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Fictitious Dishes

Fictitious Dishes: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The thing about good writing is that it transports you in time and place. You can see, smell, and imagine without leaving the comfort of your house or your subway seat.  Ever read Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle? Have any desire to visit a meat factory after that?  I didn’t think so.

But following these written cues can be hard, especially if you’ve never experienced anything like it in real life. Seriously, how unfathomable is the ocean journey of Pi Patel in The Life of Pi for those of us who have never been stranded in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger?  Luckily for us, Fictitious Dishes changes all of that by bringing literature to life – or at least the meals. CHECK OUT PHOTOS OF THE REAL-LIFE MEALS FROM TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD AND ALICE IN WONDERLAND – AFTER THE JUMP!


The Zen Photographer

Adam Magyar

After 4 trains and a walk through shin-deep slush yesterday, I got to work with soggy feet and terrible hair. Things started looking up, however, when one of my coworkers came back from lunch with a 6-pack of fresh men’s socks to share.  You’d think I’d been stranded in the wilderness for decades the way I talked about those fresh socks all afternoon.  They were so WHITE.  And so PLUSH.  Ladies, women’s socks are a scam – it was like wearing a sheep on my feet.

But back to commuting.  People are calling this artist the man who hacked time for his stunning work on underground trains. See why after the jump!


iPhone Photography

iPhone Photos

How many selfies are in your camera roll this very second?  Count them and then repent.  We need to raise our smartphone photography standards, people!

We are constantly (and mindlessly) snapping pics – but Brock Davis really raises the bar on iPhone photography. For the last 2 years, he’s been taking these simplistic, yet witty, photos that I love.  Davis is the Don Draper of an ad agency in Minnesota, so it’s no wonder they’re so creative.  I’m actually a little sorry that his geography makes us mortal football enemies.

Enjoy his work – I can’t even decide on a favorite, but Emo Pineapple is the frontrunner. TO BE CONTINUED…AFTER THE JUMP!



Umbrella Canopy 3

It’s a rainy day in NYC, which means I’d rather be about a zillion other places.  It means soggy ballet flats, frizzy hair, and heavy eyelids, so I appreciate these uplifting, bright photos of umbrella canopies in Portugal.  Flickr photographer Patrícia Almeida has documented these fun installations in Portugal for the last 2 years.  It’s all very Mary Poppins-y!  Do you think the guy in the wife-beater is Dick Van Dyke, the chimney sweep? MORE PHOTOS AFTER THE JUMP!


Seeing Double

Chino Otsuka 1

We are BACK IN BUSINESS, folks!  Hope you’ve all had a tremendous introduction to the year 2014!  I’ve had an exhausting but exhilarating one – lots of changes happening this year.  I can’t wait to share them with all of you in the next week, but right now I am desperately trying to find my cat’s catnip banana before I go to work.  #motherhoodmondays (True story: I ate an entire lemon meringue pie to stay awake during the last hour of the Golden Globes last night and was so strung out on sugar, I didn’t sleep a whole lot.)

The beginning of each new year often makes me a tiny bit nostalgic – for reasons that might not be totally logical.  …READ MORE AFTER THE JUMP!


Pantone Colors in Real Life

Pantone 3

Is anyone else really bummed about the color Pantone chose as 2014′s color of the year?  Radiant Orchid is said to be purple with pink and fuchsia undertones.  But mostly it reminds me of doctor’s office upholstery.  (Bon Appetit, I applaud your efforts to make this happier news than it is with your post about purple desserts, but it’s just not going to work.)

In the spirit of Pantone, however, I will still share this fun photo project by Paul Octavious who matches Pantone paint chips to his real-life environments.  …AFTER THE JUMP!


Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

Snowflake 9

Snow is awesome in my book.  I like going for walks in it, eating it, throwing it, watching it, and rolling in it.  Once in college, I even had sex in it – a moment I …READ MORE!


Before They Pass Away

Before They Pass 12

Every so often, something comes along that just steals your breath away.  For me, this is that – photographs so beautiful and taken with such clear intent it makes me believe that purity still exists, if even just in the fleeting moment of an open camera shutter. …SEE THE PHOTOS AFTER THE JUMP!


Wengenn in Wonderland

Queenie Laio 3

Remember those Anne Geddes photos of babies in ridiculous poses – like dressed as vegetables and poking out of watering cans?  I have no idea if those are still popular, but I’d much rather see the baby photography business go in this direction (says the girl who has no kids but plenty of opinions).

Queenie Liao – artist and mom – created …SEE MORE AFTER THE JUMP!


Burlesque and Beauty at Any Age

Stephanie Blake, photographed in the kitchen of her Simi Valley,

Is Monday morning too early to start talking about naked ladies?  I’m not quite sure what the proper etiquette is here – all I know is no booze before noon.  So this morning we’re going to talk about stripping. …AFTER THE JUMP!