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That’s what we’d call our art if we were this guy. World, meet Ernie Button, the immensely creative and equally talented artist who has found a way to turn alcohol, err, alcohol residue, into awesome, almost interstellar works of art.
The gents over at Food Republic sat down with this aesthetic mastermind for a chat about his inspiration, his process and his perspective on the art he’s producing. The major takeaway? He stumbled upon something super cool, and super trippy. As Button explains in the interview, he realized that Scotch leaves behind a residue that, with the help of his artistic eye and colors, lights and illusions, becomes, well, freaking beautiful.
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The realistic climb to the ultimate Smart Kitchen (and beyond) is not a sprint—it’s a slow, marathon-like burn. And by that, we simply mean that no, you aren’t going to wake up tomorrow and have Rosie (the Jetson’s butler—we’ll pretend you didn’t know that instantly) in your kitchen creating those nutrition-flavor pills that have replaced food in the celestial revolution.
Rather, cool technology is going to come out slowly but surely, with innovative companies like Viante and GE pushing the envelope again and again. Two of our favorite appliances that these kitchen-creative powerhouses have recently designed, both profiled on CNET’s Appliances and Kitchen Gadgets blog, are:
Viante Intellisteam – This bad boy is built with a simple idea, and complex mechanics. It can cook an entire meal in one, compact machine, and is smart enough to actually coordinate the cook times so the meal is served all at once. Genius!
GE Café Series French Door Refrigerator with Hot Water – The fridge that now not only keeps things cold, but makes water hot. This GE fridge includes a water dispenser on its door – nothing new there – but this one can produce water hot enough for coffee or tea. Without a kettle, without turning on the stove, you have insta-hot. Pretty cool.
It’s the little things, right?
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That’s right, our DNA. And we’re not talking a little ding here or there on the ol’ DNA strength scale. As Time Magazine’s Alexandra Sifferlin tells us, coffee, tea and “smoky flavoring” are beating our DNA down as much as chemotherapy potentially could. Sounds scary, right?
Yes and no. Of course, it’s something to be aware of, she explains, but not something to panic about. No need to go coffee-free yet – just read, note, and move on. For now, at least.
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Mark Bittman, beloved New York Times writer, has made an appeal to fast food big guns everywhere – make fast, healthy, delicious and real food, for love of American’s waist lines everywhere. In discussing the “healthy” menu options of a variety of fast food chains around the country, Bittman illustrates how healthy menu options are not always publicized or invested in with real, high-quality products. And even further, he continues, menu items that cater to certain dietary needs like vegetarian-centric are few and far between.
However, he promises the corporate chain moguls, if you produce it, they will eat it. “You think people won’t eat it?” he challenges. “There’s a lot of evidence that suggests otherwise.” We support that dare.
Read more about Bittman’s claims and arguments in Wednesday’s New York Times dining section.
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We have a quick gadget update to pass on, in case you’re in need of a new espresso machine, or a completely unnecessary – albeit awesome – car part in your kitchen. We now present to you an espresso machine that looks like it could fly around space. Or power a high-speed vehicle.
Introducing, thanks to Uncrate, the Espresso Veloce V12 Machine. What makes it so special, you ask? Well, nothing – except that it’s made from car parts. And it looks like a car part. That’s pretty special if you ask us… or that guy you know out in the garage tinkering with this or that, as we speak.
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There’s been a lot of talk lately about junk food and the science behind it; and by that we’re referring to our article discussing the New York Times piece about why it’s just so addictive a few weeks ago. And now, there’s more.
As Eater reports, that same New York Times journalist Michael Moss made an appearance on epically hilarious The Daily Show to discuss just how far this addictive conspiracy goes. In fact, he explains, most of the junk food executives he did his research with were actually on a diet themselves.
Hungry (get it?) for more? Watch the whole video here.
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Ok, it may not have the same ring to it – but DJ Pauly D (we swear we had to look that name up, we didn’t know it off the top of our heads. Really. Promise. Don’t check our DVR) may be screaming a new version of “Cabs are here!” soon.
According to the New York Times, our great Garden State has the chance to start harvesting some top-notch grapes and making some delicious vino - and the Times has a super cute drawing to illustrate it. How did they draw this conclusion, you ask? Well, it has a lot to do with the climate, the seasonal weather and the breeze that comes in from the bay and the Atlantic.
Apparently, there are a bunch of wineries in the state already, but only a quarter make decent product. The Outer Coastal Plain Vineyard Association is trying to do something about that, hoping to increase the state’s production of fine wines to a much larger scale.
We’re all for it – wine is wine, Jersey or otherwise, right?
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Apparently, men eating vegetable-based and nutrient-laden fare is the new hot thing. No, we’re not saying that all you men have simply been stuffing your pie holes with veal and butter and fatty goodness for the past billion years, so take a breather before you start going all how dare they say that, I swear I only eat whole wheat pasta on us.
But it’s true – of late, men are trending towards being as nutrition-conscience and health-focused as women, or at least heading in that direction. Our first clue? Superstar Chef Matt Wilkinson publishing a new book focusing solely on vegetables. That’s right – a really well-known and well-respected chef putting his name on a meatless publication of deliciousness. Pretty cool, right?
Our second clue can be found in our favorite nutrition guru Carolyn Brown MS, RD’s blog for her company Foodtrainers, where she examines how “#kalemales” are on the rise. (Sidenote, Carolyn, we love the hashtag. Totally will be trending by noon). Are you a veggie-grubbing man and proud of it? Let us know!
Oh, and also, Justin Timberlake did some Veganville skit on SNL recently. That’s cool, too.
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One of the greatest parts of the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX is the delicious ways to inhale fantastic food-–or discuss inhaling fantastic food-–day after day. In fact, food has become such a part of the SXSW experience that there are nearly 150 food-related events and panels held over this epic weekend, including a Food + Tech Meet Up, a session called Disrupting Dinner: Food Trucks, Top Chefs and Yo Mama and the cyber-focused Eating to Live Online: Virtual Food & Real Life.
The food truck scene itself has earned its acclaim on its own merits, feeding hungry festival goers with every cuisine imaginable. It can be a bit tough to navigate, but thanks to trusty traveler friends like Orbitz, we have organized ways of navigated the masses to only consume the top-notch nosh.
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Love Game of Thrones, and perhaps eating while you enjoy the gruesome betrayal and dark family relationships in the HBO series? Well, finally someone has done something about it.
Uncrate (who else?) has discovered a book written by the fans themselves, Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer to be exact, called The Feast of Fire and Ice that includes recipes matching up perfectly with the show’s plot line and geographical world. And, the dishes are categorized by region, so you can decide which clan you choose to be loyal to that day.
The book is sold on Amazon – don’t even pretend to wait an hour before ordering. Just make the move now – you know you’ll give in eventually. Just in time for the Season 3 premiere!