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Tyler, Giada, Paula…Can I Please Have Your Autograph!!!???


We’re still on cloud nine after today. Can I first say what a gentleman James Gandolfini is? We were pleasantly surprised to find him to be the one opening the hotel door for us as we walked in. I did a slight double take and tried to remain cool, calm and collected, but oh my gosh, James Gandolfini opened the door for us!!

However, I couldn’t keep very calm amidst the FLURRY of camera flashes and  excitement at the wine and food festival today in Chelsea. It was the big day to meet + get signings from a lot of the celebrity chefs!!!

First up were Tyler Florence and Giada De Laurentiis. I think Tyler was a last minute addition, but a welcome addition at that! He was adorable, but nothing quite like Giada, with the absolute biggest smile I’ve ever seen. She was so gracious and as excited to see us as we were to see her. Yes guys, she’s as beautiful and personable in real life as in her show!

Oh my goodness, I can’t even begin to describe the thrill of the next line-up….. Paula Deen and her sons Bobby and Jamie. All three were good looking and so sweet. Paula got the crowd going as she walked by and said “hey ya’ll”…yes, her hair is as big as Texas. Gotta love it!

I was loaded down with Celebrity Cooking magazines and Brookshire’s reusable bags, only to get there to a strict policy of NO signing anything but their cookbooks and no advertising of any outside material. Man, was I disappointed. But a few Barnes + Noble workers were excited to see my green reusable bag and eager to have one of their own. So after all, I did spread a little Brookshire’s love around New York. Yay!

Well ya’ll, it’s been a long day, so I’m signing off for now. We’re heading back to the great state that is Texas tomorrow, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be paying a hefty hefty hefty fine for overweight baggage with all of my cookbooks I’m bringing back. Until tomorrow!


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