Episode 58: Oil and Water

This second episode in New Orleans started with a very early morning.  We drove out to the tip of Louisiana.  Storms had wiped out so much, most everything was new as we approached our destination.  It wasnt easy to find someone to take us out fishing, as gas is expensive and it doesn’t make sense to  go out for less than a few days.  But we found Sinh Pham — a Vietnamese fisherman trying to get by with low dock prices for his shrimp, high fuel prices and the uncertainty of the BP oil spill effects on his industry.  There are a lot of disagreements out there about the future of fishing and shrimping in the gulf.  This episode is one perspective (and some awesome food too!)

  • Austin Lindstrom

    After seeing the pain on Sinh Pham’s face, I wasn’t expecting to see Daniel’s butt crack in someone else’s.  Really well shot and edited episode.

  • Craig M – Cottage Grove, MN

    Wonderful episode! Tears over the destruction of the Gulf caused by our greed for oil and the carelessness of the petroleum companies who cut corners to maximize profits… Tears for Sinh Pham and family, hard-working people, whose livelihood is threatened. Joy for the close-knit Sinh Pham family and good food that remains. Thanks Daniel and Mirra for sharing another adventure along the way! 

    Very up-close and personal!!     

    Can’t wait until next week! 

  • Eugenio Monasterio

    Great episode,  the crack shot definitely lightens the mood though.  Hopefully Daniel will gain some color this summer out of Minnesota

    • Anonymous

      right!  gotta a serious farmers tan these days

  • Brother Peter

    nice orange hat. 

  • Murph

    As a Tulane Alum, my heart broke after seeing the devastation to Nawlins after Katrina.  The frustration and desperation on Sinh’s face as he contemplates the future of his livlihood and the effect it will have on his family, brought the same heartfelt sadness.

    • Anonymous


  • Liquidsugarfilms

    Well shot kittens!

  • Anon07

    Better than ANYTHING on the telly.

  • Angelo

    Daniel, were you concerned at all to be eating the seafood considering
    the likelihood that it is contaminated with oil and dispersent residues?
    The fisheries are now in collapse, dead animals are washing ashore in
    the hundreds and thousands along the entire Gulf Coast, many who have
    been unwise enought to swim in the waters for any prolonged period have
    developed symptoms of chemical poisoning. The population of shrimp, crab
    and oysters (among others) has been decimated, fish are being found
    with lesions and discolouration….

    I enjoy your videos, so I was a little saddened by your willingness to
    just jump into the chemical stew so to speak. Were you aware of the
    issues surrounding Corexit and it’s ecological persistance?


    • Anonymous

      Hey Angelo,

      I hear a lot of mixed things.  That is it is perfectly fine and that there is even a bumper crop.  That the impact won’t happen for years.  And the likes of what you have described.  I didn’t feel like it was a risk going in the water once and eating a small amount of seafood.  I wouldn’t eat it every day – because it seems like the truth of the matter hasn’t come out (too man competing factors and interests)

  • Wattsupvp

    You all something special here. Hitting your stride :-) Loving the videography. Sweet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mjdelbuo Matthew Del Buono

    Hi Daniel,

    Thank you for show casing my home and culture on your last two episodes.  I started watching your episodes from the beginning last months and love the concept.  I actually started a blog a month prior to being introduced to your site with the intention to learn how to live a more self sustaining lifestyle via growing my own produce, hunting and fishing.  When my close friend and former chef introduced to your site after I told him of my idea I was in aww!  You were doing a lot of what I had envisioned but 100steps closer and really well done. If you got second you can see my humble blog haha http://therenaissancefrontiersmen.blogspot.com/
    Instead of giving up on my idea, I have since partnered up with my chef friend and another friend that is a chef to start our own underground supper club in New Orleans.  We are just getting started but are eager to give our city something unique and with substance.  If you get time, check out our site. http://saltyswine.com/TheSaltySwine/Welcome.html  It’s a work in progress, but I am proud of our progress. 


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    And awesome music!  Woohoo Dirtfoot!!!

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