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Chocolate Dimensions

Handpainted chocolate interpretation of "Dimensions"

For the closing night of the art show I participated in, I created a chocolate version of one of my favorite Box Tops albums, Dimensions.  Both singer Alex Chilton and Andy Hummel, the bassist for Big Star, passed away this year and I thought a tribute was in order.  I normally dye my chocolate with powdered food coloring, which provides a lot of freedom when mixing and blending colors.  Recently though, I picked up some oil-based chocolate coloring and decided to try it for this piece.  The colors came out way more intense than I would have liked for this specific project, but it’s good to know I have options!

Stay tuned for Bukowski Fest at Skylight Books on August 14th.  In addition to readings, screenings and of course, alcohol, I will be serving a Bukowski cake!

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Chocolate Cream

Disraeli Gears gets the Straight Outta Chocolate treatment

Last night I took part in a strange and wild art show at diy gallery here in Echo Park.  A group show showcasing artists of all types, from music to photography to… chocolate.  Stone rigged up a plexiglass and wood enclosure for a couple of my chocolate pieces, including Cream’s seminal album, Disraeli Gears. They’ll be on display for the month of July- although this is my first test displaying my work as art and i’m hoping the pieces don’t melt.   One of the reasons I like to work with chocolate is that it is an ephemeral (and delicious) art form, and I love nothing more than to see it disappear, so having it on display at a gallery is a novel experience.

Exile on Cake Street

Image taken from the back cover of Exile

It’s been a Stones kinda year so far…
After meeting Keith Richards at my folks house this January, i’d been mulling over what Stones image to use for a cake.
In the past i’ve thought about doing the cover of Flowers but tomorrow’s re-release of Exile On Main Street was the perfect inspiration.
The top piece is handpainted chocolate and the cake itself is chocolate soaked with whiskey syrup.
Come celebrate with us tomorrow at Footsie’s. We’ll be playing Stones and assorted rarities all night long:

Footsie's Bar: 2640 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles 90065

Red Velvet Underground Cake

Red Velvet Underground Cake

I’ve been thinking about making a Red Velvet Underground cake for a while now.  The rediscovery of my high school LP copy of ‘Loaded‘ spurred me into immediate cake making action with the above result.  The icing is an experiment involving cinnamon and mascarpone and it came out delicious enough for me to want to use again.

The cake and its inspiration...

Fela Kuti Cake

Straight Outta Kalakuta

Just finished this Fela Kuti cake. Image taken from the back of the 1971 album Shakara. The cake was made using Valrhona chocolate topped with a vanilla buttercream.

Hendrix Cake

Jimi Cake

I just finished this Jimi Hendrix cake. I adapted the grapefruit cake recipe from an old school L.A. restaurant called the Brown Derby, and used Callebaut chocolate for the Jimi piece.

Press and travels

I returned from an incredible cross-country road trip last week to the news that Straight Outta Chocolate has gotten some nice press lately, notably from the LA Weekly here, and the Succeed blog here.  Thanks for all the love!

Range Cafe

The Range Cafe in Albuquerque

In addition to visiting friends, sight-seeing and vinyl shopping, I managed to eat a few super delicious meals along the way.  In Florida, I fell in love with the Dandelion Cafe’s vegetarian chili.  They serve it in a whole wheat wrap with scallions, cheese, crumbled blue corn chips, greens and fresh tomatoes.

Henry’s Hearty Chili
by Dandelion Communitea Café
Serves 8

Ingredients:

1 small red onion, chopped
1 large green or red pepper, chopped
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 pkg. veggie burger crumbles
1 cup corn
3 tsp. hot sauce
1 packet chili seasoning
3 tsp. sea salt
2 large cans cooked kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 large cans diced tomatoes with juice

Directions:

Place the ingredients in a slow cooker in the order listed.

Cook on high until bubbling, approximately 1 1/2 hours, or on low for 3 hours.

RapSnacks

Wish I could buy these in California.


In New Orleans, tired of fried food, I ate an excellent African meal at Bennachin. Black-eyed pea fritters, coconut rice, greens supercharged with flavor and fried plantains so good they made me miss my mama!  A must-visit if you are ever in the French Quarter.

We ate more breakfast and lunch than dinner, due to the exhaustion after long days of driving.  Highlights of the trip include the homemade veggie burger and fried pickles at Nashville’s Pied Piper and the Huevos Rancheros at Jimmy’s Egg in Oklahoma City.  Driving through the South and discovering Cajun boiled peanuts was the true culinary highlight of my trip however.  Stay tuned to see how it goes when I attempt to recreate this roadside snack without using a sawed in half beer keg…