We're back after our mid-season break with a jam-packed episode, which we're delighted to say is sponsored by the Dublin Lunar New Year festival, whose lineup (from 26 January – 6 February) of food, art, music, and lectures pays tribute to the different cultures that celebrate this holiday here in Ireland.
Chúc mừng năm moi, Saehae bok mani badeuseyo and Gongxi facai!
To mark the Lunar New Year starting on February 1, Mei, Blanca and Dee discuss New Year foods from Singaporean fish toss to Korean ddok (rice cakes) and the role that phonetic puns play in Chinese New Year foods. New Year fashion tips are shared (you don't want to wear the wrong thing and bring bad luck!) and we touch on what is many people’s favourite New Year tradition: cash in fancy red envelopes.
Next, Blanca and Dee are joined by @foodstagram.ie
duo Irah Mari & Lou Jurelle (Jelly) who are two of Ireland's rising stars of Instagram and TikTok. Born in Dubai and Singapore, these two Filipino/Irish girls’ Toonsbridge cannoli TikTok video took the city by storm – if you haven't seen it, check it out! These culinary influencers are known for their charm, winsome photos and videos, and real knowledge about restaurants and recipes, with a spotlight on Asian and international flavours.
Spice Bags chat with them about the room that is the soul of many homes around the world (but not all!) – the kitchen. This room can be a mirror into a person’s heritage, character, habits, but more importantly, if they have loads of money, their taste. Tune in to find out what we think about all types of kitchens from pretentious to one-pot ones. Also, discover what Irah calls “dirty” kitchens, what Blanca really
thinks about Agas and Dee's keen interest in the use of movie kitchens as murder scenes.
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