Friday, October 24, 2008

Promos, Podcasts, and Packing on the Pounds

I know, I know, it’s been awhile. But I have excuses – I promise! Last week I completed my final week of classes and am now moving into the dissertation phase of my MA Gastronomy degree. More on that later but just so you know, much of my research will consist of eating large quantities of succulent meat in Argentine restaurants in Australia and Europe. What a pain, I know, but somebody’s gotta do it.


Apart from finishing classes, I’m excited to announce my media debuts!


I was chosen to represent Le Cordon Bleu as the face of the MA Gastronomy program here in South Australia for a short promo video that is set to air in certain parts of Asia. I’d never been involved in a taping of any sort, so it was a lot of fun. I got to hang out at the Adelaide Central Market and chat about what I enjoy about living in South Australia. I talked too fast. I was a bit incoherent. I sounded kinda dumb. But it was all good fun.

Tom the producer asked me a series of questions at the market.

And he had to approach me and tell me to stop being such a diva a number of times. I was letting the fame get to my head and needed to be put in my place.

For the most part it went swimmingly…

And I especially enjoyed the bits where they asked me to “pretend” to look at the cheeses and smell the veggies.

Awkward! But fun.

This week was the red carpet premiere of the film, which was shown alongside a series of other promo films organized by AusTrade. Phil and I got fancy for the occasion and took advantage of the open bar before the showing.

I therefore giggled a little louder than was acceptable when I was up on the big screen! My 43 seconds of fame! I might be recognized on the street in certain parts of Asia!

Well the final point is that it was a lot of fun and a lot of embarrassment to see myself on the big screen. And my greatest wish at this moment is that the technology in Australia would vastly improve in the next five minutes so that I could post the final video on YouTube and we could all have a laugh together (at my expense). But, alas, that will not happen in the foreseeable future and so you, my friend, must wait until I return to the States in the spring in order for me to post the video and share on viCARIous.

However, a project of mine that you CAN participate in is my friend Leena Trivedi-Grenier’s podcast, Chicken ‘n Waffles. Leena completed the MA Gastronomy this year and we became good friends during my first and her last few months here in Adelaide. You might remember her from my posting on our awesome trip to McLaren Vale. But sadly our relationship, which had its foundation in weaknesses for bacon, dumplings, brownies, America, forays to wine country, other miscellaneous travel, and chicken pate with damper (all the items on my checklist before I decide if I’m gonna be friends with someone) was cut short when she moved back to Chicago earlier this year. You can imagine my excitement when she asked me about a month ago if I would be a regular guest host on her new podcast, Chicken ‘n Waffles! I quickly said, “Of course!” then promptly went to Wiki and looked up what the heck a podcast was. You see, I thought these sorts of things – blogs, podcasts, Facebook, iPods – were for the kids but I let me just tell you that I am a certified Facebook junkie and am now a happy participant in the blogosphere AND the podcast-o-sphere!


So if you don’t know what a podcast is, Wiki it, or just visit Chicken ‘n Waffles at http://www.leenaeats.com/cnw and listen to Leena and me chat about the delights of a quadruple meat-stacked cheeseburger and its perceived contribution to the rising obesity of the Australian public, a musical fridge and what it means for our dwindling time spent in the kitchen, and the newish buzzword flexitarianism and whether it makes sense. Or not.


In regards to the Quad Burger from Burger King that Leena and I speak about on Chicken ‘n Waffles. I had every intention of eating one of these bad boys for the sake of gastronomic enrichment. I walked into BK (or, Hungry Jacks as it’s known here in Adelaide) with determination but, after pondering the six dollar price tag and inevitable nastiness of the sandwich, I just couldn’t do it. You see, I’m a poor college student on a budget and all I could think about were the six bags of veggies I could get in the market and the six healthy meals that could be made for the same price as one nasty burger that I surely would not be able to finish. For those of you who haven’t listened to the segment, the Quad Burger has over 1,000 calories and almost 70 grams of fat, and is of course an American invention that has been exported to Down Under. On some level I was expecting a tidy four-patty burger like the ones in the commercials advertising the Quad Burger:

But after visiting Hungry Jacks and looking at the paper-wrapped grease balls the patrons were eating, it dawned on me that what I would really be getting for my 6 bucks was:

Nine News helpfully dissected one of these monsters. WARNING: do NOT scroll down if you haven’t had your dinner yet.

Yuck.


Not that I’m against burgers AT ALL. I was recently caught red-handed in a conspicuous act of bacon and egg-topped cheeseburger consumption at the Greedy Goose Burger Bar in seaside Glenelg:

Accompanied by an oversized basket of fries (meant to be shared by all at the table but downed by just one, yours truly).

And I also put together some proper American monster burgers topped with bacon for a BBQ at my buddy Jackie’s home last weekend. Everyone ate them without a bun, with knife and fork. ??! EEEeeeerrrrrrr, wrong, sorry Aussie and Indian friends, carbs are essential to the burger-eating experience.

So there’s your proof.


For our next podcast which will be aired on November 3 I am undergoing an interesting eating experiment that I can only reveal is WAY healthier! I plan to co-host the show about once a month but Leena has a whole slew of other super interesting guest hosts lined up from all over the USA and the world who will also make sure-to-be-amazing contributions. Make sure you check it out!

13 comments:

leena! said...

Cari, you gotta stop posting drunk. You called the podcast Chicken 'n Dumplings twice, and while it is a lovely name, it is certainly no Chicken 'n Waffles.

I just couldn't resist making fun of you for that. :)

Cari said...

DUMPLINGS... MMMMMmmmm. Shows you where my mind is!

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