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“The Catch”

The Catch

The best part of sports in general are those moments that last forever; the last second 3-pointer, a overtime field goal, a hockey shootout…

So why not let these moments age in your mind while you let a bottle of wine age on the counter?

Former San Francisco 49er Dwight Clark teamed up with Steve Ledson of Ledson winery to create 2005 Dwight Clark’s “The Catch” Russian River Pinot Noir. The wine is made of 100% Pinot Noir. The wine is a blend of four different clones from the Russian River vineyards and is aged in French Oak barrels for eight months. The proceeds from the sale of the wine benefit the Harmony Foundation for Children, which provides support and resources to underprivileged children. The wine sells for $95. (from Luxist)


Onion Rings & Parrots

Deadspin loves the Pirates remake of the final scene in the Sopranos. And as far as remakes of this scene goes, this one is good!

Ever since that final episode, everyone’s been getting in on the diner/onion rings/Journey parody. Hillary and Bill tried it, and it’s just not as funny (although that one does hava a cameo by Johnny Sack…)

And in case you want to give Tony’s last dining spot a try…

…the final scene, which depicted Tony, A.J. and Carmela sitting in a New Jersey diner booth, was shot in Holsten’s in Bloomfield, NJ (1063 Broad St., 973-338-7091). As they’re waiting for Meadow to arrive, the Sopranos munch on a bowl of onion rings (co-owner Chris Carley says Holsten’s cooked the actual rings that were on TV) and talk about the importance of remembering the good times. (from Zagat)

An End of an Era in Coney Island?


Sad news from It looks like Kobayashi might be absent from the annual 4th of July Nathan’s hot dog eating contest. His mother recently died and he’s been on sabbatical.

“He’s not even in training,” the hot dog eating champion’s manager tells Shukan Gendai. “I haven’t heard a word from him about whether he’s going to take part in the July contest and there’s no way that I know to get in touch with him.”

And in related news…

American Joey Chestnut broke Kobayashi’s all-time record, and with the Nathan’s competition coming up July 4, amazingly, Kobayashi isn’t the favorite to win this time. And that’s if he even shows up.

In other competitive eating news, did you know that Eric “Badlands” Booker, one of Kobayashi’s top competitors was the matzo ball eating champ? According to Slate

The man to beat was the record holder (21 baseball-sized balls in 5 minutes, 25 seconds), Eric “Badlands” Booker. He is a New York City subway train conductor and a giant of a man at 420 pounds. I asked his advice, and we went to the small soup bowl displaying a few balls. He picked one up, felt and turned it, like Rodin contemplating a slab of marble. “Wow, these are pretty dense,” he said.

Nathan’s photo from Flickr.

DeVito Does Steak


Danny DeVito is a pretty funny guy, especially on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but does he know anything about steak? Apparently, so.

Actor Danny DeVito is teaming up with restaurateur David Manero (Gotham City, Shore Restaurant) to debut DeVito South Beach, a posh new Italian steakhouse in Miami Beach, on June 18th. The menu nods to the recent designer steak craze (Craftsteak, Cut, Kobe Club, etc.) with a “global flight” of Kobe cuts from Japan, Nebraska and Australia, served in a vast bilevel space that includes a first-floor dining room with red Venetian chandeliers, exposed brick and an open kitchen, an upstairs lounge with DJ booth and an alfresco area with several outdoor cabanas.

If you missed one of my previous posts, he’s also is starting his own Lemoncello and appeared on The View pretty drunk. See proof here.

DeVito South Beach
150 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL

Photo from here.

Robert Rodriguez Cooking School

Not only does Robert Rodriguez make movies, but he cooks. And according to yumsugar, he includes 10-minute cooking school videos on most of his DVD’s.

Here’s a couple.

Sin City Breakfast Tacos (homemade tortilla recipe included.)

Puerco Pibil (slow roasted pork)

Dinner with Obama

Dinner with Obama

Whether you’re going to vote for him or not, you gotta admit this is a pretty genius idea out of the Obama camp.

The chance to eat dinner with a presidential nominee and ask anything your heart desires just seems like a great way to really show that you don’t mind talking (and eating) with common folk.

4 lucky supporters will be picked at random to have dinner with Obama somewhere along the campaign trail. Transportation will be provided.

You can donate anywhere between $10 – $4600 (or other) to be eligible.

Four supporters who make a donation between now and 11:59 pm EDT on Wednesday, June 13, will join Barack for an intimate dinner for five.

Get the kind of treatment other politicians reserve for special interests. Make a donation today and you could share your story and your ideas with Barack in person.

Head over to for your chance to eat with the nominee.

4 Star All Stars


Top Chef 3 in Miami officially starts next week (June 13th) but tonight at 10pm on Bravo is the 4 Star All Star Challenge brings back some of the more popular contestants from the past 2 seasons to compete for charities.

You can see 5 minutes from tonight’s episode over on Yahoo. It looks pretty good. They only show the quickfire challenge, but the contestants have to prepare a dish using 2 eggs, with one hand behind their back.

Looks like it could be a classic episode.

Billions of Vitamins

Vitamin Water

I guess they should’ve waited a couple more months before they released Diet Coke with vitamins, cause Coke now has all they vitamins they could ever want.

Coca-Cola said last week that it would acquire Glaceau for $4.1 billion in cash to gain a foothold in the fast-growing enhanced water market.

Yes, that’s right – that’s a “b.” I wouldn’t even need very much stock; I’d be pretty happy with 10 percent of that total. Which is exactly what rapper 50 Cent will collect; he bought that much of Glacéau back in 2004, when the company released a grape-flavored Formula 50 version of its Vitamin Water in his honor. Formula 50 sold over 10 million bottles in its first 6 months. How does Jeff Gordon’s Chardonnay compare to that? (from Food & Wine’s Mouthing Off)

While it’s not exactly a cheap purchase, I think it makes a lot of sense for Coke. Vitaminwater has had huge growth of late, and that looks likely to continue. With sales of soft drinks flat or even declining, it needs something to drive revenue growth. (from

Photo from Flickr.

Get Your Food Fix


Thank god there’s TiVo in our lives, cause if you’re a foodie then your TV season is about to begin. Thanks to the heads up by Eater LA.

The first show on the list (The Next Food Network Star) aired last night but they’ll be running repeats all week.

The Next Food Network Star
Premiere: Sunday, June 3, 9/8c
Network: Food Network
Stars: Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis, etc.
Prize: A Food Network series
LA Moment: Contestant Nikki Shaw is the wife of former Lakers player Brian Shaw.
What We’re Watching For: Let’s be honest. Giada De Laurentiis’ low-cut, body-hugging cooking.
TiVo Recommendation: One green thumb up

Hell’s Kitchen
Premiere: Monday, June 4, 9/8c
Network: FOX
Stars: Gordon Ramsay
Prize: Head Chef of the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa, Las Vegas
LA Moment: Season 1 winner, Michael Wray, currently mans the kitchen at Tatou and will make a cameo.
What We’re Watching For: When Gordon Ramsay finally snaps and bludgeons a contestant to death.
TiVo Recommendation: Three green thumbs up

Top Chef
Premiere: Wednesday, June 13, 10/9c (with special event June 6, 10/9c)
Network: Bravo
Stars: Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Ted Allen
Prize: $100,000 to start a restaurant
LA Moment: Hunky 6’8″ Chris lives in Venice, where he’s a private chef for people like Arianna Huffington, a former pro volleyball player and–cue inspirational soundtrack–a cancer survivor.
What We’re Watching For: Comic relief by Queer Eye culinary expert Ted Allen.
TiVo Recommendation: Two green thumbs up

Photo from Flickr.

Eat with your Entourage


Fans of Entourage probably know that they use a lot of “real” LA spots to shoot the show. If you’re from LA and a fan of the show, you might recognize a lot of the places they frequent. But in case you’re having trouble, check out this consisive list of LA restaurants, bars, clubs and shops compiled by


KOI 730 N. La Cienega Blvd. This scene-y sushi place is the site of choice for Eric’s verbal sparring with Vince’s agent, Ari (Jeremy Piven) (see episodes 1, 9 and 22). So many hot young actresses (Lindsay Lohan, Mischa Barton, Paris Hilton among them) regularly pack the joint that exec producer Larry Charles dubs it “flesh and fish” on the season one DVD commentary. In fact, Amanda Peet drops by Eric’s table in episode 9 saying she wants to do a movie with Vince.

URTH CAFFE 8565 Melrose Ave. This uber-trendy organic coffeehouse is where Jessica Alba runs into the guys in episode 2 and invites them to a party at her Malibu house. On another day, they might have run into other Young Hollywooders like Amanda Bynes, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel Bilson–or perhaps a producer or two. “That’s a place [producer] Steve Levinson and I live for,” says Ellin. “We go there all the time.”

COFFEE BEAN & TEA LEAF 8793 Beverly Blvd. The guys meet up here with Ari (who’s mistakenly waiting at the Starbucks across the street) in episode 7, but this celeb-frequented coffeehouse is most notable for becoming Ari’s makeshift office after he’s drummed out of the agency at the end of season 2. He meets with client Richard Schiff at one of the indoor tables; trusty assistant Lloyd offers up tokens for the restroom.

JERRY’S FAMOUS DELI 8701 Beverly Blvd. A regular hang for the Entourage quartet, who make room in their booth for Mandy Moore (who plays herself throughout the second half of season 2) in episode 19, even though Vince and Mandy are supposed to be avoiding PDAs after an item about their rekindled romance appears in Page Six. In real-life, you might run into Johnny Knoxville, Evangeline Lilly or Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake at this delicatessen decorated with theater posters and boasting a menu of over 600 items.

PINK’S 709 N. La Brea Ave. Iconic L.A. hot dog stand which invariably has a line of patrons down the block. Queued up with the guys, Eric gets a call on his cell here from Ari here in episode 6. Nicole Kidman and Tom Hanks are among those who love the famed chili dogs; it’s even said that Bruce Willis proposed to Demi Moore here.

REAL FOOD DAILY 414 N. La Cienega Blvd. Popular organic vegan restaurant–Alicia Silverstone and Tobey Maguire are fans–to which Vince’s health-conscious fling Fiona drags him and his buds in episode 5, plus a predictably irritated Ari: “I’m on Atkins. I need protein…real protein, like man protein, from the flesh of slaughtered animals.”

THE IVY 113 N. Robertson Blvd. Well-known Industry power-lunch spot and paparazzi hotbed where stars like Tom Cruise and Jessica Simpson go when they want their photos taken. In Entourage’s first episode, Ari is briefly shown talking on his cell phone in front of the restaurant. “We didn’t have permission for that,” Ellin says. “Literally, Jeremy and I were in the back of a car. He jumped out and ran across the street. There were no permits. Cars were honking. And Jeremy almost got run over, actually.”

TOAST 8221 W. 3rd St. Over a cup of coffee outside this cozy bakery/cafe where you might spot Nicky Hilton or Jared Leto, the guys discuss decamping for NYC to shoot Queens Boulevard in episode 8. It’s also where they try to tell Vince that Mandy Moore is cheating on him with her ex-fiance in episode 21, but he won’t hear it.

TABLE 8 7661 Melrose Ave. Vince and Eric have a blowout argument in this restaurant at the end of season 1 when Eric insists on full compensation for being Vince’s manager. The eatery–discreetly tucked underneath a tattoo parlor on Melrose–counts funnyman Jamie Kennedy among its investors, and Jennifer Aniston, Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart among its patrons.

PANE E VINO 8265 Beverly Blvd. At this celeb-favored Italian trattoria where the guys have lunch on the garden patio in episode 13, Drama runs into his bud Anthony Anderson, who hooked him up with a role in Barbershop (left on the cutting-room floor, of course), and Turtle’s “sure thing” blind date scurries off after getting a cross-patio glimpse of him (awww).

LUCQUES 8474 Melrose Ave. Eric and Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui), daughter of the owner of Ari’s agency, Terrence (Malcolm McDowell), share a romantic dinner in episode 19 at this restaurant renowned for its French-Mediterranean cuisine.

THE LITTLE DOOR 8164 W. 3rd St. Lunching in the courtyard of this enchanting, Industry-frequented eatery, Sloan offers to help Eric get a job with her father in episode 22.

HAMBURGER HAMLET 9201 W. Sunset Blvd. In episode 21, Ari, locked in a power struggle with his boss Terrence, activates his emergency secession plan at the agency with two code words–”tsetse fly”–that signal a secret meeting is being held at this casual dining chain. Why here? “Because nobody who works in this business would ever be caught dead eating there,” says Ari.

ALMOR WINE AND SPIRITS 7855 W. Sunset Blvd. The boys drop by this elegant, well-stocked liquor outpost on the edge of the Sunset Strip to pick up a bottle on the way to Jessica Alba’s bash in episode 2.

MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE 246 N. Canon Dr. Opulent (and pricey) eatery favored by old-school Industry players. It’s where Vince charms the initially hesitant, middle-aged producer into casting him in Queens Boulevard by discussing L.A.’s “weed drought” over beluga caviar in episode 5.

MULBERRY STREET PIZZERIA 240 S. Beverly Dr. In episode 19, the group enjoys what’s often called the best pizza in L.A. at this New York-style joint opened by Raging Bull star Cathy Moriarty.


GEISHA HOUSE 6633 Hollywood Blvd. Mandy Moore celebrates her birthday with Vince and his buds in episode 19 at this hip, bold, two-level Japanese restaurant/lounge whose backers include–dontcha know?–Ashton Kutcher, Wilmer Valderrama, Danny Masterson and Jamie Kennedy.

101 COFFEE SHOP 6145 Franklin Ave. Late-night Hollywood clubgoers flock to this funky, retro eatery just off the 101 freeway to sober up with delish diner fare. Entourage’s foursome chows down here in episode 4.

CRAZY GIRLS 1433 N. La Brea Ave. Strip joint where the guys meet with Walsh in episode 7 to discuss the Queens Boulevard script–at noon. “Crazy Girls has got a great buffet,” says Drama. (”I’ve been there a couple of times,” Ellin admits.)


THE PALM 1100 S. Flower St. After the boxing match in episode 3, the guys kick back with Luke Wilson and Jimmy Kimmel (who invites Vince to be a guest on his show) at this downtown branch of the upscale steakhouse chain, known for its caricatures of celebs, politicians and loyal customers adorning the walls. Filming took place during a real post-fight party that night.


I CUGINI 1501 Ocean Ave. Italian seafood restaurant where, in episode 11, Vince’s lawyer breaks the news to the quartet over an alfresco lunch that, due to a dwindling bank account, the most Vince can spend on a new house is a paltry $1 million–unless, of course, he agrees to star in Aquaman.

URTH CAFFE 2327 Main St. In episode 20, a lovestruck Vince is late for breakfast with his buds at this recently opened branch of the WeHo organic coffeehouse–so late that Drama has scarfed down Vince’s egg-white frittata.

DRAGO 2628 Wilshire Blvd. Mandy Moore meets with Vince in episode 16 to make sure working together won’t be awkward for the former lovebirds in this resplendent Italian restaurant from noted chef Celestino Drago.

Excerpted from the May/June 2006 issue of Hollywood Life. Photo from the New York Times.