Saturday, October 20, 2012

Mad Men Cookbook Giveaway

Are you a fan of AMC's hit series Mad Men?  If so, then this giveaway is for you.  Soon you could be making cocktails and meals that were featured on the show.  Get your martini ready and enter now.  Good Luck Everyone. 

The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook

The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants of Mad Men brings you into the culinary world of Mad Men-era New York, just in time for the holiday season. This book, by veteran cookbook author Judy Gelman and writer Peter Zheutlin, includes more than 70 recipes for food and drink that were featured in episodes of Mad Men. You will find historical pictures of New York, as well as period details, commentary, and full color photos.

Some of the recipes are from famous New York hotels, bars, and restaurants like Sardi, Barbetta, and The Pierre Hotel and include full ingredient lists and preparation instructions. This cookbook is great for history buffs, Mad Men fans, and those interested in 1960s wining and dining.

Read Kara's full review at Kara's Deals and Steals.

This cookbook would make an awesome gift this Christmas for anyone into history, Mad Men, or the culinary arts. Learn more about the book here. You can also get three free recipes by becoming a Facebook fan. Purchase the cookbook at bookstores and online {currently $11.32 on Amazon}.

One lucky reader will have the chance to own the Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents and will end on 11/3. Please enter on the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Disclosure: Kara's Deals and Steals received a free copy of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook in exchange for a review. I was not compensated for this publication. Lil' Debi As Mama is not responsible for prize delivery. 


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

BrandX Viewing Party

As a member of Crowdtap, I got to host a party for the season 2 premiere of BrandX on the FX network.  BrandX is a weekly evening talk show hosted by Englishman, Russell Brand.  Russell's breakout in the U.S came in 2008 with his role in the comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall.  He is known for his wild fashion sense, thick accent and unfiltered perspective.

On BrandX, Russell gives his unfiltered refreshing views on pop culture, world politics and current events.  What makes this late night talk show different is Brand's interactions with the live audience. 

On Oct. 11th, I invited a few friends over for a viewing party of the new season.  To get in show mode and learn more about Russell, we watched some clips of the first season of BrandX.  We had fun talking about our own views of Russell's topics in the videos.  What do you think?  Is Mike Tyson a poet or just crazy?  Click on the picture below to view the video of Brand's take on Tyson.

BrandX video clip-Mike Tyson

Everyone seemed to enjoy the show and giving their own opinions on pop culture and such.  We really enjoyed Russell's interview with Ryan Hurst from Sons Of Anarchy (my favorite show).  My guests seemed to laugh the most during the last segment of the show.  This segment is called 'Community Service' where Russell tries to help an audience member with a problem.  I think he's the funniest when really talking with and using the audience members during the show.  

There were some mixed views on Brand's comedic style.  He is a fast talker with an accent, so you really have to pay attention to catch everything he is saying.   I had a good laugh at a couple of my friends doing their Russell Brand impersonations.  I wish I would have recorded them.   

Get Glue checkin to BrandX image
Check in to BrandX on Get Glue
Every episode of BrandX is audience interactive.  You don't have to be a member of the live audience to participate in the show.  BrandX Social makes it easy to communicate live on your social networks during the show.  You can tweet, post, share, check-in, like and more all from one place.  Also get special downloads and clips.  It was easy to post some funny tweets from my guests while watching.  I particularly liked the one shown below.

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#BrandX Tweet

Are you a Russell Brand and BrandX fan?  Yes or no, please feel free to leave your view in the comments. I love to hear my readers opinions.

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