Wine, Spilled: Côtes de Gascogne

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Welcome to Wine, Spilled, a weekly column in which EMD's Justine Sterling shares the myths, legends, tall tales, and short stories of the wine world, and recommends a couple bottles that won't break the bank. Today's wine: Côtes de Gascogne

It's hard to be cool; you have to be a unique individual, but you can't try to hard. You have to be accessible. You have to be easy going. You have to find your vintage, ironic Hall & Oates t-shirt at a garage sale you just happened to stumble upon. Not be pretentiously odd, but not submit to mass produced trends. Well, this week's wine fits that bill; this week's wine is cool. It's not the easiest to find (though it is attainable), but it's made with the second most widely planted grape in the world. This week's wine is Côtes de Gascogne Vin de Pays.

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Meara O'Reilly's Vibration Salt Art [video]

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Reason 5,672 why salt shouldn't be banned: artist Meara O'Reilly uses it to create this series of beautiful patterns. O'Reilly sings different tones into a mic which is hooked up to a Chladni plate — a plate used to illustrate two-dimensional vibrations — that's covered in salt. The salt then sort of bounces into the patterns seen above. Hit the jump for more pictures of the salt patterns, and a fascinating video of how they're formed. You might want to watch the video on mute, though; the shrieking tones required to make the neat patterns get a little repetitive.

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Zoom and Pan: The Holy Mountain

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Welcome to Zoom and Pan, Eat Me Daily's food n' film column. Each week, Soleil Ho of Heavy Table will tear apart a food-centric movie scene and, with luck, decipher the meaning behind all the food porn. This week: The Holy Mountain

How does one even begin to discuss Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain (buy it
)? The 1973 film's 2-hour picaresque progression barrels through postcolonial criticism, Biblical myths, Tarot mysticism, and war machines in the far reaches of outer space, stunning even the most jaded viewers with its ambition and scope. Argentinian-born Jodorowsky is immovable from his position on the throne of cult cinema; Tommy Wiseau, eat your vaguely European heart out. (So Jodorowsky can film it.)

Though there are quite a few scenes of gastronomic interest in this film, the one I'll be analyzing this week engages both psychoanalytic puzzles and the hypocrisy of contemporary religious institutions. Perhaps more importantly, it's a scene in which a man eats his own face. Which, if my sources are correct, is made of marzipan. Who knew the ego tasted so good?

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Because Cookies That Don't Augment Reality Are Boring [the future is now]

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Industrial Designer Mike Clare likes to scare old people with the neato space-age technology we have these days, so he created cookies that, when held up to a webcam, pop out with a crazy 3D shape. The cookies are modeled after black-and-white augmented reality markers that do stuff when you take a picture of them with your phone that marketers are hoping will make the kids go nuts and buy stuff. New technologies are clearly better in cookie form, but the real question is, do they taste any good? Click through for a video of the cookies in action, and get off my lawn with your future food.

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Top Of The Food Chain: Square Cut Chuck

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Illustration by Laura Williams

Welcome to Top Of The Food Chain, a column from Eat Me Daily's meatiest columnist, Ryan Adams. Every week we'll attempt to demystify the options available in your supermarket, breaking animals down piece by piece so that the next time you find yourself staring at endless Styrofoam containers, you'll be able to make an informed purchase. This week: Square Cut Chuck.

There's something comforting about those huge chunks of chuck roast. It's a common cut, and yet some of my fondest memories are tied to it, as my grandmother made one killer pot roast. Maybe it's a primal Pavlovian response, causing a rush of endorphins to my brain upon seeing all that muscle and fat. Either way, there is no doubt that if you want drool inducing roasts, you've got to head straight to the chuck.

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How to Make a Stop-Motion Cake [videos]

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Stop-motion video is kind of turning into the Manic Pixie Dream Girl of viral videos — impossibly cute, and no matter how many of them there are, you still can't help wanting more — but this one, a promo for the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Market is way more interesting than Zooey Deschanel.

Directed by Alexandre Dubosc, the video was made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film festival. After watching, you will want cake. And possibly to go watch Garden State. Hit the jump to see the video.

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Embroidered Wonder Bread [food art]

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Image: Catherine McEver

Artist Catherine McEver uses an unexpected medium for her embroidery projects: Wonder Bread. Working "very, very carefully," she stitches the colorful floss into scenes from nature (chicken, fish, flowers), and an homage to Van Gogh's "Starry Night." If you're thinking these pieces are some sort of commentary on temporality, think again: says McEver, "I have a couple of slices that are over four years old that look just like new." Gives new meaning to "wonder," huh? Additional pictures below.

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Celery Makes Men Sexy [science!]

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Here's some dubious medical news sure to make dudes smell even more annoying than Axe-executives could ever dream of: doctors have determined that eating celery increases a man's attractiveness to women. Apparently all a dude needs to do to get models all over him is to eat a few sticks of celery before going out, and bam! The ladies won't be able to get enough. According to the authors of the book Stay Young: Ten Proven Steps to Ultimate Health, celery contains a steroid that's found in male sweat (also completely irresistible to ladies) that increases the secretion of pheromones and makes men who eat it more attractive. Celery also increases, uh, another thing, but we like to keep it PG-13 at Eat Me Daily, so you'll have to hit the article to get the full story on that.

Dear boys, before you raid the produce aisle, take it from me: just don't look/smell like you're homeless, make an attempt to be interesting/funny/self-deprecating, know something, buy a drink or two and leave the damn celery at home. You'll be fine.

Rachael Oehring

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