Our 5 Minutes of Fame

In our garden: Todd, Diane, Cindy and Roxanne ( show producer and hosts)

Sorry, we’ve been pretty hush, hush about this little TV event. The reason being, until the taping actually happened, we weren’t certain if the idea of White On Rice Couple on TV was actually going to happen. Making a WROC video was on our own time, so we know exactly when things are going to happen and “air”, but for a bigger project like a TV show, it’s so much more work and organization, something we don’t have to control over. And what if the producers decided to change their mind and drop WORC to the side? All the pre-hype and talk would be just embarassing….maybe something like this… “Hey, we’re gonna be on TV! …ooops! …just kidding! Not any more, we’re liars!”

Besides, we were perfectly content with our 3-9 minutes of WORC video blog fame. It’s always a blast making the video’s but watching ourselves for the really long 9 minute videos is even way too much for us. But a whole 30 minutes of WORC on an actual TV screen? What if people get tired of seeing us?! Too much WORC might not be good for the soul. And an actual show? With a real host, an actual director, real production camera’s, real lights, real mic’s? Whoa!! We don’t know what to think, everything is on overload right now.

Todd reaching for freshly picked Dragon Fruit

So here’s the full scoop: There are 2 new TV shows scheduled for Time Warner Cable, our local cable channel in Southern California. The first show, “The Culinary Cocktail Hour”, is a humerus 30 minute show about the eating adventures of the “take out food” queens. It’s a cooking show where they attempt to learn and cook food outside their “fast food” repertoire. They drink cocktails to start every show and end the show with another cocktail, thus, “The Culinary Cocktail Hour”! The producers asked us to film one episode for this show, as well as another episode for a second show on their production roster, “Take a Bite Out of The OC”. This second show follows the adventures of Denise Marie, a popular Orange County, CA radio personality and her co-host, Cindy. These two ladies explore Orange County’s vast and diverse offerings in all facets: food, travel, shopping, entertainment and beauty. Hope this answers many of your questions: This is NOT our own show. We will only be featured in ONE episode! Thanks for the support though everyone!

For the second show, “Take a Bite Out of the OC”, we will be taking them on a culinary tour of Orange County’s ethnic markets, food joints and more. The idea is still in production and the producers are still planning out the details on where we will take them, but we will start shooting this in two weeks.

For the first show that we taped on Saturday, “The Culinary Cocktail Hour”, the hosts came over to our house, got a garden tour, a cooking lesson on fresh spring rolls with garden herbs/veggies, and some awesome inebriating cocktails, to stick to the theme of the show. We gathered tangerines for the Citrus Aphrodisiac cocktail and Eureka lemons for the Island Taxi cocktail. To top it off, they even got to pick a fruit that they had never seen before- dragon fruit!

It was a wonderful learning experience and a far cry from our, *cough, cough*, kinda rustic WORC video shoots. Um…can we say that our little video camera, no lights, no mic set ups are quite an embarassment to the barrage of professional equiptment that the production crew brought in? We showed the producers our little video camera and they smiled politely at our high tech equipment and moved on to the set up. They weren’t too excited about our stuff. Needless to say, our video camera went straight back into it’s little bag!

Here’s a little comparison on how we shoot our very low budget video’s vs. A More Professional shoot. We’ll let the pictures highlight our Saturday:

Our Set up: Little Panasonic camera, $25 mono-pod, helmets, messenger bag, motorcycle.

Their Set up (this is only half of what was there): “Don’t wanna ask how much these cost” type of camera’s (two of them), two smaller cameras, 3 mics, and lots of “pay for my college tuition” type of tripods.

Our Set Lighting: Lots of fresh air, day light, the sun, the sky and lightbulbs for night time shooting.

Their Set Lighting: Lots and lots of HOT, HOT umbrella lights and many more! All the windows on the house were blocked off with black fabric to eliminate any natural light to come through, that’s why the kitchen looks like it was shot at night time. The outside temperature was about 95 degrees and inside the house was way over 100 degrees! We don’t have air conditioning and we were all dripping with SWEAT during the taping.

Our Camera Man (when necessary for the motorcycle shots)- Little brother who loves a free meal, owes Diane $20 bucks and owns lots of video games.

Their Camera Man Brian, expert videographer who owns his own production company.

Now the best part, The Food!!

The Menu: The board says it all. The platter of garden goodies: Lettuce, herbs, dragon fruit, lemon cucumber, eggplant, eureka lemons & tangerines.

The Prep: Garden veggies/herbs, tofu and pork ready for the table top grill!

Mmmm……Table top grilled veggies , tofu and pork for the spring rolls.

Portable butane stoves and grill tops are the best!! Diane’s family tradition of eating fresh spring rolls.

Where’s is everyone? As soon as this half of the taping was finished , we all immediately wiped off our dripping sweat and ran outside to cool off in the 95 degree weather. Todd had to change to a different shirt in between taping to keep the his red shirt from getting too wet from the sweat!

Drinking in front of the camera!

The Cocktails: Curacao liqueur and fresh eureka lemons for the “Island Taxi”

The finished “Island Taxi” with a very tired and dried out lemon garnish. Yes, it was that hot in the kitchen!

Cocktail #2 – Damiana liqueur for the “Citrus Aphrodisiac”. Can’t you tell from the shape of the bottle on how it got it’s name?

The End ! BTW- “We need more trees!”

We were too busy and STARVING to take any pictures of the final spring rolls. So here are some links from past spring roll posts that you might like:


Pork and Pineapple

Beef Meatball

Lemongrass Tofu

When will the shows air?

Both shows are still in production with the first episodes airing sometime at the end of summer/ beginning fall. We’re not for certain that our episodes will make it to the final cut, but we sure did feed them well, gave them lots of drinks and bribed them with some free puppy play time! So maybe we won’t end up on the cutting room floor! We’ll keep everyone posted on the air dates.

Will there ever be a WORC show of our very own?Maybe, possibly, there’s been some discussion. That’s for us to know and you to find out later! ๐Ÿ˜‰

But in the meantime, if you haven’t already, you can watch all our little “five minutes of fame” videos here:

View all our VIDEOS Here Cooking & Exploring !

{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. swirlingnotions

    How fun! Forget it, you guys are naturals . . .

  2. aforkfulofspaghetti

    What fun!

    You may not have your own show YET, but I have a sneaky feeling it might just be around the corner….

  3. Dani

    You two cutie pies! You look fantabulous and you’re going to be famous! Wow, the food looks great, too.

  4. Flanboyant Eats

    I told you! Isn’t this stuff exciting!!!! I was loving every minute of it. You guys looked u had a great time. And eating all that food is such a great time too! I’m sure you’ll put the epi on youtube so we can see it over on this coast! congrats…

    D, I’m a bit disappointed though.. where are your pumps girl!!!

  5. bee

    that is fantastic. you are way better than some other people on “fad network” that i shall not name.

  6. Lil

    woohoo! congrats!! i must keep an eye to see if you post the show here at some stage (drat to not living in US, i won’t be able to catch full tv show of that)…

  7. Ivy

    Congrats to both of you and hope to see the show on u-tube. It’s a great experience and hope that you’ll have more shows in the future.

  8. Kitt

    Wish I could see it! They may have the gear, but you’ve got the GOODS!

  9. dhanggit

    wowoweeeee!! that’s awesome guys!! how did it felt like? nervous and excited im pretty sure ๐Ÿ™‚ my vibes is telling me there will be more tv appearances like that coming..on your way to fame guys!! by the way those spring rolls are magnificent..im curious on the lemongrass tofu! that must be delicioso!!

  10. Nan

    So cool! Will you be able to pirate a copy to show everyone in blogland? I hope so! This is just a stepping stone…Food Network just might come calling next! Congrats to both of you!

  11. pho75

    If the show is about Orange County, then they must have Viet food in it.

  12. glutenfreeforgood

    Congratulations, but what about those of us out here in the Rocky Mountains? Will we get to watch you play with your food? And what about the ranch in Colorado? You could do a barbecue and beans version out here. BORC Out West (beansonricecouple).

  13. We Are Never Full

    sounds great – is it a local access show or will east-coasters get a chance to glance? my guess is we’ll all be able to see it eventually thanks to you tube, but just curious.

  14. Kaykat

    You guys rock! Like Matt said, try to get tapings rights please so we get to see you in action? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Vodka asks: “Do my pooch friends get to be part of all this too?” ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Julie

    I’m another one who doesn’t live in southern California so I’m hoping it’s possible to view online. I know you’ll be great — you both seem to be a natural in front of the camera.

  16. Brooke

    How exciiiiiiiiiting!
    I loved reading (and seeing!) the differences between your video set ups. Honestly, you may not have super expensive equipment, but your DIY set ups are rather impressive to me!

    Congrats! You two are stars!

  17. shayne

    it sounds like a great experience even if it was 100 degrees in the kitchen. Great story and i love the comparison of your productions and theirs.

    Thanks for a great blog and I would watch you if you had your own show.

  18. RecipeGirl

    Ahhhhh, how fun! I can’t imagine how miserable it must have been in the heat of the kitchen trying to look happy while filming, but I’m sure it was all worth it, eh? I look forward to hearing if it will air all the way down here in San Diego…

  19. melissa

    love = live. pffft.

  20. melissa

    Congratulations you guys. ๐Ÿ˜€ And selfishly… HOO-FREAKIN-RAY for me! I love close (right around the corner!) to WORC. YESSSS. ๐Ÿ˜› Seriously, I can’t wait for your episode of Take a Bite Out of The OC. What better show for me than info on markets and restaurants I can actually go to?? Hee.

  21. richa

    wow! lots happening here ๐Ÿ™‚ was away for a lil’ bit and came back to this wonderful news! Congratulations!

  22. Sandie (Inn Cuisine)

    I’m so glad you are having fun with this and that you are able to bring your enthusiasm and culinary talents to TV. If your initial tapings prove half as entertaining as your blog videos have been, then I’m sure even more good things await you around the corner. All the best!

  23. steamy kitchen

    That’s soooo AWESOME!!!! Congratulations, my friends!

    You must have camera gear envy!

  24. Toni

    Congratulations!! After watching the video you guys did of your garden, I’m not surprised that they picked you for the show. I think they wanted an invite over to your house!! And fresh picked dragon fruit? Outside of Vietnam? Wow!!

    I’d also like to know if there’ll be an online link to the show. Don’t know that we get OC stations here in San Diego.

  25. lifeinrecipes

    How cool is that?! It looks like so much fun and you guy appear to be sooo relaxed. I hope there will be more where this came from.

    Love Damiana – first had it in Cabo about 14 years or so ago before Cabo totally exploded.

  26. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    Sounds like you guys had a great time and learned a lot. Sorry I don’t live in the viewing area for your TV debut — will there be an online link?

  27. Andrea

    It sounds like you had a fantastic time! And what a great idea to show how it all came together here! I hope you guys get your own show, I would watch you regularly. Did you hear that, Time Warner????

  28. grace

    when you guys eventually become mega-stars, i’ll proudly say that i watched the entire process unfold from afar. ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Christine

    Felicitations! How cool is this? The shows are going to rock and I wish I could see them. I hope you’ll be able to put them up on your site.

    I love that you guys made fresh spring rolls – the quintessential summer meal for me ๐Ÿ™‚

    Congrats again, guys!

  30. Marc @ No Recipes

    Wow congratulations! Wish I could see the show over here on the East Coast.

  31. Wandering Chopsticks

    Ha! If your videos are “rustic” then mine must be positively primitive. I love that shot of your brother videotaping you guys. I had always wondered who was recording while you were both on the motorcycle.

    Is taping all done then? Wanna come up again for another eating fest? ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Lisa

    Oh I hope we can see it way over here on the East coast!! I’ll be so bummed out if I miss seeing you two on TV.

    I am really excited for you guys!

  33. Peter

    Diane and Todd, thanks for the glimpse into the making of a food show. As I suspected, it’s a lot of work and only those who truly love food and sharing that love will prevail and show it in a show.

    Congrats and I have every confidence that this will make it’s way to TV.

  34. matt wright

    You guys absolutely rock. I hope you can YouTube the episodes so we can all see them!

  35. evil chef mom

    They would be seriously remissed if they didn’t pick you up for your own show. I always wondered who did the motorcycle shots for you… Hopefully there will be a way to see your episode when it airs. I can’t wait to see it.

  36. michelle @ TNS

    yowza – congrats!

  37. Mike

    That’s awesome! Lots of congratulations–I hope to see a lot more!

  38. moowiesqrd

    Congrats, T & D! It’s too bad that I’m too far south to be able to catch the shows, but hopefully I’ll have a chance at some point. 100 degrees indoors… yikes! Looks like it was a lot of fun, though. Did Dante and Sierra have a few minutes of fame, too? ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Manggy

    Humph. Honestly I would rather have a series of you guys than a pair of takeout queens ๐Ÿ˜› Of course, my favoritism comes into play ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, it looks like you had a blast– heat and humbling of your equipment notwithstanding. I do hope it airs (don’t forget to Youtube it when it does!!)!

  40. dp

    How exciting! Congratulations to you guys!

    So are you guys only going to be shown locally in So. Cal, or will the show be available to your fans across the country? ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Happy Cook

    Wow congragulations guys.
    Hi hi i liked the comparison of the cameras and the lighting etc…..so which one do u guys like the most, you own taping or the professional one ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hi hi i have the Curacao liqueur here

  42. sharon

    Wow, congrats!! Sounds like such a fun and interesting experience. Luckily, I’m in SoCal and have Time Warner, so hopefully I can catch these new shoes and especially your episode. I guess my dreams of Hollywood fame should be squashed. I’d never make it underneath those hot lights!

    PS Thanks for the labels on the Damiana bottle. It’s early…I was staring and couldn’t figure it out till I saw the little labels. Nothing like the obvious ๐Ÿ™‚

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