Finally! Season 1 of Eat, Drink, Love! I am so happy to share my life with everyone who tunes in. The months of hanging out with these ladies definitely had their ups and downs, so get ready for a bumpy ride!
Starting out, Los Angeles is the city of dreams. People come here with high aspirations of success, fame, and fortune. Unfortunately, it always doesn’t work out that way.
Each of these girls mean something different to me. I always loved and respected Waylynn. I feel like we are cut from a similar cloth. We have worked hard enough to be super successful in our careers and accept that perhaps our social lives have taken a back seat as a result.
Jess is a rock star. She is has the gusto of a 50-year-old hedge fund manager packed in the body of a super model. I really admire Jess’s business sense… yet it is almost overwhelming at times. I sometimes want to remind her to enjoy the amazing business we are lucky enough to work in!!
I absolutely love what I do. How lucky am I that I get to represent some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles! I think Tim Goodell is one of the most talented chefs in Southern California and being able to work with him on a daily basis is a blessing… of course there are good and bad days -- like any job. But eating and drinking my way through meetings isn’t a bad way to work and live.
Ah, Kat. Where do I start? Kat has certainly made a name of herself in the food industry in L.A. I mean, EVERYONE knows who Kat is, for better or for worse. Taking her to Superba was really important to my agency. It had just opened, and Kat’s opinion matters. If she doesn’t have a good experience, we will all certainly hear about it… on Eater.
I definitely have mixed feelings about Nina from the beginning. She got where she is from who she knows and not necessarily her talent or her training. Does she work hard? Of course. We all do. I admire her desire to be part of the L.A. restaurant scene, but it is going to take a lot to transfer her talents from private kitchens to high-profile restaurants.
So, Jess and Kat talk about boys… what else is new? What I say at Plan Check is that the truth came out about my marriage and divorce, and it obviously was rough. Were there good times? Of course, but the break-up was much more engrained in my memory than the marriage was. It is still hard for me to talk about, but hopefully I will eventually find someone that will change my opinion about love.
Back to Kat… so Kat and I get to hang out often at great restaurants. Like most women, after a drink (or three) we start talking boys. I am incredibly lucky that I get to work with one of my good friends, and she trusts me enough to talk to me honestly. I feel strongly that I am a good confidant and friend to anyone that opens up to me. This is where it gets tough for me. I think I really need to clarify what Kat and I talk about.
I know basically everyone in the restaurant industry in L.A. and almost everyone has an opinion about Kat. Personally, I feel she is incredibly resourceful and does what she needs to in order to get the scoop, which I have witnessed many, many times. I want to be crystal clear when I talk about her reputation. I do not confirm anything. When I say she has a reputation of mixing business with pleasure and then say “It’s true!” I honestly meant that yes, that is her reputation. I didn’t mean that I am confirming anything more. I have no idea what happens behind closed doors; it is none of my business, and frankly I only know what I hear from other people in the industry. Watching that scene makes me sad, and I feel like I am contributing to the rumor mill. Gross.
Which leads me to my birthday. Oy… how embarrassing!! So sorry, folks! But let’s be honest: who hasn’t been drunk on their birthday? And if you haven’t, I’m sorry, too. Do I feel bad for what I said to Kat? Sure. But after I hear what John had said to Adam about him not winning the game, I am definitely not sorry. What a jerk!! I don’t see how Kat (or anyone for that matter) can find him charming. I’m thinking he’s pretty lame. But enough about the cock block heard 'round the world… am I wrong thinking that sex toys are inappropriate for a birthday party? Maybe only surpassed in inappropriateness by sausages.
So, enjoy this season everyone! Follow me on Twitter at @msbrendaurban. I can’t wait to hear everything you have to say!!!