AND WHATNOT: Maya Rudolph Schools Xtina; Also, Camille Grammer Could Be Heading To NYC, and Spider-Man Is An Epic Disaster

Best Week Ever: Dear Christina Aguilera: Maya Rudolph Did It Better
lalawag: LA Blogger Spotlight: Jenny Alden of DessertDarling.com
Vulture: Could Camille Grammer Join Real Housewives of New York?
Starcasm: VIDEO Timothy Hutton Groupon commercial trivializes plight of Tibet
Gawker: Just How Bad Is the Spider-Man Musical?
Socialite Life: Cory Monteith Hangs With The A-List & More
Movieline: The Winklevi Can’t Decide If The Social Network Made Them Look Good
Vulture: What You Need to Know About The New Yorker’s Paul Haggis–Scientology Article

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AND WHATNOT: Joel McHale Runs The Hoda & Kathy Lee Gauntlet; Also, Music By Father Tiger, ‘Undercovers’ Cancelled, and Another Dead Reality Star

Facebook: FATHER TIGER (check out my friend’s band! And if you like them, become a fan!)
BBC: 50 office-speak phrases you love to hate
Popbytes: WHATEVER, KENDRA WILKINSON!
Socialite Life: Boris Kodjoe’s ‘Undercovers’ Cancelled
Vulture: Listen to Songs From the Glee Christmas Album
Reality Blurred: CBS releases details about HD Amazing Race
Gawker: Andrew Cuomo Won’t Take Carl Paladino’s Concession Phone Call
Starcasm: PHOTO Mel Gibson ‘The Beaver’ movie poster
LA Now: Former ‘Bachelorette’ contestant Julien Hug found dead in Riverside County
Fresh & Easy: Fresh & Easy Plans to Open 10 New SoCal Stores in 2011
NBC: Pampered pooches put on the dog at disco
Caroline on Crack: Dominick’s New Fall Cocktails: Respectable Girl Drinks
Dessert Darling: Michael Mishcer Chocolates, a Crunchy Disappointment
Eat Your Feelings: Eat Your Feelings Sandra Lee!

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AND WHATNOT: Tempers Flare on ‘The View;’ Also, T.I. Is A Hero, Dessert Darling Blows Up, and The Hottest Spots in DTLA

Eater LA: Michelin Guide Director: People in LA “Are Not Real Foodies”
CNN: Rapper T.I. talks man down from roof in Atlanta (thanks IndianJones!)
North by Northwestern: “Hide your kids, hide your wives” YouTube star on BET
Socialite Life: Wentworth Miller Getting Naked As ‘Spartacus?’
Dessert Darling: 944’s New Online Feature: Ask the Dessert Darling!
Vulture: Fancy Clock Gets Sprayed With Amazing Animation to Celebrate Own Birthday
Popbytes: ALL SNOOKI! ALL THE TIME!
Best Week Ever: Pelican and Pigeon Are The Best of Friends!
Diana Takes A Bite: Vito’s Wild Mushroom Pizza: Pizza perfection
GeekWeek: Tom Hardy Cast In Third BATMAN
Gridskipper: Downtown L.A. After Dark
SinoSoul: Hottest Food Bloggers in Los Angeles (some NOTABLE snubs)

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AND WHATNOT: The Most Amazing Grilled Cheese Ever? Also, Emmys, Bad Dressers, Takoyaki, and Tomatoes!

NPR: Sandwich Monday: The Denny’s Fried Cheese Melt (thanks Sly!)
HuffPo: Bloomingdale’s Retouchers Give Model Mutant Elbow (PHOTOS, POLL) (thanks run_t_run)
Popbytes: TELEVISIONBYTES: THE EMMYS – A MIX OF OLD AND NEW (written by yours truly)
Vulture: Dancing With The Stars Cast Includes Bristol, The Situation and The Hoff
ESPN: Rex Ryan confident, even without Revis
GeekWeek: MLB: Manny Is Heading To Chi-Town
LAist: Westside Subway and Regional Connector Take Big Steps Towards Reality
Hollywood Life: You’ve Seen The Best, Now Check Out The Worst Dressed From The 2010 Emmy Awards!
AP: RV dealer challenges ‘Twilight’ star to push-ups (this might cause heart palpitations for Sly)
Starcasm: PHOTOS Bethenny zaps Jill Zarin and Kelly Bensimon with shrink ray?
Tasting Table: A Takoyaki Tour (proud to say I tagged along for some of the research that went into this article!)
Dessert Darling: Adventures in New M&Ms: Pretzel M&Ms
Eat Your Feelings: Sock-it-to-Me Halloumi
WSwD: Great Food Truck Race: Crepes Blown-Apart! (Sorry, I Had To)
LAist: Make This Drink: Official Cocktail of The Emmy Awards

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MAGNOLIA BAKERY PREVIEW: Pudding & Scandal!

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It’s not often that I get to preview a much-hyped bakery, and it’s also not often I get to complain about local busybody community residents, but I’m proud to announce that I’ll be doing both in this humble post. The setup is simple. My friend Jenny, a.k.a The Dessert Darling, emailed me full of excitement, perhaps stemming from a sugar high (she eats many cupcakes for her site), to alert me that the famed Magnolia Bakery was finally opening up a Los Angeles outpost this Friday. Did I want to join on opening day for a cupcake or two?

I’m not one to turn down cupcakes; so obviously, I said yes. We eventually agreed to meet this afternoon, and after braving through some intense midday traffic, no thanks to the ill-timed stoplights on Fairfax, I finally made my way to Magnolia. I was immediately shocked by the lack of customers. There always seems to be a secret Mommy newsletter that goes out every time a cupcake shop opens in Los Angeles, and as such, I just assumed there’d be lines (not to mention balloons) up the wazoo. There were none. All I found was an empty bakery with no one but Jenny.

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Revisiting The Best Donut In Los Angeles; Also, A Cookie Backfire

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Not too long ago, I made a bold proclamation. I labeled the glazed buttermilk donut at Tasty Donuts the BEST DONUT IN LOS ANGELES. I was met with resistance from many, especially those who suggested that I may have upset the entire food blogging community by not kowtowing to what is widely accepted as the home of the best donuts in LA, Donut Man. Here’s the thing though: I’ve never been to Donut Man, and I’m not sure I want to drive 34.5 miles to try it (and by the way, the Glendora location is truly testing the geographic limits of claiming to be the best donuts in Los Angeles).

Nevertheless, all my raving about the glazed buttermilk donuts piqued the curiosity of my friend Jenny, whose tasty site Dessert Darling is devoted almost exclusively to — you guessed it — desserts. She immediately expressed interest in trying the much hyped donut, and soon we agreed on a joint tasting session. After a few false starts (it’s amazing how tricky it is to coordinate a simple donut date in LA), we finally met up. Jenny could test the donut for herself, and I could defend its honor, should I need to.

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