"Mary Sue has covered the bed with tostadas, which is not any fetish I've ever heard of." Oh, Hugh. And, hello my little spanikopitas. We'll return to Hugh's words of wisdom later, but first, a seven-minute Quickfire in which the chefs had to create "heavenly" food. The twist? The chefs would be judging each other's food. This group seems to have an enormous amount of respect for each other, so everyone was fairly constructive in their critiques. I got the biggest crack out of Mary Sue who looks like she is physically incapable of saying a harsh word about anyone or his/her food -- it's adorable. Hugh got saucy with Curtis, which I also enjoyed. In the end, Traci came out on top ... again. Based purely on looks, I probably would've enjoyed Traci's dish the most as well. But maybe I just have beef on the brain. A few colleagues and I did the Beef 7 Ways at ma peche last night, and well, I've still got the sweats. Everything was delicious -- and in my opinion the tendon salad was exceptional, and the brisket with marrow and shallots was maybe the best brisket I've ever had. (And I'm a Jew from Long Island, so that's saying a lot!)
Aaand that brings us to this week's Elimination Challenge featuring Maroon 5. I'm a fairly big Maroon 5 fan, so I just had to prove it by showing you all of my concert tickets.
They're one of the few bands I can honestly say (and do say) I was listening to before they hit the Billboard charts, as exhibited by my 2003 ticket. The Downtown venue has since closed, but I remember seeing them with my sister, having to leave early because she felt sick, but not before noticing the members of the boy band O-Town in the general admission audience! I also remember first hearing "Harder to Breather" on the now defunkt 92.7 WLIR (it may have been WDRE at the time), and just kind of falling in love with the group. And who could forget Kara's Flowers appearance on 90210 (the original).