As I type this post, I'm shaking with excitement. In fact, I think I need a chill pill. The Incredible Food Show in Lexington was a complete blast. I had an incredible and amazing day perusing all the goodies, meeting local chefs, and watching cooking demos. But, the very best part (and the highlight of my year) was Bobby Flay's cooking demonstration!
Bobby came on stage to a screaming audience. He is even more attractive in person. In addition to his looks, he carries himself extremely well. He is one of those people who are both impeccably dressed and well-groomed. On top of all that, he is completely charismatic, charming and full of raw sex appeal. Let's not forget that THE MAN CAN COOK! All you ladies out there know that this is a winning combination!! I had to pick my jaw up off the floor just to concentrate on the cooking :D Bobby is a real people person. He was chit chatting with the audience and made everyone feel right at home. He is a prankster and practical joker. He kept cracking jokes throughout the show. He also talks with his hands, alot. This made it difficult to get good pictures of him, but I did manage some. I'll be posting more later this week.
Towards the end of the show there was time for a Question and Answer period. Guests were invited to go up to the microphone and ask questions. If you had the chance to meet me you would notice very quickly that I am TERRIBLY shy. I have been shy my whole life. It must have been Bobby's looks that caused me to climb out of my shell today!!
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT I DID?
Picture an arena full of people, all ages. Then there's me, and about 10 other people in line. I don't know what I'm going to say, but gosh darn it...I'm gonna say something. The question and answer period is going on while Bobby is making an apple dessert. The show is winding up and I am the VERY LAST PERSON to ask a question, or I guess I should call it a statement : O
Me: Hi Bobby! I am a huge fan of yours and I have been watching you on the Food Network since it began.
Bobby: Well, it's always nice to hear about fans from way back.
Me: I have had a crush on you since back then and I just wanted to tell you that you're gorgeous!!
What happened next is something I'll never forget! Bobby blushed and smiled, really big!! He asked me if I liked apples. I, of course, said yes. Then he gave me my very own dessert, made completely by him and told me thank you!! He was over his time limit and ran off stage after that. Mind you, I'm standing in front of the stage with my dessert in hand and 500 hungry people behind me! I was one big ball of nerves. My adrenaline was pumping and I was all hopped up. I quickly found a place to take a picture (or 50) of my handmade Bobby Flay dessert. Some of the other audience members wanted to take a picture as well. And, everyone wanted to know how it tasted.
Onto the dessert. I believe it was from his Mesa cookbook. It was a Caramel Apple Shortcake with Apple Cider Reduction and it was PERFECT (just like Bobby)!! I only wish that my adrenaline wasn't running so hard because it was really hard to calm down and enjoy it :D
We watched Bobby make it all from scratch on stage. His shortcake biscuits were so light and flaky. They were better than any I've ever had before. It was almost like a pie crust, but the best pie crust imaginable. Everything was cooked perfectly and tasted delicious.
I walked out of that arena with a huge smile on my face and I was kind of laughing to myself. This is exciting stuff for a housewife!! Here I am a married woman, with two kids, in my mid thirties telling a married man that he's gorgeous. It's not something I would normally do, but it was totally what I was thinking and IT SURE FELT GOOD TO TELL HIM!! In the end, it paid off well :D
It all reminds me of what my Grandpa used to say whenever we were lucky, doing well, or things were going our way. He used to always say "You must be livin' right". On the other hand, if we weren't winning and were having bad luck then we "weren't livin' right". My Grandpa loved to see people "go for it" and today reminded me of him. Tonight I can hear him telling me that I'm livin' right!!