Not So Much With the Hell at 'Hell's Kitchen'

Today's cuppa: Irish breakfast tea

Just a quick note to relate my experiences at a taping of Fox's "Hell's Kitchen" late yesterday afternoon, most of which I'm not allowed to talk about (I signed stuff, lots of stuff. Chef Hk_01-stairs-outside_0025.rc Gordon Ramsay has knives. 'Nuff said).

Unfortunately, the episode being shot when I was there won't be seen for a year or more (we're in cycle five; my episode was for cycle seven), by which time either the economy will be vastly improved, or we'll have a whole new Congress.

So anyone salivating at the idea of seeing me go hungry on TV will have to wait a very long time.

And even if you're willing to wait, you will still be disappointed. The only thing I can talk about was the food, and luckily, we actually got food (as fans know, this doesn't always happen, at least not for everybody in the restaurant).

My only complaint is that there were too many fish dishes among the appetizer selections -- don't really do the fish, unless it's deep-fried and served with chips -- and the only non-fish choice had bleu cheese dressing, also not a fave.

So I ordered something with scallops, gave them and anything that touched them to my dinner companions, who happily shared their red and yellow beets back with me. Yum! Had a lively conversation about which local eatery serves the best beets with our waiter, who was charming.

Then I had a very tasty side dish of mozzarella and tomatoes and an equally tasty entree of hand-cut pappardelle with grilled vegetables and peas in a cream sauce (no, I'm not a vegetarian, but I do love veggies and was in the mood for pasta).

Alas, there was no dessert -- I had high hopes of berry pudding, and my dinner companions were anticipating chocolate -- because of something that happened in the kitchen which, A, I didn't see, and B, if I did, I wouldn't tell you anyway.

But I did have a very nice cuppa coffee.

Bon appetit!

PS: I spent my morning at a table read of an upcoming "Family Guy" episode, a parody of "Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi." More to come...