Foodbeast Katchup
#89: High At: An Underground Cannabis Swap Meet

#89: High At: An Underground Cannabis Swap Meet

August 15, 2019

When Elie got invited to a secretive event by a friend, he was under the impression that it was going to be a dinner. The closer the day came, he had his suspicions, and eventually realized he had just committed to an underground cannabis swap meet. 

The guys popped in some edibles, went to check it out, and had quite an eventful experience. 

Geoff and Elie recap their night and talk about how these type of sesh's are still part of cannabis culture, despite weed being legal in California. 

Also, if we get 40 reviews on the Podcast app about Elie eating a "cookie crisp bar," by the time Elie gets back from Europe in the next episode, he will eat all 500 milligrams of that cookie edible, at once.

---

Thank you all so much for listening! All the Tweets and Instagram tags of you listening mean the world. Reviews you leave on iTunes are also incredibly helpful, if you enjoyed an episode, please do drop us some love on the Apple Podcasts App, and anywhere else your beautiful ears are listening from. 

----

Your Hosts:

Elie Ayrouth (@bookofelie)

Geoffrey Kutnick (@geoffreykutnick)

 

Produced by:

Isai Rocha (@isairocha)

----

Follow us!

Twitch

https://www.twitch.tv/foodbeast

Instagram:

instagram.com/foodbeast

instagram.com/foodbeastkatchup

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/foodbeastkatchup/

www.facebook.com/foodbeast

#88: The Indian American Love For Taco Bell

#88: The Indian American Love For Taco Bell

August 8, 2019

Virali Dave recently discovered that her family's affinity with Taco Bell was shared throughout several pockets of the Indian American community.Dave explains her experience growing up as an American Indian immigrant, and how Taco Bell has evolved into a cultural phenomenon.

Several factors come into play, including affordability and Taco Bell's dietary flexibility make it the ideal fast food.

The Katchup crew, with Food beast's Reach Guinto filling in for Elie, also talk about Subway's fight for relevance, this time announcing a partnership with Beyond Meat. They also get hit with a bit of nostalgia, trying out the all new Otter Pops, which have removed all artificial ingredients.

---

Thank you all so much for listening! All the Tweets and Instagram tags of you listening mean the world. Reviews you leave on iTunes are also incredibly helpful, if you enjoyed an episode, please do drop us some love on the Apple Podcasts App, and anywhere else your beautiful ears are listening from. 

----

Your Hosts:

Geoffrey Kutnick (@geoffreykutnick)

Reach Guinto (@reachguinto)

Your Guest:

Virali Dave (@virali)

Produced by:

Isai Rocha (@isairocha)

----

Follow us!

Twitch

https://www.twitch.tv/foodbeast

Instagram:

instagram.com/foodbeast

instagram.com/foodbeastkatchup

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/foodbeastkatchup/

www.facebook.com/foodbeast

#87: Snoop Dogg Headlining A Noodle Festival

#87: Snoop Dogg Headlining A Noodle Festival

August 1, 2019

With "Foodbeast Presents: Nood Beach" less than a month away, the guys detail what to expect at the Southern California food and music festival. From Snoop Dogg headlining the music side of things, to unique food experiences such as VIP Lobster Bottle Service, and even competitive eating competitions, the beachside festival is sure to be one for the record books. Conversation starts at (01:34). 

The next bit of news comes in the form of food delivery services proving to be increasingly troublesome. From recent stories of Door Dash screwing its drivers out of their tips, to GrubHub faking mom & pop websites, the whole business model can be called into question, and the Katchup crew does just that. Conversation starts at (30:49). 

With examples of sketchy pay systems, taking advantage of folks in desperate need of a quick buck, these delivery services prove to have problem after problem, but we all play into it.

Geoff gets pretty heated over all these tactics, while Elie feels they're all just waiting for automated cars to take over the human delivery system. 

 

If you've made it this far down in the episode description, have yourself a pomo code for $10 off the Nood Beach festival. Use "foodbeast3" at checkout, and come party with us in Huntington Beach, CA this September 1. 

---

Thank you all so much for listening! All the Tweets and Instagram tags of you listening mean the world. Reviews you leave on iTunes are also incredibly helpful, if you enjoyed an episode, please do drop us some love on the Apple Podcasts App, and anywhere else your beautiful ears are listening from. 

----

Your Hosts:

Elie Ayrouth (@bookofelie)

Geoffrey Kutnick (@geoffreykutnick)

 

Produced by:

Isai Rocha (@isairocha)

----

Follow us!

Twitch

https://www.twitch.tv/foodbeast

Instagram:

instagram.com/foodbeast

instagram.com/foodbeastkatchup

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/foodbeastkatchup/

www.facebook.com/foodbeast

#86: LA’s All-You-Can-Eat Wing Festival

#86: LA’s All-You-Can-Eat Wing Festival

July 25, 2019

It's summer festival season, and we talk through the only two So-Cal festivals that matter; Wing Fest, and Nood Beach

Lawrence Longo, founder of the Off The Menu App, eater of 365 Burgers in 2018, and the man behind LA's upcoming Wing Fest, joins the Foodbeast Katchup podcast to talk about what it takes to actually put together a festival of this magnitude. 

The crew also tries Panda Express' new Sichuan spicy chicken live, giving their first thoughts, along with talking about the grocery store ice cream licking trend that unfortunately has become a thing. 

Off the Menu Presents: Wing Fest, will take place Monday, July 29 at Mel's Drive-In, 8585 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069.

---

Thank you all so much for listening! All the Tweets and Instagram tags of you listening mean the world. Reviews you leave on iTunes are also incredibly helpful, if you enjoyed an episode, please do drop us some love on the Apple Podcasts App, and anywhere else your beautiful ears are listening from. 

----

Your Hosts:

Elie Ayrouth (@bookofelie)

Geoffrey Kutnick (@geoffreykutnick)

Your Guest:

Lawrence Longo (@bigshot)

Produced by:

Isai Rocha (@isairocha)

----

Follow us!

Twitch

https://www.twitch.tv/foodbeast

Instagram:

instagram.com/foodbeast

instagram.com/foodbeastkatchup

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/foodbeastkatchup/

www.facebook.com/foodbeast

#85: Origin Story: Coolhaus Ice Cream

#85: Origin Story: Coolhaus Ice Cream

July 18, 2019

It all started with an engineless postal service truck that was bought off Craigslist in 2008, and has led to an ice cream brand that now is being distributed in over 7,500 grocery stores. 

Coolhaus ice cream co-founder and CEO Natasha Case joins the podcast and talks about the company's humble beginnings, the bumpy roads, all the way up to its current successes. 

From tricking Triple-A into towing their broken down truck to Coachella, to dazzling foodies with odd flavor combinations, to what it takes to get a spot in a grocery store, Case gave a full inside look at evolution of their ice cream brand that changed the way we look at artisanal ice cream. 

---

Thank you all so much for listening! All the Tweets and Instagram tags of you listening mean the world. Reviews you leave on iTunes are also incredibly helpful, if you enjoyed an episode, please do drop us some love on the Apple Podcasts App, and anywhere else your beautiful ears are listening from. 

----

Your Hosts:

Elie Ayrouth (@bookofelie)

Geoffrey Kutnick (@geoffreykutnick)

Your Guest:

Natasha Case (@coolhaus)

Produced by:

Isai Rocha (@isairocha)

----

Follow us!

Twitch

https://www.twitch.tv/foodbeast

Instagram:

instagram.com/foodbeast

instagram.com/foodbeastkatchup

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/foodbeastkatchup/

www.facebook.com/foodbeast

#84: Charging Influencers Double

#84: Charging Influencers Double

July 11, 2019

Having a ton of followers can get you a lot of free stuff if you know how to work it, but one ice cream truck is fighting back against these free handouts.

Joe Nicchi, owner of L.A.'s CVT ice cream truck made waves this week when he announced he would not only reject any requests for free ice cream in exchange for an Instagram photo, but would actually make "influencers" pay double.

On today's Katchup episode we're joined by Stephanie Breijo, the Time Out LA editor who interviewed Nicchi, as we talk about influencer culture, and if it has a place in the marketing world.

We also dig into Alfred Coffee's bold decision to ban Kawhi Leonard, along with the Los Angeles Clippers players from its shops, and Starbucks' new Tie-Dye Frappuccino.

Come Katchup with us on the most important news of the week.

---

Thank you all so much for listening! All the Tweets and Instagram tags of you listening mean the world. Reviews you leave on iTunes are also incredibly helpful, if you enjoyed an episode, please do drop us some love on the Apple Podcasts App, and anywhere else your beautiful ears are listening from. 

----

Your Hosts:

Elie Ayrouth (@bookofelie)

Geoffrey Kutnick (@geoffreykutnick)

Your Guest:

Stephanie Breijo (@breij)

Produced by:

Isai Rocha (@isairocha)

----

Follow us!

Twitch

https://www.twitch.tv/foodbeast

Instagram:

instagram.com/foodbeast

instagram.com/foodbeastkatchup

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/foodbeastkatchup/

www.facebook.com/foodbeast

 

#83: The Hug Life Chose Me

#83: The Hug Life Chose Me

July 5, 2019

While plant-based ice cream is not necessarily a new concept, there's a southern California ice cream shop that's destined to be the plant-based Baskin Robbins.

Hug Life Anti-Dairy Ice Cream is changing the way you look at vegan ice cream, and co-founder Johny Tran joined thee Foodbeast Katchup to tell us how it all started.

Tran is changing minds and trying to reverse prior bad plant-based ice cream experiences you might have had. 

With amazing flavors, and zero tummy aches, Hug Life could prove to lead the way in the future of ice cream. 

----

Thank you all so much for listening! All the Tweets and Instagram tags of you listening mean the world. Reviews you leave on iTunes are also incredibly helpful, if you enjoyed an episode, please do drop us some love on the iTunes / Podcast store <3 <3

----

Your Hosts:

Elie Ayrouth (@bookofelie)

Geoffrey Kutnick (@geoffreykutnick)

Your Guest:

Johny Tran @huglifeicecream)

Produced by:

Isai Rocha (@isairocha)

----

Follow us!

Twitch

https://www.twitch.tv/foodbeast

Instagram:

instagram.com/foodbeast

instagram.com/foodbeastkatchup

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/foodbeastkatchup/

www.facebook.com/foodbeast

#82: High On Baseball… And Edibles

#82: High On Baseball… And Edibles

June 27, 2019

After experiencing Medieval Times high as kites, the Katchup crew continued its mission of replicating nostalgic events under the influence of new cannabis-infused snacks. This episode, they guys popped in some edibles and ate their way through Angels Stadium in Anaheim, CA.

On a mission to find the best food in the stadium, Elie and Geoff scoured every corner, on every level, in an attempt to satisfy their case of the munchies.

A very high Elie spent a lot of the night arguing the legitimacy of baseball as a sport, while Geoff was irrationally terrified of being judged by the way he was eating in public.

The guys tried their best to document the night's happenings, with a sober Producer Izzy there confirming and denying what actually happened.

---

Thank you all so much for listening! All the Tweets and Instagram tags of you listening mean the world. Reviews you leave on iTunes are also incredibly helpful, if you enjoyed an episode, please do drop us some love on the iTunes / Podcast store <3 <3

----

Your Hosts:

Elie Ayrouth (@bookofelie)

Geoffrey Kutnick (@geoffreykutnick)

 

Produced by:

Isai Rocha (@isairocha)

----

Follow us!

Twitch

https://www.twitch.tv/foodbeast

Instagram:

instagram.com/foodbeast

instagram.com/foodbeastkatchup

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/foodbeastkatchup/

www.facebook.com/foodbeast

#81: From Dropout To Serial Restaurateur w/ Andy ‘Cool’ Nguyen

#81: From Dropout To Serial Restaurateur w/ Andy ‘Cool’ Nguyen

June 20, 2019

Afters Ice Cream is arguably one of the hottest ice cream chains in the world, and was actually Andy Nguyen's first foray into the food and restaurant world.

Before Nguyen changed the ice cream game and became a serial entrepreneur, he was a less-than-impressive student just trying to find his way in this world. 

Nguyen hopped on The Foodbeast Katchup podcast in a very raw interview, talking about his troubles as a high school student, being talked into real estate despite having no knowledge, and eventually discovering that he has a knack for helping build restaurant concepts. 

With over 15 different restaurants under his belt, Nguyen left his mark on Orange County, Los Angeles, and as he revealed in the conversation, the Las Vegas Strip is next. 

Listen to his journey, and how he learned to be an restaurateur on the fly.

---

Thank you all so much for listening! All the Tweets and Instagram tags of you listening mean the world. Reviews you leave on the Apple Podcasts App are also incredibly helpful, if you enjoyed an episode, please do drop us some love on social media, too. <3 <3

----

Your Hosts:

Elie Ayrouth (@bookofelie)

Geoffrey Kutnick (@geoffreykutnick)

Your Guest:

Andy Nguyen (@andthenguyen)

Produced by:

Isai Rocha (@isairocha)

----

Follow us!

Twitch

https://www.twitch.tv/foodbeast

Instagram:

instagram.com/foodbeast

instagram.com/foodbeastkatchup

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/foodbeastkatchup/

www.facebook.com/foodbeast

#80: Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge: A BREAKdown

#80: Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge: A BREAKdown

June 17, 2019

Disneyland's much anticipated Star Wars land, a Galaxy's Edge, has finally opened to the public.

After visiting twice since opening, The Katchup's Elie Ayrouth, a resident Disneyland Annual Passholder has some very specific feedback on the dedicated Star Wars experience. To add fuel to the fire, friend of the podcast Bobby Navarro, another Disney fanatic who's been THREE times, joins in on the fun.

 

Along with Geoff's inquisitive nature, the three breakdown the good, the bad, and the confusedly ridiculous elements of Disneyland's newest land, Star Wars Galaxy's Edge. No food, droid or boba-filled cocktail is left un-sipped on this episode, and we tell you EXACTLY what to spend your money on during your first visit to Star Wars Galaxy's Edge.

 

Follow us on Instagram:

instagram.com/foodbeast
instagram.com/thefoodbeastkatchup

 

Your Hosts:

Elie Ayrouth (@bookofelie)
Geoffrey Kutnick (@geoffreykutnick)

 

Your Guests:

Bobby Navarro, Events & PR @ Foodbeast, Also Disney fanatic ( @bobbybeenthere)

 

Produced by:

Isai Rocha (@izzy_serious)

----

Email us any questions or thoughts: thekatchup@foodbeast.com