Do you wear an apron when you cook?
For some reason I never do, but I’m going to start now that I’ve seen how fun and cute an apron can be. Claire Robinson has shown me the way on her new show 5 Ingredient Fix, which premieres this Saturday, April 4 at 9:30 AM. It may look like she’s wearing a cute skirt, but look again, they’re aprons. Super adorable aprons! The sassy aprons are designed by Claire herself and are made of a wide variety of vintage and modern materials. The rack of aprons on set were often the topic of conversation, as many of us just couldn’t decide which one we loved best.
They were all too cute, all different, and we all had apron envy. So much so that Beth Burke, Director of Programming, showed up on set in her own vintage apron! Trying to steal the show Beth?
There is a wind tunnel right outside the Food Network offices. In the dead of winter, the dedicated employees here fight a raging vortex of frigid winds just to cross 9th Avenue to make it to work. It’s especially fun when it’s 16 degrees out, as it was this morning. 16F.
What can a dedicated FN staffer do to beat the punishing cold?
Come in out of the cold here.
I’m sure it’s the same in offices across the country, but this week in the Food Network Programming department, you can quietly work and watch the tumbleweeds roll by. Holiday gift giving is over, everyone is on vacation, and only the few of us who are truly – truly – dedicated are holding down the fort, here at the Chelsea Market.
So how do the professionally food obsessed spend a quiet holiday week? Burgers! There are food perks at FN, food perks being in the Chelsea Market, and then there are food perks just being in this neighborhood.
In that spirit, here’s a quick tour of the burger offerings in our lovely hood that will make any carnivore happy. Note: it doesn’t hurt that we border the Meatpacking District.
Across the street is the legendary Old Homestead Steakhouse with the famous cow above the door. Next door to O.H.S. is Pop Burger, when you only need a small slider. One block down is The Diner, a rather more upscale version of it’s name. A few blocks away is Cafeteria, Tyler Florence‘s old haunt, and in the other direction there’s Corner Bistro, a truly old school tavern. Also in walking distance is the now mega-famous Spotted Pig, gastropub to the stars. You can find nearly any kind of food in the world in Chelsea, but it’s clearly a burger kind of town. You may not want to hit all of them in the same week though…
~ Fay, Programming
Photo: Thomas Censani