Hey everyone, it's Saturday - and you know what that means! It's time for another round of cocktails and gossip - this week featuring one of my all time favourite drinks for the beach: Electric Blue Lemonade - and the skinny on a few foodie related scams including a famous one perpetrated by Robert Irvine.
Irvine, who reminds me of a buff version of Simon from Alvin and the Chipmunks...
When he first came onto the Foodie Celebrity scene, Irvine boasted a resume that included claims he was a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, had a degree in food and nutrition from the University of Leeds, and had worked on the wedding cake for Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
But when an article in the the St. Petersburg Times disputed most of Irvine's assertions, the Food Network pulled his biography from its website and fired him in 2008 as host for the show Dinner Impossible - replacing him with Michael Simon of Iron Chef America.
As a person who once told a guy I was trying to impress that I played honky tonk piano and taught tennis lessons to underprivileged children, I am not throwing any stones - we do what we do - but I will say, it's interesting how quickly he was forgiven by The Food Network.
In 2009 he was re-hired to host Dinner Impossible, began an offshoot series called Restaurant Impossible, and then went on to do The Worst Cooks in America with Anne Burrell.
Which makes me wonder... even though I was outed at a party one night when an over eager piano lover exclaimed "I wish somebody could play this!" and the guy I was dating shouted "Lyndsay can play!" (People, my journey to the piano that night was like Dead man Walking) though I played an up tempo, two finger version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, perhaps there lies, still, the possibility that he doesn't think I'm insane.
A girl can dream.
Speaking of Anne Burrell, though, I couldn't dredge up any gossip on her that was cocktail worthy - but I did, however, find a little tidbit about her former mentor Mario Batali and his business partner, evil eyed Joe Bastianich.
Batali just settled to the tune of 5.25 million dollars, in a case that went to New York Federal Court where 117 waiters, captains, servers and busboys sued him and Bastianich.
According to the complaint, the workers say these restaurant owners took their hard-earned tips — in some cases as much as 5 percent of the nightly wine sales — to supplement their own profits.
To that I say, throw your cocktails down!
I may have taught some phony tennis in my day, but stealing from the people who work for you - that is just wrong.
And its interesting too because I have never liked Batali - or Bastianich for that matter - chiefly because they both come across as incredibly arrogant.
On the other hand, I must admit - as Food Network chefs go - Batali would be among the first I would want to cook for me if I was, you know, incredibly wealthy and could hire him for the evening.
Barring that, I'll just have to stick with making my own cocktails.
Watch my step by step how to video here.
Add 2 oz of lemonade or lemon sweet and sour mix to a cocktail shaker, top with 2 oz of vodka, 1.5 oz blue cureaco, and 8 ice cubes.
Fill a highball glass with crushed ice and strain the drink into it. Top with 7 Up.
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