Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day here in Los Angeles, 81Âº in the middle of January. So of course I had to go out in shorts and a tee and have a nice outdoor lunch. I headed to one of my favorite places Auntie Em’s cuz’ they have an amazing meatloaf sandwich and their red velvet cupcakes are my favorite in LA.
When I walked through the door I noticed they had some fancy new sodas in a display case, so I decided to try it. It’s called Real Cola and is bottled by Empire Bottling Works, a company based in Bristol, Rhode Island that’s been doing it since 1930. The bottle is way cute, featuring a cupcake on the top, and their phone number on the side, in case you want to order a case. I thought overall the soda was pretty good, not overly sweet and not overly carbonated either. I noticed that BevMo! does sell it online, but they’re sold out for now, so good luck trying to find it!
I’m not really a sweets person, my taste buds prefer a more savory palate, but I came across these Swedish gingerbread caramels and I HAD TO buy them. I grew up eating caramel flavored hard candies, courtesy of my grandma, so this was something I was definitely a fan of. Add in the gingerbread flavor and how can you go wrong?! I was handing these out to everyone I know, making them taste these cuz’ they were that yummy.
Not only that, but the box is just about the cutest thing ever. The faces on the top and side remind me of Friends With You!. The side patterns are called Snowstar, “a pattern derived from farmhouse tapestries from happy occasions, handed down for generations since viking times, found in weavings know as dukagang.”
I bought these on a cute little shop on 3rd Street, but thankfully you can purchase these online from KALA Style. They sell a box of these for $10, which sounds like a lot for candies, but trust me on this one.
Unexpected architecture is one of my favorite things to come across, much like the beautiful bit you see above. While this could be some kind of monument or an entrance to a metro station, but in fact it's a fish market, probably the most gorgeous fish market in the world. This little gem is located in one of Istanbul's most populated and diverse neighborhoods, so the folks at Global Architectural Development, or GAD for short, decided to respect the site by making the space warm and inviting while giving it a fresh contemporary look at the same time.
I would buy fish from this place every day if it was anywhere near me. The low hanging bulbs with their red cords, the solid concrete shell, the small tiles lining the back counters. It’s a perfect exercise in simplicity and beauty.
Simplicity done well is not always easy, but Zoran Konjarski of Melbourne, Australia nailed it on the head when he created these rebranded Saison beer bottles. Designed to look like pharmaceutical, the simple brown bottles mixed with the white neue helvetica bold make for quite a striking combo. If I was at a bar, these would definitely grab my attention.
As some of you may have noticed, the amount of posts on the site has greatly decreased. This is because my real life, well, is more important, and I’ve got people and places to see. So I guess this is a little note saying that the way I post is gonna be a little different. I’m gonna continue to try and write really complete posts, but sometimes they might just be thoughts or something cool I come across that I really do want to share, but don’t really have the time to write about.
For example, I came across this really awesome set of bottlecaps from fragmented’s Flickr. I found this through some blog a couple weeks ago and fell in love with them. So far he has 241 bottlecaps total, and they’re all pretty cool, new and old, in all sorts of colors and flavors. Hopefully this can inspire a couple of you out there?
Andreas over at Brothers By Choice was kind enough to send me a link to this awesome interview they did with Bruno 9li for this Brazilian liquor called Sagitaba. The interview was done as part of a series of interviews showing Brazilian culture in it’s different forms, thus highlighting how great this drink is, I guess. Anyhow, it’s pretty cool to hear Bruno talk about his influences, like African and Japanese culture, and how living in Brazil shapes a lot of his work as well.
There’s also a lot of great footage of Bruno working which is my favorite part. Towards the end you get to see him paint this giant mural on the side of a wall, it’s really rad looking. You can also see inside his studio, as well as learning about his progression from black and white to the immense amount of colors he currently puts into his pieces. And just to be clear, I have nothing to do with the liquor, I just think this is a cool video!
There’s a great article over on Wired Science written by Alexis Madrigal that poses the question, why don’t we eat pigeons? So most people think of pigeons as “rats with wings” as this has become their modern day cross to bear. In a time where food prices are starting to rise though, the article suggests that we start taking a look at the pigeon as an alternative food source for two main reasons; they survive on the extra food that we throw away, and they multiply like crazy, numbering somewhere in the “hundreds of millions”.
The article even goes into detail talking about the 1970′s 1870′s and how the Passenger pigeon was hunted into extinction cuz’ they were so tasty! She also links to a Seed article which talks about the pigeons rather healthy immunity to avian flu, making them that much more appealing.
She ends the article basically saying that what if pigeons were rebranded back to what they originally were called, squab? Would you be more inclined to eat squab? I think this is a really interesting idea, and like some people in the comments section say, it’s a common practice in other countries. I feel like American’s almost have this wild pet sort of idea that keeps them from being able to detach the idea of a pigeon as a possible food-stuff. But I do think I would try squab, it probably tastes like chicken.