#HipNJ’s Twitter Party with HGTV’s “The Cousins!”

“The Cousins on Hip New Jersey” is sponsored by eLEND.

You asked the questions, and #HipNJ got you answers!

We live chatted on Twitter with The Cousins, Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri of HGTV, and what they told us is worth repeating!

In case you missed it, here are the ten things we learned about “The Cousins” in the wake of their new series premiere, “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens!”

1) The kitchen is the heart of the home. This show not only lets “The Cousins” get back to their roots but lets them travel around the country doing what they love.

2) Anthony and John have been working together for 10 years.

3) “The Cousins” use the popular app Evernote to store and share their kitchen designs.

4) Spoiler Alert! Favorite renovations from #AMDK include a custom beer tap installation for a home brewer.

5) “The Cousins” enjoy trips to the Jersey Shore—backyard barbecues and good ol’ relaxation in LBI (Long Beach Island)!

6) Their favorite dishes from their restaurants, Carrino Provisions and Talde JC (both located in Jersey City!) include pad thai, spaghetti and meatballs, and pretzel, pork and chive dumplings. Sounds Jersey delicious!

7) In the kitchen, they find more than ugly tiles and worn cabinetry. That’s right…mice and other ugly critters! But for “The Cousins”, it’s an easy fix: call an exterminator and fill in the gaps.

8) But before they discard of the mice, Anthony has some fun with John (like chasing him around with one of the rodent’s skeleton, which we will see this season on #AMDK!)

9) Favorite renovations include both of their parents’ houses and the shore house they redid after Hurricane Sandy…but that was before #AMDK!

10) Anthony was very adamant to share that wallpaper is back in style, and that colored appliances are all the rage!

Be sure not to miss “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens”, airing every Wednesday this summer at 8pm on HGTV!


HGTV’s “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens” Premiere Party

“The Cousins on Hip New Jersey” is sponsored by eLEND.

“We’re coming America!”

Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri aka The Cousins of HGTV celebrated the premiere party of their latest series “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens” at one of their two Jersey City restaurants, Carrino Provisions.

Surrounded by friends, family, designers from the industry and other HGTV stars, The Cousins said sharing the first few episodes of AMDK with this group was a great feeling.

“It just feels great to be surrounded by that many people you love and that many people you respect,” Anthony Carrino said.

Although #AMDK takes them around the nation, Anthony and John flaunted their Jersey pride during the celebration.

“We’ve grown up here all our lives so for us to interact specifically with New Jersey fans—that means a lot to me and I know it means a lot to Anthony,” John Colaneri said.

Other HGTV stars expressed excitement for The Cousins. “Property Brothers” Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott boasted about The Cousins’ work, how they support each other’s shows. and essentially the brotherhood they share.

“I have no problem if someone comes in and says ‘Hmm do I have to pick between “The Cousins” or “The Brothers”…if I had to lose to somebody it would be these guys,” Jonathan Scott said.

David Massoni, a partner of Carrino Provisions and Talde JC, was also on the scene supporting The Cousins.

Don’t forget to tune into “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens” every Wednesday this summer at 8pm on HGTV!


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The Cousins at Bright Pink VIPink Party

“The Cousins on Hip New Jersey” is sponsored by eLEND.

Roll out the pink carpet and get the party started!

Westfield Garden State Plaza hosted the Bright Pink VIPink Party and welcomed guests with cocktails, shopping and The Cousins of HGTV!

“We are celebrating women, we are celebrating shopping and we are raising funds for Bright Pink,” Lisa Hermann, Marketing Director of Westfiled Garden State Plaza, said to #HipNJ’s Kelly Dillon.

Hermann listed a slew of the night’s highlights including dancing, a DJ, cocktails, small bites and over 50 retailers so attendees could shop ‘til they drop…and get right back up to meet The Cousins!

Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri of the new HGTV series “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens” were at the party to benefit Bright Pink and raise awareness for breast and ovarian cancer. The Cousins said they take every chance they can to do events that give back.

“We work with a lot of cancer survivors on our shows so it means a lot to us,” John Colaneri said.

Surrounded by hometown fans, The Cousins were warmed by the support.

“There is no state like New Jersey.The people are fantastic, everybody’s got big personalities, a lot of smiles,” Anthony Carrino said. “I think it’s a moment of pride for us knowing we have so much support in our home state.”

Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization focused on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.  Their aim is to reach the 52 million young women in the United States between the ages of 18 and 45 with innovative, life-saving breast and ovarian health programs.  For more information, log onto  And don’t forget to tune into “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens” starting July 1 at 8pm on HGTV!

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