VIDEO: ‘Downton Arby’s’ Is By Far The Best ‘Downton Abbey’ Parody Yet

I love me some Downton Abbey, and we’ve seen some spirited parodies over the past few months, including a rather funny, if overlong, video featuring various British comics and Kim Catrall (“Uptown Downstairs Abbey“). To me though, the best of the lot comes from that hallowed epicenter of comedy… Yahoo? Yup, Yahoo! apparently now has some sketch comedy thing it does, and I have to say, if they’re all like this parody — amusingly titled Downton Arby’s — we’re in for some good times. Good actors, good writing, good editing — it’s as if someone found the calling to be USEFUL, as Isobel might say.


Thanks to NEIL for the heads up.

ADVENTURES IN DOMESTICITY: Entenmann’s Baking Challenge; Also, A Cookbook Giveaway!


For years I’ve loved the Entenmann’s family of products, particularly the chocolate-frosted doughnuts (best when dunked in milk), the devil’s food cake doughnuts, the cupcakes, the chocolate chip cookies, and of course the chocolate fudge cake. I therefore was thrilled when Entenmann’s offered to send me a box of bakeware as well the company’s new cookbook, Entenmann’s Big Book of Baking, for free on the condition that I hold a baking party and document it on my blog. Done and DONE.

The timing could not have been more perfect. As it turned out, I was headed to the Hamptons this past weekend to celebrate a friend’s birthday (NEIL, to be specific — his name has been bandied about from time to time here). What better way to help ring in a new year in Neil’s life than by baking up a storm? With the help of my new friend Lynsley of Popcorn and M&Ms, I set up shop in Neil’s kitchen and churned out no less than five recipes from Entenmann’s Big Book of Baking.

Ah, but how did they turn out? Results after the jump…

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Ep. 19: Banter with Ben and Lisa

We’re baaaaaack. After a brief hiatus, Lisa and I have recorded a new episode of Banter with Ben and Lisa. On this latest edition, we talk about exercise, and yes, I speak at great length about my current torture: P90x. The two of us discuss the program, especially the grueling yoga portion, as well as other exercise trends such as bar method and cardio bar. There’s also talk of gourmet food trucks and handsome doctors.

Take a listen, and remember you can subscribe to the podcast from the iTunes store here.


Countess LuAnn Is In Good Company

We’ve all written off LuAnn De Lesseps’ latest trifle as something of a drag queen treatise on the good life, but here’s the surprising news: LuAnn isn’t releasing her spoken-word songs on some random label willing to cash in on her reality fame. She’s actually with Ultra Records, which also is home to the omnipresent Pitbull, not to mention The Chemical Brothers, Tiësto, Shiny Toy Guns, Basement Jaxx, Deadmau5, Grum, and Kaskade, to name a few. So how did LuAnn manage to join a roster of such critical darlings and dancefloor mainstays? I’m really not sure. Chic, c’est la vie indeed.

Thanks to Neil for the above inevitable video tribute.

HOUSEWIFE HOEDOWN Ep. 18: Talking About Alexis Bellino, Dinner Parties, and the Glory of RHoNYC


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In case you missed it, we taped another episode of Housewife Hoedown today. Joining me in the studio was Matt Whitfield, features editor at Yahoo! The two of us discussed the latest episode of Real Housewives of Orange County and New York City, with special attention paid to Alexis Bellino and her dinner party meltdown.

We received two calls, including one from my friend Neil, who shared his experiences with Ramona Pinot Grigio. Not only did he weigh in on the wine, but he told a most interesting story about its sales on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Check it all out in the video above, and remember you can watch live every week at 12:30 PDT at

AND WHATNOT: Juicy ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Scoop (including video!); Also, Creepy Super Mario Bros. Moments, and A Cool Dancing Demo

Dancer Khasan Brailsford shows cool moves (wait for it to come together in the last 45 seconds).

Socialite Life: Yay Summer: ‘The Real Housewives Of New Jersey’ Returns In May
Starcasm: Julie Chen reveals ‘surprising’ Big Brother 13 audition tapes
Cracked: 6 Bizarrely Creepy Moments from the Mario Universe (thanks Leah3t!)
Real Clear Politics: Biden Falls Asleep During Obama Budget Speech? (thanks Malibu Judie!)
The Onion: How To Get A Guy To Notice You While You’re Having Sex With Him (thanks Neil!)
Movieline: Has Drew Barrymore Made Every Kind of Relationship Movie Ever?

Watch Las Vegas’ Urban Sprawl Over 25 Years

Las Vegas has been expanding significantly over the past few decades, and what better way to appreciate the sprawl than with a time lapse video? This one is pretty scant in the photo department (there are only six photos used), but it’s cool nonetheless. All it needs is the customary Philip Glass soundtrack.

To read more, check out the original article here.

Thanks to Neil for the link!

UPDATE: Panda Not Scared of Earthquake But Still Incredibly Cute


Well, well, well. It’s been up for just about ten minutes, and already it appears that the cutest picture EVER is in fact a FRAUD. Originally billed as a panda scared after the Japanese earthquake, turns out this picture is a LIE. I mean, the panda is hugging a guy, but not out of fear. Rather, OUT OF HUNGER. Yes, this picture dates back to 2006, and thankfully my friend Neil — who also happens to be the resident panda archivist of my group — pointed this out to me. Evidently the panda is actually clutching a leg to ask for food.

Ah, but maybe the panda was hungry in the wake of a smaller but still frightening earthquake. Let the conspiracy theories abound!

The REAL story here.


*pun credit, sg-dub

Ep. 13: Banter With Ben and Lisa

We’re baaaaaack. After a two month hiatus, Lisa and I have convened once again to podcast, and this time around, the fun took place in my kitchen. Yes, while I made a dish for a dinner party, Lisa and I bantered away, discussing everything from vampires to zombies to Jersey Shore to German vocab. We’re pledging to podcast more frequently, and with any luck, we’ll actually follow through!

After the jump, check out the recipe that I used during the podcast, and remember, you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes for free! Click here.


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