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February 04, 2008

A co-blog post with foodtographer jo jo

Eat2love hello everyone!

my name is jo jo and i write a food blog called eat 2 love. it's about food, restaurants and my life in manhattan. i shuttered my blog on friday because my work was being poached for creative feature ideas, and photography style by mainstream food media people in n.y. at newspaper, magazine and food websites over the past year. as a publisher friend said "if you keep posting, they'll keep poaching." i've decided not to give them any more ideas.

and so here i am, a blog refugee seeking asylum at grow a brain, like a phoenix rising from the ashes. this signals a change for grow a brain as well - this is blog evolution. change is good. change is your friend.

my thanks to hanan for his generosity. let us know what you think (and make hanan happy).

Japanese_sweets_2 asian cuisine is delicious to be sure, however, the one weak spot in chinese, japanese, thai, korean, vietnamese food is dessert. since asian culture was traditionally dairy free, desserts are made from rice, beans and sugar - rather boring and bland compared with the creamy, buttery, chocolate-y, espresso-ed and fruity european pastries.

wagashi are japanese sweets. They are made of rice flour and can be filled with red bean paste, mung bean, sesame, chestnut, mugwort - basically grains & beans. who wants dessert made of starches? another characteristic of wagashi is that they are not very sweet, so these wagashi look much better than they taste. they make a stylish gift though. you can get these at mitsuwa.

French_nougatine french nougatine

these hand made nougatine from pierre herme are very intensely flavored and fantastic. they're from pastry god pierre herme in paris. after you eat these, all other nougatine will be dead to you.

cocktail grapefruits

Cocktail_grapefruits last week in nyc it was 24 degrees cold. i wish that i lived in san francisco because i have fruit envy. our farmer's market here in union square carries fruits that can grow near the big apple - basically ..... apples. and a few pears. i know that in california you have an amazing cornucopia of produce. witness these cocktail grapefruits which i found at my local trader joe. they are a mutant... i mean hybrid - a cross between a mandarin orange and a pomelo. tasting very mild with zero acidity, it's extremely juicy.

heart of a macaron

Heart_of_a_macaron this is a cherry and pistachio macaron from pierre herme. french macarons are made of ground almond flour, egg white and sugar, with a layer of flavored ganache filling. no one makes french macarons better than the french. believe me, in new york bakeries, a good macaron is harder to find than a good man.

eggs or edible art ?

Egg_pair chinese tea eggs - pretty and protein-acious. very easy to make, i made these by gently cooking eggs in their shell. then you pull them out of the water and crack the shells with a spoon, taking out your aggressions for the day. make a soaking liquid of black tea bags, soy sauce, water, star anise and dunk the eggs back in, simmer and soak for an hour and a half. when you remove the shells - you have beautiful tea eggs. impress your friends.

urban gourmande kitchen

Urban_cutlery my kitchen is so tiny that i stuck all my kitchen appliances up on my fridge to save space. the dishwasher door opens and those two dish racks slide out. the unidentified object in the microwave is either a loaf of challah bread or a turd, i'm not sure which. in a smart move to discourage litigation, the coffee maker is named ms. coffee. the mini vac comes in handy cause i vacuum my apartment twice a year, whether it needs it or not.

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Here is another “co-blogged” post, this time composed with “jo jo”, a foodtographer in NYC, who (until yesterday) used to blog at eat2love. Thank you, jojo! (All previous co-bloggers archived here.) If other creative types are interested to share the forum here on any other topic, please contact me for details.

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January 31, 2008

Serious Sandwiches

My_durian Nietzsche Pops, the first breakfast cereal that is not afraid to proclaim that "God Is Dead". From Ben Hillman & Company

Know your spices

Serious Sandwiches: The Overlooked Sandwiches of 2007

Can you find three foods such that all three do not go together (by any reasonable definition of foods "going together") but every pair of them does go together? The Incompatible Food Triad

Horrible news: Poor Haitians Resort to Eating Mud Cookies

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January 18, 2008

The longest Korean food

 Peeling_potatoes How to peel potatoes in one second. (From Ben Klinger)

Korean Food - Biggest and longest

I have maintained a few freshwater aquariums in my time. I am also always fascinated by the use of aquariums in fish markets which are also used by restaurants to hold live lobsters or similar facsimiles until someone buys one. Then they cook him up and someone eats him. Why not have seafood market aquariums at your living room?

2007 fantasy meal at Country Epicure. (From Chuck Eats)

Cuisine of the Levant in Amman, Jordan

What is Luis Guzmán doing selling Vermont cheddar?

Also, do not say cheese at Whole Foods Markets…

Anatomy of the doughnut

Toast Stamper

100 things to do with a Meyer lemon

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December 03, 2007

Bon Asaveur

Brains_in_a_can_2 Sir, may I recommend the 'Lard Surprise'. (From the old & delightful Daze of Our Lives)

Tall stack of pancakes, 207 total, by Elizabeth Demaray

Another Reason Not To Shop At Balducci's

Toasted Bagel to go with avocado – in a CD spindle

Saveurpétit, the Thanksgiving edition

A pinch of salt improves the flavor of cocoa, and 59 other uses for table salt

Food Pairing algorithmic food generator

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November 20, 2007

Battle on the Breakfast Table

Oyster_card World Pie Championship jury member John Young poses with Two scotch pies during the judging of the competition in Dunfermline, Scotland

The winning entries in the Mashed Potato Sculpture Contest. (From J-walk)

Egg Soldier Cup

Food That Looks Like what it isn’t

I can’t believe it’s not I Can't Believe It's Not Butter

Some food & sewing tattoos

Re-post: Bacon N Eggs

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November 04, 2007

Processed cheese

Velveeta_cheese The many types of gourmet sea salts offered at "The Meadow". (From Ideas in Food, the blog of chefs Aki Kamozawa & H. Alexander Talbot. Don’t forget to check out the photo albums at the bottom right sidebar)

Prune orange cheese salad

How Kraft persuaded Americans to accept cheese by divorcing it from its microbe-laden origins -From Cheese to Cheese product

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October 23, 2007

Making Noodles


Best book title ever - Cooking with Pooh. Sadly, this book is no longer in print

Pizza with no cheese or sauce, and beef on the left side only, at the great Pizza Orientation Test

To The Stoner Who Works At Cottage Inn Pizza. Thank you for the Best pizza I ever had

How to order Chinese food Dot com. (From Information Junk)

Also, Making Noodles with chef Kin Jing Mark. (YT)

A dirty mind

Note Found In The Fridge

World's Largest Nachos

Dex, I was surprised this morning to receive your book. Thank you so much. I’ll start reading it, and let you know

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October 14, 2007

Falafel videos on YouTube

Complaints My Middle-School Students in Korea Had About Our School's Food, and Complaints American Middle-School Students Would Have If They Were Served Korean Food

Also: Lies printed on my waffle iron

How to prepare the perfect boiled egg

From Sweetbread which is neither sweet, nor bread to Mincemeat which contains nuts, dried fruit, beef suet, spices and brandy or rum, but usually no meat, a List of misleading food names

More Falafel videos on YouTube: Falafel Rush with the boys at Aleppo, Syria, and DeDe Mediterranean Kitchen

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October 05, 2007

Breakfast in China


Breakfast in China

Victorian trade cards. Subcategories of the Food category include Meat, Oysters, Condensed Milk, Pickles, Seafood, Crackers, Baking Powder and Soup

Tinned marshmallows at The American Package Museum. (From David Thompson)

An Israeli Pita pocket bag

365 cheeses, one for each day of the year

On the other hand, here’s Casu marzu, Sardinian cheese notable for being riddled with live insect larvae. Casu marzu means "rotten cheese" and is known colloquially as maggot cheese

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, Part III

Ivan Minic’s Art of Food Carving

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September 25, 2007

Antique Toasters

Pickled_carrots The 7 Wonders of the Food Coloring World

Re-post: Non-Elelctric Toasters and other Antique Toasters for sale

No sticks for corn dogs at the Prison Food Convention

I don’t think I ever posted any recipes here before, but on the other hand I didn’t know that the Mexican-style Spicy Pickled Carrots were so easy to make

Underwater Dining record broken. (From Spluch)

Suicide Food is any depiction of animals that act as though they wish to be consumed

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September 09, 2007

Dinner with Jan Švankmajer

Hot_dog_eating Dinner (Jídlo) by Jan Švankmajer

Alexandra and the Pickle at the 6th Annual NYC International Pickle Day. (From Information Junk)

Ramen bowl erasers

In the United States, the term "submarine" is widespread, but there are also many regional names for the sandwich: heroes, subs, grinders, Spuckies, Wedges, Torpedos, Hoagies or Po' boys

Screaming Beans

If you were driving cross-country, and were forced to bring a breakfast cereal mascot - who would it be?

Takeru Kobayashi Retires!

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August 12, 2007

The egg of darkness

Balut_egg There is a delicacy infamous in Filipino culture that can put a crippling chill in the spine of grown men almost as quickly as talk of aswang. That delicacy is the notorious balut. Balut is a popular Filipino street snack and is essentially a duck egg with a fetus inside, typically between seventeen to twenty days in gestation. In the Philippines balut is so popular that it is equivalent to what the hot dog is in the U.S. There are balut vendors who push around carts full of fetal treats and bark their wares in a sing-song chant of “baluuuut, baluuuut!” Balut is also a popular aphrodisiac for men. But even with the good vibes and positive spin surrounding balut, the stigma attached to eating it overshadows all the warm and fuzzy aspects of this very Deep End Dining dish. Balut making 

(Much more at the beautiful Street food in the Philippines)

Diane Bernard is “The Seaweed Lady of Vancouver Island”, supplying fine restaurants in Victoria with fresh seaweed. (From Cosmic Variance)

Tasting a kilo of Guinness Marmite

Fast food on flickr

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July 26, 2007

You Say Mutato I Say Mutatoe

Coach_potato Mangiamaccheroni, the Neapolitan macaroni-eating lads

The Mutato Collection

Food Design makes possible to think in food as an edible designed product, an object that negates any reference to cooking, tradition and gastronomy

Giada De Laurentiis Loves Tomatoes

Memories of Marrakech

The Jean-Paul Sartre Cookbook

July 20, 1801: A gargantuan cheese is pressed from the milk of nine hundred or so “Republican” cows—a gift for Thomas Jefferson. (From Exploding Aardvark)

The Definitive General Tso's Chicken Page

Food of Wrong

Tastes of Tasmania

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July 08, 2007

Uzbeki Plov

Soylent_shirt The search for the perfect croissant in Paris. (From Beattie's Book Blog)

Play Food on flickr

Re-post: Mock Duck - A delicious assortment of thrift store cookbooks

Zombie Food Pyramid

What's Cooking Grandma? Creating a cookbook of the grandmothers of the world sharing their special recipes

Winners of Debonair Magazine's Food Blog Awards

How to cook Uzbeki Plov, which is apparently Uzbekistan's national dish. It is cooked by François-Xavier (FX) of the wonderful FX Cuisine blog, which I picked as the latest Blog of the day

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May 27, 2007

Speed cooking

Black_russian_caviar In 1952 the Soviets published "Kniga o Vkusnoi i Zdorovoi Pishe" ("Book about Tasty and Healthy Food"). The book contains many fascinating and beautiful examples of Soviet-era product design

Pizza Hut's New Pizza Lover's Pizza Topped With Smaller Pizzas. (From same reliable source: You Can Tell Area Bank Used To Be A Pizza Hut, and Chili Dog, Cheddar Fries Caught In Area Beard)

America eats with forks

The Underground Menu at L'Enclume. The chef Simon Rogan is possibly the most innovative chef in the UK, pushing forward concepts and ideas in molecular gastronomy more than anyone except Ferran Adria

Charles Kaufman’s Toaster Paintings

Speed cooking - A skit from a TV show in New Zealand called Moon TV. It Features “That Guy” cooking a 3 course meal in under 2 minutes

I am gone “fishing” for a few weeks. This post has been pre-blogged for your enjoyment. By the way, this is post no. 3000.

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