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Ep017 - O is for OLIVE OIL! (or...We love our bread dippin'!)

7/4/2018
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Ah Olive Oil, that universally delicious lubricant of the Gods. Legion in its application, cherished for millennia, and available at your local gas station. How is it made, which type should you buy, is it bad for you? All this in more in the "O" episode of Mastication Nation.

Duration:01:01:37

EP016 - B is, and will always be for, BOURDAIN.

6/20/2018
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In this episode we take a break from our usual alphabetic ramblings to pay respects to a great man who is no longer with us. Anthony Bourdain influenced us in so many ways and his passing has left us heartbroken. So we wanted to take some time to share stories, quotes, and admiration as well as hear from others who Anthony influenced along the way. RIP Anthony.

Duration:00:53:48

Ep 015 - N is for NACHOS! (or...Nacho, Nacho Man...I want to be a Nacho Man!)

5/17/2018
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Could there be a more universally wonderful food? I think not. As Saveur magazine said, even bad nachos are good. But what are they exactly and where did they come from? How DO they make that wonderful cheese? All this and more in Episode 15 of Mastication Nation.

Duration:00:43:46

EP013 - L is for Layovers (or...what's the deal with airplane food?!)

3/21/2018
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THIS is the greatest crossover, all others be damned. We welcome Layovers co-host Paul Papadimitriou to the Mastication Nation saloon to discuss the ups and downs of airplane food in all its glory. The best, the worst, why it's bad, how you can make it better - we cover it all in this episode of Mastication Nation.

Duration:01:41:44

EP012 - K is for KALE! (Try Mr. Kale! The great taste of Kale...in a soft drink!)

2/26/2018
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We're back! Sorry for the long break, all explained within. But we restart with a contentious subject - KALE! Love it or loathe it, Kale is crazy popular these days. So popular that we have a special guest to help us unlock its mysteries. Enjoy!

Duration:01:09:03

EP011 - J is for JAM! (or...my favourite is Swapper Jack's Boysenmelon Jelly)

1/2/2018
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Ah jam, could there be anything sweeter? Well yes, depending on what country you live in there could be jam that's a lot sweeter. This weird nugget and lots more (including something of the worst puns you've ever heard) in this episode of Mastication Nation.

Duration:00:58:29

Ep010 - HOLIDAY FOOD SPECTACULARRRRRR!

12/15/2017
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It's the most wonderful time of the year....FOR EATING! We dive headfirst into holiday feasts from around the world and throughout history. And along the way we settle some old scores like Turkey vs Beef and what absolutely does NOT belong on a Holiday table (hint: brandy butter.)

Duration:00:57:28

Ep009 - I is for Phineas Q. Butterfat (or...31 flavours of awesome.)

12/1/2017
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Finally we talk about something sweet! Ice cream in all its beautiful glory. What makes it good, what makes it bad, the best, worst, and weirdest - it's all inside episode 009 of Mastication Nation.

Duration:01:00:42

Ep006 - F is CRUNCH PATTIES! (or...fava beans or chickpeas?)

8/26/2017
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Tiny little balls of deliciousness, these chickpea....or fava...or both (contentious)Middle Eastern staples are hearty, satisfying, delicious, AND interesting. Sounds like the perfect date!

Duration:00:57:50

Ep005 - E is for BABY DEER... LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA, LA, LA, LA-LA!(or...do you call it Aubergine?)

7/12/2017
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Eggplant, aubergine, brinjal...it goes by many names but it always means delicious. Versatile, dependable, and SUPER interesting, eggplant is full of surprises in Episode 005 of Mastication Nation.

Duration:00:50:20

Ep004 - D is for GALAXY OF PRAWNS! (or...do you like your Char Siu Bao steamed or baked?)

6/26/2017
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It may seem intimidating at first but Dim Sum is one of the most laid back, inclusive, downright FUN foods in all of Asia. There's something for everyone in these beautiful bite-sized treats...and we explore them all in Episode 4 of Mastication Nation.

Duration:00:55:40

Ep001 - A is for...AVOCA*ANNOYED GRUNT*! (Or... is Avocado Toast the Devil's Breakfast?)

5/5/2017
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Do you like alligators? Do you like testicles? Then do we have a food for you...the avocado! Great for guac, of course, but the humble avocado is so much more than a taco topping. We also discuss whether avocado toast is a great way to start your day or more hipster nonsense.

Duration:00:32:55