I’m sitting here working away and Tim Rogers says to me, “Hey, Wick had lunch with Mico [Rodriguez] last week and said he was opening a new restaurant.” I asked Tim if he had any details. He said no and then proceeded to say, “It’s Pinky something and it is going to open in West Village.”
A cursory Google search turned up a link to Foodie Couture blog where Uno Immanivong, a self-described food groupie, writes about her involvement with Mico’s new venture, Pinky Chan – China Town. Check out the nut graph:
His newest creation is about an Asian concubine, Pinky, who moves from Shanghai to Paris in the 1950’s to follow her true love only to find out that he’s married with a family. Heart broken in the “City of Love” and alone, she’s determined to make it despite her adversity. Pinky was an entertainer, cook and seamstress in China. Her only option was to reinvent herself in Paris. She worked at a sidewalk café as a sous chef by day, jazz lounge by night, and making her own couture apparel any spare moment she had… saving every penny to open her own place. Her dream finally came true in 1958 with the opening of “Pinky Chan – China Town”. Pinky became a celebrity in her own right… she earned the respect of the Parisians through her day to day interactions and desire to inspire others with food, wine, and fine clothing.
I heard several months ago that Mico was looking at the vacant Tom Tom space in West Village. You can check for updates.
Last night’s episode left me feeling more annoyed than ever. Sure, watching the chefs struggle with outlandish ingredients such as duck nuts and giant dinosaur-like eggs made things slightly more entertaining than usual, but I just couldn’t get past all of the scheming and plotting that went down. This show is becoming less about who’s the best chef, and more about who’s the best game-player. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some good reality TV drama. But this drama wasn’t entertaining at all. The only thing that kept me from shutting off the TV halfway through was the fact that Gail has finally graced us with her presence again. But she didn’t get much screen time because we had to watch the chefs repeatedly throw each other under the bus. Ugh.
Jump if you managed to make it through the entire episode.2 Comments »
Tonight is Thursday night and almost time for one of the most mind-numbing single hours of television experience. Families used to gather around the TV for Bonanza. Now we snuggle up for Wipeout. Admit it. You love it or you know someone who loves it.
So help out a snack-challenged family. I’m tired of microwaved popcorn stinking up the house. Give me snack ideas for guilty TV pleasures that don’t require Kent Rathbun skills.
And PS: Don’t you really, really want to try, just once, your shot at the Big Balls? Come on, tell me.3 Comments »
Amy Severson reports chef Tom Fleming is opening a breakfast and lunch spot on Walnut Hill Lane. You remember Tom, he’s been at Lombardi Mare, Pappas Bros., Old Hickory Steak House @ The Gaylord, Central 214, and The Riviera. This guy can cook. Will chef Fleming quit his day job as executive corporate chef with Preferred Restaurant Management Group and try to do both? Just curious as to why he’s not doing dinner. Tom, I know you are out there, call with details please. Welcome back.3 Comments »