Get Your Zaaaaaarin Faaaaabrics Groupon!


The season premiere of The Real Housewives of New York City is just around the corner (or so we think), and to celebrate the return of Kelly, Jill, Alex, and the rest of the gang, why not go out and buy yourself some fabric? That’s right, ZAAAAARIN FAAAABRICS has a Groupon deal going on today, and that means you can buy $50 worth of FAAAAABRIC for only $25. BAAAAWWWWWBY, time to buy some FAAAAAABRIC for AAAAAALLY.

For those in the market for such things, check out the deal here.

Thanks to Meeshie for the heads up!

Take A Trip To Portlandia

Anyone who’s been to Portland knows it’s a city with just a few ridiculous, hippie tendencies. Well, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have paired up to lampoon the city in their new IFC show, Portlandia. The series premiered a few weeks ago, but I only just got around to checking out some of the skits (at my friend Meeshie’s urging). Some are funnier than others, and when they’re funny, they tend to be really funny… and sadly not very far from the truth. Above, a skit called “Is It Local?” and after the jump, another bit called “Feminist Bookstore,” featuring some very amusing physical comedy by Armisen.

Definitely worth checking out.

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B-Side Blog Encounters Mahsa From ‘The Apprentice’ and Lives To Tell About It


I spent this past weekend in NYC for a wedding, and among the exciting and fascinating things that happened was a chance encounter with Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy, the reigning pit bull of this season’s Apprentice. Apparently no one is watching the show (thanks NBC for the lack of promotion), but those of you who are taking in its glory know that Mahsa is something of a crazy person in the board room. Get on her bad side, and she’ll railroad you right off the show. She’s kind of scary.

Well, I’m happy to report that in real life Mahsa is actually a total sweetheart. In fact, she bought coffee (and marshmallows — don’t ask) for me and my friend Meeshie. There’s not much that Mahsa could say about the production, but the good news is that she’s not crazy and seems to have a really good sense of humor about her intensity. Oh, and she’s very cute in real life.

That’s really it.

After the jump, some random pics from my cell phone from the weekend. Why? Because I’m bored and I want you all to click through and increase my page views.

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I think it’s safe to say that I am not a particularly strong or flexible person, which is why yoga may not be a perfect fit for me (check out my first time here). Nevertheless, that didn’t stop my friend Meeshie from trying to teach me a move called “Crow.” She videotaped my pitiful attempt, which had me hoisting my derriere into the air repeatedly to no good effect. Not a stellar moment for me, but perhaps entertaining for you.

B-Side Blog Attends An Artsy Haunted Maze!

This may be a shock to some people: Los Angeles not only has an art scene, but every once in a blue moon, I actually cross paths with it. Back in May, my friend Meeshie and I attended an exhibit in West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center where we encountered — among other things — a foreboding maze, a startling werewolf, and a news crew from World of Wonder. Seems about right.

Anyway, WoW just released the above video about that night, and it features none other than yours truly (sorry, no Meeshie) in a brief cameo towards the end. Major thanks to reporter Damiana Garcia for graciously referring to me as a “hunky blogger” in the accompanying write-up.

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The Best Donut In Los Angeles?

Courtesy of Yelp

I love to try new and unique restaurants and foods in Los Angeles, but rarely am I the only to discover them. Usually, I defer to the gaggle of food bloggers out here or the Los Angeles Times’ great column, “The Find.” It’s with a heavy heart that I must admit I just am simply not a trailblazer when it comes to these things. I’m merely a follower.

However, I do feel like I have a discovery to share with the world at large. It’s not some secret, off-the-beaten-path eatery offering a dazzling ten course meal for $15. Instead it’s a humble donut shop, located right smack dab on a busy stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard. I talk of Tasty Donuts, and I think it may serve the best donut in L.A.

Now a few caveats. I said “donut,” singular. Tasty Donuts doesn’t have the best donuts, per se, but they do have the best singular offering of one. Also, second caveat: I haven’t sampled all the donut shops around town, but this is a blog, not a scientific survey; so I am going to allow myself some leeway on the bombastic claims. The point is that people in search of an amazing donut experience should flock to this place for one thing and one thing only: their glazed buttermilk donut.

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And Now A Very Special Musical Moment From YouTube

My friend Meeshie has been in town, and when my iTunes randomly played Guster’s Christmas tune, “Carol of the Meows,” we suddenly felt compelled to sing along. One thing led to another, and now we have this video. There’s a great chance it could come back to haunt our careers years in the future, but for now, we don’t mind.

REAL HOUSEWIVES PHOTOCAP: Project(ile Vomiting) Runway


Greetings, my friends. I’m a touch behind on the blogging because my dearest friend Meeshie is in town, and we have been using my valuable blogging time for other productive activities such as drinking and meeting reality stars (perhaps a photo or two about that in the future). Nevertheless, I have squeezed in some spare time to write about The Real Housewives of New Jersey, which struck some alarming notes this week. This episode, after all, was the big “modeling” bonanza where future catwalk star Christine and current catwalk pity case Gia took to the runways of Fashion Week and strutted their stuff. It wasn’t an easy journey for either of them though. Christine, when she wasn’t snapping at her handlers, was feeling woozy and on the verge of barfing, thus providing the most exciting model medical emergency since a male waif similarly went down in flames on Kell on Earth. Luckily, Christine seemed fine, and with any luck, her modeling career won’t be too derailed by the accident. Besides, she has bigger fish to fry: particularly her mother, who continues to heap scary, vicarious ambitions on her ingenue of a daughter.

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