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For foodie-math nerds everywhere, today, 3.14, which is the value of Pi, which is actually an infinite number, which is like the infinite number of pies we can and should make, all of us. Like this baby. What a happy day!

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Evocative, visceral, exquisite

I’m in awe of the image, the well-wrought kind. I go heavy on pictures for this blog, because images hit so suddenly, faster than words, differently, and often better, which might be counter-intuitive for a writer, but then I am that kind of writer.

When I stumble across an enchanting image, I see an opportunity to share something unexpected from a writer: beauty that evokes sheer pleasure in the viewing, just like the sheer pleasure of biting into something exquisitely delicious.

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Stick-to-it-iveness

If only great ideas could stick like these do.

We’ve had magnetic knife rails for some time, but not for the key utensils that we pull out of a drawer after we’re done all our slicing and dicing. Once we’ve done our basic prep and we’re ready to head to the stove, we reach for the spoon, fork and spatula.

Here they are, and like none other.

This gorgeous beech set comes from Slovenia, which has a storied tradition of woodworking that the makers of this set would like to revive. They’re produced and designed by Leis, a Slovenian company that follows a sustainable, fair-trade business model that they like to keep local. Harvesting, design and manufacturing were conducted in a 30 km radius.

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Now I lay me down to some imaginary savoury sleep

Charlie would love this bed.

Charlie is the imaginary 8-year-old nephew I had to conjure up in my mind to imagine who would sleep in this bed. Those fries are pillows, in case it wasn’t immediately obvious, and it isn’t until you try to follow the whimsical logic that created this bed, the so-called Supersize Bed.

I think Charlie would love this bed because it’s like having a racing car bed, only tastier, in your imagination. But wait. They’ll fit this bed to any size mattress? For adults? That’s when it all falls apart. Who is really going to sleep in this bed? Because even though Charlie would love this bed, his imaginary mother, my imaginary sister, would never agree to this thing.

“Charlie will be wanting McDonald’s morning, noon and night,” she says, in my imagination. And I’d be inclined to agree. I want some McDonald’s just looking at the thing, which I suppose would please the makers very much, to be able to evoke that much desire in a person. Or appetite.

Still, I’m finding it hard to imagine, as an adult, getting sexy on this bed. Food and sex go very well together, but where foam and corporate fast-food is involved, I don’t think, speaking for my non-imaginary self right now, not so much.

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Some lucky Londoner gets up every morning to make coffee in this minimal, clean design kitchen. Backed by white-painted bricks in front of a farmhouse sink and its striking faux-oldtimey hardware, those lucky Londoners are cooking eggs and who knows what else on a stunning AGA stove, prepping their food on marble counters, fishing into repurposed wooden-fronted drawers and standing on an understated floor of wooden slats in a herringbone design.

And I am standing there with them. Let no beautiful kitchen escape my dreamy place in it.

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To beloved creatives everywhere, especially those who make magic for food companies — my peeps.  The rest of them are lined up here …

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Not to put too fine a point on it.

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A nice change from spring pastels. Black and white is my favourite colour.

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This is by far my favourite day of the year, mainly because minor math is involved.

How to take the gag further … Read more…

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An homage to breakfast

A bacon scarf, hand-felted and pinned with an egg-yolk brooch.  Read more…

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Brain Pickings is celebrating the life and work of graphic artist A. M. Cassandre, who was born today in 1901. Cassandre created this iconic ad above when he was 31. More about his life and tragic death are unwrapped here.

 

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Maybe, in the beginning, it was all about the yeast

Or, How a landing page delivers a brand

To my eyes, this establishment is a hipster couple. She’s the sweet, the cupcake, and he’s the beardy suds, the beer. That’s flagrantly sexist, but it was the only way I could “get” this business identity at first, because connecting the two, in terms of name stamp and food pairings, I wasn’t feeling it. … Read more…

This cool guy comes from More Than Human, Tim Flach‘s new book of highly conceptual animal portraits, and it came to light for me thanks to Maria Popova’s brilliant blog BrainPickings,… Read more…

Does wacky bedding have a gender? Just wondering. Cuz I don’t see the girls flocking to this one. Tween boys? In droves.

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You won’t need 3D glasses for these

Being in plain view is what these cookies want to do most.

Maybe those adorable two Robin Hood kids, with their calendar baking days, could get a set of these…. Read more…

The famed Acme Company, subsidiary of the Looney Tunes Group. Talk about brand diversification.

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If you want to make an omelette, you have to break some eggs.

What keeps this bromide from being a full-blown cliché is the suck-it-up attitude that says: to have something of value, you have to give something up.

You have to break through.

The task is deceptively easy. The way eggs pretend to be fragile.

It actually takes 52 pounds of pressure to break an egg vertically, and 92 pounds to break them horizontally. And when you tap one against another, only one will crack, as if some built-in preservation system is at play.

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The eternal pulling power of the tromp d’oeil.

More sculptures by Nancy Fouts here.

Curious how many involve food.

A toddler’s delicious power

Has anyone ever short-changed you by not really seeing you – especially not seeing the superhero in you?

I hate that. It makes me crazy, and over the years I discovered a handy little move. That superpower cape is just a 180-degree spin away. [I think they’re calling it the pivot these days.] … Read more…