Bite me

I’ve been performing a lot of kitchen experiments recently. It’s partially because I’m enjoying the access to a variety of ingredients that comes with moving back to the States, but mostly because I love the whole process of mixing and testing and eating. It’s like alchemy – part art, part science, and part wishful thinking.…

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How to feed a niche

I have a not-so-secret love for products with only one, very specific use. It takes a fantastic amount of chutzpah to get someone to spend money on something like a piece of plastic to fold shirts just a little bit more neatly. The gold standard of tunnel vision innovation is, without question, Williams-Sonoma. They have…

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That’s my jam

When I hear the word “chia” I have a very instant reaction. I’m sure you have the exact same reaction as well. It turns out in addition to making a great gift when spread onto a terra cotta animal, chia seeds are totally edible and apparently quite good for your health. They’re chock full of fiber,…

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Making mustard with a Ninja

This brilliant idea began where many brilliant ideas begin – the liquor store. Unlike some of those other ideas, this one was actually brilliant. We were on a family beer shopping trip (that’s totally a thing), and I was helping my mom browse the rather expansive selection in the cooler. Going over the types of beer…

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When Beijing hands you lemons

By now it’s basically made the news everywhere that Beijing is in the midst of an “airpocalypse” of epic proportions. This past Saturday night the US Embassy air quality monitoring station spat out a terrifying AQI reading of 755. Considering the “acceptable” level is less than 100, and the advisory scale maxes out its severest…

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