I've been watching Bravo's Top Chef Masters each week, and if you don't believe me that you should be watching too -- you'll believe me after this story:
This past weekend I was watching my TiVo of the show, when it was mentioned that one of the contestants -- Anita Lo -- had a restaurant in New York City, which is where I live. So, I paused the TV and went online to check it out.
It turned out that Anita has two restaurants in the Big Apple -- Annisa, which is more of an upscale restaurant, and Rickshaw Dumplings, which has more of a cafeteria feel. My boyfriend and I took note, hoping to check out the restaurants in the somewhat near future. But then we noticed something special -- Rickshaw Dumplings has a truck that sits in different parts of Manhattan and sells dumplings. And somehow that truck just happened to be sitting ten blocks from my apartment Thursday night. We had to go.
We turned off the TV and ran -- yes, ran -- ten blocks to the Dumplings truck. We bought 18 dumplings and headed back to our apartment to eat them - while finishing the episode of Top Chef. Spoiler Alert: It doesn't get much more fun than watching Top Chef while eating the food of the winning contestsant.
Let me tell you something -- those dumplings were amazing. Incredible. Delicious. They were so yummy that we headed to the actual restaurant, Rickshaw Dumplings, on Sunday. I'm not kidding when I tell you that it's all I've been craving -- I want to have them again tonight. Plus, not only do I want to eat the food nonstop, but I want to buy everything in that restaurant. Yes, there is also clothing available for purchase, from onesies to t-shirts saying lines like, "Who's your edamame?"
The point is - I wouldn't have this new obsession if it weren't for Bravo's Top Chef Masters. I know the show is different from the original - new host, contestants are only on each week, they don't live together, etc. - but the reality show exposes us to award-winning chefs that might be cooking in your neighborhood. And hey, it's all for charity. The show airs Wednesdays at 10 pm on Bravo -- check it out. Who knows what new discoveries you'll make?