My Food Network Personal Tour!

I recently had the amazing opportunity to receive my very own personal tour of the Food Network here in Manhattan’s Chelsea Market.  I can pretty much sum up the tour in One Word: INCREDIBLE.  Seriously, I didn’t want to leave…I was having so much fun viewing all of the rooms, kitchens, studios, closets (yes, the closets were unreal…filled with everything from unique foods to spices to plates, bowls and gadgets—Ha, I thought working in the fashion closets at Ralph Lauren and Vogue were amazing back in the day when I was at those jobs, but now…move over fashion—Food….here I come)…

The above picture is the ‘Lounge’ area, which is filled with plush couches, exposed brick and a television for the Food Network staff to enjoy and relax in between working, hehe!

Look at all of these video tapes!  Talk about a ‘movie night’…the video libraries have everything from Rachel Ray to Emeril…

This room was unreal; I was able to watch editing of a few Food Network commercials and was able to watch the ‘voice-overs’ and recording studios!

Yes, this was the best part of the entire tour…the KITCHEN….O my goodness, let’s just say I didn’t wanna leave…my tour guide had to drag me out of there…it was amazing…every kind of food, appliance, gadget, utensil, etc. you can imagine…all in one room!

This is a picture from up above that I took walking on the ‘walkway’ in air…you can see all of the camera lights and the huge studio room below as this is where all the sets are displayed and where all of the filming takes place for the shows such as Iron Chef.

Look at this cart…the most adorable kitchen gadgets…I was so tempted to snag a lil momento, hehe…but I didn’t…

Beyond these doors they were filming…We had to tip-toe and whisper…

And here I am, at the end of my tour next to the big Food Network sign.

Hope you enjoyed my tour as much as I did!

Tonight I’m attending the Taste of The Nation Event thanks to POM Wonderful…I’ll be sure to recap with tons of pictures of my delicious eats.


Event Review: ‘Entertaining For All Palattes’ at The DeGustibus Cooking School


Last Monday my dear friend Susan invited me to the De Gustibus Cooking School located inside Macy’s Herald Square here in Manhattan for a fabulous evening of cooking demonstrations and dinner by the famous green caterer, Mary Cleaver, owner of The Cleaver Company, deliciously tasty farm-to-table fresh restaurant located in Chelsea Market.

The event was centered around ‘Entertaining For All Palattes’ and Mary did just that..and beyond.  She wowed me with her dazzling cooking techniques and served up a delicious menu full of unique green market fare.  While sipping on champagne and exquisite wines, we were presented with a five course meal that was prepared right in front of our eyes.

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The mission of De Gustibus is “To continue the tradition of serving the culinary community by showcasing the talents of established chefs, rising stars and sommeliers to food and wine lovers, with the utmost hospitality.”

This class was incredibly interesting and the dinner was delicious.  I am surely going to be checking out the calender of events at De Gustibus and attending another class soon.

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Our dinner started off with a soup and crudites, followed by oysters and duck with roasted vegetables.  And to top off the perfect evening a chocolate dessert.

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I had a wonderful time at the De Gustibus Cooking School and I will surely be returning for another exciting class and tasty meal.  Thank you, Susan for a fabulously delicious evening.

Swordfish Kabobs


This past weekend, I decided to heat up the grill and make fresh fish kabobs before the weather starts to  cool.  For some reason, kabobs remind me of the summertime and BBQ’s on my parents back deck after a long day at the beach.

Well, this past weekend sure came close to the same flavors and tastes that I get when I’m grilling at the beach, however, a grill in Manhattan just simply isn’t the same.  But, I knew what I was getting myself into and sure enough these kabobs turned out perfect! I visited the Union Square Market on Saturday morning bright and early to ensure I had a nice selection of fish to choose from.  Sure enough, as I passed the fruits and veggies, the freshly picked flowers, the pumpkin pies and current scones, I stumbled upon my favorite fish guy–and what was on the special, might you ask? Swordfish. Perfect, I thought and went ahead to purchase myself a fabulous swordfish steak-yum.

I decided to make the kabob recipe off the top of my head and choose whatever fruits and veggies I stumbled upon at the market.  I breezed past a bunch of red bell peppers-check, shallots- o yes, oranges- so deliciously fresh, sweet potatoes- without a doubt and fresh basil- an ‘Amie’ must.

Not having skewers in my little Manhattan apartment, I set out on a mission to Chelsea Market and found a  set of skewers — just perfect for my fresh swordfish.  After traveling across the city in search of my kabob ingredients, I fired up the grill and had a mini kabob party: me, myself and the lil kabobs.  Not bad for a Saturday night, huh?


  • 2 lbs. swordfish steaks
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 Tbsp. grain mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 lb. sweet potatoes
  • 2 small oranges, sliced
  • 1 tsp. agave nectar
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Handful of fresh basil, finely chopped
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • Skewers


  • Preheat grill.
  • Cut swordfish into 1 inch cubes.
  • Combine mustard, olive oil, shallot, agave nectar, sea salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar and basil; mix well.
  • Coat swordfish cubes with mustard mixture.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Cut sweet potato, red peppers, shallot and orange slices into ‘skewer-friendly’ pieces.
  • Thread fish, sweet potato, red bell peppers, orange wedges onto skewers.
  • Place skewers on the grill over low heat; cook for 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
  • Baste fish and vegetables with marinade when skewers are turned.
  • Enjoy!