• Ridin’ Dirty: 48 Hours in Milan, Italy
    24/04/15 Blog , Travel

    Ridin’ Dirty: 48 Hours in Milan, Italy

    So, last week I went to Italy for the first time. Scratch that, I left the country for the first time. Oh, and, I was totally alone.

    Ford invited me on a press trip to visit their exhibition at Salone del Mobile, the world’s largest furniture trade show. Obviously I said yes, because it sounded really exciting—I asked if could bring someone else from Paste, and they said no. But I still wanted to go. I got advice from several of my friends, nervously photographed my passport and ID, and then waited for the day to arrive. Horror movies are of course fiction, but I kept worrying I was going to get robbed or Taken. I took several years of Italian in college but have forgotten most of it at this point (never got a chance to use it).

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  • The Importance of Giving Design Interns a Creative Challenge
    07/04/15 Blog

    The Importance of Giving Design Interns a Creative Challenge

    In college I was lucky enough to have five different design internships. My classmates had their own internships with different companies, and we’d often discuss them in class. So many of my now-colleagues felt bored in their internships, they felt like pixel pushers, and they didn’t feel fulfilled at the end of the program.

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  • Making Dumplings by Hand
    19/03/15 Blog , Food

    Making Dumplings by Hand

    A few years ago Alyssa and I went to a dumpling-making class in Athens—the two of us and about ten other people stood around a commercial kitchen table while a guy taught us how to mix the filling, roll out the wrappers, stuff, and seal. 12 people each making dumplings at once yielded far too many for anyone to eat, but they were just too delicious to quit.

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  • We started a pie blog!
    14/03/15 Blog

    We started a pie blog!

    Darcy and I love collaborating—she wants a culinary creative outlet outside of her day job, and I want an excuse to really get in and learn some calligraphy and practice my food photography. We figured this would be the best way to combine those skills! The idea is to get up to posting one pie a week, but since we live in different cities it’ll probably be monthly for the time being.

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  • Chattanooga, the Land of 1000 Puns
    03/03/15 Blog , Photography , Travel

    Chattanooga, the Land of 1000 Puns

    I’ve been hesitant to travel long distances ever since my car starting having issues six months ago, but last week I got myself a AAA subscription and decided it was time to hit the road. Off to Chattanooga!

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  • Handmade Pasta: My Skillshare Class is Live!
    27/02/15 Conceptual , Cooking , Experimental , Food , Uncategorized # , ,

    Handmade Pasta: My Skillshare Class is Live!


    Finally, my dream of being an instructor on Skillshare has come true! Last weekend I wrote, filmed, performed in, and edited my very own twenty-minute class on how to make, you guessed it, handmade pasta. I used two DSLR cameras and my iPhone as a mic, placed out of frame and then synced up the audio later. Continue reading

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  • Fresh Eats Food Shuttle—Redefining Food Deserts
    22/01/15 Blog , Branding , Conceptual , Experimental

    Fresh Eats Food Shuttle—Redefining Food Deserts

    Just nearly a year ago I went to see Jon Fasman from The Economist speak in Atlanta about “why it’s expensive to be poor“, and he spoke specifically about food deserts. This was a concept I’d never heard of before—in nutshell, a food desert is an area of a city or town where the residents don’t have reasonable access to fresh meat and produce. Specifically, they live in a region that is more than one mile away from a grocery store. Usually, these residents only have access to crappy mini marts with Honey Buns and Twinkies as their sustenance. They can’t call Uber (and even if they can, a $15 trip is precious cash to a low income family), and when they do make the trek to a grocery store, it takes several hours of grueling transit that could be spent doing other things.

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  • Trying out the Tube Pasta Machine
    12/01/15 Blog , Food # , , ,

    Trying out the Tube Pasta Machine

    I finally got to take my new Christmas present for a ride this weekend (after a very scary trip to the emergency vet with my dog), and make some tube pasta—that’s right, penne, rigatoni, buccatini, the works. Whenever I’m trying out a new tool, I like to find YouTube videos of someone else using the thing first. I learn little nuances of using the machine without having to tinker with it myself, and I have a better idea of how it should work. Surprisingly, considering this is the internet, I couldn’t find any videos of people using this specific machine—I think I may have to make my own!

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  • Guest Post: Ryan Splitlog’s Best of 2014
    30/12/14 Blog # ,

    Guest Post: Ryan Splitlog’s Best of 2014

    2015 is just around the corner. Before we start promising ourselves to start going to the gym, to start eating more vegetables, and to start living our lives differently, it’s also fun to look back on the people we were the past year.

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  • Inspiration Fridays: Paper Quilling
    11/12/14 Blog , Branding , Conceptual , Experimental , Inspiration

    Inspiration Fridays: Paper Quilling

    Paper quilling is such a crazy, amazing little medium—it must take hours to make every piece, and they’re so fragile and delicate. Instead of trying to do it myself, here’s a round up of my favorite examples.

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