NYC Housewives’ Jill Zarin Talks Season 4… and more!

January 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm , by

Anyone else still recovering from last week’s finale of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Between the fireworks at Taylor’s party, the teasers for part 1 of the BH reunion (tonight at 9:00pm EST!), and the commercials for New York City’s 4th season, Andy Cohen has me in Housewives heaven! To top it off, I got the chance to sit down with notorious New York Housewife, Jill Zarinwho yenta’d-me-up about Beverly Hills, what’s on tap for NYC Season 4, and all that she’s been up to since we last saw her.  “Filming is going really well, I’m really excited about this season,” Jill says. “Last year was ugly for me, but now things have really turned around and I feel like I’m back to season 1 in terms of just having fun again.” Two things weighing heavy on her last year: husband Bobby’s health (“now he’s 100%”) and daughter Allyson departing for college in the Fall {of 2010}. “Even though kids are away at school, they never really leave – they’re home for Thanksgiving or other occasions and before you know it, it’s May and they’re off for 3 months. Of course I miss Allyson, but I don’t miss waking up early to get her to school.”  Now content as an “empty nester,” Jill is making quick work of filling up her already packed schedule. “My advice, and I think it’s so well said from the show, is to get a hobby,” Jill says with a laugh. “I think women should embrace the time when their kids have left home, by doing all the things they’ve always wanted to do. There are so many things we put on the back burner {while raising a family} and this is the time to do it.”  Words to live by, ladies – make your life list! One of many things keeping Jill busy? Her book, Secrets of a Jewish Mother (*Comment below for a chance to win a copy autographed by Jill!) is coming out in paperback in March (to include a bonus chapter about bullying) and has made mom and co-author Gloria Kamen into everyone’s favorite therapist. “My mother has a new life,” gushes Jill. “She writes columns, she answers questions, she meets fans, and she’s made some new bridge partners.” Fun fact for you Bravo buffs: Millionaire Matchmaker, Patti Stanger introduced her own mother to Gloria, and the two moms have been friends ever since – successful match, Patti! When she’s not talking to people about her book or filming her hit show, Jill kicks her feet up for some sleep … well, not exactly. Jill launched a bedding line through Bed Bath & Beyond and is bringing her fabric expertise to products ranging from comforters to curtains.  Hopefully she won’t need one of her own pillows for protection at this year’s reunion show! Knowing these ladies, anything can happen. Season 4 premieres Tuesday February 15th at 10pm on Bravo. Says Jill, “This experience and what happens on the show is a rollercoaster, but I hope fans will be cheering me on this season.”

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What We’re Watching: New Food Shows

April 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm , by

Since I spend the better part of my days cooking, writing and talking about food, the LAST thing I want to do after work is watch any food TV. I prefer to unwind with an episode of Damages (Love Glenn Close!) or The Real Housewives of New York City (Gab and I are both hooked). There are, however, some exceptions:

jamie-oliver-food-revolutionJamie Oliver’s Food Revolution – The former Naked Chef is on a mission to teach the West Virginia town of Huntington (and America) how to eat better and (hopefully) live longer, healthier lives. As the first episode points out, this is no small feat. The town seems quite fond of its artery-clogging ways. The show is gripping, not for what it exposes (a town addicted to processed foods), but that it is exposing it on national television during prime time. Jamie Oliver and producer Ryan Seacrest are not mining new territory here. At this point most of us already know that we are a fast food nation—still it’s nice to see somebody actually attempt to change it. Plus, the fact that the show is highly entertaining to watch can only help the cause. (Jaime showing a group of youngsters how chicken nuggets are made was enlightening.) It’s obvious that Chef Oliver is dedicated to this issue and I hope he succeeds, for all our sakes.

308780_025eeb8c-2099-45e7-b0c2-4eaa59f5d015-top-chef-mastersTop Chef Masters – I’m more than happy to bend my “no food TV” rule at home for Top Chef. As an admitted reality show addict (I’ll watch anything on Bravo), I love Top Chef because it’s great TV that just happens to be about cooking. Plus, I used to work for Tom Colicchio and I have a ton of respect for the man. That being said, the new season of Top Chef Masters (sans Colicchio) may be my favorite incarnation of the cooking competition franchise yet. It’s mind boggling to watch famous chefs (ones that I admire greatly) scrambling around the kitchen in their clogs like a bunch of culinary novices.

food-inc-posterFood, Inc. – If you never saw this Academy Award-nominated film in the theater then tune into POV on PBS at 9 p.m. on  April 21. I promise you won’t be sorry. Food, Inc. asks, “How much do we really know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families?” The movie sets out to answer this seemingly-basic question by exploring issues like factory farming, genetic engineering, cloning and pesticides. As the old saying goes, “You are what you eat.” As someone who considers himself fairly knowledgeable about the food world around him, even I was stunned by what I didn’t know about the food I eat.

        Ok, now back to your regularly scheduled broadcasting: Jill said WHAT to Bethenny?