Nadia G. is an original. She is beautiful. Hot and sexy. The kind of woman you can meet in a club or a kitchen. Her food is delicious. She makes me want to eat. But even more than Nadia G’s food, I want her clothes. Wow. And her shoes. But her clothes. Some of those dresses she wears. Beautiful. And belongs on the red carpet. As does she.
“You know what I like about mashing potatoes?”
That’s a kind of honesty we can dig. And the exertive look on her face as she mashes several pounds of potatoes in a huge bowl may not have been meant to appear sensuous, but it sure ended up that way. For a moment she plays with us, and then I suddenly see that there is a very sophisticated woman beneath all the sexy style.
She talks about being an only child, and about being in her room for hours on end talking to inanimate objects. We paraphrase. But it was all actually quite touching. In the middle of a wonderful cooking show. A beautiful moment of beautiful humanity. And she sums it up with what she’s most learnt, from growing up ‘alone’.
“Eating makes the pain go away.”
And so concludes her “Childhood Favorites” show. Another in a number of her cooking shows that I’ve been looking at, and really enjoying, lately. And I’m more and more appreciating the many moods of Nadia G. Her stories are little slices of life, whether her own, or of others she has known. Sometimes I feel that they are slices of mine. The details naturally not the same, but the moments of honesty she casually disperses are touching in the most human and universal of ways. Now I’m so totally into Nadia’s stuff, that my addiction has shifted from food to her. And I know that she’ll be less fattening for me. We will all be staying with her, and following her individualistically inspired and beautifully unique journey, as she “takes chances, in and out of the kitchen”, and excites, entertains, inspires, and educates, us all in the process.
Nadia G. like a beautiful cake, seems multi-layered and always full of pleasing and surprising delights. The attentive thought that goes into her shows, into her presentation or her performance, as it were, is not firstly apparent. But soon you realize, that at times it’s hard to tell whether you’re watching a great cook, a great actress, a great comedienne, or just a great and beautiful woman. And this is a trick question. Because it’s obviously an ‘all of the above’ answer.
Her seemingly spontaneous ‘routines’ are quite clever and sophisticated. Her ‘delivery’ is highly-skilled and demonstrates a wonderful array of acting abilities. Her facial expressions are fast. There are times you feel you could be in a newer and sexier vaudeville. At the highest level. The things she throws at you go by your head so quickly that it takes paying good attention to grasp her rapid solo repartee.
Well done are her prepared segments, like her piece on St. Leonard, the ‘Italian immigrant town’ in Montreal, Canada, where she grew up. The place, she claims, that made her what she was. Bi-polar. Now that’s funny. And we know she’s only kidding. We find her beautifully unique, and she is completely our kind of woman. Honestly speaking, it’s the rest of the world that we find slightly askewed.
“There’s no such thing as too much of a good thing.”
Looking forward to Giosia’s Marmelade. “All roads lead to jam.” Her lines are piceless.
“You gotta make your dreams part of your everyday life.” Now that’s as well put as it can ever be. From her “Rockstar Recipes” show, where she reveals even more of her own youthful dreams and ambitions. About wanting to be a ‘rockstar’, getting a guitar at sixteen, preparing her first album, Stereotype. Which we would truly love to hear, by the way. And we would adore seeing her do her ‘real’ rockstar thing. With her guitar. And her music. And even more of her awesome angst. If there’s anyone who obviously has all the intangibles that it takes to be a bona fide rock star, and we’re pretty sure all the tangibles as well, it’s Nadia G.
Already dressed the part, in her gold-lame-like sleeveless evening gown, with a matching bracelet, she creates a sexy kaleidoscope of red-hot reflections in the kitchen that can positively start a fire. Which, thankfully though, wouldn’t start a panic. Not just because she’s already smoking hot. But because she’s in a kitchen. Nothing out of place with a fire in a kitchen. Now if she was in a club. Well. That’d be another story altogether. Talk about burning up the dance floor.
Her self-deprecating humor makes her irresistible, her vulnerability makes her inspiring, and her ever-positive enthusiasm makes her endlessly appealing. Her humanity has touched us, and her joy has seduced us. Nadia G’s beauty has made its way into our hearts, as she graciously reveals to us the beauty that’s in hers.
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