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  1. If it helps, a "swim diaper" only serves to contain poop when baby is in the water. They have no absorption power whatsoever. After all, your kid is in water, which would saturate an absorbent diaper on contact. Kids are expected to wear them, but all they do is keep that #2 from escaping.
  2. Sooo quiet in here! I love seeing not only how badass Maria is, but the respect she receives on deck for being a legitimately good, strong worker. She has clearly won their respect. The contrast between her injury and the other greenhorn who hit his shoulder sliding on the table last week was so stark. She had a HEAD injury and was rarin' to go (which isn't always a good thing -- be cautious!), while he seemed to me to be malingering. Pop a half dozen advil and get out there, greenhorn. I also found the mechanics of the Lady Alaska really interesting. Watching it start to list was terrifying. The fleet racing headlong into a Siberian Blast is exactly why I love this show! Plus, they're almost all on good fishing right now. That's a lot more fun to watch than pulling empty pots.
  3. Pulling from a couple of pages back. In that interview SA said a lot about how he got where he is because he worked so hard, the implication being that it had nothing to do with being easier because he was a straight white cis male, or that the reason the industry is almost impossible to break into for Black actors, writers, directors, etc., is that they're just not working hard enough. Such a rich white people thing to say. You got there on the backs of low wage workers who work a million times harder than anyone who is getting rich off of it. I mean, does the Foster Farms CEO want to go down to the factory line and pull the guts out of chickens for 9 hours a day for $10 an hour? In California we're plowing crops under because even migrant workers who are here legally KNEW they would be harassed so stayed home this past harvest season. (One farm I read about had a couple of white guys come in to harvest and they all left by lunch the first day.) Anyway, I'm ranting. No, Stephen that isn't all that got you there. You were born on third base.
  4. OOooooh, I think that's very possible. A young, beautiful woman proposing this would be called crazy. An older, established business man taking credit for and exploiting her genius would be called Remington Steele. As of now, 37 Fortune 500 Companies have female CEOs. I imagine you'd need that kind of clout to organize this adventure, so Melanie might very well have had to be the woman behind the man, whether or not he was a figurehead, financier, or actually a genius. I know they hope to be able to leave the train someday, but interesting that until that happens, they're sealed in a tube where I would expect barter to be a better economic system. I haven't looked at it, but on the show's website there is supposedly a train map (probably goes beyond what we've seen, but I'm sure they held back a few great surprises) and you can even create your own car if you want (I think they said one design would be implemented on the online map). (Her mention of the colony collapse of bees was intriguing. Bees pollinate 80% of the world's plants currently. 1 in 3 bites of food is a result of bee pollination. No bees doesn't just mean no cherries, avocados, broccoli, etc., it also means fewer cows (bees pollinate food cows rely on, etc. It doesn't sound like they started off intending to produce food without bees, so I wonder what their workaround is.) I also noted a throwaway line when someone said that the distance from Point A to Point B (third to front of the train? Second?) was "5 miles" and that really put it in perspective for me. One of the things that sucks about their frozen suckscape of a planet is that there is nothing familiar to give a sense of scale. For example, I did not think there was a full-size "subtrain."
  5. Ina keeps pre-made (homemade, of course, with the good... everything) daiquiris in the freezer that she just pops in the blender with booze. She's a goddamn national treasure. This was an incredible season. So little bullshit, so much amazing food. I enjoyed just about every second. Congratulations, Melissa! Congratulations to Bryan & Stephanie, too. Everybody won something--Bryan seemed to find peace & Stephanie regained her confidence, and essentially found herself again. They can all be proud of themselves as chefs and as people.
  6. "For instance, he asks Padma Laksmi to name that one contestant she would like to hook-up with. After thinking for a while she names, Kevin Gillespie but is quick to clarify that her attraction shouldn't be read too much into. "My attraction to Kevin is culinary and intellectual and not physical. He has a really big brain," said Padma." Watch What Happens Live, March 19, 2020. https://meaww.com/padma-lakshmi-mistaken-as-priyanka-chopra-top-chef-host-magazine-post-andy-cohen-studio-laughs-smile And video is on YouTube. (I know other people confirmed, so since it was me you asked, I wanted to make sure you had links, etc. To the poster above who objected to my comparison of slavery to the Holocaust, I maintain the comparison is apt. The Holocaust was one of the most horrific examples of the inhumanity of human beings. I understand comparisons to it come with the responsibility to be accurate and respectful. 6 million Jews died. Their memory is sacred and we must keep that memory alive today more than ever. That said, more than 12 million Africans were shipped to the "New World" in the 17th Century alone. 2 million died just on the voyage alone. Then, families were torn apart, slave owners bred human beings like they were livestock, plunging another, what, 10 generations into slavery? I maintain the comparison is apt. That is why I felt so strongly about the glorification of "plantation" food, without regard for where the foodstuffs came from, nor who was preparing & serving the meal, maintaining the house, and responsible for its wealth, built on the backs of Africans. It was just such a tiny, myopic focus on his grandmother, that he never even stopped to think about the history of the food, which can be very important, especially to this crowd. Kevin waxed nostalgic about his grandmother without even having to wonder about the larger legacy of the food. Generationally, his grandmother's grandparents lived in antebellum south. Would have been great to see him dig deep into that history, and tell a story about plantation food that compared & contrasted what was prepared inside versus what the slaves were eating, etc.
  7. Yet after this, Padma still named his as the cheftestant she would bone if she had to. It's pretty much racism 101 not to associate plantations with generations of slavery that still impact this country today. You cannot romanticize plantations without reckoning with their history. Glorifying the food house slaves prepared for their owners is hugely racist to me, at least when there is no mention of that history. Plantations were the site of humans' inhumanity to other humans. The "history" is celebrated, and often divorced from the discussion of slavery that built and sustained them. They were places of torture and death. Slavery was legal for more than 250 years, and is enshrined in our Constitution. We ALL have an obligation to wrestle with that. Kevin didn't even bother to identify what parts and ingredients of his meal were brought directly from Africa. Talk about whitewashing. If you wouldn't romanticize concentration camps, you shouldn't romanticize Plantations, which existed 10+x as long and affected millions upon millions more people. Tom giggling is as joyful to me as a box of puppies. Love it. It is, but when you're talking about an industry that has been male-dominated from its inception, where most owners are men, most head chefs are men, and the men are the ones with the power & money (and hire/fire authority), AND those men in all likelihood came up in kitchens so blue they would make a sailor blush, it's not really comparable. Women can absolutely be toxic too, but I've yet to hear of a female chef run out of the industry as we grapple with #metoo (maaaybe one of Batali's co-owners?) nor any woman producer in Hollywood trading roles for sex. Women in these industries tend to have worked 10x harder than the men to get where they are, including surviving that toxicity, and they're not about to risk their hard-won careers like that. Toxicity isn't just behavior, it is behavior + power. YMMV
  8. I just finished this. I thought it was really interesting. There's such a stereotype about surgeons that they're cold, all they want to do is cut, patients are just opportunities to cut to them, not people, and I'm really happy this showed how much they truly cared for their patients. I'm sure there are extremes on either side of the spectrum, but it was nice to see truly caring surgeons. For all the doctors, I really admired their commitment to being forthright with their patients and showing them the respect of not sugar coating devastating prognoses.
  9. If Speidi can take a full ten year break (they did some oddball things like "I'm a Celebrity..." (very questionable premise right there) and a few Marriage Boot Camps, etc., but somehow they either figured it out or got very lucky to just wait it out and wait for the OC/Hills pendulum to swing back around. Yes, they're cockroaches who will survive nuclear winter, but Bravo specializes in cockroaches. Well thank god Porsha is finally learning something and putting her legacy to good use. When she was first on RHOA, despite her family's history and prominence, she thought the Underground Railroad was a literal railroad and asked where the physical stations were and if she could see the tracks. It takes a lot to surprise me but WOW. I think we may all be underestimating what Stassi's nest egg is. An influencer with 1 million followers (Stassi has 2 million) (I'm just counting instagram here, for the sake of knowing they're individual users) could easily be pulling six figures for each #ad they post. Stassi could easily have been making millions for years off of her social media paid posts.
  10. You're absolutely right about the industry. It is one of the most toxically sexist work environments in the world, on top of all the other problematic things going on there (the completely out of control substance abuse, the belief that abuse produces better results, the punishing hours head chefs impose because "that's how I did it," and the notion that the good chefs are the bad boys--the binge drinking, smoking, drug use, and dishing out abuse types. Thomas Keller whispers in his kitchen. Bradley Ogden's kitchen is quiet and well-organized enough in the middle of dinner service on a Saturday that he gave me a full walking tour that took about 20 minutes. There IS another way to chef. There's almost always a "fiery bad boy" in each Top Chef season, though it seems like they usually leave early, between being so busy acting like a bad boy they forget to cook well within time, and Tom's distaste for that style chef. In the shallow end for a second, Bryan is still adorable to me (his instagram is great -- he posed with the chitarra he used last episode on his timeline), and Tom remains the hottest thing to ever come out of Elizabeth, NJ, only made hotter by his activism.
  11. At least at the Olive Garden they ask you first, and you can tell them when to stop. Kevin just dropped a huge parmigiana bomb with no finesse or really even any reason. I wish I could remember which chef referred to foam as "cat spit" because (1) accurate AF; and (2) I think of that EVERY time I see a chef deploy one. Foam is over. Stop trying to make foam happen. I would describe it as akin to eating food that has no salt in it. Salt's main culinary role is to make foods taste more intensely like themselves (think of a perfectly ripe tomato still warm from the garden with a little salt sprinkled on it OMG). I think there is a similar quality to food made with passion/heart/soul. Somehow the food just tastes more intensely like itself. I'm sure someday we'll discover that nostalgia or passion heightens your tastebuds so making food you love is truly more delicious or something, but I do believe it is a real thing. I was absolutely shocked by this comment, because it is totally factually incorrect. The crystals in parmigiano and indeed in many cheeses are one of two substances, tyrosine (a protein) crystals or calcium lactate. I mean, calcium lactate is *A* salt, but it is not culinary/table salt (sodium chloride) (and I do not believe he was being Mr. Chemistry and pointing out A salt had formed). Tyrosine crystals are the interior crunchy white crystals, and the calcium lactate can be exterior or interior. The only "salt" salt would be on the exterior of a washed-rind cheese. Thank you for coming to my Cheese Ted Talk. Oh, yeah. As much as I really, really do like Bryan, I was disappointed when Melissa's name was called (thus meaning one of the boys was going home) and Bryan reacted with obvious disappointment and something like an "oh man!" and looking at Kevin. I understand his reaction and I know that he wanted to be there with his best friend and one of them was going home, but it was pretty ugly not to congratulate Stephanie (next to whom he was standing) before acknowledging to Kevin that one of them was going home. I'm not going to stop liking him, but it was a disappointing moment. I honestly don't know who to root for. A Stephanie win would shock everyone out of their shoes, so I think I'm rooting for Stephanie. BTW, it was mentioned above, and keeps coming up in some context or another each year, and it really bugs me. I don't think Tom has a male-chef bias (if anything I think the SHOW may have, but not Tom personally). I say this in part because of how vocal and supportive Tom has been about #metoo particularly in kitchens (which are toxically anti-woman for the most part). Tom was one of the first chefs to come out condemning sexism in the industry, and this was before Batali, Besh, Chiarello, etc. had been accused and resigned (and I think Batali is still facing criminal charges). Tom has been out front (admitting his mistakes having a toxic kitchen in the past) in his industry on the topic. The fact that he and the late Anthony Bourdain (I can't type his name without tearing up) have both been advocates for women in the industry really warms my heart. Tom's open letter on sexism in the kitchen can be found here: https://medium.com/@tcolicchio/an-open-letter-to-male-chefs-742ca722e8f2 My favorite part: "Let’s start with this: Assessing a woman as a body, rather than as a person with a mind, character, and talent, denies the full measure of her humanity. It’s wrong and it demeans us all. Real men don’t need to be told this." PREACH IT TOM.
  12. Numerous countries and advocacy groups have current warnings (and some have for years) warning against travel to the US because of "gun culture" and racially motivated violence. Mama is right to worry.
  13. I wonder what they would think if they learned that the KJV was busywork King James assigned to the clergy so they wouldn't have time to complain and interfere with his apparently plentiful gay lovers. They had harassed him to the point of cramping his style with the gentlemen, so he distracted them as much as he could. Real divine inspiration, huh?
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