A Cross-stitched Skillet: Would you like some embroidered toast with that? (Note: Colossal is one of the best blogs ever. Art and design, excellently curated, always awesome.)
Anissa in Iran: We talked a bit about Anissa Helou's videos of breadbakers in Iran. She's posted quite a few more gems from her time there. So much good stuff. (Also, her Saveur spread is incredible: beautiful photos, lots of stories, and a book's worth of recipes.)
this LA Times article: I suppose an article about the trials and tribulations of being Bill Chait, a top LA restaurant entrepreneur, is interesting to some folks, but the real nugget in this article (to me) is hidden in the middle of page 2: There are plans to replace the Louise's on Hillhurst with something called Mess Hall: "higher energy, simpler food, with a modern twist." 2 blocks from my apartment in Los Feliz! Woop woop!
Bon Iver's 'Towers' video: The music of Bon Iver has had my heart for a couple years now. I couldn't tell you what his lyrics are about, but the perfectly blended harmonies and twangy acoustic guitar make for a sound evocative of cold places, quiet rivers, sturdy old cabins, grizzled faces, wary smiles. The video for 'Towers', from his newest, eponymous album captures all of that. (PS: Think of this video when Pixar's Brave comes out and you see the gorgeous short, La Luna, that opens for it: to me, anyway, there are strange little parallels.)
Vermont introduces monumental GMO labeling legislation: Hell yeah, Vermont! Rest of US, please take note. This is huge.
Banksy on advertising: What he says is absolutely right, and really important to remember.
The LowLine: Were it to exist, the Lowline would sort of be the upside down cousin to Chelsea, New York's awesome High Line park. An indoor, underground park, built in an old trolley terminal on the Lower East Side, using solar technology to to generate enough light to grow trees. This makes me love the world. (Watch the video!)
Little red cake: Apollinas makes cakes that are inspired by dresses (and sometimes shoes!), and they are amazing. Here is a Valentino little red dress in cake form.