Thursday, May 7, 2009

A Celeb Chef's Soirée

Last night, I caught up with travel and lifestyle writer Sandra Ramani at the swanky W hotel in Union Square.

Sandra graciously allowed me to be her plus one at a cocktail reception promoting the new season of “Food Trip” with Todd English. Much to our great surprise and delight, the charming celeb chef was in attendance.

Celeb Chef Todd English is a real charmer in person (file photo)

Just before a screening of the upcoming episode covering Todd’s jaunt to Israel, he quipped—

“I want to thank Israel for the 15 pounds I put on in hummus.”

Speaking of mouth-watering food, hors d’oeuvres at the event included falafel with pita bread, white bean soup and pork belly sausage and tomato ragu mini-sandwiches. Delish.

Sandra mentioned she’s been back in NYC for three consecutive weeks. As a travel writer, this is no small feat. So far this year, she’s gone to China and India on assignment. In the coming weeks, Sandra is off to Turks and Caicos, Vancouver and Jordan.

As for me, I’m eagerly anticipating a visit to the City of Fountains, otherwise known as Kansas City, two weeks from tomorrow. Sometimes, the best getaways are those of the domestic kind—especially when they offer the promise of reuniting with a best friend and an old flame.

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