ABOUT THE SHOW
From the sunny melting pot of Los Angeles, to the rolling Tuscan Hills, and even to the tea houses of Hong Kong, Phil Rosenthal takes us on a comedic culinary adventure in I’ll Have What Phil’s Having. Phil Rosenthal, the creator of the Emmy® award winning sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, explores the heartwarming dynamics of food, culture, friends, and family.
Phil visits the capital of Catalonia to explore the city’s rich history through food. His journey begins at the Barcelona Boqueria with Chef Pablo Albuerne, where they tour the market and get a world-class breakfast Barcelona-style at the famous El Quim stand. This is the most beautiful market Phil’s ever seen and as he put it, “It’s as if you were in an art-directed movie of the greatest foods on Earth”.
Paris has always been a favourite destination for Phil. “You don’t replace Paris in your head,” he says. “Once you’ve been there, it’s always there; it’s an unforgettable memory.” Some people call Paris “The City of Light,” but to Phil, it’s The City of Sweets… among other gastronomic delights.
Italy: a country where passion and beauty are infused into every aspect of the culture, but most importantly the food. Phil revisits this culinary mecca, reliving his most memorable moments in taste from decades before. As Phil roams the riveting hills of the Tuscan countryside he takes in the sensations of Italy, visits with friends old and new, and remembers that though years may pass the authenticity of Italia remains true.
One of the best ways to experience the diversity of Los Angeles is through its food. Phil has encountered a range of culinary gems in his adopted hometown, from experimental French restaurants to classic Jewish delis. In this episode, Phil takes his L.A. buddies to some of his favourite food spots to show them – and us – why he thinks Los Angeles is one of the best food cities in the country. And he encourages the audience to explore their own hometowns if travelling isn’t in the cards for them because often you can find excellent examples of international cuisine right in your own backyard.
Tokyo has been on Phil’s radar for a long time and after so many recommendations, he decides its time to give it a shot. Upon arrival, he feels overwhelmed and describes Tokyo as being “like Manhattan times Los Angeles. It’s just the most sensory overload I’ve ever experienced”. But he is here and is ready to discover what all the fuss is about.
Hong Kong is considered the “gateway to Asia” and is arguably becoming the cultural centre of the world. A newcomer to this Pacific metropolis, Phil’s knowledge of the city’s culture mainly comes from Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan movies. However, he is no stranger to Chinese cuisine. Phil explores Hong Kong, sampling some of his favourite dishes, from classic to cultural meals, and beyond.