We’ve already posted about the ambrosial and visually impressive Bean to Bar Chocolate from Williamsburg’s finest: Mast Brothers. However, it seems that we’ve overlooked one of the forefathers to this Movement – and it’s none other than the Mad-Austrian-Chocolatier himself: Josef Zotter.
As a baker by trade, these Toast It bread shaped trivets from the Brazilian design studio, Oiti, have resulted in immediate clambering through Google Search in an unsuccessful attempt to make these my own. Looking more like a delicious Loaf made up of perfectly sliced and packaged Whole Wheat, the temptation is strong to top them with butter and jam instead of a cup of tea. Anyone interested in a breakfast of Tea and Cork?
The fur-ladened chest. The perfectly coiffed mustache (Which has more Facebook pages dedicated to The Stache than the man who dons it). He fashioned cult fame as Thomas Magnum in Magnum, P.I., maintained his Macho Charm in 3 Men and a Little Baby, and became so hot during his guest roll on Friends, that the live audience shows were sacked in order to gird his Mustache. Did I also mention that he lives on a 63 Acre Avocado Farm? Tom Selleck is the Man. And Greg Szmurlo, the ingenious owner of the Tumblr site, Selleck Waterfall Sandwich, thinks so too.
During Akiko Ida and Pierre Javelle’s youth, the term ‘Stop playing with your food!’ must have fallen on deaf ears. And let’s be thankful for it. Because now, the husband and wife food photographers, who work under the name Minimiam (meaning MINI YUM), spend their days transforming everyday foods into whimsical, storied landscapes.
So, first, a basic ‘You Ought To Know’ fact about wine. Expensive and palette seducing alcoholic grape juice always, and I mean always, highlights a sense a place. Meaning that the savvy wine drinker should be able to express the region where the grapes originates – with the über-connoisseur able to pinpoint a specific vineyard site and sometimes even that very plot of land within that vineyard. But, let’s be real. We’re rarely looking to drop $600 plus for that special Harlan Napa Cab experience and much of the time all we really want is that no-frills ‘Drink Till You’re Drunk’ Wine. Right?
Is that a one thousand dollar bottle of Mouton Rothschild with a label emblazoning the commissioned work of a famed artists such as Kadinsky, Chagall, Dali or Picasso? No and No. Instead, what you’re looking at is a surprisingly affordable bottle from the Australian producer, R Wines.
I’m pretty spoiled living in Los Angeles. With over 90 Farmer’s Markets in the county each week, it’s easy to open up a fridge and discover unusual thick Bloomsdale Spinach or subtly sweet Vienna Kohlrabi in gentle repose. It turns out that LAer’s aren’t the only lucky ones. Anyone in America with the penchant for gardening, a kryptonite green thumb, and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, can find themselves with some rare produce gracing their dinner table.
Traditional potato chips or ones of the baked variety? Usually the answer is quite simple, but when these toasted Crips, with their Wes Anderson-like bags, are involved, the decision is much more difficult than one would expect. I just can’t refuse the Thai Sweet Chili Chips surrounded by a couple of 50′s fashionably attired Squirrels. […]
To some, home brewing is the mere transformation of hopped Wort into a tanned and carbonated alcoholic beverage. But for Connie Anthes and Jon and Julian Berengut — with respective backgrounds in Brand Identity, Product Design, and Theoretical Physics — they see beer brewing as more than just a refreshing reward. They see it as a creative Brand Identity project.
Apple uses it. As does New York City’s MTA system, American Apparel, Toyota, and now Beverly Hsu. What’s the ‘It,’ you may ask? Well, it’s Helvetica — one of the most commercially adopted typefaces currently in use. Loving its neutral and clear aesthetic, recent BFA Graduate, Beverly Hsu, decided to transform the san serif font into an alphabet of exquisite aluminum and acrylic cookie cutters. Now that’s how you spell a sweet treat!
We’re a sucker for packaging. But it’s the lack of it at Unpackaged in London that has us in deep swoon. Almost none of the Organic Market’s products, from the extensive range of bulk grains, oils and dried fruit and nuts, to the baked goods, fresh products, or cheeses, are individually wrapped. Unpackaged, instead, opts for simple displays, including custom ball jar framed bulk bins from design firm Multistorey and invite you to bring your own containers (even water bottles!) to fill up on your desired item. What a wonderful place, where you can save the environment one Unpackage at a time.
I’ve been on a severe Kinks kick as of late. So it’s not surprising that I’ve fallen in love with Princeton — an LA band similarly formed in part by brothers (in this case twins) Jesse and Matt Kivel. Princeton echoes soothing Washed Out beats, coupled with Biff Ross wit-romantic filled lyrics (‘Show Some Love, When […]
For a chef or any aspiring home cook, there’s nothing like the perfect, peer respecting knife to make you feel like you can accomplish any demanding culinary task. Some believe that a Global Knife or the Seki-City Classic, Misono, can conjure such appreciation, but in my case, it’s the Custom 9″ Utility Knife from Cut Brooklyn that has brought me the greatest number of head nods.