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We're back!!

We're back, after 11 days in Palm Springs, San Diego, Signal Hill, Long Beach, Agoura Hills, and Lompac. We got back last Monday, tanner and more rested. Steve (rootbeer1) will post at length about the trip, but suffice it to say we saw many LJers on our travels - beeftenderloin, joebehrsandiego, hotelbearsf, geeinbigd, cougbear, buffcub, poodler, jeffnuma, and pilosus (I think I got them all--if not, let me know and I'll amend).

When we got in, we checked our phone messages, and there was one from Andrea, Steve's brother David's wife. They live in SF too, and we see them regularly. Andrea knows we watch the Food Network, and are especially fond of Rachael Ray and her many shows. Now, Rachael isn't what you'd consider a gourmet chef, but she prepares good, simple, easy and tasty dishes (in 30 minutes, no less), and we have several of her cookbooks. And yes, we've made a number of her recipes. And, she's from upstate New York, like me, so we have a lot of common points of reference, plus Steve says she talks like me.

Anyhoo, Andrea's message was that Rachael was going to be in town on Friday (yesterday) to sign books at a bookstore in town, and did we want to go with them (Andrea and David are RR fans too). So yesterday afternoon after work we schlepped down to the Marina district and waited in line to meet Rachael Ray and have her sign a book for us.

When we got up to the signing table, I quickly introduced us, and told her we were originally from Albany, Cohoes actually. "Cohoes!! We're neighbors!!" she yelled, and we chatted a bit about Cowan & Lobell, the gourmet market where she used to do demos, and the Cohoes Manufaturing Company (designer discount clothing and accessories), which is no longer in Cohoes. So she included a special message when she signed our book. We also gave her a copy of our own cookbook, which she loved, exclaimed "Yum-O!!" over, and added as much to her inscription. She is very sweet, very pretty, and a bit shorter than you might think in person. We love us some Rachael Ray!!!

Rachael just after the signing. Note our green-covered cookbook to the right of hers.

"Jack + Steve -- My neighbors! Yum-O-- Rachael Ray"


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Apr. 30th, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC)
Call me green with envy. I'm sooo jelous that you got to see Racheal Ray, is indeed da bomb.

I'm with ya, I loves me some Rachael Ray but need to get her books though.
Apr. 30th, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC)
Neat-O! Yum-O!

I am so envious! She rocks. I love her.

I'm sorry I missed ya guys, but I hope to have the pleasure of seeing ya guys again the next time I'm up.

Apr. 30th, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC)
I <3 Rachael Ray

May. 1st, 2005 12:03 am (UTC)
I love Rache.

Did she giggle for you?

May. 1st, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC)
I love her! I do get annoyed at her saying E.V.O.O. and then explaining what it is...thus making the abbreviation pointless. Does it every show too. Not a big bother or anything and I try not to notice it but it does seem funny that she does that!
May. 15th, 2005 09:47 am (UTC)

Cowan and Lobel, by the way, closed a while back. Just so you know.

I've never met Rachael, but she really took off around here (NY's Capital District) on our local CBS news station, where she did brief cooking segments on the news along with local celebrity Dan DiNicola (a neighbor on my street).

Lucky her. She got a copy of your cookbook!

Geof Huth
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