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Hooray for Hosea!

I’m so excited! We finally get to celebrate a Top Chef win. Okay, we were happy last season too, when Stephanie won.

I see that I’m in the minority here, but I really think Carla, who seems to have been the fan fav based on the cell phone polls and the internet comments, squeaked by when she really shouldn’t have. I admit that she did turn it on a bit towards the end, but her ‘roast chicken and peas’ at the ‘Last Supper’ episode really depended heavily on the fact that she got lucky and got tasty fresh peas at Whole Foods. It was definitely not innovative or creative. Whether it was audacious of her or just ‘following directions’ is unclear. As far as personality goes, I think Carla’s just weird and annoying with her ‘cooking with love’ attitude and I don’t find it at all charmingly quirky as some seem to.

Stefan, as I said, was pretty good at playing the ‘Top Chef’ game, and my main complaint about him was his arrogance.

But Hosea won by not getting eliminated at any point, regardless of how many challenges he won (didn’t win) before the finale, he made it there, and there’s no way that in the Finale, either Carla or Stefan produced a superior meal.

Hooray for Hosea!

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Top Chef Finale Tonight!

I’m excited. 1), because it means that there will be one less show on our ‘to-watch’ list, and 2) I can’t wait to see who wins.

I’m a little annoyed that crazy flaky Carla is in the finals. We are just shaking our heads and asking, “How did that happen? I think she was close to getting eliminated quite often in the earlier part of the show, and then she squeaked by on a few challenges by baking. It’s really hard to armchair-judge Top Chef, since it’s not like you can taste the food. You have to go by what it looks like and what you’d imagine the flavors would be like, and of course, the judges’ expressions and exclamations. I think she had a little bit of a home field advantage for the first part of the finals. I’m not saying that Fabio shouldn’t have bothered to do a bit more homework on New Orleans/Creole style cooking, but she didn’t have do go out of her way to learn the cuisine like the other three did, although I think the Europeans probably had the least exposure to it.

I just don’t consider Carla to be the same caliber of chef as the other two. J thinks she gets by on simplicity and stunning the judges (a là the peas inEpisode 12, The Last Supper. (What was up w/ the weird glowy camera effect on the diners btw?) with her bravado at serving ‘just peas’, and I definitely think there are some contestants who overthink and put too many ideas to work in the same dish, but I’m not sure that she had anything clever in there to edit out.

So, that covers Carla. More complicated: Hosea and Stefan. I’m rooting for Hosea because frankly, Stefan’s attitude is obnoxious. However, he mostly seems to have the cooking chops to back up his arrogance. I’d like to see him go down for it. In the back of my mind though, I suppose I think Stefan is the better chef because he has produced a lot of top notch meals on the show and he’s fairly consistent. I definitely do think that Hosea belongs in the finale; and I really like his easy-going manner. Plus, I think that he be better at running a restaurant than Stefan would. If I had a choice to go to only one of their restaurants, I’d choose Hosea’s, because I think he’d be more likely to cook the type of food that I’d really like. But Top Chef is judged only on the food that they make the night of the challenge, so that really can’t be taken into account.

I guess I’m torn. I’d like Hosea to win, and I think he can pull it off, but I think Stefan plays the ‘Top Chef’ game better.

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Too Much TV

Ahhh…!

So. We got HBO back in time for season 3 of Big Love, and by chance, we got it in time for an encore of the first season of True Blood, which we had wanted to see, but since it was a new show and we didn’t want to get HBO for it, we figured we’d miss out, and perhaps catch up later via Netflix or Amazon Unbox.

The catch? True Blood was replaying the 12 episode season every weeknight for two and a half weeks! Yipe. That’s a lot of TV for us.

Usually, we aren’t very much into ‘TV’. We have a Tivo (we were seriously early adopters); well, 2 Tivo’s actually. Because of that, we don’t ever channel-surf, and because we forward through commercials, we often miss advertisements for new shows.

Somehow, though, all of ou Ahhh…!

So. We got HBO back in time for season 3 of Big Love, and by chance, we got it in time for an encore of the first season of True Blood, which we had wanted to see, but since it was a new show and we didn’t want to get HBO for it, we figured we’d miss out, and perhaps see it later via Netflix or Amazon Unbox.

The catch? True Blood was replaying the 12 episode season every weeknight for two and a half weeks! Yipe. That’s a lot of TV for us.

Usually, we don’t watch a lot of TV. We have a Tivo (we were seriously early adopters); well, actually we have two Tivo’s. Because of that, we don’t ever channel-surf, and because we fast-forward through commercials, we often miss advertisements for new shows.

Somehow, though, all of our regular ‘shows’ started coming back on: Lost, Heroes (though if it doesn’t get better soon, I’m not watching any more), etc. We were so excited for Top Chef to start; now I’m just excited for it to be over so it’s not on my ‘to-watch’ list any longer. The Tivo keeps getting fuller, and we must keep up!

TV shouldn’t stress you out.

For one brief moment on Monday night, around 10:55; we were all caught up. Tivo started recording Big Love at 11:00.

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Awesome, and frightening

Wow.

This looks like fun, and also, I’d pee my pants. I’m so glad they finally showed how they *stop* at the end.

wingsuit base jumping from Ali on Vimeo.

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