Season 9 Episode 2 

How has filming for our YouTube channel changed the way we approach food when we travel?

Today we dive behind the scenes of our most recent on-location shoots around the world and talk about how filming specifically for YouTube has given us a unique blueprint for the way we discover new foods and culture when we travel. This is a great listen for anyone who’s looking for some surefire ways to get lost in authentic experiences and local community. Join the conversation and let us know how YOU yourself travel to ensure a spontaneous and delicious time. And of course, any questions? Comment below!

Best soundbite“I put more unidentified objects in my mouth” – Jamie Spafford

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Something to make you think...
How do you ensure you truely respect a culture when you visit a city? There’s a lot of pressure to get things right, but actually, is trying enough for the people who live there? Or do you need to go a step further?

Videos To Catch Up On

If you haven’t had a chance to catch any of our abroad excursions, here’s a great place to start for trips we reference in the video…

Season 9 Improvements

We’ve made a few developments to Season 9 based on your valuable feedback. The main one being the decision to focus more on the audio quality of the podcast episodes as the vast majority of users are listening to them on-the-go. We know there have been some concerns with the sound volume in episodes. We’re now using a new studio and working towards improving this tenfold. Please continue to let us know if you’re experiencing issues by emailing in. This does, unfortunately, mean from this season onwards, we’re removing the video element of the podcasts in lieu of the above. We hate to disappoint, so if this does seriously affect your enjoyment of the podcasts please email us, where we can explain further. Don’t forget we’re available at club@sortedfood.com

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5 Comments

  1. cncdickson

    I loved this podcast because it truly showcased your “attitude of gratitude.” You guys are a gas (yes, I am old) to watch and listen to and you always seem to be having so much fun. Again, I am old and I may have a different perspective than some who are not – but in today’s society, it often seems that “different” is bad. It is not, it is just different and can often be very, very good – even a “game-changer.”

    Your concern for respecting the Japanese culture – a difficult one to maneuver I know – is wonderful. I remember learning a lesson in Japan about bowing. They will bow back as many times as you bow. This can make getting off an elevator rather difficult and time-consuming. I love to travel and have been blessed to have done quite a bit and love learning about other cultures and trying their food, though I don’t know if my pallet is quite as adventurous as yours. My trip to Japan included a trip to Yokosuka – to the American Navy base hospital for knee surgery so, unfortunately, I did not have much time to explore.

    That you all feel blessed to be able to do what you are doing is evidenced in all that you do. You may be just a bunch of mates doing videos and cooking together, but your passion shines through and this podcast really gave us a glimpse into how seriously you take all of this. Thank you for reawakening my love of cooking and reigniting my desire to show my love to my family by putting it into what I prepare for them.

    Ideas for podcasts:

    I would love to see you talk more about what each of you is responsible for behind the scenes and what education and experience you had that applied to what you do.

    How about a show about all of the things you have tried that you have NOT liked and how you handled eating it without offending. I remember eating a meal with a Chinese colleague in Hong Kong. I was seated in the place of honor – across from my boss. My colleague had arranged a meal of all of the most special Chinese delicacies. I love Chinese food – but who knew that pickled/jellied Garoupa skin was yummy. Not so much the taste, but the texture was disgusting! Ate most of that meal like I was taking vitamins – take a bite, take a drink, swallow whole! and I love Chinese food.

    P.S. – You put me in mind of the convicts in the Humphrey Bogart movie “We’re No Angels”. One of his few comedic roles. It is a great watch when you have time.

  2. nosoytonta

    This has to be my ** favorite ** podcast episode ever. You see, I’m one of those weirdos who looooves anecdotes and behind the scene stuff. I enjoy the directors’ comment on the movie DVD just as much as the movie itself. As such, I was dying to know more behind the scenes of your travel videos, which are nothing but short films themselves.

    It seems that Mike doesn’t take compliments well, so I won’t say a thing.

    l was kidding! Mike, you are the best director of short films dedicated to cover how five men enjoy food while having a good time.

    My heartfelt thank you to all the guys behind the scenes with a special shout out to Ned and Nikki for the editing.

    I don’t have too much to add in reference of the topic, as I am not much of a traveler…yet.

    I was not too much interested in monuments or tourist traps just to take a photo; however, going to a place just to enjoy the food and culture? What a lovely concept! I’m already planning something local. Just to dip the proverbial toe in such new waters. I will keep your advice at heart.

    • Sorted

      That’s so good to hear, thank you for your feedback, we’re glad that you enjoyed this episode and that it was your favourite! We also like watching the directors cut after a good film. Behind the scenes is always so interesting. Enjoy your local trip!

  3. Li-Ah

    Ah, Japan.. the apple of my eye, all the wonderful food to eat and places to visit. I might have lost count on the number of times I have visited but first rule is to always to buy a salmon onigiri at a specific convenience store when I have arrived and proceeded through customs and all at Narita airport.

    When it comes to food and travel I like to rely on my friends(because I mostly travel where I know people) and also a bit of gut feeling(“did that restaurant/hole in the wall place that we just passed not look extremely tempting?”).
    It’s also very good to get recommendations from fellow foreigners that live in the area you are visiting because they often have a good grasp on spots to visit and food to try. This is how I came to try for example raw horse meat, chicken feet, octopus etc. (I mean.. I have lived in Stockholm all my life.. come and ask me where to find some good “swedish cuisine” and I’ll probably draw blank, and maaybe recommend you an Italian or Korean restaurant.. locals like me are useless in that sense. But that might also be because I still ask myself “WHAT is swedish food?” Kroppkakor??)

    My general experience, at least when it comes to Japan, is that as long as you try to be mindful of their culture, then getting something wrong is not the end of the universe. Most people appreciate you trying at least, so the most important thing is to stay aware. Read up on the place you are visiting before going.

    First time I was in Tokyo I stayed at a hostel in Asakusa and Japan is a “no shoes indoors” country so there was glaringly obvious signs on each floor of the house saying to remove your shoes at the genkan(basically the entrance). And yet I saw tourists blatantly ignoring this and when I pointed it out to one of them, their response was “oh but I am used to wearing shoes indoors”.
    Just don’t be ignorant like that and it should be ok. *facepalm*

    • Sorted

      We totally agree, respect others cultures and don’t be ignorant. Especially if there were signs up! And recommendations from fellow foreigners that live in the area means you are usually onto a winner!

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