Archive | September, 2009

They’re Grrrrrreat! in England too

Wed, Sep 30, 2009 by

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London, England

It always amazes me how I see Frosted Flakes, my favorite cereal, in almost ever country I travel to. The box is usually different or Tony is slightly skewed but the taste always remains the same. Thanks to Tony teh Tiger for keeping it real and giving me a little bit of home as I globetrek.

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Forked with Brad Love

Tue, Sep 29, 2009 by

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P.I.E. WITH Brad Love

Mixing some beef ribs with a gentleman like Brad Love makes for a great and messy lunch. I was barely in Austin for an hour and I was already breaking bread with Professor Brad Love from the Advertising Department of UT. We met at one of my favorite spots in Austin, Ironworks BBQ. I met Brad last year at SXSW. I am back for a few days to launch another of my Yahoo! projects, this time with the help of his students.

Brad runs a great curriculum at the University of Texas and we share a lot of the same out looks on the ad world, both new and old. One of his classes is based on real world RFP’s. The class gets an assignment and at the end of the semester they present their concepts back to the client. Brad thought it would be great to have a Yahoo! assignment and I have been wanting to do the exact same thing for a year and a half. So Brad invited me down and we are off to the races. Great hospitality and a ride to my hotel in his beloved Saab 900 capped off our afternoon with an appropriate Austin fashion.

What we ate

Smoked turkey sandwich
Brisket sandwich
Beef Ribs
Pork ribs
cole slaw

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Forked with Jennifer Aman

Tue, Sep 29, 2009 by

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P.I.E. WITH Jennifer Aman

I goofed up on this one. First, I forgot a camera during the meal. Second, Jenny and I never eat out of the office. Jen and I have been work married since 2006. That means she knows things about me that only wives and long term girlfriends know. I am not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing but I am sure that it’s a THING.

We decided that stretching our legs and escaping the email stream for 30 minutes was in order. To do this we headed to Uncle Moe’s, our local burrito spot. It was a fantastic break but of course our conversation turned to the million work tasks that this week has dished up.

Jen has been a mainstay of the Buzz Team for as long as I have known and is the rock upon which giant programs are built. She was with me in Germany for FIFA and will be with me in India for the October Project. Sort of a work wife anniversary. More importantly then Jen’s work contributions you should know that she is a nickname giver, mine is on, and a song whisperer. On is reverse short for Jason, BTW. The song whispering is uncanny. With a few simple notes she has made everything from “oops I did it again” to “ring around the rosie” stick in my head. It really makes me wonder if this influence is normal. She has a gift, what else can I say. Jenny, thanks for sharing that 30 minute break with me and I can’t wait to see what jingle you get in my head come Thursday.

What we ate
Watsonville buritto and water

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RECAP-REEL TASTY: STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

Sun, Sep 27, 2009 by

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REEL TASTY: A STREET CAR NAMED DESIREphoto credit: Kun Kim

Last Saturday the REEL TASTY deck turned black and white and became extra spicy. It had been on Aimee’s brain for a while to get a Creole/Cajun meal on the table. She had spent some time this year down in NOLA and was itching to recreate some of her favorite dishes for friends. As it turns out choosing the movie was the tough part. As we scoured the archives looking for NOLA inspired movies, few of them leaped out at us. Of those none felt appropriate for following JAWS (our last movie choice).Then we came upon this gem. A classic. One of the rare works in which a play translates so well to the screen that it is rewarded with highest honors in both artistic disciplines. A Street Car Named Desire, although a pretty heavy drama, sets a mood that can’t help pull you deep into the era and the environment. Now all I had to do was brush up on Creole/Cajun recipes. I used to be deep into the style but as I started my rue I realized I have not cooked it in years.

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Forked with Rojeh Torosian

Sun, Sep 27, 2009 by

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P.I.E. WITH Rojeh Torosian

A slice, a pepperoni roll and a coke is all we needed. Rojeh and I popped into the pizza joint on Norman Ave. before heading up to a birthday party. We have shared a numerous amount of meals over the 24 years we’ve know each other. This particular dinner was occupied by quality-of-slice contemplation, a recap of current love interests and a rehashing of the disintegrating fashion etiquette our local hipster population employ.

Rojeh is a true artist in every sense of the word. His physical work and psychological outlook both are dynamic, unique and entrancing. Since we were kids Rojeh has always created. Recently he has moved from realist paintings to abstracts, started doing some performance pieces and used his eBay habit to focus on old film stills (which he reprints in his home darkroom). By day you can find him on the second floor of the MOMA educating tourists, locals, fellow artists and curators on the latest and greatest art books. His knowledge of artists, technics and the books in which their work can be found is uncanny. So, next time you are in the neighborhood pop into the MOMA and give Rojeh a challenge. I always do. He will welcome you with open arms, I guarantee it. Thanks Roj for always being gracious.

What we ate

A slice
A peperoni roll
A coke

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Forked with The Rocamboli’s

Sat, Sep 26, 2009 by

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P.I.E. WITH the Rocamboli's

A giant round of take out sushi at the Rocamboli’s transitioned my “week” into my “weekend”. Avid readers of this blog know this division is more theoretical than tangible. None the less, I would celebrate this unrecognizable event with a trip out to Dave and Enid’s in Jersey City. Usually the three of us find ourselves with a delicious plate of cuban food in front of us. This time we switched it up with miles of sushi anchored by the staple Godzilla role.

Dave is a doctor working out in western Jersey but hails from “the island”. Dave and I shared tons of those awkward, right-of-passage moments in college and therefore never run out of fodder while pumping sushi rolls into our mouths. Such topics as the roach apartment, the robbery and the hole in the roof always seem to make their way into conversation. Enid is his lovely and astute wife who is currently on hiatus from fashion buying since little Lucas came along a few months ago. (We’ll get to Lucas in a second). Only for context would I ever explain “E” as Dave’s wife. If anything Dave is more “her husband”. Simply, Enid is my friend just as much as Dave. Having had our own bonding moments over the years, we always revel discussing topics that Dave would rather pace in front of the TV for than participate in. Having not seen them in a while due to their new addition and my travel schedule we had a great night of catch up covering a myriad of topics and laughing a ton. Just the way it should be. Of course the evening was interspersed and augmented by outbursts from one of my newest friends, Lucas. This little guy is adorable and happy as a clam. His giant open mouth smile kept Uncle J. entranced for a good hour upon arrival. As dinner progressed Lucas was right there with us until his fake keys, laughter and squirm parties got the best of him. Like a light switch at 9pm his eyes shut and his head rolled into his right shoulder. Lucas had left the building. ZZZZZZZ. More laughter and brownie sundaes capped off the evening before Dave decided to attempt a 2 river/2 tunnel drop off in Brooklyn that I must say, was as easy as he had planned it to be. Thanks for the sushi, the laughs and the ride home. Next time it’s my side of the rivers and my treat.

What we ate
Godzilla roll/spider roll/spicy tuna roll
Tuna and salmon sashimi
edemame
homemade brownie sundaes/cafe con leche

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Lunch In A Whore House

Fri, Sep 25, 2009 by

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Skagway Alaska is a small town that looks like a scene from the old west. If you took out the few roads that make up the town and put in dirt with some tumble weed I think I would have to bring my 6 shooter to go get some lunch. After walking through the town in about 5 minutes I ended up at the Red Onion Saloon. The Red Onion Saloon was Skagway’s most exclusive bordello back in the day. It was a bar on the bottom floor but the top floor had 10 small rooms where the ladies waited for business…

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Forked with Brendan Colthurst

Thu, Sep 24, 2009 by

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PIE WITH-Brendon Colthurst

A cheeseburger at Old Town Bar with Brendan Colthurst was an excellent way for me to spend a Tuesday lunch. Brendan and I worked on a project together last year involving an elevator, a Gogel Bordello song and a bunch of days in a tiny edit suite. Brendon is part of the awesome trifactor that runs Disposable Television, a creative production company creating innovative and hilarious video content. Brendan also used to be a developer, so we got a little geek and social marketing talk in during lunch. Brendan is rocking the burly these days. That should serve him well as we go into winter and let’s not forget about SantaCon. Nice work Brendan.

What we ate

Brendan:Cheeseburger with baked potato/Sierra Nevada
J: Hamburger and fries/Sierra Nevada

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P.I.E. WITH Series

Thu, Sep 24, 2009 by

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PIE WITH MOSAIC

I realized that I eat out a lot. When I do, I usually eat with someone. Therefore, it made some sense to start taking some snaps across the table to see exactly who I am eating with. Maybe more important than that is what the hell are we eating together. So, for the next three weeks every meal I eat with someone I will snap and post. From there we can assess. Was this fun? Is this dumb? Should I keep it up or stop?

Simply put, these images would be of People I Eat With. So, P.I.E. WITH seems like a clever and fun name. Hope you enjoy. It will be interesting at the very least to see who I eat with inside a 3 week period. Let’s order!

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Full English. Boooyahh!

Wed, Sep 23, 2009 by

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London, England

A few posts ago I mentioned it was hard to find tasty in London but breakfast is the exception to that rule. A good Full English is a great way to start the day. It’s virtually everywhere, packs a punch and always leaves you happy. This particular FE was consumed in the restaurant of my hotel.

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