March 27th, 2014

A New York-based stylist, Caitlin Levin, and a New Zealand- based artist, Henry Hargreaves, teamed up to create beautiful maps using real food as their medium. Levin and Hargreaves selected the staple food(s) of 4 continents (Africa, North America, South America, and Australia), 6 countries (China, France, India, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand), and 1 sovereign state (UK). For instance, bread and cheese for France, spices for India, and corn for North America.
 
Both artists were inspired merely by their passion for traveling.
 
You’ll notice that each map is made up of just one type of food with some variations within that food. The artists used patterns to separate the different cities, countries, and states within each map.  

Graphic designer, Sarit Melmed, created custom vintage-style typography that adorns each map.

(Source: mymodernmet.com)

June 11th, 2013

Brace yourselves for the biggest tease of your lives. UJI Films brings America’s hot dogs to your screen, one city at a time. The 2013 summer campaign was made for Applegate Meats, featuring 20 scrumptious hot dogs. What’s even better is that they provide a link for the recipes of most of the dogs featured in the video! We know you want a hot dog now.

May 16th, 2013

Thanks to illustrator Katie Shelley’s cookbook Picture Cook: See. Make. Eat., cooking is easy and fun again! Filled with sketches of 50 recipes, the book teaches people how to cook by “seeing” rather than “reading”. Making rice pudding or preparing lasagna no longer has to be an intimidating task – a delicious meal is just one drawing away.

April 9th, 2013

We’ve played with our food, but not to this extent. Artist, Hong “Red” Yi, describes herself as “an artist-architect who likes to paint, but not with a paintbrush.” Don’t be modest Red, you do way more than that. She creates artistic stories with food on simple white dinnerware; we can’t imagine chowing down. On her blog, Oh I See Red!, she challenged herself to do “31 Days of Creativity with Food,” and so far, she has succeeded. In this challenge she had the freedom to do anything, butabide by two rules: use only food and place on a white plate as the backdrop. Her food adaptations are fun and impeccable. Puts a new meaning on “don’t play with your food,” doesn’t it?  

March 25th, 2013

This is not your typical morning toast and butter, or sausage, eggs, and cheese breakfast sandwich. Trademarked as the most expensive omelet in the world, the “Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata” at Norma’s, an upscale restaurant in the Le Parker Meridien Hotel in Manhattan, costs $1,000. This gourmet dish packs a punch with one whole lobster, eggs, cream, and herbs topped with a hefty 10 oz. pile of American Sturgeon caviar. For those contemplating whether or not to splurge on this delicacy, Norma’s tagline is nothing short of a challenge: “Norma dares you to expense this.”

September 27th, 2012

BKLYN Larder is a retail grocer that specializes in hand-crafted cheeses, homemade prepared foods and rare grocery items. Since their opening in 2009, they have been a staple in the Park Slope and Prospect Heights community. BKLYN Larder is not only known for food, but for their minimalist posters as well. The posters show different food items in a simple form, with BKLYN Larder’s signature along the bottom. These posters are great gifts for any Brooklynite or food connoisseur. 

Visit BKLYN Larder to purchase the posters. Each poster retails for $20. 

(via Design*Sponge)

August 28th, 2012

The Cube by Swedish manufacturer Electrolux, is a floating restaurant placed atop Europe’s illustrious 19th-century buildings. The glass-enclosed kitchen and dining room is set atop Stockholm’s Royal Opera House and London’s Royal Festival Hall. It was previously atop Brussels’s Parc du Cinquantenaire providing enchanting views of Brussels.

Electrolux created this unique dining experience to highlight Michelin-starred European chefs who use Electrolux appliances in their restaurants. This midair pop-up restaurant accommodates eighteen people at a time and costs roughly $400 per person. 

Electrolux describes The Cube as, “A Unique Experience Where Gastronomy Meets Astronomy.” 

(Source: Fast Company)

August 13th, 2012
Wine country in Mexico, who knew? Valle de Guadalupe is located just 70 miles south from the San Diego/Tijuana border. The area is on the rise as popular chefs are opening restaurants and many boutique hotels have opened in the past years. Journalist Katy McLaughlin shared her experience in Mexico’s Wine Country with The Wall Street Journal. Valle de Guadalupe is home to the Mexican version of French Laundry, but McLaughlin believes it’s nothing like it.

(Source: The Wall Street Journal)

March 30th, 2012

Recipes from the Pioneer Woman

I love The Pioneer Woman (aka Ree Drummond) - and her kitchen. She makes me want to cook because I get to feast on the meal with my eyes before I actually prepare it. She effortlessly blends the “how-to” with mouth-watering, detailed photos…and a little bit of attitude. She calls butter “naughty” and she’s not afraid to use it! Unlike some not-so-tasty recipes online, all the recipes I have tried from her site were sublime.

Because of her popularity online, Ree also recently scored a show with the Food Network, but I like to stick to her original digital persona. Here are some of the recipes I’ve tried and loved: 

Pork Chops with Pineapple Fried Rice  

BBQ Comfort Meatballs 

Penne a la Betsy 

Short Ribs with Wine and Cream 

Peach-Whiskey Barbecue Chicken (I made it with rum…but it was still delicious!)

Bon apetit.

- Jane Kim

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