ADVENTURES IN DOMESTICITY: International Friendsgiving Edition (Plus, A Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe)


This may be somewhat shocking, but I’ll just come out with it: last weekend, my friends and I convened for yet another Friendsgiving. This marks the third Friendsgiving I’ve hosted since actual Thanksgiving last year (which, admittedly, was also a Friendsgiving). Have we gone turkey crazy? Not really. This time around the mania was inspired by Corningware. You see, Corningware has this handy dandy new line of colorful products called CW By Corningware, and the company was kind enough to send over some samples (and subsidize the turkey) if I put together a Friendsgiving meal and blogged about it. So here I am: an apartment full of unhealthy leftovers, writing about Friendsgiving again.

To change things up, I decided to throw a twist into the typical Friendsgiving affairs. This would be no ordinary meal. This would be a global affair. Yes, every dish would be an international take on a classic American Thanksgiving staple. OooOOOooh. So very Top Chef of us.

I’m happy to report that my friends all lived up to the challenge, and the resultant meal was beyond delicious. Pics of the dishes as well as a bonus recipe (!!) after the jump!

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FYI: Thanksgiving Is 90 Days Away


It may be hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is a mere 90 days away from today. That’s right: time is a-flying, and before you know it, Turkey Day will be upon you, and you’ll be standing in your kitchen thinking to yourself “What the HELL am I going to make?” Okay, you probably won’t be saying that since Thanksgiving menus are pretty obvious, but just in case you want to spice it up this year, I’m proud to announce that my friends and I have been road-testing a few recipes.

You see, while the rest of America has been enjoying salads and corn on the cob this summer, my crew has hosted not one, but two Thanksgivings, both of which have landed on miserably hot 100°+ days. I’ll admit it was odd roasting a giant turkey breast while heat vapors outside on the street threatened to melt any slow-walking pedestrian, but we made it work.

After the jump, check out pics from our Friendsgiving meals. Hopefully they’ll provide some inspiration as we head into the final Turkey Day stretch…

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BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #76: Revisiting Thanksgiving, The Sound of Music, Meeting Jason Collins (Again)

We are back! This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker ( and Lisa Timmons ( trade stories about Thanksgiving and discuss their epic road trip to Las Vegas. Then it’s another major Operation Seduction development as Ben discusses his latest encounter with openly gay NBA player Jason Collins. Finally, things wrap up with talk of NBC’s long and boring “Sound of Music Live” telecast. It’s a good one this week. Be sure to listen!

And remember: use the promo code “Banter” to get a domain at for just $2!!

Order MB Post’s Bacon Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits For Thanksgiving


Probably the most exciting restaurant I’ve been to all year has been MB Post in Manhattan Beach, and perhaps the sleeper star of the amalzing menu is the bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuit, which is quickly becoming a signature must-have item. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — the drive down to Manhattan Beach is worth it for those carbo-licious pillows of savory goodness.

Now comes news that you can impress all your Thanksgiving guests with those very same bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuits. MB Post is taking orders for the biscuits only through today (11/21) for pickup on Wednesday, 11/23, between 2pm and 4:30pm. $30/dozen.


Here are the vitals:

Manhattan Beach Post (M.B. Post)
1142 Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 545-5405

Thanksgiving in Chinatown? Why Not?


Earlier this month, I was invited down to Chinatown in Los Angeles for a media-comped meal at the Plum Tree Inn. The purpose of the dinner was to introduce a dining alternative to the usual turkey and stuffing offerings found on most Thanksgiving tables. As such, if you’re looking for something new and untraditional (or better yet — you just don’t want to slave away in the kitchen), take a look at what the Plum Tree Inn has on deck for Turkey Day.

Pics after the jump…

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