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Other-LiveiAmA Former Knight at Medieval Times M'Lords and M'Ladies. AMA!

Jun 23rd 2017 by Keko2461 • 51 Questions • 166 Points

Hi, we're Vanessa Lavorato, Ry Prichard and Abdullah Saeed, the hosts of BONG APPÉTIT. Each week, we invite chefs on to make an amazing cannabis-infused meal and invite people over to join us for a one-of-a-kind dinner party. Each of us has a background in working or cooking with cannabis - we want to answer YOUR questions about weed and food!

BONG APPÉTIT is on VICELAND Wednesdays at 10:30p.

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Q:

When dueling a base knave, dost thou wield one sword and shield, or dost thou wield two weapons simultaneously for maximum glory?

A:

The pantry on this show is crazy, I keep trying to wrap my head around how people have come up with whatever science experiments were needed to turn the base product into so many different things.

I guess my question is, what's the maximum amount of times per episode Ry's allowed to say "terpenes" before the director throws something at him?


Q:

Depending on the fight. Each fight has their own set of weapons. Some more heavy, some one handed others two handed. Not all were Sword N Shield. In the end, any weapon used corretly get you to victory haha

A:

Terpenes terpenes terpenes terpenes terpenes :) --Ry


Q:

Did you have the skills needed to convincingly perform prior to working there, or did they teach you that afterward?

A:

is the weed expensed to vice or for legal reasons do you have to procure it yourselves? what kind of legal counsel does vice provide in making the shows?


Q:

Everything there was taught. Literally from scratch. All the horse riding and the sword fighting, how to move and maneuver in the sand, everything. Even if you already know how to ride, they will re-train you due to the fact that those horses are trained specially for the show. And are ridden a certain way to perform in the show. I came in with an athletic background as some years before I started there I used to be a Boxer. So the physical exercise I did helped me keep up but still, their training in harsh! If you're not in shape one bit, or think you are, that job will test you to the max. You won't get into the show until the Head Knight feels you ate ready skill wise and physically conditioned for your first show. Which averagely takes about 12 months of training.

A:

I grow all the weed for bong appetit in my butt

-abdulllllah


Q:

Do they pay you during the training, or is it something you have to have a day job to pay the bills?

A:

First off, I love all of you, and love all the creativity each of you bring to the table! What are your favorite infusions to do at home beyond the average cannabutter? ( I love infused honey)


Q:

As soon as you walk in through those doors on your first day you are on the clock. It's a Full time job.

A:

At home I just have some strong VG tincture and some even stronger infused coconut oil I made using the Ry jar method -abdullah


Q:

What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

A:

What is your favorite cannabis strain?


Q:

African or European M'Lord

A:

hard q, but overall sour D. honorable mention for Durban poison -abdullah


Q:

It's never too late to start :p

A:

What is your favorite cannabis strain?


Q:

I'd be so dam far behind uff... Ppl do still watch it lol? I feel like it was a big hype few years ago. Now with everything else out, it's kind of hidden in a shade with its own true fans.

A:

I am an OG guy, so Triangle Kush is generally my #1 go-to. But I really love equatorial Sativas and obsess over things like Old Timer's Haze that flower for 14-16 weeks and grow like bush weed. So uniquely flavorful and effects like nothing else in modern cannabis.

--Ry


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There's a reason there are true fans though. I do recommend taking the time to watch it, especially if you have an interest in Medieval Times era. Great actors and great writing. You are right though, there are a lot of new, quality shows out there, but even with so many I still say GoT is top 5 for me.

A:

What's the best way to decarb?

In the episode where your guest chef decarbed in a Sous Vide it seemed like a game changer to me and seemed like the most efficient way to accomplish the task and preserve the flavor of the flower. Is this the best method or is there a superior way to do it?


Q:

I will go on a GOT BINGE

A:

We use a really great process called the jar method. You put the cannabis flower, fat (coconut oil, butter, we've even done sweetened condensed milk) into a mason jar, boil for two hours and strain. Decarb and infuse all in one. - vl


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What would you say was the most difficult part of your job?

A:

I've done this with already vaped bud, coconut oil and slow cooker. Turned out very strong, but tastes horrible. Any way I can improve the taste?


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Definitely the training to become a Knight. I used to be a successful amateur boxer in my teen years. And everyone knows boxing training is gruesome with the physician exercises and dieting. But honestly nothing compared to the training I received there for 12 months before I got my first show in my Armor. You have no idea how many times I wanted to just quit mid training, at times I was seriously pushed to my physical limits. Running, walking, fighting in that sand is no joke! Wearing real leather booths that got heavy, have you been to the beach and tried to walk on the sand? Not easy just walking is it? Imagine trying to move around and walk backwards, forwards, shift side to side in that sand while wearing a pair of heavy boots that sunk into it. The horse riding wasn't easy either. My legs and thighs killed me for weeks learning how to ride! I couldn't get out of bed at times. It takes time to get used to riding everyday for hours. It was the physical work that was so hard. It was honestly a military boot camp on sand on steroids. But felt so good when you finally get that "you're ready for the show here's your armor".

A:

WOW! Love to hear that our show had a real impact on your life. Like Ry said, we need to destigmatize, regulate, research and legalize cannabis so more patients like yourself can gain access to this life saving medicine. Thank you for watching!


Q:

"it was honestly a military boot camp on sand on steroids"

Have you done any form of military training or are you talking out your ass. Because from your description even the easiest military training I have done is a world away (ie much more difficult) from what you describe.

A:

What was the tastiest thing you've made on the show and which was the most potent?


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I have. And even military personnel who have came and didn't last more than a week said themselves and it was a handful. They were in the back throwing up and laying on the floor passing out. I don't talk out of my ass tough guy move on to the next post if you wanna sit here and talk smack ;). As I said before it's not for everyone. I'm nit saying military training is easy, but I am saying what I endured at that job has been the hardest physical training I have received. Enough that with my very own eyes I saw mitary personnel quit before even passing their probation days. Keep the thread friendly, if you can't then don't comment thanks.

A:

I am personally still obsessed with the lemongrass turmeric liquid nitrogen ice cream that Marcel Vigneron made all the way back in episode 1. Such a complex and crazy flavor, especially with the bitterness of the cannabis juice. Other than that, Deuki Hong's fried chicken for sure... I ate so much of it.

As far as most potent, probably the pineapple upsidedown cake we made with Trap Kitchen. I ate a good amount of that and the Mac Attack and woke up at 3 AM high as shit.

--Ry


Q:

Would like to know what military training you have been through. Interesting you didn't mention it here or in your previous IAMA about the same menial service job. What exactly did you do, and post some proof, poser.

A:

I know this is just a simple response, but what do you think was the least tasty as well(without insulting any of the chefs of course)?


Q:

Judging from your comments to other posts, you seem like a dick that just trolls lol but as I say to everyone that tries me, go apply. And when you get your armor, IF you get it, send me a picture ;) nite.

A:

We made some brittle and the cannabis got a little overcooked and bitter. Wasn't my favorite, though some of the guests still really liked it.

--Ry


Q:

What was your favorite moment during your knight career?

A:

I know this is just a simple response, but what do you think was the least tasty as well(without insulting any of the chefs of course)?


Q:

After a long 3 show workday, finally taking the armor off XD. That's a tough one to answer hmm... I think I would say my favorite moment was my first show as a Knight. After all the crazy gruesome training, finally being a Knight has to be the top. All hard work and the will to not give up or quit during training, and just pushing through, and finally getting that instant pay raise going from Squire, to Knight in Training, to Knight in the Show. Everything else after that is a walk in the park.

A:

I always go back to Deuki Hong's keef chicken wings from season 1 -abdullah


Q:

I'm a big fan of hand to hand weapons. My personal favorite is between a War Horse (modernism military knife) and the classic claymore. Do you have a favorite?

A:

Would you ever consider putting together a video on cooking with concentrates? I'd love some straight forward instructions on how to properly use them. The other tutorials you've done have been wonderful.

Love the show!


Q:

Are we talking about any weapon or Medieval Weapons? Have you seen the movie "Ninja Assassin"? One of my fave for the fight scenes. Anyway, the weapon Rain uses, it's a hybrid from what I've read which is why I couldn't Google the name. That blade connected to a rope or chain. That's is one badass weapon specially the way he used it in that movie. Jackie Chan used one similar but instead of a blade it was at big horseshoe at the end of it in "Shanghai Noon".

A:

We would love to do more of this. Noted! Simple instructionals are one of the biggest requests we get, as the show doesn't usually allow for a full explanation of everything for time reasons.

--Ry


Q:

We will go with both, favorite medieval and favorite in general lol. And I haven't seen the movie but think I know what you are talking about. Give me a minute and I can find the name lol

A:

Saw an episode the other day where you used UK cheese in a recipe. With cannabis being illegal over here and in the second most illegal category of drugs in the UK, how did you manage to get it over to the US? Or did you grow it over there with seeds?

Maybe I'm being stupid!


Q:

In general that Rope Dart would be my favorite. Medieval, and I would have to go with one of the weapons I used when I worked at the Castle, I liked using the regular sword and shield alot because I had both offense and defense, and both were pretty lightweight. But... My favorite weapon to use was the Alabarda. I had fun swinging that thing around and using it as a pole vault to do like a Liu Kang flying kick to the other guy, sending him flying some feet across the arena.

A:

The clone of UK Cheese made its way to the US long ago and has been grown and used in many breeding projects. I can only assume it was smuggled here, no idea who did that but I thank them every day.

--Ry


Q:

Nice choices. I'm not that great with anything at range. Bring it in close for me lol

A:

What was it like the first time you all realized you'd all be working together, cooking, and chilling all the time?


Q:

Now a days ppl just use guns (-_-) lmao

A:

I had been doing the show as a web series on munchies for a while and we wanted to have a team for the tv iteration of the show, Ry was the top pick for weed experts, and Vanessa came on for a couple episodes as a culinary expert and is awesome so she joined the squad, Weed Food Squad! [triple fist bump] -abdullah


Q:

Do you think your training has made you ready for the coming zombie apocalypse? Would armor be a hindrance in that situation? How about a general social breakdown? Speed or armor?

A:

What was it like the first time you all realized you'd all be working together, cooking, and chilling all the time?


Q:

Hell Yea!! Those weapons were not plastic at all and I walked out of that company with many battlescars. I can definitely swing some metal around and kick some Zombie Ass for sure. Armor would be very significant since it'll protect against contaminated saliva and Zombie Bites haha. Speed or Armor... That's a toughie. Zombies aren't that fast, easy to outrun. so unless you literally can't walk then armor would be the best bet. It'll be an infinite Hack N Slash marathon!

A:

In the instance of the pizza dough, it would decarb quite a bit in the oven, even for a short time because of the high temps. Sometimes we use it for flavor also. THCA is not a waste, it has lots of benefits on its own and unactivated concentrate/flower tastes FAR better in recipes, so it can be used aromatically.

--Ry


Q:

I do medieval re-enactment. Started off as a comedy act but evolved to actual fighting. Here's an event I participated in recently https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tXTNvXWagM&t=9s

A:

What's the best way to make your own edibles from bud? I've tried a couple different methods and I can't seem to get it right.


Q:

I always wanted to go to one of those, we don't have those here in Chicago. Somewhere close by a couple hours away the Ren fair rolls through, but since I never stay on top of that community I don't know want to come. One of the guys used to go to those all the time. He told me stories about them having actual skill games and of course he would win them until they told him that he couldn't play anymore LOL. Little did they know he did that for a living ha ha. Do you work at one that's year round or do you travel with it, how do you work and when?

A:

Use our jar method to infuse butter, olive/vegetable, or coconut oil. Add flower (normally 3-4 grams depending on potency) to 8 oz of oil inside a mason jar, seal and boil for 2 hours then strain out the plant material. You'll have an activated oil ready to use.

--Ry


Q:

In Europe almost any town with a castle or only a remote medieval history connection has one of these events once a year. I work as a freelancer with a partner and we travel Portugal most weekends from April to September. It is my job, I could say, and it's pretty fun!

A:

What's the best way to make your own edibles from bud? I've tried a couple different methods and I can't seem to get it right.


Q:

Their like regular tights made of some kind of fabric that look like mesh. Kinda like a rough sweater. They're very comfy thought lol. Correct on the belts but that's if the other guy can AIM the hits otherwise it'll smack just a bit south and that hurts... The weapons are 100% real. They spark because it's metal to metal contact. No special effects or nothing. You don't always get a spark, it's gotta be a nice solid clash between the metal to create that awesome view. That's usually how you know too that our strikes are pretty perfect.

A:

no it was the best damn nori ever and totally worked, everything was fine! fine I tell you! we had sushi! it was good!

abdalluh


Q:

How did you get started at Medieval Times?

A:

What's the best way to make your own edibles from bud? I've tried a couple different methods and I can't seem to get it right.


Q:

Just happened to drive past it. People think there's a special I'll Undercover process to be a performer there but it's just like any other position in there such as ticket booth, gift shop, server, ect. You walk in, physically apply, and hope you get called for an interview. Idk really how the other positions go, but the hard part being a Squire or Knight (performers) is actually making it through the show and training. Getting the call is quite easy. Actually coming back to work after day one, yea. Hardly noone did that.

A:

I use cannabis on the regular. Especially during my period, it gets me through a lot of pain and rage. My dreams are usually crazy when I stop smoking. -VL


Q:

Wow, what exactly was the training regiment?

Has to be something insanely strenuous!

A:

The highlight of every episode is when you reveal the pantry to the guest chefs! Could you please post a picture of the pantry so we can see what's on every shelf, please?


Q:

I swear I thought it was a boot camp no kidding... Running on that sand, just running a lap around the arena was crucial. Literally think of a military boot camp on sand. I mean we even had military personnel come on, and they quit after 2-3 days. And no I'm not lying. 1 out of like 30 ppl made it. And it's always the first week the kills em. Once they made it past the 7th day in the sand, 95% of the time he was a keeper. And that's just training to be a Squire. The Knight training was that multiplied on steroids

A:

This is the best I've got: http://imgur.com/a/88NBs. I'll post another one that may be sharper if I can so you can zoom in. But it's honestly hard to capture the scope of the pantry and show the wealth of products in a single photo.

--Ry


Q:

That sounds absolutely brutal. When you complete the training, do you get to take a rest from the boot camp, or do you have to join the newbies in the grueling exercises?

A:

Hi Vanessa, Abdullah, and Ry!! You 3 have truly inspired me to enjoy cooking and to try new methods, ingredients, and flavors. So thank you for that! I have 2 questions. The first is for Vanessa.

Vanessa, I live in Colorado and I am very interested in creating an edible business with a line of infused cooking products. What advice do you have for a person aspiring to enter the marijuana industry?

The next question is for all of you. Do you guys see yourselves expandong the scope of the show as other states legalize. Possibly doing featured episodes in Colorado or Washington?


Q:

Once you do your first show as a Knight you're pretty much "graduated" from the training. You then move on to the next training which is perfecting your fights, learning new fights, and horse riding skills, you never stop learning how to ride. Ever. But no more of the running up and down the sand and getting you physically ready for the show. Once you're in, you're in for good. So pretty much you learn the other Knight skills you need to advance and move up in the position. The more fights you know, the bigger the raise when you get reviewed at the end of the year. And that's what you wanna hit, more fights and more performances and acts in the show. How significant you are in the show is what they value. A guy that knows and can do 6-7 fights is more valuable than a guy that only knows 2 fights.

A:

Hi there! My biggest advice would be to never stop. When there is an obstacle in your way, see it as an opportunity to innovate. - vl


Q:

Last question: Do the competitions have any impact on the job, or are they "just part of the show?"

I guess what I'm asking is if there is any incentive to win besides the crowd cheering and booing

I'd definitely apply and give it a shot if I were close by, thanks for the quick replies!

A:

What's your "Ratatouille" moment - the food that brings you back to your childhood when you take a bite and close your eyes??


Q:

It's a show. Crowds cheers and boos don't affect the outcome. But it does feel good when im on the ground holding off the end of an Alabarda about to slice my face open, and I hear my section yelling at the top of their lungs motivating me to get up and not die haha. The games part is all skill. The show is just the show.

A:

LASAGNA - VL


Q:

How did you get involved with this business?

A:

What's your "Ratatouille" moment - the food that brings you back to your childhood when you take a bite and close your eyes??


Q:

I actually just happened to drive past the Castle. Walked in as there was a show going on and saw the parking lot was pretty packed. The main doors are usually always open. Walked in and was approached by a worker, must of been a gift shop employee. I didn't have tickets or reservations since that's the first thing you get asked when you approach. Then he mentioned "are you here to apply?" Well yes I am I said just subconsciously. Handed me an application and I wrote "Knight" on the applying for line. A day later I got the call from the Head Knight to come in for an interview 3 days after that. I literally was working and running on the sand withing a week of applying. Many ppl think it takes some kind of special process or something but it's actually just like any other job. Walk in, apply, get called. Like any other job. The hard part is making it through the training once you're in.

A:

Tomato soup with a grilled cheese dipped into it.

--Ry


Q:

Thanks for getting back to me! Were you getting paid for the whole 12 month training?

A:

Ry, can you tell me about mustached dogs... Where do they fit in here? Favorite Asian noodle shape/ size? Sloths.... two or three toed? Lastly, can you do a creme brule with "the pots"?


Q:

Yes. As soon as you walk in through those doors you're on the clock.

A:

Bearded/mustachio'd dogs are essential to proper infusion. Love ya Mary.

--Ry


Q:

My best friend is a former knight in NJ as well, so I'm just curious which location did you work at? I wonder if you beat him xD

A:

I imagine that with licensing stuff, you can't really cook to any music which would drive me nuts. Can each of you give me your kitchen playlist right now?


Q:

Our Castles were not in the same realm. I ruled the Schaumburg castle in Illinois lol

A:

I fucks with Fela Kuti when I'm cooking and trying to get things done.

--Ry


Q:

How often did you give a girl a rose, and in return get a phone number?

A:

I imagine that with licensing stuff, you can't really cook to any music which would drive me nuts. Can each of you give me your kitchen playlist right now?


Q:

They are Carnations which I liked because they are so pretty. Specially the hybrid mixed colored ones. Before the fights part of the show, the beginning part we do skill games. There's about 4-5 skill games we compete in against the other Knights. Every time you win the game you get about 3-5 Flowers. You walk your horse up to the balcony where the princess and kind are sitting and she tosses them down to you. You ride out and toss them to the women in your section. So if you don't win the game you get no flowers. As far as numbers, after the show we had a Meeting N Greet. We'd come out to the lobby area where the crowd was waiting for us for pictures and autographs. Sometimes you'd catch a lady's attention enough for her to ask if you wanna go to a nearby bar for a drink after you get out or the little nite with a number in it. It happened.

A:

Some veterans get our smallish doses and are like "where's the potency?", but we have to moderate the dosing because everyone's system is different and we would rather underserve someone rather than overserve, so we tend to play it safe there. Most people have a great experience and go home and have a wonderful night's sleep -- we have gotten many messages for guests the morning after saying how much fun they had and how nice the potency levels were.

Keep in mind that we are also smoking a lot of weed during the show as well, so the edible potencies are kind of a cherry on top of a really high person.

--Ry


Q:

P'rfect.

A:

How high do you actually get on the show ? I can get pretty high but I don't know how comfortable I would be around all the production involved. Have you ever been too high to get any good shots ?


Q:

As popular as that game is, not an Overwatch guy.

A:

I've been really high wielding sharp knives. More so it makes it so I'm not as chatty.. which on camera can be not so great. Everything in moderation or not ;) -vl


Q:

Red and yellow was my knight. I think he was compelled to get up after 'death' because we were so supportive. "Red and yellow" doesn't roll of the tongue. Our section was the loudest for sure! Does that get you in trouble when you go off script?

A:

How high do you actually get on the show ? I can get pretty high but I don't know how comfortable I would be around all the production involved. Have you ever been too high to get any good shots ?


Q:

No it happened often. I mean there is a script to follow as far as the lines and speaking parts, and the fight choreography. That is pretty strict. But other then that, the acting and anything in between was pretty all on us. Unless you didn't change the choreography of the fight or the lines, everything else was part of you being a Knight. The times those two would chance in any way was due to the fact that either we forgot the line or we messed up in the choreography, which made us improvise and somehow "make up" for it and keeping it smooth and un-noticeable. But yea there was a handful of times when i added a little extra to a fight or a strike that was out of choreography and got chewed up if it was over the top. Otherwise it was just like "don't overdo it stay in the choreography". And that's because changing things up can hurt someone. I'm supposed to strike at a certain point, which means he's supposed to block there. If I strike higher or lower, he'll miss the block and I can hurt him. Makes sense? That's why. But as far as riding around or us playing the character, that was all us being unique and giving it our original touch. Whatever was not scripted or choreographed, we went with the flow and did our own thing. That's where the acting part comes in.

A:

When hitting the hookah at the end of the recent Pakistani episode, I got a super cold and massive hit that had 6 different concentrates in it and coughed my lungs out. Made it hard to keep smoking aka "doing my job". Otherwise, Abdullah and I can smoke smoke smoke all day long and not bat an eye.

--Ry


Q:

I noticed the other dude "rolled with the punches". It was a bummer our knight did not return for the rest of the show. Red and Yellow versus everyone! It got to that point. You see the audience fight for their knight?

It's better than the Excalibur show in Vegas.

A:

How many milligrams does a usually meal contain?


Q:

Oh yea the audience go into it many times. It became a chanting battle! And they were loud!! Think of it like a European soccer league chant. "Yellow Knight", "Blue Knight", back N forth. Specially when the sections chanting were across from each other. People would stand up and literally scream at the top of their lungs. I loved those type of crowds. The fights are so evenly matched that every strike will get you on the edge of your seat. One moment I'm on the ground about to get chopped and smashed with the Mace, next second I flip up and swing my Mandoble smacking his Mace sending it flying across the arena! The fights were intense and the crowd really got into it. I have never been to Excalibur although some former Knights do work there now. Their show is a bit different from what I been told and seen on YouTube.

A:

We try to keep a meal between 15-25 mg total with the option to eat less or up the dose if they are experienced. - VL


Q:

It's probably a good thing the knight that dropped our knight was on the opposite side of the arena.

A:

Vanessa mentioned on one of the shows that she realized she loved weed for the first time once she had sex while high (Or something along those lines)

Then I fell in love, ha! 😍


Q:

Did he not return because he got injured? Like he didn't come back at all?? There's a ride out at the end of the show where it's like the final "goodbye thanks for coming" kinda thing. If a Knight doesn't come out for that, then something happened.

A:

always!

-abd


Q:

Are all of the meals kind of thought out before hand or do you guys get into the kitchen have fun with the chefs until you figure out what you want to do?

Seriously dig the show...you guys are living the dream. Much love from Queens and if I could send in my resume too, that would be great ;)

A:

We know the chefs style of cuisine before we meet them and they usually have ideas about what they want to cook, but 99% of the food is an organic experiment we come up with during the menu meetings. Thank you for watching! - VL


Q:

Are all of the meals kind of thought out before hand or do you guys get into the kitchen have fun with the chefs until you figure out what you want to do?

Seriously dig the show...you guys are living the dream. Much love from Queens and if I could send in my resume too, that would be great ;)

A:

there will be more prob and i hope they are awesoem cause i wana watch them!

-a


Q:

Are you guys already Planning for another season?! What was better the Artisan Cigar or the hand rolled Cubans?

Any plans to bring on more Viceland people as guests on the show? Maybe people like Desus &Mero, Eddie Huang or Action Bronson maybe?

A:

Fingers crossed for another season! Thank you for watching! My favorite was the sushi blunt we smoked on tonight's episode. We'd love to have our Viceland family on as guests! - VL


Q:

Of the variety of items you all carry in the pantry, which items can be made at home, without the use of a lab? Ry: How did you introduced to all the variations in the pantry and become and expert? Are you experienced in making most of the items or do you have many vendors?

Vanessa: How did you begin your business? What classes did you take or resources did you use to understand dosing and proper use? Were you already a chef?

Abdullah: How did you come up with the idea for the show? I love it! I wish there were more episodes. Also more tutorials or instruction on making the items used to infuse and understanding dosage. How did you all learn?

A:

Kief is a really easy concentrate to make at home. We even show you how to make a DIY kief shaker on one of the upcoming episodes.

I began my business by coming up with a concept and not looking back. I taught myself how to make chocolates and confections, researched packaging, and put every penny I earned into my company. Dosing was trial and error, I definitely overdosed myself a few times before realizing to use a lot less cold-water hash. Marigold was started right after I graduated from Berkeley, I wasn't a chef but heavily involved in the Slow Food movement, throwing pop ups around the Bay Area. Then I went to Rome and did a stage at the Rome Sustainable Food Project which brought up my cooking chops. - VL


Q:

What were those California rolled sushi blunts like?

A:

Crazy potent but smoked like a dream. Ry really loaded on the concentrates - VL


Q:

Does Spike Jonze chill and smoke weed with you guys?

A:

I work with Natural Remedies and Concentrate Remedies, so that would literally be my shop. Otherwise, A Cut Above, Sacred Seed... really great flowers and concentrates at both those places and they are great people as well.

--Ry


Q:

has any recipe/infusion gone horribly wrong? are there dishes that just fail that don't make it into the episode?

A:

We honestly haven't had too many failures. We tried making nori from cannabis leaves blended with seaweed and just probably didn't have the right equipment. It still made it to the table though, just not as we planned. I am very much surprised by how few times we not been stoked on a dish by the time dinner is served.

--Ry


Q:

Love your guys show! I want to know if there is a good way to decarb buds with the intention of trying to retain the flavor profile of the strain? Same question as far as the actual infusion process - I usually infuse the decarbed buds into coconut oil in a jar with a double boiler for a few hours, is there a technique to the infusion step for retaining better terpene flavors and less "green" flavor?

Thanks a lot you guys are my favorite!

A:

Decarbing at lower temps for longer rather than higher temps for shorter is the basic answer. But you always lose some flavor when decarbing. Sometimes we use more weed and do a partial decarb (or use half decarbed and half fresh) so that we get more of the flavor in the final infusions.

--Ry


Q:

Love the show, guys!

Ry: Did you really smoke an ounce of weed overnight when smoking those ribs during the Texas BBQ Episode??

Abdullah: Is the show filmed in your house? It seems like it is, which is f***ing epic!

Vanessa: During the Kimchi+Kush episode, you really seemed to be flirting with Deuki during the shopping scene. Any other guest chefs as cool as he?

A:

I'm flirtatious with every chef, or everyone for that matter. I like to have fun in the kitchen. Tonight's episode with Chef Yoya was a blast! He brought SAKE - VL


Q:

Love the show, guys!

Ry: Did you really smoke an ounce of weed overnight when smoking those ribs during the Texas BBQ Episode??

Abdullah: Is the show filmed in your house? It seems like it is, which is f***ing epic!

Vanessa: During the Kimchi+Kush episode, you really seemed to be flirting with Deuki during the shopping scene. Any other guest chefs as cool as he?

A:

Each episode is filmed in one of my 57 mansions in hollywood. The three of us burn each one down when we're done, piss on the ashes, and then move on to the next house.

-abdullah


Q:

I absolutely love the show!!! I follow y'all on Instagram and love the BTS glimpses. Your show has inspired me to start experimenting with edibles and making my own meals! I would love the opportunity to work for/with you guys if at all possible! Do you offer internships?

Thank you for opening my cannabis world up!

A:

I like live resin dabs. Specifically live budder dabs taken at low temperatures. Even more specifically, OG live budders... haha.

--Ry


Q:

I don't recall you all using tinctures on the show, I'm not sure I even saw them in the pantry, but there is EVERYTHING in there so I'm sure it was. Will you all every incorporate them into a recipe? What is the best way to determine proper dosage when cooking with them?

A:

We do use tinctures (and make them using alcohol) in a couple episodes this season. Proper dosage is completely dependent on the decarb process and the input material. If you have 3 grams of 20% THCA flower, your maximum potential THC is roughly 420 mg of THC after decarb (at 100% decarb rate, 70% loss on conversion of THCA to THC). So that would be your max. If you don't decarb fully then it would be less than that. Without lab results on the input material you're essentially guessing, but most good flower is between 15% and 20% THCA, some as high as 25-28%, some as low as 8-12%.

--Ry


Q:

I often find myself learning about new cultures and cuisine from the show in addition to all the cannabis infusion. Do the menus from each episode exisit online someplace? And is there a Bong Appetit cook book in the works??

A:

There is a Bong Appetit cook book in the works, it may take some time. Munchies has a lot of the recipes up on their site, check it out https://munchies.vice.com/en_us/topic/bong-appetit?topic_id=57a204be8cb727dec7952948 - VL


Q:

I often find myself learning about new cultures and cuisine from the show in addition to all the cannabis infusion. Do the menus from each episode exisit online someplace? And is there a Bong Appetit cook book in the works??

A:

I love the Death & Co. cocktail book. I also love The French Laundry/Bouchon books. And anything that Kenji from The Food Lab or Michael Ruhlman puts out.

--Ry


Q:

What are your favorite restaurants in LA?

A:

EP & LP, Kismet, SQIRL, Sotto, Hatchet Hall, Gjusta, I can keep going. I write for Resy and do a monthly hit list on their blog - VL


Q:

Gonna check it out!

A:

Badmaash, EP & LP, Animal, Republique, Gwen, Wolf... all really amazing. I am from Denver and we were shooting such long days, I barely had time to dig into the food scene out there. The best bites of food I had during either season while I was in LA were at Baroo though... I think the fermentation master that I was so wowed with left there recently though, so I can't vouch for it as much now.

--Ry


Q:

When was the first time you smoked weed? Did you love it at first hit because I can say I did not. I absolutely love it now.

And Vanessa Lavorato, you are a fucking goddess.

A:

The first time I smoked weed was in high school, romulan.. a super heavy indica. Freaked out, told my mom, and she said to put on a funny movie. It wasn't until I went to Berkeley that I fell deep in love with cannabis. ... I'm a mere mortal - VL


Q:

Damn, your mom must be cool AF. Thanks for answering.

A:

in the words of sting, "i hate to say it... i hate to say it... its probably me... (dum dum dummmm)"

but it's true ever since Ry became a Vice host, i can't call that title!


Q:

How high do you get?

A:

As high as I can - VL


Q:

Hi, love your show! It's been super instrumental in getting me and my friends closer than we already were by having something great to watch when we've had one too many puffs. Anyways, I saw that you answered what your favorite strains were but I was wondering what your favorite therapeutic strains were that help you relax more so than others or personally work best for body aches?

A:

When I'm in pain (one week out of the month) I smoke a traditional kush. CBD dominant varieties are great too - VL


Q:

What is on your nightstand right now? What is the story of the shirt you're wearing? Do you believe in aliens?

A:

On my nightstand is an empty bottle of Makers Mark, the shirt I'm wearing I bought on the fly for the vegan episode of Bong Appetit, I do believe in aliens - VL


Q:

What are each of your favorite desserts that you've had on the show?

A:

Dessert is always my favorite. Definitely the Guava Trifle from the Cuban episode. Not to toot my own horn but the pineapple upside down cake was fantastic, and anything chocolate. - VL


Q:

If you could have any chef on the show, who'd it be?

A:

Ferran Adria, Francis Mallmann (outside, of course!), and my good friend Theo Adley, who is maybe the most insane person I've ever met food-wise.

--Ry