Video #3 – Finally showing our “mugs” to you and Anthony Bourdain

We’re throwing in the towel and surrendering to the pressures of showing our smiles, faces, mugs.

It’s was fun while it lasted, hiding our faces behind the lens of our camera and only showing what distorted images we were able to achieve through our computer software. Obviously, our ultra radical “x-ray” , funky “twirl” images and speed racing grocery trip weren’t enough to satisfy some you nosy, facade hungry bloggers out there. πŸ˜€

Anthony Bourdain, one of the few food personalities that we adore and respect, had an FAN-atic casting call for his No Reservations show. Viewers sent in an audition video encouraging Tony where they would like for him to visit. The winner will be his traveling companion for that No Reservations episode. How fun!!

Bummer, we missed the deadline!! We weren’t able to edit our 3 minute submission in time and we blame it all on work, work, work. But we’re submitting our video anyway since we had all the recorded footage of Little Saigon in Orange County, California. We really want Anthony Bourdain to come down to our neck of the woods for some awesome Vietnamese food and fun.

This video had to follow the format of their Submission Guidelines:

  • Only a 3 minute video – This was a tough one because there was so much that we wanted to show to entice Tony to visit Little Saigon. We really had to edit this clip lean and mean. So there was no time to mess around ! (Well, not too much!)
  • No music allowed- What?! We’re all about the music Tony! How are we gonna give the rhythm and feel of the dynamic culture and foods of Little Saigon with out some pumpin’ Viet music? Well, we did our best.

So we’re making the jump from faceless White On Rice Couple to full on frontage, baby! We’re going all out and exposing not just our faces, but everything from our slurping and speaking silliness to an attempt at seriously sharing our love of Little Saigon, Orange County, California.

Ya never know! Maybe we can tempt Anthony Bourdain enough to still allow us to be his traveling companion for a Little Saigon episode. Keep your fingers crossed for us and wish us luck! πŸ™‚

Todd & Diane’s FAN-atic Video

“No Reservations” Casting Call video by White On Rice Couple from White On Rice Couple on Vimeo.

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Another fellow blogger made an awesome call out to Anthony Bourdain to visit the Philippines. He certainly deserves the opportunity to be Anthony’s guide to the awesome world of Philippino food and culture. Good luck Marvin!!

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{ 65 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Kathrine

    I am blown away! I LOVE Vietnamese food & finding your site has been pure joy. You two should be the next Foodnetwork Stars!!!

    Can I come live with you??? Ha.

  2. foodwoolf

    Well it’s wonderful to see your beautiful faces, get a view of your amazing neighborhood and watch you enjoy the bounty of Vietnamese foods in Little Saigon! You two are amazing!

  3. Julie

    You two are adorable and a natural on camera. To hell with Tony — you should be working on your own show. Also, your dogs are adorable. They need to be in your show too. (Love the way the brown one’s forehead wrinkles.)

  4. arundati

    great to put (beautiful) faces in place of the distorted ones….great video….!! loved the soupy noodles diane was slurrping!!

  5. nandita

    Hello Diane and Todd,
    Its my first time on your blog, tried loading it a few days ago, but somehow didn;t get thru.
    Saw the video and boy, its such a professional job. Your warmth and passion abt food, is sure to get to Anthony Bourdain. WE love his food shows.
    I just spent some time reading all that you wrote about comfort food and I was touched to tears. I’m glad i found your blog
    Warm regards

  6. Hélène

    I love it! You’re so cute! Keep the videos coming.

  7. Lil

    gaahhh i missed all the excitement while working on my infernal thes*s??! and all the lovely asian fruits… maybe i should start looking for a postdoctoral position over in LA! πŸ˜‰

    by the way, it’s fantastic to be able to put your faces to your name πŸ˜€

  8. Cakelaw

    You guys rock! I hope Anthony picks you. I especially loved the section on the fruits, many of which I have never seen before. Those jackfruit are enormous!

  9. kate

    Hey u guys … sorry i;’m a bit late , but i have to tell ya … u’re one hot looking couple !!! and look very happy together πŸ˜€
    Nice to finally see you. Have to admit i still gotta see that video .. my connections kinda slow so its taking a bit longer !

  10. Rosie

    What a great Vid guys and good luck πŸ˜€

    Rosie x

  11. sra

    Ah, I finally got round to seeing the video – nice to see you both and I really enjoyed the market and the restaurant – I always visit local markets whenever I can!

  12. Allen

    Great video — I hope it catches Tony’s attention!

  13. Tiina

    What a great video!

  14. Mango Power Girl

    You guys ROCK!! I hope Bourdain sees this, and if not, I see a great show in the making – you guys are pros πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to visit Little Saigon now!

  15. aforkfulofspaghetti

    Great vid! Why wait for Bourdain? Why not just set up your own channel, as it were, on YouTube, and do it that way? I’ve known others get signed up by tv companies by doing just that… Go on, you know you can do it!

  16. Homecooked

    Finally a face to this wonderful blog although partial πŸ™‚ I hope he picks you.We used to stay in Orange county but I’ve never been to Little Saigon….maybe next time.

  17. Zenchef

    You guys are awesome, great couple! If Tony doesn’t pick you, i’ll come to OC to stuff myself on all the goodies you have there! It looks fantastic. πŸ™‚

    Now i know what my blog is missing. More elephant stunts! hehe. πŸ˜‰

  18. Annemarie

    Hmm. When I click the link, it says the video is no longer available. Is this some grand Todd and Diane trick (in which everyone else posting on this page is in on as well?). Ah well – shame I wasn’t quick enough to catch a glimpse of you.

  19. Nan

    Ol’ Anthony Bourdain would be LUCKY to pal around with you two! Maybe you’ll get lucky and he’ll forgive the tardiness of your video….and if he does pick you then you must let us know so we can skulk around little Saigon behind you – adoring fans and all…you could just refer to us – on camera – as your KP’s….kitchen peeps! You are both adorable – no more masks in the kitchen – that’s got to be a relief! (What it is about Anthony Bourdain that makes women weak in the knees….or is that just me?!)

  20. katy

    oh, i hope hope hope he picks you guys!!! i love that show. πŸ™‚ and you and your dogs are SO CUTE!!! i’m very impressed that you got them to look at the camera — taking pictures of my dogs always involves me making crazy-person noises and jumping around like a lunatic to get their attention… πŸ™‚

  21. chris

    Just found your site – you’re webpage ROCKS! – are you designers?
    Going to spending some time here checking everything out…

  22. Suganya

    Too bad, Tony missed this gorgeous couple. Rock on πŸ™‚

  23. amanda

    finally! the mystery is revealed! it really is a shame that you guys missed the deadline. i would have loved to seen your mugs on no reservations. i completely agree about tony – he is one of the only respectable food oriented people with a show on tv anymore.

    now i’m left with the problem of wanting some good vietnamese food at 10:30am! guess i’ll just have to watch the video again and dream.

  24. lcsa99

    I am really impressed with your video! Even with a late entry he would be a fool not to pick you two πŸ™‚

  25. Lyrical Lemongrass

    What a great video. Now you make me feel like visiting you!! Which is highly possible considering the fact that I go to LA once in two years.

    I like the first photo of you guys with the contrasting hats. πŸ™‚

  26. Rita

    Hey just noticed elephant ride, LOL loving tat…pls pls pls make tony bourdain do TAT


  27. Rasa Malaysia

    Just found your blog, you guys like almost the same restaurants as I do…because I live in the OC, too. LOL. πŸ™‚

    Nice blog.

  28. steamy kitchen

    I loove it!! Nice to finally meet you!!!

    I saw you posted that you couldn’t see my video – if you click to the ABC link, the video link is called “Featured Video” right on the page.

    xo, jaden

  29. Simply...Gluten-free

    Yeah! Finally we see your beautiful mugs! Gotta say I have a major crush on Anthony (any man who smokes, swears, drinks and eats in such an elloquent way deserves my whole hearted love!) so when he does come to see you (because he’d be an idiot not to, missed deadline or not) please let me come too!!! Please!

  30. Tartelette

    You guys are hot! I think I am crushing…gotta be spring! Thanks for the video, I really learned a lot about your ares. Anthony would be a fool not to pick you!

  31. Kitt

    How fun! You could tweak the voiceover and sell it to the Travel Channel, too.

    Need some pho now.

  32. Angela

    OMG, you two are fabulous! I hope he takes you up on your offer for dinner. Wouldn’t THAT be the coolest! Diane: You’re a total natural on camera. I just found your site from Peter. Great stuff, you two!

  33. megan

    Good luck you two!

  34. MyKitchenInHalfCups

    He couldn’t get a better offer! That was great fun. I’d love to come!

  35. nikkipolani

    Yes, I can see that you’ve been busy! Good luck on the video even though a little bit late.

  36. Tempered Woman

    Your family is beautiful! And Tony would be a total numnuts to pass up the chance to hang out with you guys. The video was great. Shame on you for encouraging his bad habit tho πŸ˜‰ I tell you what, if you don’t get the visit I’ll let you escort me around. I’m famous in my own little world, heh.

  37. nicole

    o heavens. You guys are unbelievably cute.

  38. Ivy

    You guys look terrific. Such a nice couple. Wish you all the best and the video was great, I am sure he will pick you up. Good luck!

  39. Marvin

    Awesome video, T&D! You two look great and really know your way around Little Saigon. I especially love all the shots while on the bike. Very cool. And thanks for the shoutout too!

  40. Ginger M.

    This is great! You guys are a such hot couple. Good luck with the vid!

  41. missginsu

    You guys are adorable, no doubt… but those doggies! I want to give them big doggie kisses!

    Good luck and cheers!
    Miss G.

  42. Sandie (Inn Cuisine)

    Fabulously fun videos you’ve been putting on your site! You’re both talented, creative people and make great hosts. I love the realness of your demeanors, not all plastic-y and such. (Is plastic-y a word? I don’t think so, but it should be.)

    But seriously, this is fun, informative content voiced with smooth narration and hosted with a comfortable presence. Someone (networks pay attention!) — Anthony Bourdain or not — is bound to notice. I would tune in to watch you, oh wait, I already do!!

  43. Raine

    Awesome video πŸ˜€ It makes me really miss Cali (I was born there but was moved to the East Coast with my family). I hope he picks you guys!

  44. Mike

    That video is great–I hope it does the trick and gets you a visit. Very nicely done. Also, its great to see the faces behind the blog. πŸ™‚

    And might I add how jealous I am of the great food and produce you have access to? I had jackfruit in India, fell in love with it, and never saw it again except in pickled, canned form.

  45. Luna Pier Cook

    I think y’all have gotten good to the point where you should get yourself a 3-CCD camera and some royalty-free music and really start going for it at PBS and such. You’re better than some folks who are already out there.

  46. White on Rice Couple

    Allison & Julie – Thank you so much and being picked is almost like the winning the lottery, with our luck. But we had fun making it anyways!

    Peter- Right! Tony needs to get his bony butt down here to visit us. πŸ™‚ Hey Peter, you know we are showing our mugs here especially for you!

    Lisa- Yeah, Todd is quite cute but in a macho way!

    Manggy- We pretty much did not really plan any specifics for this video during filming it. We just did what two dorks with a video camera would do, but we were extra pleased with the “smokes for Tony” part too!

    Jesse- Give us a shout when you’re in the area! We’ll give you a tour and even a motorcycle ride! πŸ™‚

    B- Thanks and we are so looking forward to see what’s up your casting thing-y next week!

    Bee & Jai- Wow, thanks for the encouragement. We’re a little too shy to submit it to Food Network. πŸ™‚

    Lydia- Luckily the durian was not ripe yet. Don’t know if I would have had such a pleasant reaction when I sniffed it!

    Rita- Thank you Our Miss Rita Moca ! Hope you’re feeling better.

    Evil Mamma- Thanks for the heads up on Tony tonight. We’ll be watching.

    Angie- Now that you see us, let us see you! We kinda see you behind all your veggies!

    Big Boys – Ok, will do that. Does that mean I get to really bite Todd’s marzipan head off?

    Jen – I love to eat lots and lots and I really do eat lots and lots. But I also exercise and exercise because I want to eat lots and lots more. When I don’t get out to the great outdoors to burn some calories, I take kick box classes. Hai….yah!!

    Kitt & SRA- Sorry, you snooze you lose! J/K ! It should be up again by now because we had to re-load the video.

    Christine – Merci Beaucoup and Todd really has gotten his Viet food words down! I yell at him in Vietnamese so he can get some Viet language listening lessons. πŸ™‚

  47. Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy

    Loved the video! You guys are such an adorable couple and you always look like you’re having so much fun! The only interest my husband has in food is eating it. I’m jealous! πŸ˜‰

    Keeping my fingers crossed!

  48. Pixie

    Now talk about a shocking entry- you revealed your faces!!! It’s wonderful to get to hear you both and see you too. Best of luck with the entry and I’m jealous of all the wonderful places close by for you to visit- particularly, the gorgeous beach!

  49. Christine

    As Paris Hilton would say, that’s HOT. I loved the trip to the fruit vendor and the cafe, not to mention Todd’s great accent in pronouncing bΓΊn ch? πŸ™‚ — alors, bravo!

  50. sra

    Hey, video no longer available, and I don’t get to see the top half of your faces!!!

  51. Kitt

    Waaaaaaaah! “Video no longer available”!!!!!!

  52. Jen Yu

    OMG! I love you guys!! Todd is such a hottie, but Diane – girlfriend is sizzlin’!! How do you stay so trim eating that giant bowl of noodles? πŸ˜‰ I’m so hungry now, and jealous of all that wonderful food in your backyard. Kaweah wants more puppy pics! xxoo

  53. Big Boys Oven

    Do email us a photograph of two of you. Will try to do a marzipan figurine! sunny yaw

  54. Angie

    Who could turn you down? : ) Great vid, and you it’s nice to “see you”!

  55. evil chef mom

    Good Job! I just ate dinner and now I’m hungry… Again! You know Tony is my secert husband, I might just have to talk to him for you. He’s on Letterman tonight.

  56. Rita

    Good luck you guys….forget tony, we choose you ^_^

  57. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    Fabulous video! Tony’s really going to miss out if he doesn’t choose you. Except for the durian… maybe you can skip that….

  58. FlaNBoyant Eats

    oh my gosh! you guys are sooo cute! yay!! finally we get to see those cute and all grown up faces… i was wondering if there were real people behind the beautiful little asian envelopes i received. so nice to put a face with gift! πŸ™‚ you guys rock and i hope you get it! i have a little secret to tell you about castings…but you’ll have to wait a week! just wish me luck or say a prayer, whaterver it is you do for bringing favor to your life…

    oh wait, one funny thing.. when i hit play on ur video and turned my mute button off, Vivaldi’s Summer Concerto in G minor started playing as well… I was like what the hec! Wow they listen to the same classical music!!! oh Lord!! my itunes was playing and I didn’t even realize it! LOL… I’m having a day…
    let me know what happens with Tony!!!


  59. bee and jai

    forget tony. send this to food network. great to meet you two beautiful people.

  60. Jesse

    You two are the sexiest couple EVER! Forget Tony, you guys should have your own show. Even without music, your video looks professional and convinced me to invite myself over to Little Saigon sometime soon!

  61. Manggy

    T&D, if I were as cute as you guys (sorry for the twee adjective, I’m sort of stuck on it for now when I refer to Americans), I wouldn’t hide behind a Photoshop filter or giant hat! πŸ™‚

    Knowing how insane chefs are, if Bourdain chose you he’d probably whisk you all off to actual Saigon, heh heh. Great vid (I LOLed on the part where Diane said, let’s get smokes for Tony)! I now know where to look for a great meal in the OC– straight to the WhiteonRiceCouple’s house!!

  62. Lisa

    You guys are both adorable! Todd I mean that in a manly way, lol. So nice to see you both!

  63. Peter

    “Little ditty, ’bout Todd & Diane” lol

    The vid looks great and Tony should get his bony ass over there to OC.

    It’s so good to put faces to the blogger(s)…now that wasn’t so bad was it?

    Here in Toronto, we do have a significant Viet population, now I’ve gotta find a pretty guide to show me around! πŸ˜‰

  64. Julie

    You guys are so adorable! He’d be a fool not to pick you.

  65. Allison

    Looks fantastic! Hopefully he’ll pick you!

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