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Spoon Mob Pod

By Ray Chmielecki
A podcast channel by foodies for foodies that covers the best restaurants, chefs (some of which you know and some you don't), food from around town with travel and random digressions on today's topics thrown in along the way.
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#51 - Sushi Ginza Onodera New York City
For this week's restaurant review, Ray talks sushi. Specifically Sushi Ginza Onodera in New York City. Sushi bro culture be damned! For more on executive chef Akifumi Sakagami, head chef Kazushige Suzuki, and Sushi Ginza Onodera, visit spoonmob.com/sushiginzaonoderanewyorkcity. For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), Facebook (@spoonmob) and YouTube (Spoon Mob). Subscribe, download, rate, and review previous episodes from wherever else you get your podcasts from (Apple & Spotify). Send in feedback, questions, and comments by using the portal on the website located at spoonmob.com/contact. As always, we are extremely grateful to each and everyone of our loyal listeners, a.k.a SPOONIES, and appreciate all their help in spreading the word about Spoon Mob!
22:24
September 28, 2020
#50 - End Of Food News / Cincy Trip Recap
It's the last Friday pod for a while. Ray talks through his decision to temporarily stop food news before recapping his recent week long stay in Cincinnati.  We appreciate all the support for the Food News podcast and its eventual return in the future someday down the road.  For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), Facebook (@spoonmob) and YouTube (Spoon Mob). Subscribe, download, rate, and review previous episodes from wherever else you get your podcasts from (Apple & Spotify). Send in feedback, questions, and comments by using the portal on the website located at spoonmob.com/contact. As always, we are extremely grateful to each and everyone of our loyal listeners, a.k.a SPOONIES, and appreciate all their help in spreading the word about Spoon Mob!
49:54
September 25, 2020
#49 - Parts Now Known - Spain
On this episode of the Parts Now Known Podcast, Ray and Ben recap Anthony Bourdain's trip to Spain, more specifically Granada. The guys talk about Bourdain's camera man Zach who clearly piqued Tony's interest in visiting the city, define tapas (pronounced tapa), debate the ethics of bull fighting, talk about Peta supporters, wonder how someone goes from vegetarian to vegan and why, tackle the religious float parades, baste in the bar hopping tapas montage, breakdown all the food served at the beach BBQ, talk about siesta's, think about living abroad, and try to figure out which big U.S. cities are potential spots they could move to. For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), Facebook (@spoonmob) and YouTube (Spoon Mob). Subscribe, download, rate, and review previous episodes from wherever else you get your podcasts from (Apple & Spotify). Send in feedback, questions, and comments by using the portal on the website located at spoonmob.com/contact. As always, we are extremely grateful to each and everyone of our loyal listeners, a.k.a SPOONIES, and appreciate all their help in spreading the word about the Spoon Mob website and Spoon Mob podcast!
57:44
September 23, 2020
#48 - Mabel Gray 2
On this week's restaurant review, Ray talks about his return experience at Mabel Gray, touching on the weirdness of leaving the state during coronavirus, all the aspects of touching things during travel you forget about, and updates to the restaurant itself before breaking down all the courses ordered that night. For more on chef James Rigato and Mabel Gray, visit spoonmob.com/mabelgray. For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), Facebook (@spoonmob) and YouTube (Spoon Mob). Subscribe, download, rate, and review previous episodes from wherever else you get your podcasts from (Apple & Spotify). Send in feedback, questions, and comments by using the portal on the website located at spoonmob.com/contact. As always, we are extremely grateful to each and everyone of our loyal listeners, a.k.a SPOONIES, and appreciate all their help in spreading the word about the Spoon Mob website and Spoon Mob podcast!
18:31
September 21, 2020
#47 - Food News 9/18/20
On this week's episode of Food News, topics covered include a UK man selling his 28 year old Macallan collection, Michelin pushing its stars announcements to 2021, Jim Murray's Whiskey Bible, Taco Bell's new wine, Pepsi's new sleep drink, a Kroger lawsuit, new books by chefs, the Epstein Adam Perry Lang controversy, outdoor dining updates, a winery purchase, food delivery apps spending big $'s to fight against having employees, a new entry to the food delivery app world, reopening updates, the end of Fudruckers, and all the notable restaurant openings and closings over the past two weeks.  For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), Facebook (@spoonmob) and YouTube (Spoon Mob). Subscribe, download, rate, and review previous episodes from wherever else you get your podcasts from (Apple & Spotify). Send in feedback, questions, and comments by using the portal on the website located at spoonmob.com/contact. As always, we are extremely grateful to each and everyone of our loyal listeners, a.k.a SPOONIES, and appreciate all their help in spreading the word about Spoon Mob!
1:09:41
September 19, 2020
#46 - Parts Now Known - Jerusalem
On the first episode of season 2 of the Parts Now Known Podcast, Ben and Ray rewatch the Jerusalem episode and talk about how CNN keeps getting Bourdain access Travel Channel couldn't, the weird HBO MAX episode disclaimer, the geography of the city and region, the incredibly odd interview segment involving price tagging, the boring Palestinian street racing segment, the history of flags, teaching American history, and the crazy ever evolving events in Portland Oregon before hitting the categories at the end. For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), Facebook (@spoonmob) and YouTube (Spoon Mob). Subscribe, download, rate, and review previous episodes from wherever else you get your podcasts from (Apple & Spotify). Send in feedback, questions, and comments by using the portal on the website located at spoonmob.com/contact. As always, we are extremely grateful to each and everyone of our loyal listeners, a.k.a SPOONIES, and appreciate all their help in spreading the word about the Spoon Mob website and Spoon Mob podcast!
1:01:49
September 16, 2020
#45 - Veritas 2
On this week's restaurant review, Ray talks about his first experience back eating at Veritas in Columbus since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and breaks down all the dishes from the Mexican Supper Club. For more on chef Joshua Dalton and Veritas, visit spoonmob.com/veritas. For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), Facebook (@spoonmob) and YouTube (Spoon Mob). Subscribe, download, rate, and review previous episodes from wherever else you get your podcasts from (Apple & Spotify). Send in feedback, questions, and comments by using the portal on the website located at spoonmob.com/contact. As always, we are extremely grateful to each and everyone of our loyal listeners, a.k.a SPOONIES, and appreciate all their help in spreading the word about the Spoon Mob website and Spoon Mob podcast!
28:29
September 14, 2020
#44 - Nada (Columbus)
There's no Food News episode this week so we're dropping back to back pods to fill the void. It's a two part chef David Falk day. On the second episode Ray talks about chef Falk's Mexican chain Nada. He talks about the Mexican food scene in Columbus or lack there of before breaking down the individual dishes and talking churros! For more on chef David Falk and Nada (Columbus), visit spoonmob.com/nadacolumbus. For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), Facebook (@spoonmob) and YouTube (Spoon Mob). Subscribe, download, rate, and review previous episodes from wherever else you get your podcasts from (Apple & Spotify). Send in feedback, questions, and comments by using the portal on the website located at spoonmob.com/contact. As always, we are extremely grateful to each and everyone of our loyal listeners, a.k.a SPOONIES, and appreciate all their help in spreading the word about the Spoon Mob website and Spoon Mob podcast!
11:19
September 11, 2020
#43 - Boca
There's no Food News episode this week so we're dropping back to back pods to fill the void. It's a two part chef David Falk day. On the first episode Ray talks about chef Falk's culinary career, filling the void created by the closure of Maisonette, his experience at Boca, and why its the best restaurant in Cincinnati today. For more on chef David Falk and Boca, visit spoonmob.com/boca. For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), Facebook (@spoonmob) and YouTube (Spoon Mob). Subscribe, download, rate, and review previous episodes from wherever else you get your podcasts from (Apple & Spotify). Send in feedback, questions, and comments by using the portal on the website located at spoonmob.com/contact. As always, we are extremely grateful to each and everyone of our loyal listeners, a.k.a SPOONIES, and appreciate all their help in spreading the word about the Spoon Mob website and Spoon Mob podcast!
22:14
September 11, 2020
#42 - Parts Now Known - Season 1 Wrap Up / Season 2 Preview
On the latest episode of the Parts Now Known podcast, Ray and Ben talk about the highlights from rewatching the first season of Parts Unknown and take a look at season two's upcoming eight episodes. For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), Facebook (@spoonmob) and YouTube (Spoon Mob). Subscribe, download, rate, and review previous episodes from wherever else you get your podcasts from (Apple & Spotify). Send in feedback, questions, and comments by using the portal on the website located at spoonmob.com/contact. As always, we are extremely grateful to each and everyone of our loyal listeners, a.k.a SPOONIES, and appreciate all their help in spreading the word about the Spoon Mob website and Spoon Mob podcast!
46:47
September 9, 2020
#41 - Buxton Hall Barbecue
On this week's restaurant review episode, Ray talks about chef Elliot Moss and his Asheville North Carolina barbecue spot Buxton Hall. For more on chef Elliot Moss and Buxton Hall Barbecue, visit spoonmob.com/buxtonhallbarbecue. For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), Facebook (@spoonmob) and YouTube (Spoon Mob). Subscribe, download, rate, and review previous episodes from wherever else you get your podcasts from (Apple & Spotify). Send in feedback, questions, and comments by using the portal on the website located at spoonmob.com/contact. As always, we are extremely grateful to each and everyone of our loyal listeners, a.k.a SPOONIES, and appreciate all their help in spreading the word about Spoon Mob!
20:51
September 7, 2020
#40 - Food News 9/4/20
On this week's episode of Food News, Ray starts off highlighting the major non food news stories from the past week before talking about Coca Cola's restructuring, Amazon's first non Whole Foods grocery store, the current state of Steak & Shake, Master P's new business venture, and Burger King's drive thru of the future. Then he makes the rounds to all the top stories out of major markets, touching on San Francisco, Los Angeles, Nashville, Chicago, Las Vegas, New Jersey, New York City, Cincinnati, and Columbus all while highlighting the notable restaurant openings and closings since last week. For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), Facebook (@spoonmob) and YouTube (Spoon Mob). Subscribe, download, rate, and review previous episodes from wherever else you get your podcasts from (Apple & Spotify). Send in feedback, questions, and comments by using the portal on the website located at spoonmob.com/contact. As always, we are extremely grateful to each and everyone of our loyal listeners, a.k.a SPOONIES, and appreciate all their help in spreading the word about Spoon Mob!
45:10
September 4, 2020
#39 - Parts Now Known - Congo
On the season 1 finale of the Parts Now Known Podcast, Ben and Ray follow Anthony Bourdain up the Congo River into The Heart of Darkness. The first  half of the episode is all about the history and politics of the Congo, including crossing over from Rwanda to Goma, Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, all the militia's and conflict, Queen Elizabeth's old luggage plane, the explorer Stanley, the Belgians enslaving the Congolese, the Wakinia tribe fishing the river, the current state of things and the everyday way of life for the Congolese in Kisangani, and the city's train station that used to run all the way to South Africa.  The second half of the episode covers Bourdain's trip up river to the old research station that was abandoned over 50 years after independence and the subsequent redistribution of workers to Rwanda. The guys talk about the boat, the group giving the king a goat and the king giving Bourdain a bracelet, the cooking dinner scene, debate how much money they'd need to swim in the river to tie off the boat for the night, alligators and crocodiles in New York, and wonder about the real purpose of the research station before ranking the episode, running through the categories, and locating Daniel McCabe's documentary "This Is Congo". For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), Facebook (@spoonmob) and YouTube (Spoon Mob). Subscribe, download, rate, and review previous episodes from wherever else you get your podcasts from (Apple & Spotify). Send in feedback, questions, and comments by using the portal on the website located at spoonmob.com/contact. As always, we are extremely grateful to each and everyone of our loyal listeners, a.k.a SPOONIES, and appreciate all the help spreading the word!
1:07:47
September 2, 2020
#38 - Lola (Bistro)
On this episode, Ray talks about chef Michael Symon's Cleveland restaurant Lola (Bistro). Ray talks through Symon's career, reshaping his restaurant group, his eventual Food Network stardom, and how chef's eventually age out of the kitchen in a physical sense. For more on chef Michael Symon and Lola (Bistro), visit spoonmob.com/lola. For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), Facebook (@spoonmob) and YouTube(Spoon Mob). Subscribe, download, rate, and review previous episodes from wherever else you get your podcasts from (Apple & Spotify). Send in feedback, questions, and comments by using the portal on the website located at spoonmob.com/contact. As always, we are extremely grateful to each and everyone of our loyal listeners, a.k.a SPOONIES, and appreciate all the help spreading the word. 
25:21
August 31, 2020
#37 - Food News 8/28/20
Ray starts this weeks episode talking about the recent events involving the terrible and tragic Jacob Blake shooting and the pending spiral that is the approaching election. Then he gets into the weeks major food stories like airplane nuts for sale, the peach recall, Dunkin' and McDonalds trying something new, dog beer, Cameron Diaz's wine being shitty (as predicted), and Bon Appetit's new editor in chief. Then he makes the round to all the major food cities in the U.S., touching on San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, Detroit, Houston, Dallas, Louisiana, Honolulu, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, and all the notable restaurant closures and openings since last week. Saving the best for last, Ray wraps up the episode by talking about chef James Beard and his foundation, covering his life and death, how the foundation came to be, voting rules, the categories, why the awards used to mean something, how the foundation lost its way, and how the awards fit into his life and the websites future going forward.   For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob). Subscribe to our YouTube Channel (Spoon Mob). Rate and review the pod wherever you get your podcasts from (Apple & Spotify). Send in news stories, feedback, questions, and comments through the portal on the website at spoonmob.com/contact. We are extremely grateful to each and everyone of our loyal listeners, a.k.a SPOONIES, and appreciate everyone for listening!
2:22:02
August 28, 2020
#36 - Parts Now Known - Peru
On the second half of the double drop Parts Now Known Podcast, Ben and Ray follow Bourdain and Ripert to Peru to hunt for all white cacao beans. The guys talk chocolate before marveling at the spread at Marissa's weekend gathering and touching on Lima, the Andes, the Amazon, ceviche, flounder, culantro, catfish, eating ants, poisonous yucca, how brooms are made, Bourdain's love for weird museums, street meat, Columbus the explorer, Cortez, the first chocolate factory opening in New England in 1765, the shaman scene, militia guarded toll roads, crossing a raging river on a leaky boat and floating barge, how chocolate is grown, the hiking scene to the trees, and if they made any money off the venture. Ray fills Ben in on why the shaman scene is even funnier when you know the backstory and they guys go through the categories before updating their episode rankings ahead of next weeks season 1 finale, Congo. For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob). Subscribe to our YouTube Channel (Spoon Mob). Subscribe, download, rate, and review the pod wherever else you get your podcasts from (Apple & Spotify). Send in feedback, questions, and comments by using the portal on the website at spoonmob.com/contact. As always we are extremely grateful to each and everyone of our loyal listeners, a.k.a SPOONIES, and appreciate all the help spreading the word as we inch closer to our goal of passing Alyssa Milano's subscriber numbers!
56:37
August 26, 2020
#35 - Parts Now Known - Libya
On the first episode of the double drop of Parts Now Known pods, Ben and Ray rewatch the Libya episode centered around the country's 2011 revolution that overthrew it's dictator Muammar Gaddafi. First things first as Ray fills everyone in on Gaddafi's rise to power, outlining how he was actually a good leader up until the late 1970's early 1980's when things began to turn towards his outspoken unpredictable dictatorship style that most remember him for. With an idea of Gaddafi in hand, the guys talk opening scene in the episode before Ben shares a story of holding onto fireworks for too long when he was 12. Then they talk about having fish cooked to order, imagine an Arab restaurant in NYC that enforces hierarchal roles when dining in 2020, pastors that run a grift, Benghazi, if the KFC knock off Uncle Kentucky fried chicken was really that or a corporate plant, Gaddafi's compound Bab Ala Zizi, power vacuums, CIA assets, calling in airstrikes over twitter and google earth, the drive to Mizrata, homemade rocket launchers, lamb balls, Roman ruins, the Boy Scouts, and names of Girl Scout cookies dependent upon the region you live in before running through the categories. For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow Spoon Mob on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob). Subscribe to the YouTube channel (Spoon Mob). Rate, review, download, and listen to all of the episodes in the catalog so far by  subscribing to the podcast on Spotify, Apple, Google, Stitcher, and/or Overcast. Podcasts episodes are also available on the website at spoonmob.com/spoonmobpod. Help spread the word and send in your feedback, questions, comments, and recommendations by using the portal on the contact page at spoonmob.com/contact. Sponsorships: off for this episode
56:44
August 26, 2020
#34 - Bresca
On this episode, Ray talks about chef Ryan Ratino's Logan Circle restaurant Bresca. Ray talks about Ratino's career, his work trip to D.C., and Ratino's new restaurant Jont before breaking down that tasting menu experience and some dish highlights from the meal. For more on chef Ryan Ratino and Bresca, visit spoonmob.com/bresca. For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob). Subscribe to our YouTube Channel (Spoon Mob). Subscribe, download, rate, and review the pod wherever else you get your podcasts from (Apple & Spotify). Send in feedback, questions, and comments by using the portal on the website at spoonmob.com/contact. As always we are extremely grateful to each and everyone of our loyal listeners, a.k.a SPOONIES, and appreciate all the help spreading the word as we inch closer to our goal of passing Alyssa Milano's subscriber numbers!
23:55
August 24, 2020
#33 - Food News 8/21/20
On this week's episode of food news, Ray talks about the major news stories from the past week before getting in to the overarching topics of this weeks food news that include McDonalds suing their former CEO, the James Beard Foundation canceling their awards for 2020 and 2021, the 2020 California Michelin Guide being out of date before it's even released, a new season of Chef's Table. Then Ray makes the rounds through all the major food markets in the U.S., covering delivery apps putting restaurants on their service without their consent, an overly left San Francisco, changes at the LA Times food section, the continuing struggle for restaurants in New York City, Dan Barber not closing but kinda closing Blue Hill at Stone Barns, the latest drama around Taste Kitchen & Bar, a few listener submitted stories, and all the notable restaurant closures and openings since last week. For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob). Subscribe to our YouTube Channel (Spoon Mob). Subscribe, download, rate, and review the pod wherever else you get your podcasts from (Apple & Spotify). Send in news stories, feedback, questions, and comments through the portal on the website at spoonmob.com/contact. As always we are extremely grateful to each and everyone of our loyal listeners, a.k.a SPOONIES, and appreciate all the help spreading the word as we inch closer to our goal of passing Alyssa Milano's subscriber numbers!
1:56:58
August 22, 2020
#32 - Maeli
On the first ever Spoon Mob Pod wine episode, Ray cracks a bottle of Maeli Infinite Bianco that Ben tries for the first time while Katie also continues her trend of chirping in from off mic in an effort to advocate for a mic of her own. The guys chat about the wine before touching on a wide variety of topics that include winemaker tasting notes, what magnolia's taste like, yellow fruit, gooseberries, Nespresso ice coffee, bubble tea, 90 day fiancé, marble racing, the best restaurants in Columbus, food discounts for first responders, Asheville, New Orleans, the JJ Reddick podcast, Baxter Holmes, Greg Popovich, Pinot Noir, Wine.com, Syrah, Cooper's Hawk, Basi Italia, Lindey's, Pizza, and Ohio Cities food scenes.  For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob). Subscribe to the YouTube Channel (Spoon Mob). Subscribe, download, rate, and review the pod on Spotify Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, and wherever else you get your podcasts from. Send in feedback, questions, and comments by using the portal on the website at spoonmob.com/contact. As always we are extremely grateful to each and everyone of our loyal listeners, a.k.a SPOONIES, and ask that each of you get one person to subscribe so we can achieve our goal of having more listeners than Alyssa Milano!
50:09
August 19, 2020
#31 - Cucina 24
On this episode, Ray talks about chef Brian Canipelli's Asheville Italian restaurant Cucina 24. Ray talks about his trip to Greenville/Asheville last year and Canipelli's culinary career thus far before breaking down that tasting menu experience and some dish highlights from the meal. For more on chef Brian Canipelli and Cucina 24, visit spoonmob.com/cucina24. For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob). Subscribe to our YouTube Channel (Spoon Mob). Subscribe, download, rate, and review the pod wherever else you get your podcasts from. Send in feedback, questions, and comments by using the portal on the website at spoonmob.com/contact. As always we are extremely grateful to each and everyone of our loyal listeners, a.k.a SPOONIES, and appreciate all the help spreading the word as we look to gain on Alyssa Milano's subscriber numbers!
24:43
August 17, 2020
#30 - Food News 8/14/20
On this week's episode of food news, Ray talks about some upcoming food TV shows on Hulu and another recall before explaining Russell Crowe's recent donation. Ray makes the rounds to all the major food markets and their notable stories from the past week including Rainforest Cafe, Michelin inspectors, the highest profile restaurant closing to date, restaurants vs insurance companies, community fridges, some restaurant layoffs, brewery expansions, and all the notable restaurant closures and openings since last Friday. For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob). Subscribe to our YouTube channel (Spoon Mob). Rate, review, and subscribe to the pod wherever you get your podcasts from. Don't forget to download, listen, and and help spread the word. Questions, comments, feedback, and recommendations can be submitted at spoonmob.com/contact.
1:33:41
August 14, 2020
#29 - G.I.O.Y.C. #1
We decided to record a podcast to the bring up the vibe after recording the depressing Morocco episode of our Parts Now Known series. Maybe one day these will be more frequent and on Patreon but for now enjoy the first episode of "Get It Off Your Chest". Topics we cover on this pod include returning to an office setting, the return of college football, coronavirus, tiktok, depression, Groundhog Day, corona this fall and this winner, waiting for the government to do something, the upcoming election, Trump, Biden, the stupidity of presidential debates, the irony of picking Biden over Bernie, bitcoin, the stock market, airline layoffs, sports being a joke in 2020, the college all 18 year olds should be applying to, Oregon, grocery stores in Columbus, people who don't like seafood, Mitchell's Fish Market, ramen, Momofuku Vegas, shishito peppers, restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip, Gordon Ramsey, Greenville/Asheville, BBQ, Trump's Axios interview, Rob Lowe, Post Malone, Waka Flocka Flame, Alyssa Milano, The Fighter & The Kid Podcast, cheese, queso, salsa, guac, serial killers vs terrorists, a future Spoon Mob cheese tasting, mozzarella, and burrata.  (The rattle noise in the background is Ray's dog Phoebe playing with her ball. Ernie steals it so it stops for a while until she picks a squeak toy and eventually picks up the ball again. We just let it all happen). For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob). Subscribe to the YouTube Channel (Spoon Mob). Subscribe, download, rate, and review the pod on Spotify Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, and wherever else you get your podcasts from. Send in feedback, questions, and comments by using the portal on the website at spoonmob.com/contact. As always we are extremely grateful to each and everyone of our loyal listeners, a.k.a SPOONIES, and ask that each of you get one person to subscribe so we can achieve our goal of having more listeners than Alyssa Milano!
1:14:36
August 13, 2020
#28 - Parts Now Known - Morocco (Tangier)
On this episode of the Parts Now Known Podcast, Ben and Ray slog through their least favorite episode of season 1 so far, Tangier Morocco. They talk about how Tangier is Europe's Las Vegas, ferry accidents, how this is a "one for Bourdian" episode, define some drug terminology, recount the numerous odd scenes throughout the episode, chat about Burroughs killing his wife, remark at how this is the first episode where the food isn't a focal point to the level it almost doesn't matter at all, and desperatly try to complete the episode categories. We didn't love the Morocco episode, but squeezed 45 minutes out of it for all our loyal SPOONIES! For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow Spoon Mob on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob). Subscribe to the YouTube channel (Spoon Mob). Rate, review, download, and listen to all of the episodes currently available on the feed by subscribing to the podcast on Spotify, Apple, Google, Stitcher, and Overcast. Podcasts episodes are also available on the website at spoonmob.com/spoonmobpod. Help spread the word and send in your feedback, questions, comments, and recommendations by using the portal on the contact page at spoonmob.com/contact. 
45:56
August 12, 2020
#27 - Mabel Gray
On this episode, Ray talks about chef James Rigato's Hazel Park Michigan eatery Mabel Gray. Ray goes through how Rigato first got into the culinary industry, how working at a recycling company led to his first restaurant The Root, and how looking to highlight Michigan ingredients led to transforming an old diner into what is now Mabel Gray. Then Ray talks about a memorable moment on Top Chef between Rigato and Colicchio before recounting his first experience at Mabel Gray and previewing his upcoming return visit to the restaurant. For more on chef James Rigato and Mabel Gray, visit spoonmob.com/mabelgray. For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob). Subscribe to the YouTube Channel (Spoon Mob). Subscribe, download, rate, and review the pod on Spotify Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, and wherever else you get your podcasts from. Send in feedback, questions, and comments by using the portal on the website at spoonmob.com/contact. As always we are extremely grateful to each and everyone of our loyal listeners, a.k.a SPOONIES.
34:55
August 10, 2020
#26 - Food News 8/8/20
On this week's episode of food news, Ray opens with how sports being back on TV is a weird watch before getting into some updates to airline travel from the past week. the problems with Cameron Diaz's new wine, distilleries in a post hand sanitizer world, an onion recall, DoorDash's embarrassing wage increase, both sides of the allegations levied against Rose's Luxury Group by former employees, some new state regulations, new industry survey results, and all the notable restaurant closures and openings. For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob). Subscribe to our YouTube channel (Spoon Mob). Rate, review, and subscribe to the pod wherever you get your podcasts from. Don't forget to download, listen, and and help spread the word. Questions, comments, feedback, and recommendations can be submitted at spoonmob.com/contact.
1:50:38
August 8, 2020
#25 - Parts Now Known - Quebec
On this episode of the Parts Now Known Podcast, Ben and Ray geek out recanting the food porn episode to end all food porn episodes, the tongue in cheek titled "Canada" episode. The two speculate about the reason for shooting and including the out of place postman scene before breaking down the ice fishing cabin dining scene with Fred Moran and David McMillan of Montreal's legendary restaurant Joe Beef. Then they talk about the Picard beaver scene and a random few minutes at a local pick up hockey game before deep diving into adding caviar, foie gras, and truffle to a rail car meal. Theres a quick side bar about Columbus not having Amtrak service before the guys are mesmerized about Bourdain, Moran, and McMillan's dining experience at the Continental in Quebec and the underground hipster restaurant L'Affaire est Ketchup. After briefly touching on the Quebec separatist movement of the mid 90's that neither of them researched on their own and Picard's seasonal restaurant of all things maple, Ray educates Ben on the Maple Syrup Cartel before the guys wrap up discussing Moran and McMillan trying to make Bourdain tap out, assigning categories, and updating their respective best episode rankings. For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow Spoon Mob on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob). Subscribe to the YouTube channel (Spoon Mob). Rate, review, download, and listen to all of the episodes currently available through Spotify, Apple, Google, Stitcher, Overcast, YouTube and on the website, spoonmob.com/spoonmobpod. Help spread the word and go to the contact page on the website to send us your all of your feedback, questions, comments, and recommendations!
1:06:21
August 5, 2020
#24 - The Anchorage
On this episode, Ray talks about chef Greg McPhee's vegetable forward Greenville South Carolina restaurant The Anchorage. Ray starts off going through McPhee's culinary career thus far before touching on the importance of Sean Brock to the region and South Carolina as a whole, the extensive process McPhee had to go through to rebuild the 100+ year old building, how achieving success with a vegetable forward restaurant is much harder than a meat centric one, and how The Anchorage has become a pillar within the growing tourist destination of Greenville. For more on chef Greg McPhee and The Anchorage, visit spoonmob.com/theanchorage. For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob). Rate & review the pod on Spotify Podcasts and Apple Podcasts. Don't forget to subscribe to the Youtube channel (Spoon Mob). Continue to help spread the word about the website and podcast. Send us your feedback, questions, and comments by emailing spoomob@yahoo.com  or using the portal on the website at spoonmob.com/contact. As always we are extremely grateful to all our loyal listeners, a.k.a SPOONIES.
34:47
August 3, 2020
#23 - Food News 8/1/20
On this week's episode of food news, Ray touches on the recent Epstein Maxwell overnight document drop before talking about Amazon's push into grocery delivery, a wine international crime ring, the lawsuit against the USDA, updates to the James Beard Awards & MICHELIN Guide, why seeing "cooked at famous restaurant x" is not always what it seems, Chris Duffy's new restaurant Ever, coronavirus, the time line of the Ohio liquor sales ending at 10 p.m., and all the restaurant closures and openings from the past week.  For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob). Subscribe to our YouTube channel (Spoon Mob). Rate, review, and subscribe to the pod wherever you get your podcasts from. Don't forget to download, listen, and and help spread the word. Questions, comments, feedback, and recommendations can be submitted at spoonmob.com/contact.
2:16:56
August 1, 2020
#22 - Parts Now Known - Colombia
Ray and Ben travel to South America for the first time to break down the Colombia episode. Katie makes her Spoon Mob Pod/Parts Now Known debut before the guys debate how safe the plane flight is and talk all things cocaine, cartels, and the war on drugs. Then Ray makes Ben wonder aloud about how America's involvement in slavery is perceived by the rest of the worlds history books and how America is currently perceived globally in 2020. Ray then highlights the similarities between where America is at now and where Colombia was at in 2013, Ben challenges Ray on his hate of shrimp, and they cover all the food scenes in the episode before digressing into an aside about the 2003 Tommy Lee Jones Benicio Del Toro action flick "The Hunted" and Ben's love for the 2007 Mark Wahlberg film "Shooter". They wrap things up by running through the categories and updating their best episode rankings lists. For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow Spoon Mob on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob). Subscribe to the YouTube channel (Spoon Mob). Rate, review, download, and listen to all of the podcasts out now and available on Spotify, Apple, Google, Stitcher, Overcast and on the website, spoonmob.com/spoonmobpod. Continue to help spread the word and visit the contact page on the website to send us your feedback, questions, comments, and recomendations!
1:09:24
July 29, 2020
#21 - Ushabu 2
On this episode, Ray talks about his recent and final experience at Ushabu in Cleveland. Ray reminisces about dining with strangers around, the things were losing due to cover-19, and why he'll miss Ushabu before breaking down the courses and comparing Cleveland's food scene to Columbus'. For more information on chef Matthew Spinner and Ushabu, visit spoonmob.com/ushabu. For everything Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob). Rate & review the pod on Spotify Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, and subscribe to our Youtube channel (Spoon Mob). Help spread the word and download & listen to all of the past episodes on the feed. Feedback, questions, and comments can be submitted to spoomob@yahoo.com  or through the portal on the website at spoonmob.com/contact.
32:13
July 27, 2020
#20 - Food News 7/24/20
On this week's episode of food news, Ray jumps right in with the recently announced upcoming layoffs at the hands of airlines and hotel companies, masks, Uber's new controversy, Instacart's appearance on the dark web, and explains the difference between filing chapter 7 and chapter 11 bankruptcy. Then Ray goes around the horn city by city touching on the restaurant closures and openings from the week, governors drunk with power, surprising news from the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, before breaking down Miami's $35 million dollar grant program. After running through the highlights in food in Cleveland, and why Townhall sucks, Ray runs through a list of promising new restaurant openings in Cincinnati before wrapping up with a few updates on Columbus and thinking around on future plans for this podcast. For more on the Spoon Mob Pod, visit spoonmob.com/spoonmobpod For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob). Rate, review, and subscribe to the pod wherever you get your podcasts from. Don't forget to download, listen, and spread the word about all our episodes. Questions, comments, feedback, recommendations, and everything else can be sent directly to spoomob@yahoo.com or through the portal on the website at spoonmob.com/contact.
2:03:16
July 24, 2020
#19 - Parts Now Known - Koreatown
On the second episode of the Parts Now Known series, Ben and Ray discuss Bourdain's hour long hang in the small Los Angeles neighborhood with his two friends, Roy Choi and David Cohoe. They talk about how the episode is definitely a one for him in favor of Bourdain versus a corporate idea, the part that gets left out pertaining to the 1992 L.A. Riots, Jon Favreau, Food Trucks, the enigma that is David Choe, Sizzler, Ray following up on the Dalai Lama, and Ben cites a University of Michigan study. For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow Spoon Mob on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob). Subscribe to the YouTube channel (Spoon Mob). Rate, review, download, and listen to all of the podcasts on Spotify, Apple, Google, Sticher, and spoonmob.com. Spread the word and visit the contact page on the website to send us your feedback!
59:04
July 22, 2020
#18 - Pistacia Vera
On this episode, Ray talks about a local destination bakery called Pistacia Vera. Ray goes into the backstory of its founding by Columbus natives Spencer and Anne Budros, it's start and eventual move from the Short North to German Village, how the Short North has changed over the years, why German Village is so strict on changes to neighborhood buildings, and gives a rundown on all the pastry's and desserts he's tried from the shop recently. Then Ben joins the pod to talk about his first experience eating Pistacia Vera baked goods before the two discuss all things coronavirus. For more information on chef Spencer Budros and Pistacia Vera, visit spoonmob.com/pistaciavera. For everything and anything Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob). Rate & review the pod on Spotify Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, and subscribe to the Youtube channel (Spoon Mob). Continue to spread the word and download & listen to past episodes. Feedback, questions, and comments can be submitted by emailing spoomob@yahoo.com  or using the portal on the website, spoonmob.com/contact.
39:03
July 20, 2020
#17 - Food News 7/17/20
On this weeks episode of food news, snarky Ray makes his debut and spends the first 15 minutes giving his thoughts on the state of coronavirus in the U.S. before talking about the "partnership" announcement between American Airlines and Jet Blue. Then he touches on the Goya Foods controversy, Publix act of charity, Johnnie Walker going green, automation and robots at White Castle and Tyson, Burger King and methane, and why NBA players complaining about free meal kits in hotels in the Orlando Florida bubble is so tone deaf. Then Ray starts making the rounds state by state breaking down all the interesting restaurant openings and closings along with Moldgate, Alinea's misstep, the hostile workplace at Win Son, and the bartender vs owner clash in Houston at Taste Bar & Kitchen. Ray then highlights new restaurant openings in Ohio and the list of temporary re-closures in Columbus due to positive employee tests. For more on Rockmill Tavern, visit spoonmob.com/rockmilltavern For more on Speck Italian Eatery, visit spoonmob.com/speckitalianeatery For more on Selden Standard, visit spoonmob.com/seldenstandard For more on Boca, visit spoonmob.com/boca For more on Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, visit spoonmob.com/jenissplendidicecreams For more on Ray Ray's Hog Pit, visit spoonmob.com/rayrayshogpit For more on Pistacia Vera, visit spoonmob.com/pistaciavera For more on Fox In The Snow, visit spoonmob.com/foxinthesnow For more on Ushabu, visit spoonmob.com/ushabu For more on Ivan Ramen, visit spoonmob.com/ivanramen For more on the Spoon Mob Pod, visit spoonmob.com/spoonmobpod For more on Parts Now Known, visit spoonmob.com/partsnowknown For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob). Rate, review, and subscribe to the pod wherever you get your podcasts from. Don't forget to download, listen, and spread the word about all our episodes so far. Questions, comments, feedback, recommendations, and everything else can be sent directly to spoomob@yahoo.com or through the portal on the website at spoonmob.com/contact.
2:45:01
July 17, 2020
#16 - Parts Now Known - Myanmar
On the debut episode of Spoon Mob's newest podcast series, Parts Now Known, Ray and Ben jump right into how the opening shots of the episode set the tone for the entire series going forward, highlight the stark contrast between Travel Channel's No Reservations and CNN's Parts Unknown, where Myanmar is located on a map, talk about the craziest Ferris wheel you'll ever see, review an even crazier train ride, and get side tracked on the Dalai Lama and Bigfoot. For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), Facebook (@spoonmob), and YouTube at our channel (Spoon Mob). Rate & review the pod wherever you get your podcasts from (Spotify Podcasts & Apple Podcasts). Check out all our past episodes on restaurant reviews and food news. Help spread the word and send in your questions & comments to spoonmob@yahoo.com or through the portal on the website at spoonmob.com/contact.
1:11:24
July 15, 2020
#15 - Ivan Ramen
On this episode, Ray talks about his the best ramen shop he's every been to, Ivan Ramen in New York City. Ray outlines how chef owner Ivan Orkin got his start in Japan after personal tragedy, his rise to fame in Tokyo, shedding the white guy making ramen label, his move back home in 2011, the opening of his two ramen shops in Manhattan, how true ramen isn't the stuff in the bright colored packaging on grocery store shelves for $1, and why Orkin's ramen is the gold standard in the rapidly increasing food genre. For more on chef Ivan Orkin and Ivan Ramen, visit spoonmob.com/ivanramen. For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob). Rate & review the pod on Spotify Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, and Youtube. Help spread the word, listen to all the past podcasts, and send in your feedback by emailing spoomob@yahoo.com  or using the portal on the website, spoonmob.com/contact.
29:12
July 13, 2020
#14 - Food News 7/10/20
Another long one! On this weeks episode of food news, Ray explains why your anger against PPP is misplaced and misdirected, outlines the remaining food delivery options, deep dives on the controversy's surrounding Jack The Horse, Atlas Restaurant Group, and Band of Bohemia, highlights all the weeks changes to reopening processes in the face of coronavirus, gives his thoughts on why Dave Changs 7 minute podcast in response to Peter Meehan's firing is vacant face saving B.S., and highlights some positive stories involving oyster delivery service, capping of food delivery app fee's out west, what Columbus Ohio's Brewery District would look like this fall, and gives an update on Comune's donation efforts. For more on Momofuku, visit spoonmob.com/momofuku For more on Mabel Gray, visit spoonmob.com/mabelgray For more on the Spoon Mob Pod, visit spoonmob.com/spoonmobpod For more on Parts Now Known, visit spoonmob.com/partsnowknown For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob). Rate, review, and subscribe to the pod wherever you get your podcasts from. Don't forget to download, listen, and spread the word about all our episodes thus far. Questions, comments, feedback, recommendations, and everything else can be sent directly to spoomob@yahoo.com or through the portal on the website, spoonmob.com/contact.
1:46:34
July 10, 2020
#13 - Introducing The Parts Now Known Podcast With Co-Host Ben Nelson
On this episode, Ray talks with co-host and friend Ben Nelson about the newest podcast under the Spoon Mob Pod banner, Parts Now Known, where they break down each episode of the legendary Anthony Bourdain food culture travel show Parts Unknown. Together they chat about how Ben got Ray into Bourdain's shows, Charleston South Carolina, the last time either of them watched a Bourdain show, updates to the website, newly created Spoon Mob YouTube channel, and future plans for the Spoon Mob Pod. For more on Ben, check out is Instagram @bnelson087. For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), Facebook (@spoonmob), and YouTube (Spoon Mob). Rate & review the pod wherever you get your podcasts from. Download & listen to all of our episodes. Help spread the word about the podcast  and send feedback to spoonmob@yahoo.com or through the portal on the website at spoonmob.com/contact.
37:31
July 8, 2020
#12 - Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
On this episode, Ray talks about his go to ice cream, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. Ray touches on Jeni Britton Bauer's career, her first ice cream company, where the company is now, and lists out some of his favorite flavors that he's had during the pandemic. For more on chef Jeni Britton Bauer and Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, visit spoonmob.com/jenissplendidicecreams.  For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob). Rate & review the pod wherever you get your podcasts from and download & listen to each episode. Continue to spread the word about the podcast and make sure to send in your feedback by emailing spoomob@yahoo.com  or using the portal on the website, spoonmob.com/contact.
18:09
July 6, 2020
#11 - Food News 7/3/20
On this weeks jam packed episode of food news, Ray runs down all the developments in the culinary industry from over the last week including bar closures at the hands of re-opening rollbacks, notable restaurant closures and openings from across the country, Uber's 2nd attempt at consolidating the food delivery market, Petter Meehan's resignation as editor at the LA Times, allegations of abuse at the hands of Museum of Ice Cream founder Maryellis Bunn, some positive developments around Cleveland, and the full list of restaurant closures in Columbus including the newest additions to the list, The Old Spot, Chuck E Cheese, and the Short North Coffee House. For more on Pidgin, visit spoonmob.com/pidgin For more on The Restaurant at Meadowood, visit spoonmob.com/therestaurantatmeadowood For more on Buxton Hall Barbecue visit spoonmob.com/buxtonhallbarbecue For more on Morel, visit spoonmob.com/morel For more on The Tasting Counter, visit spoonmob.com/thetastingcounter For more on Ushabu, visit spoonmob.com/ushabu For more on the Spoon Mob Pod, visit spoonmob.com/spoonmobpod For more on Parts Now Known, visit spoonmob.com/partsnowknown For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob). Rate, review, and subscribe to the pod wherever you get your podcasts from and don't forget to download, listen, and spread the word for all our episodes. Questions, comments, feedback, recommendations, and everything else can be sent directly to spoomob@yahoo.com or through the portal on the website, spoonmob.com/contact.
1:41:10
July 3, 2020
#10 - Saltie Girl
It's the 10th episode ya'll. Thank you to all who have been listening and spreading the word! On the 10th episode of the Spoon Mob Pod, Ray talks about chef Kyle McClelland's sliver of a seafood restaurant located in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, Saltie Girl. Ray runs through McClelland's culinary career thus far before talking about how he found out about the restaurant, the perils of a no reservation democratic first come first serve seating system pre pandemic, and why the menu is a seafood's paradise filled with locally sourced ingredients and a splash of nostalgia. For more on Chef Kyle McClelland and Saltie Girl, visit spoonmob.com/saltiegirl.  For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob) as well. Don't forget to rate & review the pod wherever you get your podcasts from. Download, listen, and spread the word. Questions, comments, feedback, and recommendations can be sent to spoomob@yahoo.com directly or through the portal on the website, spoonmob.com/contact.
22:07
July 2, 2020
#9 - Rockmill Tavern
On this episode, Ray talks about his go to spot Rockmill Tavern. Ray touches on why the Brewery District was chosen for its location, previous chefs Andrew Smith and Jay Kleven as well as current chef Travis Demons, and why its the best restaurant to get fish in the entire city. For more on chef Travis Demons and Rockmill Tavern, visit spoonmob.com/rockmilltavern.  For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob) as well. Don't forget to rate & review the pod wherever you get your podcasts from, download & listen to each episode, spread the word, and send in feedback by emailing spoomob@yahoo.com directly or using the portal on the website, spoonmob.com/contact.
25:36
July 1, 2020
#8 - Comune
On this episode, Ray talks about the best vegetarian restaurant in Columbus, Comune, currently helmed by chef Jacob Inscore. Ray talks about the lack of a diverse sustainable dining scene in the city and region, opening chef Ben Kanavel, current chef Jacob Inscore, and how he's surprised that Comune is making a comeback in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. For more on chef Jacob Inscore and Comune, visit spoonmob.com/comune.  For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob) as well. Don't forget to rate & review the pod wherever you get your podcasts from, download & listen to each episode, help spread the word, and send us your feedback by emailing spoomob@yahoo.com or using the portal on the website, spoonmob.com/contact.
16:55
July 1, 2020
#7 - Speck Italian Eatery
On this episode of the podcast, Ray talks about chef Josh Dalton's third restaurant, Speck Italian Eatery. He covers the differences between Speck and Veritas, his recent dining experience at Speck and first at Speck since the coronavirus pandemic, and why its the only Delaware restaurant worthy of a 40 minute drive from downtown Columbus. For more on chef Josh Dalton and Speck Italian Eatery, visit spoonmob.com/speckitalianeatery.  For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob) as well. Don't forget to rate & review the pod wherever you get your podcasts from, download & listen to each episode, help spread the word by mentioning the pod to fellow podcast listeners, and send us your feedback at spoomob@yahoo.com or through the portal on the website, spoonmob.com/contact.
18:36
July 1, 2020
#6 - Tail Up Goat
On this episode, Ray talks about chef Jon Sybert's D.C. neighborhood Michelin starred restaurant Tail Up Goat.  How the restaurant came to be, what's behind the name "Tail Up Goat", and the oddity of the D.C. lunch scene are all covered during this episode. For more on chef Jon Sybert and Tail Up Goat, visit spoonmob.com/tailupgoat.  For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob) as well. Don't forget to rate & review the pod wherever you get your podcasts from, download & listen to each episode, help spread the word, and send us your feedback at spoomob@yahoo.com or through the portal on the website, spoonmob.com/contact.
15:57
June 30, 2020
#5 - Ushabu
On this episode, Ray talks about chef Matthew Spinner's regional Japanese Cleveland restaurant Ushabu, touching on how he first found out about the restaurant, the absence of good sushi in Columbus, Spinner's career before joining Ushabu in 2017, how Spinner turned Ushabu into a destination restaurant, and what is set to become of Ushabu due to the coronavirus. For more on chef Matthew Spinner and Ushabu, visit spoonmob.com/ushabu.  For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob) as well. Don't forget to rate & review the pod wherever you get your podcasts from, download & listen to each episode, help spread the word, and send us your feedback at spoomob@yahoo.com or spoonmob.com/contact.
30:32
June 29, 2020
#4 - Food News 6/27/20
On the inaugural episode of Spoon Mob Pod - Food News, Ray runs down all the important culinary news stories from the past week, touching on the effect the coronavirus has had in the restaurant industry thus far, the rules restaurants across the U.S. have to abide by to reopen in major markets,   Dandelion Chocolate and the Black Lives Matter movement, a handful or restaurant closures, the challenge facing restaurants in Ohio, and a couple new breweries scheduled to open later this summer in Columbus. For more on Dandelion Chocolate San Francisco, visit spoonmob.com/dandelionchocolatesanfrancisco For more on Dandelion Chocolate Las Vegas, visit spoonmob.com/dandelionchocolatelasvegas For more on Mabel Gray, visit spoonmob.com/mabelgray For more on Pidgin. visit spoonmob.com/pidgin For more on Ray's 12 Best Restaurants List, visit spoonmob.com/rays12best For more on The Tasting Counter, visit spoonmob.com/thetastingcounter For more on Ushabu, visit spoonmob.com/ushabu For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob). Rate & review Spoon Mob Pod wherever you get your podcasts from, download & listen to all of our episodes, then download & listen again!
46:35
June 27, 2020
#3 - Veritas
On this episode, Ray talks about chef Josh Dalton's fine dining Columbus restaurant Veritas, diving into how the restaurant came to be, why its the only one of its kind in Ohio's capital city, and all the challenges that go into creating a fine dining restaurant in the midwest (coronavirus included). Ray also rambles about burgers in Columbus, why New Albany is a lame place to live if you don't own a home and even if you do, a disastrous first and only experience at Service Bar, and the little  bit of love Columbus got from the James Beard Awards in 2020. For more on chef Josh Dalton and Veritas, visit spoonmob.com/veritas.  For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob) as well. Don't forget to rate & review the pod wherever you get your podcasts from and download & listen to each episode, then download & listen again!
48:01
June 22, 2020
#2 - Al's Place
On the inaugural restaurant review episode, Ray talks about chef Aaron London's vegetable forward Michelin starred San Francisco restaurant Al's Place, outlining his experience, and why you should eat at Al's Place on your net visit to the Bay Area. For more on chef Aaron London and Al's Place visit spoonmob.com/alsplace.  For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob) as well. Don't forget to rate & review the pod wherever you get your podcasts from and download & listen to each episode, then download & listen again!
14:23
June 14, 2020
#1 - Welcome To Spoon Mob
On the first episode of the Spoon Mob Pod, formal introductions are made. Ray goes into how he got into food, why he started writing, and what's next for the Spoon Mob Pod and spoon mob.com.  For all things Spoon Mob, visit spoonmob.com. Follow us on Instagram (@spoonmob), Twitter (@spoonmob1), and Facebook (@spoonmob) as well. Don't forget to rate & review the pod wherever you get your podcasts from and download & listen to each episode, then download & listen again!
40:14
June 13, 2020