Culture Creature: YouTube recommendations

If you, like so many of us these days, get your TV time in watching streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, etc., then you might also watch a fair amount of YouTube. It still surprises me how many people still think of YouTube as a only having cat videos, or just cat videos and music videos. YouTube is what I turn on first after Lazy Baby goes to sleep.

So, if you want to broaden your YouTube watching horizons, here are some recommendations of channels and series that I watch every time they post a new video.


Simon and Martina are my favorite YouTubers and I will watch their videos as soon as I am able to when they post. Even before Lazy Baby falls asleep. They are a married couple from Canada who moved to South Korea to teach ESL. They started making videos to show folks back home what their lives were like and Eat Your Kimchi was born! They now live in Japan and have narrowed their focus to mostly food and travel videos. All of their videos are the best and they have a HUGE and wonderful community.


Another married couple, but they live in North Carolina. As you can see, they do DIY projects with humor and profanity. They started out as a very legit DIY/crafting channel but have turned a bit more silly in recent years. Corinne still takes her projects fairly seriously, but Rob's videos tend be a bit more goofy and a lot more bloody. Mr. LL and I particular like their recent Man vs. House series they had, showcasing their new home that they renovated. You should check them out, especially if you ever tried a Pinterest craft only to have it go terribly, terribly wrong.


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Worth It is on it's fourth season on BuzzFeed's main channel. The hosts, Steven and Andrew, along with their sound/videographer, Adam, go around the world trying foods and different price points and determining which version is "worth it." I'm pretty sure this stared because Steven wanted a friend, but it has grown into one of BuzzFeed's bigger series. Mr. LL and I love the dynamics between the three guys and seeing the crazy expensive foods they get to try.


#4 MOM IN PROGRESS (a.k.a. Wine Mom; a BuzzFeed series)

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Another BuzzFeed series. This one is technically new, but Hannah, the show's creator, originally started an advice/observational series called "Wine Mom" on BuzzFeed and it feels like, to me, that was the starting point for this, more official, series. They probably had to rebrand it because now videos featuring alcohol get demonetized immediately. Anyway, it's just refreshing to see a working mom who isn't afraid to show the not so perfect moments of motherhood. You can check out her original Wine Mom videos here.


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Host Sean Evans asks celebrities and influencers questions while they dine on progressively hotter wings. That's it. That's the whole show. I like it because Sean is a really good host and asks really good, well researched questions to his guests. I also love the reactions the guests have to the extremely hot sauces they ask them to eat. First We Feast, the host channel has a lot of great content, honestly, but I love this series the most.

FoodTube: YouTube Channels for Foodies

 
 

We don't have cable or satellite TV in our household, and in talking with my friends and co-workers (at least the ones in my age range), this is very much the trend. Instead, we use the internet to watch our entertainment. Via the XBox in the living room or the Roku in the bedroom, we watch Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube. YouTube has changed a lot from the days of its inception and I've been finding that it has been able to fill a void that not having cable has left in my media consumption: cooking shows. So, if you are like me and don't watch cable but love cooking shows, here are some YouTube channels you should be watching.


Nerdy Nummies

Rosanna Pansino is the Queen of YouTube food shows, in my opinion. Her show is mostly baking creations, and they are all nerd themed. 
She has a great personality and is always happy and bubbly. She posts her baking videos once a week (on Tuesdays, I believe). On the weekend, she posts challenges, updates videos, and DIY quick videos.


Tasty

This BuzzFeed side channel (though they don't advertise that fact) has become a quick favorite. Their fast, recipe building videos are amazing and the recipes are in the descriptions of the videos. I just wish they'd lose the "Oh, yes!" gimmick at the end of their vids.


Everyday Food

This is part of Martha Stewart's empire and its quick informative videos are a great online cooking show fix. 


My Drunk Kitchen (now MyHarto)

Hannah Hart's MDK is OG food programming on YouTube. While you may not be able to follow a recipe as she tipsily makes her way through the videos, but you will definitely find entertainment and good advice as you watch each week.


Munchies

This VICE network channel focuses on eating rather than teaching you how to cook for most of their content. They have series that they run, much like a TV station would. My favorites are Action Bronson's "Fuck That's Delicious", which follows the rapper and his friends around as they try food at the places they go on tour; and "Keep It Canada With Matty Matheson" which has this chef going around Canada and trying out different foods. Matty will also do cooking videos on the channel.


Simon and Martina (Eat Your Sushi)

Ok, this would be more like a travel show than a cooking show, but Simon and Martina have a segment called "Food Adventure Program For Awesome People" (or FAP FAP, tee hee) in which they show us delicious goodies from Korea and now Japan.

Originally they were "Eat Your Kimichi" as they shared their lives in South Korea (having moved there from Canada and lived there for over 7 years). They moved to Japan at the beginning of this year, hence the name change.


These are just a sample of what is available on YouTube. I know there are vegetarian/vegan food channels, other baking channels, and even some channels that are based on TV shows.

There are also a good range of drinks/cocktail channels, but that's a list for another post. :)