BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #61: Catching Up On Old TV; Also, Celebrity Sightings, Blue Jasmine, and Pretzel Burgers

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” we catch up on some old TV by touching base on “Downton Abbey” and “Six Feet Under.” Then Lisa and Ben share a few noteworthy celebrity encounter stories before talking about “Blue Jasmine” and “The Conjuring.” Finally, Lisa expresses her love for pretzel buns and Ben sounds off on Justin Timberlake. Come listen!

Make Your Own Shamrock Shake!


Crazy as it might sound, I’d never tasted one of McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes prior to last year. I can’t say that I was totally won over by it, but I know many people have been, and now comes this glorious and probably obvious news: you can make a Shamrock Shake at home!

According to Kelsey Banfield of (by way of Yahoo), there is a recipe out there that comes thisclose to replicating the McDonald’s original.

Recipe after the jump. Also, please note that you will probably kick yourself for not being able to figure it out on your own.

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VIDEO: McDonalds + Rice Cooker = Stoner’s Delight?

Some intrepid culinary pioneer in Japan decided that a mere Big Mac with Fries meal (with a side of McNuggets) wasn’t tasty enough on its own (ed. note — it is), and so this daring person opted to put the whole thing in a rice cooker and press go. I’m not sure I’ll be putting this on my slate of Adventures in Domesticity plans, but then again…

Via The Daily What

My First Shamrock Shake Experience


As much as I adore fast food, I have some serious gaps in my experience. For example, I’ve never eaten Taco Bell (that will change next month — an outing is scheduled). Similarly, up until last night, I’d never tried one of McDonald’s famed Shamrock Shakes, but with St. Patty’s day right around the corner and all the scuttlebutt about the green libations on Facebook and Twitter, I could no longer stand on the sidelines of fast food culture. It was time to cross this drink off my quaffing bucket list.

After the jump, check out photos, courtesy of Phamtastic, of my very first Shamrock Shake. Continue reading

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Thanks jash.

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