Your Weekly Libation and some Top Chef thoughts
If you’re like me, you get into routines. And one of the routine-producing services that Chew on That has to offer is Your Weekly Libation. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But wait, you’re not Jim! Where’s Jim? It’s not the Weekly Libation without Jim!” Yes, you’re right, I’m not Jim, but bear with me while I try to be for just a moment so that Your Weekly Libation is still delivered. I’m doing YOU a favor since Jim couldn’t be here today (yea jury duty!) We wouldn’t want to mess up your routine.
So today I’m recommending the very prestigious Academy Cocktail, a lighter drink with remarkable cranberry and orange flavors. But honestly, it’s really just about the name. I mean, how smart would you feel serving this drink?
“What did they serve at the party?”
“This drink called the Academy Cocktail”
That’s right. All you have to do is say the name over and over to your guests, and no one will question you. Go get ‘em folks.
Now, on to something that’s more my forte: Top Chef.
I’ve finally caught up. Believe it or not, my Wednesday nights have found themselves taken up by plans that don’t involve sitting in front of the television (or well, holi days) and I’ve had quite a bit of catching up to do.
So I see now we’re left with Casey, Hung, and Dale.
Finale Part 1 left us bidding farewell to Brian, after a mediocre speech on why he should stay in the running. It was clear that everyone else’s speeches were much more heartfelt, but honestly I felt bad for the guy because in the harsh circumstances that are “Judge’s Table,” I’d probably choke up and say something stupid too.
On to the remaining contestants, I think the Amateur Gourmet said it best when he said “Holy Dale!” I honestly never thought he would make it this far, let alone win the elimination challenge of Finale Part 1. Since he’s from Chicago, I’d say I’m proud but I know that wouldn’t be genuinely accepted because I’ve had such mixed feelings for him the whole season. I’m starting to like him though because he edited himself very well this past episode.
On Casey, I think we have a winner here. Ever since the culinary bee quickfire challenge, I’ve thought Casey kicked ass. Not only does she know her stuff (coq au vin semantics debate aside – there is evidence in her favor), like renowned guest judge Chef Eric Ripert said, she’s got soul in her cooking. She takes a lot of inspiration from her grandmother, which in her case has made up for a lack of classical training. And, she’ll always lend a helping hand to her other chefs. What more do you need in a Top Chef?
And Hung, well, he’s quite the character, isn’t he? Lately he’s brought out the “family” card a lot too, but in his case, it seems so contrived. As Tom Colicchio said, he’s definitely the best technical chef, but have we seen who Hung really is? I don’t think so. But I know he’ll put up a good fight in the finale; he won’t go down quietly. I won’t be too bothered if he wins the whole thing, because boy can he chop up a chicken, but if it’s about the whole package – team player, etc. – I don’t personally think he has it.
Let the throwdown begin. Anyone know where in Chicago the live reveal is happening Wednesday?
-Hillary, off to a very laidback weekend