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The Future of Kitchen and Bath Design


When it comes to kitchen and bath appliances, says Jill A. Notini, of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), “We are seeing a convergence of function, technology and aesthetic design. Appliances still cool, cook or clean food, but now there is integration of other features framed in modern design.”

Features like self-cleaning, removable parts that don’t require moving the appliance itself, and eye-catching elements inconceivable in years past. Like an 8” LCD digital display through which Apps – from calendars to photos to recipes – can be accessed via refrigerator door (Samsung’s RSG309).

Inside these and other modern ice-boxes are elements like air purification systems, to keep food fresher longer. “This function and technology can come packaged in practically any design you wish: built in, under the counter, more than 30-cubic-feet, and in just about any finish you can imagine,” says Notini, citing trim kits, textures, and a rainbow of color.

Read complete story, and see the 6 mini slideshows at The Future of Kitchen and Bath Design

Kimchi Taco Truck at Jets Games

Alexander Michael photographs Kimchi Taco

Find the truck: @KimchiTruck on Twitter

Though he's partial to Sanchez, Long Island-raised truck owner Philip Lee had fun creating the Fresh Kimchi Te-bowl, a tortilla-less burrito with choice of BBQ Beef Short Rib, Spicy Seared Pork, Grilled Chicken or Edamame Tofu Falafel, $12-13. Perfect for any weight-watching Rex Ryan types.
Siblings Christopher, 26, and Catherine Drew, 36, season ticket holders, arrived an hour before the first game by bus from Hampton Bays, LI. “This is a nice alternative to [the usual] tailgating,” says Catherine between bites of a spicy grilled chicken kimchi taco — served with pico de gallo (salsa), pickled daikon (radish), kimchi chipolte aioli (mayo), topped with special Jets green and white Wasabi Crème Fraîche (sour cream).

Read full story in today's New York Post or here: Trucksdown! NYC food trucks give Jets tailgaters something else to cheer about

The Great American Bacon Barter, in Jets Parking Lot

bacon for 100-level Jets tickets
“They took my cash, my credit cards, everything,” says Josh Sankey, 37. The Jersey City resident has two weeks to get from New York to Los Angeles, per a challenge by Oscar Mayer - The Great American Bacon Barter - for which he’s compensated “like a working actor”. If successful, perhaps a bonus awaits, but he’s not telling. For now he’s only talking bacon. Specifically, Butcher Thick Cut, smoked with Applewood or Hickory for up to 14 hours. Sankey has 3,000 pounds, in 22-oz bricks, to trade for everything he needs to make it cross-country.

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Shell Beans - Now!


Here's a good excuse to read print: my little piece about Shell Beans in this weekend's Off Duty section, (WSJ) available today. Online teaser for non-subscribers:
FEW VEGETABLES HAVE BEEN ABLE to maintain their seasonal integrity like fresh shell beans. These beans—the fat ones within streaky, colorful pods—generally show up in late summer and are gone before you can return to the market for another pound. Most of us know shell beans (also called "shelling" or "shellies") after they've been dried and removed from the pod (think: black turtles, flageolets and pintos). Fresh means exactly that; these beans are taken from the plant, in their pods, before they begin to dry. Removal from the pod is labor-intensive, which ...
Pictured above: Cranberry Beans. More: The Shell Game.

Photographer at Work: Gabi Porter


Swapping boozy cupcakes for sautéed squirrel, photographer Gabi Porter and I spent a morning in Brooklyn with author-TV personality-hunter Steve Rinella, whose new book Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunterwas released earlier this week.
Wow is that a sentence. Sorry, racing the internetcrashesmylaptop clock here. Here's the story on Urban chow boy. The print version is (was?) considerably more attractive and fun.

Steve Rinella, Javelina, and Me


I've surely said it before; the best part of my job is the frequency with which I get to meet interesting and amazing people. Though there are many people who frustrate me (simply: anyone disinterested in facts), there are many more who have something worth sharing. And I don't just mean meat from a javelina they hunted (skull above), but that is excellent too (literally). Thanks to Steve Rinella and family for letting me in. Check out Steve's new memoir Meat Eater, and if you're lucky enough to have Sportsman Channel (which I do not becasue I only have 3700 channels so obviously no space), you can watch his show of the same name (produced by Bourdain's production company, btw). We're talking mega travel, hunting, cooking, and brains (sometimes part of the cooking). The world is good.

read the resulting story on NYPost.comUrban chow boy

Target Sells Andy Warhol-labeled Campbell's Soup


Here's a shelf of limited edition (1.2-million countrywide; in Target stores with grocery sections) Andy Warhol-inspired-labeled Campbell's Tomato Soup, about 30 hours after the release, which was the Sunday of Labor Day weekend!
Think off all those condensed soup fans who left the beach to stock up on 75¢ cans.
Don't kid yourself. The regularly labeled cans were on sale, but untouched. Kudos to Campbell's for this fun promotion, timed with the 50th anniversary of Warhol's 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (his first solo gallery exhibition, held in Los Angeles). Also celebrating the anniversary is the Met Museum, exploring Warhol's influence on modern art: Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years (September 18 to December 31, 2012).