Deena Cortese of Jersey Shore Talking Final Season, Weddings & More

Tuesday night I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Deena Cortese from The Jersey Shore at Just Restaurant in Old Bridge, NJ. We talked everything from Jersey Shore finale to showing her cooka and will she be in Snooki & J-Wow’s weddings.

 

Me: Why is it important to you to be at this Breast Cancer awareness event/has someone close to you been effected by this specific disease?

Deena: Breast cancer and all cancers are everywhere. The opportunity to raise money for breast cancer is an amazing feeling. Actually, my cousin had breast cancer and she lost both of her boobs, but she’s doing well now. Probably due to great fundraisers like this.

Me: If you didn’t do Jersey Shore what would you be doing?
Deena: I’d probably be doing dental assisting. But now no one will probably let me work on their teeth.

Me: It’s Jersey Shore’s last season. What can we expect during the remaining episodes of Jersey Shore?
Deena: Up until 8 I was a little depressed and down and out. I had a few rough times and that was the first time I really had any rough times during the seasons I was there. Sometimes I think you need to hit rock bottom so you can start building yourself back up. That’s kind of what happened. After I hit episode 8 I hit rock bottom, went into a panic attack. The rest of the season you will see Nicole and I start hanging out more again. I think the rest of the season for me is gonna be more fun rather than me sad.

Me: What plans do you have now that the show is ending?
Deena: I partnered with a hair salon in Manalapan called Whisper, so now I’m working with Whisper hair products. We are working on getting it into bigger places. I’ve also been working on a clothing line called Short Couture. It’ll be a clothing line for anyone and make every woman feel sexy.

Me: Ok did you have a meatball tonight?
Deena: My friend Mallory is my meatball. And my publicist Melissa is my meatball.

Me: Are you going to be in the bridal party for Jenni or Nicole’s wedding?
Deena: As of now I am. They both asked me to be bridesmaids, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Me: Fave club down the shore?
Deena: D’Jais in Belmar
Me: Fave bar down the shore?
Deena: D’Jais! No I like Jenks!

Me: Biggest regret while filming Jersey Shore?
Deena: Biggest regret while filming was probably showing my cooka.

Me: Best thing/most exciting thing that has happened to you since filming Jersey Shore?
Deena: Just being able to do fundraisers like this and bringing people in. Going to the VMA’s was one of the most amazing things. That’s what I dreamt about when I was little. Then I was there and people were screaming for me and was like this is crazy.

Me: Favorite cast mate?
Deena: I like all my roommates, but probably Nicole.

Me: Now this is coming from my intern’s friends in college. OK: You have Mike, Vinny, and Pauly D. from the shore house. You have to marry one, kill one, and have sex with one. Who do you choose?

Deena: Well I’m probably not going to have sex with any of them cause I see them as my brothers now. Plus I have a boyfriend and he probably wouldn’t like that. I feel bad killing Mike. Marry probably Vinny or Pauly. I feel Vinny is a family guy and Pauly is just fun.

Me: When driving in the car and “your song” comes on the radio and you’re like “that’s my song”… what it is?
Deena: One of my favorite songs to dance to now is that song by Ke$ha “Die Young”. We have a blast to that song. Or “Let Me Love You” by Nee-Yo. I really enjoy that song when it comes on.

Me: Anything else you’d like to say to my readers:
Deena: Thank you for watching the show and supporting us.
Me: You guys are doing the Hurricane Relief Fundraiser on MTV Thursday night right?
Deena: We are actually doing a telethon Thursday (Nov. 15th) at 11pm to help raise money for Seaside Heights.

 

Tune in tonight for a new Jersey Shore episode at 10pm EST, followed by a Hurricane Relief telethon at 11pm EST.

 

*Photos courtesy of Lucky 17 Photography.

 

Accessorizing with Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler paid a visit to the Princeton Public Library recently to promote his new book Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Accessorizing.

 

Adler shared the story of his “accidental career” and the audience had the chance to ask Adler design questions. He said he likes to use the dining room table as a book stand when it’s not in use. He stressed the importance of foyer décor.  Adler swears “Orange, ping pongs, hanging chairs and you’ll be happy.”

I had the opportunity to sit down with the New Jersey native and ask him a few questions.

Katie – Did your mother’s style affect your style and if so in what way? Any items from your childhood that come into your designs?

Jonathan – My mom’s style totally affected my style cause she’s always had a sense of exuberance and she loves color. She still has really groovy taste.

Katie – If you were required to be on a Jersey reality show which could you see yourself on?

Jonathan – First of all it would be a pleasure and I would KILL to be on Jersey Shore. I love those kids. I’m a big big fan of their work.  I’d love to be an honorary guido for a day.

Katie – If you could work with one celebrity that you haven’t worked with before whose house would you love to revamp?

Jonathan – Go hard or go home, I’d have to go with Madonna.

Fried Pickles in LBI

Recently the hubs and I headed over to Daddy O, a restaurant in Long Beach Island. I heard they had fried pickles and needed to test them out.  My husband ordered a beer and I ordered the “O” Cocktail, which tasted more like “Oh bad decision”. It tasted like cough syrup. I sent it back and asked for a Pinot Grigio. We then ordered their beef sliders, truffle French fries and of course the fried pickles which I came for. The sliders were nothing special and they were way too large. Not bite size at all. The truffle fries were out of this world and the fried pickles were a little disappointing. They basically cut a whole pickle in half, and fried it. The pickle was too big and the breading came right off. I would have preferred them to use sliced pickles (like for a sandwich) and then fry them. They would have been bite size and similar to the delicious ones I once had in Florida. We received the bill and I was a little shocked that we were charged for the first drink I ordered but had sent back, but not the glass of wine (which was cheaper). Not that we’re cheap, but the server did take it back no problem but charged us for the more expensive of the two. It’s not a place we need to visit again, but at least I won’t go without saying I should have tried those fried pickles.