Food

Hilah's Happy Hour!

Hilah Johnson, Award-winning YouTuber interviewing interesting, funny people about food, culture, life and drinking

Hilah's Happy Hour is a weekly podcast hosted by Hilah Johnson, of the YouTube channel HilahCooking. Interviewing interesting and funny people; talking about food, drinks and culture; and answering your cooking questions.

Episodes

HHH031 Sommelier Ryan Hess | Vinoteque on Melrose
01:00:01
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 01:00:01
HHH031 Sommelier Ryan Hess | Vinoteque on Melrose

In this podcast, I spoke with sommelier Ryan Hess (co-owner of Vinoteque on Melrose) to get some tips on how to taste wine: what's the point of swirling it; how to smell wine; checking out the "legs" and determining what they tell you about the wine you're about to drink. We learn what is biodynamic wine; go over some wine terminology so that we can all talk about wine and sound smart; find out the difference between natural sulfites and synthetic sulfites; what modern wheat and grapes have in common. Ryan shares a radically surprising suggestion (really!!!) for your next cheese board and we also learn why many wines are not vegan! Who knew?!

Our wine tasting and discussion begins around 21 minutes. Starting at around 40 minutes, Ryan answers a few listener questions. Cheers!

Show Notes:

  • Chateau de Campuget rosé
  • Doctor of Wine, Professor of Viticulture
  • Enology
  • The stomping of the grapes
  • Sunstone winery
  • New World wines vs Old World
  • Natural sulfites vs Synthetic sulfites
  • Malolactic fermentation
  • The purpose of aging wines
  • Lees - dead yeast
  • Clarifying wines with egg white (non-vegan wines!)
  • Isinglass
  • Organic wine
  • Phylloxera aphids
  • What wheat and grapes have in common
  • Root grafting
  • Terroir
  • Vertical tasting
  • Time to taste some wines! (21:24)
  • Chateau de Rey, Languedoc France
  • Aerating the wine
  • Wine decanters (wide base, like this)
  • What the color of wines can tell you
  • Legs, Tears, Stained Glass Windows
  • How to "read" the legs for sugar content of wine
  • W.A.A.F.
  • Aroma vs Bouquet
  • Why fatty cheeses go with wine
  • My video interview with Antonelli's Cheese (lots of cheese plate tips!)
  • Vino Verde, Albariño, Vermentino, Trebiano, Chenin Blanc
  • Wine for Dummies book
  • An explanation of wine pricing
  • What's the point of wine?
  • Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
  • The "body" of a wine
  • Burgundy region grows mostly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
  • Bordeaux region: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot
  • Proclamation of 1855
  • Champagne is made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
  • Blanc du blanc; Blanc du noir
  • Red wine vs white wine
  • Proper serving temperatures for wines
  • Water in your whiskey, ice in your wine
  • Evan asks: Biodynamic wine - what is it? what is the point?
  • Tim asks: How to prevent acid stomach when drinking wine?
  • Jonathan asks: What are the impacts of climate change on grape cultivation?
  • Growing grapes on Mars
  • Autumn asks: What are questions to ask a sommelier in order to get a wine you like?
  • Brooke asks: Is it true that the rules for drinking red wine with meat and white wine with fish have changed?
  • Scott asks a question about making wine at home
  • Making fruit wines with Montrachet yeast

Follow Ryan and Vinoteque on Instagram | Website | Vinoteque Wine List

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page.

 

HHH030 Lauren Toyota |Hot for Food
50:49
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 50:49
HHH030 Lauren Toyota |Hot for Food

I got to speak with Lauren Toyota of Hot for Food about her new (first!) cookbook Vegan Comfort Classics and the creative benefits of writing it; becoming vegetarian as a kid; her previous career as a VJ; and the universe. We go into manifestation and visualization and the pros and cons of specific or general goals. And Lauren kind of gives me a little pep talk. Then we talk food! Lauren shares her favorite ingredients for vegan cooking, snack ideas and the one grain she doesn't like.

Vegan Comfort Classics is on pre-sale starting today (release date February 2018) through Amazon and any other online book sellers. Buying books on pre-sale is one of the best things you can do to help the authors!

Show Notes:

  • Daiquiris
  • Enchiladas Bandera (avocado enchiladas!)
  • Growing up without Lunchables
  • Lactose intolerance
  • 12-year-old vegetarian
  • Learning to cook
  • Much Music TV
  • Lay-offs
  • Manifestation
  • Taking action and doing stuff
  • Decision to write a cookbook
  • Confidence
  • Sade
  • Cashews, miso paste, nutritional yeast
  • B12 supplement
  • Easy Ramen Noodle Bowl with miso (video)
  • Millet Mushroom Patties
  • What I ate in Italy (vlog)
  • Mary's Gone Crackers
  • Food burnout
  • Recipe?! series
  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Vegan Comfort Classics (gift with purchase!)

Follow Hot for Food on YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Website

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page.

HHH029 Heifer International Interview
34:59
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 34:59
HHH029 Heifer International Interview

In the first of this podcast's kind, I interviewed Jason Woods, journalist for Heifer International. Heifer is a global non-profit organization that works to provide livestock and agricultural support in order to end hunger and build economies. In this podcast, Jason explains how Heifer International began; we discuss the work the Heifer International does around the world with a few success stories; and how "social capital" benefits communities. I also learn about the treacherous business of harvesting cardamom -- it's more dangerous than you could imagine.

Follow Heifer on Website | Twitter | Facebook

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page.

HHH028 Jackie Shultz | Life with Jackie
44:14
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 44:14
HHH028 Jackie Shultz | Life with Jackie

In this podcast episode, I chatted (and laughed a lot) with Jackie Schultz, family vlogger on "Life with Jackie" about what it's like being a daily family vlogger; being bad kids; sex robots; friend zones; Medieval Times; and growing up as Howie Mandel's daughter. Then Jackie gets mad at me about Kindergarten.

Show Notes: 

  • Soda Stream
  • Bombay Sapphire
  • Stress pimples
  • Life with Jackie daily vlog
  • Alex Mandel
  • Dealing with negative comments
  • Margaret Cho
  • Kindergarten teaching
  • Porn addiction and sex robots?!
  • Tongue piercings and tattoos
  • Mylar balloons
  • A Love Story (video)
  • Real Housewives of NYC
  • Cloning
  • Medieval Times
  • Merkins
  • Post-It Car Prank!
  • Growing up with Howie Mandel

    Follow Jackie on YouTube | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

    You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page or tweet me @hilahcooking!

     

HHH027 Michelle Tam | NomNomPaleo
44:54
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 44:54
HHH027 Michelle Tam | NomNomPaleo

Michelle Tam of NomNomPaleo is this week's podcast guest! Her second cookbook, Ready or Not!, goes on sale starting today and I got to take a preview peek at it. It's great! In this interview, we talk about how Michelle started out as a pharmacist; how she became a paleo blogger; a little about what is paleo diet; what is resistant starch; and checking yourself before you wreck yourself (your blood sugar, silly!) and one of my new favorite quotes: Work with what works with you!

Follow Michelle on Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Podcast

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page or tweet me @hilahcooking!

HHH026 J. Kenji Lopez-Alt | The Food Lab
38:50
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 38:50
HHH026 J. Kenji Lopez-Alt | The Food Lab

I got to interview chef/scientist J. Kenji López-Alt -- mastermind behind The Food Lab column on the Serious Eats site -- about how he discovered cooking and his approach to finding optimal techniques. We discuss the best (really) way to cook a steak; dispute the idea that you should never refrigerate tomatoes; and why it might be best to cook pasta in just a few cups of water. (It's a really interesting reason!) Plus, Kenji goes deep on deep frying and the perfect French fries method.

Show Notes:

  • Ancho Reyes
  • Sous vide
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Reverse sear
  • Cook's Illustrated
  • Cooking pasta in a little water
  • Modern pasta vs Traditional pasta
  • Should you refrigerate tomatoes?
  • Daniel Gritzer
  • Warm foods taste better
  • What happens to refrigerated potatoes
  • Mussels and clams that don't open
  • Deep frying temperature truths
  • French fry science
  • Kenji's French fries
  • Air fryers
  • Travel
  • Woodworking
  • Woodworking for Mere Mortals (podcast here!)
  • Wood Whisperer
  • Suzuki violin method
  • Scent literacy

Follow Kenji on Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | The Food Lab Cook Book

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page or tweet me @hilahcooking!

HHH025 Laurel Kinney Personal Styilst
45:09
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 45:09
HHH025 Laurel Kinney Personal Styilst

Laurel Kinney is the brainiac stylist behind my gorgeous wardrobe in all my promo photos and the photos in my Learn to Cook book. She’s a good friend, a creative and successful entrepreneur, and she’s hilarious. So, basically the whole package!  In this interview with Laurel Kinney, we learn what is a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant — with business tips!  — and how science proves that clothing affects your behavior. We discuss the merits of capsule wardrobes, athleisure wear, and how buying white pants might make you more mindful overall.

Show Notes: 

Follow Laurel at Website | Newsletter | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page or tweet me @hilahcooking!

HHH024 Feeling Peckish | Julie Nolke and Sam Larson
31:37
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 31:37
HHH024 Feeling Peckish | Julie Nolke and Sam Larson

 

I got to sit down with Julie Nolke and her partner Sam Larson from the YouTube channel Feeling Peckish while we were all at VidCon last week. Julie and Sam are one of those couples where, when you meet them, you say to yourself, "Oh yeah, that all makes perfect sense". They are creative and ambitious and funny and I really enjoyed our interview. Listen to find out: how they met; what are "shitty rigs"; about their short film; and about their new YouTube projects!

  • Julie's shirt
  • Actors and directors (and YouTube)
  • College potlucks
  • York University
  • "Shitty Rigs"
  • Bird Man
  • Pulp Fiction Royale with Cheese recipe (video)
  • The Old Dark House (PLEASE TELL ME IF YOU FIND THIS MOVIE TO BUY OR RENT!!)
  • The right way to pronounce Toronto
  • Transitioning
  • YouTube Next Up
  • Spinal Tap parody
  • Sony A7S & Canon T5i
  • Oil Men (I got to watch the screener and it's SO GOOD)
  • Benzene exposure
  • The contradictions within making YouTube videos
  • Working together vs working separately

Follow Feeling Peckish on YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page or tweet me @hilahcooking!

 

HHH023 Question and Answer Time!
34:42
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 34:42
HHH023 Question and Answer Time!

Time for another Q&A! In this podcast, we answer listener questions that run the gamut from soulmates to super powers; movies to margaritas. Some of these get a little personal but most of them are just fun and silly. And there are a few good cooking and party-planning tips. Towards the end we ask YOU a question! Check out Chris's new podcast Audio on Video for more about making YouTube and other online videos.

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page or tweet me @hilahcooking!

Follow Chris on Podcast | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website

 

HHH022 Laura Vitale | Laura in the Kitchen
49:34
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 49:34
HHH022 Laura Vitale | Laura in the Kitchen

Laura Vitale is the chef of Laura in the Kitchen, one of the top channels on YouTube, and has hosted two seasons of her television show Simply Laura on Cooking Channel. In this interview with Laura, we catch up and talk about what it was like for her moving to New Jersey from Naples as a kid; her best tips for meal prepping and make-ahead meals; and what foods everyone should try making at least once. We also go deep into the subject of stocks versus broths. Lots of great cooking tips in this podcast!

Links and references at http://hilahcooking.com/hhh022-interview-with-laura-vitale/

Show Notes:

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page or tweet me @hilahcooking!

HHH021 Elise Strachan | My Cupcake Addiction
41:26
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 41:26
HHH021 Elise Strachan | My Cupcake Addiction

I had a really fun time with this interview with Elise Stachan of My Cupcake Addiction. She's one of the most talented cake decorators on YouTube and has the over-3-million-subscribers to prove it. Her first book Sweet! Celebrations was just released in and it's a gorgeous, thoughtful, comprehensive party and desserts book. We had a great time talking about cake decorating and baking; what we like about naked cakes; sugar taxes; and Ikea meatballs. At the end of the podcast, I answer a listener's question about the best way to cook chicken breast without drying it out.

http://hilahcooking.com/interview-with-elise-strachan-my-cupcake-addiction

Show Notes:

Follow Elise on Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

HHH020 Minnow Mountain Animation Craig Staggs and Steph Swope
45:18
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 45:18
HHH020 Minnow Mountain Animation Craig Staggs and Steph Swope

I got to talk to some famous animators! Who also happen to be a couple of my closest friends! You might remember FreekZone who was a guest on a few early HilahCooking videos . . . but his real name is Craig Staggs and he and Steph Swope run the Minnow Mountain animation studio in Austin. In this interview, we talk about the making of the TOWER documentary; the origin of FreekZone; their NEW project about a murderous lake; and what color food tastes the best???

Links and videos at http://hilahcooking.com/hhh020-interview-minnow-mountain-animation/

Show Notes:

HHH019 Lesley Fightmaster | Fightmaster Yoga
44:11
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 44:11
HHH019 Lesley Fightmaster | Fightmaster Yoga

I'm chatting with my friend Lesley Fightmaster, of Fightmaster Yoga (yes, that is her real name -- probably the first question I asked when I met her ;) ) in this week's podcast. Lesley and I met in person last year at VidCon, but we knew each other through the internet before then. She's got a peaceful aura . . . I don't usually talk like that but it's the easiest way to explain her super chill, totally radical vibe. In this interview, we cover her introduction to yoga; sweaty carpets; how much we both love processed, frozen vegetarian corndogs; starting a YouTube channel by accident; what to do about kids who cuss and life-coping mechanisms for day-dreamers.

Videos and links at http://hilahcooking.com/hhh019-lesley-fightmaster-yoga/

Show Notes: 

Follow Lesley on Website | YouTube | FaceBook | Twitter | Instagram

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page.

HHH018 Steve Ramsey | Woodworking for Mere Mortals
39:58
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 39:58
HHH018 Steve Ramsey | Woodworking for Mere Mortals

This interview with Steve Ramsey of Woodworking for Mere Mortals is a real gem for the wood-curious and the YouTube-curious. I met Steve when he contacted me a few years ago to give me a tostonera that he made (which I then used in a video, below). He's an accomplished woodworker who manages to make his YouTube tutorials both hilarious and educational. In this podcast, we talk about the best workbench setup for a small space; what he does with all those woodworking projects; how he manages three channels; woodworking scams; and can Steve build a house???

Follow Steve on YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Website

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page.

Links and videos at http://hilahcooking.com/category/podcast-hilahs-happy-hour/

HHH017 Interview with Fifi Buchanan | The Divine Hostess
49:39
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 49:39
HHH017 Interview with Fifi Buchanan | The Divine Hostess

Videos and references at http://hilahcooking.com/fifi-buchanan-the-divine-hostess/

My friend Fifi is one of the most curious, well-rounded people I know. We met through YouTube, but in addition to making videos, she has written a book, has a masters in mechanical engineering, she's a health coach, and a podcaster. Check out her Wonderfully Made podcast for some great advice and inspiration. In this interview, we talk about eating intuitively; when excuses can be used for change; impatience; meal planning and tips to drink more water.

Show Notes: 

Follow Fifi on Twitter | YouTube | Instagram | Website | Podcast

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to tweet me @hilahcooking!

HHH016 Macon Blair, Director
45:36
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 45:36
HHH016 Macon Blair, Director

Video and references http://hilahcooking.com/interview-macon-blair-director/

Macon Blair wrote and directed the movie I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore, which is my favorite movie of the year so far (and which also features this song from my old band, The Hot As Shits) so I was super excited to talk with him about it. It's a crime/buddy movie of sorts, starring Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood. It just took home the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Fest. Macon has also starred in the movies Blue Ruin and Green Room. In this podcast interview with Macon Blair, we talk about his inspiration for the story, his influences, and what's "soft-boiled crime"?

Show Notes:

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb
  • Brooklyn
  • Lee Eddy
  • Portland
  • Jeremy Saulnier
  • The moral of the story?
  • Physical comedy
  • Airplane
  • Echo and the Bunnymen
  • Blair Brothers Music
  • Twine Time (KUTX 98.9)
  • Heavenly Creatures (with Melanie Lynskey)
  • Netflix
  • HellCity comic
  • Louis Fowler, writer
  • Joe Flood, comic book artist

 

HHH015 Caroline Artiss
39:31
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 39:31
HHH015 Caroline Artiss

Episode 15 of Hilah's Happy Hour podcast! In this fun interview with Caroline Artiss -- chef, author, YouTuber -- we learn about how she grew up cooking, how she was discovered by BBC, her new book Beauty Foods, her restaurant, and her favorite British and Malaysian Foods. Links and videos at http://hilahcooking.com/interview-caroline-artiss/

Show Notes:

  • Marmite
  • Loyd Grossman
  • Chef Race: UK vs US
  • Caroline's Chef Race-winning BBQ sauce recipe(video)
  • Tastemade
  • The Gorgeous Kitchen
  • Chefs Sophie Michell, Jo Pratt, Gee Charman
  • Melton Mowbray pork pies
  • Chapel Down wines
  • Beauty Foods book
  • Nutrition tips
  • Bone broth
  • Is British food "bad"?
  • What is Malaysian food?
  • "Noodles"
  • Char Kway Teow (recipe video)
  • Laksa (recipe video)
  • Caroline's Malaysian Airlines videos
  • Proboscis monkeys
  • Cumin, cinnamon, chile flakes
  • Ghost peppers, Scotch Bonnet, Bhut jolokia
  • Tips for budget cooking
  • Meal prep
  • Shepherd's Pie (recipe video)

HHH014 Chef John | Food Wishes
47:07
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 47:07
HHH014 Chef John | Food Wishes

Interview with Chef John Mitzewich, creator of Food Wishes! Chef John is a YouTube legend, at least in the cooking genre. He started his channel and recipe website in 2007 and partnered with the AllRecipes site in 2011. His videos are known for funny voiceover and commentary combined with delicious recipes you can make at home. In this podcast interview with Chef John, we talk about how he produces his videos, the best pick-up line, recipe theft, and what the hell is microseasoning?

http://hilahcooking.com/interview-chef-john-food-wishes/

Show Notes:

  • Paul Smith's College
  • Glacier National Park
  • Garde mange
  • Ryan's Cafe (get their Chicken Marsala recipe)
  • Chef John's best pickup line
  • Pan sauces
  • Pattern interrupt!
  • Average Betty
  • YouTube copycats?
  • Clotted cream (Video)
  • Satay tri-tip (Video)
  • Micro-seasoning
  • Seasoning to taste
  • AllRecipes
  • A $50 date in San Francisco???
  • Dosa - South Indian lentil crepes
  • Instant potatoes (video)
  • How to submit your food wish!

HHH013 Interview with Melissa Maker | Clean My Space!
43:09
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 43:09
HHH013 Interview with Melissa Maker | Clean My Space!

In episode 13 (ooh!) of Hilah's Happy Hour, I interview Melissa Maker, the brains behind the Clean My Space empire. Melissa started a home cleaning business in Toronto in 2006, which led to the creation of the Clean my Space YouTube channel, her own line of cleaning cloths, and most recently to her first book: Clean my Space. Phew! She's a smart entrepreneur and we talk about how she started her business, why not to disinfect, and the origins of "spring cleaning"?

More at hilahcooking.com

Show notes:

Follow Melissa on YouTubeWebsite | Facebook | Instagram

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page.

HHH012 Q&A with Hilah and Chris!
28:05
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 28:05
HHH012 Q&A with Hilah and Chris!

In episode 12 of Hilah's Happy Hour, Chris and I answer questions from listeners! We cover topics like: how to choose a restaurant? how to make Brussels sprouts taste good? how to deep fry without burning down the house? what's Tex-Mex? what's my REAL passion???

Listen to the first episode Chris and I recorded here. And if you have any cocktail recipe suggestions, leave me a comment here http://hilahcooking.com/hhh012-qa-with-hilah-and-chris/ Show Notes:

  • Norah (restaurant)
  • Fried Brussels sprouts
  • Eggplant bacon
  • I was on Chopped!!!
  • Tips for deep frying (more here)
  • Smoked oysters + eggplant = BAD IDEA
  • Deep-fried frozen turkey (also BAD IDEA)
  • Justice for Brad's wife
  • Totino's pizza rolls
  • Tex-Mex
  • New England cuisine
  • Benefits of being kind of a loser
  • Nirvana
  • Chorizo casserole and other chorizo recipes
  • Churchkey in WeHo
  • Palace Cafe in New Orleans
  • Muffalettas at Verti Mart
  • The BEST chicken-fried steak recipe video
  • Kumquats
  • Cocktails!

HHH011 Interview with Lynn Chen
47:54
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 47:54
HHH011 Interview with Lynn Chen

Lynn Chen is an actor, a writer, and a body image activist. I met Lynn when I moved to Los Angeles a couple years ago and she reached out through email, we had lunch together, and we became quick friends. In addition to her YouTube channel which mostly explores different restaurants around LA, she also hosts a monthly podcast called The Actor's Diet podcast (listen to my episode here!). You might recognize her from the award-winning -- and groundbreaking -- film Saving Face or from her many appearances on Law and Order (Jenny Wu) or All My Children (Regina). In this interview we discuss how she started acting, how she recovered from an eating disorder, and my new favorite deodorant.

Show Notes:

  1. Schmidt's deodorant
  2. Metropolitan Opera House
  3. Pagliacci and sugar cones
  4. Rudolf Nureyev
  5. Saving Face review NYT
  6. Lynn Chen is not a ballet dancer
  7. National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
  8. Binge-eating
  9. Diet soda addiction
  10. Food blogging as healing (The Actor's Diet blog)
  11. Avocado toast at Superba (review)
  12. Chef Boyardee's granddaughter, Anna Boiardi
  13. Lynn's dad's Taiwanese pork chops recipe (So good!)
  14. Method-acting with food
  15. Call of Duty Black Ops III - Goh Xiulan
  16. Ketchup-braised tofu recipe
  17. Why open floor plans suck
  18. YPOK2 (listen to Winter Games!)

Follow Lynn on Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Facebook | Website

HHH010 Interview with Richard Lawson
40:35
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 40:35
HHH010 Interview with Richard Lawson

In this episode of Hilah's Happy Hour, I got to talk with Richard Lawson, the film critic for Vanity Fair! I "met" him through my YouTube channel (he wrote me up this little blurb in the March issue of VF) and now we're Twitter buddies. We talk about how he got into the critic business, what he likes about it, what makes an "indie movie", why the film industry is slow to change; and get a couple of summer movie recommendations.

Links and references at www.hilahcooking.com | Tweet me @hilahcooking with suggestions/questions

Show Notes:

  1. Matching "tone"
  2. Big Little Lies (review)
  3. Mac and Cheese videos
  4. Manohla Dargis
  5. Get Out (review)
  6. "Cat in the window" (Roger Corman?)
  7. What makes an indie movie?
  8. I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
  9. My band's album on iTunes! (Explicit/NSFW)
  10. SXSW and Krisha
  11. Middleburg Film Festival
  12. AFI 100 Years of Movies list
  13. Brendan Frasier
  14. Dazed and Confused
  15. Slacker remake, 2011
  16. American Horror Story (review)
  17. Staying positive under pressure
  18. Do we like theaters that serve dinner?
  19. Hidden Figures (review)
  20. Film industry ... or cruise ship??
  21. Summer movie recommendations

Follow Richard on Vanity Fair | Twitter | Podcast 

HHH09 Interview with Josh Elkin (aka Epic Mook)
42:33
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 42:33
HHH09 Interview with Josh Elkin (aka Epic Mook)

I met Josh Elkin a few months back when we taped an episode of Chopped together for Food Network. (Our episode airs March 28.) The shoot day was kind of a whirlwind, but we did get to hang out enough that I could see he is a genuinely nice and warm person and a really creative chef. Josh started with EpicMealTime on YouTube, but has since moved on to start his own channel, TheJoshElkin, and also hosts the Cooking Channel show Sugar Showdown. In this interview, we talk about how he started, craziest food creations, recipe music videos, and our favorite fast food burger chains.

Videos and links at http://hilahcooking.com/hhh09-interview-with-josh-elkin/

Show Notes:

  1. Dealing with failure
  2. Guinness World Records
  3. Best bacon??? (Hint: Bacon in the oven)
  4. TV vs YouTube
  5. Making a Pizza music video
  6. Frito Pie
  7. Canadian Football League
  8. Settlers of Catan cookbook
  9. Monopoly
  10. Eyeballin' it
  11. Poutine tornado
  12. Smoke's Poutine
  13. Filet o' Fish (copycat recipe)
  14. Churchkey in WeHo
  15. Stuffed Tater Tots recipe video
  16. Fast food burger recommendations

Follow Josh on YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud.

HHH08 Interview with Rachel Smith | Rachel's English
42:15
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 42:15
HHH08 Interview with Rachel Smith | Rachel's English

Rachel's English is an educational YouTube channel teaching American English pronunciation to ESL students. Even as a native speaker, I find her videos very interesting and entertaining. In this interview, we cover her start as an opera singer and how that led to teaching English pronunciation then we give some great advice and discuss New Yorkers versus Bostonians!

http://hilahcooking.com/interview-with-rachels-english/ 

Show Notes

  1. How to start an opera career (and end one)
  2. Goethe-Institut
  3.  Phrasal verbs
  4.  Idioms
  5.  How to hang a lucky horseshoe
  6.  Gibbons reserve in LA
  7.  Barrel of Monkeys
  8.  War Tax Resistance
  9.  Cross-country road trips
  10.  Advice: What to do in your 20s?
  11.  The paradox of choice
  12.  YouTube Space LA
  13.  The personality of cities
  14.  Slacker
  15.  Red paint

Follow Rachel on YouTube | Website | Facebook | Twitter | eBook

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud.

HHH07 Interview with Adriene Mishler | Yoga with Adriene
49:30
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 49:30
HHH07 Interview with Adriene Mishler | Yoga with Adriene

Adriene Mishler is the fantastic yogi and teacher of Yoga with Adriene. We've been friends for about 10 years and my husband Chris is her production partner for the yoga channel. We also made this "Prenatal Yoga" video series together when I was pregnant with my son. In this episode, we talk about how acting and yoga interconnect; breaking the habit of apologizing; travel tips; and the biggest misconception about yoga. 

Show Notes

  • St. Edward's University, Austin TX
  • Being the "baby"
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Auditioning
  • The "beginner's mindset"
  • Travel and personal growth
  • Being alone on Valentine's Day
  • Packing tips (take a Kindle!)
  • Dark Sky weather app
  • Satyagraha - "truth force"
  • Cussing is good for you! (article)
  • The actor's language

Follow Adriene on YouTube | Membership | Facebook |Instagram | Twitter

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud. Please leave a review/rating on iTunes to help others find the show.

Videos and references at http://hilahcooking.com/category/podcast-hilahs-happy-hour/

HHH06 Interview with Skyy John the Tipsy Bartender!
45:26
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 45:26
HHH06 Interview with Skyy John the Tipsy Bartender!

I met Skyy John, the Tipsy Bartender, at VidCon a few years ago when we shot a cocktail video in his hotel room in Anaheim. Sounds a little scandalous maybe but it was completely sweet. Skyy is a bartender and all-around entertaining guy who uses his channel to demonstrate crazy, weird, funky cocktails along with the help of several lovely ladies. In this episode of Hilah's Happy Hour, we talk about how he started on YouTube, Bahamian food, and several tips for drinking. At the end, I answer a listener's question about weight loss.

Follow Tipsy Bartender on YouTube | Facebook |Instagram | TwitterStore

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud. Please leave a review/rating on iTunes to help others find the show.

 

HHH05 Interview with Jen Phanomrat of Just Eat Life
56:31
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 56:31
HHH05 Interview with Jen Phanomrat of Just Eat Life

http://hilahcooking.com/ep-5-interview-with-jen-phanomrat-just-eat-life

I first "met" Jen through her first YouTube series Tasty Memories which she and her boyfriend and production partner Leo made together. I was instantly charmed by her vibrant smile and her slightly filthy humor. Then, of course, the delicious family recipes she shares. As two people who love food, love life, and dearly love each other, their new channel JustEatLife is one of my very top favorite cooking channels on YouTube. In this interview, Jen and I talk about what she ate growing up; her recent trips through Thailand and Peru; troublesome travel poop; hot dogs and mean people.

Show Notes

Follow Jen and JustEatLife on YouTube | Website | Facebook |Instagram | Twitter

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud. Please leave a review/rating on iTunes to help others find the show.

HHH04 Interview with Nataly Dawn of Pomplamoose
47:42
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 47:42
HHH04 Interview with Nataly Dawn of Pomplamoose

Hilah's Happy Hour Podcast episode 4: My interview with Nataly Dawn! This was a really fun podcast to record. Nataly has been a friend for about four years, since her husband Jack Conte launched Patreon, to be exact. She made her big musical debut on YouTube as half of Pomplamoose, and has since released two solo albums. In this interview, we talk about growing up in Europe, her favorite taco in the world, and the BIG question: "to sign or not to sign" (good advice for aspiring musicians!)

Show Notes

  • Nataly's new album, Haze, on iTunes
  • Pomplamoose YouTube channel
  • Not putting up with bullshit
  • Casey Neistat
  • Lombard Street - the most crooked street in the world!
  • Ravioli Chinois aka "Chinese Ravioli"
  • Assemblies of God
  • Farts and farting
  • American cuisine
  • Patreon
  • Nick's Crispy Tacos
  • Paul McCartney
  • Music label or no music label?
  • Vulfpeck

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or SoundCloud.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page.

Nataly has also been a guest on my cooking show before! We made black bean empanadas together in these two videos:

httpvh://youtu.be/nG7xBOKDOG8

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPQGrkBrzDI

Links and references http://hilahcooking.com/podcast-4-interview-nataly-dawn/

HHH03 Interview with Mel Joulwan (The Clothes Make the Girl and Well Fed)
45:11
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 45:11
HHH03 Interview with Mel Joulwan (The Clothes Make the Girl and Well Fed)

http://hilahcooking.com/podcast-interview-with-mel-joulwan/

Episode 3 of Hilah's Happy Hour Podcast! Mel Joulwan has been a great friend of mine for several years and she also happens to be a hugely successful paleo cookbook author. She and her husband Dave published Well Fed, Well Fed 2, and Well Fed Weeknights. In this interview, Mel and I talk about taking risks, her upcoming move to Prague, making friends in a new city, food guilt and what she's reading now (she's an avid reader with great taste).

Show Notes

Follow Mel on her Website | Facebook | Twitter | Get her books

Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show!

Mel has been a guest on my cooking show a couple of times, too. For Halloween one year, we made her "Vampire-fighting (paleo) Pork Stew" and for Christmas we made her family's Sicilian fried dough balls

HHH00 Interview with Christopher Sharpe
32:38
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 32:38
HHH00 Interview with Christopher Sharpe

My very first podcast! So new that I called it Episode Zero! I'm interviewing my husband and business partner Christopher Sharpe, producer of both my Hilah Cooking channel and Yoga with Adriene.

He's the author of YouTube Black Book: How to Create a Channel, Build and Audience and Make Money on YouTube. He also runs a group for other YouTubers and video professionals called VidPros. Chris and I talk about how we met, how  and why we started HilahCooking, Yoga with Adriene, his cinematic style, and the best hangover breakfast in LA.

Please subscribe on iTunes and leave a review/rating to help others find the show!

Show Notes

Follow Christopher Sharpe on his Website | Twitter |Instagram

Visit my site to see clips of Spider Babies http://hilahcooking.com/interview-with-christopher-sharpe/

HHH02 Interview with Emmy Made in Japan YouTube Channel
38:20
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 38:20
HHH02 Interview with Emmy Made in Japan YouTube Channel

My interview with Emmy from Emmy Made in Japan, episode 2 of Hilah's Happy Hour! Emmy runs this super popular and entertaining YouTube channel, producing several videos a week. Her audience sends packages of their favorite treats from all around the world and she does a fantastic job of showcasing them, tasting them and teaching a little about them.

In this interview, we discuss why she started her channel while living in Japan,  probably talk too long about different kinds of Cheetos, Shine Theory, and eating bugs.

Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show!

Show Notes

  • Living in Japan
  • Her first video tasting Japanese candy
  • Human generosity
  • Pronunciation versus "affectation"
  • Salmiakki - Salted licorice (watch Emmy eat it here)
  • Emmy's pretty teeth
  • Jalapeño Cheetos
  • Shine Theory and "virtual sisters"
  • Pocky
  • "Bugmas" - eating bugs for Christmas
  • Bush tucker
  • Balancing life/family/career/education

Follow Emmy Made in Japan on YouTube | Twitter | Facebook |Instagram

Watch some of Emmy's videos at http://hilahcooking.com/interview-emmy-made-japan/

 

HHH01 Interview with Rob Nixon of Nicko's Kitchen YouTube Channel
40:10
2017-09-27 09:27:52 UTC 40:10
HHH01 Interview with Rob Nixon of Nicko's Kitchen YouTube Channel

Rob Nixon of Nicko's Kitchen is my podcast guest today! Nicko's Kitchen is one of the largest YouTube channels in Australia and one of the largest cooking channels in the world. In this podcast interview, I talk to Rob about the olden days of YouTube, aviation, Australian cuisine, how to get McDonald's to send you a cease and desist order and kanga-bangers???

Please subscribe on iTunes and leave a review/rating to help others find this podcast!

Show Notes

Follow Nicko's Kitchen on YouTube | Website | Facebook |Instagram

 

HHH035 Tarot Card Reading with Jane Almirall
35:53
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 35:53
HHH035 Tarot Card Reading with Jane Almirall

Jane Almirall is one witchy woman. A deeply talented artist, writer and tarot card reader, she cyber-stalked her way into my heart a few years ago. In this podcast, she explains a little about the history and different kinds of tarot cards and readings and then I get my own tarot reading done on the air! Learn about the most misunderstood cards in tarot and how you can use it to look within or change your perspective.

Show Notes:

  • The Jane cocktail
  • Pimm's Cup (recipe video)
  • SXSW
  • Types of Tarot decks
  • Oracle decks
  • Major Arcana archetypes
  • Swords - intellect, mind
  • Wands - passion, dreams
  • Cups - emotions
  • Pentacles - abundance
  • Carl Jung
  • Shadow work
  • Death card
  • The Devil card
  • The Tower card
  • The Celtic Cross spread
  • Kelly-Ann Maddox (channel)
  • Fright Night spread (video)
  • Tarot card read 20:00
  • First Friday readings at Oracle
  • Rita Brinkerhoff
  • Alessandra Dzuba
  • Jennifer Joseph (IG)

Follow Jane on Instagram | Oracle Website

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page.

HHH034 Jen Brown, Feminist Horror Critic
01:21:02
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 01:21:02
HHH034 Jen Brown, Feminist Horror Critic

Part 3 of Occult October. I've known Jen Brown -- actor and feminist horror movie critic at the Women in Caskets podcast -- for probably a decade, since we were both heavily involved in the Austin theatre community. She's maybe best known for her work on several popular Rooster Teeth series (Red Vs. Blue, RWBY, Day 5) and as the voice of Harley Quinn for DCUO.

Listen to this interview with Jen Brown to get some great scary movie suggestions for this Halloween. We discuss why horror is the perfect genre; the surprisingly progressive aspects of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise; what Jen thinks about screeching violins; one more (two more?) zombie movies you must watch; and is Texas Chainsaw Massacre as bloody as its name suggests??? Then find out the difference between a "bad" horror movie and a bad horror movie.

  • Bumbaclot (video recipe)
  • Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Chucky
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • Tobe Hooper
  • The Babadook
  • The Oscars
  • Tonal shifts
  • The Others
  • Fantastic Fest 2017
  • Dawn Humphrey
  • Women and horror movies
  • Women possessed (podcast)
  • The Exorcist 
  • Poltergeist
  • Kids in horror
  • Tigers are Not Afraid by Issa López
  • Pan's Labrynth
  • Revenge by Coralie Fargeat
  • Rape choreography
  • Sexual assault and harassment in our society
  • Anna and the Apocalypse by John McPhrail
  • Fido by Andrew Currie
  • Trick or Treat, Halloween
  • The problem with sequels
  • Troma Entertainment
  • Motel Hell, Basket Case, Death Spa
  • Practical effects
  • Evil Dead
  • Hatchet
  • Teeth
  • Vagina dentata
  • The purpose of nudity
  • The Love Witch by Anna Biller
  • Interview with Anna Biller (podcast)
  • Viva
  • Get Out
  • It
  • Society's effect on the popularity of horror films
  • Suffering for your art?
  • Good Manners by Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra
  • The Conjuring 2
  • Ghost
  • Haunters on Amazon
  • High Spirits
  • Coraline
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Young Frankenstein

Follow Jen on Podcast | Twitter | Instagram

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page.

HHH033 Ghost Stories
47:09
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 47:09
HHH033 Ghost Stories

Your true ghost stories! This podcast was made possible by Y'ALL! Here, I share my ghost experience and then talk to my friend Alejandro (The Dead Explorer on YouTube) to hear about the time he saw La Llorona as a child. Alejandro also shares some history on the legend. I got to chat with 5 listeners to hear their ghost stories. Thanks Alejandro, Todd, Danielle, Caron, Scott and Christina (and my podcast editor Jon at Wayfare Recording for adding the spooky sound effects!)

Show Notes:

  • Alejandro Dominguez (The Dead Explorer) tells about the time he saw La Llorona
  • Woman Hollering Creek (Alejandro's video)
  • Haunted restaurant expedition with me and Alejandro (video)
  • Todd shares a story about living in a haunted house in Baumholder, Germany
  • Danielle tells several tales of growing up with ghosts (and a creepy painting) in Manitoba, Canada
  • Caron shares her experience with apparitions and spirits in an 18th century house in Suffield, Connecticut 
  • Scott lives with a houseful of pranksters and ghost cats in central Ohio
  • Christina and her brother both witnessed a ghostly clown in the house they grew up in in Lubbock, Texas

 

HHH032 Sarah Chavez - Order of the Good Death
57:15
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 57:15
HHH032 Sarah Chavez - Order of the Good Death

Part I of my Occult October podcast series! In this interview, I got to speak with Sarah Chavez, historian and Executive Director of the Order of the Good Death. We discuss the American Civil War’s effect on funeral traditions and the historical power of beans to ward off ghosts and vampires. Find out if it's bad luck to step on a grave and what's it mean to be "death positive"! Plus, learn about some ancient, cannibalistic funeral traditions from around the world (like making beer from intestines!)

Death positivity: Contemplation and gratefulness for the time you had with your ancestors

Show Notes:

  • Jinx!
  • Linda Vista Hospital
  • American Civil War
  • Embalming
  • Abe Lincoln
  • Queen Victoria
  • Hubert Eaton
  • Forest Lawn Cemetery
  • Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  • Piano grave
  • Sandbox grave
  • Journey Cakes
  • Etruscan tombs
  • Funeral eggs
  • Zoot Suit Riots
  • Mourning fashion
  • Halloween and Samhain
  • M.A.S.H books (remember those?!)
  • Devil’s Night! (origin of Trick or Treat)
  • Dia de los Muertos origins
  • Calaveras
  • Grandma's Gingerbread muffins (recipe video)
  • The Order of the Good Death
  • Death Salon
  • Funeral potatoes (Sarah's recipe)
  • Beans
  • “Shades of my ancestors depart!”
  • All Souls Day
  • Fave dei morti (recipe)
  • Osso dei morti
  • Cannibalism
  • Waray people of the Philipinnes
  • Kuru
  • Intestine beer
  • Cooking with cremated remains
  • “Death positive”
  • Caitlin Doughty
  • Mysteries of the death process and laws
  • Book, movie and podcast recommendations

Follow Sarah on Twitter | Instagram | Death and the Maiden | Nourishing Death | Order of the Good Death

HHH031 Sommelier Ryan Hess | Vinoteque on Melrose
01:00:01
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 01:00:01
HHH031 Sommelier Ryan Hess | Vinoteque on Melrose

In this podcast, I spoke with sommelier Ryan Hess (co-owner of Vinoteque on Melrose) to get some tips on how to taste wine: what's the point of swirling it; how to smell wine; checking out the "legs" and determining what they tell you about the wine you're about to drink. We learn what is biodynamic wine; go over some wine terminology so that we can all talk about wine and sound smart; find out the difference between natural sulfites and synthetic sulfites; what modern wheat and grapes have in common. Ryan shares a radically surprising suggestion (really!!!) for your next cheese board and we also learn why many wines are not vegan! Who knew?!

Our wine tasting and discussion begins around 21 minutes. Starting at around 40 minutes, Ryan answers a few listener questions. Cheers!

Show Notes:

  • Chateau de Campuget rosé
  • Doctor of Wine, Professor of Viticulture
  • Enology
  • The stomping of the grapes
  • Sunstone winery
  • New World wines vs Old World
  • Natural sulfites vs Synthetic sulfites
  • Malolactic fermentation
  • The purpose of aging wines
  • Lees - dead yeast
  • Clarifying wines with egg white (non-vegan wines!)
  • Isinglass
  • Organic wine
  • Phylloxera aphids
  • What wheat and grapes have in common
  • Root grafting
  • Terroir
  • Vertical tasting
  • Time to taste some wines! (21:24)
  • Chateau de Rey, Languedoc France
  • Aerating the wine
  • Wine decanters (wide base, like this)
  • What the color of wines can tell you
  • Legs, Tears, Stained Glass Windows
  • How to "read" the legs for sugar content of wine
  • W.A.A.F.
  • Aroma vs Bouquet
  • Why fatty cheeses go with wine
  • My video interview with Antonelli's Cheese (lots of cheese plate tips!)
  • Vino Verde, Albariño, Vermentino, Trebiano, Chenin Blanc
  • Wine for Dummies book
  • An explanation of wine pricing
  • What's the point of wine?
  • Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
  • The "body" of a wine
  • Burgundy region grows mostly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
  • Bordeaux region: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot
  • Proclamation of 1855
  • Champagne is made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
  • Blanc du blanc; Blanc du noir
  • Red wine vs white wine
  • Proper serving temperatures for wines
  • Water in your whiskey, ice in your wine
  • Evan asks: Biodynamic wine - what is it? what is the point?
  • Tim asks: How to prevent acid stomach when drinking wine?
  • Jonathan asks: What are the impacts of climate change on grape cultivation?
  • Growing grapes on Mars
  • Autumn asks: What are questions to ask a sommelier in order to get a wine you like?
  • Brooke asks: Is it true that the rules for drinking red wine with meat and white wine with fish have changed?
  • Scott asks a question about making wine at home
  • Making fruit wines with Montrachet yeast

Follow Ryan and Vinoteque on Instagram | Website | Vinoteque Wine List

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page.

 

HHH030 Lauren Toyota |Hot for Food
50:49
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 50:49
HHH030 Lauren Toyota |Hot for Food

I got to speak with Lauren Toyota of Hot for Food about her new (first!) cookbook Vegan Comfort Classics and the creative benefits of writing it; becoming vegetarian as a kid; her previous career as a VJ; and the universe. We go into manifestation and visualization and the pros and cons of specific or general goals. And Lauren kind of gives me a little pep talk. Then we talk food! Lauren shares her favorite ingredients for vegan cooking, snack ideas and the one grain she doesn't like.

Vegan Comfort Classics is on pre-sale starting today (release date February 2018) through Amazon and any other online book sellers. Buying books on pre-sale is one of the best things you can do to help the authors!

Show Notes:

  • Daiquiris
  • Enchiladas Bandera (avocado enchiladas!)
  • Growing up without Lunchables
  • Lactose intolerance
  • 12-year-old vegetarian
  • Learning to cook
  • Much Music TV
  • Lay-offs
  • Manifestation
  • Taking action and doing stuff
  • Decision to write a cookbook
  • Confidence
  • Sade
  • Cashews, miso paste, nutritional yeast
  • B12 supplement
  • Easy Ramen Noodle Bowl with miso (video)
  • Millet Mushroom Patties
  • What I ate in Italy (vlog)
  • Mary's Gone Crackers
  • Food burnout
  • Recipe?! series
  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Vegan Comfort Classics (gift with purchase!)

Follow Hot for Food on YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Website

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page.

HHH029 Heifer International Interview
34:59
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 34:59
HHH029 Heifer International Interview

In the first of this podcast's kind, I interviewed Jason Woods, journalist for Heifer International. Heifer is a global non-profit organization that works to provide livestock and agricultural support in order to end hunger and build economies. In this podcast, Jason explains how Heifer International began; we discuss the work the Heifer International does around the world with a few success stories; and how "social capital" benefits communities. I also learn about the treacherous business of harvesting cardamom -- it's more dangerous than you could imagine.

Follow Heifer on Website | Twitter | Facebook

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page.

HHH028 Jackie Shultz | Life with Jackie
44:14
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 44:14
HHH028 Jackie Shultz | Life with Jackie

In this podcast episode, I chatted (and laughed a lot) with Jackie Schultz, family vlogger on "Life with Jackie" about what it's like being a daily family vlogger; being bad kids; sex robots; friend zones; Medieval Times; and growing up as Howie Mandel's daughter. Then Jackie gets mad at me about Kindergarten.

Show Notes: 

  • Soda Stream
  • Bombay Sapphire
  • Stress pimples
  • Life with Jackie daily vlog
  • Alex Mandel
  • Dealing with negative comments
  • Margaret Cho
  • Kindergarten teaching
  • Porn addiction and sex robots?!
  • Tongue piercings and tattoos
  • Mylar balloons
  • A Love Story (video)
  • Real Housewives of NYC
  • Cloning
  • Medieval Times
  • Merkins
  • Post-It Car Prank!
  • Growing up with Howie Mandel

    Follow Jackie on YouTube | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

    You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page or tweet me @hilahcooking!

     

HHH027 Michelle Tam | NomNomPaleo
44:54
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 44:54
HHH027 Michelle Tam | NomNomPaleo

Michelle Tam of NomNomPaleo is this week's podcast guest! Her second cookbook, Ready or Not!, goes on sale starting today and I got to take a preview peek at it. It's great! In this interview, we talk about how Michelle started out as a pharmacist; how she became a paleo blogger; a little about what is paleo diet; what is resistant starch; and checking yourself before you wreck yourself (your blood sugar, silly!) and one of my new favorite quotes: Work with what works with you!

Follow Michelle on Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Podcast

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page or tweet me @hilahcooking!

HHH026 J. Kenji Lopez-Alt | The Food Lab
38:50
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 38:50
HHH026 J. Kenji Lopez-Alt | The Food Lab

I got to interview chef/scientist J. Kenji López-Alt -- mastermind behind The Food Lab column on the Serious Eats site -- about how he discovered cooking and his approach to finding optimal techniques. We discuss the best (really) way to cook a steak; dispute the idea that you should never refrigerate tomatoes; and why it might be best to cook pasta in just a few cups of water. (It's a really interesting reason!) Plus, Kenji goes deep on deep frying and the perfect French fries method.

Show Notes:

  • Ancho Reyes
  • Sous vide
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Reverse sear
  • Cook's Illustrated
  • Cooking pasta in a little water
  • Modern pasta vs Traditional pasta
  • Should you refrigerate tomatoes?
  • Daniel Gritzer
  • Warm foods taste better
  • What happens to refrigerated potatoes
  • Mussels and clams that don't open
  • Deep frying temperature truths
  • French fry science
  • Kenji's French fries
  • Air fryers
  • Travel
  • Woodworking
  • Woodworking for Mere Mortals (podcast here!)
  • Wood Whisperer
  • Suzuki violin method
  • Scent literacy

Follow Kenji on Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | The Food Lab Cook Book

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page or tweet me @hilahcooking!

HHH025 Laurel Kinney Personal Styilst
45:09
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 45:09
HHH025 Laurel Kinney Personal Styilst

Laurel Kinney is the brainiac stylist behind my gorgeous wardrobe in all my promo photos and the photos in my Learn to Cook book. She’s a good friend, a creative and successful entrepreneur, and she’s hilarious. So, basically the whole package!  In this interview with Laurel Kinney, we learn what is a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant — with business tips!  — and how science proves that clothing affects your behavior. We discuss the merits of capsule wardrobes, athleisure wear, and how buying white pants might make you more mindful overall.

Show Notes: 

Follow Laurel at Website | Newsletter | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page or tweet me @hilahcooking!

HHH024 Feeling Peckish | Julie Nolke and Sam Larson
31:37
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 31:37
HHH024 Feeling Peckish | Julie Nolke and Sam Larson

 

I got to sit down with Julie Nolke and her partner Sam Larson from the YouTube channel Feeling Peckish while we were all at VidCon last week. Julie and Sam are one of those couples where, when you meet them, you say to yourself, "Oh yeah, that all makes perfect sense". They are creative and ambitious and funny and I really enjoyed our interview. Listen to find out: how they met; what are "shitty rigs"; about their short film; and about their new YouTube projects!

  • Julie's shirt
  • Actors and directors (and YouTube)
  • College potlucks
  • York University
  • "Shitty Rigs"
  • Bird Man
  • Pulp Fiction Royale with Cheese recipe (video)
  • The Old Dark House (PLEASE TELL ME IF YOU FIND THIS MOVIE TO BUY OR RENT!!)
  • The right way to pronounce Toronto
  • Transitioning
  • YouTube Next Up
  • Spinal Tap parody
  • Sony A7S & Canon T5i
  • Oil Men (I got to watch the screener and it's SO GOOD)
  • Benzene exposure
  • The contradictions within making YouTube videos
  • Working together vs working separately

Follow Feeling Peckish on YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page or tweet me @hilahcooking!

 

HHH023 Question and Answer Time!
34:42
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 34:42
HHH023 Question and Answer Time!

Time for another Q&A! In this podcast, we answer listener questions that run the gamut from soulmates to super powers; movies to margaritas. Some of these get a little personal but most of them are just fun and silly. And there are a few good cooking and party-planning tips. Towards the end we ask YOU a question! Check out Chris's new podcast Audio on Video for more about making YouTube and other online videos.

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page or tweet me @hilahcooking!

Follow Chris on Podcast | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website

 

HHH022 Laura Vitale | Laura in the Kitchen
49:34
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 49:34
HHH022 Laura Vitale | Laura in the Kitchen

Laura Vitale is the chef of Laura in the Kitchen, one of the top channels on YouTube, and has hosted two seasons of her television show Simply Laura on Cooking Channel. In this interview with Laura, we catch up and talk about what it was like for her moving to New Jersey from Naples as a kid; her best tips for meal prepping and make-ahead meals; and what foods everyone should try making at least once. We also go deep into the subject of stocks versus broths. Lots of great cooking tips in this podcast!

Links and references at http://hilahcooking.com/hhh022-interview-with-laura-vitale/

Show Notes:

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page or tweet me @hilahcooking!

HHH021 Elise Strachan | My Cupcake Addiction
41:26
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 41:26
HHH021 Elise Strachan | My Cupcake Addiction

I had a really fun time with this interview with Elise Stachan of My Cupcake Addiction. She's one of the most talented cake decorators on YouTube and has the over-3-million-subscribers to prove it. Her first book Sweet! Celebrations was just released in and it's a gorgeous, thoughtful, comprehensive party and desserts book. We had a great time talking about cake decorating and baking; what we like about naked cakes; sugar taxes; and Ikea meatballs. At the end of the podcast, I answer a listener's question about the best way to cook chicken breast without drying it out.

http://hilahcooking.com/interview-with-elise-strachan-my-cupcake-addiction

Show Notes:

Follow Elise on Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

HHH020 Minnow Mountain Animation Craig Staggs and Steph Swope
45:18
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 45:18
HHH020 Minnow Mountain Animation Craig Staggs and Steph Swope

I got to talk to some famous animators! Who also happen to be a couple of my closest friends! You might remember FreekZone who was a guest on a few early HilahCooking videos . . . but his real name is Craig Staggs and he and Steph Swope run the Minnow Mountain animation studio in Austin. In this interview, we talk about the making of the TOWER documentary; the origin of FreekZone; their NEW project about a murderous lake; and what color food tastes the best???

Links and videos at http://hilahcooking.com/hhh020-interview-minnow-mountain-animation/

Show Notes:

HHH019 Lesley Fightmaster | Fightmaster Yoga
44:11
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 44:11
HHH019 Lesley Fightmaster | Fightmaster Yoga

I'm chatting with my friend Lesley Fightmaster, of Fightmaster Yoga (yes, that is her real name -- probably the first question I asked when I met her ;) ) in this week's podcast. Lesley and I met in person last year at VidCon, but we knew each other through the internet before then. She's got a peaceful aura . . . I don't usually talk like that but it's the easiest way to explain her super chill, totally radical vibe. In this interview, we cover her introduction to yoga; sweaty carpets; how much we both love processed, frozen vegetarian corndogs; starting a YouTube channel by accident; what to do about kids who cuss and life-coping mechanisms for day-dreamers.

Videos and links at http://hilahcooking.com/hhh019-lesley-fightmaster-yoga/

Show Notes: 

Follow Lesley on Website | YouTube | FaceBook | Twitter | Instagram

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page.

HHH018 Steve Ramsey | Woodworking for Mere Mortals
39:58
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 39:58
HHH018 Steve Ramsey | Woodworking for Mere Mortals

This interview with Steve Ramsey of Woodworking for Mere Mortals is a real gem for the wood-curious and the YouTube-curious. I met Steve when he contacted me a few years ago to give me a tostonera that he made (which I then used in a video, below). He's an accomplished woodworker who manages to make his YouTube tutorials both hilarious and educational. In this podcast, we talk about the best workbench setup for a small space; what he does with all those woodworking projects; how he manages three channels; woodworking scams; and can Steve build a house???

Follow Steve on YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Website

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page.

Links and videos at http://hilahcooking.com/category/podcast-hilahs-happy-hour/

HHH017 Interview with Fifi Buchanan | The Divine Hostess
49:39
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 49:39
HHH017 Interview with Fifi Buchanan | The Divine Hostess

Videos and references at http://hilahcooking.com/fifi-buchanan-the-divine-hostess/

My friend Fifi is one of the most curious, well-rounded people I know. We met through YouTube, but in addition to making videos, she has written a book, has a masters in mechanical engineering, she's a health coach, and a podcaster. Check out her Wonderfully Made podcast for some great advice and inspiration. In this interview, we talk about eating intuitively; when excuses can be used for change; impatience; meal planning and tips to drink more water.

Show Notes: 

Follow Fifi on Twitter | YouTube | Instagram | Website | Podcast

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to tweet me @hilahcooking!

HHH016 Macon Blair, Director
45:36
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 45:36
HHH016 Macon Blair, Director

Video and references http://hilahcooking.com/interview-macon-blair-director/

Macon Blair wrote and directed the movie I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore, which is my favorite movie of the year so far (and which also features this song from my old band, The Hot As Shits) so I was super excited to talk with him about it. It's a crime/buddy movie of sorts, starring Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood. It just took home the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Fest. Macon has also starred in the movies Blue Ruin and Green Room. In this podcast interview with Macon Blair, we talk about his inspiration for the story, his influences, and what's "soft-boiled crime"?

Show Notes:

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb
  • Brooklyn
  • Lee Eddy
  • Portland
  • Jeremy Saulnier
  • The moral of the story?
  • Physical comedy
  • Airplane
  • Echo and the Bunnymen
  • Blair Brothers Music
  • Twine Time (KUTX 98.9)
  • Heavenly Creatures (with Melanie Lynskey)
  • Netflix
  • HellCity comic
  • Louis Fowler, writer
  • Joe Flood, comic book artist

 

HHH015 Caroline Artiss
39:31
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 39:31
HHH015 Caroline Artiss

Episode 15 of Hilah's Happy Hour podcast! In this fun interview with Caroline Artiss -- chef, author, YouTuber -- we learn about how she grew up cooking, how she was discovered by BBC, her new book Beauty Foods, her restaurant, and her favorite British and Malaysian Foods. Links and videos at http://hilahcooking.com/interview-caroline-artiss/

Show Notes:

  • Marmite
  • Loyd Grossman
  • Chef Race: UK vs US
  • Caroline's Chef Race-winning BBQ sauce recipe(video)
  • Tastemade
  • The Gorgeous Kitchen
  • Chefs Sophie Michell, Jo Pratt, Gee Charman
  • Melton Mowbray pork pies
  • Chapel Down wines
  • Beauty Foods book
  • Nutrition tips
  • Bone broth
  • Is British food "bad"?
  • What is Malaysian food?
  • "Noodles"
  • Char Kway Teow (recipe video)
  • Laksa (recipe video)
  • Caroline's Malaysian Airlines videos
  • Proboscis monkeys
  • Cumin, cinnamon, chile flakes
  • Ghost peppers, Scotch Bonnet, Bhut jolokia
  • Tips for budget cooking
  • Meal prep
  • Shepherd's Pie (recipe video)

HHH014 Chef John | Food Wishes
47:07
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 47:07
HHH014 Chef John | Food Wishes

Interview with Chef John Mitzewich, creator of Food Wishes! Chef John is a YouTube legend, at least in the cooking genre. He started his channel and recipe website in 2007 and partnered with the AllRecipes site in 2011. His videos are known for funny voiceover and commentary combined with delicious recipes you can make at home. In this podcast interview with Chef John, we talk about how he produces his videos, the best pick-up line, recipe theft, and what the hell is microseasoning?

http://hilahcooking.com/interview-chef-john-food-wishes/

Show Notes:

  • Paul Smith's College
  • Glacier National Park
  • Garde mange
  • Ryan's Cafe (get their Chicken Marsala recipe)
  • Chef John's best pickup line
  • Pan sauces
  • Pattern interrupt!
  • Average Betty
  • YouTube copycats?
  • Clotted cream (Video)
  • Satay tri-tip (Video)
  • Micro-seasoning
  • Seasoning to taste
  • AllRecipes
  • A $50 date in San Francisco???
  • Dosa - South Indian lentil crepes
  • Instant potatoes (video)
  • How to submit your food wish!

HHH013 Interview with Melissa Maker | Clean My Space!
43:09
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 43:09
HHH013 Interview with Melissa Maker | Clean My Space!

In episode 13 (ooh!) of Hilah's Happy Hour, I interview Melissa Maker, the brains behind the Clean My Space empire. Melissa started a home cleaning business in Toronto in 2006, which led to the creation of the Clean my Space YouTube channel, her own line of cleaning cloths, and most recently to her first book: Clean my Space. Phew! She's a smart entrepreneur and we talk about how she started her business, why not to disinfect, and the origins of "spring cleaning"?

More at hilahcooking.com

Show notes:

Follow Melissa on YouTubeWebsite | Facebook | Instagram

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud here.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page.

HHH012 Q&A with Hilah and Chris!
28:05
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 28:05
HHH012 Q&A with Hilah and Chris!

In episode 12 of Hilah's Happy Hour, Chris and I answer questions from listeners! We cover topics like: how to choose a restaurant? how to make Brussels sprouts taste good? how to deep fry without burning down the house? what's Tex-Mex? what's my REAL passion???

Listen to the first episode Chris and I recorded here. And if you have any cocktail recipe suggestions, leave me a comment here http://hilahcooking.com/hhh012-qa-with-hilah-and-chris/ Show Notes:

  • Norah (restaurant)
  • Fried Brussels sprouts
  • Eggplant bacon
  • I was on Chopped!!!
  • Tips for deep frying (more here)
  • Smoked oysters + eggplant = BAD IDEA
  • Deep-fried frozen turkey (also BAD IDEA)
  • Justice for Brad's wife
  • Totino's pizza rolls
  • Tex-Mex
  • New England cuisine
  • Benefits of being kind of a loser
  • Nirvana
  • Chorizo casserole and other chorizo recipes
  • Churchkey in WeHo
  • Palace Cafe in New Orleans
  • Muffalettas at Verti Mart
  • The BEST chicken-fried steak recipe video
  • Kumquats
  • Cocktails!

HHH011 Interview with Lynn Chen
47:54
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 47:54
HHH011 Interview with Lynn Chen

Lynn Chen is an actor, a writer, and a body image activist. I met Lynn when I moved to Los Angeles a couple years ago and she reached out through email, we had lunch together, and we became quick friends. In addition to her YouTube channel which mostly explores different restaurants around LA, she also hosts a monthly podcast called The Actor's Diet podcast (listen to my episode here!). You might recognize her from the award-winning -- and groundbreaking -- film Saving Face or from her many appearances on Law and Order (Jenny Wu) or All My Children (Regina). In this interview we discuss how she started acting, how she recovered from an eating disorder, and my new favorite deodorant.

Show Notes:

  1. Schmidt's deodorant
  2. Metropolitan Opera House
  3. Pagliacci and sugar cones
  4. Rudolf Nureyev
  5. Saving Face review NYT
  6. Lynn Chen is not a ballet dancer
  7. National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
  8. Binge-eating
  9. Diet soda addiction
  10. Food blogging as healing (The Actor's Diet blog)
  11. Avocado toast at Superba (review)
  12. Chef Boyardee's granddaughter, Anna Boiardi
  13. Lynn's dad's Taiwanese pork chops recipe (So good!)
  14. Method-acting with food
  15. Call of Duty Black Ops III - Goh Xiulan
  16. Ketchup-braised tofu recipe
  17. Why open floor plans suck
  18. YPOK2 (listen to Winter Games!)

Follow Lynn on Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Facebook | Website

HHH010 Interview with Richard Lawson
40:35
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 40:35
HHH010 Interview with Richard Lawson

In this episode of Hilah's Happy Hour, I got to talk with Richard Lawson, the film critic for Vanity Fair! I "met" him through my YouTube channel (he wrote me up this little blurb in the March issue of VF) and now we're Twitter buddies. We talk about how he got into the critic business, what he likes about it, what makes an "indie movie", why the film industry is slow to change; and get a couple of summer movie recommendations.

Links and references at www.hilahcooking.com | Tweet me @hilahcooking with suggestions/questions

Show Notes:

  1. Matching "tone"
  2. Big Little Lies (review)
  3. Mac and Cheese videos
  4. Manohla Dargis
  5. Get Out (review)
  6. "Cat in the window" (Roger Corman?)
  7. What makes an indie movie?
  8. I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
  9. My band's album on iTunes! (Explicit/NSFW)
  10. SXSW and Krisha
  11. Middleburg Film Festival
  12. AFI 100 Years of Movies list
  13. Brendan Frasier
  14. Dazed and Confused
  15. Slacker remake, 2011
  16. American Horror Story (review)
  17. Staying positive under pressure
  18. Do we like theaters that serve dinner?
  19. Hidden Figures (review)
  20. Film industry ... or cruise ship??
  21. Summer movie recommendations

Follow Richard on Vanity Fair | Twitter | Podcast 

HHH09 Interview with Josh Elkin (aka Epic Mook)
42:33
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 42:33
HHH09 Interview with Josh Elkin (aka Epic Mook)

I met Josh Elkin a few months back when we taped an episode of Chopped together for Food Network. (Our episode airs March 28.) The shoot day was kind of a whirlwind, but we did get to hang out enough that I could see he is a genuinely nice and warm person and a really creative chef. Josh started with EpicMealTime on YouTube, but has since moved on to start his own channel, TheJoshElkin, and also hosts the Cooking Channel show Sugar Showdown. In this interview, we talk about how he started, craziest food creations, recipe music videos, and our favorite fast food burger chains.

Videos and links at http://hilahcooking.com/hhh09-interview-with-josh-elkin/

Show Notes:

  1. Dealing with failure
  2. Guinness World Records
  3. Best bacon??? (Hint: Bacon in the oven)
  4. TV vs YouTube
  5. Making a Pizza music video
  6. Frito Pie
  7. Canadian Football League
  8. Settlers of Catan cookbook
  9. Monopoly
  10. Eyeballin' it
  11. Poutine tornado
  12. Smoke's Poutine
  13. Filet o' Fish (copycat recipe)
  14. Churchkey in WeHo
  15. Stuffed Tater Tots recipe video
  16. Fast food burger recommendations

Follow Josh on YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud.

HHH08 Interview with Rachel Smith | Rachel's English
42:15
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 42:15
HHH08 Interview with Rachel Smith | Rachel's English

Rachel's English is an educational YouTube channel teaching American English pronunciation to ESL students. Even as a native speaker, I find her videos very interesting and entertaining. In this interview, we cover her start as an opera singer and how that led to teaching English pronunciation then we give some great advice and discuss New Yorkers versus Bostonians!

http://hilahcooking.com/interview-with-rachels-english/ 

Show Notes

  1. How to start an opera career (and end one)
  2. Goethe-Institut
  3.  Phrasal verbs
  4.  Idioms
  5.  How to hang a lucky horseshoe
  6.  Gibbons reserve in LA
  7.  Barrel of Monkeys
  8.  War Tax Resistance
  9.  Cross-country road trips
  10.  Advice: What to do in your 20s?
  11.  The paradox of choice
  12.  YouTube Space LA
  13.  The personality of cities
  14.  Slacker
  15.  Red paint

Follow Rachel on YouTube | Website | Facebook | Twitter | eBook

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud.

HHH07 Interview with Adriene Mishler | Yoga with Adriene
49:30
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 49:30
HHH07 Interview with Adriene Mishler | Yoga with Adriene

Adriene Mishler is the fantastic yogi and teacher of Yoga with Adriene. We've been friends for about 10 years and my husband Chris is her production partner for the yoga channel. We also made this "Prenatal Yoga" video series together when I was pregnant with my son. In this episode, we talk about how acting and yoga interconnect; breaking the habit of apologizing; travel tips; and the biggest misconception about yoga. 

Show Notes

  • St. Edward's University, Austin TX
  • Being the "baby"
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Auditioning
  • The "beginner's mindset"
  • Travel and personal growth
  • Being alone on Valentine's Day
  • Packing tips (take a Kindle!)
  • Dark Sky weather app
  • Satyagraha - "truth force"
  • Cussing is good for you! (article)
  • The actor's language

Follow Adriene on YouTube | Membership | Facebook |Instagram | Twitter

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud. Please leave a review/rating on iTunes to help others find the show.

Videos and references at http://hilahcooking.com/category/podcast-hilahs-happy-hour/

HHH06 Interview with Skyy John the Tipsy Bartender!
45:26
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 45:26
HHH06 Interview with Skyy John the Tipsy Bartender!

I met Skyy John, the Tipsy Bartender, at VidCon a few years ago when we shot a cocktail video in his hotel room in Anaheim. Sounds a little scandalous maybe but it was completely sweet. Skyy is a bartender and all-around entertaining guy who uses his channel to demonstrate crazy, weird, funky cocktails along with the help of several lovely ladies. In this episode of Hilah's Happy Hour, we talk about how he started on YouTube, Bahamian food, and several tips for drinking. At the end, I answer a listener's question about weight loss.

Follow Tipsy Bartender on YouTube | Facebook |Instagram | TwitterStore

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud. Please leave a review/rating on iTunes to help others find the show.

 

HHH05 Interview with Jen Phanomrat of Just Eat Life
56:31
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 56:31
HHH05 Interview with Jen Phanomrat of Just Eat Life

http://hilahcooking.com/ep-5-interview-with-jen-phanomrat-just-eat-life

I first "met" Jen through her first YouTube series Tasty Memories which she and her boyfriend and production partner Leo made together. I was instantly charmed by her vibrant smile and her slightly filthy humor. Then, of course, the delicious family recipes she shares. As two people who love food, love life, and dearly love each other, their new channel JustEatLife is one of my very top favorite cooking channels on YouTube. In this interview, Jen and I talk about what she ate growing up; her recent trips through Thailand and Peru; troublesome travel poop; hot dogs and mean people.

Show Notes

Follow Jen and JustEatLife on YouTube | Website | Facebook |Instagram | Twitter

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or on Soundcloud. Please leave a review/rating on iTunes to help others find the show.

HHH04 Interview with Nataly Dawn of Pomplamoose
47:42
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 47:42
HHH04 Interview with Nataly Dawn of Pomplamoose

Hilah's Happy Hour Podcast episode 4: My interview with Nataly Dawn! This was a really fun podcast to record. Nataly has been a friend for about four years, since her husband Jack Conte launched Patreon, to be exact. She made her big musical debut on YouTube as half of Pomplamoose, and has since released two solo albums. In this interview, we talk about growing up in Europe, her favorite taco in the world, and the BIG question: "to sign or not to sign" (good advice for aspiring musicians!)

Show Notes

  • Nataly's new album, Haze, on iTunes
  • Pomplamoose YouTube channel
  • Not putting up with bullshit
  • Casey Neistat
  • Lombard Street - the most crooked street in the world!
  • Ravioli Chinois aka "Chinese Ravioli"
  • Assemblies of God
  • Farts and farting
  • American cuisine
  • Patreon
  • Nick's Crispy Tacos
  • Paul McCartney
  • Music label or no music label?
  • Vulfpeck

You can listen to the episode and subscribe on iTunes or SoundCloud.  Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show, and if you have any suggestions about future guests feel free to let me know by leaving a comment on this page.

Nataly has also been a guest on my cooking show before! We made black bean empanadas together in these two videos:

httpvh://youtu.be/nG7xBOKDOG8

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPQGrkBrzDI

Links and references http://hilahcooking.com/podcast-4-interview-nataly-dawn/

HHH03 Interview with Mel Joulwan (The Clothes Make the Girl and Well Fed)
45:11
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 45:11
HHH03 Interview with Mel Joulwan (The Clothes Make the Girl and Well Fed)

http://hilahcooking.com/podcast-interview-with-mel-joulwan/

Episode 3 of Hilah's Happy Hour Podcast! Mel Joulwan has been a great friend of mine for several years and she also happens to be a hugely successful paleo cookbook author. She and her husband Dave published Well Fed, Well Fed 2, and Well Fed Weeknights. In this interview, Mel and I talk about taking risks, her upcoming move to Prague, making friends in a new city, food guilt and what she's reading now (she's an avid reader with great taste).

Show Notes

Follow Mel on her Website | Facebook | Twitter | Get her books

Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show!

Mel has been a guest on my cooking show a couple of times, too. For Halloween one year, we made her "Vampire-fighting (paleo) Pork Stew" and for Christmas we made her family's Sicilian fried dough balls

HHH00 Interview with Christopher Sharpe
32:38
2017-12-19 16:33:46 UTC 32:38
HHH00 Interview with Christopher Sharpe

My very first podcast! So new that I called it Episode Zero! I'm interviewing my husband and business partner Christopher Sharpe, producer of both my Hilah Cooking channel and Yoga with Adriene.

He's the author of YouTube Black Book: How to Create a Channel, Build and Audience and Make Money on YouTube. He also runs a group for other YouTubers and video professionals called VidPros. Chris and I talk about how we met, how  and why we started HilahCooking, Yoga with Adriene, his cinematic style, and the best hangover breakfast in LA.

Please subscribe on iTunes and leave a review/rating to help others find the show!

Show Notes

Follow Christopher Sharpe on his Website | Twitter |Instagram

Visit my site to see clips of Spider Babies http://hilahcooking.com/interview-with-christopher-sharpe/

HHH02 Interview with Emmy Made in Japan YouTube Channel
38:20
2017-12-19 16:33:47 UTC 38:20
HHH02 Interview with Emmy Made in Japan YouTube Channel

My interview with Emmy from Emmy Made in Japan, episode 2 of Hilah's Happy Hour! Emmy runs this super popular and entertaining YouTube channel, producing several videos a week. Her audience sends packages of their favorite treats from all around the world and she does a fantastic job of showcasing them, tasting them and teaching a little about them.

In this interview, we discuss why she started her channel while living in Japan,  probably talk too long about different kinds of Cheetos, Shine Theory, and eating bugs.

Please leave a review/rating to help others find the show!

Show Notes

  • Living in Japan
  • Her first video tasting Japanese candy
  • Human generosity
  • Pronunciation versus "affectation"
  • Salmiakki - Salted licorice (watch Emmy eat it here)
  • Emmy's pretty teeth
  • Jalapeño Cheetos
  • Shine Theory and "virtual sisters"
  • Pocky
  • "Bugmas" - eating bugs for Christmas
  • Bush tucker
  • Balancing life/family/career/education

Follow Emmy Made in Japan on YouTube | Twitter | Facebook |Instagram

Watch some of Emmy's videos at http://hilahcooking.com/interview-emmy-made-japan/

 

HHH01 Interview with Rob Nixon of Nicko's Kitchen YouTube Channel
40:10
2017-12-19 16:33:47 UTC 40:10
HHH01 Interview with Rob Nixon of Nicko's Kitchen YouTube Channel

Rob Nixon of Nicko's Kitchen is my podcast guest today! Nicko's Kitchen is one of the largest YouTube channels in Australia and one of the largest cooking channels in the world. In this podcast interview, I talk to Rob about the olden days of YouTube, aviation, Australian cuisine, how to get McDonald's to send you a cease and desist order and kanga-bangers???

Please subscribe on iTunes and leave a review/rating to help others find this podcast!

Show Notes

Follow Nicko's Kitchen on YouTube | Website | Facebook |Instagram