For travel-hungry foodies who are currently plagued with a striking appetite or a thirst for food tours outside of the country, we are here to suggest a temporary cure.
With Netflix streaming food and travel shows, they make being confined at home nearly possible as a way to satisfy your travel craving. Our current obsessed show, Somebody Feed Phil, is the ultimate antidote to boredom and travel — but not home — sickness.
Philip “Phil” Rosenthal is an American-native TV writer and producer of the famed sitcom series Everybody Loves Raymond. He’s now turned the host of food and travel documentaries I’ll Have What Phil’s Having that airs on PBS, followed by our absolute favourite, Somebody Feed Phil on Netflix.
First airing in January 2018, the three-season show first kicked off with Phil’s food excursion in the Big Mango, Bangkok, where he travelled along the waterway of Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market, tasted Michelin-starred street food at Jay Fai, and basked in teatime at the historical tearoom of the Author’s Lounge within the Mandarin Oriental. Following in order are his food-filled voyages in Saigon, Tel Aviv, Lisbon, New Orleans, and Mexico City.
Following the success of the first season, the second season released soon after in July 2018. The Phil-grimage went on from Venice to Cape Town then New York City, and many more. And although the destination changed, a few things remain that constant are his dry-humour and thirst for good food and companions.
Not only does the show feature signature fare from each city, but it also put a limelight on the flair of the city’s architecture and cultural centres, to give an all-around glimpse of what each city has to offer. Each episode offers a convivial yet relatively real visual of the destination he stepped into.
Last but not least, the season released during the lockdown totally saved us from going bananas while sheltering in. It showcases both street and haute-cuisine culinary institutions in different cities, like deep-dish pizzas in Chicago, legendary bagels in Montreal, a toast-for-breakfast session in England, and a unique soul session in Marrakesh and Seoul.
So for those looking for a boost of food inspiration or just to pre-travel before you can really travel, Somebody Feed Phil will teach you to wine and dine, while tying in with a diversity of food and culture from almost all continents of the world.