Chef Carlos Raba makes the best goddamn Mexican food we have ever tasted. We have eaten at beachside shacks and late night-only trucks and Michelin-starred restaurants -- nothing comes close to what we've tasted at his restaurant/mezcaleria Clavel. Better than his food is the story of how he got here -- murder, corruption, political asylum and Whole Foods are all major plot points! We also talked about Noah hurting his balls in a parasailing rig, because we try to lower the bar just a little each and every week.
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Light a prayer candle, then try your luck at getting a table. (It's worth it)
225 West 23rd Street
Baltimore, MD 21211
Daniel Gritzer: Sheep testes, kalimbas & horse domination with the culinary director of serious eats
Holy sh*t guys, this is a good one. Probably our best, ever. Maybe not just our best....it may very well be THE best food podcast episode in all of existence. We knew inviting Daniel Gritzer into the studio was going to make for great radio -- he's the culinary director of Serious Eats, a chef with serious pedigree and experience, and a damn good time of a man on Twitter and in real life. We sat down ready to have an argument, but it was impossible once we asked Daniel to tell us a little bit about his background and we learned that this man's story is absolutely insane. There are horses and useless sheep, shirtless Australians and Nelson Mandela's (possible) best friend, and if that wasn't enough THERE ARE FREAKING LUTES. LUTES, PEOPLE! THOSE FUNNY LITTLE GUITAR LOOKING THINGS THAT ARE ONLY PLAYED BY OLD TIMEY MINSTRELS AND STING!
If you're a chef who wants to know what goes on in the mind of a food writing VIP, an aspiring writer who wants to know how to make it to the big time, or just someone who wants to know what happens when you shave a sheep's balls, then this is the podcast for you! If you enjoy it, kindly leave us a review and tell your friends -- the more people who hear this story, the more beautiful the world will be. And follow Daniel on the socials and all that jazz!
Website: Serious Eats
Episode 14: gramercy tavern, impostor syndrome & serbian luxury butter with pastry chef miro uskokovic
This week we welcome pastry savant and all around spectacular human being Miro Uskokovic to the studio! Not only is Miro very popular on Instagram, but he is also the pastry chef of Gramercy Tavern, which is, like, super impressive. He shares his incredible journey -- from his childhood in rural Serbia to one of the most prestigious and influential pastry kitchens in the world -- and the podgang makes up dumb jokes and gets into arguments about important things like the KGB, augmented reality, and how to find one night stands through Instagram stories. As always, this show is a hallmark of professionalism.
For more hot Miro action, follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
To try his desserts (which should be on your bucket list because holy shit guys he is so fucking good), visit him at Gramercy Tavern in NYC. Hot tip: there are separate menus for the bar and dining areas, so you should visit both rooms and order all the desserts. I'm sure the regular food is probably great, too.
The authenticity of Authenticity: Chinese food, white people & petting zoos with the chinatown collective
This week the Robicelli Argument Clinic manages to stay on topic, and oh what a topic it is! We invite Leandro Lagera and Steph Hsu of The Charm City Night Market & Chinatown Collective to the show to discuss white people's relationship with "authentic" Asian foods. It's funny! It's informative! It's not super racist! Everyone learns a lot and has a damn good time, and we sure hope that you will, too.
The next Charm City Night Market is on September 21st, so mark your calendars and follow our guests to keep on top of things:
Charm City Night Market
The Chinatown Collective
This week we let 39 year old Evan and 19 year old Noah start the show, and they chose to spend ten minutes talking about boobs vs. butts before seguing into the hot topic of "nipple sizes". We let your sidekicks spread their wings a little, and this is how they repay us. There's plenty of quibbling about Trader Joe's, quitting pizza, birdwatching, bagel sandwiches, astrology, and other terribly non-important stuff that will act as a lovely distraction to the fact that society as we know it is collapsing.
This week we welcome one of our closest personal friends and personal dessert heroes to the podcast: David Alima of The Charmery! For those of you who don't know Allison's second favorite dessert is ice cream, and The Charmery is her favorite ice cream shop in America (it may have played a part in the decision to relocate to Baltimore). Join us as we discuss (and argue about) the ice cream science, price of vanilla, how to juice meat, flavor inspiration, Raven-Symone, waffle cones, library security guards and, as always, a bunch of stuff that has absolutely nothing to do with the topic we had planned for.
This week on the Robicelli Argument Clinic it's a near-death extravaganza! Join Allison (stage IV cancer survivor), Matt (9/11 first responder with an unclassifiable autoimmune disease which attacks his organs), and Evan (he's okay) as they talk to chef Doug Wetzel, who shares one of the best stories any of us have ever heard. You'll learn why you should never participate in triathalons, why chihuahuas should be respected, and why Katy Perry may have supernatural powers (we have evidence!). The gang also argues about what a last meal actually should be, liver transplants, and Matt's highly limited list of adjectives.