what the heck is this?
Sometimes people ask me stuff. A lot. Sometimes not so much. Either way, I try to answer.
- Why did you stop hosting Mouth of Wonder on the radio?
- Can I still listen to old episodes?
- What the heck is The Patent-Pending, New & Improved, Multi-Bagel, Universal Rating System?
Why did you stop hosting Mouth of Wonder on the radio?
Why? well, after 7 years of struggling to find time to write the show (which usually happened at 5:00 AM the morning of), trying to line up a co-host or weekly guest, and then trying to get to the studio to record — oi vey — I needed a rest!
Does this mean I am off to the Bahamas to start my 'round-the-world sailing trip? I wish! Instead, I am going to turn this blog into a tour de force of information, entertainment, and hopefully fame and stardom. Rachael Ray, watch your ass!
How, you ask? With the help of my team of brilliant designers, photographers, and friends we are going to take it up a few notches, making this the most fun, go-to food blog on the interwebs. Keep an eye out for new sections and topics, lots more photos and video, and opening up comments so we can chat!
Can I still listen to old episodes?
Sure thing! We have over 100 episodes available as podcasts that you can listen to right here on the website! You can also download those shows from iTunes, if you want to listen while you're on the go. AND there are even older shows at PRX.
What the heck is The Patent-Pending, New & Improved, Multi-Bagel, Universal Rating System?
They're like stars, darlings, but much tastier. Each bagel equals one star, and then there's a schmear, which is half. Here's how it breaks down:
- Five bagels
The best of the best. Consistently excellent with no exceptions. Food and service come together and after the meal you feel like a better person. Run — do not walk — to this establishment. But make a reservation first.
- Four bagels
I almost fell in love but I didn't. A great meal from a well-run establishment with a skilled kitchen, but no orgasm.
- Three bagels
An average, uneventful, dining-out experience. But is basically getting a "C" good enough? Not for my money, unless you are desperate, and we all get desperate sometimes.
- Two bagels
Unsatisfactory on more than one level. It could be sticky floors, rude service, overcooked or carelessly prepared food, or all of the above. Next time stay home and cook.
- One bagel
Keep driving, there must be somewhere else close by where you can get food.
- A schmear
When only a fraction will do.