On a scale of one to Marie Kondo, my life ranks about a Fyre Festival right now. All I have to eat is a cheese sandwich, I’ve spent all my money, Blink 182 is nowhere to be found, and I’m about to burn all of my possessions and throw myself in the bin. Hectic. But here we are, summer is of officially over, the Adelaide Festival season is finito for another year, and there is literally nothing left to do but scroll through the Netflix menu for hours reading the descriptions of countless movies you’ll never watch. Ahhh, but that’s where I come in…
LISTEN: Shameless the podcast
Shameless brands itself as the podcast for “smart women who love dumb stuff”. Which is basically the leading statement in my resume, so I’m here for it. Writers Zara McDonald and Michelle Andrews are basically living my dream life each Monday, as they recap the week that was in the celebrity and pop culture space, but they do it in a much more intelligent way than I probably would, which is possibly why they have a podcast that’s been downloaded over a million times and I own house plants. They’re quirky and funny, make intelligent observations about trashy news in a fun way and prove that smart people love Married at First Sight and The Bachelor too, thank you very much. Never miss a Monday!
Shameless podcast available from the App store
WATCH: Dirty John
Based on the true crime podcast of the same name, the Netflix original series Dirty John still scared the bejesus out of me, even though I had listened to the podcast and knew exactly what was coming. Maybe it’s because Eric Bana has an incredible jawline, 2% body fat and is forking terrifying. Bana plays sociopath and con man John Meehan, who embarks on what appears to be a dream romance with wealthy interior designer and four-time divorcee Debra Newell, after meeting online. It’s hardly a spoiler to say that all is clearly not as it seems, with Meehan, who routinely preys on vulnerable women in a bid to extort them for money, turning Newell’s dream romance into a living nightmare. You don’t have to have listened to the podcast to binge this chilling eight-part series, in fact it might well be better if you haven’t.
DO: Have burgers at Betty’s
What can I say? I like big buns and I cannot lie. I want to mention straight off the bat, that Betty’s Burgers have not paid me in a lifetime supply of Burgers for writing this, but if they would like to, I graciously accept. This place is ALL THE THINGS. I was a Betty’s fan prior to the opening of their Adelaide store, from holidays gone by in Noosa, where their flagship store was founded. Naturally, on
discovering the plan to open a Betty’s here, I basically camped out on the footpath in Rundle Street and aggressively heckled the
construction crew periodically in an effort to speed up the process. I can’t say for sure that it moved forward the grand opening but also, you’re welcome. The atmosphere at Betty’s is relaxed, the service is fast and friendly, and the burgers are the best in town. Don’t be dismayed if there’s a queue out the front, they have an efficient system (I like to think of it as some kind of saucery… ba dum bum CH) of working through it and they still manage to get people seated and served quickly regardless. Happy days are made at Betty’s Burgers, so give it a try!
Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co. 211/215 Rundle St, Adelaide