<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - 1st Look]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/feature/1st-look http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:09:21 -0800 Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:09:21 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[This Week: 1st Look Visits Korea]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:44:21 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/1LK_3256_WEB_PROMO.png This week on an all-new 1st Look, Audrina Patridge explores what South Korea has to offer. Join us on this incredible trip this Saturday after SNL on NBC.]]> <![CDATA[1st Look Presents: Radio City Christmas Spectacular]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:26:02 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/Radio-City-Show-2014.jpg Join 1st Look for an inside look at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes. ]]> <![CDATA[Full Episode: A Trip To Opulent NYC]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:21:58 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/EFLK3255H_WEB.jpg From a $500 brunch to a $1,000 sundae, Audrina Patridge checks out some of the finer things in life in New York City. Explore opulent New York on this episode of 1st Look. ]]> <![CDATA[Behind The Scenes at "Queen of The Night"]]> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 14:43:52 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2014-12-08+at+5.42.29+PM.png Hidden below The Paramount Hotel, in the heart of Times Square, is the historic Billy Rose Diamond Horseshoe Theater where you'll discover dinner theater like no other. "Queen of The Night," offers 360-degree decadence in everything from the production design to the performers, even the dinner you need to barter for. It's a night like no other.]]> <![CDATA[ Meet Alec Monopoly]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:34:44 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/210*120/DSC_85611.JPG

Last weekend, Miami held Art Basel, the international art event that takes over the city for the better part of a week.  Artists, art dealers, and art fans attend in droves, making for a weekend full of exhibitions, parties, and traffic.

A LOT of traffic.

It’s a small price to pay for the opportunity to see such a large collection of creativity from all over the world.  One could easily get lost for hours in an exhibition center and not even scratch the surface of what is on display.  However, if you know the right people, you can attend the after-hours parties, where the velvet rope may as well be an iron gate, and where rappers, socialites, and artists can all be seen rubbing elbows.

On Saturday night at the SLS South Beach Hotel, one of these very parties was held for the artist Alec Monopoly.  I assume that Monopoly, a contemporary artist in the vein of Banksy and Andy Warhol, must feel as though he’s found a second home in Miami.

In Miami, graffiti is part of a cultural movement.  Certain neighborhoods of the city have every building in sight covered with ever-changing facade of patterns, characters, and color.  Wynwood, where this explosion of urban imagery has created a sort of cultural resurgence in this area of Miami, has become a sort of safe haven for graffiti artists, a title Monopoly applies to himself.

“I love Wynwood because graffiti is what inspires me” says Monopoly.

When we meet, the artist sits on a couch in front of the SLS Hotel’s signature duck, which he has given a face-lift for the event.  The usually all-silver sculpture now bears Monopoly’s signature style, with marker and spray-paint transforming the piece into a sort of oversized cartoon rubber duckie.  Stray drops of paint and streaks of ink drip down the sculpture, giving the sense that the work was done quickly and impulsively.  Indeed, Monopoly goes on to tell me that all of his art on display at the event was created that very week. 

These paintings all follow a similar process to striking results.  Appropriating pop-culture figures with a urban graffiti aesthetic, Monopoly’s work is meant to be cultural commentary with a capital C.  He prefers busy, loud images in favor of subtlety, making for pieces that make a big impression right away.  He even got his name from working with one of the most enduring pop-culture characters of the last century, Mr. Monopoly.  In many of the works displayed at the party show, Mr. Monopoly can be seen in various situations and positions.  Some of them show the board game icon with bags of money, but the innocent fun of the Parker Brothers game has been replaced by a sinister tone.  In other pieces, Mr. Monopoly is hanging from a cross.

“After this, I’m heading to Thailand,” he tells me.  “I want to bring this style of art to other parts of the world.  I’m having a show at the Contemporary Museum of Art in Bangkok.”  

I’m surprised to learn that Monopoly is from New York City, considering the city’s attitude towards graffiti.  Just this year, 5 Pointz, the famous building in Queens that for years had been one of the only displays for urban graffiti art in New York, was demolished in favor of a high-rise condominium.  However, it also seems to make perfect sense that Monopoly would be from the Big Apple, considering the rebellious tone of his work.

Monopoly sits at a table right up near the front of the party rather than being buried behind further ropes in the secretive VIP in the back.  He wears what appears to be a black snakeskin suit, a top hat, and a surgeon’s mask.  Like his art, Monopoly sticks out, especially in this crowd.  However, the thing that strikes me is his demeanor.  Here, at a party thrown for him, where everyone in attendance seems to want to see and be seen, Monopoly looks totally at ease.  As I approach him, I am expecting the reclusive, tortured stereotype of the artist.  But as I reach out to introduce myself, he pulls down his surgeon’s mask, shakes my hand, and give me a huge smile.  This guy is having a great time, and it’s not hard to see why. 

<![CDATA[Get a Taste of a $1,000 Sundae]]> Sun, 07 Dec 2014 11:10:16 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/1STLOOK_3255_OPULENCE_BAGATELLE_WEB.png Audrina dives into a truly decadent sundae that comes with a hefty price tag and a few surprises at Bagatelle in New York City.]]> <![CDATA[Brunch Fit For a Czar at Ariana]]> Sun, 07 Dec 2014 10:58:13 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1STLOOK_3255_OPULENCE_ARIANA_WEB.png Audrina indulges in a brunch fit for a Russian czar at Ariana restaurant. Kamchatka king crab and caviar eggs benedict served with a caviar martini and Dom, you've never brunched like this before.]]> <![CDATA[Tailgate Recipe: Chimichurri Steak Sandwiches]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:17:06 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Honda-Chimichurri-Sandwich.jpg

2-3 cloves garlic
2 chopped shallots
pinch of Red pepper flakes
2 jalapeños
1/3 C red wine vinegar
2 C Parsley, loosely packed
2 C Cilantro, loosely packed
3/4 C Olive oil

2lb skirt steak
Manchego cheese
Roasted peppers
Ciabatta, foccacia, or hero rolls

Using a food processor or immersion blender mix all ingredients for chimichurri. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Place steak into a heavy duty Ziploc bag . Pour enough marinade into bag to cover meat. Set the rest aside to serve on the sandwiches. Let marinate for 3 hrs or overnight.

Remove excess chimichurri from steak and season with salt and pepper. Let sit at room temp for about 20 min.

Heat a gas grill to medium high (Cover. Let heat up for 5-10 min). Cook 3-5 minutes per side until meat is nicely charred and medium-rare.

Transfer steak to a carving board; let rest for 5-10 minutes. Slice across the grain.

Spread both sides of bread generously with chimichurri. Top with sliced steak, manchego, fire roasted red peppers, and arugula.

<![CDATA[Truffle Hunting at New York's Finest Restaurants]]> Sun, 07 Dec 2014 10:52:10 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2014-12-07+at+1.50.21+PM.png Tossed into the fast-paced and high-priced world of white truffle dealings, Audrina learns first hand what it's like to sell these diamonds of the culinary world. Running from The Mark by Jean Georges, to Colicchio & Sons, and then heading to Sirio Ristorante in the Pierre Hotel, the stakes could not be any higher.]]> <![CDATA[This Week: Prepare To Be Spoiled]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 13:48:09 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1LK_3255_WEB_PROMO.jpg This week on an all-new 1st Look, host Audrina Patridge discovers the most opulent dishes around the country. Don't miss it Saturday after SNL on NBC. ]]> <![CDATA[Full Episode: Tasty Treats]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:51:50 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/EFLK3254H_WEB.png Need some sugar in your life? 1st Look checks out the sickest desserts around, featuring Sugar Factory in NYC, Sublime Doughnuts in Atlanta, and Rusty's Cheesecake in Seattle.]]> <![CDATA[Are You Ready For This Sugar Rush?]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:00:28 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/1STLOOK_3254_SUGAR_FACTORY_WEB.png Audrina Patridge gets a sugar rush and indulges on a sundae fit for a king at Sugar Factory American Brasserie. ]]> <![CDATA[Doughnuts Are Sublime at Sublime Bakery]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:55:56 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/1STLOOK_3254_SUBLIME_DOUGHNUTS_WEB.png Check out some of the most stylish and delicious doughnuts in the country, including the creation of a brand new, never-before-seen masterpiece. ]]> <![CDATA[Chocolate Charcuterie Is What's Cooking at Cookshop]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:53:18 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/1STLOOK_3254_COOKSHOP_WEB.png You've never seen, or tasted, a charcuterie board quite like this, prosciutto, bacon, pate, foie gras and more, all made from chocolate. You won't believe your eyes... or taste buds!]]> <![CDATA[The World's Best Cheesecake]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:42:01 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/1STLOOK_3254_RUSTYS_CHEESECAKE_WEB.png Take a look at one man's quest to make the world's best cheesecake.]]> <![CDATA[This Week: Indulge In Decadent Desserts]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:50:50 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1LK_3254_WEB_PROMO.png This week on an all-new 1st Look, host Audrina Patridge is being bad, really, really, bad, and indulging in the richest, most decadent desserts. Don't miss it Saturday after SNL on NBC.]]> <![CDATA[Full Episode: We're Not Growing Up]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:42:59 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/EFLK3253-WEB.jpg It's time to be a kid again! Audrina plays in the dirt with race cars in Seattle, and checks in at the California Institute of Abnormalities in LA. Also, we're featuring Universal Studios Park in Orlando, and Indoor Archery in NYC.]]> <![CDATA[A Real-Life "Hunger Games" at Indoor Extreme Sports]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:39:26 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1LK_3253_Archery_WEB.jpg Audrina Patridge is joined by Clint Carter from Men’s Health as they fight for their survival “Hunger Games” style while playing indoor archery tag. ]]> <![CDATA[Hit The Gas at DirtFish Rally]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:17:57 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1LK_3253_DIRTFISH_WEB.jpg Audrina feels the need for speed at DirtFish Rally School.]]> <![CDATA[Visit The Best Freak Show In Town]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:35:09 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1LK_3253_CIA_WEB.jpg Things get freaky when Audrina heads to the California Institute of Abnormalities.]]> <![CDATA[A Day at Universal Studios Orlando]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:33:23 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1LK_3253_Universal_WEB.jpg Audrina takes a trip to Universal Orlando Resort to see all the amazing new additions to the park. From The Simpsons to Harry Potter, Audrina is in for a day of fun.]]> <![CDATA[This Week: Get Ready To Play]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:21:07 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1LK_3253_WEB_PROMO.jpg Release your inner child and get ready to play on an all-new episode of "1st Look" this weekend with host Audrina Patridge. ]]> <![CDATA[Audrina VS. Men's Health In Archery Tag]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:35:42 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/1LK-MensHealth-Promo.jpg Want to see who wins? Catch an all-new 1st Look this Saturday after Saturday Night Live on NBC. ]]> <![CDATA[Full Episode: Destination Miami]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:39:01 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/1LK-Miami.jpg Audrina Patridge dives into the sun-kissed city of Miami. Join us as she explores the pool parties, culinary scene, and goes scuba diving. Featuring Michael Schwartz, SLS Pool Party, and Miami Culinary Tour.]]> <![CDATA[Explore Miami's Wynwood and The Cypress Room]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:54:11 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/1STLOOK_3252_MIAMI_CYPRESS_ROOM_WEB.png Miami's Wynwood district is quickly becoming the place to be in Miami and Audrina Patridge and her sister Casey explore the world-famous Wynwood Walls before heading over to James Beard Award winning chef Michael Schwartz's latest eatery Cypress Room for some fine dining.]]> <![CDATA[Party Like a Pro at SLS South Beach Pool Party]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:52:19 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/1STLOOK_3252_MIAMI_SLS_WEB.png Audrina Patridge awakens to discover her hotel is bumpin' and if she's going to survive this all-out South Beach pool party, then she'd better learn the rules to partying like a pro.]]> <![CDATA[Take a Tour of Little Havana in Miami]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:50:02 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/1STLOOK_3252_MIAMI_LITTLE_HAVANA_WEB.png Audrina Patridge meets up with Grace Della from Miami Culinary Tours for a walk through Little Havana. Cuban food and coffee, fresh juice and some of the finest cigars Miami has to offer, this tour is full of Cuban soul.]]> <![CDATA[What Lies Under The Sea in South Florida]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:48:07 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/1STLOOK_3252_MIAMI_SCUBA_WEB.png After a quick safety lesson in South Florida Dive Headquarters' pool, Audrina Patridge heads out to the Floridian waters to S.C.U.B.A. dive with Nurse Sharks and to explore the U.S.S. Copenhagen shipwreck.]]> <![CDATA[This Week: 1st Look Is In Miami]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:14:29 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/1LK_3252_WEB_PROMO.png Catch an all-new episode of 1st Look with Audrina Patridge this Saturday after "SNL" on NBC. ]]> <![CDATA[1st Look: Dress Me Up (Full Episode)]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:01:47 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/EFLK3251H_WEB.png From a warrior princess to Marvel's Mystique, Audrina dresses up for the best costumed events. Featuring San Diego Comic-Con, Scarborough Fair Renaissance Fair in TX, and more.]]> <![CDATA[Cool Cosplay at Comic-Con (Part 1)]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:41:57 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/1STLOOK_3251_COMIC_CON_PART_01_WEB.png Audrina Patridge explores the biggest cosplay convention on the West Coast, San Diego Comic-Con, dressed up as X-Men's Mystique. ]]> <![CDATA[Cool Cosplay at Comic-Con (Part 2)]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:37:21 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/1STLOOK_3251_COMIC_CON_PART_02_WEB.png Audrina Patridge explores the biggest cosplay convention on the West Coast, San Diego Comic-Con, dressed up as X-Men's Mystique. ]]> <![CDATA[The 16th Century Comes To Life]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:34:55 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/1STLOOK_3251_SCARBOROUGH_FESTIVAL_WEB.png Audrina Patridge travels back in time and spends the day at one of the biggest Renaissance Fairs in the country. ]]> <![CDATA[A Look at The Greatest Costumes In Hollywood]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:31:46 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/1STLOOK_3251_HOLLYWOOD_COSTUME_WEB.png 1st Look gets an exclusive look at the "Hollywood Costume" exhibit that explores the role of costume design in some of cinema's greatest films. ]]> <![CDATA[This Week: We're Exploring Cosplay]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:00:29 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1LK_3251_WEB_PROMO.png Dress up with Audrina Patridge this Saturday after "SNL" on NBC. ]]> <![CDATA[1st Look: Bizarre Bites (Full Episode)]]> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:33:11 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/EFLK3250H-WEB.jpg Scorpions, larva, and calf heart... sound delicious? Audrina Patridge tries some of the countries most bizarre bites. Featuring Steven Page in New York, Frontier Restaurant in Chicago, and Typhoon in Los Angeles.]]> <![CDATA[Nose to Tail Cooking at Frontier]]> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:36:25 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/1STLOOK_3250_FRONTIER_WEB.jpg Waste not at Chicago restaurant Frontier where nose to tail cooking is the specialty.]]> <![CDATA[Have What It Takes To Win Wing Bowl?]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:52:58 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/1STLOOK_3250_WING_BOWL_WEB.jpg Wing Bowl is a Philly tradition and celebration that will have you counting your wings. ]]> <![CDATA[You've Never Had a Burger Like a PYT Burger]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:34:40 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/216*120/PYT-Burger1.jpg A PB & J burger is one of the many crazy concoctions the burger masters at PYT in Philly have invented.]]> <![CDATA[A Burger Bash To Remember at NYCWFF]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:07:44 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/2014+Burger+Bash.JPG

On a cool crisp autumn evening in Manhattan, an industrial-sized elevator lifted you to the rooftop of pier 92 on the Hudson River, and when those metal doors opened your nostrils were immediately filled by the sweet rich scent of chargrilled meat.  But at the 7th annual Burger Bash, one of the best events thrown by Food Network's New York City Wine & Food Festival, the aromas are merely the beginning.  What could quite possibly be better than some of the best chefs and restaurateurs New York has to offer battling it out for bragging rights by presenting their best take on the burger and all you can drink Blue Moon beer?  And the answer to that question, are the highlights you bit into.

With the warm twinkle of the of the city skyline behind you, the sound of the river eclipsed by a fantastic cover band that filled the night air, and bumping into the event's hosts Pat LaFrieda and Rachael Ray, as well as the likes of Christian Slater, Adam Richman, Mo Rocca, Anne Burrell, and Andrew Zimmern, the stars at Burger Bash were out and in your favor.  But it was the burgers that truly shinned brightest.

Ramen burger is not a fad.  You know about it because you should.  And if you haven't yet experienced Keizo Shimamoto's creation, well, you should as well.  The chuck is freshly ground and the shoyu glaze that coats the patty just makes it shine so sweetly.  The tightly formed ramen noodle "bun" that's lightly browned on the flat top, holds together even as you bite through it, and loosens up only upon chewing.  It's unique and all the more important, it's tasty.

So was Chef Michael Toscano's perfectly cooked slider which came with a sharp hit of caciocavallo cheese, pickled escarole and chopped roasted tomatoes sandwiched between a perfect potato bun which provided such a balanced lightness to the meat it surrounded.  Served with tots that would give Napoleon Dynamite good reason not to want to share, the man behind Perla and Montmartre was manning the grill all night to a line of guests that seemed to never disperse.

And then there was Shake Shack.  Danny Meyer's ubiquitous chain which so easily can be looked upon as a simple fast food burger, was anything but.  Their MeisterShack American cheese burger that was topped with crispy beer marinated shallots and shack sauce served on a potato bun, was the best bite of the night.  And the fact that they were serving full burgers, not quarters, not halves, or sliders, enabled you to take lots of them.  The sweetness of those crunchy fried shallots that were dusted with salt, managed to extrude even more flavor from the molten cheese and the fantastic meat that we've all come to love.  If there was room in your stomach after sampling the thirty burgers that were being showcased, this would be the one you came back to have seconds of.  It was really that good.

As for the judges' pick for high honors, Marc Murphy's Lamb-Marc burger made from a spiced ground lamb with a fresh mint chimichurri reigned supreme.  And Josh Capon's caramelized onions and bacon jam topped American cheeseburger from Burger and Barrel took the people's choice award and the $2000 prize that came with it.

And with that, it's time for a diet.  At least until the next NYCWFF event.

<![CDATA[Push Your Limits at Typhoon]]> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:33:18 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1STLOOK_3250_TYPHOON_WEB_1200x675_337399875573.jpg Stir-fried crickets? Singapore scorpion shrimp toast? Silkworms? All you need are some excellent dipping sauces to make these bizarre bites go down at Typhoon in Santa Monica. Right?]]>