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Entries in Food & Drink (38)


2008 Sketchtoon Coffee Calendar Preview

This week I've completed the final eight sketchtoon illustrations for my 2008 Sketchtoon Calendar, which will be going on sale soon:

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

I've had lots of interest in my sketchtoons, so I've decided to post samples of each calendar page on Flickr and share the previews here. I'm planning to have the calendar ready for sale by next week Saturday, just in time for Christmas.

Once I complete the cover illustration, I'll be creating the calendar with an on-demand printing service. I've used use Cafe Press for calendar printing in the past, however, I plan to check out other on-demand printing services. If you have a service to recommend, let me know with a comment below.

Be the First to Know!
If you're interested in the 2008 Sketchtoon Calendar, and want to be the first to know when goes on sale, email me.


Espresso Powered T-Shirt: Printed Sample & Notes

espresso-powered-sample-300.jpgToday I received a copy of the black Espresso Powered T-Shirt I designed at GoodStorm and WOW! did it turn out well!

You can see me holding my son Nathan, wearing the new t-shirt. The red object in Nathan's hand is a petal from a tulip he picked from mom's garden. :-)

I was quite impressed with the print quality on black — the whites are bright and crisp, brown colors are rich and strong and there's even a nice, subtle speckling of the gradated tones in the artwork. Very nice.

I chose the heavyweight shirt and the quality is good. It's a nice cotton fabric, in a rich coal black.

Emblem Detail
Below I've posted a close-up shot of the emblem on the shirt, so you can see the print quality with a little more detail. Click the image below to see a larger version.

shirt-closeup-sm.jpgGoodStorm uses a digital printing method to create these shirts, with very good results. Now I wonder if complex shirt graphics might be better reproduced with digital printing than with traditional screen-printing.

If you like what you see, pick up your own Espresso Powered T-Shirt in one of three colors: black, pebble or white.

Espresso Powered T-Shirts
Espresso Powered Black T-Shirt: $12 + Shipping
Espresso Powered Pebble T-Shirt: $11 + Shipping
Espresso Powered White T-Shirt: $10 + Shipping
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Korean Soup Sketchtoon

Korean Food SketchtoonOn Wednesday I had a great visit to Chicago, for Adaptive Path's UX Intensive Interactive Design Workshop in Chicago's Old Town. I'm currently scanning in my sketch-notes from the event (which I will post tomorrow), but in the meantime I wanted to post a sketchtoon from my dinner in the evening.

I had the pleasure of traveling to Chicago with my friend Hyeon "Sean" Kim on the Amtrak Hiawatha to UX Intensive. After the event, I met Sean on the Brown line EL train at Sedgwick to Rockwell station to visit a Korean restaurant on the North side of town.

Sean had a Korean restaurant in mind, but after walking to Lawrence Avenue and searching, we realized it had closed or moved, because a new condo was sitting right at the corner where it should have been. It was actually good fortune for us to walk the neighborhood, since we came across Han Bat, a small, family-run Korean Soup restaurant, right on Lawrence Avenue.

Our Korean dinner was delicious. Sean was worried that old-school, hard-core Korean Seolleongtang soup might be too unusual for me. Now he knows I love unusual new things, including Korean soup, kim chee, pickled radishes and corn tea! :-)

The sketchtoon was created in my Moleskine sketchbook, while riding home on the EL. Sean and I contentedly recalled the details of our delicious Korean dinner. I colored this piece later on, to add just a little more detail.

Now I can't wait to try more Korean foods!

Related Links:
Drive Thru: Han Bat Review
Urban Spoon: Han Bat Info

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Fascinating Taste3 Talk on Starbucks

Last night I came across this fascinating talk on Starbucks, given by Temple University History Professor Bryant Simon at the Taste3 Conference:

It was fascinating to hear Bryant deconstruct how he believes Starbucks works, and how our patronage of Starbucks reflects our culture. He discusses three aspects: the functional, emotional and expressive aspects of Starbucks.

"What we drink has meaning — it says something about who we are."

Bryant talks about the high caffeine content of Starbucks coffee (about twice other coffees), the emotional reasons why we buy (self-gifting, ordering language use and predictability) and the expressive aspects of Starbucks (being part of the performance, and showing our ability to afford the luxury of a fancy coffee).

Bryant's talk was both fascinating and disturbing, which for me is a good thing.

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Low-Carb Friendly Hot Cocoa Mix

hotcocoa.jpgMy wife came across this tasty and dead-easy recipe for carb-friendly hot cocoa mix back in 2005.

If you enjoy hot cocoa but need to avoid the sugar found in most mixes, why not blend your own? This recipe was simply doubled from the Splenda version since we kept using it up.

It's nice to have a warm cup of cocoa as a guilt-free reward at the end of a long day.

Low-Carb Friendly Hot Cocoa Mix

  • 2 Cups + 4 TBS Non-Fat Dry Milk
  • 2.5 Cups Splenda Sweetener
  • 1 1/3 Cups Powdered Fat-Free Non-Diary Creamer
  • 1 1/3 Cups Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder

Put all of the ingredients into a large bowl, and mix with a spoon until well blended. Storing the blend in an air-tight container keeps it tasting good.

Buy larger quantities of the ingredients because it's less expensive and you've got a ready supply of raw materials if you open the container and find it empty.

Making Cocoa
Heat your water and spoon up 5 teaspoons of hot cocoa mix into a mug and add about a teaspoon of skim milk. Using the teaspoon, blend the milk and dry cocoa mix together until it forms a smooth, thick cocoa sludge in the bottom of the mug. now add your hot water and blend thoroughly.

This trick of adding milk and creating a cocoa sludge creates a smoother cup of cocoa, than if you simply added the cocoa mix to hot water.

Enjoy! :-)

Related Links:
Cacao caliente ligero (en Español) at Diabetes STOP

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