Welcome to IBBQ’s new blog, Barbie Q, where you will find: Best Recipes for Your Barbecue Grill, Outdoor Entertaining Tips, Sure-Fire Ways to Turn Your Dining Table into Your Family’s Social Hotspot, Cooking for Cavemen, Stuff That Lights iBBQ’s Fire…
and answers to intriguing questions like what do iBBQ Angara barbecue grill tables and fashion models have in common?
If you’ve never compared your outdoor grill to a cover girl, it may be that you have yet to own a model like iBBQ’s Angara. Or you do, but you have no time for leafing through fashion magazines because you are too busy admiring the beauty on your back patio.
Let’s zero in on the key similarities.
Fashion Models and Angara Barbecue Grill Tables Are . . .
The difference is that iBBQ’s Angara will remain all of those things for a lifetime, while models tend to shed those adjectives rather swiftly. At least the hot one. I’ve been decidedly lukewarm for a while. So who exactly am I, the new voice of Barbie Q? Let me give you a little background before we get back to all things bbq.
A Model, a Fashion Photographer, and the Best Outdoor Barbecue Grill Table
During one of his many successful life reinventions, Karim Pirani, iBBQ co-founder, went from engineering student (aha! No wonder iBBQ products are perfectly engineered) to fashion photographer. I went from bookworm to Barbie around the same time. I had stumbled into a modeling career out of college and ended up in New York after a few years building my portfolio in Milan and my tolerance for alcohol in German bier gartens (they like all-American looking models there, and, now that I think about it, they would love Angara barbecue grill tables too).
Karim booked me a few times, and we hit it off. I don’t mean in a #MeToo way. He was a decade older and had the power to put me on a billboard on 7th Avenue and in Seventeen magazine (he did), so he was well positioned to take advantage, flirt inappropriately, slyly suggest trading sexual favors for a boost up the supermodel ladder.
He never did. Our relationship was more about wisecracks on set and trading large vocab words. I went on to launch a modeling magazine called Tear Sheet (see modelingmentor.com/blog). Karim went on to run a successful hedge fund. He moved to Toronto, London (read how he discovered La Angara there), then Southern California. I moved to Miami, then back to New York, then to Connecticut, Madrid, and back to Connecticut. We both married in 2000, started families, and lost touch for 20 years.
Then Karim did a quick Google search and found me, now a freelance writer, and told me about his new venture, iBBQ. I took one look at the Angara—which means “the fire within”—and knew he was onto something HOT. He thought we might cook up a collaboration. And so . . . Barbie Q was born.
Not surprisingly, iBBQ has a sizzling team of brainiac barbecue business whizzes, who will make this blog as fun as a bbq bash on the 4th of July.
Meet the Team
Jennifer Telitz, iBBQ Director of Business Development
Favorite Food to Grill: All of it . . . except soup and ice cream.
Hometown: Niagara Falls, NY
Favorite Movie: Toss up between Gone With The Wind and Clueless
Favorite Book: Gah! Too many to choose! I’ve narrowed it down to three: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, and Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle-Melton
You’re throwing your dream dinner party. Who will we find seated at your Angara table (can be famous/infamous, alive/dead)? I’m going to need the 8-seat Angara table for this one! To keep my choices limited it will be an all-girls-only throw-down to include: My two best friends who live in NY that I rarely get to see, Ashley Longshore (pop-art artist . . . check her out on IG!), P!nk, Amy Schumer, Oprah Winfrey, Glennon Doyle-Melton (author), Jen Lancaster (author), and my grandma Julia who died when I was a teenager so she can get caught up on the happenings! Yes, that’s 10 people including me, but luckily it’s easy to fit extra bodies around the 8-seater Angara barbecue grill table!
What do you want Barbie Q readers to know about you? I want them to know I am open to dinner party invitations: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alix-tate (Alix) Dixon, iBBQ Social Media Manager
Favorite Food to Grill: I LOVE grilling salmon and asparagus and dousing them both in lemon, garlic, and parmesan.
Hometown: I grew up in the Land of Enchantment, better known as Santa Fe, NM. “Christmas” wasn’t just a holiday growing up here . . . it was what you asked for everywhere you went to eat: Red AND green chile please!
Favorite Movie: It’s a tie between The Goonies and The Fifth Element. I love how both movies are so adventurous. I’ve probably seen both of them over 50 times; they were my go-to when I was sick and stayed home from school.
Favorite Book: I really love reading self-help books. Blink – The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, by Malcolm Gladwell, might be my favorite.
You’re throwing your dream dinner party. Who will we find seated at your Angara table (can be famous/infamous, alive/dead)? I think about this pretty often. I imagine having A LOT of people there so there needs to be plenty of Angara tables for everyone to grill on. I’m inviting EVERYONE I love and care about and it’s going to be a BLAST!
What do you want Barbie Q readers to know about you? I am passionate about bringing people together, which makes me crazy passionate about this table. I just love how it combines a fun activity (grilling) and makes it a super social event. I can’t wait until I can put one on my patio and invite people over!
Daniel Pyke, iBBQ Director of Operations
Favorite Food to Grill: I love a good hamburger. Dry-aged beef is preferable!
Hometown: Hanover, NH
Favorite Movie: Too many to choose from, but my favorite from the last few years is Arrival. The filmmakers masterfully pulled off an incredibly ambitious storyline and philosophical exploration, while still managing to entertain in a visually and auditorily stunning way.
Favorite Book: Novels: Perelandra by C.S. Lewis, though Dune by Frank Herbert is extraordinary. Turns out I am a nerd.
You’re throwing your dream dinner party. Who will we find seated at your Angara table (can be famous/infamous, alive/dead)? The 2017 Philadelphia Eagles starters, including the wildly talented but sadly injured for the Super Bowl Carson Wentz, as well as coach Doug Pederson. Request additional budget for all the meat required to feed NFL players.
What do you want Barbie Q readers to know about you? I’m going to riff a bit on what Alix said. iBBQ makes beautiful products that bring to the market an exciting new concept, but that isn’t what gets me excited about it. I care deeply about community, and I think there are a lot of trends in our world today that inhibit our ability and even desire to find it. This barbecue grill table gives us the opportunity to offer an opposing force to these trends, helping people perhaps rediscover something core to their well-being and, if it’s not putting too fine a point on it, core to their personhood. Going back to the question, what do I want readers to know about me? Perhaps that I am a lay philosopher, theologian, and culture critic, but more so that I think community is a necessity for a full life.
iBBQ Inside Scoop & Model Contest?…
I will be grilling iBBQ’s amazing team for inside scoop on all things bbq and tales you can tell around the fire. There will be lots of scrumptious tips, special offers, recipe contests, maybe even a model contest. Angara Swimsuit Issue, anyone?
OK, maybe that is going a bit far, but I’d rather serve your Barbie Q steamy than dry.
Stay tuned for some great spring bbq recipes!
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