This week on Banter with Ben and Lisa, Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) talks about his experience going to the live finale taping of American Idol. Observations about Mariah Carey and Colton Dixon ensue. Then Lisa Timmons (wherelisalives.com) spills the tea about her brush with a big time, real deal celebrity. Finally, the two break down the whole Amy’s Baking Company / “Kitchen Nightmares” fiasco. This is definitely one to listen to. For real, yo!
This week on Banter with Ben and Lisa, Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Lisa Timmons (wherelisalives.com) discuss Mariah Carey’s new music video for #Beautiful. Then it’s on to another enigma of pop culture: Amanda Bynes. What the heck happened to her? Lastly, we have an update on Operation: Seduction and plenty of thoughts about our favorite songstress, Sade. Come listen!
It’s been all of about thirty-five seconds since I posted an Adventures in Domesticity based off of Rick Bayless’s Mexican Everyday, and that just seems shocking. And so I am back with yet another recipe to tackle. This time it’s “Red Chile Enchiladas with Chicken and Melted Cheese.”
I selected this dish mainly because a) I had chicken in my freezer, b) it’s big and can stretch over several meals, and c) despite its appearance, it’s not all that unhealthy. Besides, with Cinco De Mayo right around the corner, why not whip up a batch of enchiladas? It’s only prudent.
After the jump, check out my handiwork (as well as a few choice photos of my dirty stovetop)… Continue reading →
Lisa Timmons and I recorded our latest episode of Banter with Ben and Lisa this morning, and we had a total blast. We hope it translates! Here’s the official description:
Is there any other podcast that can weave together recently outed NBA star Jason Collins, Exposé, Super Mario Bros., anthropomorphic M&Ms and, of course, Sade? I don’t think so. But that’s exactly what Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Lisa Timmons (Socialite Life, Idolator) do on this latest episode of Banter With Ben and Lisa. Listen as the highly caffeinated duo take on all of the above topics and introduce a new, important segment called “Operation: SEDUCTION.” What are you waiting for? Press play!
I’ve decided to start a new little section of the blog called “Restaurants Are Fun” (name subject to change) to document some of the random spots I go to with my friends (and sometimes enemies, but that is VERY rare). I wouldn’t say these are full on reviews per se, but they’re kind of a simple “I ate this, and it was good” or a “I ate that, and it was bad” kind of thing. Whatever. This is a blog, not the New York Times. Just let me DO WHAT I WANT.
Anyway, today I want to focus on two Asian restaurants I went to last month: Takara, the new ramen shop in Hollywood, and Sun Ha Jang, a Korean spot specializing in duck. Pics and thoughts after the jump…
New episode of Banter with Ben and Lisa! Official description here:
This week on Banter with Ben and Lisa, Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Lisa Timmons (wherelisalives.com) chat about the latest rumors swirling around “American Idol.” The two also tackle celebrity gossip such as Reese Witherspoon’s recent arrest and Sly Stallone’s coyote problem. It’s the usual mishmash of pop culture and strange jokes. Come listen!
New Banter with Ben and Lisa is up. Another super fun episode, this time with special guest Milan Christopher! Here’s the offish descriptch:
We’ve reached the 50 episode milestone on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” and to celebrate, Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Lisa Timmons (idolator.com) welcome actor, singer, model, director Milan Christopher (milanchristopher.com) to the show. We learn all about the various projects Milan is working on, plus the three delve into Tyler Perry’s “Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor.” How can you resist? Come listen!
New Banter with Ben and Lisa is up, and this episode is really funny, if I do say so myself. Here’s the official description:
This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Lisa Timmons (idolator.com) embrace Siblings Day by discussing the famous siblings they like most. From Kim Richards to Bambi Swayze, we definitely cover a lot of ground. Then it’s on to this week’s “American Idol” which featured Mariah Carey’s most long-winded critiques yet. Finally, we tackle some of the dubious celebrity couples out there — Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn, Rihanna and Chris Brown, e.g.. Along the way, there’s talk of hamsters and a big shout-out to all our followers on SoundCloud. Come take a listen!
This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Lisa Timmons (idolator.com) talk movies in honor of the late Roger Ebert. First it’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation, starring The Rock’s biceps. Then it’s on to Tyler Perry’s Temptation. Finally, the two wax nostalgic about Jurassic Park, which leads to a discussion of dinosaurs in general. Along the way, there are inaccurate references to acclaimed painters and authors, which is always fun. Come listen!
For about nine months I’ve been toying with the idea of finally buying a Mexican cookbook. It had seemed like a glaring omission in my ever growing collection, which at this point includes Jamaican, Irish, Swedish, and even Trinidadian cuisines. Heck, I even have a hilarious cookbook titled “A Passion for Mushrooms,” which I may have purchased at a library sale based on the name alone. The point is this: I needed a Mexican cookbook, and who better to turn to than Rick Bayless, the preeminent American master of Mexican cuisine?
I originally was going to snatch up Bayless’s seminal book, Authentic Mexican, but then after reading Serious Eats rave about his simpler Mexican Everyday, I had a change of heart. Turns out Mexican Everyday had been penned with healthy eating in mind, and as some of you may know, that’s been my mission for 2013. And so while I’m not often a fan of the “fast and easy” cookbooks, I decided to go this route anyway (after all, Madhur Jaffrey’s Quick & Easy Indian Cooking rocks my world, and that’s of the same ilk).
For my first attempt at a recipe from Mexican Everyday, I opted for Pollo Pulquero, or “Slow-Cooked Chicken with Tomatillos, Potatoes, Jalapeños and Fresh Herbs.” It’s a very simple dish requiring only a handful of ingredients, and according to various other bloggers across the interwebs, it’s an out-of-the-park winner. Naturally, I was intrigued. Would this recipe live up to the hype? And would Pollo Pulquero prove to finally be the first dish to come out of my slow cooker that’s truly amazing? Answers after the jump…