Like this blog. Like the style, the crisp look, the approach. Good stuff. Food Thru A Lens.
A Swiss website, Data Visualization, has more info on the project, though I still have no clue where this was presented.
One of Lauren's blogs is The Design Zoo.
I could write about tainted melons, and icky e.coli ground beef, but why? You know all that. Better to zoom in on a damn fine veggie Indian fry bread lunch, served up at Acoma Pueblo, in their Y'aak'a Cafe at the foot of the mesa.
"Y'aak’a means "corn" in Keres, the language of Acoma. Corn was farmed by the Acomans for centuries in the valley beneath the 367-foot mesa where we live. It has sustained us for hundreds of years and is intertwined with religious ceremonies and art."
I haven’t, yet, had the chance to travel to an Indian vineyard but the country did have a clear presence at the London Wine Trade Fair in May. It now produces 13.5 million litres of wine a year, according to a report by the United States department of agriculture. To put that into context, it’s five times as much as we produce in this country.
..."As Walmart positions itself as an expedient solution to the food desert problem, critics question whether a retailer known for fostering a low-wage economy and driving small stores and union groceries out of business is a viable ally in the effort to help struggling communities get access to affordable, decent food. The food desert problem, these critics contend, is more about poverty than grocery stores. Some argue that the retailer’s newfound interest in food deserts is a public relations push designed to help it finally gain entry into lucrative urban markets from which it has long been excluded, thanks to grassroots opposition."
Green chile and apple pie? Sure--but likely only at the New Mexico State Fair Asbury Cafe, the September mecca for pie-lovers and others who turn their backs on deep-fried Twinkies and other dreck. Since 1960, Asbury Cafe volunteers have been cooking/baking their little Presbyterian/Methodist hearts out, contributing all proceeds to worthy charities in the Albuquerque area, many of them food-related.
That little piece dangling down inside the pie below? Green chile with a light bite.
Speaking of dining tables, grow your own plants at the base of your table, then pluck veggies from them for dinner. Hmmm...Where's the light? Where's the adequate amount of soil? Apparently they tried this out with tomatoes, as well as peas....
The idea is cute, but clearly needs work. It has been on display as part of London Design Week 2011.
The concept is from JAILmake.
The European Vegetable Carving Competition just held in Leipzig, Germany, had room for fruit carvers as well.
According to the Times of Malta, "Each participant is provided with a basket containing melons, giant papayas, kohlrabi, cucumbers, radishes, Chinese cabbages and carrots. Participants may bring their own pumpkin, too.
The art of vegetable carving originated in China but has acquired numerous followers in Europe in recent years."
(Photos: Jan Woitas)
In case you were wondering what music to listen to when eating a polenta cake with olive oil and rosemary, try the electronic-infused songs of James Blake. What food goes with the sultry tunes of soul singer Raphael Saadiq? Bolognese.
It's that time again, and the melons are rolling out of the fields. The round ones, that is. The square ones need tiny implanted wheels...
"According to a BBC news article published in June 2001, a Zentsuji farmer came up with the innovative idea for a space-saving square watermelon some twenty years earlier. Since then, the square fruit has been sold in various selected outlets across Japan, but they are prohibitively expensive to buy and their potential market is therefore quite limited. The BBC article noted:
Today the cuboid watermelons are hand-picked and shipped all over Japan.
But the fruit, on sale in a selection of department stores and upmarket supermarkets, appeals mainly to the wealthy and fashion-conscious of Tokyo and Osaka, Japan's two major cities.
Each melon sells for 10,000 yen, equivalent to about $83. It is almost double, or even triple, that of a normal watermelon.
"I can't buy it, it is too expensive," said a woman browsing at a department store in the southern city of Takamatsu. "
So today, we have no clue how much a square watermelon sells for in Japan. But, my spies tell me that squares are, or at least were introduced into these United States a couple years back, selling for about $75 per.
If that seems steep and you must have one, the clever persons at Instructables have info re growing your own.....next summer.......
Currently on view at the Institute of American Indian Arts' Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe is this piece on how the white flour, fat, salt and sugar influence on Indian traditional diets has led to out-of-control diabetes issues. Just outside, as noted in a prior post, visitors and vendors alike are eating fry breads, and other carby offerings.
Last Supper - C.Maxx Stevens’ exhibition is a conceptual installation. The new work by C. Maxx Stevens is based on her memories and experiences dealing with devastating effect of diabetes throughout native nations. The exhibition creates a larger social awareness of the epidemic and its dilemma in all of the United States. The exhibition includes her family archives and testimony/narratives of the disease and its impact on traditional values and the drastic evolution of diet as well as economy.
About the artist: C. Maxx Stevens, Muscogee/ Seminole, received the prestigious Eiteljorg Fellowhip of Native American Fine Art in 2005 and was winner of the 2000 Visual Artist Award from the Andrea Frank Foundation in New York. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Indiana University in Bloomington and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture and ceramics from Wichita State University in Kansas. Her installations are responses to site-specific environments where she explores the relationships among land, man, and the history of place. C. Maxx Stevens lives in Boulder, Colorado and is on the faculty of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado.
August 21 is the next Pop-Up Restaurant Day, apparently, and Finns are gearing up all over the country to outdo one another with offbeat food offerings in unusual settings. ( Apparently the phenomenon has spread beyond Finland, so be on the lookout. Didn't I read about this happening in Manhattan?) See Facebook for more details.
The idea is to imagine your fave food notion, and then get it going, maybe from your bedroom, or your Mother's aging Volvo. The young woman pictured is evidently cooking in front of a railroad car/container,with a customer waiting for vittels in a comfy easy chair.
Here's mine. My Mother's (Fabled) Deviled Eggs on Demand, While They Last---Buy them from my storage unit. Sit crosslegged on the melting tarmack in the hot, desert sun. One day only!
Right out in the open--no guerilla-gardener he, Bill Koen, City Horticulturalist of Lakeland, Florida, is planting edibles on city land. Bravo, Bill!
Via The Ledger.com
"A petite crop of vegetables, fruits and grain is thriving at Heritage Park at Kentucky Avenue and Orange Street. Indian corn, okra, peppers, kumquats and eggplant provide an unexpected agricultural filigree to the slice of city property.
Towering corn stalks also ring the perimeter of a circular planter in the parking lot at Lakeland's main library, and an assortment of ornamental peppers can be seen near the entrance to the Lakeland Electric building on Lemon Street.
City horticulturist Bill Koen said he started installing food-bearing plants at Hollis Garden more than a decade ago, and in recent years he has expanded the approach into other city properties...
Koen, a city employee for 41 years, said he planted the crops at Heritage Park in the tradition of the "victory gardens" Americans tended in their yards and in public spaces during World War I and World War II."
( Thanks for okra photo to Bijlmakers.com)