S2 E5: Nightclub Life, Red Sauce Joints, Wristbands, and New Beginnings with Joshua Miranda

S2 E5: Nightclub Life, Red Sauce Joints, Wristbands, and New Beginnings with Joshua Miranda

In this episode, I take plenty of time to wax nostalgic about the good ole days with Joshua Miranda, owner of both Blyth and Burrows and Via Vecchia in Portland, Maine. His work in the restaurant, night club, and hospitality business spans decades and has found him in New York City, Miami, and then finally back in Portland. Let’s just say he was knee-deep in the game back when sporty wristbands were fashionable behind the bar.

We talk about our shared experiences, mine being significantly dumber, working in night clubs, as well as the kind of restaurants we loved growing up (with an emphasis on Portland, obviously). We examine the ill-fated Portland Public Market, what went wrong, what went right, and the benefits of getting paid in wine. Did you know that the bar in Cocktail is based on a TGI Fridays? Well, we did. We sure did.

Lastly, I provide one of my top tips to save money.

Special Thanks to our sponsor, Speckled Ax Coffee in Portland, ME. 

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Three of Strong Spirits

Bob’s Clam Hut

Lil’s Cafe

The Old Port Sea Grill

Speckled Ax Coffee

The Highroller Lobster Co.

Bissell Brothers Brewing

If you would like to know more about sponsorship opportunities, respond to Joe Ricchio at jsricchio@gmail.com

Production and Editing by Chris Loughran and Doreen O’Donnell of No End Media.

S2 E4: Sax Solos, Life on the Road, and the Subtle Art of Becoming a Tycoon with Evan Smith

Musician and budding Hot Sauce Tycoon Evan Smith is my guest on the 4th episode of season 2. Evan plays keyboard, synthesizers, and sax in the band Bleachers, while his recording and performing credits run the gamut from St. Vincent to Bon Iver to Taylor Swift.

Throughout his musical career he has always maintained his enthusiasm for cooking, and has recently launched his own hot sauce (evansrockin.com) that even heat enthusiast Rachel Ray claims that she “Puts on EVERYTHING.”

I am intrigued by the classic 80’s “Rock and Roll Sax Guy,” and proceed to ask Evan a barrage of asinine questions about the merits of the Sax Solo as well as the Keytar. We discuss the ups and downs of restaurants that run on Sysco, modern life on tour, and opening for Billy Joel at Fenway park in 2015.

And of course, no episode is complete with a story about that time I did a bunch of coke and someone fed me a delicious 4-course meal – and why that was one of the worst meals I’ve ever had.

Special Thanks to Episode Sponsor Coals Bayside.

I would also like to mention that I will be making an announcement about the launch of my Patreon subscription program that will provide exclusive and recipe-driven content for members. News on that soon.

Please enjoy. You can also find the episode on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play!, and Stitcher.

Also, Feel Free to Share and Rate Us on iTunes!

MANY thanks go to our sponsors: 

Evan Williams Bourbon

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Larceny Bourbon

Coals Bayside

Root Wild Kombucha

Blyth & Burrows

Hot Suppa

Sanita Clogs

Maine Food for Thought Tours

Three of Strong Spirits

Bob’s Clam Hut

Lil’s Cafe

The Old Port Sea Grill

Speckled Ax Coffee

The Highroller Lobster Co.

Bissell Brothers Brewing

If you would like to know more about sponsorship opportunities, respond to Joe Ricchio at jsricchio@gmail.com

Production and Editing by Chris Loughran and Doreen O’Donnell of No End Media.

Season 2, Episode 3: Frosted Mini Wheats with Spencer Albee – A Show in Two Parts

Season 2, Episode 3: Frosted Mini Wheats with Spencer Albee – A Show in Two Parts

In season 2, episode 3 I team up with Spencer Albee for an exploration of what happens when two podcasts crash into each other to form a single, heartwarming performance. Instructions to hear more are provided at the end of the first segment. 

We discuss (among many topics) the general public, food service, and why on earth they would remake High Fidelity. Head over to The Food Coma Podcast with Joe Ricchio for part one and the Spencer Explores The Universe for part two. Links below. Available on most all podcast platforms. SETU brought to you by Maine Spirits, Bull Moose, and Sun Tiki Studios. #podcast #crossover

Part one:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-food-coma-podcast-with-joe-ricchio/id1469753099#episodeGuid=joericchio79.podbean.com%2Fd2de219d-82f9-58c0-abe2-f8fa6d7dd24b

Part two: 

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/spencer-explores-the-universe/id1478508687#episodeGuid=8e5e506d-37ee-4cf0-b0de-1b218b41a9cd

Now, for a very special Food Coma Podcast (and Spencer Explores The Universe).

You can also find both episodes on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play!, and Stitcher. 

MANY thanks go to our sponsors: 

Evan Williams Bourbon

Lunazul Tequila

Larceny Bourbon

Coals Bayside

Root Wild Kombucha

Blyth & Burrows

Hot Suppa

Sanita Clogs

Maine Food for Thought Tours

Three of Strong Spirits

Bob’s Clam Hut

Lil’s Cafe

The Old Port Sea Grill

Speckled Ax Coffee

The Highroller Lobster Co.

Bissell Brothers Brewing

If you would like to know more about sponsorship opportunities, respond to Joe Ricchio at jsricchio@gmail.com

Guest Edited by Spencer Albee

Episode 18: Coping Skills with Nellie Edwards

Episode 18: Coping Skills with Nellie Edwards

In episode 18 we welcome our first repeat guest, Nellie Edwards, to compare experiences around week 5 of the pandemic. Everyone handles stress and changes a little differently, and some in healthier manners than others. As it turns out, you can have too much of ANYTHING, no matter how good it is – Saltines and Hot Balls come to mind.

Of course, the nostalgia and tales of debauchery flow freely… 

Please enjoy. You can also find the episode on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play!, and Stitcher. 

MANY thanks go to our sponsors: 

Evan Williams Bourbon

Lunazul Tequila

Larceny Bourbon

Coals Bayside

Root Wild Kombucha

Blyth & Burrows

Hot Suppa

Sanita Clogs

Maine Food for Thought Tours

Three of Strong Spirits

Bob’s Clam Hut

Lil’s Cafe

The Old Port Sea Grill

Speckled Ax Coffee

The Highroller Lobster Co.

Bissell Brothers Brewing

If you would like to know more about sponsorship opportunities, respond to Joe Ricchio at jsricchio@gmail.com

Production and Editing by Chris Loughran and Doreen O’Donnell of No End Media.

Episode 17: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Conan, and Abraham Lincoln with Ray Harrington

Episode 17: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Conan, and Abraham Lincoln with Ray Harrington

In the season 2 premiere, we find ourselves in the midst of some very crazy times. Joining us remotely from Providence, RI – and fresh off of his appearance on Conan O’Brien is Comedian Ray Harrington. I’ve known Ray for a very long time, and I’ve had the privilege to both perform stand-up with him as well as host him on an episode of The Food Coma Show. In addition to doing stand-up full time (well, not NOW exactly but – you know), his other projects include the film Be A Man, and his upcoming series, Undependent.

In this episode, we make predictions about the next big historical drama for people to binge-watch, while recognizing the integrity of the Juggalos. Ray tells a harrowing account of the single worst show of his life, and I get wound up and sputter out my usual barrage of sentence fragments. Ray discusses his adoration for Slab pizza while fending off all of my attempts to get him to do his Mark Wahlberg impression. We discuss the business of stand-up and identify some important red flags for those just starting out. 

Please enjoy. You can also find the episode on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play!, and Stitcher. 

MANY thanks go to our sponsors: 

Evan Williams Bourbon

Lunazul Tequila

Larceny Bourbon

Coals Bayside

Root Wild Kombucha

Blyth & Burrows

Hot Suppa

Sanita Clogs

Maine Food for Thought Tours

Three of Strong Spirits

Bob’s Clam Hut

Lil’s Cafe

The Old Port Sea Grill

Speckled Ax Coffee

The Highroller Lobster Co.

Bissell Brothers Brewing

If you would like to know more about sponsorship opportunities, respond to Joe Ricchio at jsricchio@gmail.com

Production and Editing by Chris Loughran and Doreen O’Donnell of No End Media.

Episode 16: Knives, Passion, Fire, and Microwave Ovens with Chefs Damian Sansonetti and Fred Eliot

Episode 16: Knives, Passion, Fire, and Microwave Ovens with Chefs Damian Sansonetti and Fred Eliot

In the sixteenth episode of The Food Coma Podcast, I entertain multiple guests for the first time – Chefs Fred Eliot and Damian Sansonetti. We discuss the past and present states of the restaurant business, with an emphasis on the back of the house. We discover why the microwave is referred to as a “French Oven” and the importance of covering the essential basics as a home cook. Damian explains the perfect time to eat White Castle, while Fred reveals his disdain for gas grill. Joe, per usual, rambles a lot and finishes everyone’s sentences for them. In the end, we demystify public opinion and realize that “Chefs: They’re Just Like US.” 

Please enjoy. You can also find the episode on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play!, and Stitcher. 

MANY thanks go to our sponsors: 

Evan Williams Bourbon

Lunazul Tequila

Larceny Bourbon

Coals Bayside

Root Wild Kombucha

Blyth & Burrows

Hot Suppa

Sanita Clogs

Maine Food for Thought Tours

Three of Strong Spirits

Bob’s Clam Hut

Lil’s Cafe

The Old Port Sea Grill

Speckled Ax Coffee

The Highroller Lobster Co.

Bissell Brothers Brewing

If you would like to know more about sponsorship opportunities, respond to Joe Ricchio at jsricchio@gmail.com

Production and Editing by Chris Loughran and Doreen O’Donnell of No End Media.

Episode 15: Human Behavior with Peter Bissell

Episode 15: Human Behavior with Peter Bissell

In the fifteenth episode of The Food Coma Podcast, I host Peter Bissell, co-founder of Bissell Brothers Brewing. I had a sneaking suspicion that most interviews he does tend to revolve around beer, and involve many of the same questions over and over. I knew that Pete was really into the phenomenon of Human Nature, as he had turned me on to author Robert Greene (The 48 Laws of Power). I also know he is quite adept when it comes to applying these concepts through very creative and colorful marketing campaigns. In this episode, I really wanted to focus on the “Why” of things – while still finding the time to wax nostalgic about “Can’t Hardly Wait” and, of course, McDonalds. 

Please enjoy. You can also find the episode on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play!, and Stitcher. 

MANY thanks go to our sponsors: 

Evan Williams Bourbon

Lunazul Tequila

Larceny Bourbon

Coals Bayside

Root Wild Kombucha

Blyth & Burrows

Hot Suppa

Sanita Clogs

Maine Food for Thought Tours

Three of Strong Spirits

Bob’s Clam Hut

Lil’s Cafe

The Old Port Sea Grill

Speckled Ax Coffee

The Highroller Lobster Co.

Bissell Brothers Brewing

If you would like to know more about sponsorship opportunities, respond to Joe Ricchio at jsricchio@gmail.com

Production and Editing by Chris Loughran and Doreen O’Donnell of No End Media.

Episode 13: Network TV, Motorcycles, and Vulcans with Rob Caldwell

Episode 13: Network TV, Motorcycles, and Vulcans with Rob Caldwell

In the thirteenth episode of The Food Coma Podcast I turn the tables on the host of 207 and anchorman Rob Caldwell. We hear about his harrowing two-month career in restaurants, his multiple trips cross-country by motorcycle, and his diehard adoration of the (original) Star Trek. I even make a startling confession, but you’ll have to listen to find out what it is.. Plus there’s probably a few of my stories you’ve already heard but that’s just par for the course. 

Rob is always a delight to work with, and it’s not surprising that he is one of the most recognizable faces on TV in the state. Plus he hangs out with some pretty hardcore folks, like this one guy who insists on bringing his own real maple syrup to Denny’s for his pancakes.. 

Please enjoy. You can also find the episode on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play!, and Stitcher. 

MANY thanks go to our sponsors: 

Evan Williams Bourbon

Lunazul Tequila

Larceny Bourbon

Root Wild Kombucha

Blyth & Burrows

Hot Suppa

Sanita Clogs

Maine Food for Thought Tours

Three of Strong Spirits

Bob’s Clam Hut

Lil’s Cafe

The Old Port Sea Grill

Speckled Ax Coffee

If you would like to know more about sponsorship opportunities, respond to Joe Ricchio at jsricchio@gmail.com

Production and Editing by Chris Loughran and Doreen O’Donnell of No End Media.

Episode 12: Intelligent Brandsmithery, Track & Field, and a Blood Bath at McDonald’s with Sean Wilkinson

Episode 12: Intelligent Brandsmithery, Track & Field, and a Blood Bath at McDonald’s with Sean Wilkinson

In the twelfth episode of The Food Coma Podcast, we welcome Sean Wilkinson, co-owner of Might & Main. If you’ve dined out in Portland, Maine (or several other cities) recently, you’ve probably seen some of the branding work that he has become so well-known for creating. We discuss the concept of branding, if it’s necessary for a restaurant, and also our mutual talent for throwing the shot put. 

Just a couple of guys, enjoying a few Larceny bourbons. Like Gentlemen. Obviously. 

Please enjoy. You can also find the episode on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play!, and Stitcher. 

MANY thanks go to our sponsors: 

Evan Williams Bourbon

Lunazul Tequila

Larceny Bourbon

Root Wild Kombucha

Blyth & Burrows

Hot Suppa

Sanita Clogs

Maine Food for Thought Tours

Three of Strong Spirits

Bob’s Clam Hut

Lil’s Cafe

The Old Port Sea Grill

Speckled Ax Coffee

If you would like to know more about sponsorship opportunities, respond to Joe Ricchio at jsricchio@gmail.com

Production and Editing by Chris Loughran and Doreen O’Donnell of No End Media.Like

Episode 11: Better Living Through Ayahuasca with Joel Beauchamp

Episode 11: Better Living Through Ayahuasca with Joel Beauchamp

The eleventh episode of The Food Coma Podcast is a special one for me.For many of us, it’s a long, hard road out of Hell. It is not a place, Hell is a state of mind. It embodies darkness in its purest form and can continue to torture some people for their whole lives. I speak with my dear friend Joel Beauchamp about his personal journey out. We also discuss Trick or Treating and Ativan (but not the combination of the two).

I have known Joel since 2007 when we met during the highly debaucherous “Deathmatch Era,” and both of our life views have continued to evolve in a parallel fashion ever since. He was the co-host of Food Coma TV, and has been pretty much involved in every one of my projects since then (he was even a permanent fixture on the blog, back in the day. When asked to define his “Title” in life, his answer is “Professional Enjoyer.”

Please enjoy. You can also find the episode on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play!, and Stitcher. 

MANY thanks go to our sponsors: 

Evan Williams Bourbon

Lunazul Tequila

Larceny Bourbon

Root Wild Kombucha

Blyth & Burrows

Hot Suppa

Sanita Clogs

Maine Food for Thought Tours

Three of Strong Spirits

Bob’s Clam Hut

Lil’s Cafe

The Old Port Sea Grill

Speckled Ax Coffee

If you would like to know more about sponsorship opportunities, respond to Joe Ricchio at jsricchio@gmail.com

Production and Editing by Chris Loughran and Doreen O’Donnell of No End Media.Like