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What I’ve been watching lately – March 27

What I’ve been watching lately – March 27

Top Chef Top Chef is BACK and I could not be more excited. It’s honestly the thing I look most forward to each week. I am really excited about it being an all-stars season, and I think the cast for this season is really excellent. […]

Ranking the Seasons of Top Chef

Ranking the Seasons of Top Chef

With a new season of Top Chef around the corner – an All-Star season at that – it seemed like the perfect time to do my personal rankings of Top Chef. I am not a Day 1 Top Chef fan. Hell, I’m not even a […]

What I’ve been watching this week – October 15

What I’ve been watching this week – October 15

Drag Race UK

RuPaul’s Drag Race has finally made it across the pond. The first two episodes have been a lot of fun. I am biased because I feel like a British (or Northern Irish!) accent makes everything better.

I think the cast has been great. I love that they went with 10 queens and we can really focus on them. There seems to be a clear divide in social media queens and performing queens which seems to be more prominent than on American seasons. This is pretty evident in the Lip Sync For Your Life performances. They have been, uh, rough.

I’m really excited to see where the rest of this season goes.

Schitt’s Creek

I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to watch this show. It is unbelievable.

I just finished the third season, and I felt that this season is where the characters really began to learn and grow from the mistakes they’ve made in the past. They’ve been able to become better people and closer as a family. All without losing that ‘Rose’ charm that we love.

The writing in this show is truly outstanding. There are so many great quotes in every single episode. I laugh out loud every time I watch this show. But it doesn’t sacrifice real, genuine moments just for laughs. It might be a perfect show???

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Top Chef Charleston

In trying to find something to have on during the day while working, I have turned to Top Chef Charleston. It was the first season I watched while it was on. It has a great group of returnees, and a pretty decent cast of newbies with a few standouts (hi Jim!!!!).

I always love the idea of a Fan vs Favourites season of any show, but the veterans always have a huge upper hand in the competition. At this point I’d rather just see an all newbies or all returnees season.

For my Top Chef coverage, check out the Top Chef RHAP Up.

What I’ve been watching this week – October 1

What I’ve been watching this week – October 1

Hustlers I know, I went to go see a movie in theatres, I can’t believe it either. With all the hype surrounding the movie, and with the absolutely unreal, star-studded cast, I felt like I couldn’t miss it. Especially now that I have Tuesdays free […]

What I’ve been watching this week – May 13

What I’ve been watching this week – May 13

Taskmaster I am so glad that my favourite show is back. In the 9th season of Taskmaster, 5 comedians/presenters/general brits on tv come together to complete tasks and then watch each other complete the tasks. Sounds not great in concept, but holy F is it […]

April Reads

April Reads

Buttermilk Graffiti by Edward Lee

I was wandering around a bookstore recently and came across Buttermilk Graffiti, a book about Top Chef Texas Alumni Ed Lee’s journey through the impact that immigrants have had on the food culture of the USA. He explores pockets of the country where there are large immigrant communities, why they went there and how they have impacted the area.

I loved this book. It was an incredibly interesting way to present the stories of immigrants through the states. I learned quite a bit about food and culture and why the two are so intertwined. If books about food are any interest to you, this is a must-read.

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

I don’t really know what came over me when I placed a hold on this book. I didn’t really know who Rachel Hollis was. I didn’t read her blog. It didn’t really occur to me that this was a second book, and I didn’t read ‘Girl, Wash Your Face‘. I don’t really gravitate towards ‘self-help’ books.

Is this the best book I’ve ever read? No, of course not. Did I enjoy it? Yes! Did it leave me completely inspired and ready to change my life? Not particularly. The book features some good messaging. Work hard and make plans. Believe in yourself. Etc. It’s messaging we all need to hear sometimes. I made quick work of this book, finishing it in under 24 hours, but I feel like it could have been a lot shorter. It got pretty repetitive after while, and I found the constant ‘Girl’ and ‘Sister’ when referring to the reader forced. Overall I liked it and would recommend it if it’s your jam. I just don’t feel like a whole new woman after reading it and that’s perfectly fine.

Things I Didn’t Finish Reading

What She Ate: 6 Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Story by Laura Shapiro

I was enjoying this book, but it was not one I was able to quickly devour. That’s fine, not every book is supposed to be. This is heady, filled with historical details about 6 women who played an important role in history. The reason I didn’t finish this book is that it fell victim to a holdpocolypse. The other books (the two listed above!) were just ones I was more interested in reading and it had to be returned. I’m in another hold lull, so I will probably go back to it.

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

While I was holed up after some light knee surgery, my boyfriend and I watched a special about the Salem Witch Trials. In the show, they talked about how The Crucible was based on that. I thought I would place a hold on the book/play. I tried reading it, I was into the prologue but once I got to the meat of the play I lost interest and returned it.

What I’ve been watching this week – March 18

What I’ve been watching this week – March 18

Top Chef Kentucky – The latest season of Top Chef came to an end this week, and it was one of my favourite finales. Maybe because my favourite cheftestant from the very beginning took the whole thing, which rarely happens for me. The season overall […]

What I’ve been watching this week – February 25

What I’ve been watching this week – February 25

Top Chef 4 & 5 – I’m just getting deeper and deeper into my Top Chef binge. Season 4 was one of my favourites so far. I still have 2 episodes left in that season, my boyfriend wanted to watch it with me because he […]

What I’ve been watching this week – February 4

What I’ve been watching this week – February 4

FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened – Everyone was talking about it. This doesn’t usually mean that I am into watching things everyone is talking about. I usually avoid those things because I don’t feel like having an opinion about it and then someone arguing with that opinion. But, my boyfriend really wanted to watch it, so I did as well. Although I did make this tasty soup while it was on.

The feeling I was left with was annoyance. All of these people were so high on themselves trying to make a product that would look cool on social media, no one stopped to think about how it should happen. And maybe it was Billy’s plan all along for it to just be a giant scam, I don’t know. I hate them all. Except the Bahamian people in the documentary, I feel genuinely bad for those who put a lot of work into this and didn’t get paid. I don’t know if I would recommend it, but you’ve probably already watched it anyway.

Top Chef 12 – In my total Top Chef rewatch, I naturally put on the season that came next in order. I love Top Chef Boston. This was really the transition into Top Chef as we know it from the middle seasons. This season features one of my favourite winners, and a lot of fun characters.

Top Chef 1 – After I (very) quickly finished season 12, I thought, since it was available to me, I should start riiiiight from the beginning. It’s funny to see how everything started, what elements are still present in the show today, and how bad shows looked in 2006.

What I’ve been watching this week – January 28

What I’ve been watching this week – January 28

Top Chef Season 11 – I couldn’t stop the Top Chef train this week. After I finished Season 10, I moved right onto Season 11, New Orleans. This is such a fun season. I love New Orleans and I really enjoy seeing the city as […]