This blog shares stories and anicdotes about my time spent cooking, farming and underground park building. It also talks about the inspiring people out there doing and creating wonderful things to help us live and eat better.
Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water. - W.C. Fields
Bike transit + urbanism + coffee? Yes, turns out it’s possible to combine all of these wonderful things in a single creative act. The city of Zurich partnered with designers to deliver a drive-up (bike-up?) table for bikers to enjoy a cup of coffee without having to get off their ride. No need to find a place to lock up before heading inside.
As an added bonus: if you check in via Foursquare, a barista delivers fresh cup of joe right to your table (for free!).
I’m totally into this idea! Would love to see this in NYC!
I am totally impressed with the Our Global Kitchen exhibit at the MNH. They took the extremely broad and not so simple subject of food and broke it down into many different parts: history, future, environmental and health issues, ancient and modern traditions, sensory aspects, and that is only scratching the surface. There were big issues identified and some solutions offered, but above all it hopefully encouraged people to think more deeply about the food they eat everyday. It is open until August 11th and I highly recommend to see it before it closes.
Has it really come to this? At this year’s CES, HAPIlab just launched a fork that vibrates when you are eating to fast. Talk about taking the enjoyment out of eating. I would hope that we can find other ways to become healthier eaters (or rather just reverse the 20 or so years of unhealthy habits that have been developed). I guess the “HAPIfork” just really hits you at the point of contact so to say.
I can’t wait to tour Stone Barns tomorrow. I have long respected everything they have created there— the farm, the restaurant, the educational center…. My buddies from Eagle Street Rooftop and I will be headed up there. Details to follow.
It was all a bit surreal— here I found myself walking through the streets on Midtown dressed unlike I had ever been before— shorts, a ripped t-shirt and sneakers. It felt so funny to walk along side the business execs, like I was once, dressed like this.
I arrived at the Moma and immediately started hauling bags of potting soil which we proceeded to dump into a big circular plot. Fritz then suggested we all take off our shoes and jump in— how else would we spread all that soil? And might I add it, it made a wonderful foot massage. The next step was to plant tons of medicinals, herbals, edibles, and pollinators. My guess is that we have around 70 different type of things growing.
I love how forward thinking Chicago is. Construction on their green roof began over a decade ago, which means that have a lot of key learnings to share (i.e. they save over $5k/year on utility bills). I look forward to the day when all the city roofs are green, and having proven cost saving statistics will only help speed this process. Way to go Chicago!
“The Antarctic Treaty states that no country may import soil to the continent.As greenhouses have become a common feature in Antarctic stations, hydroponics was the obvious growing method.These hydroponic greenhouses not only provide the stations with fresh produce, but also provide warm, humid, aromatic spaces for station personnel to enjoy during dark winter months.McMurdo Station, the largest US base, has just over 700 square feet of growing space using recirculating NFT systems to grow a variety of crops including tomatoes, bell and hot peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, dark leafy greens and various herbs. All of these systems have had great success using the General Hydroponics Flora Series.In addition to providing quality produce, the Flora Series is very user-friendly, making it possible for staff with limited background in hydroponics to participate in growing crops in the greenhouse.I would recommend the Flora Series to any new grower and look forward to experimenting with new products as they arise.”
I love all of the underground projects featured in Dezeen Magazine. From desert lodges in Jordan (top) to a converted bunker in the UK (bottom), there are so many innovative underground projects across the globe. I love pushing the boundaries of design possibilities, and making use of underutilized or derelict spaces.