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Massive Dutch protests against the obliteration of cultural funding!

Dutch text below is not a direct translation. Imagine this: you're an internationally recognised Dutch cultural institution of art/design/media culture. You have a substantial collection; media art, landscape art, but also paintings/ sculptures/ installations/ photography/ film/ design object... Read more

Posted on June 25, 2011 14:01

Consumer trends 2008

Taped to the door of Rotterdam’s most charming North African bakery Fes, there is an update of the global commodities price for cereals and sugar. Bakery Fes situated in the Afrikaanderbuurt, a neighbourhood on the lift and the owners of Fes find it important to offer their clientele an explan... Read more

Posted on November 12, 2007 15:33

The Dutch Cocaine Factory
to debut at the IDFA

Still from the Dutch Cocaine Factory © Jeanette Groenendaal 2007 and used entirely with permission It's not a food, it's a crop, and until World War II, the Netherlands was the largest producer of quality cocaine in the world. Reserve your tickets now for Jeanette Groenendaal's debut documenta... Read more

Posted on November 11, 2007 23:57

Water, pure thyself

Trickle-down theory, solar disinfection water purifier by Herman Lijmbach, image used with permission Gawd knows I'm a sucker for water purification, so even though there was a goodly handful of other wonderful work and pretty thingy-thingies at the Design Academy Eindhoven's graduation show la... Read more

Posted on October 23, 2007 16:55

Wonderfood in Arnhem

Rosemary and violet candy by Katja Gruijters, photo by Annemarieke vd Broek used entirely with permission Last Saturday I was invited to experience the opening dinner of Dudok in Wonderfood. Café Dudok is a very forward thinking brasserie that during the Arnhem Fashion Biennial participates in... Read more

Posted on June 8, 2007 19:02

Wild Fermentation

My friend Anita Lozinska made these pickles last summer in Poland, where they know a thing or two about pickle making. These are perfect pickles. A few weeks ago, a friend asked me if I believed in the theory that we should eat foods according to our blood and body types, according to our ethni... Read more

Posted on February 12, 2007 20:28

Foodmiles design competition winners win some JUICE

Image of judging panel used with non-tacit permission Tuesday, one week ago today was devoted to a most ironic activity. I swam back and forth to London to jury the shortlisted entries of an international competition to find design solutions to the problem of foodmiles. And by swam, I mean fle... Read more

Posted on February 6, 2007 13:18

Cooking with supermodels

Kitchen Princess Erga always wears herbs, Seattle Public Library carpet by Petra Blaisse Maybe it's the phermones, maybe it's the new varieites of sprouts, (fennel, coreander, sunflower and pea shoots to name a few) but it seems that everything just keeps getting more beautiful at the Grow Yer ... Read more

Posted on December 1, 2006 10:33

Food-related film at the IDFA

You would be wise to print this simultaneously with the programme of the Shadow Festival if you want to plan your days and nights between the 21st of November and the 3rd of December 2006. 22 films in this year's the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) are food-related. 3 of th... Read more

Posted on November 20, 2006 7:40

Micro-green restaurant officially open

Jeanette likes sprouts because they're seed-related Roqn-ass opening btw. Merveilleuse! The dear friends showed up, the food was devoured, folks asked for seconds (and got them without a wince) we danced our tocheses off until 4ish and the whole thing ended sloppily with bottles of bubbles (cav... Read more

Posted on November 4, 2006 18:56

Food causes gas, and by gas, I mean greenhouse gas

Greenhouse gas emissions linked to the production of a kg (roughly 2 pounds) of food. Meat refers to the "carcass equivalent", with bones but without processing, packaging, or transportation. Source IFEN 2004 for France Jean-Marc Jancovici, whose website on climate change with readable, chartfu... Read more

Posted on September 7, 2006 6:53

Soy story: food subculture club visits an exhibiton of Romanian otaku culture

An array of Romanian textured soy products What could be more obvious than the fact that the noble soybean, or rather, the humble hunk of textured soy and contemporary Romanian otaku culture are inextricably linked. You already knew that, right? About one month ago, Mediamatic hosted a most ... Read more

Posted on July 9, 2006 18:13

Autistic chocolate

Chocolate hat © Ann de Gersem, photo C. Baele A pink chocolate teapot hat? Pistachio green chocolate teacups with fur and pink foil? Dark chocolate whiskey snifter crystal ashtray bling? Ann de Gersem, a Design Academy Eindhoven MFA student graduates today with a collection of chocolate object... Read more

Posted on June 29, 2006 1:20

CPULs when bad acronyms happen to good people

It's pronounced 'SEE, PULSE' and stands for Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes. Architects Viljoen, Bohn and Howe's positively radical notion of combining productive urban landscapes with continuous landscapes, proposes a new urban design strategy that would change the appearance of contempo... Read more

Posted on June 9, 2006 13:51

Anorexia, art, war, rant

The pumpkin dumpling that I just couldn't finish. A little less than a year ago I wrote an entry about SehnSucht, a restaurant for anorexics in Berlin that had opened up sometime in January 2005. Because I didn't have a picture of the restaurant, and because I hadn't visited it (and to this day ca... Read more

Posted on April 17, 2006 19:10

Episode 1, emergency food distribution and the role of the cameras

This entry refers to food distribution as discussed in yesterday's entry about the World Food Programme's computer game, Food Force. video still from Episode 1, © Renzo Martens In January 2004, Dutch artist Renzo Martens produced his forty-four minute art film, Episode 1, a documentation of... Read more

Posted on March 19, 2006 11:17

Food Force computer game: force-feeding inaccurate notions of the causes of hunger

images courtesy of Food Force, &copy United Nations World Food Programme - all rights reserved Two weeks ago I sat dumbfounded watching a French TV report in which journalism students practiced reporting a fictional national emergency. I couldn't help but think that what's cool about practice ... Read more

Posted on March 17, 2006 18:26

Food-related film at the 4th Berlinale Talent Campus

'Doña Ana', watercolour and collage that inspired Marlon Vasquez Silva's animation film Strawberry Eating Woman. 'Doña Ana' © Marlon Vasquez Silva, digital image courtesy of the artist Apparently the director of the Berlinale International Film Festival, Dieter Kosslick, is obse... Read more

Posted on February 23, 2006 15:25

When fish fall in love

film still from When Fish Fall in Love, shows main character Atieh, her daughter and sisters preparing orange syrup in the garden. Image used without permission When it comes to food-related film, I couldn't have made a better start at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Drawing Restraint 9... Read more

Posted on February 13, 2006 14:01

Food-related film at the Berlin International Film Festival

Pack up your yurt, we're moving to the steppes of Berlin for a week, where it's much colder than it was in Rotterdam, and where a yurt will come in handy. The craziness begins today at the Berlinale, the Berlin International Film Festival. Culiblog will be attending the madness for an entire week, ... Read more

Posted on February 9, 2006 14:12

Drawing Restraint, dragging ambergris

Occidental Guest (bride), production still from Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint 9, copyright Matthew Barney, used without permission Filled with expectation unsuitable for the company of friends, clutching a fat wad of tickets between fingers reeking of quickly eaten, mediocre sushi, it is u... Read more

Posted on February 5, 2006 20:51

And the answer is… community supported agriculture

image courtesy of the Real Dirt on Farmer John website Well, at least that is one of the most positive answers to the questions that came to my mind after watching Erwin Wagenhofer’s We Feed the World (Austria 2005) Saturday night at the IDFA. Although reviews and film descriptions already abou... Read more

Posted on November 30, 2005 11:17

The Hunger Artist

Here's one for the archives: Google (images) 'Hunger Artist' Happy Thanksgiving, by the way. (more...) Read more

Posted on November 24, 2005 8:04

Food-related film, art, design and culture in Amsterdam

Starting next week culiblog is feeding itself with food-related films from the Shadow and IDFA documentary film festivals. Themes such as the family farm, food distribution, foodstore owners, olive trees, Japanese home cooking and of course globalisation, feature prominently in my selection. The N... Read more

Posted on November 17, 2005 11:46

Food Subculture Club visits a raw food (un)cooking workshop

When cooking with meat or dairy, it's always easy to create foods that are delicious, rich and complex in flavour. By combining processed grain flours with an oven, or brown rice and a rice maker, it's simple enough to make comfort food. But I have always been curious as to whether a diet of raw... Read more

Posted on November 13, 2005 20:31

Chef Thor, Croqueta d’Amor, Medaille d’Or, Cultural Sectór!

images top to bottom: Croqueta d'Amor in process, the chef formerly known as Thor, Chef Croquette works on a Croquette Japonais At a top secret location in Amsterdam's PostCS cultural hub, Chef Croquette and the Croquette Family get to work on the hundreds of croquettes ordered for a weekend ... Read more

Posted on November 4, 2005 23:31

A belly full of raw food facility, reviewing a conceptual restaurant

Smart babies bring their own food to a restaurant opening It's probably fair to assert that last Saturday was an all-time first in Amsterdam: two interesting culinary events in one day. I made sure to attend both Juliano Brotman's Raw Food UnCooking workshop as well as the restaurant launch of Mar... Read more

Posted on November 2, 2005 10:31

Juliano’s Raw

Image of Juliano and friends courtesy of Juliano Brotman's Planet Raw website Loyal culiblog readers know that I like my bacon fried crispy and that I never pass up an opportunity to eat most forms of smoked pork. But I also like to expand my culinary and nutritional repetoire with raw food kweeze... Read more

Posted on October 28, 2005 11:59

Papabubble is pure sugar finger lickin’

Loyal culiblog readers know that I'm not a big fan of sweets, but sometimes sugar is coaxed by masterful hands into shapes and colours so beautiful, and with flavours so delicious, that it's all I can do to keep from hauling off and giving it a good lickin'. At the moment of writing, I'm popping a... Read more

Posted on October 18, 2005 14:13

All I really really want is locative food

That is, food that tells me where I am and where it's from by it's very name and nature (without the use of an RFID tag). And all I really really want is to have one major train station and one major airport in one country that sells food that is not created by food product designers but by loca... Read more

Posted on October 1, 2005 9:53

Oh to utter the words, food design…

Well it's about bloody time! Coinciding with all manner of design events going on right now in Amsterdam, the Stedelijk Museum hosted a symposium titled Food Design at the ubiquitous Club 11, featuring three speakers and three completely different interpretations. Marije Vogelzang (Proef) is do... Read more

Posted on September 28, 2005 9:03

Salad Song

By now we are all well aware of the profound relationship between the citizens of Bejing and Montpellier. Therefore it should come as no surprise when the Occitanian cultural powers that be deem it high time for an 'international biennial' of Chinese contemporary art in their fair city. And why th... Read more

Posted on August 26, 2005 13:06

Lolly Lab

Imagine my delight last Sunday when the very first work I see at Arnhem's exam show is Bas Kools' Lolly Lab. Kools is a freshly graduated designer with fine prospects for the future. He'll attend the RCA in London next year. What I loved most about Kools' setup was that he put the prototypes ... Read more

Posted on June 28, 2005 10:21

I would have been satisfied with less

Café Dudok in Arnhem prepared a special menu in honour of the Arnhem Fashion Biennale. Dutch Art Institute student, MuXue and I were visiting Arnhem for other reasons entirely but we did manage to end the day with an hors d'oeuvre and dessert at said café. The starter, a smoked turkey avocado an... Read more

Posted on June 27, 2005 6:46

Art is, art was fluid last Sunday

Due to the good company and delightfully engaged audience, artist initiative Artis in Den Bosch showed this Sunday (05.06.2005) that they really know how to throw a happening. Margriet Kemper opened the salon with a presentation of her book, Speak, Image! (unfortunately only in Dutch) in whic... Read more

Posted on June 8, 2005 9:57

Restaurant for anorexics

Sehnsucht, (means longing in German) is the name of a Berlin restaurant for anorexics. Owner Katja Eichbaum, formely anorexic, started this project with private funding (only her father would lend her money) as a therapy for her own condition. The chef is anorexic as are several members of staff.... Read more

Posted on May 5, 2005 8:38

Fish and Chips, Surinam Style

Telo is my favourite dish from Surinam. Delicious shredded salt cod piled upon deep fried casava with Madame Jeanette salsa fresca dumped in the corner of a plastic container. A completely inadequate coloured fork features prominently in the visual but serves no other purpose. Typically I drink... Read more

Posted on January 30, 2005 22:47

Brain Food

This terribly sad but well written book by Mark Kurlansky is a gripping history from the perspective of the cod. Kurlansky tells how fishing for this gadiform has deeply affected the wealth and development of many nations and technologies. I'm thinking the Flounder by Gunther Grass that I read bac... Read more

Posted on January 20, 2005 20:54

Juicing, but not frothing, and you?

So far this juice fast has yielded quite a number of discoveries, the usefullness of oat milk being one of them. In my opinion grain and nut milks qualify for a juice fast because they are simply the wrung out water in which grain or nut meal has been soaking. These 'milks' don't give the gut flor... Read more

Posted on January 6, 2005 22:46

Milk tasting, and you?

As I said, not eating solid foods affords you a chance to try new things. Tonight we did a little experimental milk tasting. Because we're on a juice fast and generally behaving as self-righteously as we can we decided to bypass the locally produced cow, sheep and goat varieties and test the local... Read more

Posted on January 5, 2005 22:19

Re-enact creaming

Mediamatic and CASCO's performance night titled Re-enact was rife with food related performance art. My absolute favourite performer was Nezaket Ekici who oh so diva-liciously turned cream into butter with her bare right hand. It took 24 minutes or thereabouts. Everyone was aswoon! (more...)... Read more

Posted on December 13, 2004 13:47

Adam is the genuine article…

The very attentive Adam Kuban raced over on his, his, (whatever sort of motorcycle he's riding) to assure me that his weblog Slice is purely about offering the best possible pizza fieldguide and not about I-Pod applications, 'not that there's anything wrong with that...' One lengthy browsie-brows... Read more

Posted on November 23, 2004 0:10

Sunday Tea, Fruit Boom

We can all use a bit more para so a visit to the Witte de With Paraeducation Department was the order of the day, this Sunday. The salon-format programme titled Facts of Chance (authored by artists Anne Schiffer, Marcel van den Berg, and Frank Koolen) was satisfying, like when the cookie tin stay... Read more

Posted on November 14, 2004 19:44

Fade to Beige

What, you don't like my spork? It is designed by Pandora Design in Italy and is called Moscardino. (more...) Read more

Posted on November 6, 2004 8:26

Taking Cashew Cheese Seriously This Time

In my October 6th entry I report on buying R A W and how it made me nostalgic for the vegetarian classic, Laurel's Kitchen. I said I was going to take cashew cheese seriously these time and I am a woman of my word. Roxanne Klein's recipe calls for 'fermented bean water' but I just used kim chi (pi... Read more

Posted on November 4, 2004 9:28

Learning through your Ass: The Return of Laurel’s Kitchen

When I became a vegetarian at the tender age of 13, my parents, fearing that I would stunt my own growth, gave me what was considered at the time to be a good introduction to vegetarian nutrition, amino acid chains and global food politics. It was my first cookbook ever and its pictureless recip... Read more

Posted on October 8, 2004 1:09

Ik lust je R A W

Wing flapping all around! Today I indulged myself and bought a cookbook that I have wanted to own for quite some time. R A W by Roxanne Klein (a culinary approach to vegan and raw food cooking) with Charlie Trotter, one of the US's most innovative chefs. Regular readers know that porkatarians like... Read more

Posted on October 7, 2004 17:52

Google Recipe Finder

The fabulous R.vT. came up with this Google Recipe Search link. Forget typing in turkey, or wild boar. It's just a search engine, go crazy and try tofurkey + lemon curd or monkey + banana + camenbert! Suddenly nothing seems wierd anymore. (Does this me... Read more

Posted on October 2, 2004 22:35

Taiwanese Bean Beverage

Yesterday Dan said that Latvians are lucky. But today is another day and for breakfast I decided to serve up this Taiwanese Bean Beverage to my Latvian guest *Emils. Just a little good morning experiment. Emils remained cheerful throughout the tasting although shortly after fulfilling his task ... Read more

Posted on July 1, 2004 14:41

Smart Taiwanese Packaging (because you never know when you’re going to want to tuck into that Discorea Mixed Congee snack that you’ve been stowing away in your purse for special occasions)

The spoons that come with the Taiwanese bean beverages that I bought yesterday snapped neatly into the lid. Unfold and click and you're ready to suck up all the goodness. Read more

Posted on 14:04

About 10,000 EURO worth of ham

An image of the ham fridge at one of Barcelona's bistros. This is clearly the ideal way to store the serrano hams until the neat shavings land on a plate near your bread. (more...) Read more

Posted on June 10, 2004 5:51

Camper’s Flagship Restaurant

The wall mural menu at 'Foodball'. These last days in Barcelona I had the opportunity to meet up with designer Marti Guixé to talk about our food-related projects. He showed me the newly opened Camper flagship restaurant that he designed. It's all about balls. (more...) Read more

Posted on June 7, 2004 23:34

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