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What the Food?

Miles, Andy and Dom

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This is a podcast that uncovers the fascinating origin stories of dishes, food items and drinks from all around the world - old, new, popular and obscure. We're not professionals by any means, just three best friends who fancy discovering more about where the food we eat comes from. Join us on our next culinary adventure through time!
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Introducing a running podcast for people who think running podcasts are stupid. This is an ultrarunning comedy podcast instead. So if you are looking for inspirational or deep, thought-provoking content, you will probably DNF your next race just from listening to this. Dom Grossman and Andy Pearson host this monthly variety show with guests who are probably too famous to be on it, totally worthless advice call-in segments, and other dumb jokes designed to make you shoot gel through your nose ...
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In this episode, we're diving knife-first into the polarizing pot of Marmite, the yeasty spread that splits opinions as sharply as Brexit, blue steak or having a poo at work. Love it or hate it, Marmite’s rich history and distinctive flavor make it a British icon worth exploring. From its inception in the breweries of Burton-upon-Trent to becoming …
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Welcome back! In this episode we're diving into the deliciously intriguing salad bowl of history, and talking Caesar Salad. Was it really invented by a Roman emperor, or is there a more tangy and surprising story behind it? Join us as we try and piece it all together. Prepare for the usual concoction of fun facts, history and three idiots. Bon appé…
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K-Pop star Tim Tollefson, who you may know from Instagram, drops in between the pines to talk about being a pro runner for a decade, how much money he makes, and his almost unbelievable wins at UTMB and Western States. Plus, get your very own Between Two Pines trucker hat, available now in the UltraSignup merch store. And get 10% off all Janji gear…
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Join us and sink your teeth into the sweet, pillowy goodness of doughnuts! From ancient fried doughballs to modern-day gourmet wonders, we look at how a wartime comfort has evolved into a symbol of culinary creativity worldwide. This episodes takes some strange turns as we discuss the trenches of the First World War, the inventive hands of Captain …
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Join us this week at a bubbling smokey cauldron because we're stewing over the rich and hearty history of Goulash, Hungary's beloved dish that's more than just a stew—it's a story of resilience, culture, and culinary evolution. Originating from the rugged plains of Hungary, where cowherds concocted a simple yet satisfying meal, Goulash has transfor…
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Curl up inside the mind inside the man behind Semi-Rad, Brendan Leonard. It’s nice and toasty and full of graphs in there. Plus, the boys break down the world’s most insane race that’s NOT the Barkley Marathons. And don’t miss the debut of Between Two Pine’s brand new soap opera: THE WESTERN STATE. Listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.…
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We're unwrapping the delightful world of Dim Sum, the heart-touching tradition that's as much about togetherness as it is about taste. Journey with us from its beginnings along the ancient Silk Road, all the way to the bustling teahouses of modern-day Guangzhou and Hong Kong. In this episode we steam through the rich tapestry of Dim Sum, exploring …
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In this episode, we're heading into the compressed, greasy world of SPAM - the iconic canned meat that's polarized dining tables since 1937. From its humble beginnings as a wartime staple to its status as a global culinary phenomenon, SPAM's journey is nothing short of astonishing. We'll slice into its curious rise to fame, exploring how it went fr…
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In this episode we embark on a sweet journey to the heart of the Ottoman Empire to uncover the sticky secrets behind Turkish Delight! We delve into the sugary saga of this iconic confectionery, from its royal origins to its role in the famous Chronicles of Narnia, where Edmund couldn't resist its enchanting allure. Join us as we explore how this si…
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Amelia Boone is one of the most accomplished OCR competitors in the history of the sport so it’s a shame that she appeared on the podcast. But if you’re curious about her secret love for slapping children, stealing iPod Shuffles, and housing Pop Tart, you’ll love this episode. This episode is brought to you by Janji and Currex enjoy exclusive disco…
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In this episode, we're venturing into the mystique-laden world of absinthe, the storied spirit known as the Green Fairy. Tracing its roots back to the 18th century, absinthe has bewitched artists and intellectuals with its complex character and rumoured hallucinogenic properties. From its birth in Switzerland to the banquets of Parisian cafés and i…
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In this episode, we're squeezing out the thick and rich history of ketchup! From its unexpected beginnings as a fermented fish sauce in ancient China, to its transformation into the tomato-based staple on dinner tables around the world, ketchup has a surprisingly tangy past. Join us as we spread the story of how this beloved condiment became a symb…
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Andrew Glaze is an alien that has descended to earth just to run 100+ miles every week for more than four years and make us all look bad. The boys try to dissect him in this month’s episode. The episode is sponsored by Janji. Janjko makes running apparel for everyday exploration, with designs, materials, and features meant to help runners go furthe…
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In this syrup-soaked episode we're diving into the fluffy world of pancakes. From their humble beginnings as a Stone Age staple to becoming a breakfast favourite across the globe, pancakes have a surprisingly rich history. Join us as we flip through time to uncover how this simple mix of flour, eggs, and milk has evolved into the many varieties we …
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And just like that, the What the Food? boys are back! To make this a momentous occasion, we're about to unravel the layers (pun absolutely intended) of a British staple. The Cornish Pasty. From its medieval origins to the latest pasty-related shenanigans, hold onto your hats - and your appetites, as we kick things back off with a meat-filled bang! …
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The boys make predictions for ultrarunning in 2024 that are 100% guaranteed true or your money back. Then they talk with FreeTail (aka MingleTrack) founder Dylan Bowman and ask him if his Hardrock was bussin or suss AF. This episode is brought to you by Janji. Get 10% off Janji apparel with promo code BTP10. Go to janji.com to give it a try. This e…
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Introducing a running podcast for people who think running podcasts are stupid. This is an ultrarunning comedy podcast instead. So if you are looking for inspirational or deep, thought-provoking content, you will probably DNF your next race just from listening to this. Dom Grossman and Andy Pearson host this monthly variety show with guests who are…
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In episode 25 of What the Food?, Andy & Miles navigate the contentious but fascinating story of every vegans favourite wrap filling - Falafel. When taking upon ourselves the noble task of uncovering foods origins, we sometimes stumble on stories that still to this day, have significant and polarising implications. It turns out that Falafel is one o…
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This week on What the Food? we head to the mythical Highlands of Scotland to find out why boiling loads of offal in a meat sack is considered a normal thing to do. Where did this seemingly barbaric dish come from? This episode has it all! Ancient Rome, French gastronomic influence, and even the vikings! Join us as we try to figure out everything th…
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Grab your AR15's and your burnt ends because part 2 is here! We return to the world of barbecue, this time heading to America to complete our barbecue story. Why is barbecue so popular in the US? Who pioneered this cooking method? And what different types are there? All is to be discovered in episode 23 of What the Food?. Join us and let's get thes…
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Oh boy, this is a big one. In episode 22 of What The Food?, the boys explore the origins of the world's favourite way of cooking meat; Barbecue. Join us as we explore the humble beginnings of slowly cooking meat over hot coals and discover how barbecue made its way to the USA - the undisputed kings of BBQ. This is the first of a two-part series on …
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We're back and we are back with a large tub of the good stuff! In the latest episode of What The Food?, the boys explore the origins of the world's favourite chocolate spread: Nutella. From prized hazelnuts in the north of Italy to a naval blockade by Napoleon Bonaparte himself, join us as we stick our fingers into the origins of Nutella. If you'd …
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In the 20th episode of What The Food?, the boys take a trip to the land of the rising sun to explore the origins of Tempura. Tempura is a typical Japanese dish that you'll find in pretty much all Japanese restaurants you visit, and for good reason - it's delicious! Join us as we dive into a rich origin story that involves 3 ship-wrecked Portuguese …
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In episode 19 of What The Food? the boys take an apologetic trip to the home of the moose to uncover the origins of their national dish: Poutine. Ever wondered how essentially cheese, chips and gravy became a national treasure that is known throughout the world as distinctly Canadian? Well, join us today as we ride the gravy train straight to curd …
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On the latest episode of What The Food?, the boys head to the land of smiles to take a look at the origins of Pad Thai. A dish that seemingly sprung into existence in the 20th century and whose origins involve political intrigue, a successful coup and WW2. Trust us when we say that you are not going to want to miss this one! If you'd like to suppor…
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Today the boys try to keep a straight face whilst discussing the origins of the quintessentially British pud - Spotted Dick. From investigating the etymology of the puds phallic inspired name to exploring the incredible life of the famous 19th-century chef Alexis Soyer, this episode has it all. Pull up a stool, grab your custard and let's tuck into…
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In this episode, Miles and Andy are joined by special guest WhatWillyCook as we explore the jelly-filled world of the Pork Pie. From pies etched into the tombs of pharaohs to fox hunters in Leicester carrying them in their pockets, join us as we discover the origins of the humble pork pie. If you'd like to support the show, please consider subscrib…
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In episode 15 of What The Food?, the boys take a look at the worlds most dangerous cheese: Casu Marzu. Originating in Sardinia, Casu Marzu involves a wheel of pecorino, thousands of fly larvae and a whole lot of grossness. Despite its "Risk to Human Health" warning awarded by the Guinness World Records, people still keep dipping their loaves into t…
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In this week's episode, we take on one of the most popular breakfast items worldwide - The Croissant! There is more than meets the eye with this buttery, flaky pastry. From the Ottoman Empire to the French revolution and all the way to Kanye West ordering his "damn croissant!", we cover it all. Join us as we try and wrap our heads around the origin…
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To honour Max Verstappen and his stunning last-lap victory for the F1 Championship, we're covering one of the most famous dishes to come out of the Netherlands: Stamppot. Stamppot is a traditional Dutch cuisine that supposedly has its roots in the 16th century. From a battle of puddings to all-night benders, join us as we frolic through the dense a…
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In the twelfth episode of What The Food?, the boys cover one of the worlds most Instagrammable foods: Guacamole. A dish that seemingly came out of nowhere one day and conquered the globe in next to no time at all. Well, as we will see, Guac's been around for thousands of years and has a rich, creamy history that includes the Aztecs, Gwyneth Paltrow…
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In this episode, the boys take their first step into the Russian Empire as they explore the sweet existence of Medovik. Medovik is a layer cake that celebrates the incredible honey those Russian bees are known to produce. The cake itself takes a ridiculously long time to make and has an incredible origin story that involves an Empress and her disda…
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In the 10th episode of What The Food?, the boys head stateside to take a closer look at one of America's first-ever recipes: Clam Chowder. On the surface, clam chowder is a simple and delicious soup that can be found in many restaurants across America. But as we dig into its history, we'll see this comforting dish is responsible for starting a war,…
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On this rollercoaster of an episode, we're heading to the nation of South Africa to discover all there is to know about the elusive Bunny Chow! This could be one of the strangest dishes we've covered on the show and the story of it's conception is no doubt, one of great importance. If you'd like to support the show, please consider subscribing, giv…
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In the latest episode of What The Food?, the boys take their first step into Asian Food history with the incredibly photogenic Bao. From legendary military leaders to stepping stones made from severed heads, the history of the Bao is as complex as it is fascinating. Join Miles & Andy as they absolutely butcher pronunciations and discover how the ba…
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Today the boys will be exploring the enigma that is Jellied Eels. One of the most traditional British foods dating back to the 18th century, eels in jelly was (is?!) considered a delicacy by some Brits and to be honest, it's a challenge to understand why. Join Miles & Andy as they try to grip onto the slimy, wriggling story of the questionably edib…
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In this episode, we take a deep dive into one of Europe's favourite pastries: The Strudel. We explore the pastries Austro-Hungarian roots and how the battle for Europe was one of the key factors that led to the strudels invention. From apples to cabbages, it turns out you can roll anything in puff pastry and call it a strudel these days! If you'd l…
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Following on from last episode, Pizza Part II picks right back up where it left off. How did this iconic dish make its way overseas and to the world beyond? How did it become involved in an epic criminal conspiracy? And which misconceptions and false-truths are finally put right? Discover all this in the final episode of our mini-series on the orig…
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In this episode Miles and Andy dive crust first into the delicious world of pizza. In part 1 of our very first 2-part episode, we explore pizza's ancient beginnings and examine just how far down the history rabbit hole pizza takes us. As self-proclaimed pizza experts, we know our way around a slice or two so you won't want to miss this episode! If …
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In this episode, Miles and Andy explore the quintessentially British dish, Fish & Chips. Which came first, the fish or the chip? Who did it first, the North or the South of England? Rug Weavers frying fish? Join us as we take a deep dive into all things chippy tea! If you'd like to support the show, please consider subscribing, giving us a rating a…
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In this episode Miles and Andy head into the world of french toast! Is it even french? What did Edward III have to do with it? And why do American people eat it like their life depends on it? Join the boys as they find out what this fried, crunchy and fluffy dish has to say for itself. If you'd like to support the show, please consider subscribing,…
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In the very first episode of What the Food?, Andy and Miles take a deep dive into the world of peanut butter. From Aztec gods to comic strips, American presidents, and even a peanut society. Come and get nutty with us! If you'd like to support the show, please consider subscribing, giving us a rating and sharing with a friend. Also, come and say hi…
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