Episode 88: The Finale

We finally did it! Actually, we did it over a year ago and have been sitting on the finished product for four months now. It may be a little on the nose, but Cinco de Mayo seems like a pretty appropriate day to wrap it all up.

This project was a lot of things for us. It started out as a random “we should…” that for some reason we actually did. Sometimes it was a party, and sometimes it was a chore. Some of the food was really good and some was practically inedible. We brought friends along; we made new friends. We laughed a lot and ate a lot and fought a little and almost quit, and then magically, miraculously, we finished it one night in a room full of people who love us while being serenaded by a mariachi band.

88 Nights never blew up into a viral hit. Either we weren’t the video food blog the world needed, or maybe we weren’t the one it deserved, but a few people, mostly family and friends, watched. For that we say thanks. Thanks for watching the “video journal of our friendship” as Dave cornily (but accurately) put it.

We don’t see each other quite as often as we did when we were eating together a few times a week, but we haven’t quite lost touch yet. For now, we all still live in LA and Orange County. Someday I’m sure one or all of us will move on, maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of our lives. Then what about us? Fortunately, as long as the internet is up and running, we’ll always have Cinco. Here’s looking at you, kids.

Tonight’s menu: the number 88 – mexican nachos.

Episode 87: Art Piece

For a few seconds there we thought we might lose Todd to some neurotoxin found in improperly prepared ceviche. But it turned out he just doesn’t handle too much lime juice very well.

What unfolds later in the episode needs a bit of explanation. We first hatched this idea back in October 2012, and we even did all the prep work at that time. Then Todd moved to Orange County, and it took us almost five months to get together again to eat at Cinco. So tonight you see five months of careful planning finally come to fruition. We are pretty sure the results didn’t even last a week. Haha.

Tonight’s menu: the number 87 – ceviche tostada.

Episode 86: Devin’s Replacement

Sometimes a TV character or actor has to be replaced. This happens even on the most popular shows. Charlie Sheen was replaced by Ashton Kutcher. Winning! Going back a little further, B. J. Hunnicutt replaced Trapper John McIntyre as Hawkeye Pierce’s bestie on M*A*S*H. Going back even further, Dick Sargent replaced Dick York as Darrin on Bewitched, and nobody even noticed!

Tonight we replace Devin. It only took us 86 episodes to realize he was dead weight. Better late than never, I suppose.

Tonight’s menu: the number 86 – chili cheese fries.

Episode 84: Magical Quesadilla

This video explains itself pretty well: we had four friends visiting us, so we decided to film their Cinco de Mayo experience. Simple.

Because the camera was set up on a tripod, and we were all sitting at a different table eating our own magical quesadillas, we didn’t know what they were talking about until now. In fact, Dave is probably the only one who really knows since he actually watches all the footage in order to create each episode. I can only assume the parts where they talk about how much work this project is despite our making it look effortless ended up somewhere on the cutting room floor.

Tonight’s menu: the number 84 – quesadilla.