An Evening with Wonderful Pistachios

Last week I was invited to participate in a pairing concepts program by Wonderful Pistachios, the company that has found mascots in the likes of Snooki and Chad Ochocinco (two of my favorite celebrities, it should be noted). The purpose of the happy hour event was to pair pistachios with food and beverages at Ray’s […]

THE GREAT FRESH TEST: Part 3, Reaching an Epic Conclusion

A few weeks ago, I embarked on an exciting journey that would have me comparing the freshness of veggies stored in regular plastic bags vs. Clearly Fresh Bags, which promise to keep produce fresher for up to 50% longer than traditional methods. Well, it’s been an intense, emotionally harrowing journey, and now I’m prepared to […]

THE QUAFF: Ginger Cocktail Showdown

Recently, I purchased the book Left Coast Libations, which proudly culls cocktail recipes from a wide swath of mixologists in Los Angeles (way too under-represented), San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver. I absolutely loved the concept of the book — finally, I could emulate cocktails from The Roger Room here in LA or Bourbon and […]

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 […]

ADVENTURES IN DOMESTICITY: Oxo Garlic Peeler Cook-Off Edition

Back in late April, I posted about Oxo’s garlic peeler, promising that I’d give a free one away to whomever submitted the best tasting garlic-centric recipe. I shockingly did not receive a huge amount of submissions, but nevertheless, there were entries, and I did eventually whittle them down to two finalists. The contenders: RachWho?’s Roasted […]

Meet The Next Food Network Stars!

It’s summer time, which means we’re already three episodes deep into one of my favorite reality shows ever, Food Network Star (née The Next Food Network Star). So far this seventh (!) season has been pretty excellent, but could we really expect anything less from something involving the inimitable Susie Fogelson? The cast is wide […]

THE QUAFF: Fun with Veev Açaí Spirit!

Recently I received a complimentary bottle of VeeV Açaí Spirit, which meant I had to face one of my biggest fears: berries. For the uninitiated, I have something neurologically wrong wherein I detest the thing that millions — perhaps BILLIONS — of people worldwide love. I speak, of course, of the berry. I hate almost […]

B-Side Blog Goes To E3, Geeks Out

(that’s me) The massive video game convention known as E3 came to town last week, and since I am a video game geek at heart, I headed into the thick of it to check out the new games and over-the-top presentations. It was a blast, as usual; although, I didn’t have any exciting star sightings […]

THE QUAFF: End of the World Cocktail Hour

This may come as a shock to you all, but the weather here in Los Angeles is often wonderful. Such was the case this past Saturday, which aside from being absolutely beautiful was also supposed to mark the End of the Days. Well, Doomsday be damned, I was going to celebrate the weather with a […]

HOUSEWIFE HOEDOWN, Episode 20: All About New Jersey

Video streaming by Ustream Sorry for my relative lack of posts today. I had to go to the Genius Bar at the Beverly Center, and the process took longer than expected. The good news is that my trusty genius Evan was amazing and fixed everything that I needed (including an issue with Dropbox, which certainly […]