During our break, we caught an episode of the new lifestyle, design, cooking and wellness show on Discovery Health - The Dan Ho Show. Premiering this month, the show features segments aimed at living less "perfectly" yet "better". The half hour episode we saw had a segment on a young couple decorating a foyer in their new home for a housewarming party. The couples first reaction was to go out and buy things to fill up the space, but Dan had them choose and move meaningful items that they already owned into the space. Long loved toys, artwork made by the wife and recycled furnishings were unearthed and moved into the space. The money-saving and personal touch plan carried over to the food served at the party. The husband and Dan made vegetarian spring rolls (which looked good) and a jelly roll (which seemed yucky) for the guests.
The other segment featured a sucessful green business start up in the NY Metro area which picks up still fresh (but unable to be sold) foods from markets and restaurants and delivers it to places that feed people in need. The numbers on the amount of food thrown out each year and how many people are being feed through this program was remarkable. A super quick segment on how to keep your kitchen sponge cleaner between replacements was good - both were tips that we will try. One is to throw it in the dishwasher now and then and the other is to rinse and squeeze out til damp, then microwave for 2 minutes to help kill germs. Our thoughts on the Dan Ho show...after seeing this episode we think that the jury is still out. We like what he's saying - conserve, be healthy, you don't need to spend to improve your space, relax, do what's good, focus on things you love - they all make sense and the message is inspiring. The flip side is the actual visuals of the show - the production seems very loose and while upbeat and positive, the foyer redesign and the party food just didn't look all that good... We set the Tivo to grab a few more episodes, so we're keeping an eye on it, but we need to be convinced... The Dan Ho Show is on Discovery Health, starting this month. The schedule is here. Click here for an earlier AT:Chicago post on Dan Ho.