I just spotted the Otto Espresso maker on the Appliancist, which luckily has some pics of the gorgeous twist on classic stove top espresso since the Otto website isn’t quite ready, teasing me with an “Otto: the little guy’s coming” message. “The OTTO espresso maker is designed to produce two espresso shots with steam milk. An automatic cut off prevents burning of the coffee grind, and after the perfect amount of coffee is dispensed, the boiler primes itself for steaming of the milk to produce two perfect homemade lattes.”
Click the pics to find out more! TasteSpotting roundup! Totally late this week, my apologies, but while changing servers, had to rewrite pieces of my magical roundup tool! So here are some deliciously popular posts this week!
I rediscovered the work of YaYa Chou at the Tinlark Gallery Anniversary Show opening ~ her love of gummi bears is impressive… or perhaps its her hatred of them, constantly molding and manipulating them into new forms. At the show, she was showing her 2006 piece “Simon,” 7”X32”X30”, gummi bears, faux nailtops on wire armature and canvas - a gummi bear rug - and you should have seen these little kids diving at it, dying to lay on it and eat some (i wonder if any ever made it when no one was looking). Closeups from the show after the jump, as well as some of her other gummi pieces you may be familiar with, like the chandelier, creatures, and a porcelain boy covered in gummies…
Click the images to find out more! Here are 15 of the most popular posts on TasteSpotting this week to get your week started with some culinary inspiration.
366cm is the swiss design duo Sergio Streun and Vincent Schertenleib. Square is their beautifully subtle trivet that looks like a simple glossy black tile with laser engraved electronic cooker elements, but
as soon as you put a hot pot upon it, it quickly transforms to an orangy red glow that not only conveys the heat but looks beautiful as well.
Ooops. Nevermind, it would have been cooler if it changed!
Joey Roth’s Sorapot has come a long way, and after years of waiting we can finally all get our hands on one in 2008! In fact, Joey Roth is officially the *first* reader from NOTCOT i ever met in person ~ we met about 2.5 years ago when i was in NY doing our NOTed photoshoot, and he’s been a great friend and supporter to NOTCOT since! Well, you should be caught up on all your Sorapot news by now, and if not check out the video of it in action after the jump, but what this post is really about is the gorgeous new teacup design to match it! So why this design? Joey says “I designed this teacup to emphasize the the beauty of tea on glass while insulating your hand and tabletop from heat.” I must admit my favorite part was the base… at first it looked like a mercedes logo ~ perhaps a cute idea for a future mug is a peace sign base that leaves peace sign water marks when left on paper… See more close ups of his new Teacup below!
Click the images to see the posts! I think i might have a new weekend tradition of rounding up the most popular from the week on TasteSpotting! (or at least i’ll try this out for a little while and see how it goes!)… from faux sushi to foccacia, its been quite a drool worthy week as usual!
Although this post trilogy on Cup Noodles started out in good fun, and we found ourselves giggling and amused by the 20 ads as well as the custom Cup Noodles… we became inspired by the innovative thinking behind this brand when stumbling across a pdf from Nissin Foods about how “Cup Noodle Looks Ahead”, where President Komori sat down with Koki Ando, president of Nissin… For the most noteworthy excerpt first:
Making the impossible possible. One of my plans for our company is to double the number of ‘eccentrics’ in Nissin Foods. As a manufacturer, we must continue to make new breakthroughs. We must ‘make the impossible possible,’ and common-sense individuals often can’t accomplish this. Breakthroughs can only be achieved by those who are a bit eccentric. organizations, however, necessarily aim at efficiency, and eccentrics, who may only work one week out of a year tend, to vanish from the organization. When the chips are down, though, these people are capable of great feats. Corporate leadership must find and keep these valuable human resources. By ‘encouraging eccentrics’ we can achieve our impossible dreams.
Isn’t that an inspiring thing to hear someone in a corporation say? That passage has given me a whole new level of respect for Cup Noodle - don’t get me wrong, i’m also slightly horrified to find that the noodles are deep fried for efficiency, and are really mostly fat and salt… so luckily we don’t indulge in the college staple often! As for the sweet Eco Style Cup Noodle Refill pack? Read more below…
So while dan and i got sidetracked from “real work” researching the insanely bizarre world of Cup Noodles… you already saw the Custom Cup Noodles you can make at the factory/museum… well now we have 20 youtube ads embedded for you after the jump. We tried to just show a few, then dan found more and more amazing Cup Noodle Ads, and we couldn’t resist sharing the full collection with you. This all started with my discovery of the funniest cutest animated caveman ads that all end with HUNGRY? Cup O’ Noodles (in that slim jim ad type voice). As the pack of *tiny* cavemen race around to try and catch some very large prey… well, its just hilarious, watch a few! And after that, dan started finding more and more… the main campaigns being a No Border campaign that launched when Cup Noodles were going into space, showing how food could bring people together… and the most recent campaign is the Freedom campaign which is an anime series. So happy friday! Here is more than your usual dose of distraction ~
UPDATES… i just found one with the governator in it… and other hilarious japanese ones… added about 20 more ads.
On bizarre 4am spontaneous research projects… we just got inspired to learn far too much about Cup Noodle (or Cup O’ Noodles). Best thing we found? Ok well there’s a tie, but we’ll show you the other part in the next post… there is a Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum! And in that museum that is in the factory in Osaka ~ you can make CUSTOM Cup Noodles, where you draw on the cup, fill it with your noodles, choose your toppings and flavors (including cheese, curry, corn, the usuals), seal it up, plastic wrap it… and then even put it in a crazy inflatable bag! Anyhow, watch the videos below to see the custom Cup Noodle Bar, as well as how those noodles came to be as kids work with the factory workers (think crazy happy ikea meets wonka factory look) to make the noodles from scratch!
Click any of the 100 tiny images to find out more! In light of 2008 already being upon us, and the first year of TasteSpotting now behind us ~ dan wrote up a new toy for me to create some new roundups playing with popularity of posts! So what were some of the most popular delicious links of 2007? Explore above to find out! Happy 2008!
It’s been a spam-filled holiday season, why is it that spammers are attacking me with prospects of great fakes to order (who knew even spammers have boxing day sales?) and ways to enlarge and satisfy? But while cleaning through the multitude of flagged emails i’m far behind on, there was some REAL spam. The meaty kind… some fabulously ambitious TOASTVERTISING for the new Book Of Spam… from the guys who brought you the human flip book (remember those hundreds of tshirts that got printed for the animated advert? It was on .org as #6369), but now they toasted an animation frame by frame and by hand into 220 pieces of toast… thats more than there are pages in the Book Of Spam. See some screenshots as well as the advert itself AND the making of! (both are equally awesome and worth checking out for some toasty inspiration)
Click the images to find out more! While most other blogs seem to be taking some time off for the xmas/new years week, once again i might be doing the opposite and posting even more frequently in spurts… holidays never really play out to be the happiest of family reunion times, so i’ll probably be mentally escaping into my love of design, products, and in this case… cookies! Been playing with the idea of baking, and i can’t decide whether its because i feel like making something or whether all those tastespotters are getting to me with their cookies, cakes, and other delectable goodies this season! So here are more that are leading me into temptation… those top left Irish Coffee Brownies are calling out to me right now!
Click the cookies to find out more! Mmmmmm there are quite a few trends that surface on TasteSpotting and lately my cravings seem to think that it is officially cookie baking season, whether for gifting, for pleasure (yours and theirs), for kids, for family, for friends… So here are some delicious posts that have been showing up to inspire your inner baker.
Gift Guide Day 10! Can you believe we’re down to the final 10 gift guide countdown? Over 20 guides up so far already? So to mix things up a bit, and for those of you who like to take it all in at once, i’ve created a new page showing you all of the gift guides page after page, just scroll to shop your way through! And for those who like them one at a time, well today’s is still available in that form here.
Today is all about Culinary Gadgetry! Regardless of how much or little someone may cook these are some gorgeous design tools that help get the job done and in a really fun way. And as an extra little something, i needed to run the TasteSpotting survey this week, so anyone who wants a chance to win a Pentax Optio W30 Digicam, please answer the last question with your email! I wasn’t sure what a good prize would be, but since TasteSpotting is as much about great images of food as it is about cooking it… i thought a waterproof digital camera would be a fun one to survive any and all messes in the kitchen! Covered in goo? Falls in a pot? Just rinse it off!