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the best of holiday pop!

deck the halls with bowls of popchips tortillawhat would this season be without the holiday music?  here’s a playlist of our holiday faves to get your merriment kicked off right…

zooey deschanel’s delicious version of baby it’s cold outside from the movie elf.

wham’s last christmas delivers classic holiday pop with a retro 80’s music video to boot.

justin bieber’s santa claus is comin’ to town, mixes old school and new school.

backstreet’s back! with a brand new holiday track, it’s christmas time again.

run dmc’s classic holiday rap christmas in hollis will get you in the mood for some collard greens to go with your popchips

what’s your favorite holiday song?  tweet me!

pop vp’s in great taste: this ain’t no ordinary walgreens!

popping a pose with kurt russell and son, wyatt russell, whose tv show partnering with walgreens will be on air next year!

when i was invited to a sneak preview of walgreens’ new flagship store in hollywood, ca, i thought, really?  a celebrity-studded opening of a drugstore?  um…okay, sure…

so i headed off to the opening night preview, not knowing what to expect and lightbulb moment!  this ain’t your mama’s walgreens! no wonder kurt russell, fergie, lamar odom, terry bradshaw, alison sweeney and tim gunn were all on hand for the opening night party.

in 24,000 square feet of gorgeous open space focused on healthy daily living,  there’s the look boutique (an exclusive beauty and makeup store in store), high end wines and liquors, and a massive fresh daily prepared foods section with a snack selection that will make your head spin.  including  sushi, fro-yo, pastries and popchips, natch.

the popchips team was there with our pop ‘n pose photo booth to help one of our favorite retailers celebrate the opening of their 8000th store, and found out that even ceo and walgreens owner, greg wasson loves popchips!

a big congrats to walgreens for the opening of their flagship store in hollywood! wanna meet there for saturday yoga class?  tweet me! hungry for more?

watch my vlog to see what all the fuss is about!

popchips-crusted sweet potato pie cookies

happy thanksgiving everyone!  don’t know about you, but every thanksgiving i always look forward to the sides and the desserts. anyone with me here?  so i’ve created a recipe that combines both, while bringing a tasty pop to your traditional thanksgiving table.

these crunchy, savory, chewy, sweet cookies are sure to hit the spot.

ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2  cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sweet potato puree
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

orange glaze & popchips crust

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2  .8oz bags sweet potato popchips, crushed into crumbs

preheat the oven to 375 degrees. line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

in a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and salt.

cream together the butter, granulated sugar and the brown sugar until light and fluffy and the volume has increased. add the egg and the vanilla and mix until incorporated. stir in the sweet potato puree blending until smooth. gradually beat in the dry ingredients and combine well.  stir in the pecans.

drop by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared cookie sheets, leaving about 2 inches of space between each cookie. bake until the cookies are lightly golden around the edges and they spring back from the touch, about 18 minutes. let cool completely on the cookie sheets before glazing.

for the glaze and popchips crust: combine the confectioners’ sugar, orange juice, and vanilla in a small bowl and stir until smooth. drizzle over the cookies, and immediately sprinkle with popchips crumbs.  drizzle again with glaze and top with more popchips.  let harden for 1 hour before serving.

hope you enjoy and  tweet me – will you be breaking out the eating pants this year or staying in your skinny jeans?

pop vp’s after-party: pop explosion la

just wanted to give big thanks to everyone who participated in our twitter pop explosion ticket giveaway, and a little shout out to our 10 vip ticket winners:  @ziinnniia @almarose_x @codyscaangel @heyitsmichellen @topgunrated @mindlessvaughns @yourgirlshan @im5erxo @demi_crazzy and @producerpromo!

our vips got backstage access to pop explosion la, a concert showcasing the next generation of pop, including acts like im5, midnight red, lia marie johnson and more.  snacking out in the popchips snack lounge, getting up close for photos and videos with their favorite teen stars- a good time was had by all, and we were happy to be a part of it!  check out their pics from the event:

im5 takes the stage…

will and dana from im5 pose with fans…

so glad you guys had a great time!  see ya on twitter!

pop vp’s in great taste: pop explosion la!

this saturday, november 3rd, pop fans are getting a major fix as 13 up-and-coming pop acts share the same stage at pop explosion la.   although the mainstream might not know these acts quite yet, trust me, they drive the teens crazy. like crazy.  cray-cray for reals.

yesterday, i popped in on im5, (produced by perez hilton, simon fuller and jamie king) at their pre-show rehearsal to treat them to a snack break, but got treated instead to an impromptu serenade! (or maybe they were serenading the popchips…see for yourself)

i also got a chance to ask them fan questions from my twitter, stay tuned right here for that!

in the meantime, get ready to hang with im5, midnight red, lia marie johnson, peyton sanders and more for an afternoon of meet and greets, photo ops, and live performances.  (cue the fan screaming now) popchips is happy to be a part of pop explosion la and to recognize like-minded fans of pop, we’re giving away 10 pairs of vip tickets to the event!

just follow @popvp, use #popexplosion and winners will be chosen at random and announced on friday november 2nd.  good luck pop fans and we’ll see you there!

pop vp’s app of the week: post card on the run

although music, fashion, movies, and popchips do get our heart pumping, we can’t forget about that special place in our hearts for apps!  filed under “hey-why-didn’t-i-think-of-that?”, check out: postcard on the run.

think irl photos are a thing of the past?  nope.  as long as people have refrigerators, there will always be a place for photos.   postcard on the run is a free app that easily turns pics on your smart phone into postcards of your worldly travels.  you can personalize them with touch screen handwriting, and it can gather your friends’ addresses for you.  send them anywhere in the world starting at just $1.49, with just a few clicks from your phone, making sweet little postal surprises for all your friends and family.

here are some postcards i’m sending from my adventures as vp of pop culture…

snackin’ out with bruno mars

getting an x games exclusive with bmx-er, coco zurita

greetings from fashion’s night out with vanessa hudgens

it’s easy to see why this app is onto something big!  check out @postcarding on twitter, and tweet me your favorite app this week!

pop vp’s in great taste: new music for your ear holes

here at popchips, we’re not only concerned about what you put in your mouth, we care about what you feed your ear holes as well.  if your music rotation has gotten staler than a fried potato chip, here are some great choices to wake up your musical taste buds.

gold fields: you may not know them right now, but you’ll be hearing a lot more from this aussie import in months to come.  currently touring the us with infectious dance beats and tracks like dark again, gold fields will keep you coming back for more.  check out their popular “treehouse”

and now for something totally different…dustbowl revival offers toe-tapping, hip-swinging music that’s a mash-up of swamp-gospel, jump blues and hot swing.  no idea what i’m talking about?  watch this:

known for their raucous live sets, you can catch the 15 piece orchestra next at kcrw 89.9fm’s masquerade ball at the park plaza in downtown los angeles on october 27.  if you can’t make it, do your ears a favor and download their halloween-with-a-twist single, “josephine” here.

with the quintessential pop hook of the “best song ever” and so-cool-the-grownups-won’t-understand-it hair, the ready set, aka jordan mark witzigreuter, and his single, “give me your hand (best song ever)”, are poised on the brink of pop breakthrough.

signed to pete wentz’s record label & currently touring with the all-american rejects, we like his video and great taste in party snacks…

hope you enjoy!  who’s your favorite new artist right now?  tweet me

pop vp’s in great taste: oooh la la

in the name of bringing the best of pop culture to loyal popchips fans, i took my popchips out on the town in search of something new.   something spicy.  something hot.  and boy, did we find it!

for one night a month, king king club in hollywood, california, morphs from a roaring 1920′s parisian speakeasy, to an 80′s electro rock club and everything in between, by hosting the original live show, rouge follies.  a modern vaudeville cabaret, rouge follies is part throwback, part tease, and a pop culture salute unlike any other.

the co-ed revue, brainchild of director and choreographer, lisa eaton, mixes vaudeville, burlesque, comedy, acrobatics, improvisation, and the best dancers in los angeles, doing what they do best when they’re not working for the biggest names in pop music.  working it out!

hungry for more?  i thought you might be…

book your ticket now,  they have just a few more dates this year, and  i promise, you’ll have a bodice-ripping, balloon-popping good time.  just ask actress jaime pressly, who caught the show the same night, or my popchips, who particularly enjoyed getting close with the performers…

ooh la la!