for Cindy because the events this season were set in motion long ago – she will either have to be Jill’s pawn or suffer isolation. If Simon aligns himself with Jill it will be to protect Alex not because he has forgiven or forgotten – he will hold enemies close. This franchise cast doesn’t fit the new Bravo formula and it will be interesting to see how the more gentile women fair in the face of gorilla warfare Jill style.

  47. California35 says:

    Quincy, Oliva, Windy and OMIB – I like your earlier discussion about NYHW, Jil,l and Simon. All very good points. As much as l like Simon and Alex, I am concern that we will see them suffer or having to stand up to la Jill and others a lot on Season 4. My concern is only because they might end up looking bad or even worst than the others. I like them and will be on their side sharing for them 

    • California35 says:

      I meant cheering – sorry.

      I’m at the hospital with sister. Surprised that I have connection, and glad I brought my itouch .

      We just got in, about 2 hrs ago, so no baby news yet. Everything is ok and we know it will be a girl.

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  49. Powell says:

    It was great of Rich to send you the invite. You keep doing what your doing. One way or another you are going to be doing something for Bravo. You mark my words. The Bravo execs are paying attention to your growing popularity and blossoming friendships with some of the housewives!!!!

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