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Roundup Maddness!

notcotorg #8541 notcotorg #8533 notcotorg #8560 notcotorg #8513 notcotorg #8500 tastespotting #8589 tastespotting #8580 tastespotting #8559 tastespotting #8470 tastespotting #8389 notcouture #1518 notcouture #1557 notcouture #1522 notcouture #1554 notcouture #1516Roundup time! Trying something new again ~ i LOVE the roundups, i think its such a nice way to get a condensed speedy overview of what's been going on across the curated user submissions sites (NOTCOT.org, TasteSpotting, and NotCouture), but i've been finding myself quite torn. I just don't love the look of NOTCOT.com being cluttered with so many roundups on the front page at one time... yet there is so much awesome stuff on all the sites, i can't bear to pick one of the three... anyhow, so here's the new idea. Above you see three rows of 5 of my favorites across the sites! And after the jump you can see the top 24 from the last week of all three sites! So as always: Click the pics to find out more! and yes TasteSpotting's row is themed for people who might need some Valentine's inspiration.

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Miracle Fruit Review

miracle_fruit.jpgMmm Magic Berries. (I prefer that name for it.) Today i received some Miracle Fruit in the mail, and after much research and curiosity, did a bit of grocery shopping for bitter/sour foods, and then came the ultimate test (these tiny berries turn anything sour/bitter SWEET)! Pictures galore after the jump... and for those who haven't heard of these magic berries, here's the short version of their magic powers and background (also see the full wikipedia entry on it):

"The Miracle Fruit Plant, sometimes known as Miracle Berry, or Magic Berry (Sideroxylon dulcificum/Synsepalum dulcificum) is a plant first documented by an explorer named Des Marchais during a 1725 excursion to its native West Africa. Marchais noticed that local tribes picked the berry from shrubs and chewed it before meals. It is an evergreen plant that produces small red berries, with flowers that are white and which are produced for many months of the year. The seeds are about the size of coffee beans. The berry is sweet, and contains an active glycoprotein molecule, with some trailing carbohydrate chains, called miraculin. When the fleshy part of the fruit is eaten, this molecule binds to the tongue's taste buds, causing bitter and sour foods (such as lemons and limes) consumed later to taste sweet. This effect lasts between thirty minutes and two hours. It is not a sweetener, as its effects depend on what is eaten afterwards, but has been used to sweeten bitter medicines." See after the jump for how it went:

UPDATE ~ rumor has it that these berries might also be perfect for valentine's day, and not just because they are red. Their ability to help turn things sweet can be very handy...

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TasteSpotting Roundup

tastespotting #7960 tastespotting #8046 tastespotting #8039 tastespotting #7914 tastespotting #8004 tastespotting #8011 tastespotting #7971 tastespotting #7936 tastespotting #8058 tastespotting #7917 tastespotting #7961 tastespotting #7923 tastespotting #7951 tastespotting #8045 tastespotting #7952 tastespotting #8136 tastespotting #8114 tastespotting #8000 tastespotting #7976 tastespotting #7916 tastespotting #7938 tastespotting #7924 tastespotting #8042 tastespotting #8035Click the pics to find out more! Wow what a week its been over at TasteSpotting... honestly there was so much incredibly drool worthy deliciousness there this week, i dont know how i manage to not try to cook and consume it all. Looks like stand out trends this week were definitely those Cake Pops of Bakerella, who also brought us Oreo Balls and Nutter Butter Balls. There were also home made pop tarts this week! And my favorite and most inspiring post of all truly was Steamy Kitchen sharing her photo "food porn room" studio with us all! It certainly helped answer my questions about how some of the TasteSpotters get such beautiful imagery of their home cooked delights!

Oh, and if you click through any of those, you may have noticed a little experiment (in beta phases - still cleaning up design) on both notcot.org and TasteSpotting... we now have permalink pages... which also mean a single post view... where you can browse linearly (for those who dont like the overwhelming all at once view!)... AND you can play with the RANDOMIZER feature i've long begged for (and can spend hours exploring the nearly 9000 posts with now)... you can even try using Keybord Shortcuts! (although i haven't put up the image about this on the sites yet... try ctrl+r, <, > keys on mac, and use alt instead of ctrl on a pc).

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Bittersweets for Vday

bsvday1.jpgOk, i'm not a big fan of Valentine's Day. And certainly wasn't expecting any this year... or this early! But a Despair, Inc. generated email from Jef (you can see what he sent after the jump) ~ tipped me off to these hilarious Bittersweets. Just in time for Valentine's day, these candy hearts come in three tin variations: Dejected, Dysfunctional, and Dumped. "Dejected" sayings include: I MISS MY EX | PEAKED AT 17 | MAIL ORDER | TABLE FOR 1 | I CRY ON Q | U C MY BLOG? | LOSS LEADER | A FINE WHINE | MOMMY ISSUES | DIGNITY FREE | DORK MAGNET | PURE NAUSEA | WE HAD PLANS | MAIL ORDER | SETTLE 4LESS | I'M HOT INSIDE. "Dysfunctional" sayings include: ANNULMENT | I BEEN CREEPIN | HE CAN LISTEN | GAME ON TV | CALL A 900# | P.S. I LUV ME | DO MY DISHES | BOOTY INFL8N | PAROLE IS UP! | AWFUL INLAWS | SUB PRIME | I WANT HALF | RETURN 2 PIT | NO FIX 4 DUMB | RATHER DRINK | MUTUAL DISGUST. "Dumped" sayings include: I GOT SOBER | HE FIT U FAT | U LEFT SEATUP | USED U 4 FUN | JUST A FRIEND | BACK 2 KENNEL | DORKA PHOBIC | U HAVE A BLOG | RUSSIAN BRIDE | CELEB8 THX2U | DOG IS CUTER | TRADIN YOU IN | FORGET WE MET | KISS A FROG | SHE IS 22! | HE HAS A JOB. Wow. See more images after the jump!

p.s. Despair Inc is the company behind those Demotivators posters.

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TasteSpotting's Best Of Bacon

tastespotting #228 tastespotting #579 tastespotting #666 tastespotting #2749 tastespotting #4241 tastespotting #5456 tastespotting #6150 tastespotting #6758 tastespotting #6329 tastespotting #7030 tastespotting #7198 tastespotting #7793 tastespotting #7859 tastespotting #7891 tastespotting #7908Click the images to find out more! Wow. On trends that i can't quite comprehend... BACON. Sure we've all been seeing the bacon toys, bandaids, etc floating around, but i am impressed that there are over 80 posts on TasteSpotting on bacon... and here are 15 of the most unique... we have: Bacon and cheese scones. Bacon wrapped tofu. Bacon weave. Bacon vodka. Bacon salt. Bacon wrapped asparagus. Bacon cookies. Bacon candy. Bacon kettle corn. Bacon dark chocolate. Bacon cupcakes. The Baconator. Bacon wrapped monkfish. Bacon alarm clock (yes it wakes you up with fresh bacon). Bacon spa wrap.

So really, what IS it about bacon that people love so much? Enlighten me?

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TasteSpotting Roundup

tastespotting #7639 tastespotting #7601 tastespotting #7655 tastespotting #7598 tastespotting #7613 tastespotting #7599 tastespotting #7629 tastespotting #7637 tastespotting #7661 tastespotting #7611 tastespotting #7632 tastespotting #7625 tastespotting #7617 tastespotting #7626 tastespotting #7640Click 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!

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YaYa Chou's Gummies

gummirug00.jpgI 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...

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Anatomical Bull + Tuna

cowfish1.jpgThis one goes out to all the carnivores, biologists, and butchers who read NOTCOT... i went by the opening at GR2 saturday night, and when i popped by the original Giant Robot store, i couldn't help it but i totally had to buy two of these silly Gotochi Dissection Animals... See? I buy things sometimes not because i need or want them, but because i just really want to take a bunch of pictures to share with you. So after the jump you can see my full coffee table photoshoot of a tiny bull and tuna showing what i imagine to be the different edible anatomical portions of both - check out images of the packaging, and fun closeups of both... as well as all the other models GR has in store.

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Handpresso

handpresso.jpgHandpresso... i've been intrigued by this french contraption since i first laid eyes on it over at Acquire a few days ago (i haven't a clue why i've taken so long writing/editing this post bit by bit). And their ads crack me up ~ particularly the one with the french couple in a movie theater trying to be all suggestive while pumping up the espresso, getting the cups ready, etc. It's a beautiful contraption that looks like a nicely design mini bike pump you feed a packet of espresso (the premade type - pics below) and some hot water into for a perfectly brewed cup of espresso? I'm skeptical, but curious... see pics and videos after the jump as well as some of the accessories you can buy to go with.

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TasteSpotting Roundup

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Teacup for Sorapot

soratea.jpgJoey 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!

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TasteSpotting Roundup

tastespotting #6985 tastespotting #7049 tastespotting #7003 tastespotting #7106 tastespotting #7018 tastespotting #6997 tastespotting #7072 tastespotting #7034 tastespotting #6995 tastespotting #7109 tastespotting #6980 tastespotting #7038 tastespotting #7006 tastespotting #7013 tastespotting #7012Click 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!

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Nissin Cup Noodle: The Brand

ecostylecn.jpgAlthough 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...

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Nissin Cup Noodle Ads

cupnoodleads.jpgSo 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.

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My Cup Noodle Factory

mycupnoodlefactory.jpgOn 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!

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TasteSpotting 100 of 2007

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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!

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Toastvertising ~ for SPAM

toastvertising.jpgIt'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)

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TasteSpotting Cookie Roundup

TasteSpotting #6848TasteSpotting #6847TasteSpotting #6838TasteSpotting #6834TasteSpotting #6828TasteSpotting #6823TasteSpotting #6811TasteSpotting #6798TasteSpotting #6780TasteSpotting #6763TasteSpotting #6762TasteSpotting #6747TasteSpotting #6727TasteSpotting #6810TasteSpotting #6826Click 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!

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New Feature: Live Footers

tsorg.jpgThe footers for NOTCOT.org and TasteSpotting are now live and actually showing the latest posts on the other sites in mini-form! I designed these a few months ago, but didn't have the time/resources to get them coded to show you the latest, so i'd been making them by hand in the interim... and now that Dan has joined me full time to work on our sites, this is the first of many exciting new features and ideas we're working on! So next time you're checking out the sites, take a look at the far bottom to see what is new across the network! (and if you have ideas for other features we may not have thought of, feel free to leave a note)

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TasteSpotting Cookies

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Gift Guide Day 10

day10com.jpgGift 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!

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TasteSpotting Roundup

TasteSpotting #6415TasteSpotting #6406TasteSpotting #6398TasteSpotting #6392TasteSpotting #6391TasteSpotting #6387TasteSpotting #6380TasteSpotting #6379TasteSpotting #6350TasteSpotting #6347Click the images to find out more! Here's some culinary inspiration for the day from TasteSpotting!

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Christmas Survival Chocolate

survivex.jpgSeeing as i'm pretty much lost in a state of continuous consumption with this holiday season - particularly thanks to the gift guides - it was nice to be gifted with this "Christmas Survival Chocolate" this morning... nothing like some playful graphic design to help you hang in there, and it doesn't hurt that its filled with chocolate! By New Zealand brand, Bloomberry, this line of playfully wrapped confections is quite cute ~ but the signage like figures on the xmas pack are definitely the best. Also loving that they designed nice wrappers for the interiors... see below.

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TasteSpotting Roundup

TasteSpotting #6191TasteSpotting #6187TasteSpotting #6185TasteSpotting #6184TasteSpotting #6170TasteSpotting #6161TasteSpotting #6159TasteSpotting #6139TasteSpotting #6127TasteSpotting #6128Click images to find out more! Late night workaholic hunger pangs kicked in ~ so here's some deliciousness at TasteSpotting to kick off your Monday ~ now back to trying to make gift guide pages... and can you believe that is "parmasan cheese air"?

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Thanksgiving Roundup

TasteSpotting #5877TasteSpotting #5853TasteSpotting #5796TasteSpotting #5718TasteSpotting #5712TasteSpotting #5678TasteSpotting #5599TasteSpotting #5879TasteSpotting #5880TasteSpotting #5884Seeing how its already Thanksgiving, it seems improper not to show some food on the site... so here is a roundup to help inspire any last minute Thanksgiving cooking - as found on TasteSpotting. Click the pics to find out what, how, etc... and happy Feasting!

(and click here to see ALL Thanksgiving related posts!)

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