From the Kitchen of Pâté Smith

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We’ve teamed up with contributor Pâté Smith to show you the best in off-beat eats! Pâté Smith is a collection of pop culture inspired recipes, drawing food inspiration from music, movies, games and everything in between, Pâté has got you covered.

This week, we based this chocolate dipped ice cream sandwich recipe off of the famous San Francisco classic It’s-It ice cream sandwich. If you’re not familiar,  It’s-Its are delicious oatmeal cookie ice cream sandwiches dipped in chocolate. Their cookies are soft and lightly sweetened while their ice cream flavors are a mix of classic favorites to random delights (did I mention they have a pumpkin flavor available year round?). You can find the full recipe here.

To recreate the It’s It ice cream sandwich, I tried to make the perfectly thin but crunchy chocolate shell (a.k.a. a “magic shell” chocolate). Additionally, I spun my own ice cream in order to recreate their bright ice cream colors. If you’re wondering–the strawberry = 4 drops red food coloring + 2 drops of blue food coloring; the mint = 1 drop of green food coloring + 5 drops of blue food coloring. I even made the pumpkin flavor but TBH it was not cute enough to present.

 

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From the Kitchen of Pâté Smith

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We’ve teamed up with contributor Pâté Smith to show you the best in off-beat eats! Pâté Smith is a collection of pop culture inspired recipes, drawing food inspiration from music, movies, games and everything in between. Whether it’s recreating the perfectly tinted slime or cooking through the latest Action Bronson album, Pâté has got you covered.

This week, we based this Buffalo Fried Cheese Curds recipe off of the legendary appetizer at the famous Murray’s Cheese Bar in NYC. If you’re not familiar, they literally wrote the book on how eat and pair cheese. While it’s common to see deep fried cheese curds in the Midwest, it’s not too common in the Northeast, so adding the Buffalo sauce brings this dish full circle. Note to self: let’s deep-fry a garbage plate next.

I made some cheese curds from scratch using this tutorial. Besides a honking gallon of milk, you’ll need calcium chloridethermophilic culture C-201rennet and a couple of hours to kill. Otherwise, you can just cut to the chase pick up some cheese curds at any market–I won’t cheese shame you.

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On A Photo Journey with the Infiniti Q30

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“The destination is easy, it’s everything in between that’s the most interesting,” says Michael Schulz, the adventure-seeking lensman behind the hugely successful Instagram account, Berlinstagram. Having posted nearly 6,000 photos since starting his account in 2010, it’s no surprise that Michael is always on the lookout for new ways to explore his adopted hometown. With this in mind, Infiniti asked Michael to cast his eye on the company’s all-new Infiniti Q30, a car “made for expressive thinkers” and designed around the desire for perspective-shifting journeys.
 
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Marked by an elevated stance and low-slung roofline, the Infiniti Q30 inspires prolonged exploration and thanks to its agile handling, feels perfectly at home in an urban setting such as Berlin. Michael was able to capture this first-hand by using The Seeker, a digital compass specially created by Infiniti for a select number of influencers, to find the car in its secret location. Fitted with a GPS that can point you to any location on Earth, The Seeker gets you to your destination while allowing you to include as many gratuitous twists and turns as you like along the way. A dial shows you the way forward and lights show you how close you are to your endpoint.
 

 
The Infiniti Q30 gives you the tools to see your surroundings from a fresh perspective, and intends to take you on incredible experiences. Check out the snaps Michael shot on his adventure around Berlin, and then see how fun it is for yourself by taking one out for a spin. Learn more about the Infiniti Q30 and book your test drive now.
 
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A 360º Test Drive in the all-new Infiniti Q30

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Sunday cruising is for your grandparents, but the joy of driving isn’t lost on this generation of explorers, either. We just need a new way to navigate; one that combines our penchant for tech with our need for discovery. Infiniti took note, and is bringing back the glory days of driving with its all-new Infiniti Q30, a perspective-shifting car that transforms the road into a place of endless exploration.
 
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The Q30’s elevated stance and low-slung roofline offer glorious city views, and the cruising for some is only enhanced by The Seeker, a digital compass specially created by Infiniti for a select number of influencers. This handy little piece of technology opens things up to an entirely new way to roam. Fitted with a GPS that can point you to any location on Earth, The Seeker uses a dial to show you the way and lights to show you how close you are to your desired destination. The amount of twists and turns you want to take along the way is completely up to you.
 
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To celebrate the launch of the Infiniti Q30, the company sent a select handful of people on a little adventure. Using The Seeker as his compass, Cool Hunting Editor-in-Chief Josh Rubin set forth around the cobblestone streets of Krakow in search of an awaiting Infiniti Q30. Josh makes his way from a balcony in the center of town to the stunning, sculptural ICE Building where the Q30 is ready for his journey. To really capture the test drive from his perspective, the Infiniti team mounted six sphere cameras onto a drone for one incredible 360° test drive. This seamless panoramic experience gives you the option to change the perspective as you follow along. Watch as Josh jumps behind the wheel and tours the charming Polish capital, driving around the famous Main Square.
 

 
Josh’s amazing 360° test drive is just the start. You can also put yourself in the driver’s seat by taking the new Infiniti Q30 out for a spin. Learn more about the Infiniti Q30 and book your test drive now.
 
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Parallel Rails: ICHABOD

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ICHABOD’s is a story I’ve been wanting to tell for several years now. I present it here: words by me, photos by various friends of the artist. By the way: I’m not ICHABOD and I very rarely facilitate contact between him and others. – Caleb Neelon, 

 

ICHABOD is a master of American freight train graffiti: prolific, durable, and consistent. In a game where thousands of graffiti writers compete to make their names as densely distributed as possible throughout the nearly two million freight cars across North America, ICH has been among the very best and most successful. Ceaselessly repeating his ultra-legible signature piece, he makes two things as likely as can be in graffiti: that his name will be rolling on every train in North America, and that you, me, and anyone else will be able to read it.

“The appeal of a freight train for me was obvious from the start, because I was fascinated with freight trains before I started writing,” ICHABOD – or ICH, for short – explains. “Most people want to write their name in the sense of ‘Kilroy Was Here,’ that ‘I was here, at this geographical location.’ If you paint a tag or a burner on a wall, it’s partly you saying ‘I was here,’ but partly, people have to go to see it, it’s one location. But freights, freights are moving walls. When you paint a freight, you never know where it will end up: alongside a highway in a very prominent spot in a downtown area, or in a cornfield in Nebraska. I’ve done freights where the Atlantic Ocean was at my back while I was painting them, since the layup was right on the water, and those trains have gone and seen the Pacific Ocean and been parked next to the Pacific.”

Those sentiments and experiences are hardly unique to ICHABOD: they encapsulate much of the essential appeal of painting freight trains, an activity with thousands of practitioners across the continent. And like the top tier of practitioners of freight train graffiti, ICH researched the United States rail system with the passion of the most serious railfan: he learned which types of cars are most likely to travel the most widely, and which will only run back and forth on a defined route. He learned which types of cars look best when painted, and based on the customers they served, where he might find them laid up on nights and weekends. And he learned how to sustain his painting spots by secrecy, strategy, and the rigorous discouragement of uninvited graffiti writers.

While mastering the rail system and how to scatter one’s name on it most effectively was also not unique to ICHABOD among seasoned train painters, he dove in as deeply as anyone. What separated him was his willingness to paint what was essentially the same piece – an I, C, H, with each at an angle to one another (what graffiti writers call a ‘tick-tock’) with a skull character next to it – more than 3,000 times and counting. (Graffiti writers are often exaggerators, but a look through the ICHABOD flickr group will dispel a lot of doubt one might have with regard to that number). Where many of his peers would get creatively itchy and break their own mold with regularity, ICH never tired of it. “It fits the master plan,” he explains. “I can’t count the number of people who want to get famous by doing graffiti, but who change their style every week or every time they go out. First of all, a lot of writers won’t even know that it’s the same person, and certainly the general public can’t tell that it’s the same person. But it’s simple: it’s brand recognition. Coca-Cola doesn’t go changing its logo every week. You want to get inside people’s brains and burn that one spot, over and over. Especially considering that you’ll only go so far in illegal activity before you get caught. There’s a clock running. You don’t want to have to retire before you made the dent you wanted to make. And how can you make that dent if you aren’t using repetition as one of your tools?”

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INFINITI’S INCREDIBLE “From Pencil to Metal” 360º VIDEO


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Sit in the driver’s seat as the QX30 concept car is created around you

For the second of two innovative films that debuted at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Infiniti’s Executive Design Director, Alfonso Albaisa, takes viewers into the design process of the QX30 concept car. “From Pencil to Metal” brings you into the studio to see initial sketches of the vehicle being scribbled in thin air, as the car is created around you. From CAD files to clay modeling to the impeccable finished product, the team at Infiniti has put the driver first, creating a virtual reality experience where the car takes shape around you—literally; thanks to YouTube’s 360o video playback, users can look around the car as it comes to life. The team behind the project tells us, “Traditional media can be one-sided, and seem to talk at consumers. But VR allows us to literally bring them inside of the Infiniti brand, an Infiniti car and an engaging story.”
 


 

This is How You Live in a Small Space

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Don’t let a small space discourage you when looking for your next apartment. Additional space means nothing if it provides little function, which is why you’ll be amazed at what creative potential can be found in smaller living spaces. Even if your decorating options seem limited by landlord laws and rental agreements, here are some ideas that might make you rethink a space’s potential.

1. Consider Open Storage

If “limited” is a nice way of describing your kitchen storage space, opt for metal shelving units to give off a cool, industrial finish to your apartment. While it’s great for essentials like olive oil, fruit, and wine, a few decorative embellishments will really make the storage units serve both functional and decorative uses.

2. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Mirrors are a basic trick for any interior decorator to add more size and dimension to a room. Mirrors reflect light and make spaces feel bigger. Hang large mirrors across from windows in your apartment’s living room, dining room and other rooms so it’s in an ideal position to reflect light back into the room.

3. Mount your TV to the Wall

Maximize your space by hanging your TV from the wall. This allows you to use your console for more entertaining or storage space, in the area where your TV would have normally sat. This move also makes the TV area look less bulky.

4. Chic Dining

If you’re working with a really cramped dining nook, clear furniture and glass tables can make the space look less crowded. To visually expand the space even more, hang up some artwork and add wall-mount scones for lighting. Minimizing the amount of furniture and lighting on the ground space will maximize the room’s space.

5. Divide and Conquer

While this may seem counterintuitive, dividing up floor space into different zones may actually make your apartment seem larger. Use your sofa or consoles to act as “dividers” within a room and create different living spaces within one general room.

Now that your creative juices are flowing, watch Brad Bellflower’s reveal of the all-new Apartments.com

Head to Apartments.com and consider these nifty tricks and tips for your next apartment. What you may consider a setback at first sight, could actually become the space you love most in your new apartment.

Introducing the First-Ever Lincoln MKC

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Continuing Lincoln Motor Company‘s evolution as a leader in the American luxury auto market, this summer sees the introduction of the first-ever MKC; a five-passenger, utility-minded crossover marked by a sculpted design and an athletic stance. As the latest—and most modest in size—Lincoln SUV to hit the streets, the all-new 2015 MKC aims to capture the attention of an ever-growing population of city dwellers who are keen to escape the urban landscape whenever possible. To do so, the MKC comes equipped with a range of impressive features—some flashy, some subdued and all worth noting.

While the MKC’s sleek exterior is enough to capture one’s attention, an exceptionally serene interior is sure to keep it. Designed especially with the driver’s comfort in mind, active noise control paired with padded wheel wells (which reduce road rumble while amplifying engine notes) creates a heightened overall cabin environment. The innovative engineering actually uses microphones to monitor the sound profile within the car, which is then replicated and inverted by a signal processor to cancel out the initial noise-waves, thus creating a pleasant atmosphere that makes the MKC’s cabin one of the quietest in its class. And, of course, an enhanced THX II Certified Audio System is there for when drivers want anything but silence.
 
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Captivated By Her

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How can human emotions inspire new interactions with technology and each other? This question was the basis for two design workshops hosted by Motherboard—in association with Microsoft and Warner Bros.—for a select student community of international artists, designers, and innovators in Los Angeles and New York City. Inspired by Spike Jonze’s technological love story Her, Captivated By Her, is a two-part documentary told from the viewpoint of students and professors who attended these workshops. Faced with the challenge of finding ways to make technology more human, these students explore new forms of expression and interaction through artificial intelligence.

Watch the documentary above to see how these discoveries play out.
 
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UNIQLO SPRZ NY

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On March 28th, UNIQLO will celebrate the grand opening of #SPRZNY on the 2nd floor of its 5th Avenue location. In addition to its stylish, affordable and high-quality basics, the 2nd floor of the store will be dedicated to a “fashion meets art” concept, which will carry uniquely designed tees, outwear and other surprises. While you wait for the unveiling of #SPRZNY, you can sign up for UNIQLO’s Lucky Line, an online platform that allows you to win prizes by simply “standing” in a virtual queue. The prizes include a $200 shopping spree from UNIQLO, a Starbucks Verismo Beverage Machine, among many others. To sign up, go to UNIQLO’s website and join using your Facebook or Twitter account. Then, pick an avatar and its UNIQLO wardrobe (a kangaroo in a scarf, for example), and get in line. We’re already in line, and can’t wait to see the store and surprise on March 28!

Absolut Collaboration: Rafael Grampá’s Dark Noir


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On Friday, March 14th, premium vodka brand Absolut hosted a private screening of Dark Noir, the first 3-D animated film by Brazilian graphic novelist Rafael Grampá. The film was the culmination of #NextFrame, a collaborative project between the brand, the artist and online users from around the world.
 

 
Grampá’s goal was to inspire creativity in others through his own characters and writing, and by using social media, Absolut invited its nearly 5-million Facebook fans to participate in the project. The brand asked fans to submit suggestions at key points in the film’s script, and over the course of 3 weeks, Grampá reviewed thousands of submissions from more than 20 countries. The best suggestion was sketched by Grampá and made a part of his animated film.
 
“Through #NextFrame… I’m making the transition from cartoonist to director,” Grampá says. “A translation of my art from 2D to 3D. I already explore my style through image, sequence and space. Now I’m experiencing telling my stories with image, movement, time and sound.” Working alongside animation studio Red Knuckles, the film—a detective story set around a search for stolen ideas—was brought to life.
 

 
Dark Noir premiered during a private screening in Berlin at MADE, a creative space by Absolut, to an audience of international journalists. The next night, there was a public screening hosted by Grampá with more than 300 guests in attendance.

Who Gets What? A Hypothetical Situation Involving Rappers at Ben Eine’s Art Show

 
Not sure why I am considered one of the preeminent scholars for hypothetical rapper scenarios, but I seem to get paid a decent amount of money to write about what I think rappers would and wouldn’t do within certain hypothetical situations.

So when I was asked to guess which rapper/singer would buy which of these amazing pieces of hand painted typography I found it was a lot harder than I thought. Since the artist didn’t do one that said “YOU DONT GOT THE ANSWERS SWAY” I had to actually use my own brain power to figure out this turnt up typographical conundrum in a timely manner.
 
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Ben Eine’s “Heartfelt” is on view at Judith Charles Gallery in NYC through March 16th

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