I have great news — at least for people in Los Angeles (sorry, rest of the world). There’s a new ride sharing app that’s hurling itself into the marketplace, which means that when Über is on “Surge” mode and a Lyft is nowhere to be found, you have a whole brand new option! Introducing Opoli, which is sort of like Über meets Priceline meets Taxi Magic meets whatever. Basically, users looking to get somewhere fire up the app, enter in their location and destination, and then decide how much they want to pay for the voyage. Then various drivers bid for the job — so I guess it’s like TaskRabbit also… before TaskRabbit started doing hourly rates and became annoying. According to Opoli, this is what sets the app apart from the competition — the ability to name your fare and know exactly how much you’ll be paying for the ride (goodbye traffic anxiety).

Now, why am I sitting here writing what basically sounds like a commercial? Well, first of all, shame on you. It’s not a commercial. I am merely describing the purpose of the app. And why am I doing that? Because Opoli gave me a promo code to share with my readers. So it is a commercial after all! Yay! Kind of.

Okay, here’s the important stuff. If you enter in the promo code BSIDEBLOG, you get a $50 dollar credit. That’s $50! Now you can put that money towards booze instead of transport. (Don’t drink and drive, kids. Seriously).

Here’s the deal:

Download the Opoli app https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/opoli/id872133514?ls=1&mt=8 or visit Opoli online, click BOOK SERVICES. Then enter promo code BSIDEBLOG for a $50 credit. You must enter the promo code prior to accepting a bid.

Oh, and there is one catch — you knew it was coming, didn’t you? This code is good for only 20 first-time riders. So if you want to cash in on this, do it soon because if you’re the 21st person to use the code, you are out of luck. BOOYAH.


(For some reason I feel I should note that Opoli gave me a promo code to try out the service, but I haven’t used it yet; so I can’t vouch for anything. But I intend to try it out!)

iHeart Radio Puts On The Ultimate Pool Party, Minus The Pool


Is there anything more fun than watching a youth-oriented broadcast and slowly realizing you are not the plucky 22-year-old you still fancy yourself to be? Such was the case last night when I found myself viewing the iHeart Radio Ultimate Pool Party courtesy of The CW network. Now, to be fair, this wasn’t a totally accidental occurrence. I did receive compensation to watch the show, which of course sounds shady, but daddy’s gotta earn some money! It’s all good though because just as Jewel’s hands are small but still her own, so are my thoughts about this daffy concert.

Now, in case you weren’t part of the .82 million people who watched the show last night, fear not. I’m happy to fill you in on everything you missed. Soon, you too will feel as if you were right there — (and by right there, I mean sitting on my couch, watching this show at midnight while you battle a taco-induced food coma).

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Help My Friend’s Kickstarter

sita.jpgHey everybody. My friend Sita is trying to fund a short film called Lenny&Dahlia. For those of you who don’t remember Sita, she’s the crazy lady who made frequent appearances on Housewife Hoedown back in the day. I’m sure we’ll have her back on Watch What Crappens (I really don’t know why we haven’t already), but in the meantime, help her out and check out her Kickstarter page.

Here’s the deal. Sita has coordinated an all-female cast and crew: director, producer, actors, writer, editor and production coordinator. They all be women! Reality shows make ladies look terrible on a daily basis. Why not support something empowering?

So, if you feel like helping out, check out the details here.

Vote For Me! Pretty Please!


As some of you may have read on my Facebook pages or Twitter or Instagram, this lil’ site has been nominated by LA Weekly for Best TV Blog. I’m really flattered and honored to make the cut, but now LA Weekly has poked at the competitive BEAST that lurks inside me. The beast that wants to WIN.

In all seriousness, I’m really psyched about this. My blog has never been in the running for anything (sad), and for LA Weekly to nominate it means that I must be doing something right (or at least their standards are very low). If y’all could help me bring home the big trophy, that would be even awesome-r.

The process is so simple that even a monkey could do it (a monkey who can read and type, that is). Just follow this link, click on “B-Side Blog” in the TV category, enter a name and email and vote! The polls close on 7/18; so just do it now and get it over with. And yes, I am needy and demanding.

Of course, you can also send some love to my friends and fellow nominees A Socialite Life, D-Listed, KCET Food, The Minty, and Alie Ward. But no obligaysh, as they say.

Once again, here’s the link! Polls close tomorrow!



Help Kickstart ‘American Psycho’ – The Musical!


Hey everyone – my friend Jesse is working tirelessly on a Kickstarter campaign to help fund his musical of American Psycho, the Brett Easton Ellis book that was later adapted into a cult classic film starring Christian Bale. This is actually a legit production with the likes of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Bookwriter), Duncan Sheik (Composer/Lyricist) and Rupert Goold (Director) behind it. The show is looking to raise $150,000 by May 24 in order to fund its run at the Almeida Theatre in London this December. (And after that — who knows? The BroadWAY?)

Anyway, check out the Kickstarter page, which details not only all the talent going into the production but also the various perks of donating to the campaign (the right sidebar has your groovy incentives).

Hope to see it soon on the Great White Way!


Oscar Bingo Is Here!

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Hey err’one. This is a random little shilling post (don’t worry, an Adventure In Domesticity is forthcoming too). I get a lot of junk sent my way, but today I actually have something amusing to share. It’s called Oscar Bingo, and it comes courtesy of Evite Postmark. Basically, you print out these cards from the Postmark blog and then hand them out to your assembled guests at whatever Oscar party you’re at. And if you’re not at a party, well, then this is very awkward. Anyway, as the red carpet events unfold, players mark off squares, with merriment and mirth to ensue. Sewwwwwww check it out, and have fun!

Also, um, sorry I only did one Downton Abbey photocap. I’m not even done with the season yet. I’m so far behind. [crawls under rock]

It’s a Stone Fruit Contest!

Calling all stone fruit fans: KCET has a groovy recipe contest going on now that could lead to one winner taking home a bountiful prize. All one must do is submit a recipe involving plums, apricots, or pluots. Use one ingredient. Use all three. It’s up to you. Winners receive a basket of tasty items, including flavored almonds, a t-shirt (less tasty, more practical), balsamic BBQ sauce, olives, fresh pasta, tapenade, sun-dried tomato pesto, and sun-dried tomatoes!

If you imagine yourself to be something of a Professor Plum (nyuk nyuk nyuk), be sure to mosey over to KCET and submit your entry. Deadline is 3PM on Friday.

Cash Cab Winner Revealed!

Hi all!

About ten days ago, I posted a contest where one lucky winner chosen at random would receive $50 and other assorted goodies, courtesy of Cash Cab. I was going to announce the results on Banter with Ben and Lisa, but then Whitney Houston died, and the world as we know it changed. Actually, it’s more like Lisa and I weren’t able to coordinate our schedules to do another podcast, and now I’m on a flight to Paris (oui oui!). So rather than draw this out another two weeks, I’ve decided to announce the winner here.

Results after the jump…

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Hey, Check Out My Friend’s Video!

My friend Don is a singer, and he just released this music video for his song “Lookin’ 4 Somethin’.” Check it out!

Also, apologies on the low content this week so far. I’ve been working on a non-blog project, but I hope to get a Downton Abbey photocap up today as well as a VIDEO version of Adventures in Domesticity.

Plus, a look at Urban Masala, the new fast-casual Indian spot in Hollywood.

Stay tuned, and enjoy the music!

Win A $50 ‘Cash Cab’ Prize AND a Board Game!


This is not spam! Discovery’s Emmy winning hit Cash Cab is now airing 5 days a week, and to help get the word out, we’re giving away a $50 Visa Cash Card and the Cash Cab board game (a $20 value).

All you have to do is leave a comment below, and then on Monday, February 13, I will randomly pick a winner by pulling a number out of a hat. The winner will be announced on the next episode of Banter with Ben and Lisa! It doesn’t get much easier than that.

For those of you who don’t know, Cash Cab combines elements of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Family Feud and Candid Camera as taxi driver/comedian Ben Bailey picks up unsuspecting people hailing a cab and gives them a chance to win thousands. To find out where Cash Cab is playing in your area, visit http://cashcab.mgm.com.

Good luck!

Update: The winner will be announced on the NEXT episode (#31) of “Banter with Ben and Lisa” because we just recorded a last-minute podcast today to talk about Whitney Houston. Don’t listen to it expecting to hear the winner announced… (But do please listen!)