A year ago you could happily find me here, writing for Lost At E Minor, and cooking away in Los Angeles restaurant kitchens. A year later, I’ve launched Sqirl (for the old saying ‘Squirreling Things Away’), a preservation company dedicated to jams, jellies, and marmalades made from certified organic seasonal fruit no more than 200 miles from Sqirl’s commercial kitchen.
‘Tis the season for hard cider. So says Eric Asimov, and people tend to heed his recommendations. At least, I do. So while I scour my favorite haunts for the beautiful natural cider from Julien Frémont’s symbiotic Apple Orchard and Cattle Farm in Normandy, France (you must find this), I’m also looking for Lobo’s honest Cider rendition: cloudy and unfiltered from Adelaide Hills, Australian apples.
For people with a passion of food and design alike, this is one book that deserves to be added to the cookbook library. Part recipes, part storytelling, part graphic design, relays the process of Salumi making through the great work of Cristiano Creminelli — owner of Creminelli Fine Meats.
How often is it that you have to break something in order to make it work? Rarely, I hope. Unless, of course, it’s Studio Kahn’s new Salt and Pepper shakers. The two shakers are conjoined by their pouring ends, which one must effectively snap like a tree (with some ‘Hi-Yah!’) in order to make them function.
Finally, a group of creative types in the United States have come together with a mission to make wine labels cool, approachable, and pleasing to look at. Say hello to Proof Wine Collective. Furthermore, their clients are small wine producers that are exceptionally passionate about winemaking, employing a terroir driven approach to their purple stuff.
Over a year and a half ago we wrote about Scott Barry, a San Francisco-based artist known for whimsically penned illustrations full of simplistic, geometric consciousness and the reoccurring inclusion of photographic imagery alluding to a fantastic, if not psychedelic, 70s dream.
It started easily enough; A musician and his wife wanted things other than typical band merchandise to sell at his gigs. The result, Nunu: handmade chocolate confections made from single origin Santander cocoa beans. While the line includes golden soft caramel butterflies and Earl Grey ganache flowers, it would appear that the chocolates best suited […]
As a chef, I’m never without a pen to take notes with. How else will I be able to remind myself of my daily do’s and don’ts?! Now it seems I’ll be switching to pencil due to the instantaneous attraction I felt when coming across the Paper Pastries Chef Pencil Set.
Invigorated by a recent European jaunt, I had the fortune of meeting Cristina Crotti, an Audrey Tautou look-a-like and owner-maker of artisanal, ‘tradizionale balsamico’. Founded by her family 40 years ago, il borgo del balsamico has created a cult following for itself by packaging its luscious, complex balsamicos in anarchistic fashion. Gone is the stuffy eighteenth century-style branding that by-and-large encompasses the packaging.
There’s no better time than now to hit the park with a picnic and your sweetie. Time to dig in your closet and pull out your bulky, wicker basket. Or not. Instead, make a statement with a Boxsal and choose one of three eco-friendly cardboard picnic boxes from the design firm, The Brand Hatchery.
It’s breakfast time! Ready to sit down to a plate of satisfying bacon and eggs flavoured Roe? Well, perhaps that’s what your palette can believe it’s doing when savoring California Cavier Company’s newest addition to their expanding line of infused caviar.
Coffee: an imperative element of my sanity (and probably yours too), even if a new study suggests that it’s simply sipped to curb nighttime withdrawals. So when in need of a jolt, why not drink from an aesthetically caffeinated bag of beans from the famed Minneapolis small-batch coffee roasters, Bull Run.
A couple of weeks ago, Gerry Mak cooked us up an impressive posting on Recipe Look, a British Culinary Site dedicated to illustrated recipe instructions. Curbing my A.D.D. for five minutes, I soon found myself with the ingredients for ‘Eggplant with your favorite cheese’. Was Eggplant and Cheese a winning combination? Let’s just say, the charm lies in the drawing.
Frolicking through the artist community known as Marfa, TX, I stumbled across the exquisite Pictorial Webster: A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities, by master letterpress printer and artist, John M. Carrera. Sifting through more than 12,000 original engravings provided to him on loan, Carrera spent the next ten years constructing the book by painstakingly categorizing, restoring and selecting images from three 19th century Merriam-Webster dictionaries.
Not since Bill Cosby’s Jello Pudding Pop heyday have popsicles witnessed such an exciting resurgence. So much, in fact, that the recent openings of popsicle-centric dessert bars is ensuring that 2010 will be crowned ‘The Year Of The Popsicle’. Time to pass the crown, Ice Cream Sandwich.” In Los Angeles, the recently launched PopCycle offers […]