Monday, November 30, 2009

Two Oddities From Thanksgiving Weekend

1. Hunky Santa at the Bev Center on November 27th. Does any other city employ him, or is he one of those "only in L.A." phenomenons? I had foolishly scheduled a haircut on Black Friday at the mall, but luckily there was free parking and I was able to find a spot. I vaguely remember Hunky Santas of yesteryear sitting around exuding hotness from a central location by the bar/restaurant, but this year, he's like a Cirque du Soleil dancer, climbing up and down red and green silk ropes and hanging there for all to gape at, flanked by the Candy Cane girls, whatever they are. Who is his audience? Women? Gay men? WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN? WHO WILL SPEAK FOR THEM?

2. Batter Blaster. The Ralph's grocery store near my apartment recently remodeled, and the sampler people were out in force on Saturday. I tried Greek yogurt, French bread with dipping sauce, Rome apples and a truly appalling product called Batter Blaster, which is basically a can of Redi-whip, except when you shake it up and press the nozzle, it squirts out PANCAKE BATTER. The sampler person had a hot stovetop at the ready, and insisted I make two and taste them.

Disturbingly, they were delicious.


  1. Batter Blaster!! That sounds... amazing.

    Also horrifying.

  2. Hunky Santa is HILARIOUS! Yes that is an LA thing, and rightly so. I can just picture my 4-year-old asking, "Mommy, why isn't Santa wearing clothes?" Scandalous... and funny.

    I've seen those batter blasters around. I think I'm going to have to try it. I think those might be the pinnacle of lazy Americanness. What is putting water in the Bisquick too hard? Now we need to have readymade squirt-able pancake batter?

  3. Thanks, Amy & Natalie! I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds them a bit ridiculous :)

  4. Batter Blaster IS delicious, and it makes great waffles too! Just shake, point, blast, cook... Yummy!