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“So this move adds Spain to my brand, but who knows, perhaps next the Mediterranean? His friendship with Paltrow is such that, as he tells it, she practically begged him to let her appear in the Spain series.(“Listen, Batals, you’re not gonna cut me out on this deal, are you?Of course, they ate it in my favorite plaza, Plaza de la Corredera, which has an amazing history dating back to Roman times–some of the mosaics uncovered here in the 1960s are on display at the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos–and is also sort of the center of Córdoba hippie culture.Here’s a short video of the plaza (with Spanish commentary): It’s the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon…first a couple of beers with friends, then a long and mellow (but huge) communally-eaten lunch, then more café hopping for café con leche and whatever else comes your way.I enjoyed watching the last episode of Spain…On the Road Again, even if it was different from what I expected.They did an excellent job of giving a sense of the majesty of the Alhambra, drove to Motril and Almuñécar in Granada province, two relatively unexplored parts of southern Spain, sampled , and then drove through Córdoba and 5 kilometers outside the city to Medina Azahara (more on that amazing palace later). I read in two or three places that a few members of the crew ate in Córdoba at Sociedad de Plateros (it’s one of their top recommended restaurants), but the last episode, “A Sultan’s View of Andalucía,” featured only about ten minutes in Córdoba, and the only eating they did was toast with tomato and olive oil.Both Cherrye and Michelle from Bleeding Espresso have written about this book as well as allowed Justin to tell his story on guest posts.
“My show was never just dump and stir; my shtick was information,” he says. No longer a celebrity chef in the sense of being merely famous, he’s become intimately entwined in a particular kind of celebrity culture.By the standards of celebrity-chef omnipresence as established by Mario Batali, Mario Batali has been keeping a fairly low profile of late.He spent only two weeks this summer in New York, and since his return he has been rebuffing interview requests left and right. A decision to forgo the spotlight and stick to his knitting? “It’s about managing the amount of blab that’s out there. You know, ‘Hey, I haven’t heard about Batali in, like, three hours! ’ ” What Batali is doing is sitting on the corner of 17th Street and Irving Place at an outdoor table in front of his Spanish restaurant Casa Mono, eating pig’s feet and pickled pearl onions (“Pearls before swine”), quaffing white wine, and posing for camera-phone pictures with the endless stream of fans who interrupt his dinner.I mention Cherrye today because the next two posts I have planned are based on posts from her blog, My Bella Vita!
This one is about My Cousin the Saint: A Search for Faith, Family, and Miracles by Justin Catanoso.The chef runs the business.” And by that standard, Batali’s chefly credentials remain unimpeachable.