Entries Tagged as 'Food'

360 Degrees of Meat

The Sacred Vault at Peter Luger Steak House

The Sacred Vault at Peter Luger Steak House

There’s an article in the NY Times today about the meat storage box at the famous Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn.

It’s a 2,000-square-foot industrial walk-in cooler (located below the restaurant’s kitchen) packed with 30,000 pounds of raw, aging meat. Read the article for more info if you like words.

But if a 360 degree panoramic photo of all that meat is more to your liking, then check this out!

Vegetarians beware.

Dinner in the Sky

Dinner in the Sky

Ever feel like going up for dinner?

Dinner in the Sky will hoist you and 21 guests 150 feet into the air for a gourmet meal with a view that can’t be beat. Even better, they deliver!

Belgium-based Dinner in the Sky can come to your location (as long as there is 500 square meters of flat ground) to serve lunch, cocktails, dinner or a meeting in the sky. They can even provide a second crane with a platform at the same height as the table. Why you ask? For the musical entertainment of course!

Each seat at the table has a four-point harness to hold you in place – the view straight down explains why.

Dinner in the Sky

Don\'t look down


Not Made in China: Fortune Cookies

Japanese Fortune Cookie

Japanese Fortune Cookie

According to an article in the NY Times today, it turns out that fortune cookies—the desert treat popularly served in Chinese restaurants—are actually of Japanese origin.

Japanese bakers have been making omikuji senbei (“written fortune crackers”), in Kyoto for generations. Fortune cracker making was brought to the west coast of this country by early Japanese immigrants. After these Japanese families were removed to the internment camps during WWII, it was Chinese families that took over the production of the cookies.

After the war, returning American servicemen were served fortune cookies in California. Upon arriving home, they asked their local Chinese restaurants why they didn’t serve the fortune cookies.

Still popular in Kyoto, Japan, the “written fortune crackers” are similar in shape, but differ in taste. They are bigger and browner, and not as sweet, being flavored with miso and sesame instead of butter and vanilla.

One bakery, Sohonke Hogyokudo, has used the same 23 fortunes for decades. (Wonton Foods, the American cookie maker has over 10,000 fortunes in its database.) Hogyokudo’s fortunes tend to be more poetic in theme than prophetic.

But a cookie opened in another local Kyoto shop contained the advice, “To ward off lower back pain or joint problems, undertake some at-home measures like yoga.”

How To Eat Sushi

Salmon Sushi

Nigiri – Sake (salmon). Mmmmm, my favorite!

I photographed this piece of sushi at Clem & Ursie’s in Provincetown, MA, moments before devouring it.

Though there are 3 basic types of Sushi — Chirashi, Maki, and Nigiri — the most well-known form of sushi is oval-shaped or Nigiri, made with sushi rice (seasoned with a sweet vinegar mixture), various raw fish (salmon, tuna, squid, shrimp, octopus, etc.) and wasabi (japanese horseradish).

Eating sushi correctly is an exercise in manners, logistics and tradition; as illustrated in this how-to-eat-sushi video:

Wake up and smell the Coffee

150 pound bags of raw coffee beansI’ve been doing some photography for Whole Foods recently. They have been sending me to photograph the production of various local food products for use in marketing and store decor. This time it was off to Gorilla Coffee in Brooklyn to get images of the coffee roasting process. What can’t be conveyed through images though, is the smell of all that roasting coffee… Mmmmm!

The process here starts with raw coffee beans roasted in small batches, 30lbs at a time. …read more →