What even is “Canadian” food anyway?
There are many mixed emotions releasing this episode today. On one hand, we originally recorded this to “celebrate” Canada as we have in the past. On the other hand, with recent news and the further evidence of how Canada has mistreated our Indigenous Communities it’s difficult to feel very patriotic. With that said, we have included resources in our show notes to resources and charities so you can help educate yourself as well as give back to some incredible Indigenous causes.

Ultimately, we decided to release today’s episode anyways. Today’s episode centres more around food than Canada and our guests today would be the first to tell you that they don’t celebrate Canada day. So join Tuong and The Upford Network/Natural Toonie’s  Tom Zalatnai, Alexander Smith, and David Hall as they try to figure out what is “Canadian Food” and make a Top 5 list from it!

Tell us when…

Look, we’ve done a ton of food episodes on Ranked but we have often glossed over the unsung hero that are condiments. Condiments can make or break a food by giving it that little extra zing that you were missing. It can also turn a random assortment of green leafs into a helluva tasty salad or a dry piece of chicken into a mouth watering delight. So join Tuong and The Sonar Network/That’s How I Remember It ‘s Michael Mongiardi, Raul Delgado, and John Richardson as they give you a nice heaping dollop of fun in the form of Top 5 Condiments!

“I don’t condone this sexy yet reckless behavior, Susan Cooper!”

Paul Feig has brought some of the most iconic properties in the last few decades into the world from Freaks and Geeks to The Heat to even Bridesmaids. This week, we watch a Paul Feig film that isn’t talked about enough that is full of a non-stop barrage of jokes and laughs. So join Tuong and Super Spy Krystal Merrells as they talk about improv and the comedic brilliance of Melissa McCarthy in 2015’s Spy!

“There are three types of people: Those at the top, those at the bottom, and those who fall.”

There have been many films that have tried to provide social commentary on status and class in such a way that it’s almost become it’s own sub-genre of movies. And while Parasite has popularized this sub genre in such a way that it set up a very a high bar for movies to follow, there is still room for these types of movies to say something new to add to the conversation. This week join Tuong La and The Insatiable Jesse Bergen as they brace their appetites talking about the Spanish Thriller film about a vertical platform, hunger, and the most ill-conceived prison system – Netflix’s The Platform!

Celebrating 100 episodes of Ranked!
Almost 4 years ago there was an idea. An idea of Tuong uniting three other guests to bicker, banter, and passionately put together arbitrary Top 5 lists of anything and everything. Over the last few years we have ranked everything from Sandwich Toppings, to TV Theme Songs, to a variety of Fictional Animals. But for the 100th episode, we knew we had to go above and beyond to make a list that TRULY does not matter that also honours the legacy of all Ranked episodes (so far).

So join us as Tuong La and the A-Team Angus MacDonald, Samantha Leggatt, and Leslie Cserepy look back on all of the winners of each Top 5 list we have ever done, pit them together in a battle royale of which #1 was the best, and record a marathon episode where we rank and order ONE HUNDRED EPISODES in Ranked’s 100th Episode Spectacular!

Suns out, grills out!

Who doesn’t love a backyard BBQ party in the middle of the summer? The joys of sunshine, good company, and great food make backyard BBQ parties some of the best times you can have all year! So join Tuong La and The Upford Network’s Kendalyn Aldridge, Damian Duvain, and Tom Zalatnai as they put their minds and stomachs together to grill up a Top 5 Foods For a Backyard BBQ Party list!

Here’s to all the naughty foods that stuck by us all these years.
Look we all love food here in the PodCavern, but sometimes you don’t feel like cooking and need some reliable food that’s quick, dirty, and cheap. So join Tuong La and Instant Food Experts Taylor Fleming, Laura Gordon, and Shannon Leis as they get their microwave/toaster oven ready to rank Top 5 Lazy Comfort Foods!

Gobble Gobble!
It’s that time of year again where friends and family gather around and give thanks to the Turkey/Tofurkey gods! But whether you like Turkey or not, there is no denying that Thanksgiving has turned into a tradition where families bring out their A-game for dinner. This week join Tuong La  and Food pilgrims Geoff McBride, Jesse Preece, and Desiree Connors Warmington as they brace their stomachs for turkey-itis and rank Top 5 Thanksgiving Foods!

Mmm nature’s candy…

Nothing beats that sweet delicious flavor you get from snacking on your favourite fruit. Not only do they have a mouth watering unbeatable taste to them but they also contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals to keep your body healthy! You can juice em up, you can put them in a pie, you can make a kick ass cocktail with them – they got versatility for days! Join Tuong La and Fruity Patootie’s Colleen Wang, Victoria Luloff, and Leslie Cserepy as they take a nice long juicy bite into making a Top 5 Fruits list!

Tsck…pshh…fwshhhhhhhhh..fizzzzz
Hear that? That’s the satisfying sound you get when you pop open a fizzy drink of goodness that’s about to be chugged down. Over the years, there has been a plethora of flavoured, syrupy, sugary, carbonated/uncarbonated soft drinks that has hit the shelves – some great and some that make you question your life.  BUT as always there can be only five that reign supreme! Join Tuong La and Unhealthy Human Beings Angus MacDonald, Matt Barrow, and Leslie Cserepy as they bring drink samples to the table and make themselves nauseous as they rank Top 5 Soft Drinks!