The Queen of Seafood Dines with Jack Nicholson


Am I the only one who feels we learnt a little bit too much about this QLD couple?  They have ‘stocks’, he does a crap Jack Nicholson impression, she’s wife number four, he likes calling her his ‘trophy wife’, it literally looks like a father smooching with his daughter when they kiss…

MKR kiss


He’s a shit golfer, oh and we have the same friends too.  Well friend.  Well a mate I haven’t seen in a few years, but pops up eating a lamb chop at a party hosted by David and Corinne.

The name of the instant restaurant – The Quarterdeck.  It’s fine dining with a nautical theme and not a single gold shovel in sight.

At least no one can claim these two are cheating – making their own bread, mayo AND butter!  Someone might want to tell Corinne that I’m pretty sure using store bought butter is ok.  Bread is a touchy subject at the moment, but butter is fine.

Then the whole ‘Queen of Seafood’ title comes under scrutiny when the crayfish for the entrée is raw and a lot of questions involving 12 minutes and boiling water start being asked before David decides to cook the crayfish for ‘an extra minutes’.  I’ll add that to my recipe book.

“And cook for an extra minutes”

So then everyone arrives and are promptly given sailor hats wear.  I’m thinking giving everyone a boat each might have worked better than the hats…but that said, the mood was chirpy, with everyone commenting on how wonderful ‘whatever is cooking’ smells, then suddenly, the realization that there’s no chairs for the mum’s or Harry and Christo falls over the group leading to a rather awkward ‘standing around the table’ scene along with some awkward smiling that happens when you’re not really sure what’s going on…


Nothing says ‘awesome dinner party’ than a game of “Go and get your own chairs!”.

The Best Dish Of The Night: Bitch gang member Jess from WA describing the entree as a plop on a plate (but instead of a word, she used a noise).  Granted, the crayfish stack did look like an avocado pattie with a fish topping or a ‘pancake’ as Jess said.

The Food Overall:  It’s a shame David and Corinne spent so much time making their own butter, mayo and bread and perhaps spent a bit more time on the home-made pasta.  The bowl of seafood glug served for mains was a mass fail while the tropic eaten mess looked like individual pavs bought from Coles.

The Final Result: The Queen of Seafood sank.  Well the 2 hour wait between entree and main didn’t help their cause, especially when then two hour wait led to one of the worst mains ever seen in the competition.  David and Corinne’s instant kitchen puts them at the bottom of the ladder.

Up Next: The Sunday farmers market trawlers Tahlia and Bianca fend off Harry and Christo’s overt sexual advances while attempting to cook for everyone.


Is This The End For The Carrie Diaries?

AnnaSophia Robb as a young Carrie Bradshaw

This Tuesday (Feb 11th) will see FOX8’s The Carrie Diaries season two finale air, and among all the questions that need answering, the biggest question is, will the show be back for a third season?  The show, based off the popular Sex and The City, follows a young Carrie Bradshaw (AnnaSophia Robb) in the 1980’s, attending high school while trying to make her mark in Manhattan.

Where the first season focused on introducing Carrie, her sister Dorrit, father Tom and her friends and an emerging life in Manhattan working for Interview Magazine, the show’s second season offered up more mature themes including an AIDS scare, unwanted pregnancy, Carrie moving up at Interview magazine and introduced a young Samantha Jones (played to perfection by Lindsay Gort).

Season two felt more like the Sex and the City we knew yet still keeping issues and topics relevant to the younger audience that were watching.

Without giving too much away, the second season finale wraps up a lot of story-lines and characters leaving season three as a blank canvas for Carrie and her life in Manhattan allowing the show to bring in new characters and bring in Sex and the City characters Charlotte York and Miranda Hobbs, but with dwindling ratings in the US, there is talk Carrie may not be back for a third season (the fact we even got a second season still bewilders most).

The Carrie Diaries Season 2 finale airs Tuesday 8:30pm on FOX8


Channel 9’s Schapelle Telemovie Review

Jacinta Stapleton and Krew Boylan as Mercedes and Schapelle Corby (c)Channel 9

Will lasts night airing of Channel 9’s change people’s mind about the Schapelle Corby case?  Maybe.  How much truth was there to the story told?  Who knows?  Will the movie anger the Pro Corby supporters?  Hell yes.

So was it any good?

Well the story is based on true life events but you can’t help but feel when watching, there were some scenes of fiction thrown in for good measure.  The story was based off the book by investigative journalist Eamonn Duff titled “Sins of the father, the untold story of Schapelle Corby” which believes that not only is Schapelle guilty, but she was also working as part of a drug trafficking ring involving her sick father.

Here’s the thing.  Schapelle was a good watch.  Krew Boylan as Schapelle was impressive.  You can’t help but feel for the girl and the situation she was in and manages to re enact scenes (the court room for sentencing and breakdown in the holding cell) right down to the finest detail.  Boylan should be commended for taking on the task and making it believable.  Jacinta Stapleton as Mercedes Corby (with added teeth) just as impressive.  Even Colin Friels as her father, Mick Corby, is believable enough to make you not really like him very much and question his character and involvement with the drug smuggling.

It’s been almost 10 years since this story began and as time moves on, you forget about certain things that happened during the media frenzied story.  The bringing in of John Ford, a man awaiting trial in Australia, claiming to be able to give evidence about Schapelle innocence and Ron Bakir, the ‘white knight’ who worked with Corby’s legal team and has since distanced himself from the case since the guilty verdict was handed down -both of whom are featured in the movie.

The Schapelle movie was intense and eye opening and made you think.  From what we can gather, most of what was seen is based on actual events.  The ending however, linking Malcolm McCauley to Mick Corby to Schapelle Corby – unnecessary and made for a tacky ending to a decent Australian production.