Dear Sergey Pakhomov aka The Pasta Artist,
Six years ago you were working on an ad campaign for a Russian macaroni company and were struck by divine inspiration: what if you built models of various objects using macaroni? So you did, and the ad campaign fizzled, but your life was forever changed. Now you build all kinds of things using all different kinds of pasta: spaghetti motorcycles with rotelle wheels, bi-planes with lasagna wings, and a whole pasta town complete with a linguini windmill and penne playground.
So why am I contacting you today? Well, I’m something of an amateur pasta artist myself. A beautiful pan of cheesy rigatoni speaks to my heart and soul in a much more profound way than the Sistine Chapel ever could. I don’t care for oil paintings unless the oil is olive and the canvas is cannelloni. Your work truly moves me. What do you say we collaborate sometime?
Let’s set the scene, shall we? It’s 1 p.m., you’re sitting at your desk, your stomach starts to growl, and your thoughts turn to the limp, soggy PB&J crammed into your bottom desk drawer. You’ve been trying to save some money and pack your own lunches, but now the corner deli is calling your name. What’s an extra 10 bucks, really? Operation Brown Bag It has failed again.
But don’t give up on packed lunches just yet! I found 10 easy, delicious recipes for sandwiches, salads, and wraps that will have you reaching for your lunch bag at 10:30 (hey, ain’t no shame!). Click through to check ‘em out…
I spend most of my life thinking about food, but as soon as I get an invite to a party that includes the phrase, “Please bring a dish to share,” my mind goes completely blank. For someone who loves to cook, I’ve showed up at way too many parties sheepishly holding a store-bought cold cuts platter. But you know what? I think it’s finally time to tackle the party food challenge. I sought out 10 crowd-pleasing treats that are easy to make, easy to eat, delicious, and–in certain cases–downright adorable (grilled cheese bites, anyone?). Click through to check ‘em out, but beware: these recipes could cause your social calendar to fill up very quickly…
The world needs more blogs pairing pictures of donuts with literary quotes, I always say. As I Lay Frying — Faulkner joke! — is just what us biblio-donut-philes need. [As I Lay Frying]
Want to know a neat trick? Apparently if you add pink lemonade concentrate to gin (or vodka) and tonic, you’ll have a pretty pink cocktail that turns into a crazy bright aquamarine OUTER SPACE DRINK under a black light. So round up your friends, mix up some of these Aurora Borealis cocktails, re-watch the footage of the Curiosity landing, and play a rousing game of “Pin the mohawk on Bobak Ferdowsi.” Cheers! [Boing Boing]
Yesterday, I wrote about Cinnabon’s new adventure in snackovation — the Pizzabon. The Pizzabon pairs America’s love of fast food cinnamon buns with America’s love of pizza. It was a win-win, but I was troubled by pictures of the Pizzabon that seemed to suggest that the pizza flavors would simply be piled atop the Cinnabon dough, rather than swirled like-a delicious-a stromboli. I made a graphic, even!
The kind folks over at Cinnabon headquarters (The Giant Cinnabon, perhaps) were kind enough to correct me. “The new Pizzabon IS in fact made with pizza in the inside,” explains Amy, PR rep at Cinnabon headquarters, ”in addition to pizza on top.” So I’m happy to follow up with a new, updated graphic displaying all that Pizzabons have to offer… Keep reading »
The sophisticated palate knows: A balance of savory and sweet makes the most satisfying treat. But even the least sophisticated tastes can appreciate the merits of chocolate and bacon. But together? Well, if you like dark chocolate and you like bacon (is there anyone who doesn’t?), you’re going to dig their love child, Mo’s Dark Chocolate Bacon Bar by Vosges. Once your mouth knows the bliss of consuming hickory smoked bacon, Alder wood smoked salt and and 62 percent dark chocolate together, no other chocolate bar will do. [$7.50, Vosges Chocolate]
I love to cook, but most of my friends don’t, and the way they tell it, figuring out meal ideas that don’t involve Chinese takeout containers is a constant struggle. So let’s talk easy recipes, shall we? I rounded up eight recipes that will have you in and out of the kitchen in 30 minutes or less (in some cases closer to 10!), don’t require expensive ingredients or complex techniques, and, most importantly, taste hella good. Ready to get cookin’? Click through to check ‘em out!