Twisted Filipino December Dinner

It finally happened – Carlo Lamagna (of Clyde Common) held an all Filipino dinner under the pop up Twisted Filipino December 1 and 2 located this time at Holdfast at Fausse Piste. Hopefully this is just the first installment that I experienced, and we’ll see it popping up again and again in 2017 (I overheard he’s hoping to do the next one in January…) Make sure you follow him on his social media (Instagram, Twitter) to be in the know of his next pop up – this one was sold under Brown Paper Tickets for $80. Here’s a look at the 9 courses of this Twisted Filipino December Dinner.

Twisted Filipino December Dinner by Carlo Lamagna, popping up here at Holdfast at Fausse Piste Twisted Filipino December Dinner by Carlo Lamagna, popping up here at Holdfast at Fausse Piste

At the beginning of the evening, Chef Carlo explained how in many ways he was repeating a circle of life – his first Twisted Filipino pop up was also a 2 day dinner event that sold out, was dedicated in honor of his father, but in 2013 in Chicago, when his first son was just a couple months old. This evening, with his second boy also just a few months present, he once again was back solo putting himself on a plate, giving us 9 courses of elevated Filipino food that were nods to his heritage, his history and experience as a chef, and where he wants to go forward.

Also included in this dinner was a welcome sparkling cava drink and 5 additional glasses from the Spanish region ranging from Basque Cider to electric rosé to Luis Rodriguez white wine (this was my favorite pairing of the evening with the Alimasag and Arroz Caldo), an all purpose red that would go with any meat that was fantastic with the Dinuguan, and a sherry to pair with the dessert courses.

Course 1: Lumpia Sariwa

This Lumpia Sariwa is Carlo’s fresh take on the usually deep fried lil meat rolls (which you can get at Clyde Comomon) with hearts of palm, watermelon radish, soy bean sprouts, mustard greens, spiced peanuts (with cayenne and sugar) and a slightly open crispy crepe vehicle brought together with a sweet garlicky sauce. I found this a bit too salty for my taste and still prefer the deep fried version which I can eat oh, like 3-6 of.
Twisted Filipino December Dinner by Carlo Lamagna, popping up here at Holdfast at Fausse Piste Twisted Filipino December Dinner by Carlo Lamagna, popping up here at Holdfast at Fausse Piste

Course 2: Pinais na Kabute

Pinais na Kabute, a nod to the traditional cooking in a banana leaf with this pocket filled with various mushrooms, bone marrow, and mushroom tar
Twisted Filipino December Dinner by Carlo Lamagna Course 2: Pinais na Kabute, a nod to the traditional cooking in a banana leaf with this pocket filled with various mushrooms, bone marrow, and mushroom tar

Course 3: Tapsilog

Tapsilog, a variation of a traditional Filipino breakfast usually with air dried beef, garlic rice and fried egg, updated here as a dish of marinated and then shredded and dried beef tapa, garlic rice crisp, soft boiled egg, and a pickled corn chow chow as a nod to Carlo’s time with Paul Virant
Twisted Filipino December Dinner by Carlo Lamagna Course 3: Tapsilog, a variation of a traditional Filipino breakfast usually with air dried beef, garlic rice and fried egg, updated here as a dish of marinated and then shredded and dried beef tapa, garlic rice crisp, soft boiled egg, and a pickled corn chow chow as a nod to Carlo's time with Paul Virant Twisted Filipino December Dinner by Carlo Lamagna Course 3: Tapsilog, a variation of a traditional Filipino breakfast usually with air dried beef, garlic rice and fried egg, updated here as a dish of marinated and then shredded and dried beef tapa, garlic rice crisp, soft boiled egg, and a pickled corn chow chow as a nod to Carlo's time with Paul Virant

Course 4: Ginataang Suso

Wild burgundy snails from his The Snail Guy friend Doug, young coconut, saluyot, serrano and coconut broth with ginger and garlic
Twisted Filipino December Dinner by Carlo Lamagna Course 4: Ginataang Suso, with wild burgundy snails from his The Snail Guy friend Doug, young coconut, saluyot, serrano and coconut broth with ginger and garlic

Course 5: Alimasag

Alimasag, aka how my mom cooks noted Carlo, as he told us a tale of when he was young how they would sear crab with garlic and the roe would get all mixed in and he would pick out every piece even though it meant his food getting cold to make sure he got in on all the deliciousness. Here he makes it easy for us without having to pick out the roe in this dish of dungeness crab, crab roe (with ginger, garlic, a bit of fish sauce, and touch of African hot pepper), housemade alkaline noodles, fingerlime, and chicharron. One of my favorite dishes of the night.
Twisted Filipino December Dinner by Carlo Lamagna Course 5: Alimasag, aka how my mom cooks noted Carlo, a dish of dungeness crab, crab roe, housemade alkaline noodles, fingerlime, and chicharron

Course 6: Arroz Caldo

For me this was one of the most homey dishes and recognizable as more traditional. It also didn’t hurt as Carlo told us his association with this dish of his dad making this all day and having this dish while opening presents at 3 AM. Arroz Caldo with quail, rice porridge, and scallions. Although his twist was to use quail rather than chicken, he got that bird flavor well infused into the porridge.
Twisted Filipino December Dinner by Carlo Lamagna Course 6: Arroz Caldo with quail, rice porridge, and scallions

Course 7: Dinuguan

A dish also called “Chocolate Meat” of braised pork collar glazed with dinuguan sauce, pork blood adobo, crispy pig ear, and steamed rice cakes of puto (which we laughed as admittedly this last word is a bad word in Spanish but hey a light delicious adorable lil cake in this case) to wipe up every lil bit of sauce. Another of my absolute favorites of the night. This is probably the most attractive that dinuguan can hope to ever be, impressive Carlo.
Twisted Filipino December Dinner by Carlo Lamagna Course 7: Dinuguan of braised pork collar glazed with dinuguan sauce, pork blood adobo, crispy pig ear, and steamed rice cakes of puto Twisted Filipino December Dinner by Carlo Lamagna Course 7: Dinuguan of braised pork collar glazed with dinuguan sauce, pork blood adobo, crispy pig ear, and steamed rice cakes of puto Twisted Filipino December Dinner by Carlo Lamagna Course 7: Dinuguan of braised pork collar glazed with dinuguan sauce, pork blood adobo, crispy pig ear, and steamed rice cakes of puto Twisted Filipino December Dinner by Carlo Lamagna Course 7: Dinuguan of braised pork collar glazed with dinuguan sauce, pork blood adobo, crispy pig ear, and steamed rice cakes of puto

Course 8: Ensaladang Prutas

Now into the dessert courses. Here’s a play on a traditional Chinese almond dessert here with fizzy lychee, grape, mineola, Thai basil, and almond jello
Twisted Filipino December Dinner by Carlo Lamagna Course 8: Ensaladang Prutas, a play on a traditional Chinese almond dessert here with fizzy lychee, grape, mineola, Thai basil, and almond jello Twisted Filipino December Dinner by Carlo Lamagna Course 8: Ensaladang Prutas, a play on a traditional Chinese almond dessert here with fizzy lychee, grape, mineola, Thai basil, and almond jello

Course 9: Mamon

Best dessert! Fluffy light chiffon cake with fresh parmesan and marshmallow fluff combining together for his parmesan fluff, pandan ice cream, and white chocolate florentine.
Twisted Filipino December Dinner by Carlo Lamagna Course 9: Fluffy light chiffon cake with fresh parmesan and marshmellow fluff combining together for his parmesan fluff, pandan ice cream,a nd white chocolate florentine. Twisted Filipino December Dinner by Carlo Lamagna Course 9: Fluffy light chiffon cake with fresh parmesan and marshmellow fluff combining together for his parmesan fluff, pandan ice cream,a nd white chocolate florentine.

What do you think of these Filipino dishes? Have you had experience with Filipino cuisine before, do you recognize anything from here? What dish most interests you?

 

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Review of Living Digital Space and Future Parks

Today, I’m doing a Travel Tuesday to the Bay Area to highlight a spectacular exhibit that is ending really soon on December 18! Living Digital Space and Future Parks is an exhibit is created by a collective of people who bring together technology and art called teamlab that was founded in Tokyo in 2001. Their exhibits draw in you as a viewer into how the art and technology can become one while also exploring your perspective and your interaction with the exhibit and how both influence and can change each other.
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Teamlab has multiple exhibitions around the world, mostly in Asia, and this display Pace Gallery in Menlo Park, in the Bay Area of California, is one of the largest exhibitions with 20 of their digital pieces installed. All of their previous exhibitions in the US have only been temporary, with only one permanent exhibit in Seattle at the Living Computer Museum and which only has two versions of the 20 that are being shown at Living Digital Space and Future Parks.

Let me walk you through my experience. First, after checking in, you will be in the first of two buildings that house the 20 pieces. This initial building, Living Digital Space, is geared more towards everyone but particularly adults, and houses 13 art installations. Meanwhile the second building, Future Parks, is more focused on children and the young at heart with 7 additional exhibits. A visit to both buildings will take 2 hours if you take your time like I did when I visited with my mom, but we also had no kids that wanted to play awhile at Future Parks.

Brace yourself, it is 20 installations, and here’s my full review of Living Digital Space and Future Parks.

Living Digital Space

  1. Light Sculpture of Flame uses lots of accumulated light points to create a sculptural flame, similar to the way distinct dots of color form an image in a pointillist painting. You will want to watch it from afar to see the whole, and then up close to see all the tiny little wires and pinpoints of lights that somehow all come together to make that ever changing dancing flame (it was a bit dark but I tried to show it in the 2nd and 3rd photos). The image of the flames and the way the lights create patterns are  continuously created in real-time by a computer program based on how close or far viewers are (more light and sound is louder sound when viewers are closer).
    Light Sculpture of Flames as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. This artwork uses accumulated light points to create a sculptural body, similar to the way distinct dots of color form an image in a pointillist painting. The artwork does not use pre-recorded imagery; it is continuously created in real-time by a computer program and is in a constant process of transformation based on how close or far viewers are (more light, louder sound when closer) Light Sculpture of Flames as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. This artwork uses accumulated light points to create a sculptural body, similar to the way distinct dots of color form an image in a pointillist painting. The artwork does not use pre-recorded imagery; it is continuously created in real-time by a computer program and is in a constant process of transformation based on how close or far viewers are (more light, louder sound when closer) Light Sculpture of Flames as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. This artwork uses accumulated light points to create a sculptural body, similar to the way distinct dots of color form an image in a pointillist painting. The artwork does not use pre-recorded imagery; it is continuously created in real-time by a computer program and is in a constant process of transformation based on how close or far viewers are (more light, louder sound when closer) Light Sculpture of Flames as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. This artwork uses accumulated light points to create a sculptural body, similar to the way distinct dots of color form an image in a pointillist painting. The artwork does not use pre-recorded imagery; it is continuously created in real-time by a computer program and is in a constant process of transformation based on how close or far viewers are (more light, louder sound when closer)
  2. Flowers and People, Gold
  3. Flowers and People, Black
    Both of these are placed next to each other in a hallway, and have similar themes and interactions with variations of color. This flowers on the branch are rendered in real time by a computer program and the flowers blossom and then their petals begin to wither, and eventually fade away based on how close and how long a viewer stands before different parts of the artwork, blurring the boundary between the viewer and art space.
    For instance, here in the Gold version in the first two and the Black version in the second pair of photos below, you can see what it looks like with the flowers on the branch on the left and then how the petals change when I step closer in the right photo. The movement of the petals is mesmerizing.
    Flowers and People as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. This artwork is rendered in real time by a computer program. The flowers bud, grow, and blossom before their petals begin to wither, and eventually fade away. The cycle of growth and decay repeats itself in perpetuity. Depending on the proximity of the viewer to the work, the flowers shed their petals all at once, wither and die, or come to life and blossom once again. Flowers and People as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks.This artwork is rendered in real time by a computer program. The flowers bud, grow, and blossom before their petals begin to wither, and eventually fade away. The cycle of growth and decay repeats itself in perpetuity. Depending on the proximity of the viewer to the work, the flowers shed their petals all at once, wither and die, or come to life and blossom once again. Flowers and People as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks.This artwork is rendered in real time by a computer program. The flowers bud, grow, and blossom before their petals begin to wither, and eventually fade away. The cycle of growth and decay repeats itself in perpetuity. Depending on the proximity of the viewer to the work, the flowers shed their petals all at once, wither and die, or come to life and blossom once again. Flowers and People as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks.This artwork is rendered in real time by a computer program. The flowers bud, grow, and blossom before their petals begin to wither, and eventually fade away. The cycle of growth and decay repeats itself in perpetuity. Depending on the proximity of the viewer to the work, the flowers shed their petals all at once, wither and die, or come to life and blossom once again.
  4. Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased As Well, Division in Perspective is an entire darkened room with seven screens. The Japanese mythical bird Yatagarasu (believed to represent the sun and the will of Heaven) is rendered in light and flies around all the screens as soaring music plays. The crows chase each other through the air leaving windstream calligraphy trails in their path and eventually they become flowers. This was one that was pretty difficult to photograph with all the fast flying of the birds, but you can get a bit of an idea at the teamlab site with their videos and photos. It was disorienting but fascinating to me how all that motion surrounds you as a viewer and changes depending on where you walk and stand, how many screens you could see, and how even your fellow viewers and how their silhouette in the darkness contributes to the image in your eyes.
  5. Flowers and Corpse Glitch Set of 12
    This was my mom’s favorite of the installations. There are 12 stories one each on each screen/scroll, that start covered with golden clouds that part to show the particular slide of the story in that screen. Shortly, the scene begins to fall apart like the surface has been cracked of the “painting” to now show the technology behind the animation, and the 3D renderings behind the scenes. Then, everything disintegrates and the gold clouds cover the story to signal the falling of the curtain.
    Flower and Corpse Glitch Set of 12 as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. The work consists of 12 film stories based on the themes of civilization and nature, collision, circulation, symbiosis. The surface of Flower and Corpse Glitch Set of 12 disintegrates to reveal the hidden underside of the animation. Flower and Corpse Glitch Set of 12 as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. The work consists of 12 film stories based on the themes of civilization and nature, collision, circulation, symbiosis. The surface of Flower and Corpse Glitch Set of 12 disintegrates to reveal the hidden underside of the animation.
    The 12 screens tell the tale of Story of civilization, nature, prosperity, war, and balance with a capital city and a noble Hikaru Genij. Disease begins to ravage the capital and to investigate Hikaru Genji journeys outside of the city and arrives at a mountain village. The people cut down trees in the forest, and the villagers cut down a sacred tree and the angry spirit dragon Yamata no Orochi appears. Yamata no Orochi rampages the village so a battle between the warriors, the gods of the forest and Yamata no Orochi begins. The warriors make use of the developments of civilization, such as flaming arrows and swords to be victorious. After the battle, the burned-out forest is a wasteland. Hikaru Genji spreads seeds over the corpse of Yamata no Orochi and from the dead corpse, buds appear and the forest is gradually restored. The people are determined to go on and live in harmony with the forest and a festival is held.
    Flower and Corpse Glitch Set of 12 as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. The work consists of 12 film stories based on the themes of civilization and nature, collision, circulation, symbiosis. The surface of Flower and Corpse Glitch Set of 12 disintegrates to reveal the hidden underside of the animation.
  6. Black Waves The movement of waves of water is simulated in a computer-generated three-dimensional space and doesn’t seem to repeat, just like the way in real life hundreds of thousands of particles affect each other in so many different ways. It was interesting in that since this is placed in a room after the Flowers and People and Light Sculpture of Flame, I saw already several people trying to go up to it and see if they can affect these stormy seas (you can’t) and how quickly people begin to expect more from art than passively viewing.
    Black Waves as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. The movement of waves of water is simulated in a computer-generated three-dimensional space. The water is expressed as a continuous body after calculating the interactions of hundreds of thousands of particles
  7. Black Waves in Infinity I didn’t find the title card right away when I entered the room and my impression when I first entered and explored was more about Smoke and Mirrors in the way the outside walls of the room was all mirrors while the inside were clear glass with wafting waves of what appeared to be smoke that sometimes made it easy and clear to see through multiple rows and other times hid them. Again, fellow viewers in the room almost became part of the art in whether I can see them or silhouettes or no one at all among the pathways leading back and forth between the light and smoke and mirrors. I don’t know if that’s what they were expecting but I’m sticking with my interpretation.
  8. Crystal Universe This was my favorite of the installations. Viewers are invited to enter and walk around within the three-dimensional light space. This movement affects the light particles and creates changes in the installation. Viewers can also interact with the work by using their smartphones or tablets at the end of the path looking back on the Crystal Universe as a whole to select elements of patterns and colors for the lights to embody in the light space universe.
    Here’s a few photos of the lights from unlit to the variations of colors they can embody.
    Crystal Universe as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. Viewers are invited to enter and walk around within the three-dimensional light space. This movement affects the light particles and creates changes in the installation. Viewers can also interact with the work by using their smartphones to select elements that make up the crystal universe. Crystal Universe as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. Viewers are invited to enter and walk around within the three-dimensional light space. This movement affects the light particles and creates changes in the installation. Viewers can also interact with the work by using their smartphones to select elements that make up the crystal universe. Crystal Universe as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. Viewers are invited to enter and walk around within the three-dimensional light space. This movement affects the light particles and creates changes in the installation. Viewers can also interact with the work by using their smartphones to select elements that make up the crystal universe. Crystal Universe as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. Viewers are invited to enter and walk around within the three-dimensional light space. This movement affects the light particles and creates changes in the installation. Viewers can also interact with the work by using their smartphones to select elements that make up the crystal universe. Crystal Universe as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. Viewers are invited to enter and walk around within the three-dimensional light space. This movement affects the light particles and creates changes in the installation. Viewers can also interact with the work by using their smartphones to select elements that make up the crystal universe. Crystal Universe as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. Viewers are invited to enter and walk around within the three-dimensional light space. This movement affects the light particles and creates changes in the installation. Viewers can also interact with the work by using their smartphones to select elements that make up the crystal universe. Crystal Universe as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. Viewers are invited to enter and walk around within the three-dimensional light space. This movement affects the light particles and creates changes in the installation. Viewers can also interact with the work by using their smartphones to select elements that make up the crystal universe.
    Here’s a look at the universe from the outside, after walking through

    And here’s a look from the inside
  9. Cold Life A screen projects what starts as brush strokes modeled in virtual 3-D space that forms the character 生 (Japanese/Mandarin for life). As the branch/character turns, each spin continues the metamorphoses of the initially plain branch into a tree with buds then flowering as it continues to turn and turn with time, blossoming and becoming exuberant with life.
    Cold Life as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. A calligraphic series of brush strokes modeled in virtual 3-D space forms the character 生 (Japanese/Mandarin for life) which metamorphoses into a tree. As time passes, various life forms begin to emanate and grow from within the tree. Cold Life as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. A calligraphic series of brush strokes modeled in virtual 3-D space forms the character 生 (Japanese/Mandarin for life) which metamorphoses into a tree. As time passes, various life forms begin to emanate and grow from within the tree. Cold Life as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. A calligraphic series of brush strokes modeled in virtual 3-D space forms the character 生 (Japanese/Mandarin for life) which metamorphoses into a tree. As time passes, various life forms begin to emanate and grow from within the tree. Cold Life as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. A calligraphic series of brush strokes modeled in virtual 3-D space forms the character 生 (Japanese/Mandarin for life) which metamorphoses into a tree. As time passes, various life forms begin to emanate and grow from within the tree.
  10. Universe of Water Particles pursues an interesting concept in that traditional Japanese art water included using lines to represent the moving flow and life. and questions whether seeing those lines gives a sense of life even though this is not a video of a waterfall but a computer generated virtual waterfall. Does the viewer feels it is alive and a connection to nature even knowing it is a rendered reproduction of the physical and not the real thing?
    Universe of Water Particles as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. Computer-generated water consisting of hundreds of thousands of water particles is virtually poured onto a virtually sculpted rock. The computer calculates the movement of the particles to produce a simulation of water that flows in accordance with the laws of physics. Lines are drawn in relation to a selection of 0.1% of the particles. The sinuousness of the lines depends on the overall interaction of the water particles. The piece pursues an interesting concept in that traditional Japanese art water included using lines to represent the moving flow and life. and questions whether seeing those lines gives a sense of life even though this is not a video of a waterfall but a computer generated virtual waterfall. Does the viewer feels it is alive and a connection even knowing is is a representation and reproduction of an actual physical phenomena and not the real thing?
    These last three artworks were placed together in the same room and seemed to flow into each other.
  11. Flowers and People Cannot Be Controlled But Live Together, A Whole Year Per Hour This is the entire room in terms of the walls and floor with projections of flowers. This artwork is in continuous change, over a period of one hour a seasonal year of flowers blossoms and scatters. Depending on the proximity of the viewer to the work, the flowers shed their petals all at once or come to life and blossom once again. The more people in the room, the more the flowers wither but if you wait for the room to empty a bit, the more flowers but less movement of blossoming petals set flying by human presence. This room, along with Crystal Universe, and Flowers and People Black or Gold, seemed to inspire the most selfies. I have no selfie game but my mom took my photo 😉
    Flowers and People Cannot Be Controlled But Live Together, A Whole Year Per Hour as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. . This is the entire room in terms of the walls and floor, not including the TV screen. This artwork is in continuous change, over a period of one hour a seasonal year of flowers blossoms and scatters. Depending on the proximity of the viewer to the work, the flowers shed their petals all at once or come to life and blossom once again. The more people in the room, the more the flowers wither but if you wait for the room to empty a bit, the more flowers but less movement of blossoming petals.
    I overall had a mixed reaction to the number of selfies I saw – on one hand, this art is beautiful and you want to remember it, and the art encourages you to be part of it. On the other hand, some seemed more focused on themselves with the art as backdrop and barely thinking about the art, particularly one pair of girls who every room I ran into them and she posed in front of each and every art with her hand cupping as if holding the installation which I found diminishing and negative somehow. I seem ok with it for buildings and landmarks and statues outside where I admit that kind of shot can be humorous – why was this different? What are your thoughts about selfies and art?
  12. Ever Blossoming Life II This artwork is in continuous change on the TV screen. Over a period of one hour, a seasonal year of flowers blossoms and scatters. Flowers bud, grow, blossom, then the petals scatter, and the flowers wither and fade away. The cycle of birth and death repeats itself with pauses to also integrate with the Flutter of Butterflies work below…
    Ever Blossoming Life II - A Whole Year per Hour, Dark as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. This is the TV screen inside the next room - it switches between Butterfly and Ever Blossoming. This artwork is in continuous change, over a period of one hour a seasonal year of flowers blossoms and scatters. Flowers are born, grow and blossom in profusion before the petals scatter, and the flowers wither and fade away. The cycle of birth and death repeats itself, continuing for eternity. The entire work changes continuously. The same state will never be repeated.
  13. Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders. This was a mode of the TV screen that would swap between Ever Blossoming Life II in turns. For this art piece, butterflies appear on the screen and fly seamlessly into the nearby installation (aka outside the TV screen and into the room walls). It challenges the boundaries between the works. The flight pattern of the butterflies in Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders is influenced by the state of the other works, as well as the behavior of the viewers. The butterflies gather in places where flowers bloom in the other works, and if a viewers touches a butterfly, it loses its life.
    Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. This was a mode of the TV screen that would swap between Ever Blossoming Life II in turns. For this art piece, butterflies appear on the screen and fly seamlessly into the nearby installation (aka outside the TV screen and into the room walls). It challenges the boundaries between the works. The flight pattern of the butterflies in Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders is influenced by the state of the other works, as well as the behavior of the viewers. The butterflies gather in places where flowers bloom in the other works; and if a viewers touches a butterfly, it loses its life.

Future Parks

This is a great exhibit to bring your kids to that connect critical thinking and creativity with technology and art as well as social interactions with others in many of the exhibits in which each individual contributes to a collaborative play space.

  1. Sketch Town Sketch Town is a town that grows and evolves according to the pictures drawn by children. After the 2-D drawings of cars, buildings, and spaceships are colored in and detailed (blank sheets with the shapes are provided), the creations are scanned and projected onto the virtual 3-D townscape. Children can interact with the final townscape by touching individual components to alter their behavior. Please don’t mock my drawing of me and my mom too much.
    Sketch Town as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. Sketch Town is a town that grows and evolves according to the pictures drawn by children. After the 2-D drawings of the cars, buildings, UFOs and spaceships are completed, they are scanned and projected onto the virtual 3-D townscape. Every component of the town has a role to play; for example, the fire trucks and cranes serve to protect the town. Children can interact with the final townscape by touching individual components to alter their behavior. Sketch Town as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. Sketch Town is a town that grows and evolves according to the pictures drawn by children. After the 2-D drawings of the cars, buildings, UFOs and spaceships are completed, they are scanned and projected onto the virtual 3-D townscape. Every component of the town has a role to play; for example, the fire trucks and cranes serve to protect the town. Children can interact with the final townscape by touching individual components to alter their behavior.
  2. Sketch Town Papercraft This is a variation of the above where the digital and physical barrier is broken back down where the same 2-D drawings are scanned and printed on a sheet that can be used to create 3-D papercrafts which children can take home. This activity involves problem solving skills and logical thinking, as children have to identify where to cut, fold, and glue as there are no direct instructions. As an adult I felt too guilty to literally fight for a seat at the table among the kids for this, but you can see more detail here at the teamlab site on Sketch Town Papercraft with photos and video.
    Sketch Town Papercraft as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. This is a variation of the Sketch Town where the digital and physical barrier is broken back down where the same 2-D drawings are scanned and printed on a sheet that can be used to create 3-D papercrafts which children can take home. This activity involves problem solving skills and logical thinking, as children have to identify where to cut, fold, and glue as there are no direct instructions.
  3. Sketch Aquarium Sketch Aquarium is an aquarium that grows and evolves according to the pictures drawn by children (yes an underwater variation of Sketch Town basically). After the 2-D drawings of sea creatures varying from jelly fish to sharks are colored in and detailed (blank sheets with the shapes are provided), the creations are scanned and projected onto the virtual 3-D aquarium. Children may also touch the sea creatures to see them swim away, or touch the virtual food bag to feed them.
    Sketch Aquarium as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. Each participant is invited to color in a drawing of a sea creature of his or her preference. Once completed, the piece of paper is scanned, and the image is projected onto a giant virtual aquarium. Children will be able to see their creation come to life and swim with all the other sea creatures. Children may also touch the fish to see them swim away, or touch the virtual food bag to feed the fish.
  4. Connecting! Train Block. In Connecting! Train Block, cars and trains run along roads and railroad tracks that are connected by wooden blocks. As children place different blocks on the table, more cars and trains appear as roads and rivers and stations get connected, forming a townscape. Children play by placing the blocks in different positions to create a town collaboratively with other children.
    Connecting! Train Block as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. In Connecting! Train Block, cars and trains run along roads and railroad tracks that are connected by wooden blocks. As children place different blocks on the table, more cars and trains appear, forming a townscape. Children play by placing the blocks in different positions to create a town collaboratively with other children. Connecting! Train Block as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. In Connecting! Train Block, cars and trains run along roads and railroad tracks that are connected by wooden blocks. As children place different blocks on the table, more cars and trains appear, forming a townscape. Children play by placing the blocks in different positions to create a town collaboratively with other children.
  5. Create! Hopscotch for Geniuses Participants are invited to create their own Hopscotch course, consisting of projected circular, triangular, and square shapes that are placed on a tablet to create the course and then appear in real life along a path to play with. Different sound effects and images emerge as participants land on the same shape or color in succession on the actual course.
    Create! Hopscotch for Geniuses as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. Create! Hopscotch for Geniuses is the exciting, digital version of the childhood game Hopscotch. Participants are invited to create their own Hopscotch course, consisting of projected circular, triangular, and square shapes. Each participant is able to determine the level of difficulty while making full use of his or her imaginative and creative skills. Different sound effects and beautiful imageries emerge as participants land on the same shape or color in succession. Create! Hopscotch for Geniuses as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. Create! Hopscotch for Geniuses is the exciting, digital version of the childhood game Hopscotch. Participants are invited to create their own Hopscotch course, consisting of projected circular, triangular, and square shapes. Each participant is able to determine the level of difficulty while making full use of his or her imaginative and creative skills. Different sound effects and beautiful imageries emerge as participants land on the same shape or color in succession.
  6. A Table where Little People Live So cute! Little people run around an interactive tabletop screen. Children are encouraged to interact with the little people by placing objects on the table and as each object is introduced, the little people interact with the objects by jumping, climbing, and sliding onto them. You can see a great video of the kids playing it here at the teamlab site.
    A Table where Little People Live as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. In this installation, little people run around an interactive tabletop screen around which children sit or stand. Children are encouraged to interact with the little people by placing objects on the table and as each object is introduced, the little people interact with the objects by jumping, climbing, and sliding onto them. A Table where Little People Live as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. In this installation, little people run around an interactive tabletop screen around which children sit or stand. Children are encouraged to interact with the little people by placing objects on the table and as each object is introduced, the little people interact with the objects by jumping, climbing, and sliding onto them.
  7. Story of the Time When Gods were Still Everywhere A large screen takes up a whole wall in which symbols flow vertically from top to bottom. As the symbols are touched by children, they evolve into the images that they represent: sun, mountains, animals. As more images are created a story begins to emerge as the objects that emerge from the symbols influence one another and are influenced by the actions of other people. For example, a bird lands on a tree, a sheep runs away from a wolf, and a sheep dances as a child approaches it. This is one where the more children the better to be activating the symbols to play together.
    Story of the Time When Gods were Still Everywhere as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. A large screen takes up a whole wall in which symbols flow vertically from top to bottom. As the symbols are touched by children, they evolve into the images that they represent: sun, mountains, animals. As more images are created a story begins to emerge as the objects that emerge from the symbols influence one another and are influenced by the actions of other people. For example, a bird lands on a tree, a sheep runs away from a wolf, and a sheep dances as a child approaches it. This is one where the more children the better to be activating the symbols to play together. Story of the Time When Gods were Still Everywhere as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. A large screen takes up a whole wall in which symbols flow vertically from top to bottom. As the symbols are touched by children, they evolve into the images that they represent: sun, mountains, animals. As more images are created a story begins to emerge as the objects that emerge from the symbols influence one another and are influenced by the actions of other people. For example, a bird lands on a tree, a sheep runs away from a wolf, and a sheep dances as a child approaches it. This is one where the more children the better to be activating the symbols to play together.

Please hurry if you want to see it as you must buy your tickets before they close on December 18 (they have already extended once from their run). You can purchase your tickets to the exhibit online at Event Brite, and a general admission ticket is $20 a person. There is discounted admission available for children ages 3-13, students, seniors, and non-profit employees with ID. Tickets come for entrance in 2 hour increments of 11 AM – 1 PM, 1 – 3 PM, 3 – 5 PM and 5 – 7 PM Tuesday – Sunday. The exact address is the Pace Gallery at 300 El Camino Real which has plenty of parking in the lot.

Which installation most fascinates you?
Crystal Universe Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together – A Whole Year per Hour as part of Pace Art + Technology exhibit Living Digital Spaces and Future Parks. This is the room around the TV. This artwork is in continuous change, over a period of one hour a seasonal year of flowers blossoms and scatters. The flowers bud, grow, and blossom before their petals begin to wither, and eventually fade away. The cycle of growth and decay repeats itself in perpetuity. Depending on the proximity of the viewer to the work, the flowers shed their petals all at once, whither and die, or come to life and blossom once again.

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Cornbread Salad

This is my take on cornbread salad. I will disclose now that I don’t like beans and so I left them out. However, I added baby romaine lettuce to make this a real salad, versus just corn bread with some veggies layered in. My version also sears the corn kernels before adding them to the salad. I also did make bacon, but served it on the side so that the corn bread salad is by default vegetarian and can feed everyone, and people can add the meat if they would like. You can add or omit ingredients according to your preference so this salad is very flexible. With the colors of the lettuce, corn, tomatoes, pepper, and cheese it also just looked so pretty!

Recipe for cornbread salad - my version is an actual salad with romaine lettuce, and I omitted the beans but you can add the if you'd like just need a bigger bowl to put your salad in! I also served the bacon crumbles on the side so it could be vegetarian by default Recipe for cornbread salad - my version is an actual salad with romaine lettuce, and I omitted the beans but you can add the if you'd like just need a bigger bowl to put your salad in! I also served the bacon crumbles on the side so it could be vegetarian by default

Ingredients:

  • 8-14 ounces of Corn Bread mix plus any ingredients to make it – you will need to already have prepared this and let it cool, or purchase already made cornbread. If you use the larger amount, use your judgement on whether you use all the corn bread or not in the salad depending on how much you want the ratio to corn bread and salad.
  • 10 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional)
  • 15 ounces of corn kernels
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 4 small green onions
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 package of grape tomatoes (you can also use other tomatoes – you want the equivalent of two large beefsteak almost)
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 10 ounces of baby romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups of chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1 can of pinto beans, rinsed and drained (optional)
  • 1 – 1.5 cups of your favorite Ranch Dressing

Directions:

  1. Prepare the cornbread per package directions or purchase already made cornbread. If you are making it, set it aside to cool.
  2. If you are using the bacon, cook the bacon as you like (I like to cook it in the oven) until crispy. Let cool so you can crumble it.
  3. Heat a pan on high with 1 tablespoon of butter. Once it is melted, add the 15 ounces of corn kernels and spread so it is a single layer and all coated with butter. Do not mix again until one side of the corn kernels is slightly browned – stir so the browning is even and then set aside to cool.
  4. Chop the 8 small green onions, the 1 orange bell pepper, and if using grape tomatoes cut in half the grape tomatoes otherwise chop the other kind of tomatoes you chose to use. I personally like grape tomatoes because it still has a nice firmness when halved vs other tomatoes.
  5. In a large bowl, mix the seared corn, chopped green onions, orange bell pepper, tomatoes, 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese, and mix this with the 10 ounces of baby romaine. You can also include the bacon in now, or what I did is serve the crumbled bacon on the side for those who wanted it so the cornbread salad is by default vegetarian.
  6. Serving options:
    • If you want to present this in a layer, first put in some of the dressing, put in half of the corn + veggies and romaine mixture in your glass bowl. Next, crumble in half of the cornbread. Drizzle more dressing. Add the rest of the corn and romaine, and top with the crumbled cornbread you have remaining. Spread the rest of the dressing on top.
      Recipe for cornbread salad - my version is an actual salad with romaine lettuce, and I omitted the beans but you can add the if you'd like just need a bigger bowl to put your salad in! I also served the bacon crumbles on the side so it could be vegetarian by default
    • Or if you  prefer having more time for the flavors to all blend, mix everything all up in no layers – corn and romaine, cornbread, and dressing – and let chill in the fridge for a couple hours while prepping other dishes for the meal.
  7. As an option, during the blending step you can also add pinto beans that have been rinsed and drained, but I don’t like beans so I didn’t use them. Also optionally, you can toast 2 cups of pecans on a pan until fragrant and add it into the salad for crunch.

Since you will know your cornbread best, you should use your judgement on how much to use ratio-wise with the salad – some cornbread is denser, some sweeter, etc. If your cornbread is very soft, you could consider toasting it after cutting it into smaller squares almost like toasting croutons.

Now don’t get me wrong – I still served creamed corn at my Thanksgiving because I’ve always remembered corn niblets of some sort at my Thanksgiving growing up – but I wanted to have another version of corn as it so represents harvest and liked having a “healthier” version via this salad.

Have you ever had cornbread salad or heard of it before? What’s your favorite kind of salad during late autumn/winter?

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Vegetarian Holiday Side Dishes

It’s the week before Thanksgiving – and I’m always excited for an opportunity to try recipes that I’ve been waiting for potlucks or group dinners, and share food with others. This year I’m staying in Portland for Thanksgiving weekend unlike previous times when I went off to Sonoma or San Juan Islands or Leavenworth. It’s still a potluck situation where guests are all bringing in contributions for the meal, and I continue with trying to offer a medley of Vegetarian Holiday Sides. After all, making side dishes that are completely vegetarian means both omnivores and vegetarians can both enjoy the dish.

Here are some of my favorite of the vegetarian sides I’ve made previously, including the recipes.

These dishes I particularly like because you can use them as a vegetarian main dish so they don’t feel like they are only eating side dishes:

More great sides that everyone can eat.

What are you making for your sides for Thanksgiving? Are any of them vegetarian holiday side dishes?

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What to Order at Basilisk PDX

There’s 3 things to know here about Basilisk. Order the Fried Chicken, Fried Tofu, and Dan Dan Fries.
Basilisk Fried Chicken Sandwich with fried chicken thigh and house pickled cucumbers, shredded cabbage and special sauce that needs a knife stabbed through the middle to keep it together

One, their fried chicken sandwich is off the hook and has like two huge pieces stacked on top of each other, which I like eating one by itself and the other in the sandwich, perfect. Also, I am forced to do that because I can’t unhinge my jaw to take a bite when it’s double stacked chicken that is so super crispy on the outside. This Basilisk Fried Chicken Sandwich with fried boneless chicken thigh and house pickled cucumbers, shredded cabbage, and special sauce needs a knife stabbed through the middle to keep it together.
Basilisk Fried Chicken Sandwich with fried chicken thigh and house pickled cucumbers, shredded cabbage and special sauce that needs a knife stabbed through the middle to keep it together Basilisk Fried Chicken Sandwich with fried chicken thigh and house pickled cucumbers, shredded cabbage and special sauce that needs a knife stabbed through the middle to keep it together

Two, the fried tofu sandwich with fried super firm tofu, house pickled cucumbers, shredded cabbage and special sauce. This is the vegetarian version of the fried chicken sandwich and on some days where I’m trying to be a little healthier, I would intentionally choose this over the fried chicken sandwich. If you’ve had fried tofu in Thai restaurants where it’s crispy on the outside but soft on the inside (usually served ins mall squares and rectangles), that is what this fried tofu sandwich’s tofu is like, but super super sized!
Basilisk vegetarian fried tofu sandwich with fried super firm tofu, house pickled cucumbers, shredded cabbage and special sauce

Three, the vegan Dan Dan fries, a large bowl of hand cut fries covered in peanut sauce, chili oil, baby dill pickles, crushed peanuts, green onions, cilantro and lime. Enough to share for two to four, every fry is crispy (clearly an area of frying expertise at Basilisk) even when doused with all this dan dan on top!
Basilisk vegan Dan Dan fries, Dan Dan fries, a large bowl of hand cut fries covered in peanut sauce, chili oil, baby dill pickles, crushed peanuts, green onions, cilantro and lime

I mean theoretically yes, there are other things on the menu. They have a hot chicken plate where they add Nashville style Basilisk hot sauce over that fried chicken ad add Texas Toast, and you can get versions of green salad vegetarian or topped with the fried chicken or a healthier poached chicken breast. You can also get your sides of fries plain instead of dan dan style, or get mac salad or cabbage slaw. But the three I named before… those are the best things on the menu.

If you had to get something else, it would be one or two of the things I already mentioned as the 3 things you need to know… and then wrap it up with their dessert offering of their Kool Aid ice cream in a cone or cup. The Kool Aid flavor rotates. The fact that it’s Kool Aid flavor fits perfectly into the hip vibe here.
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After you order at the counter, you will get a numbered table card for them to deliver the food. You bus the dishes afterwards to to a counter area a bit farther down from where their register and kitchen is, where there are water and rubber tubs with a sign reassuring you can put the trays and plates and silverware all together.
Basilisk PDX Basilisk PDX - where you bus your dishes

Basilisk is part of The Zipper concept, which offers multiple microrestaurants that each have their small restaurant space and also a larger shared common dining area. If you wanted, you could go around ordering from multiple vendors at the Zipper and gather a meal of fried chicken, falfafel, pizza and more.

Basilisk is open Monday – Sunday 11 AM – 10 PM at 820 NE 27th Avenue in
Portland.

What would you order at Basilisk? Where is your favorite fried chicken sandwich in Portland?

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