Food

139. Munch Madness: Pasta vs Berries; Salt vs Curry ft. Amanda McLoughlin & David Flamm

This week, hosts Teffer Adjemian (@tefferbear) and Tom Zalatnai (@tomzalatnai) bring you the next two first-round match-ups of Munch Madness 2024! Guest judges Amanda McLoughlin (@shessomickey) and David Flamm (@atiredskeleton) give us their takes on the battles between Pasta & Berries and Salt & Curry!

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138. Munch Madness: Potato vs Pickle; Citrus vs Ice Cream ft. Eric Silver & Aslam Choudhury

This week, hosts Teffer Adjemian (@tefferbear) and Tom Zalatnai (@tomzalatnai) bring you the first two first-round match-ups of Munch Madness 2024! Guest judges Eric Silver (@el_silvero) and Aslam Choudhury (@aslamchoudhury) give us their takes on the battles between Potatoes & Pickles and Citrus & Ice Cream!

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137. Curry

This week, hosts Teffer Adjemian (@tefferbear) and Tom Zalatnai (@tomzalatnai) talk about curry! We give our SuperBowl 2024 recap (mostly the food), share some of our favorite curry dishes, and talk about the immense multicultural potential of curry!

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136. Munch Madness 2024 Bracket Reveal!

This week, hosts Teffer Adjemian (@tefferbear) and Tom Zalatnai (@tomzalatnai) bring you the moment you’ve all been waiting for: It’s time to reveal the 2024 Munch Madness bracket! Which 16 foods made the cut for this year’s tournament? What do our first round match-ups look like? How can YOU become part of this year’s panel of judges?

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135. Mustard

This week, hosts Teffer Adjemian (@tefferbear) and Tom Zalatnai (@tomzalatnai) talk about mustard! Hey did you know that mustard comes from a plant?! It’s okay if you didn’t, but now you do! We get into medieval cooking, different varieties of mustard-based condiments, and and bring you some exciting new ways to eat it!

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134. Breakfast Sandwiches

This week, hosts Teffer Adjemian (@tefferbear) and Tom Zalatnai (@tomzalatnai) talk about the greatest innovation in grab-and-go breakfasts, the Breakfast Sandwich! Where did the classic egg-cheese-meat sando come from? What’s the perfect commercial iteration of it? Does a bagel with lox count as a breakfast sandwich?

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133. Salt

This week, hosts Teffer Adjemian (@tefferbear) and Tom Zalatnai (@tomzalatnai) talk Salt! Where does it come from? What does it do to our bodies when we eat it? What are some of the different kinds of salt and what purpose do they serve in a kitchen? Most importantly, how can you eat the inside of a volcano?!

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132. Vinegar

This week, hosts Teffer Adjemian (@tefferbear) and Tom Zalatnai (@tomzalatnai) talk Vinegar! Whether it’s white, balsamic, wine, rice, or apple cider, vinegar is absolutely essential to any well-stocked pantry. But what is it that makes these acidic condiments so special? And how did we figure out how to make them in the first place?

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131. Munch Madness 2024 Nominations Are Open!

This week, hosts Teffer Adjemian (@tefferbear) and Tom Zalatnai (@tomzalatnai) are excited to announce that the nomination period for Munch Madness 2024 has begun! We break down the bracket system and nomination form for this year’s tournament, talk about last year’s champion and runner-up, and share some predictions for which foods we think stand a chance this year. Now, it’s your turn! Head to https://forms.gle/stJMPRhUFpQsxqcr9 to cast your votes and make your write-in nominations before the end of January! Got a contender you want to see in the tournament? Encourage your friends to vote too! Get titillated.

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130. The Food of J.R.R. Tolkien ft. Emma Lanza

This week, host Teffer Adjemian (@tefferbear) chats with special guest Emma Lanza about the food of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings! We’re talking books, movies, AND animated adaptations, with apologies to the book purists out there, because, let’s be real, visual depictions of fictional food are wonderful and worth exploring too! What the heck are “seed cake” and “lembas bread?” What can Bilbo Baggins teach us about hospitality? Is Samwise Gamgee the ultimate salt-loving bisexual icon?

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