What's better than comfort food? Around the globe, every country can agree it's warm and filling and reminds us of home. On this episode, we'll dive into the number one global comfort foods, starting with Swedish cookbook author Anna Harrington to discover a unique, comforting Scandinavian family classic. We'll also get acquainted with a Senegalese chef cooking up a scrumptious, hot stew at Cazamance and a comforting breakfast dish from the white-hot restaurant Mission Chinese. We'll discover how in England comfort food is a sticky sweet beloved British dessert at Waterloo & City and we'll end our world tour with the all-time favorite American comfort food dish with a twist.
If you think barbecue is strictly an American tradition, think again! Ever heard about a traditional "Braai"? That's South Africa's version of a cookout, and we'll try their favorite sizzling sausages! We'll also check out Japan's number one favorite BBQ at Takashi and learn the fascinating history behind this popular grilling style. You'll be mystified by Iran's Persian palette, when chef and award-winning cookbook author Louisa Shafia combines flavors like pomegranate rose to create juicy kebabs. Plus, let's not forget the Argentinean family style parrillada, a mix of meat and vegetables big enough to feed everyone, and cooked on their very own original grill. And finally back home with so many favorite ways to BBQ in the USA, find out which takes the number one spot in our hearts: ribs, chicken or brisket.
Whether it's a soccer game in Peru or a Rugby match in Australia, a global love of sports goes hand in hand with a love for mouth-watering stadium snacks, finger foods and plenty of surprises! Ever wonder what they chow down on during the baseball game in Japan? It's not what you think, but it sure looks yummy! In the Philippines, they look for portability and spice while taking in a boxing match and chef Dale Talde shows us how it's done. Rugby matches in Australia can get messy, so something easy, compact and savory is a must! We'll track down Peruvian favorites at Amaru to check out their favorite soccer match sandwich, and wash it down with a refreshing one of a kind cocktail. Finally, what would a good old American football game be without our very own favorite game day treat.
Discover what is considered the most popular birthday dish in five very different places around the world. There's a spicy soup with symbolism from China at Biang!, and a brightly colored, bite-size sweet from Brazil! We'll also check out the favorite birthday dish from Honduras, a savory meal cooked by Delmy Sanchez! And who could forget the Italian birthday favorite Cassata cake, which is both delicious and elegantly decorated with fruit and candy. Coming back home to America's number one birthday dish will bring you to the Vanilla Bakeshop in Los Angeles and have you reminiscing your childhood days with mom! And if you think we forgot the pinata, think again!
American sweethearts rely on candles, dinner, and soft music to create the perfect date night. But what about the rest of the world? In this episode, we're traveling around the globe to look at the world's favorite date night dishes and how they create the right mood! From savoring romantic small bites from Spain at El Quinto Pino, to saying "je t'aime" with authentic chocolate from an acclaimed French chocolatier! We'll also head down to Jamaica at Nigel Spence's Ripe for a unique stew with a very special ingredient, and a drink proven to be an aphrodisiac. Thai chef Hong Thaimee of Ngam will show us the favorite steamy date night dish in Thailand. Plus America's oven baked favorite is perfect for sharing with the one you love and playing footsie under the table, and we've got a table at an impossible-to-get reservation to share it!
When there isn't time for a three martini lunch, people around the world all turn to different favorites for an on-the-go meal that will leave them full and satisfied. This episode takes us to Greece for a wrap filled with only a few ingredients, but full of flavor. We'll also check out the Middle East, with Israel's popular pita sandwich, which is both portable and healthy. Nikki Sood and J.K. Paul show us the Far East favorite with India's own spin on a lunch box at Tanzore. A food truck will dish out their own unique version of the ultimate Vietnamese favorite, a Bahn Mi sandwich, while a top Trinidadian beach treat can be savored and surprise you. Plus what's America's favorite lunch dish? The answer may seem traditional, but wait until you see New York's Court Street Grocers' take on this classic and popular sandwich!