Apple iPad 2 Distribution Design – Ridiculous Line Hurts Brand Identity

That day was the fourth day that I arrived at the Apple Store at 6AM to stand in line to buy an iPad (Thurs 21st, Fri 22nd, Sat 23rd & Mon 25th). On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, after waiting for between 20 minutes – 1 hour, we were told there were no iPads that day. [...]

Restaurant Naming: Jonathan Benno’s Hype Meets Reality

On May 25th the New York Times reported that chef Jonathan Benno’s new restaurant being built at Lincoln Center for the Patina Restaurant Group did not yet have a name.
The next morning I sent a letter to Nick Valenti, head of Patina with a suggestion for a name I thought would be fitting for the new [...]

New York Times Weekend Magazine – Design Spring 2010

It was a pleasant surprise to open up the ‘Design Spring 2010′ issue of the New York Times Weekend Magazine and find our ‘New York Delft’ plates pictured with other ‘blue and white’ designs.  Follow the link and then click ‘view print magazine’ at the bottom and go to page 50.  Many thanks to our [...]

In The Recipe Lab: Thomas Keller’s Duck Confit

All of my cassoulet meditation recently provoked me to the point of tracking down pigs feet and making Fergus Henderson’s Trotter Gear.  Then, with a fridge full of the porcine pedal goo, I figured the only logical thing to do would be to put some of it to use and make the cassoulet that had [...]

Corton: The Covered Flame (In Which I Disagree With Mr. Bruni)

“Are both the beef and the lamb done sous vide?” I asked the server as he assembled our main courses in front of us.
“Yes.  The kitchen has no open flame!” he exclaimed with what sounded like pride.
Well… that’s interesting.  Is that something to be proud of?  Or simply the staff putting a brave face and [...]

In The Recipe Lab: Fergus Henderson’s ‘Trotter Gear’

These recent wintery days have had me thinking about great cold-weather meals that I have had.  One such memory is from Christmas 2006 when the boss and I spent the Holiday kicking around Paris.  We had no agenda (an no relatives to visit) other than to wander the city for a couple days with only an eye [...]

New Years Eve 2009 Dinner

Since Captain Stinker came along our social schedule has been under a bit of a ‘re-org’.  So for New Year’s Eve this year, instead of going out (actually a welcome excuse for this holiday), we stayed home and had a few people over to our place for a casual dinner and drinks.  The evenings thrown-together [...]

Post Cereal ‘Vintage’ Packaging; Remember The Good Ol’ Days

We eat cereal around here like we are trying to win a James Beard Foundation award for Cereal Eating.  Too bad there isn’t such an award.  Sam Sifton could write a review; “The breadth and depth of Demian’s cereal eating portrays an insatiable appetite for milk-covered grain-based breakfast products and a passion for the craft.  [...]

Restaurant Matchbooks – Branding And Culture Collide

There is an article in today’s New York Times Dining Section by Katrina Heron about restaurant matchbooks.  It got me thinking about the whole ‘matches-in-restaurants’ thing.  Of course they were originally there for the convenience of the smokers at the bar, waiting for a table or enjoying an after dinner drink.  Which then served a dual [...]

Co. Pizza: Tradition in Modernist Clothing

I got the chance to finally eat at Co. Pizza last night.  Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery fame had opened Co. relatively recently but I had not yet been.  But an old college friend was in town.  Out-of-towners tend to eat earlier than we do.   Restaurants with no reservations tend to have shorter waits for tables the earlier [...]