Side-Stepping Fame

25 06 2010

Yesterday I encountered another brush with a celebrity! How exciting, I know! This particular celebrity has made his name known to us through one of the many TV shows on Bravo. This celebrity is a chef who was on the last season of Top Chef. Honestly I guess it would come as no surprise that I saw him in Chinatown, since Chef Mike Isabella has his restaurant, Zaytinya in the neighborhood.

Anyways, I was walking up 7th Street in Chinatown. I had just walked out of my favorite hipster hot spot, Urban Outfitters, and was heading North to cross the new, crazy diagonal crosswalk. While I was walking, I heard a man talking on his cell phone to my left. It’s not like this is something strange to encounter in downtown D.C., but I guess my “Spidey Sense” was tingling so I turned my head to see who it was. A man was leaning against a newspaper vending machine right on the curb of 7th St. and was talking about meeting someone for dinner or something. I saw a man who looked familiar but I couldn’t place his face. It wasn’t until I spotted his tattooed arms, that I realized it was the guy on Top Chef that nobody liked!

I didn’t want to make a commotion, and since whenever I see a celeb for the first time I get nervous and start to doubt myself so I kept walking, but much slower. I was trying to find my camera in the black hole that is my purse. As I was slowly walking and fumbling about, I didn’t see Chef Isabella start for the door to the restaurant I was walking by. I sort of got in his way, as he kind of half-tripped over my not walking swiftly enough in the current of the Chinatown evening rush. I felt bad, but quickly side-stepped to focus on retrieving my camera. By the time I had turned around with my camera, Chef Isabella had disappeared through the doors of the restaurant, Zengo.

Unfortunately, while I didn’t get direct proof of seeing him, I know that it was definitely him. Maybe next time I walk around the city, I’ll have my purse cleaned out beforehand, or at least have my camera more readily available. You never know who you’ll spot in D.C!

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