Every night, before Akemi drifts off to sleep (and I read for another two hours before eventually turning in), we like to watch a little something. Sometimes, it’s one of the food-themed shows on Netflix, or the latest episode of Top Chef. Most of the time, however, it’s a youtube video or two. We have a handful of go-to channels. These are our favorites…
Mark Wiens (Joined: February 2nd, 2009. Views: 416,773,985. Subscribers: 2M)
He’s based in Bangkok, Thailand but travels the world, eating and documenting said eating. He’s adventurous and, while I’m not entirely convinced I’d want to sample all of the dishes he tries, I admire his willingness to go all in. His euphoric yummy face is now classic.
Here’s one of my favorite Mark Wiens videos documenting a day long taco tour in Mexico:
Simon and Martina (Joined: February 1st, 2008. Views: 418,831,699. Subscribers: 1.3M)
A couple of fellow Canadians (and Torontonians no less!) document their lives in Japan, covering everything from food to fun. Akemi is especially fond of their dog Spudgie and cat Meemers. I, on the other hand, particularly love the relentless undercurrent of competition between the host couple.
Here’s one of my favorite Simon and Martina videos which has it all: the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, and donuts.
Guga Foods (Joined: July 30, 2015. Views: 3,866,258. Subscribers: 56,144)
I’ve really cut down on my consumption of red meat over the years, but this channel is directly responsible for my recent uptick. Host Guga, with the help of his assistant Angel (whose assisting really just consists of sampling the final product), grills up variety of top cuts, all the name of research!
Here’s one of my favorite Guga Foods videos in which he puts a variety of steak tenderizing techniques to the test. Deeeeelicious!
Sous Vide Everything (Joined: January 20, 2017. Views: 17,378,506. Subscribers: 175,850)
Another channel hosted by the busy Guga, this one with a focus on sous vide…but again, the star is the meat! Here, his
sounding tasting board is the animated Ninja.
One of my favorite Sous Vide Everything videos is this recent upload in which he surprises Ninja with some Australian wagyu strip loin. Ninja nearly loses his mind:
Paolo from TOKYO (Joined: October 23, 2016. Views: 6,948,301. Subscribers: 78k)
When I first came across this channel while doing research for a Tokyo trip, I was admittedly on the fence about its very animated host. But in time, he grew on us. There’s no denying his enthusiasm!
Paolo hits Japan’s most famous fish market in this video, Best 10 Tsukiji Street Food:
Strip Panel Naked (Joined: June 2, 2016. Views: 508, 153. Subscribers: 18k)
A rare non food-related channel, this one dedicated to art of comics. Out knowledgeable host, Has, offers fascinating breakdowns and analyses of comics and comics art.
Check out his very first offering, a loving study of a 2014 issue of Moon Knight:
Seto Koji (Joined: April 9, 2010. Views: 708,409,871. Subscribers: 1.4M)
Finally, Akemi’s favorite is this Japanese youtuber who covers just about everything that catches his interest. Akemi finds him absolutely endearing.
Pressed for her favorite video, she agonized for a while, and finally settled on this one in which our affable host checks out bespoke online shop Zozotown:
So, what are we missing out on?