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Bobby Flay opens the episode by reminding the final four competitors (Jay, Arnold, Eddie, and Alex) that they are just one episode away from final three, the episode where each finalist will create his own pilot episode for Food Network. So basically, if you’ve made it this far, you really really don’t want to be sent home tonight.
First challenge: a 2-minute demonstration on live TV. This is pretty much what we see in those cooking segments of Good Morning America or any random 2-minutes on The Chew. The winner will have an advantage going forward. Finalists were given 30-minutes to prepare a dish and then share it, within a 2 minute span of time with this week’s guest Catherine McCord (she of Guy’s Grocery Games) who, in this faux TV segment, would host the finalists. Seemingly at random, Catherine introduced the themes that would direct the food each finalist would prepare.
Jay – satisfying after school snacks. He chose to make Pigs in a blanket & ants on a log. Two fat jokes in the first 15 minutes of this episode = not good. In presenting the theme, Bobby said, “Jay, you look like you enjoy snacks” and right as his 2-minute presentation began, Catherine said, “are you like a big kid who’s gonna show us after school snacks?” What’s up with that? Though Jay designed his food items to accommodate a 2-minute presentation, he was criticized for choosing such elementary “dishes.”
Arnold – an easily prepared fast breakfast. He made Chopped egg crostini with smoked salmon spread. For his 2-minutes, Catherine recommended he “breathe!” There was a lot of talk, and at one point it seemed Catherine appeared stressed to get her own words in edgewise, though he was commended for quickly rebounding from an equipment snafu.
Alex – a one-pot meal for a hot date. He made Portuguese fish stew. For his 2-minutes: a self-identified disaster. He wasted the first minute chatting with Catherine about the theme, setting the scene for a date. She hesitated when he mentioned using garlic without much response and so, with a few seconds left, he raced to prepare the dish. Interestingly, as a matter of nomenclature Alex revealed this initial challenge is called a “Mentor Challenge” and the following one, the one that takes up nearly three quarters of the episode, is called a “Star Challenge.” Who knew this?!
Eddie – burger toppings for a summer BBQ. He made Caribbean style burger with beer battered onion rings & jerk ketchup. For his 2-minutes, he hit it out of the park. He was fun, played with Catherine, explained his burger toppings. I think producers of this show really like Eddie (as they should). Though he began the season with an emphasis on “cheat day” meals, his recipes lately have had a decidedly Caribbean flavor and so I wouldn’t be surprised if somewhere down the line he was pushed in that direction.
Needless to say, the person they thought did the best in this challenge was Eddie.
The following day, finalists were introduced to this week’s Star Challenge: tape a full-blown live TV show. The foursome were tasked to work together (like on The Chew) to cohost a show called “Summer Live.” Guests for this challenge were, from The Kitchen, Katie Lee and Food Network Star season seven winner Jeff Mauro. During this “full-blown” show they each took turns leading a five-minute segment. They were instructed to each demo his dish, as well as engage and include his fellow hosts. Themes included: indoor grilling, family reunions, taking summer vegetables to another level, and summer sweets. As winner of the Mentor Challenge, Eddie was tasked to assign these themes to the finalists.
Eddie – vegetables. Vegetable pasta.
Arnold – indoor grilling. Grilled shrimp and corn.
Alex – family reunion. Bacon ramen.
Jay – summer sweets. Strawberry cocktail and coconut tarts.
They were given 45-minutes to prepare their dishes and then were told, at the last moment, that their faux TV show would be performed before a live audience. As though it were a live telecast, commercials and all, each finalist was provided a set-up during a small break in between the demos, so it wasn’t like they had to pass a baton for a continuous 20 minutes. Eddie started with his vegetables, which looked delicious, grilling the “pasta” (shaved vegetables) in a skillet. The judges commended his use of the other three finalists. Arnold went next and the judges weren’t happy. Again he was criticized for speaking too fast, for not breathing. Bobby found it a train wreck. Third up was Alex, who was criticized rightfully for not making his “family reunion” dish relevant (because… ramen?!). Jay and his summer sweets finished the show. The guests loved Jay’s presentation. Giada: “Jay and Eddie were engaged with their cohosts from the beginning.”
Y’all, I think we just got a peak at our final two.
After a commercial break, the judges brought in the finalists and reviewed both their presentations and the food itself. At this point, it was clear there was a top two and a bottom two. On top was Eddie and Jay. On bottom: Alex and Arnold. The judges loved the food all the way around, so it basically came down to presentation. They found Arnold was rushed, and that Alex was “boring.” Teary-eyed, Arnold revealed before the final commercial of the episode that his goal was to make top three.
We come back after the break and the judges cut to the chase. Eddie and Jay were safe. It was down to Arnold and Alex, and Alex was sent home.
You know… I think Alex was too smart for TV. Continually he over-described his dishes and their ingredients. Also: though they had little time to do so, he over-thought the dishes he made. Take tonight for example: who the hell chooses to make soup for a summertime family reunion? He does, which simply made this challenge that much harder for him. Knowing that presenting live would be a struggle to begin with, he should have chosen something perfect like a burger (he is the sandwich guy, after all) or pasta salad or just something obvious and then focused on the presentation. Ramen was quirky but he couldn’t make the connection and so he had to go. It was really a no-brainer. Ironic, given how much this challenge should’ve been in his wheelhouse, but a no-brainer because he flubbed it.
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For those with a thirst to celebrate, Red Bull Unlocked is the key. In city after city, the most exciting bars, clubs, mixologists, performing artists, and more take over a local landmark building to showcase their signature ambiance while also collaborating for a must-see mashup. And now it's Music City’s turn to seize the spotlight, as the event brings 10 bars together in East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood.
Fueled by the best of Nashville’s thriving music scene, Red Bull Unlocked has curated an eclectic night of show-stopping entertainment performances including a pop-up Whiskey Jam show, DJ sets, musicians, and more. The full lineup is here:
- Whiskey Jam (feat. Dozzi, Willie Shaw, and Johnny Hayes)
- A.B. Eastwood
- Daisha / Rap Girl
- Boom Bap (DJ Collective feat. DJ-Rate, Case Bloom)
- Whiskey Disco (DJ Collective feat. Coach, Jim O'Shea)
- Old Crow Medicine Show’s Jerry Pentercost (DJ Set)
- DJ Stretch
- DJ Griffin Green
- The Play Mates (Drag Show feat. Sasha, Vanity, Deception, Aura Mayari, Corlis Todd, and Carmin Triple C)
Counting down to the epic celebration, Daisha shares, “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to perform in so many of Nashville’s top spots all in the same night. Fans can expect a lot of bops and high energy. I want people to dance and have a good time.”
Ward Guenther, Whiskey Jam Founder, adds, “Red Bull has been enjoyed at Whiskey Jam since the very first night, so it's only fitting Whiskey Jam is enjoyed at Nashville's first Red Bull Unlocked. Looking forward to this!”
Red Bull Unlocked Istanbul
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Local favorites including Pearl Diver, Tin Roof, Lipstick Lounge, White Limozeen, and more will join forces for one epic night. Full list of bars and partners below:
- The Dive Motel
- Lipstick Lounge
- Pearl Diver
- Play Dance Bar
- Rosemary & Beauty Queen
- The Stage
- Tin Roof
- Whiskey Jam
- White Limozeen
- Woolworth Theatre – Opening Fall 2022!
- Eleven Eleven - Opening 2023!
Date: August 21, 2022
Time: 6 PM – 11PM CT
Location: 1102 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Entrance: Ticked event
Rumble Boxing, the boxing-inspired group fitness studio, opened its doors for the first time in Nashville on June 20 at 609 Overton St, Nashville, TN. The hottest workout on the block is hosting its official grand opening from August 4th-7th with daily classes, membership specials, and prizes from local vendors. The new Rumble Boxing studio is currently offering a buy one class, get one free promotion for the Nashville community.
Rumble Boxing delivers 45-minute, 10-round, strength and conditioning group workouts, crafted around teardrop-style aqua boxing bags and high-intensity strength training circuits. This brings all fitness levels together to experience what Rumble is known for: combining the sweet science of boxing with high energy and positive vibes.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
This boutique fitness brand offers serious benefits like increased stamina and strength, with cardio that’s actually fun. The seasoned trainers at the new studio are thrilled to serve their local community while offering this fun, new modern approach to boxing and welcome members of all fitness levels to the Rumble family.
The new Rumble Boxing studio is owned and operated by Blake Baskin and Antonio Compton. With their background in the fitness industry, this dynamic duo is excited to bring their passion for boxing and group fitness to Nashville. As business and life partners, Blake and Antonio aim to create a strong community within their new Rumble Boxing studio and share their message of non-apologetic inclusivity.
Black and Gay-Owned Business
Rumble Boxing Store with Dolly Parton Mural
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“We own who we are, and this brand aligns with that perfectly,” said Antonio. “This is what we want to create and bring to this community: a fitness class that is designed for anyone and a place for people to be who they are. As a Black and gay-owned business, we want to help lower the division we see in the world right now. Our goal is to bring people together through Rumble, set everything aside, and have fun.”
To echo their message of acceptance and inclusion, Blake and Antonio commissioned a local Nashville artist to paint an 11 X 6-ft. mural of Nashville icon and philanthropist, Dolly Parton. The massive portrait features the country star in Rumble Boxing gear in the lobby of the studio.
The excitement and buzz around Rumble allowed Blake and Antonio to recruit top-tier trainers to head up the new studio, including Head Trainer Oronde Jones, a well-known celebrity trainer in the Nashville market.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“Compared to other fitness classes, Rumble is a class you can truly get lost in for 45 minutes. With the dark room, you don’t have to worry if anyone is paying attention to you. The music is awesome and inspiring, and the beat drops right when you need it the most. Also, with boxing being a sport you can never truly master, you’re always improving and crafting your skill. On the floor, you’re consistently doing something new, which prevents you from ever hitting a plateau.” Said Oronde Jones about his favorite part of Rumble.
Rumble has massive brand loyalty and widespread appeal, partly thanks to attracting top names like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Jason Derulo, David Beckham, and Kevin Hart to its studios.
About Rumble Boxing
Founded in New York City in 2017, Rumble is a group fitness concept delivering a mix (or combination) of boxing-inspired circuits and the transformative power of resistance training. Pro and amateur fighters glove up together, no matter their fitness level or skill, to reveal their inner fighter. The experience is a 45-minute, 10-round, full-body cardio and strength workout crafted around specially designed water-filled, teardrop-style boxing bags. Rumble was founded by Noah Neiman (former Barry’s Bootcamp Master Trainer, and cast member of Bravo’s Work Out New York), Eugene Remm (Co-Founder of Catch Hospitality Group (Catch Restaurants, CATCH STEAK, Lexington Brass), Andy Stenzler (Co-Founder Cosí, Kidville), and Anthony DiMarco (13-time IRONMAN, former Managing Director, Google).
Who would have thought that we would have to get through a pandemic in order to appreciate the small things we have, such as the ability to simply pack our bags and hit the road?
For two years, there’s been nothing left for us travel junkies to do but sit at home and try to find new destinations that we will conquer once we defeat what appears to be the biggest villain of the 21st century. But once that happens, hold your bags tight because we will be up for some of the most interesting travel experiences. Take a look at some ideas for your post-COVID traveling plans:
A Gay Cruise
One of the best options to have in mind when all of this passes is a good, nice and long (pun intended) gay cruise. Or cruise in general, for that matter. Bear in mind, social distancing will still be a thing in the post-COVID world. But COVID-19 likely doesn’t mean that cruises will cease to exist. On the contrary, though cruise ships will probably keep the number of passengers smaller than before, it is believed that they will become an even bigger hit in the following period, especially because they are all going to go a lot more environmentally-friendly. On the bright side, is there any better way of celebrating the end of the pandemic than by cruising around some magnificent seas, stopping by at great cities and having romantic dinner nights at nice restaurants?
A getaway in nature
On the other hand, there is always the option of stepping away from the hustle and bustle of large cities, and spending some time in a place that’s not only healthy, but also beautiful. Some of the destinations that plenty of people will look for are the ones that can cater for both peace of mind and amazing things to see or do. One such destination is New Zealand, one of the greenest countries on Earth right now. Not only will you be visiting the magnificent country that gave us the beautiful Shire from Lord of the Rings; this is also a destination that’s excellent for everyone who prefers relaxing to partying. If you’re up for some partying, you will be able to hit Auckland, while if you’re for something calmer, there’s plenty of amazing places that you can see and visit.
Dancing Around at Pride
Pride parades are also events that you want to have in mind for the post-COVID world. Such events have always been quite important, but it seems that they are now more important than ever. The virus has canceled more than 75 Pride parades all around the world, which is one of the reasons why we must support the ones that will see the light of day once the pandemic stops. Truth be told, the upcoming Prides will perhaps be the best Prides ever organized. Give the gays a couple of weeks of quarantine, then let them outside and see what kind of party they are able to throw!
A road trip
If you’re, as well, waiting for the day to wake up and say “long gone are the days when we were not allowed to go wherever we wanted?”, and if staying at one place gave you a lot to think about, then your first post-COVID travel experience should definitely be a nice road trip. You can practically choose which country you want to tour, and you can either take your own car (you have probably missed it so much), or rent one at your destination. Australia is an amazing country for this, though, as it offers the possibility of seeing the Great Ocean Road, which is an amazing thing to see and experience. On the other hand, if you do not want or cannot leave your country, you can also choose to go on a domestic road trip – there are amazing things to see in your vicinity as well.
Holiday for a single guy
If you’re single, or you’re traveling someplace with another single friend, then you should definitely organize a nice vacation for yourself or for you and your single friend, and hit one of the best European cities. Europe has been greatly affected by the virus, which means that now it’s time to pay it back and get it back on its feet by traveling there and seeing all the amazing things it offers. Any city you choose in Europe – you will not make a mistake. Apart from being able to see great landmarks, you will also have the chance to have a drink at great gay clubs and pubs, and join unforgettable gay parties. And if the gay scenery is not your forte, worry not, as Europe indeed has to offer so many different and magnificent things.