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Jaw on the floor.
I can’t believe what I just saw.
The last minute of this episode wasn’t supposed to be a nail biter. Dom was condescending to Michelle throughout the challenge, rude during the presentation, and the food he prepared was bad. Done. No brainer. Especially after last week, if not every week since the first episode of this season, the writing has been on the wall. It was Dom’s turn to go home.
So… here’s how that did not happen.
The final eight contestants were lined up at the start of the episode and stood before an ingredient they’d earlier chosen as one of their favorites. Immediately, they were instructed to trade those ingredients with a neighbor. Rue traded her fish for Jay’s venison. Emilia traded her harissa for Arnold’s turnips. For this initial challenge, then, we saw:
Emilia – halibut with turnip puree (Arnold’s turnip)
Arnold – scallops with harissa tapenade (Emilia’s harissa)
Eddie – grape leaf and sausage soup (Michelle’s grape leaf)
Michelle – habanero pepper shrimp (Edddie’s habanero)
Rue – deconstructed venison pot roast (Jay’s venison)
Jay – grilled branzino with Brussels sprouts (Rue’s branzino)
Dom – beef noodles in five spice broth (Alex’s five spices)
Alex – smoked salmon and ricotta sandwich (Dom’s ricotta)
In these pairs, the competitors were then tasked to switch plates, taste the food the other had prepared and, in true Food Network host style, describe and critique it. They would be judged, in the end, based upon both their presentation of the food as well as their preparation of their own dish.
Emilia summed this portion of the challenge perfectly. “If I’m not honest, the mentors are gonna call me out,” she said. “If I am honest, I offend Arnold.” It’s a Catch 22, though only if the partner’s food is substandard, and unfortunately for Arnold that was the case. His scallops needed more texture and the tapenade was grainy.
The interesting thing about this is that the mentors met with only the two partnered competitors alone, so in each case the first person got to basically set the stage for the style of critique they would each use. Had Emilia chosen to let the judges “call me out” for being too soft on Arnold, then he wouldn’t have felt compelled to identify a flaw with her dish. It’s human nature, I’d have done the same thing. Unfortunately, again, her dish was unworthy of a negative critique.
The winner of this first mini challenge was Rue.
In the next challenge of the episode, the competitors were divided into pairs and asked to prepare a dish that would complement the unique cooking style of each. The Food Network host Ann Burrell was guest judge, and the pairs were to prepare forty servings of their dish for a group of Match.com dates. They had 60 minutes. Rue’s advantage from having won the mini challenge was to switch out Arnold for her initial partner, Dom. In the end, the teams looked like this:
Jay and Emilia – Cajun pork loin, polenta, and Brussels sprouts
Arnold and Rue – African Asian surf ‘n turf
Alex and Eddie – Jerk Chicken Banh Mi sandwich
Dom and Michelle – lemon risotto with Mediterranean shrimp
Arnold and Rue made a strategic decision to cook their food as closely as possible to the moment of their presentation, and it came back to bite them bad. Jay and Emilia, as well as Alex and Eddie, quickly agreed on their dish and blissfully got to work.
Dom and Michelle = turmoil. It was clear from the beginning that neither was interested in taking the lead. She asked what flavors he was using so she could complement them, but he had already decided that he was making risotto, which by definition was intended to complement whatever she was planning. When there’s conflict, as a viewer you never know if it’s due to creative editing or if what you’re watching is straight-up what happened. In these scenes, Dom was dismissive of Michelle and she seemed flummoxed by it. Strangely, she concluded “it’s the Dom Show, and Michelle is the dumb sidekick,” when – even though they’d agreed on a dish – neither had assumed a leadership role.
In the next segment, each pair presented their dishes to the guests as well as the judges. They were given two minutes. Jay and Emilia, as well as Alex and Eddie, hit it out of the park as though they were long-time friends and this was just another day at the office. Jay and Emilia’s presentation, though, overshadowed their less-than-fabulous food. Alex and Eddie’s sandwich was delicious, according to the judges.
Other end of the spectrum: neither Rue and Arnold, nor Dom and Michelle, had prepared any comments for their presentation. Arnold relied on Rue to describe the food, and she did not. Judges found the plate beautiful to look at, but the flavors were completely missing. Dom seemed to believe that each would describe their unique contribution to the dish so when Michelle, in her initial minute, described everything, he was left (in his opinion) with nothing to say and opened with this cringeworthy line: “Like a true marriage, the husband can’t get a word in edgewise.”
To make matters worse, his risotto was “30 minutes overcooked.” They enjoyed Michelle’s shrimp.
Then in the back, where all the contestants sat after their presentations, Dom and Michelle argued in a way that could best be described as cordial.
Dom: “there was not a team scenario out there.”
Michelle: “Dom, it was never a team scenario from the beginning, my dear.”
Dom: “you took all the descriptive words that—”
Michelle: “I’m sorry that your vocabulary isn’t that excelled [sic] — [and also LOL!] — that you can’t make up your own things.”
Dom: “You couldn’t even appropriately cook chicken last week.”
Michelle: “You were on the bottom last week, too, my friend.”
And then Michelle said she quit and walked out of the building, proving two things: if this is the extent of a Food Network reality show fight, then viewers will never, ever, EVER tune in to watch The Real Housewives of Food Network; and, despite even that, there was no reason to walk out.
This is the part of the season where the competitors talk about all the stress they’ve been under and how as viewers we’ll never know what it’s like to constantly be in competition mode for weeks and week and weeks, though by now I think we’re all aware that these shows tapes in something like 15 days.
The following day, everyone congregates at the studio where the judges share their criticism:
Rue and Arnold: “the presentation on the plate was stunning, but beyond the presentation on the plate there was no South African, no Thai, no… cooking.”
Jay and Emilia: “You really did a nice job telling us about your dish. I like the polenta but the pork was really inconsistently cooked.”
Alex and Eddie: we love you with all of our hearts and souls. (No quotes because that’s my interpretation.)
Dom and Michelle: this section was severely edited. Dom explained his idea about how they’d present their dish and then the judges seemed to be spanking Michelle down for some reason. No mention of the walk-out, which is a huge miss in the reality TV world.
The two teams that were safe:
Eddie and Alex
Jay and Emilia
On the bottom:
So the writing, as I’ve mentioned already, was on the wall. All just formalities from here on out. The judges deliberate alone, discussing each contestant, then detail those deliberations to the four contestants when they return. Moment of truth time:
First, host Bobby Flay says to Arnold, “we’d like to see you back next week.”
Okay, makes sense. And then:
Bobby: “Dom… we’d like to see you back next week as well, but you need to kill it next week.”
So now I’m thinking to myself, ‘if it’s all down to Rue and Michelle, then Michelle’s gotta go.’ I even said to myself, out loud, “Oh… it’s Michelle, no doubt.”
Bobby: “Michelle and Rue, it’s been great getting to know both of you but somebody has to go home. And that person is… Rue.”
And then, to the camera, she said the sweetest thing that I’ve EVER heard a discarded contestant say on their way out the door. “I can’t wait for the day that I turn around and say, ‘thank you for everything you taught me, but that day you made a big mistake.’”
So if you ever see me on Dance Moms, watch for 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
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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
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“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
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“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.