The Secret to Everything Tasting Better

The Secret to Everything Tasting Better

Our weekly roundup on tasty news from around the world and here’s what we are reading on…

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Indian mothers like to feed their babies by hand… Is Everything More Delicious When You Eat With Your Hands? via The Salt : NPR

The middle-classes are now as likely to save for a Michelin-starred meal as for a holiday, according to a study on fine dining… Fine dining ‘no longer the preserve of high society’ via Telegraph



Artichokes fried in the Jewish style, or carciofi alla giudia, a traditional dish of the Roman Seder… For Passover, Fried Artichokes via


Haughty waiters, hushed rooms and and starched tablecloths are a thing of the past; today’s top chefs are all about casual dining… Fine dining’s identity crisis: is this the end of posh restaurants? via


Was there anything that you thought you wanted to do before you started cooking? The ‘Curious Q A with Ferran Adrià via



Will you be ordering the green spaghetti or blue turkey? Green Spaghetti, Blue Turkey and Pink Cereal: Food Photos Freakify the Everyday Meal via Feature Shoot


What if taking photos of your food could serve a real purpose besides helping you brag on Instagram and Facebook? New Tech: Snap a Pic of Your Meal, Find Out How Many Calories It Has via

“My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M’s and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.” ~ Dave Barry

Delightfully yours,
Orsola Ciriello Kogan @ Food Meditations

Kaolin Clay, Our Moods, Our Foods

Kaolin Clay, Our Moods, Our Foods

Our weekly roundup on tasty news from around the world and here’s what we are reading…



Health benefits aside, the key factors you need to consider are heating temperature and flavor… The Cooking Oils You Should Be Using, And When To Use Them via

Out of the Kitchen, an ongoing exploration of the people and relationships that built and sustain a Brooklyn restaurant mini-empire… Why Diner’s Menu Is Written by Hand on the Tables via Bon Appétit


A mystery in 20th-century selfies… This Man Took 445 Photobooth Portraits of Himself Over 30 Years, and Nobody Knows Why via The Atlantic


Women have been sacrificing comfort for fashion pretty much as long as shoes have been around… The death of high heels: Why the flat is back – Fashion via Stylist Magazine

The latest character to join the Japanese lifestyle brand Sanrio family… Hello Kitty’s newest friend is an egg named Gudetama via



There’s an old saying in the South: “A child’s gotta eat their share of dirt.”… The Old And Mysterious Practice Of Eating Dirt, Revealed via The Salt : NPR

A growing demand from younger consumers seeking a more healthful or more ethical diet… Fake Meats, Finally, Taste Like Chicken via


The Sceptical Shopper: ceramic, Japanese or plain stainless steel chef’s knives?… Sharp As A Chef via More Intelligent Life


European and U.S. public health researchers are warning about ubiquitous chemicals in everything you eat… Food Packaging Materials Expose You to 4,000 Chemicals via Rodale News


We eat for a variety of different emotions and we eat in a variety of different circumstances which are in turn connected with emotions… Our Moods, Our Foods via The Atlantic

“When I was little, I had this science book. There was a section on ‘What would happen to the world if there was no friction?’ Answer: ‘Everything on earth would fly into space from the centrifugal force of revolution.’ That was my mood.” ~ Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance

Delightfully yours,
Orsola Ciriello Kogan @ Food Meditations

Men, Veggie Shapes and Food Porn Tourism

Men, Veggie Shapes and Food Porn Tourism

g-top-10-healthy-foods-fridOur weekly roundup on tasty news from around the world and here’s what we are reading…



Move over apples and pears, the new body shapes are aubergines, parsnips… New fruit and veg style guide for men at Debenhams’ flagship Oxford Street store via London Evening Standard

So what should never miss from our shopping list? Here you will find a short list of what we think is essential for a healthy-balanced-fitness-yogi… Top 10 healthy foods to have in your fridge via Swide


The Problem with Food Porn Tourism. By the time you share the gourmet delight with the world, the food is cold, and the chef is grumpy… via The Daily Beast

A humor article turned it into a cliché-filled reality that will either have you laughing or crying… or both… Humor: Hilariously Accurate Generic Brand Video Put Together from Stock Video Clips via


Spring is here… Love is in the air… And with love comes sharing… Sharing Food is a Great Conversation Starter via Design Milk


“It’s like the quest to create a new smartphone, but in food”… A Real Treat or Half-Baked? via


Everyday foods you didn’t think were healthy (but actually are), and some splurges without guil… 12 ‘Unhealthy’ Foods Nutritionists Eat via

Nutrition history is riddled with nonsense… Top 5 Contenders For The Worst Nutrition Advice in History via

“Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction.” ~ Lewis Carroll

Delightfully yours,
Orsola Ciriello Kogan @ Food Meditations

Bittersweet Symphonies… It’s not what it seems

Bittersweet Symphonies… It’s not what it seems

Our weekly roundup on tasty news from around the world and here’s what we are reading on…



Food Transformation by Hikaru Cho. L’artiste japonaise a fait la série « It’s not what it seems » en transformant les fruits et les légumes… via Fubiz™ and page


Could sound replace sugar? And what kind of music should restaurants play?… How sound affects the taste of our food via

Not The Only Culprit: When it comes to calorie for calorie damage to the environment, broccoli’s not that far from cattle… Which foods are the worst for the globe? via


Irish Cocktail: A Classic Drink for St. Patrick’s Day. In addition to Irish whiskey, the Irish Cocktail is made with maraschino, orange curacao, and a touch of absinthe, plus a little Angostura thrown in for good measure… via Serious Eats: Drinks


“Monastically absorbed in the work of breaking down the day’s fresh ingredients—cracking open sea urchins with pliers, skinning a live octopus on a gleaming prep table…” A Day in the Life of Daisuke Nakazawa via


Is it a posture? Is it an outfit? Is it a mantra? Is it a bunch of words strung together in a certain way?… Bottoms up for beer and yoga via


From diabetes smelling like nail polish remover to liver failure smelling of raw fish, doctors say diseases could eventually be diagnosed just using smell… Doctors reveal what diseases smell like via NZ Herald News

The culture of celebrity chefs is creating a generation of couch potatoes… TV chefs are turning people into couch potatoes: British chef via The Straits Times SoShiok

“But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people–first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy.” ~ Albert Einstein, Ideas and Opinions

Delightfully yours,
Orsola Ciriello Kogan @ Food Meditations

Jumping For Joy, The Secret Lives Of Cows

Jumping For Joy, The Secret Lives Of Cows

Our weekly roundup on tasty news from around the world and here’s what we are reading on…


The Secret Lives Of Cows: Jumping For Joy… It’s a moving scene, given the cows’ backstory. But is it “literally jumping for joy,” as the title puts it? via The Salt : NPR


Terra cotta amphorae are the latest innovation in experimental winemaking. Coming Soon To A Wine Near You: Ancient Amphorae… via


Ses légumes, il les réserve aux chefs qu’il sélectionne lui-même. Yamashita se paie même le luxe d’en refuser certains: “Certains chefs ne sont jamais dans leur cuisine”
On a goûté les légumes du maraîcher le plus cher du monde… via Obsession


World Book Day: the best fictional drinks. Drink up: Alice considers taking a sip of a mystery potion during her visit to Wonderland… via


Illustrated Guide: How To Make A Ricotta Crostini, Plus 5 Essential Toppings. The perfect snack for just about any time of day… via Food Republic


Think Your Apartment Is Small? Check Out These Super-Tiny Hong Kong Houses. But they’re not some project in urban microhousing… via Co.Exist


Globetrotting Todd Selby Photographs Fashion’s Most Colorful Characters. Fashionable Selby, a 348-page tome featuring a mishmash of fashion industry subjects… via

This Man Has Survived on Pizza Alone for 25 Years. Everyone who knows Dan wonders how he’s still alive. Beyond the fact that his diet is completely horrifying… via VICE Canada

“By then I knew that everything good and bad left an emptiness when it stopped. But if it was bad, the emptiness filled up by itself. If it was good you could only fill it by finding something better.”
~ Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Delightfully yours,
Orsola Ciriello Kogan @ Food Meditations

Small Bites, Fresh Vegetables and Exotic Spices

Small Bites, Fresh Vegetables and Exotic Spices

Our weekly roundup on tasty news from around the world and here’s what we are reading on…


Young guns in the city who have turned their passions into professions, creating drool-worthy wonders in the kitchen… What’s cooking, chefs? The Hindu


Spanish culinary design is full of jokes, but that’s all the more reason to take it seriously… Tapas: Small bites of Spanish design | The Washington Post

Military scientists are perfecting a pepperoni pizza that will last for three years and feed troops in the field… The military pizza that lasts for three years | BBC News



About multitasking and ways to improve productivity… Productivity Editorial for Fast Company by Kyle Bean | Trendland

London based creative production company published a unique fruit paper crafts calendar for 2014 titled “New Flavours”… New Flavours, Colorful Fruit Calendar By Nearly Normal | 123 Inspiration



Fine dining chef to bring is hoping to bring the concept of ‘Smell-O-Vision‘ to smartphones and to guests | The Star Online


After a successful career in photography, The Dutch’s pastry chef Kierin Baldwin pursued her love of desserts fulltime while working at Cafe Boulud… How The Dutch Bakes The Perfect Winter Pie, In Animated Gif Format | Food Republic



In a tireless pursuit of food facts, there are certain truths that are somewhat very alarming… Insects In Peanut Butter, And More Food Facts That We Refuse To Believe… |


Photographer Tanya Voltchanskaya explores the best caffeine vendors Perth has to offer… Perth’s coffee trail – in pictures |

The current fashion is to make what should be the simplest of brewing techniques — an exercise in endurance… How to Make a Simple Cup of Coffee | The Atlantic

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ~Laozi

Delightfully yours,
Orsola Ciriello Kogan @ Food Meditations