Double issue: mother nature, Chinese knock offs, and old chefs

Issue 6+7, Volume 2

07/02/12

Greetings our inquisitive brethren!

Welcome to the sixth and seventh installment of the Dirty Dozen for 2012.  This issues highlights: killing mother nature, rebuilding her better, knock offs from China, old guys still cooking, and an awesome Burger King ad from Russia (we think…translate it and we’ll buy you dinner.)

Also special this month: we’ve doubled this issue – we’re expecting that some things may get lost in the shuffle of some upcoming travel and client work, so please take your time with these, there’s plenty here to keep you busy, inspired.

Many thanks to the folks who have send along links they find awesome, amazing, or simply worth looking at. Keep ’em coming.

Digest these at your own pace, or not even at all. Learn, comment or ignore. Pass ’em to clients, start a conversation, impress your friends. We’ll keep looking, cooking and sending these lists.

Enjoy.

 

1. Fergus on fads:

http://gourmettraveller.com.au/fergus-henderson-on-food-fads.htm

2. Eat fries and die. (Also, the word choice of “avante-garde” makes me sad in this context): 

www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-heart-attack-grill-20120423,0,2915767.story

3. Brilliant QR Codes for sagging dayparts: 

http://www.springwise.com/retail/seoul-retailer-3d-qr-codes-sun-deliver-discounts-quiet-times/

4. Superweed. The bad kind:

http://www.nationofchange.org/monsanto-s-mass-super-weeds-force-sustainable-farming-1337614868

5. Hey, fatty:

http://www.nationofchange.org/why-you-re-fat-1337225313

6. Worthless food critics:

http://gawker.com/5913046/food-critics-are-worthless

7. Chinese In ‘n Out knock off:

http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/2011/12/first-look-at-in-n-out-clone-caliburger-in-shanghai.html

8. Corn, beauty, genetics, Prometheus :

blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2012/05/15/come-for-the-beautiful-gem-glass-corn-stay-for-a-dose-of-genetics/

9. Killing us softly:

http://www.nationofchange.org/pacific-ocean-dying-1337346516

10. Obligatory Joe Beef link:

http://eater.com/archives/2012/05/21/mcmillan-morin-on-montreal-cooking-ocd-chefs-the-future.php

11. Duh: 

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2012/05/the-quickest-way-to-get-things-done-and-make-change-and.html

12. Music for Friday night dinner service: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7_jbluF0qo

13. Emilio tends the fire, 72 years young:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/05/20/t-magazine/20remix-selby.html

14. MIT, killing time:

http://www.fastcoexist.com/1679878/mits-freaky-non-stick-coating-keeps-ketchup-flowing

15. Umami empire:

http://www.lamag.com/features/Story.aspx?ID=1684949

16. Drink a Gibraltar with the Grim Reaper:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9269461/Drinking-coffee-linked-to-lower-deaths-research.html

17. From Russia, with love:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zojkbkaZwo&feature=share

18. DK on creative confidence:

http://www.ted.com/talks/david_kelley_how_to_build_your_creative_confidence.html

19. A slice is no longer just a slice:

http://sf.eater.com/archives/2012/05/11/the_ultimate_san_francisco_pizza_glossary.php

20. Pitfalls of interior design:

http://www.rmgtmagazine.com/content/trends-interior-design

21. Be an intern, scoop litter:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkOQw96cfyE

22. Ken Robinson uses bad music, but explains passion:

http://vimeo.com/21195297

23. Bad design is bad:

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1669720/how-lousy-cockpit-design-crashed-an-airbus-killing-228-people

24. Who needs local flavor?:

http://travel.yahoo.com/ideas/best-fast-food-chains-in-the-world.html