The fourth (!) season of You Won’t Believe What I Ate Last Night begins with Kate and Rick offering a preview of what’s coming up this year, a discussion about their (very different) Christmas meals, Marianne Williamson, Nostradamus, and more. As part of their ongoing restaurant review series, they visit Bobby Flay’s Mediterranean-inspired Gato in New York.
What do you do when other people’s energy invades your space? How do you protect your own vibe? Have you cultivated the habit of negative or positive thinking? In this episode Kate and Rick talk about specific ways that other people’s energy can affect you. They cover how to protect your own energy, and how to manage the energy you receive from other people including the annoying woman behind you in line at the bank. They end with a simple exercise to protect your personal space as you go through the world.
What's so bad about fast food anyway? How much is too much? Is any amount okay? In this episode Kate and Rick talk to Lifestyle Nutritionist and author Vicki Shanta Retelny about fast food and how to indulge in it mindfully (if you choose to). Vicki offers great advice about quality calories vs. empty calories, maintaining flexibility in your eating habits, and the ripple effect of how what you eat affects the people in your life.
Have you seen Melissa McCarthy in her new movie Can You Ever Forgive Me? Well, Rick and Kate have, and they have opinions on the presence of large women in films. What was Rebel Wilson really thinking when she made a plus-size blunder on Twitter promoting her film Isn’t it Romantic? What role can we all take in feeding those less fortunate? Wanna know what they claim is "the new kale", the next hot dish at KFC, and why millennials are upset about one of NBC’s most popular sitcoms? Rick and Kate have it all covered. Our first Hot Topics, people!
We all know how essential water is for our health. Do you drink enough? How much water should you be consuming daily? Kate and Rick chat about the importance of this amazing fluid and how it is crucial to our health, weight, and digestion. Do you prefer hot or cold water, and is there a benefit to one? Also, they discuss the energetic and spiritual properties of water, and how they might apply to managing the journey with eating well.
If you dine out this is your episode! What are the things you do and don’t do that help your server? Are you a dirty plate stacker? How long do you take to order while your server is standing patiently waiting? Kate and Rick have the answers for you. Their guest Skyler Schrempp has been in the restaurant industry for over 15 years and offers many great insights from the point of view of your server. They also cover tipping: go high? go low? before tax? after tax? Also, why you should be comfortable sending your meal back if you’re dissatisfied. Think that splitting that bill with 6 different credit cards is simple and easy? You may want to rethink that. And do you know the one very important issue any parent who brings their child to a restaurant should be concerned about?
Why should we be eating chocolate—ASIDE FROM THE OBVIOUS? With Halloween fast approaching, Kate and Rick discuss the health benefits of this ancient, dark nectar, from its historical beginnings in current day Central America to its popularity during Halloween and other American holidays. They also discuss the largest chocolate bunny ever made and how many cups the great Montezuma reportedly drank every day. Do you know who invented the chocolate chip cookie and how much the original recipe was sold for? How many pieces of candy a standard pillow case can hold? You are going to want to know this for your trick-or-treaters! Also, do you know how chocolate almost killed Winston Churchill? Hint: It is NOT how you think.
What will you be eating in the coming year? Cauliflower ice cream? Canned fished salad? Moringa? What’s moringa, you ask? Kate and Rick have the answer to that question along with the experts' predictions for food trends in 2019. From the rise of vinegar drinks to the staying power of quinoa to the science of Ayurveda, Rick and Kate cover what seems interesting, and more importantly, what seems suspicious. Also, find out what’s trending for Kate in the future, and how Rick feels about how his eating habits have been trending for the last several years.
Rick and Kate get to the bottom of the age-old question: Is coffee good for you or bad for you? Do you consume one of the estimated 4 million cups of coffee per day in the US? How much coffee is too much? Come find out as Rick and Kate sip coffee. Sure, coffee can get you going in the morning and drain your wallet, but it can also provide much needed health benefits while helping to decrease the risk of many common diseases. And just when you think coffee can’t get any fancier, it does! On a recent trip to Seattle, Kate and Rick visit a Starbucks Reserve - the coffee giant’s latest expansion of its premium brand - for a tasting. One of them really likes coffee and the other doesn’t (hint: his name rhymes with sick, which is what the coffee tasting made him). They introduce you to a few of Starbucks’ coffee flights and brewing methods such as pour overs, clover pressing, and nitrogen infusion. Also, find out how coffee can help your breath, and how to take a "coffee nap".
Do you eat more or less when you’re with friends? How do your friends make your life better? Kate and Rick talk about the health benefits of friendship, as well as potential negatives in the form of food pushers. We also make a True Confession about our disastrous eating on a recent weekend with friends. Do as we say, not as we do, people!
How did you sleep last night? Rick had a rough one and Kate, as usual, slept well. In this episode, Kate and Rick cover how sleep (or lack thereof) affects your weight, health and well-being. Do you delay sleep? Does your partner’s sleeping affect yours? Have you considered how sleep deprivation affects your doctor’s capabilities? Well, Kate and Rick have and it’s not pretty. Do you know what the record for the longest period without sleep is? Kate and Rick also hear that better sleep makes you more likely to be wealthier and happy, but they are not buying it.
What’s that? You've never infused alcohol with cannabis? Well, Rick and Kate’s guest has. And he wrote a book to teach you how to do it yourself: "Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails and Tonics". Warren Bobrow is a trained chef, mixologist, and Cocktail Whisperer, and he's here to talk about his journey to becoming a Cannabis Alchemist. Did you know that in the 1800’s alcohol was a way to preserve cannabis? Warren talks with your hosts about medicinal and healing properties of cannabis, why you might choose to infuse cannabis into alcohol instead of food, which strains go with which alcohols, and the process of decarbing the cannabis so it has an effect when turned into a cocktail. They also touch on what’s legal (and not). Warren is a 5-time published author and was a Speaker at SXSW 2018 Conference and Festival. He has written articles for Forbes.com, Saveur magazine, Vodka magazine, Chilled, Prohbtd, and many other national and global periodicals. He was nominated for a Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award in 2013, was a Ministry of Rum Judge in 2010 and a Rum XP judge in 2017, and was in the Saveur Magazine "100" in 2010.
Well, Rick and Kate have done it again! They ate fabulous meals abroad and are here to share them with you! Rick and his sister cover the island of Sicily, from its fresh vegetables, to its famous market, to its delicacy of cuttlefish. Kate brings the highlights from London, but more importantly, brings the long awaited debut of her mom on the podcast. You’ve heard her wisdom, now hear her voice! Rick interviews a restaurateur from one of Palermo‘s fine dining restaurants about what makes the restaurant he runs with his two brothers so special. Grab a glass of wine, and put your feet up (or we know some of you like to go for a run) and enjoy their travel and food highlights from Europe.
Are you ready to break out the grill? It’s that time of the year and Kate and Rick talk about their favorite things to grill. They cover the history of grilling, discuss the difference between grilling and barbecue, and offer thoughts on gas vs. electric grill. Also, they offer Do’s and Don’ts while grilling. Do you know how many hotdogs are consumed on the 4th of July? How the first grill was created? What grill issues send people to the emergency room? Kate and Rick have the answers.
Rick and Kate have two words for you: Kwame and Croatia. Join Kate and Rick as they take you on a tour of Top Chef Season 13 competitor Kwame Onwuachi’s new restaurant and a Croatian hot-spot restaurant, both of which are two of DC’s most exciting restaurants. Kith/Kin, Kwame’s stylish restaurant along Washington D.C.’s newly developed waterfront area The Wharf, offers food that celebrates his heritage ranging from Nigeria and Jamaica to West Africa and the Caribbean. Ambar, a Croatian restaurant in the Capitol Hill area, offers one of the best deals going while allowing you to sample and learn about Croatian specialties. And we know you have been dying to know exactly how many “insect fragments” the FDA allows in an average jar of peanut butter, and Rick and Kate have the answers in their Did You Know tidbit. Also, do you know these food phobias: Lachanophobia? Alliumphobia? You will after this episode.
Have you ever done something over and over that you were not aware of? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Does habit factor in to your food choices? What is a habit? James Swanwick, host of the The James Swanwick Show podcast, is here to answer Rick and Kate's questions about habits. From conscious to unconscious habits, to habits that have been around for over thirty years, they cover what you can do to start making a change today. Do you have a pattern with alcohol that you would like to examine? James has a plan. Also, what role does happiness play and how can we make gratitude a daily habit? James Swanwick is an Australian-American investor, entrepreneur, former ESPN anchor, and creator of the 30 Day No Alcohol Challenge.
Everyone loves bread. Except for the tons of people who can't eat it. How do you feel about it? Come on, be honest! In this episode Kate and Rick discuss all things bread. How much bread does the average person eat every year? What is NASA’s preferred space bread? How many loaves did a "housewife" in the 1900’s have to bake? Bread was central to the formation of early human societies. Funnily enough, it’s central to the formation of current human waistlines. From its status as one of the most ancient cooked foods to the role it plays in religious ceremonies, you knead (see what we did there) to know its history. Also, if you’ve been in the market for some really bad jokes about bread, Rick has things covered.
Have you ever slipped on a banana peel (literally or metaphorically)? Tripped over nothing while walking down the street? Maybe you have taken a walk in the woods and been struck by the awe of nature? Kate and Rick interview Pulitzer Prize winner Sarah L. Kaufman about Grace: what it is, what role it plays in our lives, and how it relates to food and our bodies. From the small concrete acts we experience on a daily basis to the more intangible things we only feel, grace is something that can surprise us and also something we can actively choose. Kate, Rick and Sarah explore the importance of grace when it comes to kindness and compassion towards ourselves and others. Oh, and if you are actually wondering about the statistics of how many people have ACTUALLY slipped on a banana peel, Kate and Rick are on the case in their "Did you know?" section. Sarah L. Kaufman is a reporter for the Washington Post and was the recipient of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. Her first book, The Art of Grace, was a Washington Post Notable Book of 2015 and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award Winner.
Do you know anyone who has NEVER had to diet? Kate and Rick do, and they are pissed about it! Dieting doesn’t work! Did you know that? Well, if not, Rick and Kate are here to break the big news stories. Join them as they share and dissect an article entitled “How Your Body Fights Back When You Diet.” This article makes Kate and Rick so angry they had to issue their first cursing disclaimer! Metabolism, genetics, and neurology all contribute to the body waging fat warfare. That innate resistance, coupled with social stigma, ultimately produces a vicious cycle between weight loss, weight gain, and despair! Oh, they also talk about that annoying concept of will power. If anyone has ever told you “all you have to do is eat like me,” or “just be stronger,” this episode is for you. And if you have ever told anyone that, or even thought it in a well-meaning way, this episode is DEFINITELY for you.