While most folks are on the long holiday, we're on a conference call talking about the summer issue. Sometimes magazine work can be a grind.
Time for a goat massage:
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Ladies and gentlemen, this month's toast of the Internet, Champis, the sheep herding dwarf rabbit. Chapis lives at Gardsbacken farm (?) perhaps in Sweden. Swedish readers, check out their blog and tell me what the heck else is going on.
Reposting a video that came my way via Carlos Yescas: a rather pointed reminder of who's cooking in the kitchen.
Not only are Mexican immigrants supplying raw labor in restaurants in California—and around the country—but they're applying their skills to the dishes as master craftsmen. I'm reminded of Anthony Bourdain's typically unvarnished praise from Kitchen Confidential:
Kate spotted this great archival video from Papillon documenting Roquefort-making back in the 20's. Great for mustache aficionados, or anyone looking to catch a glimpse into cheesemaking's past. Following the silent show, there's a modern piece so you can have a look at how Papillon does it today...
This creature was invented by former Pastoral manager Greg Ellis and its creation was caught on video! This is no hoax, folks. Check out the video! Happy Halloween!
This video about artisan chocolateirs Mast Brothers, via The Scout, contains one of the most intense openings for any chocolate-based movie I can remember, Gene Wilder's performance in Willy Wonka excepted.
The Brooklyn-based brothers have gained notoriety not only for their full, silky beards, but also for their utter commitment to hand-manufacture, to the point of commissioning a sailboat to deliver their cocoa beans from the Dominican Republic, New York's first cargo delivery by sail since 1939.