When I received the confirmation e-mail for the July 10th show, I was thrilled. One of the benefits of living an hour outside of NYC is being able to take advantage of the free tickets that TV shows offer! When I called my friends, they were all game to join me on this adventure into the city! We decided to take the train…it just makes the trip so much more pleasant. We also decided that after the show we would take a trip down to Eataly, grab some lunch and do some browsing! Yay!!
Show day. I set my alarm for five thirty a.m., made a cup of tea and left my house by seven a.m. to pick up my friends. We had to catch the 9:07 NJ Transit train to Manhattan. We arrived at the train station with plenty of time to buy our tickets. For some reason that Master Card commercial popped into my mind…round trip train ticket ~ $28!
We boarded the train and immediately began to catch up with girl talk and neighborhood gossip! An hour and a half later we arrived at Penn Station, where we grabbed a cab and headed for the ABC studios. If you’ve never been treated to a NYC cab ride…let me tell you…wear your seatbelt!! We serpentined through the city streets with my heart in my throat! Cutting off anyone or anything that was foolish enough to get in our way and arriving at the studio with plenty of time to spare! Cab ride ~ $13!
The line for The Chew was already pretty long when we arrived. We waited about twenty minutes before they opened the doors, and then were ushered through security, and into an area to wait for show time!
|This stock photo shows the view from our not so great seats!!|
Filing out at shows end!!
Carla Hall was a hoot!! She was very friendly, and animated! During the breaks she would come into the audience, dancing and chatting with everyone! Clinton Kelly was also very friendly, interacting with the audience during the breaks. One thing I was not aware of, was how many support people are working on the set while they are filming. People moving tables and arranging the next segment…directors giving directions from the sidelines with little headsets…etc. Before long the show was over and it was time to head to Eataly! Another cab ride…oh no!!
|View from our table in Eataly|
|One of the treats I brought home from Eataly….Chocolate Boulé|
Several of these photos are stock photos…we were not allowed to take photos in the studio until we were leaving.