Published March 12, 2010
Design , Food , Funny , Product Packaging
Tags: Animals, Art, Bento, Creative, Cuisine, Food, Japanese
I recently came across Japanese bento photography on Flickr and became intrigued with the intricacies of this cultural tradition. First, what is bento? In a nutshell it’s a combination of food items tucked into a container. The bento can be fairly simple or it can be an elaborate work of art. Wikipedia describes it in more detail:
A single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento consists of rice, fish or meat, and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container. Containers range from disposable mass produced to hand crafted lacquerware. Although bento are readily available in many places throughout Japan, including convenience stores, bento shops (弁当屋, bentō-ya?), train stations, and department stores, it is still common for Japanese homemakers to spend time and energy for their spouse, child, or themselves producing a carefully prepared lunch box.
Here are a few of my favorite photos from Flickr:
Geese bento, photo by kitsa_sakurako via Flickr
Cute animals, photo by soulstruck via Flickr
Halloween, photo by pkoceres via Flickr
Sandwich man, photo by kitsa_sakurako via Flickr
Sesame street, photo by cuteobento via Flickr
Elmo and friends, photo by lovebones via Flickr
Old Heinz ketchup packet vs. new Heinz ketchup packet
Meet the new Heinz® ketchup easy-dip packet. Heinz® ketchup has undergone a redesign of the ever-so-convenient ketchup packet that has been a classic staple of fast-food eats for over 35 years. However, there have been many complaints about the product’s messiness. With this in mind, the H.J. Heinz Co. unveiled a new solution on Thursday, Feb. 4th, 2010. The product’s new packaging allows for easier dipping or squeezing, depending on the consumer’s preference. With more flexibility, it appears that the Heinz® company hopes that this will appeal more to a broader range of customers. According to an ABC news article,
Designers found that what worked at a table didn’t work where many people use ketchup packets: in the car. So two years ago, Heinz bought a used minivan for the design team members so they could give their ideas a real road test.
The team studied what each passenger needed. The driver wanted something that could sit on the armrest. Passengers wanted the choice of squeezing or dunking. Moms everywhere wanted a packet that held enough ketchup for the meal and didn’t squirt onto clothes so easily.
The original packets will still be available for traditional consumers. However, for those of you anxious to check out the new design, you can anticipate the new packets to hit the market at select fast-food locations throughout the nation in Fall of 2010. To find out more information, read the press release, “Heinz® Ketchup ‘Uncaps’ New Decade with Revolutionary Product and Packaging Innovations” on the Heinz corporate website.
Thanks to Jacob Cass, @justcreative. for the lead.
Published February 3, 2010
Tags: Cooking, Creative, Food, Recipe, Snacks, Superbowl
Looking to get in touch with your creative side for this year’s Superbowl food line-up? Check out some of these fun recipes:
Ritz Cheesy Football
Recipe from Food Network
Ritz Cheesy Football from Food Network
Salad on a Stick
Recipe from Food Network
Salad on a Stick from Food Network
Perky Olive Penguins
Recipe from RecipeZaar
Perky Olive Penguins from RecipeZaar
Recipe from Food Network
Super Bowl from Food Network
And the best for last… albeit a little over the top:
The Greatest Snack Food Stadium Ever Built
Recipe from Holy Taco
The Greatest Snack Food Stadium Ever Built by Holy Taco
Today we figured we’d give the new Domino’s pizza a try. Reluctantly. We certainly weren’t the biggest fan of Domino’s. In fact, we had always hated it. Despite the negativity toward Domino’s, we thought we’d give them a second chance. To our surprise, it was a very pleasant experience. However, we couldn’t resist a laugh when we saw how they computed the price, but the online tracker really made up for it. See picture for reference (click to zoom in):
Domino's New Pizza Tracker
Our pizza arrived quickly and was presented to us by a very kind delivery man. So far, so good. On to the true test, what did the pizza look like?
New dominos pizza. Pizza on the right is thin-crust with green peppers and pepperoni. On the left: original crust with jalapenos and pineapple.
A big improvement from the old pizza. The flavors were a lot more sophisticated. Certainly not your top-notch pizza, but much better. I would say that the thin crust tasted a lot more gourmet than the regular crust. The regular crust pizza resembled a mash-up of Domino’s and Papa John’s pizza, so I’d probably stray away from that next time, just my preference. Down to the real question: would we order it again? Yes.
This modern stainless steel appliance is the perfect excuse to play with your food. You can carve designs into orange rinds as well as other citrus fruits. It’s shallow enough that it won’t puncture into the actual orange fruit itself, so carve away! Available at Alessi for $27.00.
Published August 5, 2009
Design , Food , Gadgets , Wedding
Tags: Gadget, Kitchen, Measuring, Registry, SmartMeasure Cup, Wedding, Yanko Design
No more bending down to measure your ingredients! This measuring cup gives you precise measurements while cooking in your kitchen. Check out the SmartMeasure Cup at YankoDesign soon to be sold in stores this Fall, thanks to Taylor Kitchenware for picking it up. Hm, I wouldn’t mind having this on my wedding registry!