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Anyone watch Portlandia the TV show skewer foodies? (possible spoiler)

I've become a fan of Portlandia and got the first season DVD. I have to say they skewer foodie culture.

Anyone see the chicken skit in the first show, first season? I was literally rolling on the ground laughing. It was nuts...yet spot on in an absurd way.

Check it out. They skewer hipster life in Portland and that of course overlaps with a bunch of foodie stuff.

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    1. re: Wahooty

      I saw it and thought it was hilarious...and because I figured out how to make ice box pickles.

      Here's the chicken skit, "Is It Local?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2LBIC...

      (the back end wrap around to this skit is even wilder)

      1. re: ML8000

        The chicken skit is hilarious! Hazelnuts are, in fact, a big Oregon crop, but we always called them "filberts." Perhaps in these sort of restaurants, "hazelnuts" is the term of choice.

      1. The first season's shows are on instant Netflix as well.

        1. That first episode (re: Colin the Chicken) has become a classic. Yes, I saw it. :-)

          I thought, however, it was more a skewering of Farm-to-Table fanatics and Portlandic culture rather than "Foodies" in general? (A friend in Portland says the show pretty much sums up the place, in an exaggerated sense, of course)

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          1. re: huiray

            I've seen a detailed post on here about someone desiring the intimate details of grass-fed beef, so I think this skit does hit home with some posters on here as well ...

            1. re: hawkeyeui93

              Heh. Oh, I don't doubt that it *does* hit close to home for many "Foodies". I think, though, that the show isn't entirely a broadside against all of "Foodie Culture". Do you have a link to that beefy post?

              And reading the OP's post again, he/she did characterize it as a poke at Portland which happens to overlap with "a bunch of foodie stuff." :-)

              1. re: huiray

                I do not disagree that the show isn't a direct attack against the "foodie culture." This "grass fed beef" link gets me largely due to the exhaustive parameters and demands that the Original Poster used in his initial post ... http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/831748

                1. re: hawkeyeui93

                  Thanks for the link. Yes, I see what you mean...lots of very, uh, "particular" posters there as well. Wow. Just wow.

                  1. re: hawkeyeui93

                    Fantastic! Thanks for the link to that post. FABULOUS

                    1. re: hawkeyeui93

                      Yep, I'm not sure if it was that thread or another one that came to mind the first time I saw Colin the chicken, but it definitely gave me grass-fed beef flashbacks. ;)

                      1. re: hawkeyeui93

                        I think "wow. Just wow." is pretty much the appropriate response to that thread.

                2. The Allergy Pride Parade was pretty funny too

                  1. Yes, brilliant show! We saw Fred & Carrie do their live Portlandia show last night in Boston - interesting, and nice to see them in person, but not nearly as good as the TV show.

                    1. Loved the Andy Samberg (from SNL) skit - playing the speakeasy/craft cocktail bartender. Very funny.

                        1. re: huiray

                          I absolutely thought of the Portlandia chicken skit when I saw that article in the Times about a nice "retirement" for Portland chickens. very funny

                        2. Lame and forced. Loathe the "post-hipster" conceit--hipsters bashing less-hip hipsters. Maybe it's the Sleater-Kinney connection--the ultimate poseur band.

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                          1. re: Kagemusha

                            LOL and not laughing with you. I was walking down the street with my friend the other day and there was a couple at an outside table. They had two cans of Shlitz on the table. My friend was like why are those guys drinking shlitz? I replied because they are cool :) those two Shlitz cost them as much as a really good micro brew (which is sadly hipster as well). Post hipster conceit? Hipsters are still funny as hell.....and making fun of someone in skinny jeans and a wool cap in July is funny.

                            1. re: chris2269

                              "...and making fun of someone in skinny jeans and a wool cap in July is funny."

                              And as easy as it is vapid. Do you really need a target that's parked to hit it?