Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Access Hollywood and Turkey Talk!

photo credit:NBC Universal

Hey there! That's Access Hollywood Live co-host Kit Hoover just before we got cookin'!

This is just a quick check-in. I'm busy writing up my final pitches for Season 9 of Cooking for Real. Next week I go into the kitchens to prepare them for the culinary team. It's what we do before we tape each season, really helps every one on the team know what the final product looks like, that the steps are and where to begin making them in the show so by the time the last act of the show rolls around, everything comes together. Can't wait to share more kitchen time stuff soon!

Ok, so here's the first place I stopped by when I landed in Los Angeles for Access Hollywood Live with Billy Bush and Kit Hoover ...I have to tell ya, this right here ... this vision above ... brings me joy. It's the pick up window from Lucy's on Pico and La Brea. If you are here on the blog often, my obsession is nothing new, but if you are new around these parts, Lucy's is my fave taco stand in Los Angeles. There's no real way for me to tell a "fast story" lol, but basically this is a stand I found when frequenting the Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles up the street. I lived faaaaaar away in Rancho Cucumonga and would drive into the city for meetings. Each time I'd fix my schedule and plans around eating at both Roscoe's and then Lucy's on the way home. Yes, I was an eater-and-driver. Admitting it is the first step to quitting it. So, without going too personal, but to explain, these were tough times for me - living in California. These trips to the city were the only time I felt like I was really functioning, other times I was just going through the motions of life. So crazy to say, but we are sharing here right? So now that I go back, when I visit this taco stand, it's a nice pat on the back for getting out of that space in my life. I only spent 6 months there, but I think I did my one-two punch of Roscoe's and Lucy's at least 10 times. That's alot of drivin; for chicken, waffles and chorizo!!

Ok, so then I headed to my hotel to watch the American Music Awards and knock out for the early 5AM rise. I got up, got dressed and JJ hooked up my face, then we hopped in a car at 615AM. We got to the studio lot at around 650AM and as soon as we pulled on to the lot I noticed the parking spaces had reserved signs and one said "Jay Leno". It was empty, but that's when I realized, "oh ... I'm on the NBC lot!". So anyway, we pulled around to our spot which simply said "Reserved" and were met by a show producer. Once inside I wasn't in the kitchen for 2 minutes when I heard a familiar voice ...It's Henry Winkler!! WOW!! Of course many know him as "The Fonz" from Happy Days, but more recently I've totally loved him on a show called Royal Pains. I started watching it when it started and I'm super happy it won't be a summer staple anymore. The new season begins in January! If you haven't caught the show yet it's really funny with some good long-running plots that still have yet to unfold. So happy for him and he was sooooo nice! Like sugary sweet nice. What a pro. Then I went on to show Kit and Billy how to carve some calories before you carve the turkey ... aka brining :-)

That was fun and quick. I always compare these visits like a wedding, plenty of planning and it's over in 5 minutes! I find it so funny people want me to tell them how to cut calories when I've always been a regular-sized chick. I mean I haven't seen size 10 since high school lol. Kit was so sweet and we talked about hair and extensions because she just got some. I'm not outing her, they spoke about it on the show. I gotta tell ya, up close the color and texture match are on the money! That's that Hollywood money!! Gooooo Kit! Then Billy, right when I was about to tell him congrats on his career because like me he started in radio, he cut me off to say not only did he know I was from radio, but HOT 97. How neat. Such a small community of us radio people and it's nice to know that we all support each other. Radio isn't all fun and games, plenty of hard work, long hours and stress. It's never just 4 hours of music and goodbye.

The recipes I provided for Access Hollywood Live are on their site just click right here for my Thanksgiving Recipes. Right after I finished my segment I ran into Max Adler from Glee. I watch or DVR the show every week and his character has a great arc this season. He plays an outwardly homo-phobic jock that is secretly attracted to men. He bullies the school's only outed student and then secretly kissed him after pushing him around, very intense, but very compelling. Pretty appropriate for the times and all of the bully-talk going on. He was kind and took a photo as well ...Shortly after this we headed out for a quick rest at the hotel before the flight. It was around 850AM at the time and as we neared the gate I wondered ... is Jay Leno at work yet ???Yup! He's known to drive a different classic car to work each day and this day was like any other. Just after I took the picture out of the car window, Stuttering John showed up. I quickly high-tailed it off the lot because I totally looked like a tourist! lol. Ahhhh can't take me anywhere!!

Alright, well I got back to my hotel and even though it was early morning, I thought I'd sit on my teeny patio and enjoy a drink ... Teeheehee, ahem this is not an advertisement, just a look at a cute billboard. Zoom and and you can see artist renderings of people leaning out the window just like me trying to get a sip. Shortly after this I went to pick up some treats to bring back to NYC then headed to the airport.

I got home around midnight and got up bright and bushy-tailed for a quick stop by Martha Stewart Radio this morning. I filled in a few weeks ago and it was nice to go back as a guest. All this week they have an all-out Thanksgiving experience! You can all 1-866-675-6675 and ask various guest chefs and cooks (me :-)) about your big turkey day issues. Here we are after we talked turkey for my hour-long visit ...
photo credit: MSLO

That's Kim on the left and Betsy on the right (my left). Here's a pretty pre-dawn shot of Brooklyn and Queens in the distance ...Best thing about going to work early, no traffic!! Boy do I love New York. Ok, that's it for now. If you have any turkey questions, you are more than welcome to ask me here or give em a call over at Martha Stewart Radio or check her radio blog! Take care and if I don't chat with you before the big day, enjoy the meal, the family and the game. Gooooooooo LIONS!!!!


tamilyn said...

Wow, quick trip :) I love the picture of the morning cityscape. Some day I'll get there!

Napa Valley Wife said...

OMG - I LOVE, LOVE Royal Pains. I've watched it since its first episode. I don't know what I'd do without it! :) Glad to see you had a great time traveling around the country. Hope you have a great Thansgiving!

Jen @ OneCurlyFry said...

I’m a Royal Pains fan too! Can’t wait for the new season to start!! How neat that you ran into Henry Winkler!! Sounds like your trip was a good one! And I’m all for traveling for food!

Thanks for sharing the clip!! Loved it!! They don’t air that show in Philly…but I’m glad I didn’t totally miss it!

Lys and I were talking about you the other night – we were saying that you need to come to Philly soon so we can all get together for dinner! And I know of a fabulous cupcake place :)

I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Charles said...

Outside of the fantastic recipes and inside FN bits, This is another reason why I love your blog: You take us with you on your travels! How cool to see Jay Leno's car that he drove to work!! I'm sorry but I think that's just tops. And the view from your hotel, and the inside studio pics w/Henry and Max-neat! *Note to Self* Start watching Glee just for Max's storyline haha...

Nice job on the Access Hollywood segment! The hosts let you do your thing without trying to overtalk you or be so over the top, which seems to be the norm when there is a cooking segment on a show. (You listening, Ellen & Wendy??) And sorry, Sunny, but your expression when you picked up the turkey in the pan and you thought it was going to fall out of the pan...I was tickled. :)

I'll be in the city this Fri, Sat, & Sun...going to see Pee Wee's Playhouse @ Soderheim Saturday and am *uber excited*!! Have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving with your friends and family Sunny.

Rich'n'Rach said...

Hi Sunny!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving - will we see you on the parade this year? I'll keep my eye out for ya ;)
p.s. the hub and I are making another trip out to NYC in a couple of weeks (I emailed you about it) and can't wait to eat more of that NYC grub!

Dolphinfanhg said...

I would drive hours for Roscoe's any day, and can't belive I lived in LA for 10 years and never knew about Lucy's!!!! Sounds right up my alley! Wish I had you to guide me back then!
Happy Thanksgiving, Sunny! Hope you have a fantasic day. I can't wait to make your stuffing bites again on Friday, and don't be mad that I picked New England?! ;)

Lindsey Christensen said...

Hey I have that exact h&m cardigan kit Hoover is wearing!

Toi said...

Hey Sunny, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. I can't wait until the new season for Cooking for Real.

Sunny Anderson said...

tamilyn, it was so quick it feels like i wasn't even there!

napa valley wife! royal pains is the best! don't you agree that divya's wardrobe is so sjp from sex and the city, but in a less whimsical way? like real people could actually wear he stuff and not get funny looks lol. sjp looked cute on s-and-city, but kinda only would look good on her, huh anywhoo ... love that show!!!

jen, hey!!!! millions of people can't be wrong, eh?!? i felt so special when it was picked up because i felt i knew it was a hit, come to find out ... i'm not alone!!! and trust, when i head to philly next, you guys are on the list!

charles, i gotta tell you ... sometimes i almost take a pic and then say to myself "awww who cares"??!? like, sometimes i feel the info i give may be boring. so it's neat when i put up an iffy photo and someone actually likes it! thanks! cuz i tell ya, i'd like to see it if i were reading someone else's blog. the little tidbit stuff is what makes it. thanks for reading!!! and yes, watch glee maaaaan!! that storyline is not even the beginning, get the dvds ... the part where he had to come out to his dad and then his stubborn dad finally accepted it then turned into a protector, was pretty heartwarming. great show man, great show. plus i love music!! hope peewee's play house was fun! it's on our list of shows to catch!

rich n rach, i wasn't in the parade, but was super excited to see not only alton, but sandra on a float! pretty cool! i had no idea alton had the highest searched recipe of all time on food network.com ... makes sense!

heather, hey girl!! roscoe's is such a problem. i used to kinda stay there for bfast, do some work at the table, then order lunch. did it a few times and when the owner decided to come out and chat, i stopped. totally embarrassed about my pig-outs lol. all i could think was "is he talking to me to figure out why i'm doing bfast and lunch here in one sitting???"

lindsey, i love h&m!!! i wish i had one closer in brooklyn. when ever i go in there i find a jillion things and i love the accessories.

toi, i did!! hope you did too!! hope you like the new eps!!!