Fan of Food and Travel? Then Watch These Shows!
There are certain things that go together in life. Peanut butter and jelly. Hugs and kisses. Wine and cheese. Salt and pepper. Paper and Pencil. Food and travel.
Yes, definitely food and travel.
Of course, travel still poses a few challenges, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start making plans for the future or watch some television to have a little virtual escape. There are so many great shows that have combined the love of great food with the exploration of exciting locales that you’ll have to make numerous bowls of popcorn just to get through them all.
Wondering where to start? Here are a few favorites that you might like!
- Ugly Delicious: With two seasons (12 episodes) and the always entertaining but down-to-earth David Chang, you’ll love “Ugly Delicious.” Rotten Tomatoes says: David travels the world with writers and chefs, activists and artists, who use food as a vehicle to break down cultural barriers, tackle misconceptions and uncover shared experiences. Ugly Delicious ventures out of polished kitchens into the wider world to explore Viet-Cajun cuisine in Houston, Neapolitan Pizza in Tokyo, home cooking in Copenhagen, and much more.
- Somebody Feed Phil: Phil Rosenthal was the creator of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” and he’s the Phil behind “Somebody Feed Phil.” There are four seasons (22 episodes) of this show on Netflix and reviewer, Andrew Gelembyn said: This series is a joy to watch. Thank you very much to Phil and Richard for creating such delightful and many-a-times moving episodes. Phil has the most engaging personality I have seen on television in a long-time. You can not help but fall in love with this good-hearted, adventurous, and fun-loving gentleman. His brother, Richard, really knows what he’s doing behind the camera. Brilliantly filmed, edited, and narrated. At times, I would jump off my sofa to exclaim that I had been to those places, specifically to “that temple, that street, or even that restaurant.”
- Street Food: This Netflix show is brought to you by the creators of “Chef’s Table.” Google says: “Street Food” brings viewers to some of the world’s most vibrant cities, where the rich culture of street food is explored. From the hawker stalls of Singapore to the food carts of India, episodes highlight the stories of perseverance and culture that bring life to various countries’ cuisine. Nations visited include Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, South Korea, and Vietnam.
- Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi: Hulu brings you “Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi” and says: In “Taste the Nation,” award-winning cookbook author, host and executive producer Padma Lakshmi, takes audiences on a journey across America, exploring the rich and diverse food culture of various immigrant groups, seeking out the people who have so heavily shaped what American food is today. From indigenous communities to recent immigrant arrivals, Padma breaks bread with Americans across the nation to uncover the roots and relationship between our food, our humanity, and our history – ultimately revealing stories that challenge notions of identity, belonging, and what it means to be American.
- Taco Chronicles: Raise your hand if you love tacos! Then “Taco Chronicles” is for you! Wikipedia says: “Taco Chronicles” is an American documentary web television series focusing on tacos, Mexico’s favorite street food. There is a lot of history and culture behind each variety of tacos, and the series tries to be both educational and stylish about the different kinds and where they come from, through interviews with food writers, experts, and owners of the stands seen on the streets, who describe them and the ingredients in depth.
Now is the perfect time to do a little travel from the comfort of your own couch – and learn about some amazing foods while doing it! Check out these shows, and you’re sure to be inspired for new adventures and new cuisine.