Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Meat In Your Beer! Is This Whale Of A Drink For You?

In honor of the Norse god Thor, the annual month-long celebration Thorri will be off to a whale of a start with a new beer from Stedjar Brewery. This year’s limited-edition beer follows the trend from last year using endangered whale fin for Hvalur 1, by adding smoked whale testicles to the water, malted barley, and hops used for this year’s new addition to their line of beers, Hvalur 2.

Hvalur 2
Photo: Stedjar Brewery

Preparation for this year’s festival will result in 20,000 bottles being brewed with one whale testicle in each batch. To achieve the unique smoked flavor, whale testicles are smoked in the traditional way by burning sheep manure. Somehow, I’m not feeling the love for this beverage or the need to try it; however, when in Rome..., or Iceland as the case may be.

Hvalur 1 
Photo: WDC

After water and tea, beer is the most widely consumed alcoholic beverage in the world and possibly the world’s oldest fermented drink. The release date for Hvalur 2 is January 23rd. Other delicacies surrounding Thorri will include sheep’s heads, blood pudding, soured whale fat, ram’s testicles, and putrefied shark.

Thorri Foods
Photo: Icelandic Roots

The International Whaling Commission resumed hunting of the Fin whale in 2013, after a two-year ban. Controversy remains with Icelandic officials who are not in agreement with the endangered status of the whale population in the North Atlantic. Conservationists and activists are clear in their opinion with regard to the sensationalism being used to dishonor the whale for marketing gain.

35-foot Whale aboard a Hvalur boat
Photo: Halldor Kolbeins/Getty Images

Voodoo Doughnut 
Bacon Maple Ale
Photo: Voodoo Doughnut

Rocky Mountain Oyster StoutPhoto:  Wynkoop Brewing Company
The addition of meat to beer is not a common occurrence in the United States. Julie Crew of the Brewers Association identified a few examples which include Wynkook Brewing Company’s Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout and Rogue’s Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale.

Would you serve and/or drink Hvalur 1 or Hvalur 2 at a celebration?



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

RECALL - Voluntary Recall From The Santa Barbara Smokehouse

January 8, 2015

The Santa Barbara Smokehouse, Inc., of Santa Barbara, California, is voluntarily recalling a number of brands and batches of cold smoked salmon produced and packaged between December 17th and December 24th, 2014, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes. This organism can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. 

Smoked Scottish Salmon

Smoked Atlantic Salmon

If you believe you have purchased salmon which might have been processed by the Santa Barbara Smokehouse, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for more package labels and batch numbers. There are 50+ batch numbers listed and many more package labels. Batch numbers can be found on the back of your package. If you have questions, you may call the company at 1.805.966.9796.

Smoked Salmon trimmings


Thursday, January 8, 2015

It's All A Matter Of Taste

When now wondering what to wear with the amazing fashions from the previous post, Eat It Or Wear It, it’s all A Matter of Taste

Photo: Fulvio Bonavia

Fulvio Bonavia’s creation of haute couture apparel for his book, A Matter of Taste, was inspired by some of the world’s most famous designers such as Alexander McQueen and Prada.

Photo: Fulvio Bonavia

Among Fulvio’s creations are a cashew shoe, candy and seafood rings, a pastry bracelet, eggplant shoes, a pasta belt, rice boots, and do not forget the lettuce thongs.

Photo: Fulvio Bonavia

Fulvio Bonavia began as a graphic designer and film poster illustrator before becoming an award-winning photographer. His advertising and editorial photography is known for its inventive imagery. 

Photo: Fulvio Bonavia

Watch the creation of Fulvio's incredibly crafted fashion accessories in Edible Accessories, Video Of The Day.


Which accessory would you choose to wear with the food you're craving?

See complete outfits made from food by Ted Salabrese on my previous post,


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Push/Pull of Attraction And Repulsion

Inspired by nature and the human form, Laura Marmash creates figure sculptures both from live models and from her own conception to evoke a mood or feeling, finding beauty in decomposition and decay, metamorphosis and evolution.


“The push/pull of attraction and repulsion are opposing forces that I like to play with in my work.” (Lillstreet Art Center)


Her current work is a result of her fascination with fungi, molds, and spores. The mushroom itself can often signal the breakdown of the overall fungi, of which it is only a small part, and the eventual decay of the host. From the decay, the cycle begins again and new life forms are created.

Metamorphosis study

Attaching natural elements to the bodies of the sculptures exposes the emotions of her incredibly detailed figures. Laura incorporates other materials into the clay in a way that the added fabric, wood, or wool, become one with the clay itself.

New Growth
Stoneware, Porcelain

Laura is a claymaker at Lillstreet Art Center responsible for making 1,000 pounds of clay a month. Clay creation is an art of feel to determine the proper moisture content and plasticity by adding dry clay powder or slaked clay until the moisture is just right.


Laura Marmash received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kent State University in Ohio. Visit the sources below to see more of her sculptures.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Eat It Or Wear It, The Choice Is Yours! The Most Fashionable Food!

For the creation of his Hunger Games photography, Ted Sabarese asked his models what food they were craving and then created completed clothing for them fashioned from the very food they craved.

In exploring people’s relationship with food, Ted reflected this through his photography. His idea “was to visually suggest an actual meal the model was craving by having them wear it.” (

Photo: Ted Sabarese

This project was shot in 2009, prior to Lady Gaga, and involved fifteen designers. Each outfit took hours to cook, create, and assemble.

Designer Amy Goodheart of SOTU productions was the mastermind behind the designs.

The artichoke gown took over six hours to complete during which time the model stood as each leaf was attached to her body. The gown was designed by Daniel Feld and Wesley Nault of Project Runway.

A behind the scenes peek at the creation of the fashionable foods by Ted in Hunger Pains.

From what food which you crave would your clothing be made?

When now wondering what to wear with the amazing creations from Ted, never fear.
Visit It’s All A Matter of Taste, Fulvio Bonavia’s creation of haute couture apparel accessories.

Ted Sabarese

Ted Sabarese spent time as a college English Teacher, graphic designer, fiction writer, and advertising creative director before deciding on his career as a photographer. 


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Year of the Sheep (Goat) 2015

The Chinese year of the Sheep (Goat) will begin on February 19, 2015, according to the lunar calendar.  Each year, beginning from the Chinese New Year, is associated with an animal sign occurring in a 12-year cycle according to Chinese astrology. The Sheep is a Yin energy which represents Peace, Harmonious co-existence and Tranquility which is the primary and fundamental mood for 2015.

Traditional Chinese Dancer
Chinese New Year Parade, Vancouver, British Columbia

The Sheep is a symbol of the Arts and relates to passive and nurturing times. Banding together in faith and the belief that good will prevail will help to win over forces that refuse to comply with a peaceful way of life. The year 2015 is a year to use one’s mental abilities over force.

2015 - Chinese Year of the Sheep

The Chinese New Year is based on the Chinese lunisolar calendar which is why the day falls on a different date than the date on the Gregorian calendar used by the Western cultures. This holiday is based on an ancient myth where villagers in ancient China set out red lanterns and food every year to scare away Nian, a beast who would terrorize children and decimate the crops throughout the year. The Chinese New year today is still marked by people decorating their homes with good-luck phrases, Chinese art, and red lanterns.

Goat Figurines
Photo: Vladimir Filonov/MT

Celebrities born in the Year Of The Sheep are: Mark Twain, Muhammed Ali, Barbara Walters, Nicole Kidman, Amy Lee, Clair Danes, Judy Davis, Kate Hudson, Veronica Lake, Jamie Foxx, Brandy, and Julia Roberts.

Visit the sources below to read more about the Chinese New Year and Chinese astrology.

What is your Chinese astrological sign?
Mine is the Sheep (Goat or Ram).