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Knives and Needles with Mary of Nom Yourself

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By Molly Kitamura Reblogged from: Knivesandneedlesblog.com Its rare to find a vegan chef, let alone a really good one! This is Knives and Needles first vegan chef feature, Mary of Nom Yourself! Her food looks amazing and she loves tattoos; so please read, enjoy and be inspired to step out of your animal-product box! Molly: Tell me about yourself, please include what you are doing now Mary: I am a 27 year old vegan cook living in NYC. I am currently developing recipes for my second cookbook that is currently untitled, and promote my first cookbook Nom Yourself – The Cookbook. I run nomyourself.com and advocate home cooking. Molly: I always want to advocate to cook at home as well, especially these days. Have you always been vegan? Mary: I haven’t. I actually became vegan 14 months ago while living in Baltimore, Maryland. I started teaching myself how to cook and found that adding meat and dairy to my dishes was actually taking away from the flavor of all these amazing fruits and vegetables I was buying from the farmers market. Most people find veganism through animal rights or health reasons. I found it through cooking. Molly: Very cool! How did you get into developing Nom Yourself? Mary: I started posting pictures of the food I was making on my personal Instagram account. Then a friend suggested I start a website. Within a week I had a thousand followers and a new love for the internet. Molly: What a great idea! So ... Read More »

Knives & Needles with Sean Yanagi

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By Molly Katamura Reblogged from: www.knivesandneedlesblog.com Sean Yanagi is a talented chef who gets tattooed by my friend Jill Bonny aka Horiyuki of State of Grace Tattoo Studio. I met him the other day and we got talking about restaurants and cooking. So it was only natural to interview him for this blog!! Read on and find out Sean’s thoughts on food and tattoos! Cheers! Molly: Tell me a bit about yourself, please include what you are doing now Sean: My name is Sean Yanagi and currently a line cook. At an early age I’ve always been enriched in food and the culture through family and just a natural curiosity but never really started to cook myself besides a microwave and late night top ramen till my late 20’s. Unwittingly I found cooking as a new hobby, Since then I’ve been hooked. School was really never meant for me so I spent most my career in the bleak hole of retail. After a long and an impassionate day of work I’d come home to cook off works stress and found cooking calming and therapeutic. Cooking a satisfying meal would simmer away all the loathing I had in the day’s work of retail. I decided I wanted to cook as a profession and once I started I felt right at home, working with people that actually had passion for what they do and worked to at least their best abilities. These eccentric, oddball misfits was an environment of people I felt ... Read More »

Knives and Needles: Jeff Gogue

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By Molly Kitamura Reblogged from: www.knivesandneedles.com I had heard Jeff Gogue was a foodie through my husband. So imagine how excited I was to hear that Jeff had agreed to have a chat with me about food. This was the first time I had ever gotten the chance to sit down with Jeff one-on-one, and I have to say that he is very genuine and very nice. His humble attitude is almost shocking as he is one of the most talented tattoo artists out there today and could have every right to be not as nice as he is. We mostly spoke about food, what Jeff’s favorite things to cook and eat are. We also spoke about his love of fishing. Jeff grew up fishing around Lake Tahoe but now lives in Grant’s Pass, Oregon. It sounds scenically stunning and really chill, have to make it up there one day! Just imagine the seasonal foods you could forage in the abundant wildlife up there! Jeff and his wife recently took a fishing trip up the Puget Sound where he caught some pretty impressive-looking salmon. The trip sounded fun and like a real adventure with the crisp sea air and ice-cold sea! Jeff likes cooking (and eating!) fish in pretty much any way you could think of preparing it. He also loves a good pork chop or a rare steak on occasion. But he really tries to stay on a healthy diet and exercise regime. His favorite lunch at work consists of ... Read More »

Tatau Bistro

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By Molly Kitamura I have never interviewed a restaurant owner but I could not resist with a restaurant named Tatau Bistro and their chef/owner, Tonino Valiente just seems so cool. Tatau Bistro is located in Huesca, Spain. They serve mainly Tapas and have just changed their menu. From the photos and reviews I’ve read, it looks and sounds like a refreshing stop with delicious food and a cool atmosphere. Tonino and I managed to do an interview via email, check it out and definitely check out Tatau Bistro the next time you are in Spain, I do not think you will regret it!! Molly: What is your concept and how long have you been in business? Read More »

Next Call for Art Submissions! – Heikegani (Samurai Crabs)

Heikegami – Samurai Crabs   These are the rad crabs  popular with Kuniyoshi that feature the face of a samurai on their shells. Really cool little guys. They are a product of the Gempei war, a conflict between the Taira and Minamoto Clans. During the battle of Dan- no-ura Yoshitsune and his chief retainer Benkei defeat the Taira clan. These crabs are believed to be the reincarnated spirits of the defeated Heike warriors, who,  following their leader Tomomori, jumped into the ocean to their deaths in shame from their defeat. Their fierce spirits however would not surrender and instead infused into the crabs living in the bay. Because these crab hold the spirit of their ancestors Japanese people do not eat then, so now they are quite common in that area. Deadline for submissions October 31st, 2013 Submissions WILL NOT be returned so if you want to keep yours please send a HIGH QUALITY digital scan of at least 400dpi. Do not send photos. Email or dropbox to gominekobooks@yahoo.com Submissions sent in will be auctioned off online and the money donated to the Support The Underground Crew – a group of underground bikers, musicians and artists that spend one weekend a month biking supplies in and donating their time to help out some of the villages in Tohoku the government deemed too small to resuscitate. Post to: Gomineko Books/ 3-13-29 Imagawa/ Suginami-ku, Tokyo/ 167-0035 Japan Please send a written statement giving Gomineko the right to publish your piece in any ... Read More »

An Interview with Lizette Gonzalez

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By Molly Kitamura Reblogged from: http://knivesandneedlesblog.com/ I am super stoked to introduce Lizette Gonzalez today! She is an incredible talent, a beautiful girl and a woman who knows whats she wants! Check out her interview and get inspired to bake your ass of! Molly: Tell us about yourself, background and what you are doing now. Read More »

Demetra Molina: Berlin 2013 And Riesling

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By Marisa Kakoulas Reblogged from: http://www.needlesandsins.com I am THRILLED about a new segment for N+S, which combines my two loves:  tattoos & wine. The wonderful Demetra Molina, who co-owns The Hand of Fate Tattoo Parlor in Ithaca, NY, with her tattooist husband Eddie Molina, has graciously offered to share her expertise (she has a Level 1 Foundation from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust of England) — and with a fun twist. Demetra will be reviewing wines from the areas of upcoming tattoo conventions, so when you’re off to get tattooed, you can pick up a bottle of local wine as well. Considering that the Berlin Tattoo Convention kicks off today, Demetra educates us on German wines & the convention.   Check out Demetra’s blog, The Boozy Life of a Tattoo Wife, as well as Eddie’s tattoo work (which includes Demetra’s tattoos shown here.) BY DEMETRA MOLINA: Tattoo conventions are an international affair, and tattooists travel quite extensively. Artists jump on and off of planes constantly, and the landscape is often a blur. Slowing down during intense travel often means wandering about in our new surroundings, taking in the area. In my case, wine and wine tasting helps me enjoy and remember a place, not just running through its airports with my husband and tattoo artist Eddie Molina. Looking to the next few months, there are several high profile conventions coming, all in exceptional wine areas. First up: Berlin, Germany 2013. August 2nd-4th, Tattoo Convention Berlin 2013 will mark its 23rd ... Read More »

An Interview with Amanzio Nascimbene

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By Molly Kitamura Reblogged from: http://knivesandneedlesblog.com I just met Amanzio recently but it was immediately clear that he is a talented guy that lives life to its fullest! Not only is he a talented chef, but he is a devoted husband and father. And oh, not to mention a lifestyle guru with an amazing blog of his own! With all that going on, I was lucky to catch his time long enough to do this interview for me. We even decided to trade interviews! Thank you Amanzio! Please read on… Read More »

Ben Spangler

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By Molly Kitamura Reblogged from: http://knivesandneedlesblog.com/page/2/ Ben is new to the culinary industry and is heavily tattooed! Read his short interview with K&N and see whats cooking today! M: Write a little about yourself, background, work, currently doing what Read More »

Chad Koeplinger’s 10 Best Meals of 2013 (So Far)

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By Erin Mosbaugh Reblogged from: http://firstwefeast.com/travel/ Chad Koeplinger humbly identifies as a “tattoo maker.” His trade takes him all over the world, and his hunger brings him to the some of the best restaurants around. Tattooing has taken Chad—a Grand Rapids, MI native—to 70 countries. He’s tattooed on every continent. And, by our estimations, he’s also eaten at a good percentage of the globe’s Michelin-starred establishments. Read More »

Knives & Needles: Tattooer Don Ed Hardy

By Molly Kitamura I had the most interesting and enjoyable lunch today, Taki and I drove up to San Francisco and ate lunch with the living legend Ed Hardy. He took us to one of his favorite haunts, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana. Ed had nothing but praises for the owner, Tony Gemignani, and his amazing pizza spot. Tony is super tattooed and even travels to Italy to partake in pizza-making contests. Rad!  Read More »

Knives & Needles: Chef Christian Dolias

By Molly Kitamura Christian Dolias is a force to be reckoned with. He is an innovator in the culinary world, taking kitchens by storm leaving no pot unstirred! He runs an ever-expanding social club for chefs called, CutThroat Culinary with members all over the States, Europe and South America… Read More »

Knives & Needles: Chef Andrew Santana

By Molly Kitamura I have had the amazing opportunity to interview a talented chef named Andrew Santana. He is from California and is a jack-of-all trades when it comes to cooking! He has done it all! He has a passion for tattoos and kindly shared some of them and their stories with me. Here is our interview along with a mouth-watering recipe courtesy of Andrew!  Read on and check it out! Read More »

Knives & Needles: Tattooer Deb Yarian

By Brynne Palmer I have been so fortunate to meet some amazing people in the tattoo industry, and one of them I really look up to is Debra. She’s been tattooing for longer than I’ve been alive, and her accomplishments in her work and family life are truly impressive. Her demeanor is so sweet and comforting, when she tattooed me at the last SFO convention I felt like we were just old friends having a lunch date! When she told me she would like to contribute to our blog, I was so excited to get more of a glimpse into her life and family, and how she seamlessly balances the two. Deb, thank you for sharing with us; and for doing all you do as a tattooer, wife, mother and grandmother!  Read More »

Japanese Ghosts and Eerie Creatures Exhibition Catalog – This one is a must have!!!!

Size: 9″ x 11.5″ – Pages: 206 – Published: 2013 – Price: $75 – Binding: Softcover This is the catalog from the Japanese Ghosts and Eerie Creatures ehibition that just ended and was without a doubt one of the coolest collections of yokai artwork under one roof. Over 200 pages of amazing imagery and a lot of stuff I hadn’t seen before. Plus all the pieces are labelled in English as well as Japanese so you can research the stories a bit if you are so inclined. Don’t let the kookie 80′s cover fool you, thi book is solid gold. I got 200 for the publisher and one they’re gone, that’s it so don’t sleep on this one kids. xo Read More »