I Like Phil and What he is Having

I rarely do the automatic …put a show into the thing to see later. But apparently I like this show… It pops up on the TV …“you said you wanted to watch this” and I think…“oh yeah”. Then I watch it, like it alot and put it into the automatic thing again because while I like it while watching it I forget about it soon after.


I’ve seen two episodes, liked them both but watching him is so clearly “Ray” from Everyoes Loves Raymond it is spooky.

I have really enjoyed these shows. His awkward yet genuine enthusiasm is charming. And the food porn is abundant.

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Looks interesting–will look for it this week on OnDemand.

Make sure to see the Hong Kong episode. I think that was my favorite. He truly seems like a kid in a candy store. And he doesnt pretend to like roasted asshole like that bald guy Zimmm’er


Am I allowed to say asshole? I think it was an important part of the story.

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Apparently you DIDN’T forget about it all that soon after. Gotta get me one of those ‘automatic’ things. I just have a cable digital recording box that can record 6 Shows at once, but I have to tell it to do that.

Oh yes, completely forgot. The tv reminded me. When it reminds me that a week ago I said the show was important. I believe me…it… );

Understood, no worries. I wanna say even Bourdain had an episode like that and I’m sure he described it just the same. BLEAHHHH!

I suppose this post makes sense to someone, just not me.

It’s a show on public television. Robin linked to it in the original post. More info here.

I get that, just not the rest of it. “The automatic.”

Maybe auto-recording to DVR? I never use mine.

I also really enjoy “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having”.
It doesn’t pretend to be about anything but unabashed celebration of delicious food and that allows the viewer to get completely involved in that kind of revelry.

I see this show, and its host, as the foil to Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations. Both shows are hosted by native NYers and focus on food-based travels. But the similarities pretty much end there.

Love him or hate him, one has to admit that Bourdain knows food, loves food, and has enlightened a lot of people over the years on various aspects of food culture around the world. I give him a lot of credit for doing it in his own ‘rogue’ manner. But Bourdain’s shows are frought with tension. He’s a bit of a neurotic type, and his interactions with people are often uneasy, even when they’re pleasant. He typically injects snippets of politics and socioeconomic commentary into his shows, and while there’s certainly a benefit to his brand of food enlightenment, it’s less about food entertainment and more a study of humanity and how we eat.

Personally, I like both shows.
While Bourdain’s shows offer intrigue and, occasionally, a sense of danger, Phil Rosenthal’s predictable enthusiasm and humility make his show fun and easy to watch. And while Phil is more commercial and mainstream in its subjects, the level of food quality does not suffer. While Bourdain’s show inspires you to book a flight to the Maldives tonight, Rosenthal’s convinces you that going back to Paris (or wherever) might be just as good :wink: I must admit, however, there are moments when I wonder if Ray Romano’s character was based on Phil or the other way around… The cartoonish eye boggling can be a little disconcerting.
Give it a try. If nothing else, it will make you hungry.

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I saw it for the first time last night - the LA episode. I liked it.

Will watch again.

My cable digital recorder service, beside allowing multiple shows to be recorded, has a ‘reminder’ function that does a pop up telling you something you ask it to warn you about is about to air. I never use it (just set to record) but I assume that’s what Robin is referring to. Maybe not. Maybe just cute writing.

I am honestly kind of embarrased. I appologise for sounding cryptic about the “automatic thing”. For the life of me I couldnt remember that it was called a dvr recorder. As I mentioned, I rarely use it.

That said, It was my friends fault. Every once in awhile she will come over to watch Dancing with the Stars with me. ( I am embarrased enough already, so please be kind ) She always brings something sweet to eat while watching.

This time her sweet treat was White Russians to celebrate our fav Russian dancer. And she plied me with them. I think it was the vodka that did it…

Then, her hubby picked her up just about the time the tv told me that I needed to watch something. And it went downhill from there. I have no clue why I thought it would be a good idea to go on a site I am just settling into, to talk about something I know nothing about. The automatic thing…


I said asshole, too…ugh


We all have our “rock bottom” moment at some point. :wink:


Clearly I am in the minority, but I find him to be a whining, annoying idiot with barely any food knowledge and why I have to watch him placing a FaceTime call to his parents every week is beyond me! He came this close to getting me to dislike one of my favorite cities on the planet (Paris) and cancelling my trip to Italy this Spring . . .

Yeah, watching someone that you dont like every week can be exhausting. :wink:

I like that he is seemingly a strange man in a strange land. I like Bourdain. Always have. But we all know that Tony hass been pretty much everywhere and he is a bit jaded. OK alot jaded.

Make no mistake though. Phil has a bunch of money in a bunch of restaurants in America. He is not a dummy.

His wide eyed appreciation for other cuisine is what makes me really like this show.

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