An influencer has sparked fierce debate after preparing an intricate seafood boil from the driver’s seat of her white Tesla.
Alyssa Lauren Manaig, from California, has previously filmed content from the front seat of her car, but only recently has she begun cooking multi-step meals within its confines – including, recently, fried chicken and Korean corndogs.
But it was a one-minute video of Lauren whipping up a seafood broil from behind her steering wheel – with the caption ‘Elon baby we’ve come a long way’ – that sent many over the edge.
The clip starts with Lauren halving potatoes and mincing garlic on a cutting board that’s precariously balanced on her lap.
Alyssa Lauren Manaig, from California, shocked viewers after combining shrimp, potatoes, garlic, sausage and spices in a mini-oven from the front seat of her Tesla to create a ‘seafood boil’
Lauren has done several in-car cooking demonstrations as of late, having recently posted videos of her making recipes like fried chicken and Korean corndogs from her Tesla’s front seat
Next to the content creator a Topwit-brand electric combination hot pot and grill sat on the armrest.
From there, Lauren put the potatoes in boiling water on the hot-pot half of the mini-cooking appliance.
She then melted a slab of butter on the grill top before placing a handful of uncooked shrimp on the sizzling surface.
After removing the now-boiled potatoes, Lauren combined cayenne pepper, Old Bay seasoning, chili powder, and ground paprika in a bowl.
She then melted more butter in the hot pot, also throwing in the minced garlic. After the butter reached a rolling boil, she added the spice mixture as well – also squeezing some lemon into the marinade.
Then, the social media star chopped up sausages and placed them on the grill to cook.
As a final step, she put the potatoes, sausage and shrimp all together in the marinade.
After letting the whole thing simmer for a while, she scooped everything out back on to the cutting board, before finally chowing down.
As a first step the content creator halved potatoes and minced garlic
She then immersed the potatoes in boiling water in the mini-hot pot half of her stove and placed a handful of shrimp on the grilling part
For flavoring, Lauren combined cayenne pepper, Old Bay seasoning, chili powder, and ground paprika in a bowl
After removing the shrimp, Lauren placed chopped-up sausages on the grill
‘Mm!’ she exclaimed on biting into a shrimp.
Though only Lauren can speak to the taste of her in-car seafood boil, plenty of viewers took to the comments of her TikTok and Instagram posts featuring the video – as many expressed a heavy serving of skepticism about her methods.
On Instagram, one snarked: ‘Your car must smell greasy.’
Another added, ‘I don’t know why. But she just pi**ed me off.’
‘WITH THE WHITE INTERIOR. YOU’RE SO BRAVE,’ applauded another.
Over on TikTok, others echoed those sentiments as one commented: ‘Doing this in an all white interior is giving me anxiety.’
‘Can I ask why in the car? Why not outside? The seats are good REEEEK,’ added someone else.
Many took to the comments on Instagram and TikTok to question the wisdom of cooking an extremely fragrant and messy meal inside the pricey car
However, one Instagrammer mounted an empathetic defense of Lauren’s video
‘The smell, and the steam is seeping into the car oh my,’ another chimed in.
Back on Instagram, however, one person mounted a well-thought-out defense of Lauren’s content.
‘For some of y’all who are hating. Just think of this, there are people all across America that are homeless and living in their cars.
‘While many of them are obviously not Tesla’s, this could serve as a benefit for them because they can see a way to make food that’s 1) healthy and 2) convenient.
‘I think this is a cool concept especially for long road trips. Going to restaurants is expensive and most people stop at either restaurants or fast food when they go on long road trips, and this is a great way to take the healthy and convenient route! That’s what I think at least! Love you all,’ they concluded.
The concept echoes that of another creator, Barfly (@barfly7777), who has built a following of nearly 200,000 on TikTok with stomach-turning video in which he cooks elaborate meals in questionably sanitary settings – usually hotel bathrooms.
But viewers were left particularly horrified after he shared a video of himself preparing a snack of shrimp and mashed potatoes in the sink of an airplane bathroom, mid-flight.
‘This is one of the most insane videos I’ve seen on this app,’ one user wrote of the gag-inducing spectacle.