K2 is the second highest mountain in the world, and according to Wikipedia, it is affectionately known as Savage Mountain due to its extreme fatality rate. About one in every four climbers die, and if you’re a woman, be extra careful: K2 is notoriously misogynist. It wasn’t until 1986 that a lady ever summited K2, and in the subsequent eighteen years, every woman who tried DIED.
Naturally, K2 is the perfect setting for a board game.
Enter “K2,” a nifty game that sees players guiding two unlucky adventurers up (and possibly down) the eponymous mountain. Along the way, our little mountaineers face inclement weather, altitude sickness, and general fatigue — all in an attempt to earn glory and skirt death. It’s not an easy feat, but my friends Jim, Jess, and PT seemed up for it. After the jump, enjoy highlights from our dramatic expedition.
Comic and journalist Louis Virtel (Hitfix.com) joins Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com, Watch What Crappens podcast) to tell us everything about his recent appearance on “Jeopardy,” which subsequently went viral. From the application process to life atop Reddit, Louis shares the whole experience.
After that, it’s just an avalanche of banter, most of it pertaining to Madonna, Whitney Houston, Garbage, Annie Lennox, and many more. It’s a fun episode, and perhaps the longest one yet. Enjoy!
It’s been a year or two since I last dusted off my handy ice cream maker, and every time I gaze at its shiny, white shell (which is admittedly not often), I grow wistful for those heady days when I would pour fatty custards into its spinning innards and find glorious ice creams and gelatos waiting for me thirty minutes later. Damn, I love ice cream.
I mean, I really love ice cream.
Of course, who doesn’t love ice cream? Lactose intolerant people, probably. Or maybe people with six-packs. For most of us though, we all scream for ice cream, which is why I was particularly excited when a large box filled with complimentary Nancy’s Fancy gelato arrived at my doorstep last week. The creation of acclaimed pastry-chef Nancy Silverton, Nancy’s Fancy promises a luxe dessert experience, but does it deliver? And is it worth the $10.99 price tag? Yes, you read that correctly: Nancy’s Fancy retails for $10.99 a pint.
To find out the answers to these pressing issues, I brought two pints — Coconut Stracciatella with Bittersweet Chocolate Strands, Frutti di Bosco – Greek Yogurt and Mixed Berries — to my friend’s house for a group tasting. This was all rather convenient as we were all assembling anyway to play the zombie board game “Dead of Winter.” Zombies + Nancy Silverton = an intriguing night to say the least.
Kyle Buchanan (senior editor at New York Magazine’s Vulture) returns to “The Banter Blender” to discuss summer movies with Ben Mandelker (@watch-what-crappens). The two talk “Avengers,” “Mad Max,” “Star Wars,” “Trainwreck,” “Spy,” “Jurassic World,” and more.
Plus, there’s talk of Rachel McAdams and the state of her career.
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This week on The Banter Blender, Ben Mandelker welcomes back Angie Thomas (the Small Potatoes podcast) to talk about a host of exciting topics. The two take on Easter Candy, Weight Watchers, Indiana’s anti-gay laws, jambalaya, Passover foods, and Karrueche Tran (naturally). Plus, there’s more chatter about board games such as Jenga and Dead of Winter, and some genial gushing about some of our friends at the top of the episode. Come listen!
Grab your finest boob-decorated wine glass: it’s time to celebrate the holy matrimony of Scheana Marie and her halter top. Yes, we are going down the aisle with Azusa’s most blushiest blushing bride on a very special episode of “Watch What Crappens.” With tears in our eyes and Lisa Vanderpump Sangria in our hands, we relive all the special moments of this not-tacky-at-all wedding. Oh, and don’t worry: we also have plenty to say about Kim’s sobriety on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” Come listen!
This week on “The Banter Blender,” Angie Thomas (“All the Way”) joins Ben to chat about the usual grab bag of topics: the measles outbreak in CA, Bruce Jenner’s possibly trans journey, the controversy surrounding American Sniper, and, of course, the best bagels in Los Angeles. Come listen!
This week Ronnie Karam (trashtalktv.com) and Ben Mandelker (The Banter Blender) go to town on the crazy drama of “Vanderpump Rules.” From the Miami stalker to Lisa’s scolding, it’s nearly a full hour of ridicule. Then it’s on to Beverly Hills and Atlanta for more mockery. Along the way, there’s talk of Top Chef, Best New Restaurant, and even some random Food Network talk. Come in and listen to this long and rowdy episode!
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Ronnie Karam (Trashtalktv.com) and Ben Mandelker (“The Banter Blender”) are joined by Angie Thomas (“All The Way” podcast) to discuss the EPIC reads Claudia Jordan gave Nene Leakes on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Then it’s off to Miami to bathe ourselves in the glory of “Vanderpump Rules,” and finally, we say goodbye to the kiddies on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” Come listen!
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