Otokoyama Sake

University College Falmouth grafuate Jamie Conkleton created this beautiful set of sake above that I’m totally in love with. Created with a westen audience in mind, the bottles were meant ti simplify the process of picking a type of sake. This is most clearly illustrated through the bottle itself, as the pure sake gets an opaque bottle, the refined sake in a hazy bottle, and the ultra-refined in a completely clear one. Such a simple and great way to get a message across, and at the same time quite beautiful.

Found through The Dieline

Bobby Solomon

June 14, 2009 / By

Odell Brewing TwitterBrew Tap Design Contest

Odell Brewing, a craft brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado that was started in 1989, is having a competition right now on Twitter for people to decide the tap design for their next beer, Blackbird. It just so happens that my friends over at Tenfold Collective have decided to join the competition, creating a tap design that is absolutely gorgeous. Despite the fact that I e-know them, their design is hands down the best. I love the subtle use of orange and the way the word ‘tweet’ pushes into the frame, subtly referencing Twitter. I also suggest you check out the other designs, and you’ll clearly see how amazing of a job they did.

But in order for them to win, they need votes. Under the cut I’ve placed a poll where you can vote for them, they’re letter J. I also want to mention that they in no way have asked me to do this, I simply believe in supporting nice, creative people, and I hope you will to.

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Bobby Solomon

May 27, 2009 / By

The Garden

A couple days ago I posted about the Japanese’s plan to start introducing underemployed workers to farming, and thought it would be really great if the U.S. had a plan like that. Well that led to a friend telling me about an upcoming documentary called The Garden. The film centers around a community garden that was started after the Los Angeles Riots in 1992. It was 14 acres of farmland on the outskirts of Downtown Los Angeles maintained by the South Central Farmers. It also happens to be the largest urban garden in America.

But one day, the South Central Farmers got a notice saying that the land was sold, and that the farm was going to be bulldozed. The movie explores what’s currently happening with the property and why the deal was never made public, that some shady dealings have definitely happened.

This totally infuriates me, especially because these people have worked so hard on this farm. This is also why people don’t tend to trust elected officials, because they’re willing to sell that trust for a high price. If you’re interested in seeing the movie, here’s a listing of the places it’s screening.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

May 4, 2009 / By

‘For Young Japanese, It’s Back to the Farm’ by Hiroko Tabuchi

'For Young Japanese, It's Back to the Farm' by Hiroko Tabuchi

For Young Japanese, It’s Back to the Farm
by Hiroko Tabuchi

The NY Times had a really great story a few weeks back about Japan’s new Rural Labor Squad, a program that gets young, underemployed Japanese to work on farms. The idea works in two ways. The first is that it gives young people who are having problems finding a solid job a chance to learn new skills, something they can possibly use in the future. The other part is that Japan’s rural work force is getting older, and they don’t always have the money to hire new people.

While the program isn’t perfect, it’s not going to solve their unemployment problem, it does bring up some interesting ideas. President Obama has recently been calling people to service, to help out in their communities and the such. Well what if more communities started creating farms? Imagine people learning how to grow their own foods, maintain crops, take care of livestock.

Personally I think this is an amazing idea, and I wish I had a place to participate in something like this. It would be even better if it were in the city limits, like the lot where the recently out of business Circuit City is on Sunset. Does anyone else think this would be really fun to try?

Bobby Solomon

May 2, 2009 / By

Andy’s Frozen Custard

I realized there’s sort of a trend to today’s posts, kind of a “making old things more cool” vibe. This time it’s Andy’s Frozen Custard, a store in Springfield, Missouri that was started by a husband wife who “took on the challenge of selling frozen custard”… right. Anyhow, they’ve opened a new store and it’s absolutely beautiful, and environmentally friendly.

The store collects rainwater which cools the custard machine compressors, waters the plants around the site, and even can be used to rinse equipment. The lighting uses high efficiency fluorescent bulbs as well, which makes the building look beautiful and helps lower energy needs. Good design in uncommon places is always fun.

Read more about Andy’s Frozen Custard over on Arch Daily.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

March 17, 2009 / By

Boxed Water Is Better

Having an old standard, say, a water bottle, and somehow turning into something new by using an even older standard, say, a milk carton, and you just might get Boxed Water Is Better. The idea is that a carton can be made from renewable resources, can be shipped flat to reduce it’s carbon footprint and can be recycled pretty much anywhere. Now they just need smaller quart sizes to take running with you.

Found through The Dieline

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

March 17, 2009 / By

Chocolate Orgániko

I was browsing through Monsieur Marcel over the weekend when I came across this really graphic and bold line of chocolate products called Chocolate Orgániko. The company started in 2006 in Madrid, Spain, making organic chocolate out of cocoa beans from the Dominican Republic and Trinidad Island. The result is a chocolate bar that’s all about pure flavors.

I love how simple and bold the packaging is, they totally caught my eye as soon as I walked into the store. My favorite is the White Chocolate Bar, which is not only brightly colored, but is “For Children From 0 to 90 Years Old.”

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

February 18, 2009 / By

Empire Bottling Works’ Real Cola

Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day here in Los Angeles, 81º 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!

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

January 12, 2009 / By

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