Monday, August 30, 2010

Dragonfish Centerpiece

Even in Greenland: presentation is key.

From the flickr of ranx72.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A little late for Easter, but...

The folks over at Serious Eats have a wonderful set of step-by-step instructions for making your very own ... Peepshi! Think junk food sushi made from the following:

You can see more cuteness here.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Apple iPad Steve Jobs Cheese Head

With the release of the iPad imminent (i.e. Pre-Order Now!!!), it's safe to say that the world is officially, um ... constipated with all the tech-anxiety attributed to this over-hyped wonder product.

Blogger Ken over at Cook's Den found creative ways to show his Mac Luv: the Steve Jobs Cheese Head. Click here for the recipes (my personal fav: the iPad Thai).

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Monday, February 8, 2010

Rakka, an artist livin in Bremerton, WA, spent a year on what she calls her Suspect and Fugitive project, where she made an item a day out of unconventional materials. Her most interesting ideas use actual products to recreate the logos designed to represent them. Do check her out.

Friday, January 22, 2010

More Japanese Product Genius?

Tired of that greasy, not-409'd-often-enough keyboard and mouse? (I know I am) Well, the Japanese have once again solved the problem!

A single button on a plastic clamp that is soft enough to keep one's chips intact. As Seen on TV genius.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Azuki Bean Beard!

Azuki beans are widely used in Japan and most of East Asia. Whether cooked with rice or turned into amanattō (甘納豆) ice cream, the little red bean paste is generally better when sweetened with sugar. That said, I present to you the photography/art project of Takao Sakai: Portraits of Azuki Beans Beard.

Gross? I wouldn't go that far - but I wouldn't eat these beans, either! Check the site and you'll see that he's thumbnailed nearly 600 images, and they keep coming. Next time I'm in Tokyo I'm going to have to ring him up!

Interested in azuki beans? Try this recipe for oshiruko!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


With everything from charaben guides to virtual pets to the usual exercises in mayhem, the iPhone app gaming world has really found its niche as a tool for the overly bored. Usher in my new #1 favorite app, the iBBQ!

If you've ever wanted to experience the sights and sounds of yakiniku (traditional Japanese BBQ grilling) while, say, sitting on the subway, toilet or even on an airplane some 10,000 feet in the air, well - this quirky game has got you covered in virtual soy. Most unique game feature: You actually blow into the phone's mic to heat up the fire! Weird. The only thing missing (duh) is the ability to smell and taste the meats. Who wants some of the real thing? Corn for me, please!

Check it out, in action:

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Happy 30th, Pac!

2010 marks the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man's debut. In honor of the anniversary, Circle K stores in Japan are selling a limited-edition Pac-Man bun, filled with a (very delicious sounding, I must say) crushed almond cookie and cream custard! Get them now, while you can (and mail some to NYC while you're at it). Available for ¥120 (around $1.31).

New York Wave

Those of you in Japan: do check out NHK TV's program NEW YORK WAVE for a special mini-documentary on yours truly...airing in early February. They filmed my book release party at Giant Robot, and last week they were here in mi casa for a special bento "party" with friends (whose charaben skills were in full effect - no joke, it was really amazing stuff). NHK also documented the creation of a bento of mine from scratch. Pics to come (once the show airs), but here is a preview sketch of my Desnos as Maneki Neko, um... Bento!

Friday, January 8, 2010