Category: TV Shows

Rankin And Bass And Snow Forts

It seemed like in the 1960s winter snow was plentiful. Built up from driveway plowing or roof top shoveling we had heaps of the cold, white, compact snow. At times snow as high as the roof eaves. With a small spade shovel and young castle building imagination the snow fort was eventually erected with tunnels, …

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Happy Birthday, Rudolph

The beloved television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” first aired on this day, December 6, 1964, on NBC. Now a classic, this stop-motion animation was produced by the iconic Rankin & Bass team and narrated by Burl Ives. The show was based on the Johnny Marks song “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” which has lyrics from …

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Sinatra in Palm Springs – The Place He Called Home

This month I had the pleasure of visiting Palm Springs, and of watching the recently released documentary on Frank Sinatra’s life in Palm Springs, and I must say that the film paints an accurate portrait of the beautiful desert oasis. One of the narrators of the film describes a Palm Springs neighborhood looking exactly the …

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Eight Questions with Top Chef Contestant Beverly Kim

Top Chef Contestant Beverly Kim was a fan fave from the start of season 9. She wowed us with her modernist Asian dishes inspired by her mom and warmed our hearts with her sweet personality. Chef Kim was underrated by several of her fellow chefstestants, but after packing her knives and leaving the competition she …

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10 Delicious Questions with Chef Ariane Duarte!

Chef Ariane Duarte was one of our favorite contestants in Top Chef:  Season 5.  Prominent personalites were abundant as Fabio and Stefan represented “Team Euro” and Carla was hooty-hooing left and right.  Chef Ariane seemed to grow from a humble contestant into the New Jersey diva that won several challenges, and stole our foodie hearts. Today Chef Duarte …

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A Charming Interview with Chef Susan Feniger

Chef Susan Feniger loves what she does, and it shows the second you taste her food, or talk to her about food.  From collaborating on restaurants and food ventures with Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill, CITY, Ciudad, Two Hot Tamales) to opening her very own restaurant,STREET, which luckily we had the pleasure of dining at and recently reviewed – here.  …

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A Toothsome Interview With Chef Kevin Gillespie

Chef Kevin Gillespie, fan favorite of Top Chef: Season 6, took some time out of his busy day to answer some our burning culinary questions.  Chef Gillespie is the Executive Chef/Co-Owner at the Woodfire Grill in Atlanta, and his Southern boy hospitality allowed us a peek into the future of this TopScallop’s favorite. (Eric Rankin, Interviewer) Do you keep …

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Chef Bio: Susur Lee

Susur Lee, who was born in 1958 in Hong Kong, works out of Toronto in Canada.  He first worked in the Peninsula Hotel, which is located in Hong Kong, and he has 5 siblings.  After emigrating to Canada in 1978, he worked at several restaurants. He now owns two — Lee, and Lee Lounge.  These …

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Chef Bio: Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus Samuelsson was born in Ethiopia during 1970 and was named at birth, Kassahun Tsegie.  He is from Sweden and co-owns C-House restaurant (located in Affinia Hotel — Chicago), as well as the Aquavit Restaurant — NYC.  His mom died when he was three and chef Samuelsson and his sister were adopted by a couple …

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Chef Bio: Jonathan Waxman

A culinary career wasn’t necessarily Jonathan Waxman’s first career choice, although he was raised by parents who loved to cook and shared that love with their son. In fact, the Berkley, California native, born in 1950, was a trombonist, playing in bands in Las Vegas when he moved to France to study at the famed …

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