January 17, 2006 — As often happens with vast media
empires such as our own, the primary medium in which we express
ourselves sometimes feels a touch too limiting. The blog and the
electronic books aren't enough to contain all our brilliant insights
and witticisms. Therefore we turn to the cotton canvas and introduce
the new tastingmenu
Sarcasm aside, we're excited about our new online
store. Aside from helping fund this little venture, the tastingmenu
shop is not our gift shop as you exit the museum. It is in
fact our perspective on what we think makes for cool culinary
couture. T-shirts are the cotton canvas for today's social
commentary. I knew this when days after this
was on TV, this
t-shirt was available for sale.
OK. It's just enthusiasm about food. Not social
commentary. But hopefully there's something there that folks will
relate to. Some examples:
We're not just excited about produce either. These
vintage food illustrations are cool too:
There's also a variety of pithy sayings you may or
may not find represent your perspective including "Yes. I do need
seven kinds of olive oil.", "Screw the menu. Give me one of
everything.", and my personal favorite, "I'm not a vegetarian
because I love animals. It's because I hate animals."
There's more in our inaugural version including some
vintage napkin folding graphics as well as the first in our series
of Classic Kitchen Tools.
Sorry for the infomercial. And while we're not
trying to be
Kottke, and we don't mind defraying the costs of the site a bit,
the truth is that we think there's a lack of hip, funky, cool, and
vintage food t-shirts and schwag. And hopefully tastingmenu can help
fill that gap.
OK. Now we're done with the promotional blah-blah.
The shop will only be mentioned from now on when we have some
particularly notworthy new graphics that we think are hot. Tomorrow
we're back in Thailand.