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April 30, 2012

11 words and phrases to live by

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Wrote Jeff Gordinier in an April 25 New York Times Dining section story, "Inside the kitchen [at Eleven Madison Park], Daniel Humm, the chef, has hung a framed poster with 11 words and phrases on it [top]. Among those words: cool, innovative, adventurous."

"In 2006, Moira Hodgson wrote a glowing review of Eleven Madison Park in The New York Observer. And yet the review expressed one sly critique: a suggestion that this palace of gastronomy 'needed a bit of Miles Davis.'"

"To say that Mr. Humm, 36, took that phrase and ran with it would be a vast understatement. He and his business partner, Will Guidara, 32, determined that the entire operation would henceforth be guided by the restless spirit of Davis, a creator who was constantly detonating his strategy, shocking his fans and forging something new. Members of the restaurant team did research to help come up with a sense of what Davis was all about — and what words best encapsulated his ethos."

"'Just to show you how serious we are about the whole thing,' Mr. Humm said. 'For the past six years, that's been our life.'"

[photo of poster up top via eater.com]

April 30, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Smoked Chocolate Chips


From the maker's website:


Cold-Smoked Over Alder Wood

Never heard of Smoked Chocolate before?

We love to push the boundaries of sweet and savory at Hot Cakes and smoking chocolate is just one of the ways we do it.

Autumn Martin grew up around freshly caught and freshly smoked salmon and became fond of smoky flavors at an early age.

Using a cold-smoking method she developed, Autumn has been smoking chocolate for years and we are proud to offer our prized Smoked Chocolate Chips for sale.


Wrote Charlotte Druckman in this past weekend's Wall Street Journal, "There's a nuanced flavor running through Autumn Martin's s'mores cookies. Is that bacon? Not quite. In order to replicate the char of marshmallows roasted over a campfire, the Seattle-based pastry pro smokes chocolate chips with alder wood and adds them to her batter. The former overseer of Theo Chocolate's kitchen has been mastering this maneuver for the past five years. Now, with her new company, Hot Cakes — purveyor of decadent jarred desserts, over-the-top salted caramels and cookies — she has found other ways to apply the technique. Ms. Martin sells the chips separately so that adventurous sweet-crafters can experiment at will. Suggested applications include incorporating the smoky nibs into a ganache, which can then be blended into a Scotch milkshake, grinding them into savory meat rubs, using them for a mousse or simply melting them into a drizzle-on for buttered toast."


8 oz.: $14.

April 30, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

"Johnny Get Angry" — Best kazoo interlude ever in a pop song

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In case you're pressed for time, the kazoo enters at 1:28 in this video.

Joanie Sommers' 1962 recording of this song (featured in the aforementioned video), written by Hal David and Sherman Edwards, made it to #7 on that year's Billboard Hot 100.

Lyrics up top in case you want to sing along.

If you've got a kazoo lying around, all the better.

April 30, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Folding Trivet


Is that a trivet in your pocket or...?


You never know when a hot pot or bowl will pop up.

For those times, there's this.

From a website: "Save space in your drawer with this foldable trivet. The Trifold will protect your table from heat sources like hot dishes and pans up to 250°C (480°F). After use you can easily fold it up for easy storage. When folded, the Trifold is the smallest trivet available today. Can be used with any pan up to 30 cm (12) diameter."


April 30, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Yowayowa Camera Woman Diary


Wrote the Camera Woman [below],


"Natsumi Hayashi lives in Tokyo with two cats. Photographs mainly levitating self-portraits (and cats not levitating). yowayowa is a Japanese term meaning 'weak' or 'feeble.' Since I'm yowayowa, it's really heavy to carry SLR cameras around."


[via Tara Blaine]

April 30, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

BubCap — "Home button protection for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch"

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Time to enroll in boj Naming School, where we demonstrate how an ugly, off-putting name like this can doom an otherwise great product.

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Voted "Best iPad accessory of 2011" by TUAW so someone thinks highly of it.

What it does: Prevents accidentally hitting the home screen button.

Just rigid enough to stop a child or adult from accidentally pressing through, but flexible enough for an adult to activate the home button with a firm push. 

Useful for parents with small children who love to play with their devices.

Four for $6.99.

April 30, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

NBC x London Olympics smartphone/tablet apps


Coming soon to your pocket or bag.

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Stay tuned.

April 30, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Limited-Edition Feather Stool — Shiro Kuramata

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An edition of 40 was produced from a 1990 design by the Japanese master,

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who died the following year at the age of 57.

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Acrylic, aluminum, and feathers.


21"H x 16"D x 13"W.

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Sold for $86,500 at a 2008 Christie's auction.


Apply within.

April 30, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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