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My co-worker, Heidi was nice enough to invite me to a taping of TV Diner today – it was such a good time!

It was a laid back, casual atmosphere. The show was filmed at the Viking Center in Westwood – it was cool to see the test kitchen and poke around the absolutely beautiful showroom designed by Westborough Design Center (one day I’ll have a big, gorgeous kitchen to cook in, right?) Lee from the Viking Center kindly answered all our questions and Ryan, the Associate Producer of TV Diner was very accommodating (and so nice!). The chefs – Joe Bartel from Flemings, Mario Capone from Towne and Michael Scelfo from Russell House Tavern – were all friendly and obviously really talented. Let me tell you – they each have their respective jobs for a damn good reason (trust me, we got to try all the food).

And of course, the lovely Billy Costa! It was fun getting the chance to chat and hang out with him. He’s very nice! Random bit of trivia – he went to Merrimack (where I graduated from) for two years and played hockey. So funny!

Check out some photos from my TV Diner adventure (thanks again Heidi!)

The Viking Center

3

More than 3

Almost ready to start!

Delicious filets

Action!

Filet & crab meat stuffed shrimp. AMAZING

Celery root & apple bisque with (I believe it was) a hazelnut flan. Out of this world

Can I have this please?

Love this one!

Beautiful

Love love love

Heidi hamming it up with her husband Brian and Billy Costa

My bud Billy and I with lots of lamb

Hi!

Laaaamb

Mmm mmm good

If today taught me anything, it was the fact that there are still SO many restaurants in Boston that I need…well maybe not need, but reeeally want to go to, including: Towne, Flemings and Russell House Tavern. I seriously have to get moving!

Don’t forget – Restaurant Week is rapidly approaching. Might just be the perfect time to check out both Flemings and Russell House. Towne, don’t you worry, I’ll be visiting you soon too. ;)

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