Diner’s Agenda couldn’t help but notice that there is nothing going on in the world of Boston area dining events and is planning on getting takeout and watching television.
Monday, July 2
•No Reservations, our personal favorite food show, has a rerun on at 8:00 on the Travel Channel tonight. The inimitable Anthony Bourdain visits the Pacific Northwest. Excitement and good food ensues. Feel like a part of the action by stopping at Excelsior on the way home and picking up some wild Chinook salmon and horseradish and peekytoe crab ravioli.
•Okay. We are about to let you in on our pick for most bizarrely addictive thing of the summer. NBC’s The Age of Love is a reality show in which a group of 40-something women compete with a group of women in their 20s for the attention of a 30 year old man. It is exactly as horrible and offensive as it sounds, but it is also hilarious. No one comes off looking good. The women in their 40s are desperate, the ones in their 20s are dim bulbs (and one, who cried and cried and cried after feeling like she made a poor first impression is straight-up crazy) and the man in question is…not the brightest bulb in the chandelier. The whole thing is so absolutely vapid and ridiculous that it makes us giggle for hours. The new episode airs at 9:00. Get into the theme by picking up an age-based taste test from The Metropolitan Club: aged prime sirloin vs. a veal chop with porcini butter.
Tuesday, July 3
•There are many shows on at 8:00, but we have only one listing in our hands and that listing represents the show that will become Boston’s Next Top Program We Watch Tonight. The show we are going to call is…America’s Next Top Model: The E! True Hollywood Story at 8:00. Catch up on the trials and tribulations of Tyra, noted fashion photographer Nigel Barker, the Jays et. al. Feel (as Ty-Ty is fond of saying) “modelesque” while chowing down on the New American salad (spinach and pear and walnuts, oh my!) from b.good and practicing your fiercest faces in the mirror. Oh come on. You know you do it.
•Love her or hate her, you can’t deny the oddly compelling nature of Rachael Ray. On her Tasty Travels program (how many shows does this woman have?) at 9:00, the perky lady herself heads to our own city. Dine as she does with takeout from Zon’s. We recommend the lamb burger.