Last night on Bravo’s original Real Housewives, the Orange County ladies all faced some sort of fear that was bothering them. Tamera and Vicki, the self proclaimed leaders of the group, took a much needed girls vacation alone to help heal their friendship. A friendship that took a complete 360 in the past year: from best friends, worst enemies and now working its way back to friends. Last season Tamera was in a rocky place in her diminishing marriage so in order to try to salvage the relationship she decided to side with her now ex-husband Simon rather than her friend Vicki who truly was there for her. But Vicki isn’t one to let it go. On their trip to Cabo last night it seems like Vicki really does want to move on but she sure as hell isn’t going to let Tamera forget how she treated her last year. Vicki told everyone and anyone that Tamera owes her and that she ruined their friendship and is now trying to “court” Vicki again. Really Vicki? Court you?
Back in the OC, Gretchen meets with her father regarding her relationship with housewife hunter, and her boyfriend, Slade. Gretchen’s dad can’t help but be a little uneasy about his daughter’s relationship with the unemployed, divorced father of two. Slade, who has dated one other housewife and rumored to have a relationship with another, is pushing towards making Gretchen his wife but she doesn’t seem to have the same want and need to get married. Gretchen, also a divorce, does want to start a family with her boyfriend of a year and a half but I don’t see the season ending with a wedding.
The newest housewife, Peggy, really let us see the real her in last night’s third episode of the season. The gun shooting, blonde, Orange County native and mother to two toddler girls admitted to the cameras last night that she has been suffering from postpartum depression since the birth of her oldest daughter two years ago. She explained, in tears, that after London and Capri (world travelers much?) were each born she felt as if all she could do was stay in bed. She admitted that she at times even wanted to kill herself and was thankful that her thoughts were only towards herself and not to hurt anyone else. The postpartum affects Peggy so much that when Capri, the younger of the two girls, cut her finger on plastic she forced her husband to take the baby to the hospital in case she needed stitches. We as viewers saw the extent of Peggy’s anxiety.
And then there was “queen” Alexis who, well let’s face it, had a less than boring segment showing off her dress line. Uhg, just another housewife who thinks she can be a designer because she has money. Over it.
Next week we get to see Tamera brush up to (literally) with her new lesbian friend and trainer for a Prop 8 photo, Gretchen commit a crime and probably Alexis dote on her husband and God a little more. ‘Til next week.
64 miles: Pea Soup Andersen’s
36 miles: Pea Soup Andersen’s
12 miles: Pea Soup Andersen’s
Next Exit: Pea Soup Andersen’s
From miles away, on both sides of the freeway, any commuter can see the billboards counting down the miles to Buellton, Calif. and the famous Pea Soup Andersen’s. The small town seems to be taken over by the last name with hotels, stores and restaurants named after the family.
I don’t know what I was expecting after I first saw the episode of “The Girls Next Door” a few years ago when the girlfriends of Hugh Hefner go to eat at Andersen’s but I was quite surprised to see that it really is just a popular diner. Serving breakfast foods, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and the occasional random entre all priced under $20, Andersen’s walls are even the color of their famous soup. Pea-soup green.
Their half sandwich, half soup option was perfect for my first time at the eatery 148 miles north of Los Angeles. The tuna sandwich was sitting on top sourdough bread and layered with 4 slices of tomato, 5 slices of onion and a generous helping of lettuce. There was so much tuna I had to finish it with a fork because my sandwich was over flowing. The side salad I ordered to go with the meal also came with a huge assortment of veggies that hit the spot.
Unfortunately, I don’t think I can say the same for the namesake of the restaurant. The pea soup wasn’t what I was used to, or what I was expecting. I am a fan of thick soups. Pea soup is usually thick and almost chunky with pieces of peas, carrots and ham in it. Not this soup. It was like, well, soup. The consistency was very thin like a chicken broth rather than a porridge.
A customer at the next table we began talking to said that he has been coming to Andersen’s for years and it just isn’t the same it used to be. He said peas and bacon used to be floating throughout the soup and it had a different texture. The waitress claimed the need to keep the soup vegetarian is why it is what it is today.
Overall, the little Danish diner was quite an experience. I don’t know if it’s worth the three and a half hour drive up from L.A. but driving through I guess it was worth the stop.
148 miles to Los Angeles.
The grand finale of awards season and award’s fashion didn’t impress like years before. There were no Million Dollar Baby dresses or crazy cut out dresses like Halle Berry has worn in past years. Instead the trend was simple lines, simple textures and simple colors. All of which were broken by some, but not all of which were good calls.
Best dressed for the evening for me goes hands down to Mila Kunis who broke the simple texture trend for the evening. She looked gorgeous in her Elie Saab lavender dress with lace. The dress was form-fitting where it counts and flowed gorgeous at the bottom. I couldn’t help but think this presenter stole the red carpet from the beginning as she was one of the first guests to arrive.
The colors for the evening were simple. A lot of nudes, whites, creams, and blacks; and in came Jennifer Hudson. Jennifer’s stunning tangerine Atelier Versace made her absolutely glow and showed off her new and improved figure. I think that this color, although a risk and big no-no for people of my pale and pasty skin tone, looked absolutely fabulous on her dark skin. Plain and simple: she looked beautiful.
And then there was one. Nicole Kidman is one of the most beautiful people in the world. Unfortunately I can’t always say the same for her fashion choices. Her far from simple silhouette of her Christian Dior dress was absolutely terrible. The white is again a color us pale ladies need to stay far away from because we just blend right in. However her simple ponytail was perfect and simple and brought out her natural beauty but unfortunately the extra fins around her waist took all of that away since all anyone could pay attention to was her hips.