Beautiful Ceramics by Studio Arhoj

July 24, 2014

Beautiful Ceramics by Studio Arhoj

Beautiful Ceramics by Studio Arhoj

Beautiful Ceramics by Studio Arhoj

Oh lawdy lawd. If I had enough benjamins in my wallet (well, more like royal beavers here in Canada) I’d sweep the entire shop at Denmark’s finest studio: Studio Arhoj. Duh! They’re Danish, no wonder why the radness factor is off the charts. You gotta check out the rest of their – awesomely quirky – work after the jump!

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Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries

July 22, 2014

Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries via Artful Desperado

Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries via Artful Desperado

Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries via Artful Desperado

Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries via Artful Desperado

I’m fo fancy, you already know….If loads of chocolate, meringue, and fresh farmers’ market berries is being fancy, then yes, we all are.

Have you ever bought a bunch of ingredients that look super pretty and then you wonder: umm..now what? Ok so last weekend I was walking by the market when I saw all these mountains of stacked local berries just sitting there, winking at me, asking me to take them home. So I did. I basically bought my own weight in berries and decided to figure out what to do with them later.

The ah-ha! moment hit me when I saw the cover of may’s issue of Donna Hay (yes, I admit it, I’m a donna fan – the woman knows how to style!) and saw this freaking fantastic chocolate meringue cake. I then knew that these berries needed to marry this cake. Done and done.

Such a beautiful summer love story, right?

This cake is served chilled, which still makes it appropriate for the season – though if you make it later in the year you can serve it at room temp and it’ll be just as amazing. It’s messy, fudge-y, and lusty!

Nuff talkin, more eatin’. Full recipe after the jump!

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Local Folks: Johnny’s Pops

July 17, 2014

Local Folks: Johnny's Pops / Photo by Tomasz Wagner

Local Folks: Johnny's Pops / Photo by Tomasz Wagner

Local Folks: Johnny's Pops / Photo by Tomasz Wagner

It’s time for another instalment of Local Folks: a collaborative series between Amy and Tomasz of Tomasz Wagner Photography and yours truly.

It’s no secret that we all are obsessed with popsicles. I mean, lickable dessert? Yes and yes. And who better to show us the art of the pops than the man himself; Johnny of Vancouver’s very own Johnny’s Pops. Read the full Q&A after the jump!

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Grapefruit Guava and Rum Sorbet

July 15, 2014

Grapefruit Guava and Rum Sorbet via Artful Desperado

Grapefruit Guava and Rum Sorbet via Artful Desperado

Grapefruit Guava and Rum Sorbet via Artful Desperado

Before you get started, sing with me: her name was lola, she was a showgirl….

It’s a pool party in here!! Well, there’s no pool and no lifeguard BUT the exact same summery feeling of splashing in the water – with drink in hand – has been captured in this fresh-from-the-tropics recipe to make a Grapefruit Guava and Rum Sorbet. This is the equivalent of a frozen cocktail, like a daiquiri kinda thing – cabana boy included! (though you need to find your own).

Can you taste this sorbet? The sweet fragrant guava with tangy grapefruit and a nice kick of rum to bring it all together *DROOOOOOL*.

Put on your bathing suit, slap some sunscreen on that beach-starved skin and jump in!

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Plexiglass Photo-Illustrations by Verena Michelitsch and Tobias Van Schneider

July 14, 2014

Plexiglass Photo-Illustrations by Verena Michelitsch and Tobias Van Schneider

Plexiglass Photo-Illustrations by Verena Michelitsch and Tobias Van Schneider

Plexiglass Photo-Illustrations by Verena Michelitsch and Tobias Van Schneider

Plexiglass Photo-Illustrations by Verena Michelitsch and Tobias Van Schneider

Plexiglass Photo-Illustrations by Verena Michelitsch and Tobias Van SchneiderPlexiglass Photo-Illustrations by Verena Michelitsch and Tobias Van Schneider

I was totally caught by surprise when I saw these prints are a merge of staged photos of real plexiglass and digital illustrations. Crazy! Basically the shapes, colours, and reflexions from the lights in Verena Michelitsch and Tobias Van Schneider’s studio serve as a base pattern from which they create unique prints.

I love that the materials used in this series were actually bought at the shops in New York’s Chinatown. See, there’s no limit for creativity! You ain’t need expensive shiz to produce amazing work. See the behind the scenes over here AND buy the prints over there.