September 5, 2013 |
Whew! The "MasterChef" finale came mighty close to including the most reviled competitor in show history. Instead, the final two competitors standing will include the second- most disliked competitor of the season, Natasha Crnjac, a 26-year-old homemaker from San Diego. Now, Natasha will face off with Luca Manfe, a 31-year-old restaurant manager from New York City, he with the charming accent and the never-give-up story line. His first stab at "MasterChef" was a failure, but he came back for more and fought his way into the finale by absorbing every polishing note the judges hand him. But will it be enough to pull past Natasha, whose multicultural background has seemingly given her the dazzling ability to cook across an array of cuisines -- while teetering on stilettos?
June 15, 2013 |
TEHRAN -- Wild celebrations broke out on Tehran streets Saturday evening when the Iranian Interior Ministry confirmed centrist cleric Hassan Rowhani's presidential election victory, throwing open the political order after relentless crackdowns by hard-liners to consolidate and safeguard their grip on power. An enormous gathering of chanting and cheering supporters flooded the center of Tehran where Rowhani's headquarters were located. Many of them wore purple T-shirts or scarves, the color of his campaign.
May 22, 2013 |
Pauly D's got a new hairstyle and he seems to be pretty pumped about it. The "Jersey Shore" alum, whose real name is Paul DelVecchio, shared a photo of himself on Instagram debuting the new 'do, which combs down his signature spiky blowout that he's spent hours of his life perfecting. And it seems like the 1920s jitterbug has bit the raucous DJ. Behold the power of Leonardo DiCaprio. QUIZ: Test your 'Jersey Shore' vocabulary " #TheGreatDJGatsby !!!" he wrote , posting the pic of the neat and sleek side part.
January 31, 2013 |
I fell in love at first sight with Tina Fey's "30 Rock," the NBC sitcom that Thursday night will end our seven-season relationship with a double-length series finale. We have both grown in the interim - well, "30 Rock" has - and if it is not now the same series that first won my heart, by winning my head, it is an even better one, bold and confident and more completely itself. The show that premiered on Oct. 11, 2006, was in many respects a conventional backstage comedy. Fey's show runner Liz Lemon struggled with corporate interference in the form of Alec Baldwin's Jack Donaghy, "the new vice president of East Coast television and microwave programming" - GE owned NBC at the time - and an unruly new star, Tracy Morgan's Tracy Jordan , who introduced himself to her letting her know that, contrary to tabloid reports, "I'm not on crack, I'm straight-up mentally ill. " At the same time, it contained the seeds of all it would become - as a comedy series on NBC about a comedy series on NBC, it was self-referential and meta-fictional from the start, and an unpredictable line like "We're a team now, like Batman and Robin, like chicken and a chicken container" (Tracy to Liz)
December 13, 2012 |
Canter's Deli regulars, thought you knew the menu at your favorite 24/7 Jewish deli? Think again. It's not all lox and corned beef and matzoh ball soup anymore. The 82-year-old Fairfax Avenue delicatessen says it's bringing its menu into the 21st century. And if that means offering panini made with gluten-free bagels, so be it. Jacqueline Canter, a fourth-generation Canter and one of the restaurant's managers, says 40 new menu items have been added, including 15 panini and melts, new breakfast items, more burgers and now gluten-free bagels, gluten-free matzoh, even a house-made gluten-free bun for hamburgers.
November 19, 2012 |
Sunday night's edition of "The Next Iron Chef" was a little sad and a lot frustrating. What started as a playful trip to the original Farmer's Market in the Fairfax district turned into an all-out, knife-slinging war. The Chairman's Challenge: Using photos that famed photographer Todd Selby took of the chefs in the Farmer's Market, create a dish that captures the personality of one of the other contestants in one bite. The chefs were split up into four "teams" and competed head to head.