Friday Faves — notes from the new gastroconomy, No. 6

a weekly round-up of our favorite finds from the front lines of food



  • Drinkify helps you pair music and cocktails. What to drink with Belle and Sebastian — Sipsmith Gin, on the rocks. Aretha Franklin gets her own cocktail of Vodka, Fassionola and Sprite. Serge Gainsbourg calls for nothing less than a full bottle of red wine.
  • The National Young Farmers' Coalition offers community online and with events. "Make out with another person who’s got dirty fingernails!...The NYFC aims to help farmers find each other, whether they’re looking for love or just to commiserate about their 1955 International tractor."
  • Brand early, not often is great advice. "While a business may not need strong branding to get off the ground, its chances of becoming a smash hit are greatly magnified by investing in their brand--in the form of sharp creative strategy and great design--from the beginning." If you don't believe us, check out this video about the power of the iPhone brand (warning, language NSFW).
  • Chefs are turning problems into art, like the invasive species menu at Miya Sushi in New Haven, Connecticut. “Invasive species and climate change, they’re basically brothers,” Chef Bun Lai says.
  • For turning what grows around you into dinner, from weeds to forrest treasures, listen to a full hour of Foraging Fever on NPR's On Point.