We had our classy spread of Chardonnay and goat cheese out for this episode. And Little Man made sure to smell the cheese to see if he might like to partake. And, we threw in an extra picture of Emily's cheap and easy Halloween costume: iron-on letters, red shirt, corkscrew in her hair. She's going as red wine this year!
This episode stays crunchy in milk and is part of a balanced breakfast! Grab your spoons and dig in to our celebration of breakfast cereal! Included in this episode are fun facts about mascots, the history and original purpose of corn flakes, and much more! It's grrrr-eat!
This episode's wine: Maison Nicolas 2014 Chardonnay from France
This episode's cheese: Goat cheese and pumpkin goat cheese (because James can't even!)
We should have started this episode with a Mail Chimp or Mail Kimp commercial since this show is all about cereal! (The joke works better when it's said outloud, trust us, but we couldn't resist at least one Serial joke! I think the hashtag #sorrynotsorry applies.)
James and Emily focus this week's episode on breakfast cereal, despite neither of them quite loving it now, nor were they spoiled with sugary cereals in their childhoods.
Topics include the "oops, we fucked up" version of Lucky Charms, which Emily made anyway as a kid; our love of Cap'n Crunch (plus, his anatomically incorrect eyebrows); and how we're fans of Good Job, Brain! For more fun cereal facts, check out their Breakfast episode!
We talk about cereals that aren't around anymore, including cereals with direct tie-ins to TV shows and characters, including Mr. T cereal, which was featured in "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure." It's cool!
You might also remember the strawberry and banana cereal based on Urkel (not a hipster, just a nerd) from Family Matters, another show where going a little too far with obsession over a woman was OK back in the day, but now seems "rapey."
Emily and Carlton from "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" are both broken-hearted over the Trix rabbit never getting some damn cereal, despite being a talking rabbit! If that wasn't bad enough, he's being replaced! Trix Rabbit, you are more than welcome to come and live with either one of us! We don't want to see you follow the path of other washed-up celebrities.
James got a chance to talk about his other favorite celebrity: Shaq. And he asks the immortal question, "Do you even know the plot of 'Kazaam?'"
We talk about how John Harvey Kellogg devoted his life to deterring people from masturbating, which included inventing Corn Flakes. He was also a fan of enemas! Always a fun time at the Battle Creek Sanitarium! Also, never go to Taco Bell with James. Trust us on this.
Emily introduces you to Thurl Ravenscroft, the voice of Tony the Tiger, but his voice has been featured in tons of animated movies, including being the uncredited singer of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." And she gets to talk about "Mary Poppins," which always makes her happy! And James reminisces about the time he thought a girl liked him, but it turned out she was a lesbian who enjoyed quoting the Frosted Flakes slogan.
James finds possibly the most racist cereal mascot, which you can always hold over your grandparents' heads when they say your generation is terrible.
No matter how many dirty looks Emily gives him, James cannot say "debut." Please feel free to write in and correct him. (Go ahead, it's fun to correct James!)
Also, good job, Cheerios for celebrating different lifestyles in their commercials! We raise our glasses to you!
Also, check out where the eyes of mascots are looking next time you're going down the cereal aisle. James considers dropping Emily as his friend when he finds out she doesn't drink the cereal milk, until she promises to save her leftover milk to give to him. (Gift idea for James: leftover cereal milk!)
Emily realizes that fiber cereal in yogurt makes her an adult. But then she disproves this when she fights with James over why Cap'n Crunch is perfectly qualified to be in a high-ranking position.
And, because we love you, our lovely listeners, we did not eat cereal while recording this episode. But, to find cereal and wine combinations, check out our blog post in which Adam Centamore gives us his pairing recommendations!
And, we forgot to mention it in the show, but Kellogg's is the official supplier of breakfast cereal to the Queen!
Also, thanks to Laura McClellan from The Productive Woman for giving us a shoutout on her show, and for giving Emily productivity tips so she has more time for wine and cheese!
Special thanks to Adam Centamore for his book, "Tasting Wine & Cheese," which we used for this episode and we'll be using for our wine and cheese pairings for the next few episodes!
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