- 12th November
- 18th October
- 23rd September
So, what did we all think of the Emmy’s last night? Brutal, huh? It wasn’t NPH’s fault, it was just a really boring, slow-moving night. I did enjoy the How I Met Your Mother intervention/ad for the Ryan Seacrest Center for Excessive Hosting. It was a better bit that the open. It was nice to see some surprise winners, though, rather than one show sweep the categories. I do think Kerry Washington should have won, but as I watch neither Scandal or Homeland, I spoke to someone who watches both. She said Claire Danes was more deserving, so I’ll take her word for it (she does like Downton Abbey, after all). I was really happy to see The Colbert Report win for best writing and best variety series. Its one of two shows I get most of my news from, and it is well deserved.
But there are more important things to discuss: fashion!! It was more difficult than usual for me to narrow down who’s dress I liked best. There were so many beautiful people on the red carpet. I managed to narrow down my top ten into a top five. Here we go:
- Sarah Hyland in this amazing Carolina Herrera.
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus
- Anna Gunn
- Connie Britton
- Mindy Kaling
An honorable mention goes to Allison Williams. Her blue gown was very simple, but it was almost the exact color of her eyes, and made them really pop.
Who do you think was best dresssed? Who should have won the awards? Discuss.
- 19th September
Its the most wonderful time of the year! Fall television is premiering, Emmys are being awarded. It has been interesting to see the change over the last two or three years from network domination to cable and pay cable brilliance. I’m hoping that if the Emmy awards go the way I expect, that the networks will start to look at some of their offerings and adapt to this new television landscape. But enough ranting, lets predict some winners!
- Best Actress Drama: Kerry Washington
- Best Actor Drama: Bryan Cranston
- Best Supporting Actress Drama: Maggie Smith. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see Emilia Clarke win this.
- Best Supporting Actor Drama: This is almost impossible for me to choose. I have to go with Aaron Paul on this.
- Best Drama Series: Again, nearly impossible to make this decision. Obviously I want Downton Abbey to win, but I think its time for Game of Thrones.
- Best Actress Comedy: Amy Poehler. Although I would be happy to see my lady hero Tina Fey win one more time.
- Best Actor Comedy: Alec Baldwin. Even though I think it should go to Jason Bateman.
- Best Supporting Actress Comedy: Sofia Vergara
- Best Supporting Actor Comedy: Bill Hader.
- Best Comedy Series: 30 Rock
- Best Actress Miniseries: Sigourney Weaver
- Best Actor Miniseries: Matt Damon
- Best Miniseries: Behind the Candelabra
- Best Reality Series: Amazing Race
- Best Writing for Variety Series: Colbert Report
- Best Variety: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
- Best Main Title Design: Da Vinci’s Demons (I just love that this is a category.)
Of course I will be watching the red carpet, and will report back on Monday. I will also have some links to recipes that I will be making on Sunday. Not only is it Emmy night, its also the premiere of Downton Abbey in the UK! So I’m making some Downton-inspired recipes to have while I celebrate the occasion.
- 19th September
I know I have been delinquent in my Best Thing I Ever Ate searches. Since I moved and my dad went back to work, I just haven’t been able to convince people to go to obscure locations just for lunch.
I was finally able to get together with my friend Meghan after not seeing her all summer. I thought we could go somewhere new to eat, and she agreed to meet me at Olives at the W Hotel, a Todd English restaurant in Union Square.
I went here to have the spicy broccoli, which Cat Cora said is her favorite thing there. It really was delicious. It was just spicy enough so you could continue eating it without your mouth being on fire.
The broccoli on the side also allowed me to feel less guilty about having a flatbread for my dinner. I chose the prosciutto and fig flatbread, which also had gorgonzola cheese that melted under all that goodness. I ate maybe three pieces before I threw in the napkin and called it a night.
In addition to the food, I had a drink called Hallow vera, which was non-alcoholic and delicious. Also on the non-alcoholic menu was an Office-themed drink called Beers, Beets, and Battlestar Galactica. I like the food menu at Olives because they have small plates, large plates, entrees, sides, something for any level of hunger. Enjoy!
- 23rd July
- 17th June
I know, I know, its been nearly a year since I’ve put my MvF travels on hiatus. But, just like Mad Men, I’m back after a long break to tell you what I think of Baltimore’s eateries. I can only write about two of the three locations, because Obrycki’s has closed their main restaurant, only to be found in the city’s airports. So if you fly into Charm City, eat there, and let me know how it is.
First, Chap’s Pit Beef. Not only is this place on the show, but Adam Richman tweets about it often. So I knew there must be something good going on there. My mom had a pulled pork BBQ sandwich, but I had the pit beef sandwich. I smothered it in their house BBQ sauce (even though they had the best sauce, Sweet Baby Ray’s). I got my meat well done, and it was perfectly tender. I can only describe the taste as a cross between roast beef and smoked beef. It was really good, no fat, no grease, just a simple, tasty sandwich. Not only that, the sandwich was under $7. Good call, Adam!
Now, for Steak & Main, I had to defer to my father. Since I won’t be getting to Baltimore again any time soon, I thought I would ask my dad to tell me about his dining experience at the place where Adam did a food challenge. In fact, my dad was there only a few weeks after Adam did the challenge! Unfortunately, my dad doesn’t remember what he ate when he was there. He does remember liking it, but I couldn’t get him to elaborate. So, with that helpful advice, if I do get down there again, I’ll be sure to come back with a more thorough report.
Even though there were no Michael Phelps sightings, this was another successful dining trip to a lovely city. My next MvF travels will be the Jersey Shore episode (about time, I know.) Enjoy!
- 17th June
I was supposed to go to England this year for vacation. Long story short I am going next year. In the meantime, however, I have been getting increasingly antsy and need to get this travel bug out of my system. As we know, I like to connect my travels with Man v Food destinations, so I decided to take a day trip to Baltimore, MD.
My mom and I set out in the morning from New Jersey. The drive was just over three hours, and we were there by 12:30. Our destination was the historic ships scattered around the Inner Harbor. The Inner Harbor is a really great place, we discovered. There were all-you-can-eat crab boils with live bands, dragon paddle boats on the water, an aquarium, and shopping galore! There really is something for everyone. As for the historic ships, there are four of them. We chose to see two, which was $14 for adults.
Our first stop was the Torsk submarine. I realized that I have been on many submarine museums, and this one was pretty cool. It had torpedoes, bunks where the men slept, the galley and dining area, communication center, even a view from the periscope. It was really interesting, but I quickly came to the conclusion that I would never be able to survive the cramped living quarters for long.
After walking around some shops and getting a snack, we made our way over to the USS Constellation. They offered a free historic tour of the ship that day, and since neither my mom nor I like reading things in a museum, having someone describe life on a ship was ideal. We learned that the ship was built in the 1850s, and was sent to the Mediterranean Sea during the Civil War to stop blockades and to promote good will for the Union throughout Europe. It also captured three slave ships, and returned the people to Africa. Our guide took us below the main deck and showed us the cannons and sleeping area, among other things. It was the best way to learn about the ship, and I’m really glad we did the tour.
^Captain’s cabin on the USS Constellation.
One thing I didn’t know was that in one of the shopping pavilions on the Harbor was a McCormick’s spice factory store. We went in and bought enough to keep our taste buds interested all summer!
We were tired and hungry by this point, so we drove off to a Man v Food spot, Chap’s, and later for dessert to Dangerously Delicious Pies. You can read about Chap’s in my post above, but let’s talk pie. I have been to Dangerously Delicious Pies before, where I had the Baltimore bomb. It was OK, but one bite of my brother’s choice of mixed berry pie and I was hooked! I’m not usually a mixed berry pie fan, but their recipe is just right. So this time I chose the mixed berry. I had it when I got home and it hit the spot. I also got a mini chocolate chess pie to have the next day. It was very good but very rich. Definitely check them out when you’re in the area.
- 16th June
- 16th June