Thanksgiving is usually a time of gluttonous eating, but this may take the cake. The video features what’s called a TurBacon, which is a bird in a bird in a bird in a bird in a bird in a pig. To be specific, this is a turkey, duck, chicken, cornish hen, quail, 10 lbs of bacon and a 20lb pig, all wrapped up together into on intense meal. This is entirely disgusting but fascinating at the same time. I’ve shown this to a few people so far and they thought it was absolutely disgusting. I, on the other hand, think this would be delicious and I would try it in a heratbeat… though my heart my stop after a couple of bites.
My buddies over at OMFGco have been quite busy lately with their newest endeavor Spirit of ’77, a brand new sports bar in Portland. I think the bar has been open for maybe a week now but all my homies up in Portland have been raving over the place saying how much fun it is. I’m ultra-impressed by that giant Spirit of ’77 sign they installed and if you look behind the bar, it’s a custom made basketball style floor. These guys should be incredibly proud of what they’ve done with the space, it looks amazing. If you’re in the Portland area be sure to stop by and say hi, they’re having Happy Hour from 4 to 6 tonight.
Spirit of ’77
500 NE MLK Jr Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232
The thing really keeps me writing is finding innovative little projects like this one from Gareth Hughes called 2 Sugars. This is simply a concept that he created but I thought it was so clever I had to share. The idea is simple, a lot of people have to get coffee or tea or drinks for their co-workers but it’s often difficult to remember what everyone wants. Enter 2 Sugars which allows you to easily create users and then input what each one of them wants by simple clicking the options on the screen. There’s even the tiny detail of shaking the screen to clear your order, which could be really fun or frustrating. Either way I think Gareth needs to make this app a reality, don’t you?
Creating simple but memorable branding is difficult. Putting enough style and character into something without it being too precious is a fine line to tread but I think the folks over at Menosunocerouno have done it well with their work for Basanti, a tea brand from Mexico. There’s not much too it, some elegantly written words in chalk on black background, but the gloss of the bags and the matte of the coffee cups make it look quite nice. The effect is also quite nice on the clear cool drink cup with the drink itself acting as the background for the text. Very understated but beautiful at the same time.
In the same vein as so many of my friends and acquaintances I have a love/hate relationship with Swedish homewares giant IKEA; however, I love everything about their new book of baking recipes, Hembakat är Bäst (Homemade Is Best). Styled by Evelina Bratell and photographed by Carl Kleiner, the cookbook’s photography eschews only presenting the finished dish in favour of also capturing the ingredients in artfully arranged still life imagery. It’s a little like deconstructed food photography where intricately displayed piles of sugar, egg yolks and vanilla pods are works of art. As far as I can tell the book is only available in instore in Sweden, but hopefully it will also be released internationally. At least my stomach hopes so.