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  1. I saw an interview with Simone yesterday(?) where she said that she's not as confident to avoid injury now as she was when younger, or something to that effect. I forget the exact words, but it definitely showed she doesn't think she can be as mindless about herself as in the past. I'm phrasing this wrong I'm sure, but whatever she said made me not that surprised with today's news. Did anyone else see that? Sorry I can't be more precise on when and where I saw it--I've been jumping around channels alot. I've admired Simone since she first appeared on the scene, and I think she's showi
  2. I wonder if it was intentional, but the way they staggered the coloring of seats really helps disguise that they are empty (somewhat anyway). I was expecting this to be depressing, but it's really not. USA uniforms are boring, though.
  3. Maybe it's the longer length and they have more minutes to fill, or just that with all the restrictions they can't do much but fish, but there seems to be much more emo musing going on and it's rather.... boring. Please no more talk of missing family. I think maybe they've just realized that they were set up to fail and the fishing and hunting situation is pretty hopeless. No snares (who knew squirrels were an endanger species), no nets. Are the ducks and gulls protected too? They aren't being allowed to do any interesting stuff.
  4. It's been hard for me all season to imagine what Melissa's food tastes like, as it often looked bland to me and used ingredients I'd never heard of. But it must have been amazing based on the comments. She also took chances and presented things she hadn't tried before. That took guts, and she fully deserved the win, IMO.
  5. Is practicing timing considered cheating? Or analyzing the best time to call? Seems like mental card counting, another gray area to me, but apparently considered cheating. Love the cast, it's a great show. Can't wait for tonight's episode.
  6. Right after watching, I started looking for braised cabbage recipes. That is definitely on my list of things to try. I really wonder what Brian's cheese foam tasted like. It did not look appetizing, but I often think that about his food. Have foams become classics? The dish did not look that appetizing even after they mixed the foam with the pasta. I am curious about what makes a dish soulless, though. Too plain or weird looking?
  7. I read somewhere that they never film instead actual planes, so scenes like them flying are always staged. Something to do with security.
  8. The appetizers were supposed to be eaten with two fingers (the guest judge even held up two fingers to show us). Somehow everyone but Stephanie interpreted this as "make something you need to put in a bowl and eat with a fork." Sigh. Even the judges forgot that part. Really dumb mistake on Stephanie's part in the EC. Sorry to see Gregory go, but I do think he was the right choice.
  9. I don't think Malarkey's serving was producer manipulation. I just think the waiter(s) assigned to deliver to that side of the judges' table screwed up. However, LCK? I would have bet my next paycheck before anyone cooked, that 1) Kevin would ultimately win whoever he cooked against, and 2) the order of judging would go, "Kevin wins. Kevin loses. Kevin wins.", again regardless of who he cooked against and what they made. Top Chef is probably the only competition show, besides The Great British Baking Show, where I normally think it's above producer manipulation (sob stories not withs
  10. I was chuckling at all the, "I cook with bold flavors! Lots of flavor! This is the opposite." They made they food sound bland before anyone began. Frankly, that meal did not appeal to me visually or how I imagine it would taste. But then, I tend to think that about most of Brian V.'s stuff. Guess I'm a food-hick.
  11. I liked it too, but it really makes it almost impossible to eliminate anyone but the losing chef. Unless someone else refuses to do what he/she is asked, they can't be blamed for menu choices, etc.
  12. I think Victoria was really hampered by her color palette. The first look with the pleated pants was really nice, the pants anyway. They had some really interesting details. But they got completely washed out by the blah color of the whole outfit. I hate beige paired with another pastel too. I honestly cant' remember anything else from her collection other than the last dress (great!) and the long pink coat, which was just a nice, long pink coat. I guess the right person won? I'm with the above poster who said I'm neither angry nor happy so I really don't care enough. The tick
  13. I believe if Victoria had designed what Nancy did, not only would the judges have gushed over it, she would have won. But since it was Nancy's, the praise for Nancy's exquisite dye technique and lovely outfit was begrudging at best. Ageism is rearing its ugly head this season, IMO. Sergio's was.. okay, I guess. The bodice was not particularly interesting or flattering and the skirt was well made, BUT the judges made him runner up in a TIE-DYE challenge right after all saying, "You can't even tell it's tie-dye!" WTF? I'm so glad Geoffrey won. I can see Leslie Jones in that dress.
  14. I've usually found editorial is the same as avant garde: something to talk about, but nothing anyone would actually wear.
  15. Totally. I was yelling "Why are ALL of you wasting time on this? Let her leave!"
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