Category Archives: food

Food Fashion

So many choice quotes from the article, “Tasteful Attire: Designers Whip Up a Buffet of Fashion Out of Food” from the WSJ: “Try to keep the chocolate away from the armpit area,” advises Ms. Mahoney, a self-described “chocolate artist.” Such esoteric insight is useful for image-makers riding a wave of interest in clothing made out of [...]
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Chef David Chang goes iPad rather than TV

“Can’t get enough of the Momofuku chef, David Chang? Soon you’ll be able to carry him around with you. In late April, he plans to release Lucky Peach, a quarterly iPad app and print journal. Each issue will examine a dish or ingredient through many facets. For instance, the first app will present an interactive [...]
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Minority Report meets Oscar Mayer?

“The “Meal Planning Solution,” part of Intel’s “Connected Store,” is a sort of kiosk you might find in an upscale suburban market, catering to families desperate to find something the kids will eat. [...] So, when he or she passes by the kiosk, the digital signage, equipped with a freaky sort of Anonymous Video Analytics [...]
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Cooking Issues podcast recommended

I wrote about Cooking Issues earlier this month in the Ham Belt post and mentioned the podcast. From their site: “Every Tuesday at noon, Dave Arnold, author of Cooking, the French Culinary Institute’s Tech n’Stuff blog, will discuss the new and innovative techniques, equipment, and ingredients. Call in with your own questions to see if [...]
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On pricing Aerogel, Saffron & Truffles

Inventables calls themselves “the innovator’s hardware store.” They sell materials for developing new products and “pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.” And looking around, I head straight to the Aerogel. Surely they have it. It’s totally space-age–NASA uses it after all, plus it makes for compelling demos. And since it’s generally considered an expensive material, it [...]
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John Wayne Beef Jerky is real

Celebrity food endorsements are a dicey proposition. Thanks to Uncrate for bringing this one to my attention. Funny, celebrity liquor endorsements always work. How could we forget Danny DeVito’s Limoncello? Justin Timberlake’s tequila? In fact, surely the two together create something magical? And with some of the Duke’s jerky nearby, this is the menu for [...]
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So whatever happened to the Automats?

“A coin-operated glass-and-chrome wonder, Horn & Hardart’s Automats revolutionized the way Americans ate when they opened up in Philadelphia and New York in the early twentieth century. [...] The Automat served freshly made food for the price of a few coins, and no one made a better cup of coffee. By the peak of its [...]
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The Ham Belt

Do you know about, “The French Culinary Institute’s Tech’N Stuff blog”? Great reading, plus a regular podcast. The above image is from the “Country Ham Fantastica: Our Hams’ Place in the World” article, chock full of info and pics. (Thanks, Chris)
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The Aldi Automat

Aldi Süd, the house brands only, low-cost supermarket chain from Germany, is going to war with the German Bakers’ Confederation over a innocuous brightly colored wall of buttons. My automat seeking Google alert (I can dream of an automat renaissance) delivered this fascinating WSJ article, “Fresh Test: Grocery Store Automats Get a Rise Out of German [...]
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