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October, Over and Out

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Happy Halloween, guys!  I can’t believe how fast this year is going by.  I mean, tomorrow basically starts the holiday season, doesn’t it?

It seemed like October flew by!  I did enjoy:

[1] A weekend trip [2] apple picking in New York [3] fall foliage with a side of a matching Vespa [4] discovering this little bridge has been named for David Ortiz [5] an awesome pokémon card pull! [6] some spooky weather around my favorite public art installation [7] a quick trip to Nashville [8] tons of jack-o-lanterns (stay tuned for this vlog!) [9] and reading again!  I finished Magonia yesterday and absolutely loved it.

I’m psyched for November, which is my favorite month because it means my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, is coming!  Also, SUN & MOON is just 18 days away!  What are you looking forward to in November?

At June’s Close

Holy cannoli, can you believe today is the last day of June?  My summer is just flying by!  With the Fourth coming up, at least I’ll get to enjoy some time off!  As always, here are some of my favorite June moments in instagram form:

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[1] workin’ on my summer reading with a distinctly YouTube theme [2] finally cut my super long hair! [3] rockin’ the polka dot Keds [4] my cousin Chiara visited Boston from Italy! [5] obsessed with these lip stains from Sephora [6] catchin’ a Red Sox game with the family [7] anchors aweigh! my weekend bag packed & ready to go [8] my favorite place, the Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island [9] Paint Nite with my favorite blogger babes!  More on that soon.

 

What are your favorite June memories?

Anything you’re looking forward to next month?

Top Chef Boston: Fine Dining at Fenway

Padma and Ming Tsai announce the second Sudden Death Quickfire of the season.  It’s Boston Tea Party themed… because that might the be only thing people know about Boston.  Actually, it’s a neat challenge.  Each cheftestant gets a different type of tea to cook with.  There are thirteen different types which include:

  • strawberry white tea, which Gregory gets
  • gunpowder spearmint, which Aaron gets
  • lemongrass pomegranate rooibos, which Rebecca gets
  • Asian pear white tea, for James
  • chocolate & salt herbal tea, for Rob
  • toasted nut oolong, for Melissa

They don’t get to pick, they just open a container and that’s what they need to prepare tea for two with for Padma and Ming.  Melissa, Gregory, and Ron come out on top.  Gregory takes the win and earns immunity for the elimination challenge.  The bottom three are James, Aaron, and Rebecca.  Ultimately, Aaron loses and is up for elimination.  He has to cook for his life.

Aaron chooses Katie to cook again, as she is a culinary instructor and he has some kind of chip on his shoulder for not being able to afford culinary school.  The twist?  The only source of heat Aaron and Katie can use is boiling water.

Aaron does “a spring roll, but a fucked up one,” which Padma asks how he would like her to eat.  Katie makes pasta by hand since she couldn’t figure out the pasta maker.  Aaron’s fucked up spring roll is enough to beat Katie and keep him in the competition.  It’s nice to see no one go home!  But Aaron’s ego, man.

Ming & Padma then announce the elimination challenge and FENWAY PARK home of the Boston Red Sox!  I’m still too excited about that not to type it in caps.  The cheftestants must use a classic ballpark snack as inspiration (peanuts, popcorn, pretzels, friend dough) to make a fine dining dish to serve at Fenway.

Tom, Richard Blais, Hugh Acheson, Padma, Ming, and guests Dennis Eckersley and Dan Shaughnessy sit below the green monster and are served the following:

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Back at the judges’ table, Ming accompanies our regulars.  The favorites are Gregory, Melissa, and Katie.  Gregory takes the win, again!  I’m really starting to like him after hearing more of his backstory.  On the bottom, we have Ron, Kerriann, and Katsuji.  None of these are people I wanted to go home.  Ron ends up packing his knives.  I would’ve liked to see more from him; he seemed like a genuinely good guy.

NEXT WEEK THOUGH features one of my absolute favorite shows, CHEERS!  Special guests include George Wendt (say it with me, Norm!  Did you know I’m the world’s oldest 25-year-old?) and Shameless’s Emmy Rossum!  Every preview just gets me more and more excited about Top Chef Boston!

If you watch in the Eastern time zone, remember to tweet with me next week! @nikkisee

What did you guys think of this week’s episode and the results?!