*notcot - 09.22.10 , 12:01 - 2 Notes

The Geometry of Pasta

geometryofpasta0.jpg The Geometry of Pasta ~ The Perfect Shape. The Perfect Sauce. I’m in love with this book. Geometric shapes ~ flat black and white graphics ~ its even perfect for babies! And you get the history of various pasta shapes as well as sauce recipes that pair perfectly with its exquisite shape. “The Geometry of Pasta pairs over 100 authentic recipes from critically acclaimed chef, Jacob Kenedy, with award-winning designer Caz Hildebrand’s stunning black-and-white designs to reveal the science, history and philosophy behind spectacular pasta dishes from all over Italy. A stunning fusion of design and food, The Geometry of Pasta tells you everything you need to know about cooking and eating pasta like an Italian.”

It’s really such a beautifully designed book, and everyone from college kids who may just be toying with feeding themselves to chefs, would have a great time with this one, it’s definitely going on my list for fun designer gifts. I’ve never unwrapped a book and been so tempted to frame up the dust jacket, but this one is just stunning!

Awesome teaser? “Plans are underway to launch a series of products inspired by The Geometry of Pasta featuring the distinctive graphic style used in the book, from an iphone app to kitchenwares and a range of pastas and sauces.”

So take a look at some of my favorite pages in the book on the next page! As well as a giant chart of pasta shapes!

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*notcot - , 10:20 - 0 Notes

Tasteologie Roundup

tasteologie #1140 tasteologie #1393 tasteologie #1359 tasteologie #1339 tasteologie #1417 tasteologie #1413 tasteologie #1348 tasteologie #1420 tasteologie #1345 tasteologie #1344 tasteologie #1370 tasteologie #1375 tasteologie #1439 tasteologie #1358 tasteologie #1330 tasteologie #1437 tasteologie #1433 tasteologie #1442 tasteologie #1381 tasteologie #1356 tasteologie #1342 tasteologie #1360 tasteologie #1350 tasteologie #1397 tasteologie #1402 A week into the world of Tasteologie and it has been SO fun exploring the intersection of food & design ~ or perhaps you can call it a study on the design OF food? Beyond recipes and posts we love around the web ~ there have been unique food gadgets and products, unexpected discoveries like Starbucks moon cakes, inhaleable fruit experiences, nacho infographics and more! As with all roundups ~ click the pics above to find out more!

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*notcot - , 01:19 - 0 Notes

Veuve Clicquot Harvest: The Food

harvest0.jpg It’s harvest time of year! And the nice folks at Veuve Clicquot brought me out to Paris/Reims once again for harvest ~ and blame it on Tasteologie, with food on the mind, i just had to share with you some of the yummier side of laborious grape picking Veuve style! For the look at the whole Harvest process, check out these pics from last year. And this year we had cheeky, chic black Harvest Staff tee shirts ~ most amusing of course was watching how the fashionable crowd immediately took to our limited resources out on the vineyard to start cutting them up with grape cutting shears to personalize them… so browse on to the next page to see a peek at what the food is like throughout the day… a slight twist on what “real” harvesters eat throughout the season…

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*notcot - 09.20.10 , 09:10 - 3 Notes

Breakfast in my Hatch at Tremoille

hatch1.jpg It’s the details that get me… like, given the option to have breakfast “Placed in your hatch” while at Hotel Tremoille in Paris ~ how can you NOT select it? And it’s AMAZING! So from the outside of the room, there are two doors, the main one you go in, and a half width one that’s just mysterious. From the inside, there’s a door next to the main door that opens to what feels like a closet with some shelves… Well, come morning, you hear a door open (which could be next door!) and then a light knock, and that’s it. It was like waiting for santa to come. Then you run over, open the HATCH, and suddenly, there it is ~ breakfast!

Ah, the simple things in life. So amusing, had to share! Also, it looks like your shoes and laundry may be deposited like that as well… check out pics to make sense of what i’m talking about on the next page!

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*notcot - 09.15.10 , 11:10 - 0 Notes

Tasteologie Roundup

tasteologie #1165 tasteologie #1273 tasteologie #1135 tasteologie #1216 tasteologie #1245 tasteologie #1288 tasteologie #1111 tasteologie #1250 tasteologie #1121 tasteologie #1296 tasteologie #1173 tasteologie #1162 tasteologie #1097 tasteologie #1244 tasteologie #1088 tasteologie #1129 tasteologie #1253 tasteologie #1187 tasteologie #1154 tasteologie #1172 tasteologie #1251 tasteologie #1297 tasteologie #1234 tasteologie #1208 tasteologie #1276 Just in case you don’t know where to start ~ since we’ve been quietly working on Tasteologie for ages trying to figure out exactly what type of food content fits the NOTCOT lifestyle… there are already over 1300 posts of things we love in there! SO, here’s a roundup of some of my favorites to get you exploring.

p.s. here’s a hint: you can toggle between GRID (normal!) view and Individual Post view by clicking the post number!

p.p.s. can you believe those ravioli looking creatures on the bottom left are really deep fried beer?

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*notcot - , 11:00 - 1 Notes

Tasteologie Launching Today!

Tasteologie.jpg It’s here! It’s finally here! I’m so excited, it feels like christmas morning. That giddiness and nervousness officially showing you guys a project we’ve been quietly preparing for some time now… Tasteologie! It’s been a while since we’ve done food properly, and with so many amazing culinary inspirations surfacing across the sites ~ and getting more fascinated by where our food comes from as well as impressive kitchen gadgetry and incredible edible experiences… it was clear we needed to bring back a section dedicated to food here in the NotEmpire!

So take a look at it here ~ Tasteologie!

You can also follow along on Twitter… and feel free to let us know what you think in the comments! As usual, this is a Curated User Submissions site ~ just like NOTCOT.org, NotCouture, and Liqurious ~ so you can submit a post, and our editors go through and clean them up and arrange them to create the inspiring front pages!

Quick shout out to the amazing folks at American Express - particularly the new Zync card! - for being SO supportive of NOTCOT getting back into the culinary side of life! They are definitely a dream partner in launching this, and honestly, i ADORE the ads and the new Zync card design! See the ads over at Tasteologie, they are gorgeous! So, thank you, amex!!!Click Here

*rugenius - 09.10.10 , 01:33 - 0 Notes

Liqurious Roundup

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Quench your thirst with this luscious roundup from Liqurious. To find out more about each delectable post, click on its individual image.

*notcot - , 01:30 - 8 Notes

Outstanding In The Field Farm Dinners

outstanding.jpg This could easily be a post about amazing photographs of seemingly endless dinner tables trailing off into breathtakingly magnificent landscapes… in fact, i have a hard time just getting past the images you’ll see on the next page enough to tell you why, beyond the table imagery, Outstanding In The Field is SO spectacular! (Quick side note: How fun is their LOGO?) The main image above is at County Line Harvest, Petaluma, CA ~ the swing just makes me smile.

Ok, but moving beyond the beautiful images of endless tables… (You can see plenty more of that on the next page too!) A friend of mine was telling me about these a few months back, but i had forgotten the name, and just discovered the website tonight! Outstanding In The Field hosts incredible farm dinners, bringing together farmers, celebrated chefs, and eager diners alike. From humble beginnings of “farmers dinners” in Santa Cruz hosted by chef and artist (whose work you definitely know if you’re reading this!), Jim Denevan in the summer of 1998… which coupled with his brother, Bill, a “pioneering organic grower in California was one of those farmers that brought his ingredients and his story to the restaurant.”… evolved into dinners on the farm! Now, over a decade later it has grown into a series of traveling around the world hosting Farm Dinner events as well as private events. Are you hooked yet? I’m seriously bummed right now that the remaining Los Angeles dinners are sold out already… perhaps we will need to think about a NOTCOT private dinner? Let’s discuss that more in the comments though… for now ~ go fall in love with the images on the next page!

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*notcot - 08.28.10 , 20:20 - 2 Notes

Normann Copenhagen Wine & Bar

wine1.jpg New from Aurelien Barbry for Normann Copenhagen ~ beautiful cork wine stoppers and wine pourers! Both designs are sculptural ~ there are 4 stopper designs, and most intriguing is the pourer, which hides the metal spout within the cork! see close ups of them all on the next page!

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*rugenius - 08.27.10 , 03:30 - 0 Notes

Liqurious Roundup

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What a gorgeous round of drinks we have over at Liqurious. To find out more about each post, click on the individual images.

*notcot - 08.21.10 , 14:50 - 14 Notes

Water Bobble by Karim Rashid

bobble0.jpg Ok. I gave in today at A+R to the Karim Rashid Water Bobble Water Bottle… First thing to note… its a water bottler that filters your water through the cap… so put tap water, drinking fountain water, etc in there, and suck it out filtered! Also for color commitmentphobes… when you replace the filter, you really replace the whole cap. So swap colors every 2 months (or more frequently even!) to keep things fresh and delicious. Also, nothing you need more after a night out than a bottle of water next to your bed, so it’s definitely a good night to test this squishy bottle out! And honestly, it’s making tap water taste pretty good! BUT, the bottle is far softer than i expected, and you can’t exactly chug water out of this bottle since you really have to squeeze/suck it out and let it re-inflate a bit before the next round. Also, as you squeeze it, if you squeeze/suck it as hard as you can, it does start to create more creases in the bottle itself that you can feel in addition to the main seam. Biggest design flaw is it’s lack of a valve to let air back into the bottle easily… Though that is slightly annoying, on first impressions, it is definitely prettier in person than i expected from the pictures circulating online! … and new smaller and larger sizes coming out any day now too! See more pics on the next page!

p.s. i kind of wish the cap/filter would just fit on random water bottles or plastic bottles i have around… then you can just add the cap/filters to nearly anything!

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*notcot - 08.17.10 , 17:40 - 4 Notes

The Magic of Fake Ice - Cubes, Slush, etc.

fakeice0.jpg On more random experiments today ~ part of Jackson’s photoshoot for Marcia’s new Cocktail book going on at my house… i get to play with all kinds of prop ICE! In slushy form (from powder to slush, just add water) - fake cubes - fake less rounded rubbery cubes - magical condensation that doesn’t drip… and makes warm drinks in the hot sun look more appealing… Fascinating goodies from Special Effects Unlimited in Hollywood! Take a peek at the experiments on the next page…

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*notcot - , 15:28 - 3 Notes

Super Mini Angostura Bitters

bitters1.jpg Marcia (our Liqurious Editor!) is over at my house doing the photoshoot for her upcoming Cocktail book (more to come on that…) ~ and she brought me the most adorable present from her Tales of the Cocktail adventures in New Orleans! The teeny tiniest little 2” tall bottle of Angostura Bitters! It definitely reminds me of the little tabasco’s… so on adorable packaging scaled waaaaay down to a tiny glass bottle, check out more pics of it amongst the photoshoot bottles taking over my kitchen today!

p.s. Awesome email factoid that came in from Elywn - “Angostura uses an oversized label because when it was first started, the product was made in the Caribbean and the labels were printed in England. The labels arrived and were much bigger than the bottle….they had no alternative, so they stuck ‘em on - oversize and all….and the rest is history!!!” Ha!

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*notcot - 08.16.10 , 17:23 - 4 Notes

Art in the Age of… Snap Sampling + Root

snaproot0.jpg On awesome packaging and samples… Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction just launched SNAP! The follow up spirit to ROOT! And they were kind enough to send over a sample ~ which of course came adorably packaged! Custom tissue paper, fun sticker, awesome bottle, and all! See lots of pics on the next page!

So far we’ve only tasted quick sips, so, perhaps more to come on playing around with them in cocktails and in delicious recipes like… Root infused Pecan Pie? But for now ~ pics of the gorgeous branding, packaging, and illustrations all on the next page!

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*rugenius - 08.13.10 , 00:00 - 0 Notes

Liqurious Roundup

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There are plenty of drinks to whet your appetite over at Liqurious. Here are just a few selections to get you started. Click the individual images to find out more.

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