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French Laundry Org Chart

July 19, 2009

Via Grubstreet, a look at the setup of Thomas Keller’s French Laundry.


Chart by Marisa Woocher

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Hilarious

December 11, 2008

Enjoyed some toothsome pork belly and good company at Clyde Common last night. Diana and Scott were kind enough to bring us a copy of Fillip, a rather nicely designed art journal from Vancouver that features several inserted artist projects and some pretty thoughtful articles. Particularly liked the conversation between David Goldenberg and Patricia Reed on participatory art practices and Ron Terada’s kitten poster.


Image via Fillip: Patricia Reed and Societe Realiste, Manifesta 6.1, Dept III: Abschlussball/Contract of Discord, 2007. Contract of Discord was a collective project involving more than twenty of the people who were to participate in Dept. III at the canceled Manifesta 6 biennale scheduled for Nicosia, Cyprus. Photograph by Societe Realiste.

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Saigon in Berlin

July 6, 2008

Thanks to Yvonne for giving us the information on the “Little Saigon” of Berlin. Located somewhere (take the M8 towards Ahrensfelde and get off at Herzbergstrasse & Industrie-Gebiet) in the town of Lichtenberg, the Dong Xuan Center is composed of three large warehouses with some small Vietnamese businesses scattered nearby. One enters through a large gate covered with signs in Vietnamese and crosses through a large parking lot before arriving at the market halls. Once inside, there are shops neatly radiating from a narrow main hallway. Each of the three warehouses seem nearly identical to one another, featuring a smattering of restaurants, Vietnamese grocery stores, hardware shops and clothing stores. The atmosphere feels like a bazaar in a big Asian city, only much less crowded and bustling. The shops resembled dollar stores back in the US and featured the same range of ceramic sculptures, fake flowers, waterfall 3D wall clocks and athletic socks. We even picked up a couple pairs of authentic Ambervue sunglasses at one place for a Euro a piece!


The entrance to the Dong Xuan Center. Kind of odd that all the Vietnamese businesses are clustered inside of three warehouses, rather than in a physical neighborhood. It makes me wonder whether there’s another part of town that functions more like a Chinatown or Little Saigon.


The view across the street from the Center. Apparently this is a loading area for shipments from Northern Germany.


The parking lot and entrance to one of the main market halls. It feels like the parking lot at a big Asian grocery store in the US, only with more BMWs and Mercedes.’


A community board with listings for all kinds of services. All in Vietnamese, there’s even a poster for a concert by popstar named Roni Trong.


The strangely empty corridor that runs the length of the market hall. Inexpensive tshirts hang tidily on either side, flanked by “1 Euro” dish cloths and children’s toys.


A woman grills meat for each of the restaurants at a little stand outside.


There were a few restaurants to choose from, but we went for this place because a woman waved us in. Unused to getting such an emphatic welcome, we walked in and took a table with 4 Vietnamese businessmen. The menu was in German and Vietnamese, so we had to use our memories from our Walker street days to recall the meanings of Goi Cun and B├ính canh. I ended up getting beef over rice noodles. Not bad…


The wall on the way out. It looks like all the derelict buildings inside the complex might be redeveloped.

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Food Pairing

July 4, 2008

I was doing some research on the chemical composition of chocolate for a job last week and came across the fascinating and quite elegant foodpairing.be. The premise of the project is that foods pair well together when they exhibit common flavor components. The author took 250 different food products, analyzed their chemical flavor components and created diagrams that link foods with common components. The diagrams can then be used to experiment with unexpected flavor combinations. Below is the chart for salmon. I’m thinking a coffee and anise encrusted fillet…

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Kaiser Honig

June 9, 2008

Kris Kaiser makes amazing honey. Kris trained in botany and bee keeping during the 80s and owned a bee farm for many years before establishing his new company, Kaiser Honig. Kaiser Honig produces unique artisanal honeys in flavors like fig, Chinese five spice, plum-ginger, and chili (his mint and almond honey is my favorite). Kris has got a killer palate and is constantly developing new flavors. We’ve got a little project in development with Kris, so we sat down at his studio this weekend to sample some of his recent experiments – more on that to come.

Currently, the only way to get a hold of Kris’s honey is to visit the Kollwitzplatz market on Saturday or the Mauerpark market on Sunday. Kris doesn’t have a website yet, but we’re going to see if we can change that…

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Mourning Mei Lai Wah

May 15, 2008

A bit disheartened to read that Chinatown’s venerable Mei Lai Wah tea house has closed its doors, apparently for good. Shu and I used to stop in for the requisite cha xiu bao and coffee served up by a couple of the most stylish septuagenarians in NY. A moment, then.

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Deviled Eggs

March 24, 2008

I’m a huge fan of deviled eggs, so Shu and I decided that our contribution to Easter dinner would include a tray of nouvelle stuffed eggs. The bacon and tarragon worked out pretty well, but the horseradish, dill and smoked salmon seemed to be the crowd favorite.


This photo is from our John Baldessari Comes to Dinner series.

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Bright Like Neon Glove

March 9, 2008

Lisa bought some gloves and they seem to have a life of their own. Thanks to the patrons at Marlowe and Sons for not getting mad at us.


This last one’s for Lisa.

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Tourist-friendly Quanzhou

February 6, 2008

The coldest weather in 50 years hit China this year, making a normally crowded beach look like something post-Apocalyptic.


Nice to see the balloon shooting game is still available on the deserted beach.


We had an all-seafood lunch with some of my uncle’s friends and they insisted that we drink this very healthful liquor. When I asked what part of the body it was good for, they simply said “the women’s and men’s parts.” We had several shots before it was revealed that the secret ingredient came from bears’ gallbladder. Please forgive us.


The Luoyang Bridge, oldest stone bridge in China.


Kids setting off fireworks in the dry riverbed next to the bridge.


This is my reclusive uncle who teaches at the Quanzhou Overseas University. He gave us peanuts and showed us his latest drawings.

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The Last Beijing Foot Massage

February 3, 2008

As a final farewell to Beijing, Patrick, Joe and I decided to get a proper Beijing foot massage, complete with unlimited food and a DVD of our choice. We picked up My Blueberry Nights and went for the daytime 30% discount. This is what I’d been missing out on the entire time I was working!


This was Patrick’s first time getting a foot massage in China. The masseuse seemed to know immediately when she touched his feet! According to Chinese medicine, you can learn everything about someone’e health through their feet. Joe was in “perfect health” while Patrick and I had “restless sleep and bad digestion.” Uh huh.


Did I mention the unlimited free food, featuring massage mainstays like sausages and eggs?

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