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  1. Famed chef Jose Andres promises doctors and nurses will eat free at his restaurants for a year after they reopen. He is the definition of a mensch.
  2. Tom has a snippet on the Bravo site about a campaign to help save restaurants during the Covid-19 pandemic. https://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-17/videos/tom-colicchio-on-how-you-can-help-save-restaurants-impacted-by-covid-19
  3. Both girls are adopted, in fact, Angela when they thought Shelagh couldn’t get pregnant, and Mai after her original adoption placement fell through. There's a disconnect for me between enthusiasm for those able to adopt and resistance to the giving up of children for adoption when the birth parents' situation (or desire) warrants it on the show.
  4. Over the course of the series, it seems that in many of the adoption storylines, the nun or midwife attending is opposed to the woman giving up the child, even when she herself is firmly decided, as Tina is here. It is strange to me, given how much hardship and neglect we have watched them witness, that they wouldn’t have the most interest in what would give the better life to both child and birth mother. That Tina had given up the fantasy of being a better mother to a third child coupled with her resistance to a regular job should have been enough for Sister Julienne to be glad for the adoption of the older kids, I’d think. When Trixie came in late for the meal and said she’d been at the Brook Center, Sister Julienne got a tight, somewhat disapproving look on her face before saying Trixie mustn’t let it interfere with her midwifery duties, which I thought was a nice callback to her more vocal objections last season. In the end, she is often more practical than judgmental, so it made sense to me that after she came to terms with Tina’s situation she’d relent in contraception to prevent its repetition.
  5. Oh, I’ve known people who kept pet rats (or their kids have). To be clear, they were acquired at pet stores, just as your typical hamsters or gerbils are, not captured in the wild (or the wilds of someone’s basement), and fed pellets. They were white, rather than gray like the unwelcome vermin.
  6. (Using spoiler tags only because this is not about S1 or 2)
  7. I didn’t care much for WWTD. I guess the incessant banter and “teach me how” aspects seem too much like morning talk show cooking segments with all their chirpiness. I’ll give it another chance next week, though.
  8. But then, presumably TG's not wearing Soriano. 😉
  9. I loved Tabla and Bread Bar at Tabla, his former NYC restaurants, when I lived there. Great food and cocktails. Very sad loss, especially given the reason.
  10. Jose Andres also had this opinion piece in the NY Times the other day, proposing that congress fund a national mobilization to feed at-risk populations during the pandemic, employing out-of-work food service personnel and using community spaces. Essentially the World Central Kitchen model writ large. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/22/opinion/restaurants-coronavirus-food-aid.html
  11. It’s always tough to care a great deal the first few episodes, when there are a ton of people, and that’s not entirely mitigated by the fact that they’re returning, so they’re not completely unknown to viewers or hard to keep straight.
  12. Geoffrey had three puffer coats among his ten looks, so hardly his whole collection. And Nina did call him out for the Rick Owens/Moncler reference, but I think the difference was that a) his use of metal mesh rather than nylon (I bet you could see it better in person than on TV) and b) he had varied shapes. The kid last season kept making long black puffer dresses, which is literally what Moncler was putting out.
  13. But that dress, and the lamentations about how no one on the show was doing anything that creative or arresting, were all in the context of the avant garde challenge, where they’re not meant to be making “wearable” or approachable pieces, and where costumey isn’t a fault. Geoffrey’s looks were certainly mostly not something people would pull off the rack and take home, but I don’t think the PR finale shows are intended to be ready-to-wear challenges. (If they were, Victoria would’ve been the obvious choice.) There are some years where winners have made collections that were both very creative and something you could see walking right out of a high-end boutique (Sebastian, for example), and others where the designer has ideas that could be refined and distilled to something wearable and salable, but are interesting and different enough in the finale show. Geoffrey seems to fall in the latter category. Only time will tell what his future holds. There are also-rans like Michael Costello who work steadily with public recognition, but nowhere near Christian’s level, and winners who made cool collections but whom you never hear a thing about. I mean, who even knows what Leanne Marshall is up to?
  14. In that still photo, it looks much more like a rug to me than I’ve noticed on the show/in videos, but I may not have been all that observant.
  15. Only if sewing is his fetish, apparently, since he ditches it when they leave the workroom.
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