All posts tagged: creativity

An Inspiring Week in Berlin

The humorous work of one Señor Albert Pinyas. I only remember his last name because he made a joke in one of his pieces about his girlfriend’s name (Ana) and the Spanish word for pineapple (anana or in some cases, piña). Ok, I’ll move on from being so punny… Lemme tell you straight up: Berlin is the real deal. Not so expensive (shhh, don’t everyone go there at once because then the opposite will be true), oozing creativity, vegans, a little bit of grunginess, galleries and coffee shops all over the place, big (I mean really big) sidewalks…  FYI: I was there for a week-long study trip (read: I didn’t have control over the agenda) with a focus on meeting food communicators, activists and artists and we spent most of our time bumbling around in Mitte, Kreuzberg and Friedrichschain. Below are some highlights. I don’t know if these guys actually accept visits to their brewery and even if you did want to go, you have to walk down an abandoned road and hope you’re not …

The Mind of a Chef

Today I’m going to give a blow-by-blow of one of the most beautiful twenty-something minute bits of television I’ve seen recently: the “Spring” episode of The Mind of a Chef. This PBS show is a stream of gorgeous shots including musings from chefs about their creative process, their hangouts with other chef-friends and their local landscape. Season 3 is currently focused on Swede Magnus Nilsson, an exceedingly eloquent, creative long haired guy and head chef at Faviken who definitely likes to cook with butter. And hang out in fields of flowers while talking about eating icicles as a child. In the first part of the episode, Magnus invites his friend from Copenhagen with large glasses and a funny hat to come hang out at a dairy farm. Teeheehee, it’s milk! This is straight out of Kinfolk, people. After some time with the cows, it’s time for a cocktail. Not just any cocktail. One with huge crystal ball ice cubes, honey from his own bees and some fresh dandelion. Then it’s time for manly activity. Grilling fish with his bro and camping …