Friday, June 11, 2010

World Cup, Top Chef, Viva Africa!

Merry World Cup Friday everyone!

In case you didn't know, today is the first day of the World Cup hosted by South Africa, and yes I did make sure I watched kick off this morning! I'll be honest with you, I'm not the sports fan I used to be, and the sports fan that I used to be never really watched futbol. But this year is different. This year is special. This is the first time ever an African nation is hosting the World Cup. That's a pretty big deal, because if you hadn't noticed, Africa is the most marginalized and misunderstood continent--get that--continent in the world. So in the spirit of Their Eyes Were Watching Africa, I'm now a futbol fanatic! Adding to my African Nationalist excitement is the sweet realization that I will be in España during the tail end of the World Cup. I have a sneaking suspicion that there will be an endless supply of debauchery, Spaniards, and Me+3!  Allá donde fueres, haz lo que vieres!* VIVA AFRICA!

I feel it! this is my favorite picture.
pictures 'courtesy' of BBC

picture 'courtesy' of CBS
I would be more than flattered if enough people found my blog to make a stink about me stealing pictures.
As if that weren't enough, this month's issue of Vanity Fair would make a blind woman see, a sighted woman, such as myself, inappropriately whisper sweet nothings to the men on the cover while in the check out line at Whole Foods.


U.S.A.! Viva Africa!
Moving on. Wait, take one more good look at those pics. Now we're moving on.

It shouldn't surprise you that I'm a Top Chef fanatic. Wednesday marked the finale of the Top Chef Masters, and the final 3 contestants were Susur Lee, Rick Moonen, and Marcus Samuelsson.

I have personally been a fan of Marcus Samuelsson for years. He's an Ethiopian Chef with world class talent and recognition! Samuelsson is known for his ability to meld his Ethiopian heritage and Swedish upbringing to create his internationally fused cuisine. More importantly, he is painfully aware of the lack of dialogue of Africa within the culinary world, and has made it his mission to change that. Which is why I was so thrilled when he won, and now has the title of Top Chef, Master.  I couldn't prouder!

Marcus, you are Top Chef, Master!

And the fact that he is easy on the eyes doesn't hurt either.

It's been a good week for Africa. I'm ecstatic.


*via wiki-quotes forgive me if the translation is off


  1. Viva Africa!!!...And Viva Nadette!!!
    You gave me enough eye candy to carry me through the summer ;o) Have a great weekend! And have fun at the Brazilian BBQ! Sounds delicious! And while you're there, have a capirihna for me!!

  2. I am excited for it too
    Keep in touch

  3. Ooohhh... nice pics! You may like The Next Food Network Star, too. The new season began last Sunday. I'm addicted.

  4. Marcus is opening a restaurant in Harlem New York called Rooster :)
    I can't wait to try it out. I love Top Chef and Top Chef Masters, now I'm watching The Next Food Network Star : )

  5. Thanks Maddy. I just had to share the man candy, I was practically drooling in the supermarket. And I will be sure to have a caipirihna (or 2) for you!

    Thanks Keeley! I'm going to have to catch up on Food network star, I haven't watched it since Guy Fieri's season (i'm not a fan of his)

    Jonesy, I am SO planning on visiting once its up and running! NYC is only a boltbus ride away...

  6. man candy...hehe! Thanks for that. I think it's so good for Africa to host the World Cup. I actually watched my first futbol game Saturday (with a hangover) and quite enjoyed it.

    I long to visit Africa....have you ever been? I have friends who have and their pictures are so phenomenal I'd give anything to see it in person.

  7. Kim, I've been to Nigeria and Ghana, and will be adding morocco to this list in july! It's an experience you will never forget!



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