As you all know, we recently returned from the BlogHer Food '10 conference in San Francisco where we did amazing things and met amazing people...yada, yada, yada... OK, but seriously, THE BEST part of the trip was getting to meet Nadia G, host and creator of the Cooking Channel's show Bitchin' Kitchen! Why was it the best part of the event? Because she is ACTUALLY doing what we dream about! She took her show from the net to the network. We were truly inspired! But what are her thoughts on the REALLY important things in life? Read on...
Fashionably Bombed: OK, first, and foremost- Do you enjoy cocktails?
Nadia G: I love trying new cocktails! Mixology has really come into its own over the past few years -- I've tasted some cocktails that have rivalled 5-star entrees in their complexity.
FB:If you had to choose one, what would you say is your favorite cocktail?
NG: I'm going to have to go with a Pisco Sour or a Blood Orange Margarita. But at the end of the day, I'm just a simple girl who likes to get kicked outta bars, so vodka-on-the-rocks with an olive is usually my bevvy of choice.
FB: NICE! Well we happen to make a Fashionably Bombed Tangerine Margarita that will blow those other drinks out of the water! We'll have to pass along the recipe...
FB: So with that accent, we've got to assume you're Italian-right? Do you make Italian cocktails?
NG: I'm Italian, and I love having a 'DIY Cocktail Bar' at my parties, does that count? ...Just line up a buncha fresh fruit bites, citrus, some ground spices like piment d'esplette, star anise, and candied hibiscus for kicks. Throw a few bottles of your favourite liquor on ice, and let the guests go wild with a coupla shakers. Good times.
FB: Brilliant! We love that idea, and piment d'esplette? Très
FB: We'd love to film an episode of Fashionably Bombed in Montreal, where you are! What cocktails are popular there right now?
NG: These days some mixologists are concocting some pretty spectacular molecular cocktails, complete with Cointreau "Caviar" and all the freaky fixins'.
FB: Awwww yeah! We're working on our own little Molecular Cocktail episode, complete with geek-chic ensembles!
And last, but not least, Nadia was kind enough to share this exerpt from her book Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen Cookbook:
Nadia G's Hangover Scale
AGE “21” to 25
In your early twenties a hangover’s got nothing on you. A minor headache, a few scratches, a walk of shame. No biggie; pop a painkiller and off you go for round two.
AGE 25 to 35
Things start to get ugly. Besides being physically mashed, the paranoia, anxiety, and regret begin to seep from every stinking pore: “Why did I say that? What do you mean I threw the barstool? Oh man! At the producer?!! Everyone hates me, I’m a loser . . .” You hide for days, maybe weeks, until the screeching voices of self-loathing get faint enough to do it all over again. But the hangover is beginning to scare you; you start weighing the pros and cons.
I don’t know what happens if you party at this age, maybe you explode. All I know is, you don’t see too many forty-year-olds partying, and I’m sure it’s not because they don’t yearn for a crazy night out. I suspect the severity of a hangover at this age beats you into a bloody pulp of submission. Be afraid, very afraid.
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Thanks to Nadia and the whole Bitchin' Kitchen crew! Salute!