It’s Halloween, and this week’s “Banter with Ben and Lisa” is chock full of spooky topics: Patricia Arquette, Nicolas Cage, American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, and of course, Guy Fieri. And that’s just the tip.
Making things even more fun is that Lisa and Ben are joined by special guests Ronnie Karam (Watch What Crappens) and Marcos Luevanos (writer for The Game).
Listen to the foursome get drunk off wine and jump into the Banter Blender!
Lisa Timmons (Banter With Ben and Lisa Podcast) joins Ben Mandelker (bsideblog) and Ronnie Karam (TrashTalkTV) again to mock Bravo this week. NeNe finally finished up her fake wedding, a little white boy Vietnam expert got smacked on Top Chef, and the women’s movement cried on The New Atlanta. Plus, complaints about Real Housewives of Miami!
Lisa Timmons is back in LA, y’all! And to celebrate, we’ve got a brand new episode of “Banter with Ben and Lisa” for you. This week, Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Lisa (twitter.com/timmonslisa) get into the Halloween spirit by talking about all sorts of scary things. For Lisa, that means going to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios. For Ben, it means telling stories of Yiddish ghosts in his childhood home.
There’s also a tear-inducing tale of Ben’s beleaguered hamster Snowflake, and talk of fall movies including “All Is Lost” and “Bridegroom.” Plus, Ben and Lisa go way back to 1986 with “The Great Mouse Detective.”
Oh, and there’s an impassioned discussion about mayonaise and other sundry condiments. Just another day in the Banter Blender! Come listen!
It’s Autumn in Los Angeles. Well, actually, it’s Autumn everywhere. Except the Southern Hemisphere. It’s Spring down there. I think. The point is that we — as a global community — are in a different season than we were, say, two months ago, and to celebrate the leaves changing color from green to slightly less green, The Corner Door in Culver City, CA has trotted out some autumnal cocktails. What better reason to head all the way down to this nifty gastropub for a media-comped meal, replete with cinnamon smoke and beignets.
Lisa Timmons (Banter With Ben and Lisa Podcast) joins Ben Mandelker (bsideblog) and Ronnie Karam (TrashTalkTV) to laugh about the ridiculousness on Bravo this week. We discuss Lea Black’s trip to Texas on Real Housewives of Miami, hot guys getting eliminated too soon on Top Chef, and the bathroom brawl on The New Atlanta. Plus veganism and properly lighting black people, of course. Join us!
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Who says hot people have it easy? Not on Top Chef, they don’t! Plus, Real Housewives of New Jersey ends and we get to say goodbye to Jacqueline, Kathy and Caroline. We do it with giant shrugs. Real Housewives of Miami had the wedding from hell this week, and it managed to be incredibly painful to watch. How the hell did that happen? Ben Mandelker (bsideblog) and Ronnie Karam (TrashTalkTV) are on the scene to investigate.
It’s October, and among the fall pleasures in Los Angeles is Oktoberfest, that German celebration of the harvest or beer or who knows what. The point is that I have Germany on the mind, which means this is a great opportunity to revisit a restaurant my friends and I dropped by over the summer: Berlin Currywurst.
Ardent readers of this blog may remember that I happily visited the Silver Lake location of “Berlin Currywurst” on its opening day two and a half years ago. Since then, the plucky sausage shop has expanded into fresh new digs in Hollywood, taking over an old BBQ joint on Cahuenga and adding on a biergarten. There really aren’t enough outdoor biergartens in this city, and so it was with high hopes that I assembled a crew of people to head to Berlin Currywurst for an afternoon of beer, sausage, and outdoorsiness.
My friend Leah sent out a plea to Facebook this morning: how do I fold a fitted sheet? It’s been one of mankind’s most pressing questions, up there with “What’s the meaning of life?” and “Where have all the cowboys gone?” I mean, it’s a lowly linen. Surely it can be folded!
But the fitted sheet is the asshole of all sheets. It curls up, turns in on itself, and ultimately refuses to be tamed. Most people just ball it up into some puffy mess, maybe even going so far as to fashion that blob into a sloppy square of sorts. Let me tell you something: I’ve been there. But I have been enlightened. I now know how to fold a fitted sheet.
Like many people, I turned to YouTube to show me the light. There are dozens of videos on the subject, but all of them are confusing. They start off easy — put your hands in two corners and then fold one corner on top of another. Great! But then every. single. video just BREEZES through the next part, which is the trickiest part of all. The experts tell you to just “feel along the way” and place the next corner on your hand. Or tuck another corner into another corner. But which “way” do we feel upon? And what happens when your sheet has already turned into a jumbled, inside-out mess?
No need to panic at the disco. I have come up with a method that is simple and easy to follow, and I feel reasonably confident that my video explains everything clearly. It’s basically a variation on the corner-grabbing technique, except I use a flat surface to help out. I’m sure if you get really good at this version, you can probably fold the fitted sheet without ever having the place it on the floor or your bed. But for the rest of us, this will have to do.
Watch the video above, and let me know if it works for you. And if it’s still tricky, I’ll go and make another one! I just want to help the world with one of its problems. Help me help you (and the world).
This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” we once again go to the listeners for our topics of banter. First up we discuss a nine-year-old who snuck his way onto a Delta flight across the country. Then it’s on to other pressing matters such as the Kris and Bruce Jenner breakup, Lamar Odom’s drug problems, and the Kanye West feud with Jimmy Kimmel. Oh, and of course we talk about Miley Cyrus on SNL, and later, we discuss the #1 movie at the box office, “Gravity.” And fear not: there’s more etiquette to be had from 1888. Come listen!
This week on “Watch What Crappens,” Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Ronnie Karam (trashtalktv.com), tackle the ins and outs of flower etiquette on “Real Housewives of Miami.” Then it’s on to part 1 of the “New Jersey” reunion before discussing the premiere of “Top Chef: New Orleans.” Along the way, there’s plenty of gossip; plus, we weigh in on “The People’s Couch.” What we say might surprise you!