Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Kiwi Rocks the Marmite Pizza!



Hey kids!

It's been a long time. I've basically been too apathetic or too tired to post late at night. I'd thought of posting stuff several times, but alas. I'm a lazy bum. I could have posted on Dumbya, Chuck Norris and Huckabee, Hillary, Barack, Kwame, snow, cold, wine, music...all sorts of stuff. Rather than try to hack into the misfiring synapses in my feeble brain and post a shitload of stuff I'll just start from scratch and start lightly.

Did you see No Reservations on Monday? The season finale was at Les Halles in New York and Anthony actually worked a double shift on the saute station after an 8 year hiatus of cooking at the restaurant. It was hilarious! The kicker was that he got Eric Ripert to come in and work the broiler station for the dinner shift. Anthony got his ass handed to him, but he did a good job overall. Eric Ripert, one of the top chefs in the world (Les Bernardin) and a seafood expert, kicked ass on broiler. Especially for someone who's never worked in a turn-and-burn restaurant. I ate at Les Halles a few years ago for lunch and had an awesome Onglet steak. Great episode!

Tonight's season premiere of Top Chef is what actually prompted me to post. My favorite for the season is going to be Mark. I don't know if he'll win, but he's my fave. He's a Kiwi and he's actually sous chef at Public in New York. I've actually eaten at Public twice. It's a great high-end Australian restaurant in the Nolita district of Manhattan. The food there is incredible. He also had the balls to whip out the Marmite (one of his secret ingredients) and use it in the first Quickfire Challenge. I know that Vegemite has been banned in the US and I thought that Marmite was too. This season should be pretty good. There are a lot of personalities and attitudes and already a lot of fucking swearing. This season is also taking place in Chicago. I love Chicago! It's also a great food city. I've had two of the best meals of my life in that fine town (Blackbird and Trio). It has the makings of a great season. I look forward to watching it every Wednesday.

In more TV food news...
I'm also really enjoying the new season of Bizarre Foods. I really need to get to Beijing to try some donkey. No joke!

That's all for now. I've got to work my way back slowly.

ITMFA!

Random poll- What's your favorite food city?

Random poll #2- What's the craziest thing you've ever eaten?

Cheers,
Jason

8 Comments:

Blogger Serendipity Girl said...

I've a few friends in England who love the Marmite, and it turns out that the company that makes the BabyBel individually wrapped cheese bits also makes Baby Marmite individually wrapped "whatever it is" bits, Evelyn loves them, and has promised to ship some to me.

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you're back!

9:13 AM  
OpenID sweetnovelist said...

Whoa, I haven't checked this blog in ages. lol

1.) Chicago. You can't go wrong with Chicago style hot dogs and pierogi delivered to your door in on the Northwest side.

2.) Czarnina... duck blood soup... made fresh for me in Krakow by a friend's grandmother. It was pretty wicked.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Wikipedia is down right now.

Favorite Food City? I'm not the foodie you are, so I guess I have to say San Francisco.

Craziest thing I've ever eaten? Oysters. Chewy little buggers...I couldn't eat that little sucker. Damn near gagged.

Supposedly Grandma's having surgery either tomorrow or Wednesday - apparently they were wrong on her hemoglobin level as twice today it was 12.

8:37 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

According to wikipedia, the American ban of Vegemite is an urban legend.

1:12 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

No, it's true. We used to sell Vegemite and are no longer allowed. It is not distributed here any longer. I'm not sure about the legality of Marmite. Our Australian beer manager is having her mom bring some from Australia. I've even heard of it being confiscated at the border. It's a damn shame.

2:16 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

A friend of Meg's just brought some in with no problem. Why would it be banned?

4:44 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Ah, here's the explanation: commercial imports not allowed, but personal use is.

http://www.snopes.com/food/warnings/Vegemite.asp

4:47 PM  

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