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

ML8000 Feb 19, 2012 07:15 PM

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. Wahooty RE: ML8000 Feb 19, 2012 07:40 PM

    They started the second season off in kind:


    We can pickle that!

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      ML8000 RE: Wahooty Feb 19, 2012 08:14 PM

      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)

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        GH1618 RE: ML8000 Feb 20, 2012 12:02 PM

        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.

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      HillJ RE: ML8000 Feb 20, 2012 10:09 AM

      I love this show!!!

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        Encinitan RE: ML8000 Feb 20, 2012 10:35 AM

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

        1. huiray RE: ML8000 Feb 20, 2012 10:59 AM

          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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            hawkeyeui93 RE: huiray Feb 20, 2012 11:13 AM

            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 ...

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              huiray RE: hawkeyeui93 Feb 20, 2012 11:27 AM

              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." :-)

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                hawkeyeui93 RE: huiray Feb 20, 2012 01:01 PM

                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

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                  huiray RE: hawkeyeui93 Feb 20, 2012 02:41 PM

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

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                    thegforceny RE: hawkeyeui93 Feb 20, 2012 03:27 PM

                    Fantastic! Thanks for the link to that post. FABULOUS

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                      Wahooty RE: hawkeyeui93 Feb 20, 2012 05:13 PM

                      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. ;)

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                        LulusMom RE: hawkeyeui93 Apr 28, 2012 03:49 PM

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

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                  lawgirl3278 RE: ML8000 Feb 21, 2012 10:08 AM

                  The Allergy Pride Parade was pretty funny too

                  1. BobB RE: ML8000 Feb 21, 2012 11:29 AM

                    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. stellamystar RE: ML8000 Feb 27, 2012 06:42 PM

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

                      1. huiray RE: ML8000 Apr 26, 2012 09:06 PM

                        The corollary...

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                          DGresh RE: huiray Apr 27, 2012 03:55 PM

                          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. Kagemusha RE: ML8000 Apr 27, 2012 03:48 PM

                          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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                            chris2269 RE: Kagemusha Apr 27, 2012 04:01 PM

                            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.

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                              Kagemusha RE: chris2269 Apr 27, 2012 04:48 PM

                              "...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?

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