My Life As a Foodie
Exploring the food culture of America.
Exploring the food culture of America.
episode 113 :: beer
It’s been over two years since I turned my back on the craft brew scene. In doing research for the show, I found that the landscape had changed drastically. The numbers are staggeringly high. What made the biggest impression on me, however, was the growth of home brewing. As of last November, there were an estimated 1.2 million people making beer at home. And while I know that a lot of you have dabbled in the craft of brewing beer at home, I think that if you truly love the taste of...
episode 112 :: city of gold
Even for viewers who've never read or heard of food critic Jonathan Gold, City of Gold offers a thoroughly entertaining introduction to a talented writer and brilliant career. In this documentary, Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold shows us a Los Angeles where ethnic cooking is a kaleidoscopic portal to the mysteries of an unwieldy city and the soul of America.
episode 111 :: chef
After a controlling owner pushes him too far, chef Carl Casper quits his position at a prestigious Los Angeles restaurant. As he tries to figure out what his next step should be, he finds himself in Miami. Carl joins forces with his ex-wife, best friend and son to launch a food-truck business, and the venture provides a chance to reignite his passion for cooking, as well as his zest for life and love.
episode 110 :: nice guy fieri
Through the years, I’ve been more than unkind to Guy Fieri. I’ve come to the realization that I have no reason to be that way. He’s done nothing wrong, is living his dream, staying positive, and making a career out of helping small business owners flourish. In this episode, my public apology. I still don’t understand the hair, the cloths, the catchphrases, and everything else - but that’s not what makes the man.
episode 109 :: mozza
Nancy Silverton was the subject in Season 3 of Chef's Table on Netflix. In this episode, we discuss her impact on the LA food scene and her obsession with creating the perfect pizza.
episode 108 :: rock lobster
Amazon buys Whole Foods, cooking lobster the original way - over the grill, and introducing a new segment 'Cooking With the Devil'.
episode 107 :: eat bacon, don't jog
This week we're discussing the book Eat Bacon, Don't Jog by Grant Petersen. In it, he destroys 30 years of conventional health wisdom and offers a common sense approach to weight loss and fitness. The main point of Eat Bacon, Don't Jog is the real reason we need to drop carbs from our diet and instead embrace fat. On top of that, he sees no real health benefit in jogging. High intensity workouts that hurt like a bitch are what really help. The jogging thing I struggle with, as it was...
episode 106 :: cluni paluni
Life is full of changes, and all we can do is roll with them and ride the trail that life carves out for us. In this episode I talk about the changes happening all around us and the meat company I dreamed of starting, but never did. It was a novel idea that never caught fire, but I learned a lot in the process. There's also talk of the national discussion about an immigrant ban and Jose Andres legal battle with Donald Trump over his restaurant that also never happened inside of the Trump...
episode 105 :: kids and kombucha
When you suddenly become a parent, cooking for children presents a whole new set of challenges. In this episode, I talk about how I have made the transition from cooking strictly adult food to cooking for kids while doing my best to expose them to new things. I also show you how easy it is to brew and ferment your own kombucha at home.
episode 104 :: judy joo
After getting her degree and finding her way to the Wall Street trading floor, she settled into a career in finance. After a few years, her passion for food proved to be too much and she gave up Wall Street to attend culinary school. A decade later, she’s an Iron Chef, an Iron Chef America host, restauranteur, cookbook author, and the host of her own cooking show on Food Network. Meet Judy Joo. She took the path less chosen.
episode 103 :: the nutrition spectrum
More useless food studies | Bobby Flay is making Food Network interesting again | Why prisons should hire Hells Kitchen rejects | Meatless Mondays | The Nutrition Spectrum | The Secret Power of Protein
episode 102 :: sconehenge
We are joined on the show by Debbie Rose of Fine Sconehenge Baking Company. Debbie is dedicated to baking only the finest all-natural and handmade desserts for her customers. Her products are known for their simple flavors. You can taste the nuts, the berries, the oats because the sugar doesn’t overwhelm you. Nothing contains high-fructose corn syrup - they use only the highest quality ingredients, no preservatives, and NO MIXES! Fine Sconehenge Baking Company chooses to make a perishable...
episode 100 :: finale
This project has always had an end point, and that end point is here. Since we started this journey together in the early Summer months of 2007, I have set out to learn as much as I could about food, food culture, and the truth behind what we put on our tables every single day. And my goal has always been to share what I've learned with you. Through it all, I hope I've helped make a difference at your dinner table, challenged you to try new things, and entertained you along the way. Don...
episode 99 :: ludo bites
With his new book being released next week, Ludo Bites: Recipes and Stories from the Pop-Up Restaurants of Ludo Lefebvre, we were able to visit with him, and eat some favorite dishes from his many pop-ups at a recent event at Quiksilver in Fashion Island, Newport Beach. We also were given a chance to screen a new short film that Ludo appeared in for Quiksilver titled "Chef and The Sea" which was filmed several months ago when Ludo and Krissy hosted their pop-up in the Big Island of Hawaii.
episode 93 :: the sh!t show
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a must-see documentary. No sh!t. // BEER REVIEW: Bud Light Platinum // The drinking club with a running problem // IN THE KITCHEN: Sandra Lee's French Pork Chops are mmm-mmm-bad! // Jamie Oliver's Chicken Nuggets Experiment // FOOD REVIEW: McDonald's Angus Supreme Burger
episode 92 :: the st. patrick's day massacre
Drinking and driving is for chumps // Braised corned beef with IPA mustard // "G'Knight" from Oskar Blues (formerly "Gordon") // Colcannon // Andrew Zimmern going into politics? // "Food Blogging for Dummies" Seriously? // Marilyn reviews The Olive Garden causing food bloggers to shit their cage // Samuel Adams 26.2 Brew hits the Boston Marathon
episode 90 :: happy new ear
All of you in the Facebook Group (link) make me so proud. You get it. You truly get it. // Why the nose to tail movement makes sense // Kim Jon Il was a foodie. Who knew? // More Brown Than Black IPA from The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone Brewing // Applebee's parody: "Cheese on Queso on Fromage Menu" // Chipotle CEO wants your kids to get to work so he doesn't have to hire illegals // In The Kitchen: Cold Pig Ear Salad // McDonald's in Germany pisses of Burger King // Food Illness Mystery...
episode 89 :: 2011 year in review
As this year comes to a merciful end, we take a look back at the year in food culture, recapping the big stories, and sharing some stories and features that we didn't get a chance to talk about on the show. There is, of course, our annual clip montage at the end - some of my favorite moments of My Life as a Foodie in 2011.
episode 88 :: get fit
Wolfgang Puck is a P-I-M-P // Burly Gourd Milk Stout from The Bruery // Striking the perfect balance - eating well, staying fit // IN THE KITCHEN: Asparagus Soup // Heston Blumenthal - the best TV chef not on TV in the US // Bacon Lube is wrong // Horse meat ban being lifted?
episode 86 :: made in spain
Shut the F**K up and cook! Top Chef Arrogant Quote of the week // 4 Calling Birds - Belgian Strong Ale from The Bruery // Mario Batali defends his restaurant's clientele as not being the "greedy one percent" // The diversity of Spanish cuisine // Making Extrameduran Cold Tomato and Bread Salad // Modern Cuisine, and the effects of Spanish influence // The state of California wants you to eat shitty french fries