In answer to the request from MEP, here's a link to the pork tacos I mentioned yesterday.
Super easy, really yummy. I enjoyed them just as much the next day. J. announced that they kind of tasted like the gorditas he gets when he has fast food when he's in Mexico for work.
Funny story, I learned via my Facebook addiction to status updates that a friend was making this recipe for the first time the same day I was! Her family also approved.
As for the Top Chef info request, I'm not sure I have much to say. Snoozer is a good descriptor. That football squares things was so bogus, what with all the columns being oats. Stupid. Just call it the "random product placement episode with no real connection to sports/super bowl parties/the guest judges' expertise/or much of anything at all"
The "All Stars" were lame. I love Josie, and I guess Spike and Andrew are good for comic relief, though they get on my nerves. But who the hell is Camille?
Poor Fabio and his cheddar and venison, but actually, those ingredients (and Carla's) seemed the only ones that really celebrated the teams they represented in any genuine way.
Why did the elimination challenge feel mostly like a quick fire and generally a waste of airfare for all those involved? It had this weird rehearsal/improvised feel to it. Can it be that Gail really is the mastermind behind this show, and with her off getting married or whatever, it's all falling apart?
I'll miss Jeff, just as I miss Radhika (though she lists Chicago as her hometown, she's actually originally from Cincinnati), but I have to agree that both suffered from lack of confidence in different ways. Radhika kind of crumpled under the pressure in the last few episodes, you could see it in her face, while Jeff couldn't just pick one thing and let it rock.
I do love Carla, and cannot believe I am now rooting for her to win this darn thing. At least she brings the love, and I don't mean the icky, icky stuff Leah and Hosea continue to make us watch.