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Around the World in 80 Plates: A “Portlandia” State of Mind


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During the premiere episode of Portlandia’s second season, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are in hot pursuit of Andy Samberg when they stumble into a fictional restaurant called Around the World in 80 Plates. In the family restaurant with international flair, the fun starts when their waiter (Kumail Nanjiani) asks for their lunch order and starts asking Fred and Carrie if they want to spike their sides or, better, lobsterate their meal. It was a great sketch and an excellent way to kick off the season of the sketch comedy show.

Then a funny thing happened: A few weeks after the episode aired Bravo announced a new television show called, yep, “Around the World in 80 Plates.” The show is hosted by celebrity chefs Curtis Stone and Cat Cora and will feature contestants racing around the world competing in culinary challenges. No word on whether lobster-ating a meal will be one of the competitions or if they will be required to spike a side to win points.

New York Magazine dubbed it,” ‘Around the World in 80 Plates’: Fake Portlandia Restaurant, Real Bravo TV Show.” We prefer to think of it as a Portlandia state of mind. A Portlandia state of mind that is slowly taking over the world. Which also explains this article in Salon that begs writers to stop using “Portlandia” as short-hand for quirky, which, we have to admit, we kind of like. In fact, we’re all for this Portlandia-ization. We think writers should use “Portlandia” as often as they want in their articles. We think television networks should name all their new shows after “Portlandia” sketches. (Admit it, you would totally watch a “Sanitation Twins” reality show.) We think Fred and Carrie should rocket to the top of the baby naming charts, lotion should be recyclable, A-YO RIVER should be taught in water safety courses, and that every restaurant should offer lobsterating. It’s only right.

Need more reasons to cheer the Portlandia-ization of the world? Tune in on Friday at 10/9 c when Portlandia’s Mayor Kyle Maclachlan sings his love of the fair city.

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“Portlandia” airs on IFC on Fridays at 10/9c

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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