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Interview: Bob Blumer's Back with World's Weirdest Restaurants, Part 2


Posted by : Devon Scoble, Fri, Mar 16 2012

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Yesterday, Bob Blumer gave us the rundown on his new series, World's Weirdest Restaurants premiering April 4th at 9pm and 9:30pm ET. Today, in part two of my interview, he gives us even more insights into the series, and what's coming up next for him in the year ahead. Plus, check out the end of the post for your chance to win tickets to the pop-up restaurant event he's hosting in Vancouver in honour of the new series. 

Bob Blumer - World's Weirdest Restaurants 1

Devon Scoble: Have you learned anything from the show that viewers could use to make their own entertaining more interesting?

Bob: There are a lot of things you can do. You can always do an ‘in the dark’ thing, where you blindfold your guests, or just turn off all the lights. [You can wear] costumes. You can always eat in the nude—especially for people who don’t know each other, I would suggest, or maybe for a first date, a blind date.

In Japan there a lot of what they call ‘cosplay’—costume play—restaurants where they would dress up as Alice in Wonderland characters or, you know, as crazy doctors in the ward of a prison. So, you can dress up. And then some of the restaurants had meals that were somewhat thematically-plated, so you can always play with your food.

Devon: After doing a show like this, you must be able to see weirdness everywhere, kind of like a sixth sense. Can you think of anything that Canadians typically do or eat that people in other cultures would find weird?

Bob: Well, poutine, right? That would seem pretty bizarre to any foreigner, I would think. And you know the restaurant, Just Desserts? That would be a good example of a restaurant where people in Asia would probably come here and find it kind of weird. Because a) mostly they don’t do that kind of dessert and then b) the notion of an all-dessert restaurant is, unto itself, a little bit weird. So, I think the combination would make it a little surprising to say, the Japanese, for example.

Devon: What’s up next for you?

Bob: Well, we’re hoping that there will be a second season of the show, so we’re hoping to be back on the road this summer. I’m working on a second edition of my grilled pizza book [Pizza on the Grill: 100 Feisty Fire-Roasted Recipes for Pizza & More], which has done very well in America—that’s a book that I co-wrote with a friend of mine. I just designed the label for a blueberry wine that is coming out, also here in America. And after I finish these two pop-up dinners and the launch of the show, I’m heading to Portugal for a quick bike trip. And then it will be back to the grind—which, of course, is not a grind.

Bob Blumer’s World’s Weirdest Restaurants premieres Wed., April 4 at 9 & 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network Canada.


Giveaway: Join gastronaut Bob Blumer for a delicious night of weirdness at the World's Weirdest Pop-Up Restaurant featuring a sneak preview of his latest Food Network Canada show, and a surprise four-course meal highlighting dishes from the series.

We have (1) pair of tickets to giveaway to this event taking place Wednesday, March 28th at 8:30pm at The Waldorf Hotel in Vancouver. For a chance to win, email giveaways@foodnewtork.ca with the answer to the following question: What is the name of Bob Blumer's pizza-themed cook book? Don't forget to add your mailing address and phone number to your email submission. Please add "World's Weirdest Restaurants - Vancouver" to your email subject line. Giveaway rules are below.


Giveaway Rules

The World's Weirdest Restaurants Giveaway Rules
The following are the giveaway rules (“Rules”) for the World's Weirdest Restaurants giveaway (the “Giveaway”) being administered by Shaw Media (“Shaw”).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. To enter, entrants must answer the question posted above correctly, as determined by a Shaw representative. The Giveaway shall run from March 16, 2012 to March 22, 2012 after which time no answers will be considered.

Upon completion of the Giveaway, a Shaw representative shall review the answers submitted by each entrant to determine which entrant answered the question correctly. From the entrants that correctly answered the question, Shaw will randomly select the prize winner (“Winner”) and provide the prize to the winner.  For the purposes of this Giveaway and the awarding of prize, these Rules shall govern in all respects and the decision of any Shaw representatives shall be final.

There is 1 prize available to be won, which consists of a pair of tickets to the World's Weirdest Restaurants event in Vancouver (“Prize”). The approximate value of the Prize is under one hundred dollars Canadian ($100).

By participating in this Giveaway, you agree to abide by these Rules and the decisions of Shaw in awarding the Prize, which decisions shall be final and binding upon all entrants. Entrants who have not complied with these Rules are subject to disqualification. Shaw reserves the right to modify the Rules, before or during the Giveaway, in its sole discretion, in any way at any time it deems necessary or appropriate without materially affecting the terms and conditions of this Giveaway. Interpretation of these Giveaway rules by Shaw shall be final.
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Posted: by Devon Scoble

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