Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Bonne cuisine et bon vin, c'est la paradis sur terre.
Good food and good wine, these are heaven on earth.
But even bon vivants get the blues. Cramped in small offices, staring at computer screens until our eyes glaze over, we often forget that all we need to bring some cheer back into our lives is a good meal and a bottle of wine, preferably shared with friends whose sparkling wit helps smooth away the dull patina of the work week. Sometimes all we need is a little reminder.
Paristic, an inventive French e-commerce site offering alternatives for wallpaper at a fraction of the price. Graphic Montmartre skylines, trompe l'oeil window decals, a string of birds on a wire, these large-format stickers are a welcome addition to any room in the house - ok, ok, apartment (can't a girl dream?) Think of them as giant Post-It notes gently reminding you that there's always something to look at outside your window, that beauty can be found in unexpected places and, occasionally, that one cooks pasta by first choosing a large pot.
We like these for the kitchen:
How to cook pasta
Translation: Kitchen.Like we said, lest you forget.
Room of the house where one cooks things. To bring provisions into the kitchen. Kitchen utensil. Chef, garcon, kitchen helper. To build a kitchen is to provide sustenance. In a new house, one must first build the kitchen. Good food and good wine, these are heaven on earth. Henri IV.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Japanese cookie artist Takeshi Hiroshi, aka Cookie Boy, is starting a cookie renaissance. His cookies are graphic, colorful, whimsical, and extremely photogenic. His disciplined repetition cookie to cookie is really quite remarkable - we traditionally get too excited of the prospect of making something else out of that already used shape...but we digress.
He sums it up best:
One day, anniversary gifts to make cookies.
Smile like a child when I opened the box, I was happy.
Awakening the artistic texture, creating a self-taught cake daily.
Textile design utilizing technology in the past have learned, we made a line drawing type.
Approached in the distance and things to eat.
As the cookies melt in your mouth, goes to unravel the feelings of people.
I found a canvas of cookies.
Thank you Google Translate for that enlightening depiction.
On to the cookies:
|The Cookie Boy, we presume.|
|The Original Sinners.|
|Pearl Necklaced Pups.|
Check out his website, and his blog for more information.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
All little girls need someone to look up to - and today us girls lost a legend. Miss Elizabeth Taylor. An original femme fatale, a collector of great rocks and great men, one of the true great beauties of our time. She will be missed.
A few of our favorite Liz moments after the jump:
We first saw them on the cover of RISD's Alumni publication, RISD XYZ - enamored we remain in all of his work, which can be found on his website.
|Scott Conary - Glow Chop|
There is something kind of ... haunting about all of Conary's paintings. The lonely farm houses, the eerily lit Habanero, that kind of terrifying hammer...there is something almost sadistic and quite literally raw in them. For still life paintings that blatantly fetishize dinner, we think they are amazingly personal.
|Scott Conary - Rib Chop|
|Scott Conary - Hen, Back|
|Scott Conary - Habanero 1|
|Scott Conary - Moth|
|Scott Conary - Flying Carpet|
|Scott Conary - Mussels|
|Scott Conary - Cut Apple|
For more information, check out his website.
Another good interview with him on The Daily Meal.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
But the concept of a social network is nothing novel. Why, just look at Tupperware. What began long ago as a direct sales scheme for housewives to earn some independent income quickly became a storied opportunity to convene, commiserate, and engage in a bit of commerce.
With this notion in mind, we attended the incredible Tupper Club party in the penthouse of the Setai residences on Fifth Avenue the other night. The prescribed theme for the evening was “The Art of Conversation,” and instead of Jell-o molds and artfully preserved leftovers, Tupperware called in the big guns: recent James Beard Award winner Chef Michael White of Marea. We went armed with eager appetites and witty repartee.
Over the second course, we easily confided to the young journo beside us that we wouldn’t kick that Shrimp and Calamari Cavatelli off of our plate any day.
Remember that durable pitcher we used to fill with Country Time lemonade to shill on the corner? Sure, we were looking to make some extra candy money, but we were mostly hoping to catch up with our friends and neighbors, to convene and commiserate. Isn’t that what Tupperware is all about?
In that spirit, we left the Setai with full stomachs, a bevy of modern plastic vessels, and a group of new friends to invite over for dinner. Of course, we’ll have to find them on Facebook.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Designed by Rem Koolhaas as an "obsession in white," the stone, marble and mirror-covered space is flanked by floor-to-ceiling glass, and its cool, quiet simplicity serves as a stark contrast to the rioutous good time on the plate.
We recently saw two of our besties, Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert, on an episode of "No Reservations", digging into a plate of other Inaki Aizpitarte's foodstuffs. Their favorite dish was yet another celebration of white - a seared filet of rouget atop a schmear of masarpone cheese an al dente spear of white asparagus and a healthy spirnkling of elderflower. What?!? Yes, that's right, all that crazy stuff on one plate. Both of our buddies were surprised that it worked, and that it worked so well.
According to The Ripper, "Genius."
According to us, regarding Monsieur Inaki, "Hot!"
We were delighted to receive a note this week from the Spanish filmmaker Oskar Alegria, whose newest work was shot during the build out of Le Dauphin. In his words, "the video itself speaks about paradox, I mean, food seems to be similar to a lot of disciplines, arquitecture included, but finally is paradox what makes things work... sometimes." Thank you, Oskar, for this lovely piece.
Design Firm Belanico out of California has designed an infographic that identifies the health benefits of moderate consumptions of beer. Antioxidants, heart benefits, kidney benefits, cognitive function, lowers blood pressure, and helps women age better. Yes please!
|Beer You're In The Clear - $25|
With all of our chatter lately about bit about deconstructing the recipe, we thought we should include Johanna's cooking diagrams. We love her drawings and colorful graphics that make cooking seem so... easy (just how we like it).
|Semlor for Fat Tuesday|
Check out Kokblog for more fantastic foodie recipes here.
|Click for a bigger, and thereby better view.|
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Today we bring you Chef Photo Shoot. Chefs are so hot right now, just in case you didn't get the memo.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Either way, we're a fan of it. Give us recipes drawn, via video, stop-animation, just make 'em pretty, that's all we ask.
Carl Kleiner can be credited to really blowing up the deconstructed recipe scene with his Ikea advertisements, Homemade is Best. We've seen many copycats in the past few months (too many), but none quite get the same level of abstraction, discipline, or whimsy that he does.
He's done a new Ikea campaign, this one a series of short videos sharing the Art of Cooking.
These are our favorites:
Ikea - Art of cooking - Make sushi! from Carl Kleiner on Vimeo.
Ikea - Art of cooking - Master flip from Carl Kleiner on Vimeo.
Ikea - Art of cooking - Make espresso! from Carl Kleiner on Vimeo.
Ikea - Art of cooking / Chop chop from Carl Kleiner on Vimeo.
|Available in all Portland Cafes!|
Gastronomista Girls love our stout. There's nothing like a Guinness, or so they say. Last year we did a story on Ms Nigella Lawson's Guinness Cake; this tasty cake had us savoring our favorite pour in more ways than one! This year we are drawing more inspiration from the most classic of Stouts, and doing a roundup of Guinness recipes - savory and sweet! A teaser: Black and Tan Leg of Lamb, Braised Short Ribs, Guinness Lobster, Guinness and Chocolate Beef Stew...our mouths are watering as we write this! Read more after the jump.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
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