In this podcast, we're talking about the ITV/PBS series, Victoria, which is based on the life of Queen Victoria. This season is airing in the U.S. before it airs in the U.K. and people in Britain are not happy about it. Do Americans just like the British royal family more than Brits, or is there another reason for its early broadcast in the United States? And just how factual is this series anyway? Was Queen Victoria actually as attractive as actress Jenna Coleman? Was Prince Albert as forward thinking as he is portrayed in this series, or was he more like his portrayal in Blackadder's Christmas Carol? So. Many. Questions! But, we're determined to get to the bottom of it. Tune in and then let us know if you watch this show, and if so, what you think about it.
In the last episode of this series, we're discussing pubs: how and where to order food, the kinds of foods you can find in pubs, who actually owns the pub, and more. What's the difference between a pub and a bar? What's the American equivalent of British "pub culture"? Dominic does his best to try and convince us all that a drink called a Woo Woo actually exists. But, whether it does or not, should you expect to be able to order one in a typical pub? We try our best to answer all your burning questions in our tenth podcast. Tweet us, Facebook us or let us know in the comments whether your local pub has lasagna and or chicken tikka masala on the menu!
In our latest installment, we're discussing British and American fast food chains. From A&W to KFC to McDonald's to Taco Bell, the list of U.S. fast food chains seems endless. In fact, there are way too many for us to cover them all in a 30-minute podcast. But again, the list of UK chains is minuscule with Wimpy* being one of the more famous ones. Have we finally answered the question as to why there are no British fast food chains in America? Tune in to find out. And let us know in the comments, or tweet or Facebook us, whether you like to eat fast food, and if so, which restaurant(s) is your favorite?
*After recording this podcast, we learned that Wimpy was actually originally an American chain that started in Chicago, but over time all of its American locations closed.
Our latest podcast finds us talking about chain restaurants in America and the UK. Erica lets visitors to the UK know what they can expect when ordering a drink with their meal in a chain restaurant in Britain. For the love of God, what do the British have against ice?! Are there any restaurants whose popularity stretches across the Atlantic? And why are there so many more chains in the United States than in Britain? Leave your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below or on Twitter or Facebook.
We're baaaack. After a somewhat annoying end to the year which included a computer hard drive that died, taking with it a few pre-recorded podcasts, among other projects, we've taken a breath, and a little break to regroup, and we're starting this new year afresh with a new series for you all. And yes, if you guessed that it's a food series, you guessed right, because everyone knows we apparently love talking about nothing else, the way we love talking about food! In the first episode of this series we'll discuss American foods you'll have a hard time finding in Britain and vice versa. Never visited a grocery store in another country? You don't know what you're missing. We highly recommend adding a trip to a local supermarket as part of your next travel itinerary, just don't expect to find root beer in the UK or prawn cocktail crisps in America.
Our sixth podcast finds us talking about Christmas movies. We discuss which movies are especially popular in the UK, as well as which movies Americans tend to favor. Are they the same or are there popular films in Britain that we Americans have never heard of? They show A Christmas Story for 24 hours on television during Christmas in the United States, but is it as popular in the UK? Also, Dominic and I discuss our personal favorite Christmas flicks. We want to know your top favorite Christmas movies. Let us know in the comment section below or, as always, tweet, Instagram, or Facebook us.
This podcast is all about how Christmas traditions differ between the United States and Great Britain. When and how is the season kicked off in each country? What do American children and British children traditionally leave out for Santa? And what the heck are Christmas crackers? Also, Erica invites any and everyone who goes caroling (and doesn't live in a Hallmark movie) to come knock on her door to sing, because she doesn't know anyone who actually does that these days. Do all British kids leave their stockings on the end of their beds or is that just something strange Dominic grew up doing? What are your Christmas traditions? We're dying to know!
Our latest podcast is all about desserts! We're talking about everything from British staples like Sticky Toffee Pudding and Eton Mess to American go-to's such as Apple Pie and Brownies. Also, Dominic drops a major bombshell on me by revealing he had never eaten Banana Pudding before he came to America! What exactly is Angel Delight and Blancmange? Is there a difference between the British Jelly and American Jell-O? Find out the answers to all these questions and more in our new episode. Also, we're curious, what's your favorite dessert? We know we left out tons of delicious sweet treats. Be sure to let us know which ones, so we can discuss them on a future podcast. If we use your suggestion, we'll be sure to give you a shout-out!
There was recently a poll of Magic Radio listeners to determine Britain's list of the Top Twelve Christmas songs of all time. Who topped the list, and did we agree? Today we're talking about Christmas music from Britain and America: How do the countries' Christmas tunes differ? Are there songs that are popular in one country but not in the other? Find out the answers to all these questions, and which songs are on our own personal lists of the top Christmas songs of all time in our latest podcast.
This episode is all about biscuits! Now, if you're American, you're thinking about the delicious fluffy bread with a somewhat crispy outside that we eat with sausage and gravy, or sometimes honey, or sometimes fruity jam (I said "jam" purposefully for our British readers/listeners, as "jelly" means something entirely different for them.), but if that is indeed what you're thinking, you'd be wrong! Because today, we're talking about British biscuits, which are actually what we Americans call cookies! That's right, we'll be discussing Hobnobs and Jammie Dodgers (like those pictured above) and everything in between. We'll also be comparing and contrasting British and American cookies. Here's the ultimate question though: cookies or biscuits? Let us know down in the comments!
In our premiere podcast episode, Dominic and I spill the tea about, well... tea! We talk about all things tea-related in Britain and America and how tea varies in each of our countries. Can you get iced tea at restaurants in Britain? Are you supposed to put milk in Earl Grey? Is tea-drinking still as popular in Britain as it once was? We discuss all these things and more in our very first podcast! Let us know in the comments below if you're a tea drinker, and if so, how you take it.