6 episodes

Since Jungle Jim’s International Market is such a wonderfully mad world of flavors, we decided to create a Podcast to talk about it!

Join us on a super safari as we explore the world of food, plus discuss people, art, culture, and more! We'll also be peeling back the curtain to show you some secrets about Jungle Jim's. We hope you're as excited as we are. Stay tuned as we release future episodes.

The Jungle Jim's Podcast WJJI Studio

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 43 Ratings

Since Jungle Jim’s International Market is such a wonderfully mad world of flavors, we decided to create a Podcast to talk about it!

Join us on a super safari as we explore the world of food, plus discuss people, art, culture, and more! We'll also be peeling back the curtain to show you some secrets about Jungle Jim's. We hope you're as excited as we are. Stay tuned as we release future episodes.

    Started from The Bottoms now we're here

    Started from The Bottoms now we're here

    Join me this week, as I meet a titan of produce in his final days before retirement. We discuss the ever-changing world of buying produce for a store as large as Jungle Jim's, as well as some fun tales of adventure from the proverbial good old days. I also welcome back our director of development, Phill, to talk about some more Jungle rumors and secrets, while I prep to meet the world's largest pumpkin. Featuring music from Star Silk.

    • 53 min
    You're Going to Brazil

    You're Going to Brazil

    We kick off the episode with a quick tale of hidagyu beef from Japan, weekend fun, and a little meditative, positive energy thanks to another random customer bursting into the WJJI studio on a new segment of "What Brings You In?" Later, Christy from the bakery joins me again to introduce The Banana Bunch to Racquel, a brilliant former radio host, and political scientist from Brazil. Racquel introduces us to all kinds of fascinating things about Brazil's culture, food, and more. You, too, will be drooling after you learn about the Brazilian black bean stew, feijoada. Featuring music by Star Silk and Grandace. Helpful time codes: 05:00 - "What Brings You In?"; 09:34 - Mark plays Metroid and eats hidagyu beef; 14:45 - Racquel from Brazil; 54:34 - Mark's outro

    • 56 min
    Baked Goods, Christian Gill, and Dumb Celebrity Drawings

    Baked Goods, Christian Gill, and Dumb Celebrity Drawings

    This week, I got to go behind the scenes of our bakery to see the massive size and get a better understanding of just how much we bake daily, thanks to my incredibly knowledgeable guide and the bakery's assistant manager, Christy. She is an absolute treat. Then, I'm joined by Food Network chef Christian Gill to talk about some of his favorite things about Jungle Jim's, his podcast The Prep List, and how we both love the same restaurant in Cancun. Weird. Lastly, we cap it off with a short, fun segment about an artist I found out about from the AV Club and Buzzfeed, Alex Leeds of "Dumb Celeb Drawings." Even Jeb Bush is a fan. 04:22 - Christy from the Bakery. 34:40 - Chef Christian Gill. 47:05 - Alex Leeds/DumbCelebDrawings.

    • 57 min
    Mooncakes, Oktoberfests, and Helicopters

    Mooncakes, Oktoberfests, and Helicopters

    I'm kicking this episode off with some fun event coverage, followed up by announcements for our Oktoberfest / OK To Beer event happening right here inside Jungle Jim's International Market in Fairfield.
     
    It's not JUST Oktoberfest happening this month though, as we also celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival in this episode's segment of The Taste Test. I finally got to try a traditional mooncake! Find out how much I loved it!
     
    Later, we're joined by Ferdinand from our expansive beer department to teach me about some fall beer offerings, and then a deep dive into the company's infrastructure with our Director of Development, Phill Adams. Don't worry, we made sure to investigate some famous Jungle Rumors too. Submit your favorite rumors (and all other questions) to podcast@Junglejims.com
     
    Visit www.junglejims.com/wjji to submit your show ideas!

    Music by:
    "Space Station Shuffle" by Star Silk
    "Lo-fi Juicy" by Nicholas Clay
    "The Taste Test theme" by Danny Poland
    "Little Orange Bike" by S. R. Woodward

    Helpful timecodes:
    00:00 - Mark's intro and trip to the jazz fest
    03:13 - "What's up in the Jungle?" - event coverage
    06:16 - "Discoveries" section in the Jungle, snack chat
    09:00 - The Taste Test - Mooncakes
    16:59 - Intro to Ferdinand Sneed, beer buyer and OK To Beer Party
    30:50 - Jungle Rumors segment and interview setup
    33:35 - Phill Adams, Director of Development Interview
    68:09 - Show Outro

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Welcome to the Jungle...Jim's International Market

    Welcome to the Jungle...Jim's International Market

    Welcome to the show!

    I'm kicking off the Jungle Jim's podcast with the rundown on what our store is - followed by an interview from our visionary founder, Jungle Jim Bonaminio himself - what a treat. He rarely does appearances like this! Jungle gives us some fun insight into why we built a podcast studio inside our international market and what we hope to grow this show into.

    You'll get to know me a little better as I take you on our first segment of The Taste Test. In this episode, we learn about the rambutan and how to eat it. Spoiler warning: It's delicious.

    Lastly, I stopped a random shopper with a surprising talent who traveled to check out our vast selection of hot sauces. Anything goes here in the Jungle!

    Visit www.junglejims.com/wjji to submit your show requests and ideas. Send me an email to Podcast@JungleJims.com, and maybe you'll get featured on air.

    Music by:
    "Wave Skating" and "Infrared Skateboard" by Star Silk
    "Earl Grey Theme" by Mark Mauer
    "Longtime Being Wholesome" by Grandace
    "Little Orange Bike" by S. R. Woodward
    "The Taste Test theme" by Danny Poland

    Helpful show timecodes:
    01:36 - Store details and description
    07:22 - Introducing Jungle Jim Bonaminio
    33:40 - Plans for the show
    38:10 - The Taste Test - Rambutan
    45:24 - "What Brings You In?" - customer segment

    • 53 min
    The Teaser

    The Teaser

    Welcome to the Jungle Jim's Podcast, broadcasting from the WJJI Studio inside of Jungle Jim's International Market!

    Join us on a super safari as we explore the world of international food. We'll discuss people, art, culture, and more! We'll also be peeling back the curtain to show you some secrets about Jungle Jim's! We hope you're as excited as we are. Stay tuned as we release future episodes!

    Music: "Little Orange Bike" by S.R. Woodward

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

jayw871 ,

Phenomenal content!

Listening to Mark and the Jungle Crew is nothing short of fun and entertaining! Always new knowledge to be had and Interesting rid bits. Honestly I’ve never gotten on the podcast train before this, but I can’t do anything but be excited to hear the next episode!

Matt Kasee ,

The Banana Bunch is real.

Proud member of Mark’s banana bunch. It is wonderful getting a peak behind the curtain and learning more about the coolest grocery store in the country. Not to mention the great Cincinnati guests doing great things. Great show, Mark!

madmark7206 ,

A new podcast that is different from others

I listen to very few podcasts, but this one keeps coming back. I live in the Cincinnati, OH area and have been to JJ’s a few times and it is amazing there. But Mark brings the store to you via this podcast. Mark brings the Jungle personality through in this podcast. He just doesn’t talk about the store, but he brings the art, culture and many other things that do relate to Jungle Jim’s. You get the behind the scenes look with the employees and customers. Very informational podcast beyond the store. Give it a listen and you be disappointed!

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