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We’re Flipping Over This Dad’s Pancakes

Tuesday 05.13.2014 , Posted by
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No doubt about it: former math teacher and flapjack enthusiast Nathan Shields is one rad dad. Two years ago, Shields began “illustrating” animals, fictional characters, and more with pancake batter for his adorable kids, Alice and Gryphon. He dubbed his series “Saipancakes” after the town where he first began his quirky–and completely endearing–breakfast craft. Now, he has amassed an impressive collection of pancake designs including sea creatures, mythic beasts, tree species, heady intellectuals, math jargon, and much more.  [Read more...]

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With The Most Drool-Worthy Objects Made From Chocolate

Wednesday 05.07.2014 , Posted by
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Willy Wonka had the right idea when he imagined a world made of chocolate. Humans have been obsessed with this delicious substance for over three thousand years,  and recent studies advocate for its numerous health benefits. Today, artists, sculptors, and food designers are raising the bar on what forms this sweet treat can take – and they are taking chocolate way beyond the convenience store shelf. From marbles to shoes to pencils and more, these chocolate confections pose as ordinary and familiar items, reimagining our world as antioxidant-filled and decadently sweet. Just try not to take a nibble.  [Read more...]

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Coffee Drawings Change Up The Daily Grind

Monday 04.07.2014 , Posted by
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For Liv Buranday, perhaps the best part of waking up is Folgers all over her tabletop. Initially inspired by her father’s love of his morning cup of joe, the Philippines-based artist sculpts dark-roasted coffee grounds into charming, textured characters using toothpicks and glue. Complementing her silhouettes with objects such as branches and leaves, Buranday composes her illustrations almost completely out of ordinary organic materials–all while adding a strong dose of whimsy along the way. [Read more...]

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This is Not a Cucumber.

Friday 03.07.2014 , Posted by
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What you’re looking at here may seem like food – and it is – but it’s not what you think. Tokyo-born artist Hikaru Cho is using her deft skill with a paintbrush to transform one food into another. Imagine picking up a tiny eggplant and suddenly breaking it like an egg, spilling its yolk all over the floor. That’s the reality she’s creating here. [Read more...]

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Food Like You’ve Never Seen it Before: Sarah Illenberger Re-Imagines Fruits and Vegetables

Saturday 02.01.2014 , Posted by
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It’s not uncommon to be wandering through the food market and see a face staring back at you from the fruit bin. There in the bottom of a lemon is a perfectly formed smile, complete with dimples for eyes and a crease for the lips. Sarah Illenberger’s daily experience is a lot like that, only she’s been seeing rainbows, diamonds and disco balls in her food. [Read more...]

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Creative Food Ideas to Encourage Your Children to Eat

Friday 12.20.2013 , Posted by
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Lee Samantha was very pregnant with her second child when she decided to make creative food dishes for her daughter so that she could eat independently. She wasn’t a professional chef or graduate of a prestigious culinary school, but Samantha began experimenting with bento style meals and it became an instant success with her daughter. [Read more...]

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World’s Largest Gingerbread Village Goes Down in Holiday History

Monday 12.16.2013 , Posted by
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The holidays bring out many different types of spirit: the spirit of giving, the spirit of love, the spirits of whiskey and, most recently, the competitive spirit. Chef Jon Lovitch worked for a whole year (all while wearing a Santa hat I’m sure) to construct what is now officially “the world’s largest edible gingerbread village.” When the trusty guys from the Guinness Book of World Records stopped by, the 300-square foot village weighed in at a whopping 1.5 tons! [Read more...]

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Sweet Architecture: Gingerbread Art Museums by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves

Tuesday 12.03.2013 , Posted by

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If you look at the picture above, at first it appears to be a photograph of the famous Frank Lloyd Wright designed Guggenheim Museum… but look again. Is that a sprinkle of sugar on the side? Turns out it’s just one in a series of impressive gingerbread art museums created by food artists Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves for a display at Dylan’s Candy Bar during Art Basel Miami. And you thought you had gingerbread house skills! [Read more...]

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Things That Make You Say Mmmmm: Food Art by Dan Cretu

Thursday 11.28.2013 , Posted by

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On a day dedicated to food, like Thanksgiving, we thought it would be fun to share with you this amazing collection of creative food art. Based in Romania, Dan Cretu transforms food into everyday objects like bicycles, cameras, boom boxes, and cassette players- ok once everyday objects- some now a little more obsolete. He photographs them within 4 hours of piecing them together, since his medium is not everlasting. Maybe it will inspire you to sculpt your mounds of stuffing and mashed potatoes into something clever. [Read more...]

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Fat & Furious Burger: Sharing Wild Burger Recipes in Mouth Watering Photographs

Tuesday 10.29.2013 , Posted by

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On Facebook their site is listed as a “Health and Wellness Website”, and we’re not even going to argue with that. Hamburgers make you happy, and that’s got to count for something! French duo Thomas and Quentin have been whipping up some fantastic new burger recipes in equally fantastic themes. From the “Excalibur ger” shown above, to the shocking, all white burger below – they’ve created a mouth watering and eye pleasing collection. Thank goodness they’re sharing it all on their website, Fat & Furious Burger. [Read more...]

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