Tea leaves

Cut Crystal Flowers and Pineapple

Food Porn. All Culture Vultures Must Eat.

I found an excellent article in an older issue of The Atlantic. And some amazing visuals from my hoard….

What ‘Food Porn’ Does to the Brain – The Atlantic

“It makes sense,” Megan Garber wrote of food journalism in The Atlantic last week, “that we would come to treat food not just as a source of sustenance, but also as a source of beauty that warrants intellectual engagement.”  But food porn is to food writing what images, in general, are to words: more immediate, more visceral. When choosing recipes for the Food Porn Daily Cookbook, Simpson recalled, she would “sit there for hours thinking, ‘What is porny? What turns your palate on?’” “Those pictures and those websites draw us in,” Magee said, “because they do hit something really primal in us.” Hunger and craving and fuel and want and need come together in complicated ways, but an ad for a Big Mac still draws on a fundamental quirk of animal behavior: It’s prettier, flashier, more attention-grabbing than the real thing, and that in itself is reason enough to enjoy it.

What ‘Food Porn’ Does to the Brain – The Atlantic

to add to that is my take on food porn… it includes cocktails! 😉

amazing works of art, that are set apart, for one reason or another.

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Slurred Lines: Great Cocktail Moments in Famous Literature | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian Magazine

Brandy Alexander

Made with cream and chocolate liqueur, the brandy Alexander is basically an alcoholic milkshake. Photo by Flickr user ImipolexG

“Few cocktails are as maligned as the brandy Alexander, a rich concoction containing cream and chocolate liqueur. The drink is believed to be a Prohibition innovation, made with “enough sugar and cream to mask the foulest of bootleg hooch,” writes Wall Street Journal cocktail columnist Eric Felten. Since then, this “milkshake,” as John Lennon liked to called it, has acquired a reputation of femininity and ostentation. In Ian Fleming’s short story, “Risico” (later adapted into the 1981 film, For Your Eyes Only), the drink is used as a “secret recognition signal” between James Bond and a CIA informant, Aristotle Kristatos. Fleming writes: “The creamy, feminine drink was so much cleverer than the folded newspaper, the flower in the buttonhole, the yellow gloves that were the hoary, slipshod call signs between agents.” The brandy Alexander also figures in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Edward Albee’s nightmare portrait of marital dysfunction. The drink takes George and Martha back to a more innocent time in their relationship, when the latter would order “real ladylike little drinkies” including brandy Alexanders and gimlets. “But the years have brought to Martha a sense of essentials,” says George, “the knowledge that cream is for coffee, lime juice for pies … and alcohol pure and simple … here you are, angel … for the pure and simple. For the mind’s blind eye, the heart’s ease, and the liver’s craw. Down the hatch, all.” 1 ½ oz brandy 1 oz cream 1 oz crème de cacao (brown)…”

from : Slurred Lines: Great Cocktail Moments in Famous Literature | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian Magazine

pondering about a character…

There is a character nestled in my book of character sketches who is itching to become the main character of a novel. Seriously she is chomping at the bits. I could divulge the character’s name from now, but that would be premature fame for her, and it will give her the false impression that she is on her way to stardom. And she isn’t even fully developed as a character, after all, she is still in the makes. She is a storyteller from birth, and suffers from a peculiar malady that afflicts those that have the storyteller’s gene… It has to do with food. And she also has devised a rather unusual way to deal with this malady of hers…Do NOT be fooled by her appearance.