If you happen to follow my Twitter you know I like to eat a lot. I’d never use the word foodie but I definitely have a taste for the finer side of cuisine. That shouldn’t necessarily be interpreted as fancy or expensive, I just like unique dining experiences. So a couple of months back I paid a visit to The Apple Pan, one of Los Angeles most famous burger joints, and took some photos and ate some delicious food.
To start, the place is extremely simple. It’s a long, U-shaped counter surrounding two grills, basically. The menu itself is just as simple, featuring around a dozen food items and an arrangement of beverages (you can see a peak of the menu at the unofficial Apple Pan website). As you can see from the menu they haven’t changed much since they opened in 1947. When I went I had the Steakburger with melted Tilamook cheese, wanting to stick with the classic. I also had an order of french fries and a heaping of ketchup. As expected everything was delicious, and Im pretty sure I scarfed it down in record time.
To finish things off I had a slice of apple pie and a cup of coffee. I can’t imagine a more perfect to be honest, and it was delicious. The apples were juicy and the crust was crisp but not overdone. You’re probably drooling over your keyboard at this point. If you’re in Los Angeles or plan on visiting it’d be worth your time to visit and grab a bite.
First they created a giant seed vault to catalog and protect samples of basically every major plant seed in the world, and now they’ve got a science center that matches and surpasses the aforementioned seed vault. This is the Svalbard Science Centre which contains a university, a research center and museum… and happens to be on a remote island in the middle of the Arctic. I think it’s amazing that they can create such beautiful, far off locations. But I’m sure the people who do work there are quite excited to not have a tiny, depressing office in the middle of nowhere to work in.
British illustrator James Ward utilises his interest in natural history and narrative as a starting point for creating his artworks that often involve anthromorphising animal subjects. Transposing his illustrations onto a variety of different surfaces – including ceramics and paper – Ward has certainly tapped into a hidden animal subjectivity. My favourite works are his hand drawn side plates in which he employs his detailed and life-life illustration style to draw attention to the plight of wolves who just want a wee peck at a biscuit, cake-loving reindeer and sandwich-obsessed bears and mice. So next time you’re having a picnic in the woods spare a thought for the woodlands creatures hankering for a hit of sugar. When they come running up to you, foaming at the mouth with a crazed look in their eyes, just remember: they’re not after you – just what’s in your picnic basket.
A selection of Ward’s prints and crockery are available for purchase through his online shop.
Last spring, I went to an Eric Owen Moss lecture that began with a proclamation: Architecture needs an adversary. It was as if the economy stopped existing along with other things familiar to architects– things like gravity and rain. Maybe EOM could find an adversary in the Washington D.C. neighborhood Anacostia.
Less than five months separate the above two images. But the process of completing a shiny, new building near the intersection of MLK and Talbert Street has taken much longer. Höwler + Yoon designed the project way back in 2005, but the project was delayed by developers, public review and approval processes not to mention… what’s that? the economy? When Eric Höweler started posting photos of the construction this past winter, there was excitement in the neighborhood to see the building take shape. Of course, the shape had changed since the initial designs back in 2005: a floor and a half were trimmed off the top and the program was scaled down. As as the project neared completion, the neighborhood turned on the project, comparing it unfavorably to a FEMA trailer and poop.
I think the project is fantastic. You can see intersecting volumes similar to the initial design as well as expression of different programs: commercial wrapped in cement board and residential wrapped in corrugated aluminum. It may not match its neighbor, but its neighbor is a Fish House described on yelp as “one of the few places to get non-Chinese carry out in Anacostia.” Even if you’re not crazy about the look of the building, doesn’t a neighborhood benefit from a diversity of not only ideas and people, but also a diversity in the built environment?
Take one part rock music legend, one part writer extraordinaire and two parts talented internet sweethearts and what do you get? One amazing song featuring Ben Folds, author Nick Hornby and those adorable Pomplamoose kids collaborating in a song called The Things You Think. Not only is the song catchy, but Nick Hornsby’s spoken word parts are rather deep.
The video was created for Ben Folds upcoming album Lonely Avenue which features lyrics written by Nick Hornby and music written by Ben Folds. I’m so excited to hear the rest of this album, it’s such a great track. I’ve been a Ben Folds/Five fan since the late 90′s, I think he’s such an amazing guy. Adding to it is the genius of Nick Hornsby, who is in my opinion one of the funniest and most creative authors around today. So excited.