Showing posts with label food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food. Show all posts

Friday, July 14, 2017

5 TV Shows That Are Suprisingly Filled with Food Porn

You don't have to watch food reality TV or food shows to be enticed by food porn on the screen. In fact, there are quite a few TV series that don't revolve around food yet is surprisingly filled with some amazing scenes foodies would gawk at and salivate over. A lot of these shows are available for free or on demand to stream if you have Verizon Fios account (even if they're not, you'll still want Fios' near-gigabit internet speed so you can stream seamlessly!). Now that summer is here, it's a great time to check out theses shows, if you haven't yet. Just be sure your fridge is stocked when you do.


OK, so this show has beautifully shot and amazing looking food scenes, thanks to the supervising of Chef Jose Andres. Hannibal is a food connoisseur and a great cook, but of course, each food scene is a bit unnerving, especially when Hannibal is cooking a meat dish. Could it be human meat? Knowing Hannibal, probably! That's why Gillian Anderson's character will only eat oysters - though I think lobster would be fine too ;) Still, even with the underlying unease, the cooking and dining scenes in this show are some of the best out there.

Master of None
credit: Popsugar
Aziz Ansari's character Dev takes an impromptu weekend trip to Nashville and was late catching his flight home to go get BBQ. He lies to his parents and skips out on prayers to go binge out on more BBQ at Smorgasburg. He's basically just eating around Italy in the beginning of the second season, because "eating in Italy is my favorite thing!" Hats off to Aziz for somehow getting a dinner at Osteria Francescana in the show and making it a business expense.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

November 10: Wine and Food of Spain at The Bazaar ( + Ticket Giveaway!)

On Monday, November 10, head on over to The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills for a taste of Spain's best wines and food. The event is called Spain's Great Match and will feature more than 200 Spanish wines. The wines will be accompanied by tapas from The Bazaar. We're talking 200+ wines with Chef Jose Andres' lauded food! Last year's bites include a taste of their famed molecular gastronomy techniques

There will also be a Cava Bubble Lounge. I don't know about you, but I love my bubbles.

Sounds good? Even better, at the end of this post you can enter a giveaway for 2 FREE TICKETS to this event!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Revisiting Wood and Vine with a New Chef

Hollywood favorite Wood and Vine recently recruited a new chef who has revamped the menu. Worry not, though, as the popular cheese and charcuterie platter will still be around. Chef Marc Johnson used to work at Waterloo and City, so the charcuterie here is something to anticipate.
There will be potted items like chicken liver mousse with blood orange marmalade, which I was kind of addicted to.

He's making terrines from game meat, including a rabbit terrine with pistachio and pickled carrot puree, head cheese, and a wild boar terrine with pecans and apple chutney.

For appetizers, he plays with vegetables and fruits like Beetroot, horseradish, kumquat, sourdough, amaranth


Thursday, April 21, 2011

My Favorite Japanese and Korean Food-Centric Dramas

Yes, I waste a lot of time watching Asian dramas online, and I know I'm not the only one among my food-blogging friends. What better way to combine our enjoyment of these dramas and food than watching tv series with stories centered around food and restaurants? Here are some of my favorites (and the title links to where you can watch it! You can also watch all the Korean ones on DramaFever):

Gourmet (Korean)
Synopsis (from Hulu):
Based on the graphic novel by Heo Young Man, 2008 South Korean drama "Gourmet" chronicles the happenings behind the scenes of renowned traditional Korean restaurant Woo Nam Jung. The story centers on the rivalry between brothers Lee Sung Chan and Oh Bong Joo.

My 2-cents: I really enjoyed this because it's centered pretty heavily on the food and cooking rather than cheesy love stories. It's a traditional Korean restaurant so it delves pretty deeply (and philosophically) on Korean food and cooking traditions with some great food shots! The story itself is good, as well, not your typical Korean cinderella love stories.

Buy it on Amazon: Gourmet / Sik Gaek - Korean Drama (6 DVD Digipak) All Region with English Subtitles

Osen (Japanese)
Synopsis (from
Handa Sen is the "okami" (proprietress) of a long-standing restaurant in one of the lower parts of Tokyo. Though she is normally airheaded and loves to drink, she has an impressive mastery of a wide range skills, from cooking to ceramics to calligraphy. While the drama follows various events surrounding the restaurant, one of the series' highlights is its illustration of Japanese food and culture.

My 2-cents: I like this for similar reasons as I like the previous one. Centered around a ryotei, a traditional Japanese fine dining restaurant, it talks about preserving traditional methods of Japanese cooking and food production. There's an episode about making miso, another about fresh-shaven bonito flakes, and more.

Buy it on Amazon: Osen (Japanese TV Series, English Sub, All Zone DVDs, Complete Series Episode 1-10)

Honorable mentions:
Bambino (Japanese)
Synopsis (from
Shogo Ban (Jun Matsumoto) is a cocky, arrogant and fiercely driven youngster, who aspires to become a first-class chef. After enjoying success as a junior chef back home, Ban is ready to flaunt his skills when he comes to train at the prestigious Trattoria Baccanale in Tokyo, but his pride is shattered upon finding himself completely helpless in the cutting-edge kitchen.

My 2-cents: What I like about this drama is that it shows how harsh the working conditions are in a busy restaurant, it doesn't present the culinary world in an idealistic and romantic manner.

Shinya Shokudo/Late Night Diner (Japanese)
Synopsis (from Set in a small restaurant in the corner of a shopping district. The unusual eatery is only open after midnight, and its standard menu consists of just a single choice. However, the customers still come for the amusing chatter and the proprietor's willingness to cook any dish that they request. This drama depicts the lives of the restaurant's patrons, including a yakuza, an unsuccessful actor, a group of office ladies, a newspaper delivery boy, and a stripper.

My 2-cents: Every episode is a little slice-of-life story of a customer, accompanied by a particular dish, usually some sort of simple comfort food. It made me crave ochazuke so bad one night!

Kimchi Family (Korean)
Watch on DramaFever
Synopsis: Lee Kang San and Lee Woo Joo find themselves taking over the management of their family's traditional kimchi restaurant, Heaven, Earth and Man, when their father sets off on a journey one day without their knowledge. Ki Ho Tae coincidentally arrives at the restaurant in search of the missing pieces of his past. Together with the other restaurant employees, long-time customers and a growing circle of friends, they work towards their individual goals while finding warmth and family through their sharing of food and support of each other.

My 2-cents: This one has a bit more action and "mystery" than the others, rather than just food. Every episode shows the two main female characters as little girls making a different type of kimchi with their late mother. I never knew there were so many different types of kimchi!

Buy it on Amazon: Kimchi Family / Fermentation Family (NTSC All Region, Korean TV Drama, English Sub, Complete Series 24 Episodes 6-DVD)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Upcoming Food Events!

9/5 - 9/7/08 LA Greek Festival
Saint Sophia Cathedral
9/5-9/7/08 The Original Long Beach Lobster Festival
Rainbow Lagoon, Long Beach, CA
9/10/08 The Pie Hole (Pushing Daisies Tour) - they're giving out FREE PIE!
3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica. 9 AM- 3 PM
9/11-9/14/08 Hokkaido Fair
Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance and Costa Mesa
9/13-9/14/08 LA BBQ Festival
Santa Monica Pier North Parking Lot
9/14/08 7th Annual Taste of Santa Monica
Santa Monica Pier
9/19-9/21/08 The Port of LA Lobster Festival
Ports O'Call Village, San Pedro, CA
9/22/08 5x5 Chefs Collaborative Dinner (the LAST ONE!!)
La Terza

Oh, and then there's the much dreamed of - but can't afford - American Wine & Food Festival (9/26-9/28/08). The main event I've been drooling about is the Chef's Grand Tasting Dinner at Spago featuring Joel Robuchon, Eric Ripert (from Le Bernardin), among others. $750 per person ... anyone wanna pay for me ? :P Help a poor starving student ... ?

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