Episode 9

Title: "I love the smell of brandy in the morning"

Who knew kosher wines could be so delicious? Our morning libations were a tour of Jeff Morgan’s amazing Covenant Wines with a sneak preview and taste of his first batch of brandy—straight from the barrel! 

As rain taps on the roof of their 7,000 sqft warehouse, and we suffer through the occasional forklift passing by, Jeff shares the story of his journey from Afromusicology student in New York to leading the band at the Grand Casino in Monaco, France, and then back to winemaking in Long Island with Larry Perrine, to journalism with the Wine Spectator and the launch of Covenant wines with Leslie Rudd, owner of Rudd winery and Estate, Napa. 

Jeff breaks down the stigma of Kosher wines, explaining why “foxy” wine from concord grapes made it into the homes of generations of American Jews. Today he’s changing the hearts and minds of wine lovers, producing delicious wines that just happen to be Kosher for Passover. 

Additional topics:

  • Kosher wines
  • Dean and Deluca
  • Cask strength
  • Robert Parker
  • Wine pairings
  • David Ramey
  • Natural wines
  • Chocolate and wine are bullshit
  • The Covenant Kitchen cookbook 
  • Larry Perrine and Channing Daughters 
  • Orthodox Union
  • Shomer shabbos
  • The big Lebowski 
  • Adult Bar-Mitzvahs
  • Kiddush
     

Episode 10

Title: Meet the Unborn Triplet

Over a bright and refreshing morning cocktail we’re calling a Lithuanian Twisted Nipple (vodka, Icelandic rhubarb liqueur, apple juice, lemon juice, two dashes of bitters, club soda, and a Luxardo maraschino cherry), Tory and Philip get intimate with their new BFF, Hugh Groman, CEO of Hugh Groman Group, a Bay Area catering empire.

With a dash of shade and pinch of sass (is there any other way?), Hugh shares his life story of growing up in California restaurant kitchens, playing a therapist in NYC, working for Tom Colicchio at Gramercy Tavern, tagging along with the national musical tour of A Chorus Line, opening his own restaurant in Brooklyn, and blah blah blah he’s now got three catering businesses in the Bay.

As the trio talks Passover prep, Hugh shares some hilarious catering horror stories, and easy peasy tips and tricks for entertaining.  

Additional items:

  • Cynthia Nixon running for Governor
  • Illuminoshi
  • Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”
  • Camp Swig
  • Controlling Jewish moms
  • Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Popping pills with Lorna Luft
  • Tom Colicchio and Gramercy Tavern
  • ACME Bread
  • Martini showers
  • Passover seder tips and tricks
  • Bowling with scoliosis
  • 10 plague finger puppets
  • Kids who drink coffee
  • Love, Simon is amazing!
  • Jelly Belly flops
  • Running a restaurant
  • Responsibly using Yelp
  • Controlling your potluck

 


Episode 11

Title: "Our Not So Private Parts"

In preparation for Passover, Tory and Philip make vodka grape juice and meyer lemon cocktails, because Tory thinks red grape juice is the same as Manischewitz. 

The meat of this episode [awful word choice I know] is about Tory’s VPT (vagina physical therapy). Thanks to this subset of the medical profession, that nobody talks about, women are able to reclaim their vaginas by increasing blood flow, stimulating nerves, reducing leakage and reconnecting with their vagina. Tory’s life post childbirth has never been the same and she wants all women out there to know there’s help out there!

Our resident hypochondriac, Philip, talks about the perfect bridal shower gift (kegel ball sets), before going into details about his fear of having pinworms in his bum and potentially testicular cancer. Thankfully this is what husbands are for, checking to see if you have creatures living in your bum and to talk you off a ledge!

Additional topics:

  • Vagina wands
  • Passover seder
  • Finger puppets
  • Vaginal confusion
  • Kegels 
  • Leakage
  • Good Vibrations adult stores
  • Kristen Bell
  • Pinworms
  • Sleeping naked
  • Sex and the City Two
  • Bruised prostates
  • Potty training
  • Punky Brewster
     

 


Episode 12

Title: "Wet wipes check !!!"

Just when you think you know someone, Tory reveals the adversity she had to overcome as a childhood: a life devoid of Felicity and Dawson’s Creek. But alas we powered through it with Rosemary Clooney cocktails (rosemary simple syrup, vodka and pamplemousse La Croix club soda).   

A possible gambling addict, Philip talks about his recent Las Vegas trip and the horrible feeling of losing a bunch of money, while an un-showered Tory shares her recent potty-training woes with the twins. 

The episode ends with Tory giving Philip some great advice before embarks on a “guncle weekend” with his 3 and 4.5-year-old nephews.  

Additional topics:

  • Felicity and Scott Speedman
  • Squeezy
  • Baking with kids
  • Professional coaching
  • Ron Popeil’s dehydrator  
  • Las Vegas
  • Fatty tuna is Otoro sushi
  • The Beatles Love by Cirque du Soleil
  • West Side Story 
  • Donkey Punch
  • Arabian-goggles
  • Potty-training
  • Incentives for kids
  • Guncle weekend
  • Flora Farms San Jose Los Cabos
  • Tequila
  • The Royal Wedding
     

Title: "Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?"

Episode 13

In preparation for the upcoming royal wedding, Tory and Philip snack on Walkers Shortbread cookies and drink Imperial cocktails* (different from the Imperial martini because these have Royal Assam tea, bourbon, maple syrup and lemon).

Together, they do a post-mortem on “guncle weekend” and Philip shares some of the most traumatizing instances with his adorable nephews—peeing in a dumpster anyone? Tory provides some valuable feedback on how and when to reason with children in the testing-boundaries phase, which is NEVER!

Before Tory questions her mothering skills too much, she walks us through her tips and tricks for throwing the perfect baby shower. The discussion dives into their favorite baby shower games and how best to shame those expecting moms in your life. 
 
Additional topics:

  • Drunk painting
  • Baby Showers
  • Mom shame
  • Guncle time
  • SF Firefighters
  • Playgrounds
  • Disney movies
  • Baking with kids
  • Is spanking a real punishment?
  • Contraception
  • Prince of Egypt
  • The Madonna Inn
  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
  • Cushioned toilet seats 
  • DILFs