Friday, June 10, 2011

6/10 Free Summer Fun, La Frite, Glee Casting Dir., HGTV's Chip Wade, Malibu Food & Wine Festival, Movie Guy Steve

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Practically Free Summer Vacations & Day Trips! Kim Orlando Gives Us Tips to get the Best Deals and Some Great Steals on Summer Travel – from Family Vacations to Weekend Getaways!

With summer upon us, now is the time to plan those family vacations at the beach, the day trips to Mountains, or a romantic getaway without the kids! But with gas prices skyrocketing and
airfares at an all time high, can summer travel still happen…without breaking the bank?!?!?!?

The answer is YES! Kim Orlando, founder of knows how to travel…SMART! From relaxing seaside getaways to action-packed family vacations to restful long weekends, Kim can provide tips and tricks to get the best deals, offer alternatives in YOUR AREA THAT ARE FREE TO SEE and how to plan your getaway to be kind to your budget.

Kim Orlando is a family travel expert. She knows what information moms need to make their trips easier. She is the founder of, the nation’s top web site and blog network for moms who travel with (and without) their kids. Orlando is a sought-after speaker and source on travel issues, ranging from tips for keeping family vacations affordable to introducing children to the wonders of traveling through Italy. She is the nation’s travel advocate for moms, and provides travel commentary for, MomTalkRadio and the Jane Air Crew by Wyndham. Her site and bloggers have recently been featured in, RedBook and the Wall Street Journal. Orlando has been quoted in the New York Times, Good Housekeeping, and She is a satellite media travel commentator who has appeared on broadcast media online as well as Moms Get Real with JuJu Chang and the Montell Williams Show.

Alex Ramillon and Andre Tell Us About Their Restaurant, La Frite Cafe!

About La Frite - Sherman Oaks Location After opening its doors over 39 years ago La Frite Cafe Sherman Oaks has gone through an incredible renovation. Renowned Chef Gordon Ramsay and his team have come in and given La Frite a welcomed fresh start. Chef Jean Bellorde has re-joined their amazing crew and has guided them back to our French roots. Offering an array of true French cuisine that owner Andre Ramillon has been dreaming of for years.

About La Frite - Woodland Hills Location After opening its doors over 35 years ago La Frite Cafe has become a staple across Los Angeles. Offering a lively blend of France in the Valley with casual to elegant selections at a great price. Several varieties of French Crepes, jumbo crisp salads, omelettes, quiche, and excellent chicken, steak and fish entrees, not to mention decadent desserts. Daily specials include fresh halibut, rack of lamb, chopped steaks and savory pastas. The Crème Brulee is said to be the best in the Valley!

Who Will Be the New Face on the Hit Series Glee? Casting Director, Robert Ulrich, Gives Us a Sneak Peek!

Robert J. Ulrich serves as a mentor on Oxygen’s newest competition show “The Glee Project.” Ulrich, the casting director for both “The Glee Project” and “Glee,” is from the wonderful town of Modesto, in northern California (home of Gallo wine and George Lucas). After graduating from the University of Pacific in Stockton, he earned his masters Degree in English from the University of Stanislaus and moved to New York City to pursue a vocation in acting. He eventually returned to California to begin a career in casting. While working at the prominent casting office of Reuben Cannon & Associates, Robert met his future partners Eric Dawson and Carol Kritzer. In 1989 Robert and Eric formed their own company, Ulrich/Dawson & Associates; two years later Carol Kritzer came on board and they became Ulrich/Dawson/Kri
tzer Casting.

Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer is now celebrating its 21st year of casting. Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer is currently casting the following television series: “C.S.I.,” “The Mentalist,” “Drop Dead Diva,” “In Plain Sight,” “Supernatural” and the multiple Emmy nominated series “Dexter” and “Glee.” Previous hit shows include: “Dark Angel,” “Saving Grace” and the critically acclaimed “Battlestar Galactica.” For “Glee,” Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer has been nominated for an Emmy for Best Television Comedy Series and for a Casting Society of America (CSA) award for Best Television Comedy Series. They have also won a CSA award for Best Comedy Television Pilot and a Media Access Award for Casting Actors with Disabilities.

Robert is married to actress Kim Johnston Ulrich and has two children – Cooper, 18 and Tierney, 10.

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

HGTV's Chip Wade Tells Us How to Prepare Our Homes for the Summer!

It’s no surprise that warm weather welcomes more than just outdoor barbeques, summer vacation and vegetable gardens -- it brings back a variety of household annoyances. Chip Wade, nationally recognized expert and carpenter on HGTV’s Curb Appeal: The Block is gives us do it yourself tips to keep those pesky problems at bay. Whether you live in an apartment in the city or a house in the country, he will share everything from how to solve pest problems indoors and out, to making sure your wood decks, patios, siding and roof are secure.

Atlanta native Chip Wade has building in his blood. Coming from a long line of experienced carpenters and woodcraftsmen, Chip began working with his father at an early age – and over the years developed an interest in carpentry, landscaping and renovation. As the contractor and master carpenter on HGTV’s top rated Curb Appeal: The Block, Chip explains and demonstrates the tools and processes best suited for exterior renovation, landscaping and construction. Chip also appears as the carpenter on HGTV's Designed to Sell, transforming interior spaces on a tight budget. After graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Chip moved on to earn his certification in residential construction. He soon developed a passion for construction as he became proficient in both the design and execution of large-scale remodels. Chip represents brands including 3M and Mohawk Flooring as a national spokesperson. Chip is the owner and lead designer of WadeBuilt LLC, a design, staging, inspection, and custom construction. Chip was the carpenter on HGTV’s Design on a Dime and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Alan Semsar Tells Us All About the 5th Annual Malibu Food and Wine Festival!

Live music, fabulous food, entertainment, and did we mention the Beer, Wine and Spirits! Last year we have 3000 guests in attendance, the guest limit is 1500 guests this year.


When: Saturday June 18, 2010 2pm - 6 pm

Where: Calabasas Inn 23500 Park Sorrento Calabasas, CA 91302

What: A Food & Wine festival in beautiful Calabasas featuring live cooking demonstrations by celebrity Chefs. Entertainment including the 17 piece Fabulous Esquires Big Band, interactive food demonstrations, wineries from all around the globe, celebrity chefs, local restaurants, breweries, spirits and so much more.

Why: To celebrate life & happiness; this festival is produced by Barcelona Enterprises to raise funds for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

Movie Guy Steve Evans Gives us the Movie Hits and Misses!
Steve Evans, the Movie Guy, is going to tell us what we need to run out and see and what we can avoid in the movie theaters, this week!

So, grab your popcorn, folks! Get your movie news and reviews right here on the What's Cookin' Today show! Steve “The Movie Guy” will take a look at what’s hot at the box office and the new films being released this weekend:

Super 8 - In the summer of 1979, strange events and unusual disappearances begin to take place in a small town after a catastrophic train crash.

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer - A bummed-out third-grader's boring summer takes an unexpectedly adventurous turn when her Aunt Opal comes to visit.

The Trip - Two friends go on a tour of the restaurants of northern England, chatting and driving each other crazy along the way.

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