S01 - E03 - A Restaurant Fully Staffed by Toddlers

Birth Music / Hops & Craft Beer / Mushroom Explosions / Post-Restaurant


On this, the third outing of Talking Turkey, Neil and James--fully satiated from their Thanksgiving repasts--continue their conversational gobbling.  The fellows begin with a loose and wide-ranging discussion of the optimal "birth music." Bringing their modest and, frankly, unqualified riffing to the miracle of childbirth the two consider which tunes—from Elton John to Salt ‘n Pepa —might make for the best delivery room playlist.  Next, the two train their noodling upon a discussion of optimal exercise music.  James recollects that other James’ (James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem) atmospheric running track, which gets the boys weighing the merits of beats versus post-rock whilst exercising.  Surprisingly, or unsurprisingly, the case is made for old sad bastard music, like the National or Dirty Beaches, over straight beats per minute. 

Following this delightful romp, Neil and James take on the craft beer revolution, and in particular craft beer’s propensity for serious and arguably excessive hops. Neil begins by whining about the overwhelming flavour of hops, but a mushroom explosion brings him around to the unique and particular flavour notes found therein, as well as the sea change brought forth by the brewpubs that serve them. 

In the final segment, the fellows wonder if a 'post-restaurant' is possible. Food Trucks and take-out quickly give way to more aggressive options. Steering clear of the whacky waiters and unsuspecting diners found in a Just for Laughs vignette, Neil and James envision what a 'post-restaurant' might look like. They consider alternatives ranging from cat burglar chefs, to a violent and Kafkaesque wait-staff, before settling on a restaurant fully staffed by toddlers.

Enjoy the show!