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Take Your DS To The Ballgame

 Safeco Field

Do you have a Nintendo DS? Know someone who does? Well bring it to Safeco Field (home of the Seattle Mariners) next time you’re there, and you’ll have a much more interactive experience. Looks like Nintendo and Safeco are partnering up on this.

What happens is this…you bring your DS to the park, download special software, and you’re hooked up. So what features will your software loaded DS have? According to Engadget

  • Watch the Mariners network broadcast of games in real time right on the DS from almost any seat in the stadium – some of the controversial plays they don’t show on the Jumbotron will still be able to be seen by fans…
  • Order food from your seat – use the DS Lite to order hot dogs, sodas, etc. using a credit card – which also keeps those long lines down at the ATMs where people are waiting to get more cash.
  • Access to players stats from all around the MLB.
  • Updated scores and information from other MLB games in progress…
  • Fans can compete against each other in trivia and word games…

Safeco will roll out 17 DS stations to download the software from, and it looks like other stadiums and arenas might soon join the trend. It’ll cost $5 per game or $30 for 10 games.

Oh, and if you don’t have a DS, you can pick up your limited edition Seattle Mariners branded version for $158 at the ballpark.

Now lets just hope they do the same for the iPhone.

Photo from Flickr.


Cooking for Ratatouille

How did they get the food in Ratatouille to look so good? They actuallyed cooked it.

Futhermore, they had the help of Thomas Keller, so the food prepared not only looked good but it probably tastes good as well.

The Pixar crew took cooking classes, ate at notable restaurants in Paris and worked alongside Mr. Keller at the French Laundry in Yountville, Calif.

The intricacies of wine service in the movie are but one detail dedicated eaters will appreciate. The curve of the copper-bottomed sauce pans, the steam from a pot of soup or even the way slices of leek fall off a knife are expertly rendered.

The team at Pixar, which is owned by Disney, worked with Mr. Keller and other chefs to create a menu for the restaurant. Michael Warch, manager of the film’s sets and layout department, also holds a culinary degree. He used the kitchens at the Pixar studios in the San Francisco Bay Area to recreate dishes for the animators to study.

Throughout the film, the characters work on dishes like steamed pike with butter, braised fennel and heirloom potatoes or grilled petit filet mignon with oxtail and baby onion ragout topped with truffled bordelaise and shaved Perigord truffle. The idea was to create food so authentic that people would leave the theater with an urge to cook and eat. But it turns out that computer-generated food can look much scarier than a computer-generated bug or car.

“We didn’t want something to look really photo-real,” said Sharon Calahan, the director of photography and lighting. “If it starts looking too real, it starts getting pretty disturbing.”

A scallop, for example, needs ridges and bumps to look realistic. But add too many and the shellfish becomes grotesque. (from The New York Times)

iPhone & iPhood


Last night’s dinner as seen through my new iPhone. Although it looks pretty impressive, it’s not. It’s a bag of Trader Joe’s Fire Roasted Veggies and Trader Joe’s Salmon Roulettes.

Yes, I’m a bit obsessed with the phone, but I love it. Money well spent.

In case you got one as well, here are some links to food-related iPhone sites.


101 Cookbooks


If you want more iPhone goodies, head over to iTunes and download the free 9-minute Ratatouille preview. There are also a number of cooking video podcasts and a bunch of NPR food shows.

Beer for Bags

Beer for Bags

Got a lot of extra beer laying around? Are you in Manhattan and will you be there between June 9 and June 17?

If so, head over to the one of Crumpler’s two stores to barter your beer for a brand new bag. Seems like an awesome deal to me if you don’t mind parting with some hops & barley.

Wondering how much brew you need to get a bag? The company offers some guidance on its Web site. For example, two cases of Asahi and a packet of ramen noodles will get you a Moderate Embarrassment laptop bag that normally sells for $80. Similarly, two cases of Stella Artois earns you a Complete Seed messenger bag. As for me, I think I’ll just wander over with a case of Keegan Ales’ Mother’s Milk Stout and a six-pack of Saranac Black Forest and see how far that’ll get me. I guess, much like Billy Joel, I’m in a New York State of mind.

In case you’re wondering what will happen to all the beer from the sale, Crumpler will use some for a party after the sale, to which participants will be invited. The rest will be donated to art, charity, and sporting events. (from Crave)

Crumpler Bags
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New York



Looking to keep track of the wine you own? Maybe you want to remember a wine that you really liked, rate it, and share it with friends.

Or maybe you’re looking to find new wines to try and want to see how other people rate them.

Cork’d is the perfect place to do that.

Cork’d is making life easier for wine aficionados. And it’s completely free. Become a member today and catalog, rate, and review wines in your Wine Journal. Find out what your buddies are tasting. Discover and keep track of new wines you’d like to buy and try.

Dine by Diagram

Cookz Site

Looks like this could be the next big thing in recipe sharing.

It’s called “Recipics” and instead of reading and following steps, you can visually see diagrams and pictures of what the ingredients and steps are. Although some kinks still need to be ironed out (like measurements in different parts of the world), this is a very cool idea and could ultimately be something that catches on.
According to the New York Times

Recipics may be an answer to today’s cacophony of culinary chatter. Influenced by the field of instructional design and airplane-emergency-card instructions, the Australian graphic designer Lauren Bugeja began to create recipes using virtually text-free pictograms for a student project at the University of Technology in Sydney. Recently, she teamed up with designers to develop a Web site for sharing recipes and creating recipics (, which will launch this month. Bugeja says recipics will appeal to visual learners and could also be useful for translating recipes across languages. While steps such as duration, measurement and actions can be diagramed relatively easily, Bugeja acknowledges the occasional stumbling block: “The ingredients are still a work in progress,” she said. “For example, it’s hard to explain the difference between flour, baking powder, anthrax and cocaine without words.”

Ultimately, I think the goal is to lose the text so that it’s just strictly pictures of the cooking process, but for now words are still included.

Check out the cookz site to sign up for more info and to see a sample of how it’ll work.

Pinkberry-like Frozen Yogurt at Home

Ice Cream Ball

This recipe is totally jacked from 101 Recipes but it sounds pretty easy as long as you have an ice cream maker or cheese cloth.

Although if you want a cheap and fun ice cream maker, you could always pick up the Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker for less than $40 for the mega size.

First off, remember it is important to use good-quality whole-milk yogurt. The version in David’s book is Vanilla Frozen Yogurt. This time around I skipped out on the vanilla, opting for straight, bright white yogurt with the sweetness playing off the tang of the yogurt. I also used slightly less sugar than called for here, more like 2/3 cup – but you can go either way depending on what you like.


  • 3 cups (720g) strained yogurt (see below) or Greek-style yogur
  • 3/4 cup (150g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)


  1. Mix together the yogurt, sugar, and vanilla (if using). Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  2. Freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. To make 1 cup (240g) of strained yogurt, line a mesh strainer with a few layers of cheese cloth. then scrape 16 ounces or 2 cups (480g) of plain whole-milk yogurt into the cheesecloth. Gather the ends and fold them over the yogurt, then refrigerate for at least 6 hours. So, for the above recipe start with and strain 6 cups of yogurt.

Makes about 1 quart.

Watch What You Eat

Fries on TV

Literally. This LCD TV with ketchup remote is just one of the fun TV options Handspree is releasing. They also produce other themed TV’s including most major sports themed sets.

According to the Hannspree-USA website…

Frites. Papas. Fritas. Or good, old French Fries. Wherever in the world you travel, fries are everyone’s favorite. Polyurethane fries cap off this friendly design with a screen framed in bright yellow. The remote is shaped like a packet of ketchup. Squeeze it and enjoy.

And according to Nexus 404

Whilst we are inundated with cutting edge technology and gadgets its nice now and again to see a something that’s been styled with a sense of fun, such as this 10” 800×600 SVGA LCD television styled to look like a portion of chips/fries that comes complete with a remote resembling a sachet of tomato ketchup.

A perfect, playful companion to accompany all those TV dinners, this LCD television offers a 450:1 contrast ratio and comes complete with inbuilt stereo speakers rated at 2W each, RF input, SCA connection and headphone jack.

No price is listed and apparently it’s not available at the moment, but their other fun sets run about $400.

Buy Your Friend a Drink

Buy Drink

No longer will “I owe you a drink” bets go unfulfilled! Thanks to!

I originally found this on CNET’s Crave site, and it seems like a pretty cool idea, although it’s in its early phases. Not a ton of bars are listed yet, but I’m sure more are added daily.

The concept is you can literally buy your friend a drink via their website, which then sends a text message to your friend telling them they have X number of dollars to spend at a certain bar. Your friend then flashes their phone to the bartender who enters the code that was sent to you, and that’s it. Free drink.

I guess next you’ll be able to take your friend to lunch without actually being there.