This guy! I have watched a lot of travel shows and a lot of food shows and lot of travel and food shows and there is no one like Phil Rosenthal. He's a pure delight to watch. He cracks jokes, he absolutely loves food, and he's genuinely curious about the people he meets and the places he visits. Who could ask for more? Plus his parents make an appearance at the end of every episode and they are what can only be described as a hoot.
The first season of I'll Have What Phil's Having took our intrepid host to Tokyo, Italy, Paris, Hong Kong, Barcelona, and Los Angeles. In Tokyo he eats a meal that comes with birdsong direct from the Japanese rainforests piped in through speakers inside the dish. In Italy he shares a table with a boisterous brood of Italians. In Paris he goes on a quest for the city's best hot chocolate. In Hong Kong he tries not to gag on Chinese medicine tea. In Barcelona he clinks glasses under bursts of fireworks. In Los Angeles he visits food trucks upon food trucks. In each city he connects to the people through the food they make and consume and it is a truly beautiful thing.
Lucky for me, just as I realized there would be no season 2 of I'll Have What Phil's Having on PBS I discovered that there would be a season 1 of Somebody Feed Phil on Netflix. New name, but same great show! This time he went to New Orleans, Mexico City, Lisbon, Tel Aviv, Bangkok, and Saigon. In season 2 he jets to Venice, Dublin, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Cape Town, and New York City. I can't even begin to tell you all of my favorite parts. But if you want to get wrapped up in a show (or shows) you cannot go wrong with Phil. Consider him an official Adventure Ambassador.
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