*notcot - 01.31.12 , 10:51 - 1 Notes

Sweet Potato Latkes & Smoked Apple Sauce

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Our Tasteologie editor, Jackson, took on the challenge of shaking the usual up to mix and match unexpected tastes for a surprisingly delicious experiment this weekend! Here are his results!

My favorite thing about food, apart from its uncanny ability to keep me alive, is its flexibility. Flavors, textures, ingredients, regions… can all swivel about and inject new life or old comfort into just about anything. Growing up, some of my favorite meals came from visiting relatives down in North Carolina. The flavors of soul food and bbq just make me smile. Other friends have some of the same warm fuzzy feelings of family and home associated with Jewish food during the holidays. Combining the two together seemed like something we had to do.

We’d been playing around with smokers lately and I was keen to put one back to work. Inspiration came in the form of the wonderful smoked applesauce from The Gorbals in downtown LA. On a lazy Sunday afternoon the course became clear… sweet potato latkes with a smoked apple sauce. See the process on the next page…

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*notcot - 01.29.12 , 20:53 - 4 Notes

Corkers - Pushpin Cork Creatures

corker1.jpg These made my day. Corkers are a design collaboration between Oded Friedland and Reddish Studio for Monkey Business are push pins that you can prick into wine/champagne corks to turn them into little creatures! The options are ‬Monkey‭, ‬Deer‭, ‬Buffalo‭, ‬Bear‭, ‬Bunny‭ ‬&‭ ‬Crow. The packaging turns it into a fun wine bottle hang tag/gift ~ perfect for the next bottle of wine… Take a peek at more details up close on the next page.

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*notcot - , 19:30 - 1 Notes

The Grilled Cheeses of Little Bear

 littlebear1.jpg Exploring the culinary side of LA ~ our Tasteologie editor, Jackson, had a fun chat with Chef Andre Guerrero about their variety of speciality grilled cheeses and beer director Ryan Sweeney about their Belgian brews over at Little Bear. Here’s a look at his latest adventure:

I love grilled cheese. It is the combination of two of humankind’s oldest food products. As it is about ten thousand years old… we’ve had lots of practice in eating and making this comfort food staple. Little Bear, a new bar in downtown L.A., offers a quartet of interesting grilled cheeses to go along with its amazingly well curated selection of Belgian Beer. It is a fantastic addition to Los Angeles’s Arts District and fits into the growing local network of lofts, artists, artisans, film shoots, factories, and restaurants. Little Bear brings nuance and great attention to detail raising otherwise straight forward food and beer into a warm comforting embrace. I couldn’t resist sampling their entire grilled cheese lineup! See more pics on the next page!

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*notcot - 01.27.12 , 12:15 - 1 Notes

Japanese Dark Choc Kit Kat

kitkat0.jpg What is it about Japanese Kit Kats that are just THAT much more delicious ~ and beautifully packaged ~ and the dark chocolatiness is amazing too… Gave in to this at the Mitsuwa last night and it was too delicious and cute not to share. It looks like you can even add your own messages on the pack of the individually wrapped pairs that are nestled within the matte/gloss mixed outer box. One if particularly twitter looking… take a peek on the next page!

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*notcot - 01.22.12 , 16:20 - 1 Notes

Chandelier Creative Surf Shack Honey

surfshack0.jpg Over the summer, our friend’s at Chandelier Creative had an awesome Surf Shack in Montauk… and around the surf shack, they also have beehives filled with 20,000 honeybees! Well, come new years, a fun jar of honey arrived (part of their 75 limited edition bottles)~ “Our Chandelier bees will each have flown over 500 miles: feeding in gardens from the McMansions in the Hamptons to the surf-side gardens. Our queen bees kept a loving eye over all their devoted workers ensuring they made the best honey possible. So from our hive to yours, we wish you a sweet 2012.” What a fun way to ring in 2012… take a peek at last summer and an unboxing of this playfully delicious honey on the next page!

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*notcot - 01.20.12 , 16:40 - 0 Notes

Button Steak Thermometers

rare1.jpg On silly random impulse buys, these quarter/euro sized button steak thermometers were too cute. They worked just as expected, needle moving once they started to get hot… and had a perfect medium rare deliciousness for lunch. They are just adorable ~ so see a few more silly pics of them on the next page! Tempting to make new images for them with fun icons…

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*rugenius - 01.12.12 , 08:50 - 0 Notes

Tasteologie + Liqurious Roundup

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Liqueur caviar, homemade marshmallows, and eskimo kisses are all a part of our weekly roundup from Tasteologie and Liqurious. To find out more about each delicious post, click on its individual image.

*notcot - 12.28.11 , 12:15 - 1 Notes

Liqurious Top 100 of 2011

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*notcot - 12.26.11 , 20:25 - 1 Notes

UncommonGoods Pancake Plates

pancake1.jpg I’m not sure which part is more fun right now ~ the idea of a Pancake Plate (where, of course, the syrup flows down the slope into its special syrup reservoir to avoid over soaked pancakes!) or the Pirate Chef logo by John Wye, who designed the pancake plates. I could have used these when tackling these pigs in a blanket at the UncommonGoods exclusive ~ bummer that there aren’t any with the Pirate Chef logo on them ~ see more details (and other pirate chef goodness) on the next page!

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*rugenius - 12.21.11 , 01:35 - 0 Notes

Tasteologie + Liqurious Roundup

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Get cooking for the holidays with classic holiday eggnog, cheesecake gingerbread bites, candy cane popcorn and more from Tasteologie and Liqurious. To find out more about each delectable delight, click on its individual image.

*notcot - 12.20.11 , 07:40 - 0 Notes

Holiday Breakfast for Dinner: Grilling!

holidaygrill0.jpgThis post is part of NOTCOT Having Fun In The Dark series sponsored by Canon Powershot’s Your Second Shot While taking pictures in the dark often means standing super still, you may still end up with more graininess than usual… armed with Canon’s low-light HS SYSTEM, you can trust the tech to help you capture the perfect shot the first time!

I love a good breakfast… and somehow its even more fun when it’s breakfast for dinner. While exploring holiday lights ~ we got hungry ~ and while joking around about breakfast for dinner holiday style ~ the challenge arose to Jackson Stakeman, our Tasteologie editor, to cook us a holiday breakfast for dinner… on his grill! Rising to the occasion he created a delicious variation of Steak & Eggs… and pancakes! All gift wrapped with a bow… and holiday lights! Take a peek at the delicious fun on the next page…

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*rugenius - 12.14.11 , 22:45 - 0 Notes

Tasteologie + Liqurious Roundup

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Eggnog, holiday bark and candy coal are all part of this week’s delectable roundup from Tasteologie and Liqurious. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

*rugenius - 11.30.11 , 00:18 - 0 Notes

Tasteologie + Liqurious Roundup

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Cubist martinis, delicately sugared cranberries and pears dipped in chocolate are all part of this week’s roundup from Tasteologie and Liqurious. To find out more about each delectable delight, click on its individual image.

*rugenius - 11.28.11 , 19:12 - 0 Notes

The Saint Brewing Co.

saint1.jpg Fresh in from our London-based editor Justine Aw.

We were honored to receive bottle 1/100 of Saint beer, a British made craft lager from The Saint Brewing Co. The gorgeous green bottle came in a cozy box snuggled up against a wintry Nordic Knit Scarf from You Must Create (YMC). Once chilled to perfection, the lager was crisp and hoppy without being too bitter or too bubbly. If you too “…want to go down in history as one of the first 100 people in Britain to experience Saint, please enter your email address below.” ~ well, not quite below, but on their website… you can also see some of the bottling pics at Selectism. Take a peek at the beautiful design and handwritten note up close on the next page!

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*rugenius - 11.24.11 , 16:37 - 0 Notes

Bompas & Parr’s Adventure Hamper

bp-adventure-hamper-main.jpg Leave it to Sam and Harry, the jellymongering duo Bompas & Parr, to help us celebrate this holiday season with an ‘Adventure Hamper’ unlike any other. Available from the 15th of December at Selfridges. The hamper is not your usual fare (no stodgy puddings here!), instead it’s an adventure ready pack that comes with a guide book and manual for your adventure and the hamper comes filled with “functional pickles and jams that will help with malaria, altitude sickness, insect bites and jellyfish stings to more exotic kit like the hand customised ice axe, and a Magnum of a Piper-Heidsieck Rare Vintage 1998 to celebrate the successful expedition.”

Find out more about the Adventure Hamper, including a full list of what’s inside on the next page! And we can’t wait to see what the boys get up to with their accompanying in store installation to be unveiled in December!

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