All posts tagged: innovation

Thoughts on Tech

“The Future of Food” at EXPO Milano 2015. If you missed my scathing review, look here. Full disclosure: I grew up in Silicon Valley, a half hour drive away in an ECO-engine-equipped mid-sized SUV from the HQs of Facebook, Pinterest, Tesla… you name it. I have slender Apple products. I just upgraded to Gmail Inbox to keep all of my emails streamlined. I’m frustrated when WiFi connections are bad. I love reading blogs like Food + Tech Connect and Fast Company. But the more I see gadgets and apps that are supposedly going to save the world (especially our food system), the more I wonder, shouldn’t we really be thinking about analog solutions too? Let’s revisit the picture at the top of this post. When I saw the title of this exhibit hall, I was intrigued as to what would lie inside. Basically it’s a grocery store, equipped with energy-draining fluorescent lights and waist-level refrigerated drawers. The concept is to be able to select a product and view its carbon footprint, origin and nutritional information (which you can already read on the …

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 1st (Annual?) Foodbook Swap

The loot up for grabs.  Back at a pizza party in December, an idea was born. I noticed a hefty stack of books and magazines on Francesca’s shelf that quite looked intriguing. It made me think of a hefty stack of books and magazines of my own sitting unattended on my desk back home in California. So, we arranged to have a swap of sorts. After the Christmas break, there would be an afternoon of tea and shortbread cookies in the shape of a cow and the opportunity to trade texts with someone else from the university. The idea was pretty darn simple–pass along good book mojo in return for something equally exciting. Maybe a cookbook from Georgia? Or a German guide to entertaining from the 1970s? I brought back some copies of Lucky Peach, My Berlin Kitchen, The Sweet Life in Paris and Medium Raw. They were all snapped up quite quickly. And I came away with an issue of Mood magazine that I am quite excited to sink my teeth into (get it? a food magazine? teeth?). …