Richie Bought What?!

Fabio questions Richard's anniversary gift for his wife.


Another week of Life After Top Chef has come and gone, but you and #TeamFabio still come to read my blog! Thank you for all the love and support that you have shown to me.... Whenever I am feeling like it is just me against the rest of the world, I know that the best fans in the universe have my back!! It is too bad that my mom does not see all the love and attention that I am getting from #TeamFabio. Maybe then she would not be so worried about me all the time. But she is the greatest mom ever, so what should I expect?!)

It is hard not to get emotional when you see your mom is upset.... I am no different! I hate to see her crying because she is missing her son. But I am working hard so that I can move my mom and my dad to the United States. I would love to keep them close... but... what is it that they say? Be careful what you wish for?! A few years ago my mom got really sick and she had to stop working. This was really hard for her because she was always a hard worker since before I can remember. Since my parents have retired, I have taken it upon myself to make sure that they do not have to worry about money anymore.... I have been very blessed in my opportunities in this country.... I am LIVING the American DREAM! 

It is my belief that the best gift you can give your parents is to live a happy and successful life surrounded by the people that you love! I have pride in being a good gift giver, for both my mother and significant other.... I like to surprise her with something she would love but never think to get for herself. You have to know her really well to understand this completely, but let's talk a little bit about some horrible gift-giving ideas for a second... can you believe that Top Chef Richie Blais bought his wife a chef knife for their ANNIVERSARY?!OOO NO RICHIE! What you are doing?! I do not know Richie’s wife.... but I am pretty sure that she is the one who married the Top Chef. Should we start worrying about him ! He buys her a knife... teaches her how to shoot a machine gun, and then gives her a back pack so that she can carry all of her weapons around in it! Is your wife a NINJA, Richie?! Are you crazy? The only good thing that can come out of you buying your wife the sharpest knife in the store is so that she could cut the poof off of the top of your head! On second thought, Richie, a haircut would probably be the best anniversary gift that you could give your wife! Well done, sir...

I also have to say a BIG congrats to Dale Talde on his amazing restaurant, Talde. That guy is such a talented chef, and it was so nice of him to treat us all to such a DELICIOUS meal! I was a little upset that Angelo Sosa and Carla Hall had to crash my man date with Richie.... I thought it was just going to be the two of us! I can't help that I have a huge crush on Richie... isn't he so dreamy? Also, good to see that Angelo still has the avocado in his tight pants.

Jen gave me the best gift of all this week when I saw her on Life After Top Chef trying to catch a chicken! I was eating dinner at the time and almost spit out my wine! That girl has a large dose of crazy, but it's why I love her so much.... She needs to get a move on it, so I can go eat at Concrete Blonde. I have never heard so much about a restaurant that does not exist yet.... But I am sure with Jen as head chef it will be amazing! I hope that Chef Spike can come through with his investors so that she can open soon.... That would be an AWESOME GIFT!! Right, Jen?!Now it is the time when I have to stop worrying about everyone elses job and get back to MY work! Thank you, #TeamFabio and Bravo TV for another amazing week of Life After Top Chef..., I look forward to live chatting with you all during the show this week on Twitter! Follow me @FabioViviani! See you there!


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A Good Investment

Spike Mendelsohn compares his situation to Jen's.


Watching Jen work her butt off to find investors for Concrete Blond looks exhausting. Jen is extremely talented and driven. I know her restaurant will be wildly successful, and it is just a matter of time until she finds the right people to help her open up her dream.

I had trouble watching Richard cook his menu hoping to please his investors. It makes me so thankful that I don’t have investors to worry about. I referred to David, the Operating Manager of our Good Stuff Eatery in Crystal City, as an investor. But that is just confusing because he is actually the most dedicated manager you could ever find. David, our Operating Manager, is an asset to the company, and I was so excited to introduce him to Jen. Jen needs great industry people to support her, and who knows, David might be it!

But, if I had to rely on investors and kiss their a--es, I’d be screwed. I come from a restaurant family where we are all a part of the business. We fund it, we operate it, we work it. We live and breathe the restaurant business. Our social lives probably lack as a result. 

With investors, you can sometimes be stifled. Your opinions on the menu or the décor might not always reign supreme. You don’t have the freedom to answer to do everything your way. I couldn’t work like that. As you probably observed from the show, my family can yell. We give each other a hard time and we all think we know best. My mom tends to be the top of the chain of command, and it’s for a reason. That woman knows everything. From the front to the back of the house, she has mastered it all throughout her years in the business. We all get loud and voice our opinions by yelling on top of one another. Thankfully, we are the ones calling the shots and making every single decision.

There is no way that we could function with someone else chiming in with his or her opinions. Come on -- the Mendelsohn clan knows all. 


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