What’s cooking? If you’re like me – you love Italian food, and you are also keen on design – then this new title from Electa is a total no-brainer, right? What’s not to love about a thorough documentation of all the wonderful ways that Italians have branded, advertised, packaged, and marketed their delicious cuisine over the last century or so? The author, Alberto Bassi, is an associate professor and director of Industrial Design at the University IUAV in Venice (Italy, not SoCal, duh!). The thick paperback tracks no less than 80 beloved Italian food products, from the initial concept through to packing, communication, and advertising. The impressive visual assets within FOOD DESIGN IN ITALY include drawings, posters, magazine ads, stills from T.V. commercials, and more. The lineup is mouthwateringly familiar for the most part, including the likes of Barilla pasta, San Pellegrino water, Campari aperitif, Bacci chocolates, Nutella spread, Illy coffee, and, I’m getting super hungry right now…gotta run. Ciao! [See More]
Several good friends have told me I need to check out the new pizza-themed show from VICE Munchies, which is called The Pizza Show. This episode is all about pizza in NYC. Now I’m starving hungry, and ready to go hunting for some pizza myself.
This recent no star review of Watts-based-healthy-fastfood-spot-turned-chain Locol, by NY Times critic Pete Wells has ruffled a lot of feathers! Here’s co-owner Roy Choi’s response on Instagram – he seems to be taking it in stride. Personally, I think Pete was a bit too harsh and arguably insensitive, but he makes a constructive point: the idea behind Locol is amazing; but the food is not mind-blowing. I’m more inclined to just support this kind of good initiative, versus critiquing it, but each unto their own.
Happy New Year! Took a break from posting here for a few days, which was nice. Here’s an interesting article by Gustavo Arellano for OC Weekly, on 10 Mexican Dishes Hipster Chefs Need to Get Over Already. Because poorly appropriating Mexican cuisine is so hot right now!
Over the weekend I signed a Change.org petition asking the popular SoCal burger chain In-N-Out to add a veggie burger to their menu. Here’s an interesting LA Times Opinion piece by Good Food Institute’s communications manager Emily Byrd (who started the petition) on all the madness that ensued.
Los Angeles is in for a tasty treat tomorrow as my talented friends at East Los Musubi put on a one-day-only musubi-themed art show in Chinatown, supported by their full menu of musubi madness. Participating artists include Benjie Escobar, Eric Dressen, Johnny Vampotna, Kaer, MR44, Scott Fuller, Sify Borrayo and many more.
I am quite loyal to Taco Bell as they are one of the only major fast food chains to offer a serious range of meatless and vegetarian options for your eating pleasure. Check out this feature on How To Eat Veggie at the Taco Bell website.