Episode 18 :: Fruit of the Earth

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Constantly a show of firsts, we’re celebrating fruit this time around – both in beer and food. We start with Banana Bread beer from Wells & Young. Smells like a beer from the Congo, but goes down quite smoothly with a subtle punch of bananas. Then things get weird.

I’ve watched Bourdain eat it, I’ve watched that penis-eating Andrew Zimmern eat it. Now it’s my turn. I have my first taste of Durian fruit. Widely known in Southeast Asia as the “King of Fruits,” Durian has a mild smell and an even more moderate taste. Not what I was expecting, thank God.

Following up on our discussion of Top Chef and it’s excessive cursing, we hear from it’s co-host and head judge Tom Colicchio who has a different take on why the cursing seems so heavy this season (interview courtesy of BravoTV.com). And if that’s not enough, how about an uncensored clip montage of Hell’s Kitchen? Ever wondered what it would be like without all the bleeping? Wonder no longer – you’ve come to the right podcast.

We haven’t cooked much lately, so I thought I’d share my recipe for crepes with freshly whipped cream and strawberries. Perfect for a Wimbledon-style breakfast, or a nice dessert. It’s easier than it may seem, and your girlfriend (or) wife, and kids will love it. Grab the power tools – we’re cooking over here!

There’s a short discussion of the food situation at the Bejing Olympics (BYO Food everyone), a sampling of 21st Amendment’s Watermelon Wheat, and Gordon Ramsey’s proposal of fining restaurants in England who don’t use local, in-season produce in their food.

Listen to this fruit-filled action-packed episode here.

Music in this episode: Bay of Islands by Blackfish. Buy it in the iTunes Store.

Episode 17 :: Thai Me Up

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AleSmith Horny Devil is an awesome beer – it really is. It’s a Belgian Strong Ale in the greatest sense. Unfortunately, it makes me very angry. It brings out the devil in me.

In any case I’m enjoying it on the show. And I’m sharing my experience at a recent Thai restaurant that I visited with some friends of mine. Chicken satay, spring rolls, shrimp in a green curry sauce, pad thai, beef panaeng, and pad pak ruam (stir-fried eggplant). I only wish they’d served Horny Devil with our meal. Asian beer is simply not my thing.

I also share my thoughts on Season 4 of Top Chef – why it’s great, and why it’s not (including a 50 second piece of audio to back up my claims).

In addition, there’s a recent article in WIRED magazine covering why NY style pizza is almost impossible to duplicate anywhere else, an angry rant against the mean-spirited geniuses at the Jelly Belly Candy Company, a well thought-out farm co-op in England, and a full-fledged verbal ass-kicking of Paula Dean (she so had this coming). Photo on right courtesy of Bubby Oxide.

All of this and MORE on Episode 17 of My Life as a Foodie. Listen to it now.