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Meet The Dead Files Steve DiSchiavi and hear about his new project “Blue Plate”

Hey everyone! Hope you’re enjoying your summer! It’s been a real scorcher here in Maryland and although I like the heat, it’s been a little too hot for me! Today we are on day 8 of a 12 day heat wave.

It is so hot here, I feel like I am wearing black during August in Rome (my Italian friends will get that).

I can’t believe how fast the summer is flying by. Before ya know it, we’ll be hearing Jingles Bells playing at the local Walmart.

I love this time of year and when I think of summer, I think of fireflies, porch swings, and food.

I also think about good friends and neat places to eat and that’s why I am excited to introduce you to someone special today.

He’s not only a cool cat, a happenin’ dude and an all around good guy, he’s one of my closest friends … please meet Steve DiSchiavi, co-host of The Dead Files.


Steve was kind enough to sit down with me recently and asked me to share some awesome news with you and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

He’s doing a side gig that is funny, cool and so amazing! I am so proud of him and so happy for him too!

If you love food, love to laugh and you love Steve, you are gonna fall in love with “Blue Plate” …

A Real Blue Plate Special

It’s been said truckers know the best places to eat but that may not always be true. Truck drivers will eat where there is enough space to park their big rigs, it doesn’t necessarily mean the food is any good.

So when you’re hungry, whom can you trust to point you in the right direction?

Well, here’s what you don’t want: You don’t want to eat in a seedy part of town while you watch one of the oddball locals looking into your car. You don’t want to pay high ball prices for a sub-standard meal and service and you don’t want to eat something that looked good on the menu but ended tasting like … well the menu.

What you want is somewhere safe, you want to be served by friendly, law-abiding citizens and you may not always want a gourmet meal every time you go out. Sometimes you just gotta have a steak and a baked potato.

It’s no secret police officers know the communities they patrol. They know the streets, the people and no they don’t just eat donuts. They eat real food just like the rest of us and who better to give you a recommendation on the best local eateries than a local cop.

That’s the premise of the new online show “Blue Plate” which is hosted by the handsome and charismatic Steve DiSchiavi. Many of you may know Steve as co-host of The Dead Files on The Travel Channel and he took this side project to show his fans a funnier, lighter side to his personality. Most people don’t get to see another side to Steve but in this new online series, you do!

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“Most people think I’m this very serious guy who never laughs or cracks a smile,” says Steve, “and when I’m working, I have to be that way. I take my job very seriously. However my friends know there is another side to me and I wanted the fans to see that side too. Plus it involves one of my favorite pastimes, eating!”

The show follows Steve and his production crew of hungry men, to various cities in the United States, approaching the local boys in blue and getting the best recommendations on where to eat.

Steve, who was born and bred in Brooklyn, New York, spent 22 years as a Homicide Detective for the New York City Police Department. He is also a Marine.

As co-host of The Dead Files, he travels all over the country investigating homes and families that are plagued by terrifying paranormal circumstances. It’s in his nature to help, to rescue, to keep others safe and to be empathic toward another person. It’s a natural fit.

It’s also in his nature to be open, friendly and downright approachable with everyone he meets and the idea for “Blue Plate” is another natural fit. It suits him! Good food, good company and good times. What more could a man want?

With his sociable demeanor, he found approaching the local police quite easy. “Most of them didn’t know who I was but they were interested in helping a former police officer. They were all more than happy to get involved.”

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Steve on the lookout for the best homemade food in Galveston, Texas

The idea for the show, which is currently being shown on The Travel Channel website, came to Steve about two years ago. Traveling with the show gives him the opportunity to meet some of the coolest people and eat at some of the most amazing places. Often the production crew members turn to food apps on their phone to seek out the best food.

However Steve thought, why not ask the local police in the towns where they’re shooting for advice about the best places to eat. “Every week I’m somewhere on the road in America.”

Since he cares so deeply about his fans, he wanted to take them with him in a sense, give them an up close and personal view of the life of a retired cop, and he came up with the idea for a new show.

The name “Blue Plate” was the brainstorm of a good friend and with Steve’s idea, the show was born.

However, with all the food shows out there, what makes “Blue Plate” different? Steve explains, “It’s different because it’s not a food show about food, it’s a show about eating it! I’m not eating crazy things, I’m not preparing a gourmet meal, and I’m not a food critic. I’m just a regular Joe who enjoys a good meal. You don’t have to have deep pockets to eat decent food. Yeah, there are a million food shows out there but ‘Blue Plate’ is unique in its approach.”

Plus it’s not just a show to watch cops eat. Although I must admit, there is something kinda hot about a man in uniform eating a meal called “The Big Nasty!” 🙂

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Steve finds the best seafood restaurants in Texas by land and by sea


You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at how the food is prepared, you’ll meet the people behind the aprons and hear local stories about these quaint out of the way places, that in some cases, you wouldn’t know was there and you would drive right by them.

Currently, only two episodes of “Blue Plate” are available for viewing and Steve hopes that will change. He also hopes the show will make it to television. “I am encouraging the fans to check them out and by gauging their responses it will give the network a good indication of its success. The more fans like it, the greater chance it has of being picked up.”

The shows are good family fun, full of “cop humor” and as Steve says, “Great for everyone to watch.” His goal is to give his fans a good laugh while exploring some of the local cop’s favorite eateries and introducing fans to some amazing dishes.

Yes, they are a hoot to watch! Trust me, you haven’t lived until you see a New York City boy eat a Cow’s Cheek Sandwich and suck the juice from the head of a crawfish deep in the heart of Texas.

In one episode, Steve is served a very large plate of delectable Cajun goodness, and is amazed at the amount of food set before him. Steve laughs and says, “I’m eating like I’m going to the chair!”

Well Steve … everything is bigger in Texas!

Steve is very grateful to his fans and is humbled by the outpouring of love he gets from them. “I appreciate all the support I get from the fans of The Dead Files and now hopefully fans of Blue Plate as well. Please let me know if you like the show and share it if you do. Thanks.”

For more information check out The Travel Channel and search “Blue Plate” http://www.travelchannel.com/

Thanks for stopping by! See ya on the flip side! Enjoy! ♥♥♥

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Lisa V. Proulx is a bestselling author of ten books, is ranked in the Top 100 Authors on Amazon Memoirs 2014 and 2015, is a Certified Life and Grief Coach and is an Inspirational Speaker.



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Hi everyone!

First off, I want to apologize for not being in touch for about a week. My niece is going through some serious medical issues and I have been spending time with her and hopefully being of some comfort to her. I helped my brother raise her and she is like a daughter to me.

It is in the 80’s here today in Maryland and soooooo hard for me to stay inside and work. But I got to lay out in the sun for awhile today and work on my tan.

I have a LOT of stuff to catch up on. I have two AUTHOR OF THE WEEK authors to introduce you to, plus a FREAKY FRIDAY edition, which I will get to in the next several blogs that I will be getting out tonight.

I am also creating a NEW blog called “LICK AND A PROMISE” to promote my upcoming book by the same name. The blog will be about rock stars, groupies, music, concert info and all sorts of photos and backstage juice! Plus I will be hosting ROCK STAR WEDNESDAY and every week will be introducing you to a band.

Also on FaceBook (see page link below) every Monday I have a PHOTO CAPTION CONTEST where the winner (who makes me laugh out loud) will win a FREE copy of one of my eBooks.

This week’s winners (I picked two) were author Jeanne Kalogridis and my belly dance instructor Barbara Burgos. Their comments made me laugh out loud and they each will win one of my books! 🙂

Today I have a lot of goodies for you!

So, thanks for following and stopping by to say hello! Talk soon! 🙂




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“A great read is understated. The style of writing of Proulx makes you feel as if you are right there. Your emotions will range while you root for Veronica and sometimes feel for Victor. A must for anyone who has experienced abuse and a great ‘cautionary tale’ for those who haven’t! Brilliant! Thank you for another wonderful book Ms. Proulx!”


My dearest Lisa, I am sorry that it took me so long to read it, but I finally did (I guess I was kind of scared to) and it was a wonderful read!

I just finished reading “The Rainbow Won’t Wait” and I was so happy, sad, grateful, inspired, informed and even felt loved 🙂

I was so happy that you were able to write such a book, I am sure it wasn’t easy. I was happy that I had a chance to know the wonderful, kind, beautiful woman you called mother. I was happy to see everything that she as well as you have overcame. I was happy throughout the book 🙂 I was sad because of everything I didn’t know and all of the struggles you and your mother had to endure.

I was sad that I didn’t get to spend more time with this wonderful woman, Victoria. I was sad that we didn’t keep in touch as we should have 😦 I was sad during the book when she was and when you were.

My heart broke when yours did. It was a very touching book. I felt grateful while reading because I did have a chance to know your mother. I was grateful that I spent the time that I did chatting with her at your house or on the phone. I was really grateful for that! Also, felt and feel grateful to know a person (you) who has been through and overcame as much as you have and still come out a wonderful person.

I was inspired while reading to implement some of the advice your mother gave you into my own life and children. It’s amazing how we think about things as adults and we didn’t as children 🙂 Your mother had some wonderful advice and I think it will inspire many others as well.

I felt informed about her illness, because like so many others, we don’t think about those things until it’s too late or we just don’t care. I do care and was grateful for the information that you were able to share about what your mother was going through until her last breath.

Lastly I would like to say that I felt loved while I was reading this, I know this may sound funny to some but, I did. I mean I just felt the love all around (I know there were times it wasn’t so evident, but it all comes down to love in the end). I felt like since I was in such a small part of yours and your mom’s world that I too, was loved by you both.

I have always thought of you both and will always love you both for being so nice and kind to me when we first met way back in college 🙂 May you have continued success with life and family 🙂 Thanks again for writing this book, it is a wonderful way to remember not only one wonderful woman, but TWO!”

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