Hey there! Sorry so slow on the post from this past weekend. I've had a couple of packed days. I'll make it quick :-). After hangin' with The dancin' Chairman in the Grand Tasting Tent Friday afternoon, that night it was all about Brooklyn!
That's me under the Brooklyn Bridge happy I'm there! I was pretty beat earlier in the day mostly from traveling, but Aaron McCargo and Aida Mollenkamp both visited me at the Grand Tasting and we made plans to hangout at the Burger Bash. Plus it was in Brooklyn, how could I not go? Speaking of, here I am with the big guy ...
He met my dude that night and we all had a good laugh at how eating too many burgers, even tiny sliders, could make you feel like ... you ate too many burgers. You know? So, I had Bobby Flay's burger and stuck to the beer. Smart choice, his burger was just as good as I remember the last one being down in South Beach at the other festival. Mmmmmm yummy. It was crowded and so many people were there to chat with.
This is Aida and me sandwiching Stan, a big-time-crazy-cool ad sales rep at Food Network. We hung out a bit there and then walked around the corner to an after party. I had a cooking demonstration the next day, Saturday, so I scooted early to get some rest.
So the next day I headed over to the Javits Center for WBLS' Circle of Sisters event. Remember I told ya, you'd never guess who I ran into? Take a look ...
Look familiar? I was walking up to the stage and saw her standing there and immediately thought, "Hey! Next Food Network Star!". It's Nikki Shaw, remember she was on a couple of seasons ago. Well, she was hosting the event that day and took questions from the audience as I prepared my Grilled Chicken with White Wine Mushroom Sauce and Sweet n Sour Garden Collards. Then, I headed over to the broadcast booth to do an interview with radio host Jeff Foxx, when I ran into WBLS host Jasmine and singing legend Charlie Wilson. I grew up listening to him when he sang with the Gap Band and just recently caught him at the Essence Festival. He tore that stage up! What a performer! It was a nice chance to tell him that and if you are interested ... he said he'll be back next year. Says the event organizers called him shortly after to book him again.
I called it a day after that because I knew I would be giving out more of my North Carolina House Ribs with Viva Towels the next day. Sunday, Jacob stopped by for a visit and has some great flicks on his blog. Right across from me was the Iron Chef booth and the plates coming outta that kitchen were soooooo good!
That's contestant Eric Greenspan and you can jussst make out the back of Seamus Mullen's head. Then I headed out to eat some and drink as well. One of my first bites was from Govind Armstrong.
Looks tiny, but it packed a flavorful punch. I told him my daddy used to always have venison in the freezer from his hunting trips, so I was familiar with the versatility of the meat. Here we are after I had two of these, I'm so greedy.
Then, I doubled back around and headed over to get something everyone was talking about the whole weekend ... the marrow.
Wanna know what's in it, and by it, I mean the hollowed out bone ... can you see it?
Ahem, that's my drink there, Wild Turkey with Honey. I had it neat, then got the mixed drink ... very yummy, not an ad, just an observation. :-) Here's the marrow getting shaved on ...
I ate so much and then when I was stuffed, headed home to rest. I sat down in my movie room to the read the Sunday paper and look what I found!
Pardon the hard cheese, but this is seconds after I saw it and I wanted to catch the moment. Totally excited. And pardon the mess, it's my work-couch lol. Anywho, in my hand, is what fell out of the advertisement section ... my first ever coupon! How neat! I knew it was coming, but didn't know when. It's with Viva of course and my Dad called shortly after I saw this told and me one of his co-workers saw it, then I got a text message from a friend that saw it. It seemed to be everywhere. Neat feeling, I love a coupon with a real amount of money off, that's almost a dollar!!! My dad kept saying on the phone I was "20 cents off" to kid with me and I kept correcting him with "it's 85!!". It was funny. Hope you saw the coupon and put it to use! Viva towels were all the rage at the Wine and Food Festival everyone kept telling me they were so soft, like I had something to do with it. That's the smart engineers and people at the plant. I'm just happy to be here to spread the word. Ok, well that's it! More flicks later from a secret shoot I had yesterday with some ladies from Food Network and food flicks from my vacay.