a weekly round-up of our favorite finds from the front lines of food
- Where product creativity goes bad, from bacon mints (above) to pickle juice pops and "perky jerky."
- Fashion, food and entertainment continue to cross-pollinate as legendary Parisian patisserie Ladurée starts a cosmetics line and the legendary and the until now fictional Duff beer of The Simpsons becomes a reality.
- If you thought bacon and mint sounded weird, how about champagne and graffiti for a real high-low mash up. Moët & Chandon has teamed up with graffiti artist André for a limited edition "Tag your love" packaging for its Rosé Impérial champagne. (video at bottom of the page is priceless)
- Kids playing with their food is getting more sophisticated with an animated introduction to Michael Pollan's Food Rules.
- The latest farmer-chef collaboration getting some buzz — bespoke syrups.
- Food trucks are for retailers too. The San Francisco craft butcher shop Avendano's has started Avendano's Meat Wagon: "The truck project was really so we could reach a larger audience and meet people who are new to the concept of getting whole animals and breaking them down."
- Offal poetry: Who knew that Robert Frost put his interactions with sweetbreads into verse:
"You drive me to confess in ink:
Once I was fool enough to think
That brains and sweetbreads were the same,
Till I was caught and put to shame,
First by a butcher, then a cook,
Then by a scientific book.
But 'twas by making sweetbreads do
I passed with such a high I.Q."