Monthly Archives: July 2010

Mobile Food Collective

A friend told me about this project organized by the Mobile Food Collective based in Illinois. A fleet of mobiles structures housing tables and storage travel around teaching the community about sustainable food practices, seed exchanges, workshops, and providing overall educational and enjoyable food experiences. Their kickstarter efforts end in a couple weeks and they need moola to fund the building of the mobile structures, bikes and trailers.

Impressively enough, they are also participating in this years Venice Biennale in the US Pavilion. Their website provides personal food histories and updates on their project. I would love to see MFC come to fruition and travel all the way to New York.

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The Hungry Pedaler Kickstarter Campaign

I recently met Daniel and Miko when our mutual homeslice was serving ice cream outside General Greene in Brooklyn. Flaunting their bikes and licking their ice creams we immediately hit off a conversation pertaining to food, pertaining to GFM (RIP) and Vendr TV, a show exploring the best street food the world has to offer. Daniel and Miko are hyper social networking friendly monsters, which makes them, awesome.

They are starting a new project called The Hungry Pedaler. The couple will be taking a bicycle power tour to discover the nation’s best “local and indigenous cuisines”. Basically, they will travel to “eat local” and the footage taken will be edited into webisodes to be shown weekly. It’ll be a two week tour next month and they need to raise $6,500 to make some awesome happen. So I highly encourage you to check out their kickstarter campaign and donate a few bucks for a delicious cause.

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Indecisive Moment Call for Video Submissions

Homeslice Hyla Skopitz founded Indecisive Moment to bring video art to the public eye. It all started with a screening in Chelsea last year and will continue this fall with a curated screening to be held at Brooklyn Fire Proof in Bushwick. Below is the call for video submissions. Get to it!

Indecisive Moment has been invited to curate a video screening. Pulp Legend is bringing together a bunch of DIY/ artist-run groups working with video and is asking each to curate an hour long program.

We’d love to see what you have been up to. Please send us links to any work(s) that you feel would be suitable for a screening (rather than installation). We are in the preliminary stages and haven’t decided on a definite theme or focus, so just send us whatever you’d like. Please nothing longer than ten minutes.

We are always interested in photographers who make videos or videos that are about photography. Please feel free to pass this e-mail onto other video artists and photographers.

The show is tentatively planned for mid-September at Brooklyn Fire Proof East so please be in touch as soon as possible.

Best,
Teresa and Hyla

http://www.indecisivemoment.com
info@indecisivemoment.com
tchristi@gmail.com
hyla@skopitz.com

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This Weekend

TONIGHT

– It’s Korea Day at Central Park and homeslice Kheedim will be sampling some scrumptious Mama O’s Kimchee in addition to performing with his band The Beatards. Korean Power!

Last Supper Festival is having a fundraiser tonight at the lovely space The Commons on Atlantic Ave and it’s themed “Tropical Sensory Masquerade”. Think low cost, high flavored food, music, beer, art and projections, and the best part of it all, a friggin’ masquerade. $10 entry, $5 with costume. Show your support folksies!

Boy Crisis is officially my new favorite band, saw them open for Die Antwoord (NOT my new favorite band) and they’re playing tonight at Coco 66 11pm!!

Famous Friends is hosting a disco party on a boat!

SATURDAY

– The 5th annual The Great Hot Dog Cookoff happens from 2 – 6pm at Kelso Brewery in Clinton Hill, benefiting City Harvest. Homeslice Laena will be there showing off the Farm Dog with pepper jam and paprika aioli. Homeslice Noah will be there serving Le Hot-Dog de creme glacee with ice cream on a croissant. Sounds kinda gross.

– Head north to Beacon for a one day trip and check out Electric Windows to witness live art and installation in the making. 24 artists will be making work to be installing along the facade a former electric blanket factory and in addition there will be music, food, dancing and screen printing.

Sonic Youth, Grass Widow, and Talk Normal play for free ($3 suggested donation) at Prospect Park. Last time I saw Sonic Youth was at Jones Beach and there were SO. MANY. FLIES. It was terrible.

The Danger keep saying the last party will be the last party but then they just keep having parties and this one will be just as crazy as the last.

SUNDAY

Brooklyn Brine is teaching a pickling class at 2pm on Rooftop Farm. I can’t believe I haven’t been to the farm yet this year. Annie’s got bunnies and goats and chickens and sorts of shenanigans.

– I don’t really plan to do anything today except go Rockaway Taco and dip knee dip into the water.

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Reader: July 29, 2010

– It’s been awhile.

Watermill Center benefit hosts a group of artists frolicking about the woods like uncivilized hairy goons, fetishized to cater to  the ignorant awe of really rich people in the Hamptons. Note: this review is in the style section, not the art section.

The Arizona way is NOT the American way. I mean c’mon people: require every immigrant to carry their papers at all times otherwise it’s a crime?

Menstruation machine!

– I’m reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao at the moment but as soon as I’m finished I’m heading straight towards Super Sad True Love Story. Shteyngart grew up in my hood and has a korean fiancee and was interviewed at In Spa. I mean, c’mon.

– Where the hell are the Korean taco trucks in the city?? Asia Dog probably comes closest but watch out folks, anyday now you will find me making kalbi kimchi burgers, hotdogs, and sandwiches. How is it that Korean cuisine is still seen as exotic? I can go take this somewhere…I really can take this somewhere…Oh the possibilities….

Nerd Boyfriends

– Would love to read 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement, after Oscar Wao, after Shteyngart.

– AFC’s recommended summer shows. Don’t forget the show curated by yours truly at Arario Gallery titled Irrelevant: Local Emerging Asian Artists Who Don’t Make Work About Being Asian. yep.

– Rather than writing about someone else’s art art21 writer Songco writes about ice cream in its stead. I feel you brotha.

– Work of Art recap in animated GIFs. I don’t know what all the hypes about, it’s quite annoying really, this show. I hate it. And I hate it even more that people love it because they hate it. I hate that there are art blogs and bloggers (AFC) that I admire that are all gungho about it, as if they’re faking it due to some sort of reward, whether monetary or traffic worthy. It makes me want to barf!

– The 800 year mystery of Pisa’s leaning tower.

Fruity MRI scans.

– Bloggy the 8th dwarf.

– Does Facebook need some governing, treat it like a country? Is it left leaning libertarian?

Paparizzification of arts coverage IS a bad thing. Or perhaps I hold art too high up on the non-grit untainted echelon of purified culture at its prime.

Shadi Ghadirian and Thorsten Brinkmann (via i heart photograph)

Current Time cover depicts an 18 year old Afghan woman whose nose is cut off by the Taliban for running away from in-laws. Article undefensively explains choosing the image as the cover and what message they hope to illuminate onto the peoples.

The Green Mare

Foursquare leads to stalking. Don’t do it. This goes along the lines of my being a good 85% against Twitter and Four Square for their ability to make you automatons. via Hrag.

– People who own ipads are tiresome hipsters with awful personalities. via Hrag.

Is this the future of food magazines? I am crushing on this Ithai dude, watch how he moves and cooks with such ease.

What America Eats, visualized.

Kanye West serenading Facebook employees. Didn’t think they and their office would look so drab.

– I’m sorry but I find this Mast Brothers promotional video absolutely ridiculous and I don’t mean it in a good way.

– How to throw a hipster wedding in 5 easy steps.

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Fatty ‘Cue

A few weeks ago an Angel and I ate at the Fatty Crew’s newest Malaysian infused barbecue joint in south Williamsburg, Fatty ‘Cue. Located a few steps below ground level, its interior encased in wood with uber dimmed lights, housing raucousy music and a chatty crowd, the restaurant immediately gave off a homey, hip, and old school vibe that was welcoming and friendly enough to enter without skeptic intimidation or wide-eyed cringes (I tend to do this in restaurants deemed “too hip” such as the aforementioned). The NYT review spends half its time warning snooty toot lawyers from the upper west side from entering Fatty ‘Cue as it may “feel uncomfortable for those who hear more music at Lincoln Center than at Southpaw”. Why this article decides to create such a divide between cultural identities that are ultimately minute and more importantly, irrelevant, is beyond me. But I suppose I play along with this I-hate-hipsters-but-I-am-a-closet-hipster mentality so should just keep my mouth shut (although I can convincingly argue that I am not a hipster, for hipsters originate from non-NY states and are white and practice Irony like a devout Jesus freak).

Back to Fatty ‘Cue. The space is portioned to 3 confusing small square spaces, we were directed to the mezzanine where I believe the kitchen was, we were seated next to the swinging doors and let me tell you, it was HOT. It felt stuffy and I was sweating and grumpy because of it but tried not to let that get to me too much, reminding myself, I am here to eat some supposedly awesome food. There were some great wall decals/installations with street lights and birdie silhouettes, an uber hipster indie urban look if you ask me. On the ceiling hung the ubiquitous pig chandelier, it’s glitter pink skin slowly turning as light bulbs dangling off its belly, portraying the death and enlightenment of the hog that is worshipped and consumed in this place.

Fatty ‘Cue, like its sister joints Fatty Crab in the west village and upper west side (I am yet to dine at these joints, but will have to asap), joins forces of Malaysian cuisine, with all its eclectic fermented condiments and chili based sauces and hand eating techniques (fingers as utensils are highly encouraged here), and smoked meat. They’ve got ole hickory pits in the kitchen which cooks the meat ever so slowly and tenderly, infusing the beauty of smoke into fatty cuts of meat.

The menu flaunts two (pricey in my humble opinion) types of dishes: snacks and specialties, or easily put, appetizers and mains. The every so friendly waiter encouraged us to share all our plates that’s what they do in this southeast Asian country. We started with the drink specials, I rarely drink but was in a flamboyant mood so ordered the Smokin’ Bone: Whisky, smoked pineapple, lime, and chocolate bitters. Sounds enticing no? It might very well be that I don’t have a trained alocholic’s palette to appreciate such complicated cocktails but I didn’t like this drink too much. It was an odd sensation of tasting sour with burnt sweetness. It was bizarre. I didn’t finish it.

We then went ahead and ordered some snacks and specialties which were served in cheap plastic plates you get in chinatown and wooden chopsticks. This both credits and discredits the restaurant in my opinion as they succeed in being this down to earth, homey, casual and nonchalant joint that is welcome to all, except for the fact that it’s not really all that cheap. But perhaps that is only because I am so damn broke? Not sure but the bill came out way higher than an Angel and I’s usual eatventures.

The most prized of our choices was the Nasi Ulam, a “rice salad” snack consisting of turmeric spice blend, ikan bilis (tiny dried anchovies), ginger, and herbs. It was a most balanced and perfect blend of sticky, chewy, crunchy, tangy, earthy, and fragrant. I want to make it everyday for lunch. It is and tastes healthy. It’s a specialty all to its own, a one in all shebang that requires no other helpers to be consumed.

My main was the Ikan Bakar, whole mackerel, turmeric salt, smoked and seared in banana leaf, chili-garlic-lime sauce. The whole smoked fish came with the chili sauce and soy sauce and had no starchy condiment so I ordered the buns which was completely unnecessary considering I had the heavenly rice salad. The fish itself was mildly seasoned and spiced, working less as a focal point and more as a base for the sauce to be dipped into. It was however cooked beautifully, so tender and delicate the meat was. It reminded me of the fish I ate (not sure what it is) growing up with a bowl of rice and nothing more. Fishy and salty enough to hit those taste buds on the side that make you pucker a bit but not too overpowering to disgust you, the sauce was a bit too spicy for me but combined with the rice salad it was a great combo.

Here’s the recipe.

An Angel ordered the Fazio Farm Red Curry Duck, with sweet pickled daikon (there were only 3 stubs which just isn’t enough), and a sauce bowl of smoked red curry. These guys obviously love to smoke EVERYTHING, and that’s great to an extent, except for the fact and wish that curry should have somehow been already toppled onto the duck. But perhaps that’s not the way the Malaysians do it. You’ve got to use your fingers, rip the meaty and tender pieces of duck apart, and dip the shit out of it into the curry. Don’t even try using a knife, although an Angel did start off that way. Eventually he went hogwild with his fingers. Flavorful, crispy skin, fatty juices, and chewy, the few bites of the duck I had was quite fulfilling for my tastebuds.

Now I’m wondering why more restaurants don’t use this ole hickory pit smoked technique more often which provides for the magically tender and juicy as opposed to the fast cook grilling method which often leaves meat dry and charred. Is it an expensive equipment? Does it take too long since it’s a slow cooking process and restaurants just don’t have time for that? I believe Fatty ‘Cue butchers their meat in house, use seasonal and local ingredients when they can, and make all the sauces in house, three elements that ultimately christen them into the hip and young food movement of yonder.

I’d be more than happy to return and explore everything else on their menu, I’d like to think it’s worth the price.

Fatty ‘Cue

91 South 6th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Last Supper Salon: Sept 18!

I’m not quite sure yet how, but somehow, I’ll be volunteering to help folks over at Last Supper organize what will be a one day gastroartnomical experience. Read below and mark your calendar! Also if you’re an artist and would like to participate, holla!

Call to Artists Submission Deadline: August 23, 2010

http://www.lambastic.com
http://www.lastsuppersalon.blogspot.com
Questions, Comments, Volunteer Opportunities- email: Lambastic@gmail.com
Join Last Supper on Facebook, Myspace, and Blogspot for all the latest multi-media updates and goings-on.

The Last Supper                                           Tropical Sensory Masquerade
Saturday, September 18, 6pm-2am                  July 30th, 2010

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