Best Food Ever, season 1 (2010)

After yet another sleepless night, I found myself sitting on the sofa with a cat and my Netflix Watch Instantly account. I have a feeling Netflix knows how to sucker me in, because instead of showing me my queue, they featured other shows I “might” be interested in. Damn. They were right. When I saw TLC’s Best Food Ever on that list, I decided to give it a whirl. Hey, it’s narrated by John Goodman so I almost couldn’t refuse.

BBQ Pitmasters (2009)

I must have been really hungry last week because when Netflix suggested I watch BBQ Pitmasters on Watch Instantly, I did. The fact that I watched the entire season, however, proves that I will sit through just about anything.

Day 94: Pressure Cooker (2008)

I feel like my Netflix queue is on the verge of being capped off yet again. With every film I add, I keep my fingers crossed that the title goes through. The feeling reminds me of what it was like when I was a college student and I withdrew money from the ATM. I would always exhale a sigh of relief when the money came out of the machine and my receipt said I still had funds in the account. I breathe that same sigh of relief when Netflix allows me to add another title to my queue. Now, you don’t hit the limit of movies in your queue without some help. I watch a lot of trailers, and like a perfect little consumer, tend to be excited about the movies after I see the commercials for them. And so these films find their way to my list.

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Day 78: Man v. Food, season 3 (2010)

Over Thanksgiving (a holiday which we tend to overindulge in food), my husband and I took a road trip to Iowa. In order to pass time and avoid some weird talk radio stations on the drive, we bought a few audio books. Ironically, we selected The Hunger Games trilogy for our little road trip. For the two people in the world who haven’t heard of these books, I will provide a two sentence summary. In a post-apocalyptic society, every year children are selected from each district to participate in a televised kill-or-be-killed hunger games. The districts are poor and starving; so the area that sends the winner gets additional food for the year. It was an interesting juxtaposition to listen to a story about people who have so little (and the books themselves are also drawing connections to modern society) while we had so much.

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Day 66: Bizarre Foods, Collection 3 (2008)

I am a foodie. I love to cook, try new restaurants, and sift through old recipes in my eclectic cookbook collection. I also enjoy watching the occasional food show. No, this does not include that weird Catherine Zeta Jones remake, No Reservations. Aside from the fact that I saw the German film that it was based on and it was exponentially better; the title alone triggers my gag reflex. However, I find most food shows very interesting. I enjoy watching Rick Bayless, then trying his recipes at home (f.y.i., his queso fundido is the absolute bomb). Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares always seem to suck me in. But, I think I most enjoy the food-travel shows. Not only am I able to see cool new locations, but it is amazing to see the different dishes common in certain areas. Food can be a gateway to learn about other cultures—or our own. And so, over the past few days I have watched a season of Bizarre Foods.

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