Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hello Friend! The mypressi TWIST Espresso Maker

For those of you at there that share my love of caffeinated beverages, this toy is for you. All the ease and simplicity of coffee from a French press, but the end result is a deliciously frothy shot of espresso. The TWIST is highly portable, requiring only ground coffee and hot water. Note to self: add Thermos and ground espresso to ever-expanding purse (where is Mary Poppins' purse maker when you need him?).

Or perhaps, if you're brave (or British), you'll experiment a bit - whiskey espresso? Two good things, but together?

Thank you, Oliver Strand, for introducing me to this cheeky new gadget.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

World's Most Famous Doll Meets World's Most Famous Lady du Jour

Just when I thought Lady Gaga mania couldn't get any better, designer Lu Wei Kang has gone and proved me wrong. For the aspiring artists (vocal, conceptual, Barbie, and other) and pop-crazed young'ns out there, I gave you Lady Gaga Barbie.

Check them all out here:

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sleep Talkin' Man Makes Me Chuckle

It's really almost impossible to pick a favorite among the many rants and rumbles of this somniloquent Brit, but the ones that invoke audible laughter deserve to be repeated, and repeated often (though I've skipped a few that were a tad raunchy).

"Tea bags, see? Better be careful with the tea bags. They're delicate creatures. Handle them with care."

"No puppy! Bad puppy! Make you into puppy slippers."

[chuckling throughout] "I'm trying not to laugh. But your face! Your face! Oh, please look away. Please?"

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Super Bowl Bacon Cheese Turtleburger

The newcomer to the zoo that is bacon-centric food experiments - please give a round of applause for the Bacon Cheese Turtleburger. Created the day the Saints made their first appearance at the big dance, these little guys are sure to be a fan favorite. Who doesn't love a lot of meat on Super Bowl Sunday?

Handmade ground beef patties are topped with sharp cheddar cheese and then wrapped in a bacon weave before the Hebrew Nationals are inserted as the heads, legs and tails. Place them on a rack, cover loosely with foil and then put them into an oven heated to 400 degrees. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the bacon is done - cooked through and a little crispy, but not too crunchy.

And voila! Perfectly cooked Bacon Cheese Turtleburgers.

Recipe, experimentation and photos courtesy of
MRD, the Marquis de Meat.

'The Hijacking of 'Modern''

Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Designed by David M. Schwarz Architects

Photo by Hedrich Blessing

Writing for Traditional Building Magazine clearly indicates a certain bias, but this is a very interesting debate and one that really should be brought forward into the mainstream architectural media - into the very publications that have propagated said hijacking.