The Real Housewives of___fill in the blank saga continues??

   I live in Southern California  and have been a fan of the Bravo show the Real Housewives of Orange County from the very first season. 

  I was thrilled when more and more Real Housewives Cities Joined in the Fun,  Drama, and Craziness that seemed to unfold on the shows.

At first I viewed the shows the way that any good anthropologist would. 

   By examining and analyzing the way that different cultures

  grow, develop and interact with each other.

  Then reporting on what you have learned.

A few Good qualities that a anthropologist should  possess are…

1.  Is to be inquisitive about life and society. 

 2. Have the patience to watch how humans behave.

 3.  And to be non-judgemental.

No problem!

  I can do all of those things,

 but the being non-judgemental kind of takes all the fun out of it.

   I mean really…

 Who among us doesn’t like to critique?

But now with the suicide of Russell Armstrong, (Beverly Hills Housewives)  the whole world seems to be critiquing the Bravo Franchise Future.

~*~

I came across a poll today.

Is the Real Housewives show to blame for Russells suicide?

 52% say yes 48% say no

Do the producers have a moral responsibility to the cast?

  71% say yes..24% say no

Should Bravo cancel the show?

  48% say yes…52% say no

Does reality t.v. ruin relationships?

  85% yes…12% say no

Would you go on the Real housewives for $50,000?

  33% say yes..67% say no

Would you go on the show for a million dollars?

  69% say yes…31% say no

The past few months I have heard stories of how Teresa Giudice (New Jersey Housewives) and her husband Joe only made a combined income of $79,000 a year when the show first started.  And then filled for bankruptcy for 11 Million dollars a few years later…

How does this happen?

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There are never ending stories on the internet about Bankruptcy, Divorce,  Foreclosure, and Death involving the Real Housevives shows. 

 Questions of

Is there a curse on anyone who dares be in the public spotlight by being on a reality T.V. Show.

I don’t know about a curse, but there sure seems to be a plague of Bankruptcy and Divorce with the Real Housewives…

~Bankruptcy~

  

Sonja Morgan ….. New York 

Alexis Bellino…..  Orange County

 

Teresa Guidice…  New Jersey

    Lisa Wu Hartwell …. Atlanta

Michaele Salahi ….. Washington D.C.

  

Lynn Cartin …. Orange County

~Divorce~

 

Vicki Gunvalson…Orange County

 

Countess Luann de Lessep….New York

 

Tamra Barney…Orange Country 

Camille Grammer….Beverly Hills

 

Sheree Whitfield…Atlanta

 

Nene Leakes…Atlanta

  

Lisa Wu Hartwell…Atlanta

 

Jeanna Keough…Orange County

 

Cat Ommanney…Washington D.C.

~*~

 And Honorable mention for being the next to  divorce?

~*~

Alexis Bellino…Orange County

Ramona Singer…New York

Teresa Giudice…New Jersey

Lynn Cartin…Orange County

Michaele Salahi…DC

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What at first appeared to be a entertaining little show

 (that I admit I’m addicted to)

 about the lives of the rich and famous

 has turned into a bitch fest

 of people doing nothing more than trying to out do each other

by either suddenly becoming

 writers of tell all books

  singers recording really terrible music

designers hocking crappy clothes, jewelry, accessories

 wine or other alcoholic drinks

 they have put their name on. 

  WE watch them  spending all the money they have

 or don’t have on a lifestyle

 that is suppose to make us envious? 

~*~

I guess this formula works pretty well.   Just look at the top two  reality T.V. shows…

 Jersey shore

  A group of 20 somethings  that have been thrown together.  We watch them doing nothing more than hooking up…. drinking and looking for trouble.

Keeping up with the Kardashian’s

A dysfuntional family that loves to

 fight.. whine .. shop

and  frequent expensive restaurants and clubs 

while  one upping each other to hog the spotlight.

~*~

I don’t know about you…but I’m getting really sick of reality T.V.

   I’m tired of them trying to convince me I should lust for a life like this.  

Is this all just a Evil plan by the T.V Gods?

What do you think?

I’m sorry if I have upset anyone with this post

But think about it…

 is it really reality T.V when it’s scripted?

And Is watching a train wreck….Entertainment?

Makes me think about Captain Ron

It was a beautiful day to go sailing!

We set sail out of Channel island Harbor.

I want to learn how to Paddle Board…

How Cute is this couple with their paddle boarding doggie!

  I love the sun faded color of this house. 

 You would never guess that this beach is in Southern California.

 It reminds me a litle of the East Coast .

 Out at sea.

Sailing is a lot of work!

 

So, I’m just going to sit here and look cute…

 

Hey!…..If it’s good enough for Captain Dan, it’s good enough for me!

When you sail during the week,  you own the Ocean!

Our two Hour cruise is coming to an end..

Back towards the harbor we go..

There’s a show off in every crowd..

Back at the dock….and so glad that I didn’t get sea sick!

What is it about birds…that makes me think about Alfred Hitchcock?

XOXO,

Janice

&

Mr. Hitchcock

Top Chef Challenge,,,,with Chef Fabio and Lisa Vanderpump

This past Sunday I went to a Top Chef Invasion in Hancock Park, CA.  It was to benefit the glaad Organization.

  Being a Top Chef fan I knew I had to be there!  Especially since Fabio Viviani was going to be there, and when I found out that Lisa Vanderpump was going to be hosting the event, I knew I couldn’t miss it!

  I’m big a follower of Fabio because his restaurant Cafe Firenza is located in Moorpark, the town where I have lived for the past 25 years.   I’ve been to the restaurant many times, and took a cooking class at Cafe Firenza before Fabio became a celebrity Chef, known for his appearances on Top Chef.

*The adorable couple*  Lisa and Ken 

 The always charming, beautiful and witty Lisa,  is my favorite Real Housewive. 

Love You Lisa! 

The Event was held at a private home in Hancock Park.

A food station  from  Border Grill with  chef  Susan Feniger

   Susan was the first celebrity Chef I followed.  Love you Susan!

 

Some beautiful Macaron’s

I couldn’t resist the raspberry ones..Yummy! 

 

Time for the Top Chef Challenge with Chef Antonia Lofaso and Chef Fabio Viviani.

 With the help of these Ingredients,  both chef’s cooked with a time limit of 10 minutes to come up with something delicious

And The winner of the Top Chef Challenge   *Golden Whisk*

 Goes to Chef Antonia (smiley) Lofaso.

I call her smiley because the girl is always smiling

   Congratulation Antonia!

P.S.

 And the award for best shoes goes to ……. Lisa! 

  This girl knows how to rock a pair Louboutin’s!

And Honorable Mention goes to…this guy!

For his amazing boots.

P.S. Thank you Bravo

XOXO,

Janice

Julie & Julia

I just finished watching the movie Julie & Julia, I wanted to see it at the theater when it came out but I never made it,  you know how that goes, one thing after another keeps you busy and then poof…you have to rent the movie or buy it.  In my case I was strolling around target last night when I spotted it on the shelve,  bought it and watched it this morning.    

   The movie was everything I was hoping for, and more.   I grew up watching Julia Child cooking on T.V. in the 70’s. She was such a kooky in your face person you couldn’t help but to adore her.  Because of my  love of  anything French my eyes were transfixed and stuck like glue to any scene where there was even a glimpse of  anything French. ( I’m such a francophile it’s almost bordering pathetic.)  I never did read the book that the movie was based on, but having read some of the reviews most people enjoyed the movie more than the book anyway.  But I did go out today and buy Julia Child’s book “My life in France” and I’m looking forward to reading that tonight. 

Because of the movie I’m once again going to attempt cooking more French food, especially some of the yummy food shown in the movie.  The first thing I’m going to attempt is the chocolate almond cake, every one rants and raves how wonderful it is, and since I love anything chocolate this could be a match made in cooking heaven.

I love movies that inspire you to either read the book it was based  upon. Inspire you to try something new, or re-inspire you to go back to a passion you had before.   This movie did that for me, plus I dare you to watch this movie and not have a smile on your face!  :-)  I rate this one ♥♥♥  Loved it!