Posts by Bobby Solomon

Why drink alcohol when you can breath it instead?

Two of the most unique thinkers in food these days are the unlikely duo of Sam Bompas and Harry Parr, who together form Bompas & Parr (yes, it’s very original). They rose to fame by forming jelly into fantastic shapes like national monuments, full-blown cityscapes, crafting glow-in-the-dark drinks and a installing a green river on the roof of Selfridges.

These days their experiments are getting even more fascinating like their newest project Alcoholic Architecture.

Bompas & Parr’s Alcoholic Architecture is live in Borough Market, featuring a walk-in cloud of breathable cocktail. The installation is an alcoholic weather system for your tongue where meteorology and mixology collide against a canvas of monastic mayhem, referencing the gothic splendour of neighbouring Southwark Cathedral.

This concept is phenomenal and turns the standard convention of drinking on it’s head. The project will run until early 2016 so get there while you can.

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1/ Is finding the right condom challenging? Taiwan designer Guan-Hao Pan has created a series of condoms based on the, *ahem*, girths, of various fruits and vegetables, ensuring the right fit. Beware, much like produce, a wrong choice could result in a bruised ego.

2/ Shake Ramen, a new LA food truck, is reinventing traditional Japanese abura soba. They’re sealing the noodles, sauce, a protein, and other yummy sides into boba cups which you shake, then enjoy.

3/ Love space? Love wine? This NAPA t-shirt is made for you. The detail of the cork-shaped comet really nails it.

4/ I have a huge amount of respect for Andrew Zimmern and what he does. This interview with Munchies he did while traveling through Oaxaca highlights exactly why.

5/ If you feel like coffee making is a mystical, dark art then perhaps you should check out this Blue Bottle Skillshare class? BB Director of Traning Michael Phillips has an hour worth of videos teaching how to make a basic cup of joe to move advanced, barista-y shit.

6/ Fellow resident has a lovely interview with Beau Ciolino about his site Probably This, his work as a food blogger, and all the things he loves about his hometown of New Orleans.

‘Morbo’ explores the thin limit between the aesthetic and unpleasantness

I came across this intriguing series of images titled Morbo the other day and was stunned by them. Created by Six & Five Studio, which was founded by Andy Reisinger and Ezequiel Pini, these hyperrealistic works are a melange of real life forms twisted together into unsettling still life pieces, mixtures of natural and invented truths.

I feel like their disfigurement is a part of their beauty. There’s so many interesting facets to each of these pieces that I can’t help but stare in awe. It’s like when you see a person with a peculiar nose or a mouth slightly too large. You’re not staring to be rude, you’re staring because you haven’t seen features quite like that before. These unusual forms feel so real to your brain (despite being computer generated) that you can’t help but try to understand them.

Handmade picnic whisky set by Peter Ivy

As a part of Wallpaper* magazine’s annual handmade issue, glassblower Peter Ivy has created the ultimate whisky vessel: a “one-glass whisky set” which contains a stoppered bottle and a glass stacked on top of it, held together with a copper frame and adorned with a bamboo handle. I love these because their forms are so simple and timeless. Plus, how crazy would you look carrying a giant carafe of whisky to a one person picnic? You’d be a regular Ernest Hemingway.

On a side note, I believe the copper colored weight shaped object in the glass is actually an “ice cube” to cool the whisky. Anyone know if that’s true and who makes them?

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1/ Is it possible to improve ice cream? Scientists are working on a version that’s not only creamier, but will also never melt.

2/ McDonald’s will begin selling their breakfast menu items all day long starting on Oct 6. Time will tell if this turns around their slumping sales.

3/ A lighter and stronger version of carbon fiber is on the horizon. The secret ingredient? Carrot pulp and other root vegetables.

4/ Adam Rapoport, editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit magazine, is taking a break from rosé. There are other wines out there, right?

5/ Regardless of your thoughts on these fishy little friends, sardines certainly do come in some rather beautiful packaging.

6/ Salad is completely overrated and here’s an entire article explaining why.

Kith Treats is the ultimate cereal bar

When you think of ultra-rare collectible sneakers the next thing that pops into your head probably isn’t cereal. That is unless you happen to be Ronnie Fieg who in 2011 opened Kith in Manhattan, and recently opened one of the most well-designed footwear and apparel stores in Brooklyn. As a part of the opening also came Kith Treats, a cereal bar that offers 23 options of cereal to mix with any of our 25 assorted toppings and 5 different milks. Recently Grub Street spoke to Fieg about the concept and as it turns out, he simply loves cereal that much, and has for a very long time.

I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like cereal. It’s one of those things that you love growing up, and then when you get older you end up having it because you want to feel like a kid again. For me it’s never been about being like a kid again, though. I’ve just loved cereal my entire life. It’s weird.

If cereal isn’t your thing, perhaps Kith Treat’s can offer you an Ice Cream Cereal Swirl? It’s a swirled vanilla ice cream cereal confection that’s supposed to be game changing. I mean, could you say no to the image below?

Kith Treats

High life: 8 designer bottle openers

1/ Minimalist II by J. L. Lawson & Co.
Described as a “minimalist key shackle” this bottle opener is milled form solid brass and fitted with a blackened steel pin. This is the brutalist bottle opener you never knew you needed.

2/ Lustre Bottle Opener by Kelly Wearstler
Is it geographic? Is it melting? Perhaps it’s Kelly Wearstler’s fingerprint? Either way this abstract bottle opener is sure to grab the attention of your guests.

3/ Crest Bottle Opener by Fort Standard
I dig this cast bronze opener because of it’s masonic vibes and the fact you can personalize it with an 8 character maximum. A simple blend of art and function.

4/ Brass Squirrel Bottle Opener by Jonathan Adler
Jonathan Adler is simply the best. There are few people who can get way with being ridiculous and upscale at the same time (though Ms. Wearstler is high on that list as well). This little squirrelfriend is hand sculpted by Adler’s team in NY, then cast in brass and polished to a mirror finish.

5/ Sphere Bottle Opener by Areaware
Fort Standard gets another shoutout on the list for their collaboration with Areaware. Made of solid beech wood I’d say this is the most minimal of all the openers on this list, as well as the most affordable.

6/ Barbara Bottle Opener by Thomas Sandell and Skultuna
This is one of my favorites on the list for being so blatantly opulent in it’s design. There’s a visual and literal heft to it’s ergonomic shape. You feel like you’re going to lift a bar of gold to open your High Life.

7/ Bulla Bottle Opener by Valerio Sommella for Alessi
Of all the openers on the list this is truly a piece of art that happens to perform the incredibly mundane task of opening a bottle. This is perfect description: “Bulla is the result of reflection into the adoption of natural shapes that do not immediately reveal their origins but which, even without explicitly announcing it, may have a purpose.”

8/ Bottle Key by Makr
And then sometimes you don’t want to fuck around, you just want something to open your damn beer. The Bottle Key by Makr is that option, the thing I carry around in my pocket every day.

Saffron, better than the spice

With my crazy work schedule I don’t tend to find new music, but thankfully I have Kyle to introduce me to the best that’s out there. Recently he turned me on to Saffron, a New York based musician who has a couple of great EPs out, both of which you can listen to on Soundcloud. I’m pretty horrible at describing music so here’s how his label 1080p describes his sound.

Saffron’s hybridized genre builds include trip-hop, moody downtempo, sturdy walking-paced house and crunchy IDM with low key cinematics drifting throughout. A multitude of textures protrude from a general coating of slick motion and moods that hover above meticulous bass grooves and piano lines, blending an undisguised sense of proficiency and surface-obsessed sensibilities with sincere and overtly “soulful” tones.

In layperson terms it means he blends quite a lot of genres into one experimental, electronic sound. I find his music amazing to work to, it keeps my mind active and creative. Of all the tracks on this EP my personal favorite is “Rampwalk” which I’ve been playing on repeat a lot.