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Castles & Lighthouses

Wedding planning continues, but so do the Gloucester adventures!  Castles & lighthouses, anyone?

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Top Chef: Maybe Captain Planet is Coming

Last week’s Top Chef started with the most interesting Quickfire.  Based on the cheftestants’ zodiac sign, the chefs use ingredients to represent Air, Water, and Fire (there are no Earth signs among them) for Padma and guest judge Michael Cimarusti.  Unfortunately for the group, it’s a sudden death Quickfire.

When the dishes are tasted, Katsuji, Sheldon, and Jamie are the favorites, but Jamie takes the win and immunity.  Emily, Jim, and Sylva are on the bottom and fight it out in a cook-off.  Because there were no Earth signs, they must use those ingredients to create the same dish.  They choose steak tartar.  Graham Elliot joins Padma and Michael for judging.  Jim is shockingly send packing his knives!  Guys, this one hurts.  I’m rooting for him in Last Chance Kitchen!

The mood focuses to Black Beard the pirate, who apparently threw quite the party!  The chefs are breaking into teams for an ingredient treasure hunt through Charleston!  They draw swords to determine teams of three.  The yellow team is Sheldon, Shirly, and Sylva.  The black team is Katsuji, Brooke, and Casey.  The red team is John, Jamie, and Emily.  This seems like such a fun challenge, but it’s a tropical storm…

They run around in the rain with a map given to them by a pirate.  There are seven chefs, each with three ingredients.  The first team to the chest gets their first choice of ingredient.  Yellow is the first team to finish.  Black is just a few minutes behind, despite Katsuji’s abhorrence for the rain.  Red is the last to return, but they have plenty of time to cook with their booty.

The yellow team took an easy win, being the judges’ clear favorite.  Shirley is given the win for the team!  While Katsuji had a good dish, there were some issues with the rest of the black team’s dishes.  There were equally as many issues on the red team.  Jamie had immunity, but one of the worst dishes.  Jamie offers up his immunity to the judges to be judged for elimination among his peers; he feels that his dish landed his team on the bottom.  (Funny, Tom said the same thing tasting them!)

Tom & the judges think that Katsuji’s dish saved the black team.  Padma asks Jamie if he’s sure he wants to give up his immunity.  He confirms, and is sent packing his knives.  That was kind of crazy!  Jamie was very noble, and is off to Last Chance Kitchen to fight his way back.

Holiday Season Madness

Is it just me, or is this a super stressful time of year?  I’ve been running around trying to complete my Christmas shopping, all while trying to get some reading done, and keep up with my new gym routine– spin Tuesday and Friday, body pump Wednesday and Saturday!

Although the season’s a bit crazy, I’m excited to show you Boston Public Market, my awesome Pokémon Gym t-shirts via weheartgeeks.com, the new Gwen Stefani Urban Decay palette, and my favorite YA series, Zodiac!

How’s everyone else doing lately?

5-Day Weekend Vlog

Hey guys!  I hope you all had lovely Thanksgiving holidays and got to enjoy some time off like I did.  I can’t believe it’s December already!  Even though it’s cold, and potentially very snowy here in New England, there’s a lot to look forward to in this magical season– more time off, spending time with family, and lots of delicious things to eat.  Stay tuned for that and more!

What are you guys looking forward to for December?!