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Demetra Molina: Berlin 2013 And Riesling

By Marisa Kakoulas

Reblogged from: http://www.needlesandsins.com

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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.

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August 2nd-4th, Tattoo Convention Berlin 2013 will mark its 23rd festival in Berlin, Germany. International tattoo artists are drawn to this well-established show, currently located in the refurbished hotspot Station Berlin (check out the link to this beautifully renovated historic space here, especially if you enjoy architecture: STATION Berlin). Station Berlin is a former train station in the hub of Berlin, now a historic landmark with seven different halls of differing sizes. Crystal chandeliers hang amidst very minimal surroundings, elegant yet stark spaces waiting for creativity. It’s the perfect place to showcase our colorful tattoo culture.

The convention is known by tattooists to be well organized, have a talented list of names, and promises a large crowd of art enthusiasts as well as potential clients. I asked friend and tattooist Cory Ferguson about his past Berlin Convention recollections, and he replied with “..lots of stuff going on other than tattooing to keep the public interested…really fun, I loved it! So many other shows were just disappointing after doing that one. There is also just so much culture to take in on top of the show, that you can’t go wrong doing Berlin.” Suspensions, live bands, collaborative ArtFusion, tattoo contests, and a Tattoo Queen title is up for grabs. No bored wandering of the floor for hours at this show, too much to do. Culture, history, architecture, tattoo convention, wine! While Germany is mainly known for its beers and brews, there are a few wines you don’t want to miss. Take a break from the beer gardens, and explore the local wines in the German Riesling scene.

Riesling is the leading grape variety grown in Germany, having originated in the Rhine region during the fifteenth century. It is an extremely flexible white grape that can be shaped into several styles of Riesling wine, from dry to sweet, and everywhere in between. The cool climate fruit is known to beautifully showcase the soil, or terroir, it is grown in. The vines do exceptionally well on the slate rock slopes of Mosel, and the slate is often a flavor dynamic of the finished wine.

Riesling is a very under rated, food friendly white wine, that is enjoying a renaissance in the culinary world. Many styles pair beautifully with seafood, poultry, and lighter pork dishes. Try a slightly off dry style Riesling with a Thai or Vietnamese meal next time; the crisp, fruity acidity and slight cooling sweetness will extinguish the heat!

We are fortunate that The Hand of Fate Tattoo Parlor is in the beautiful city of Ithaca. Located in upstate New York, and situated smack in the center of Finger Lakes wine country, it is a cooler climate viticulture area, very similar to prime German locations. The grape vines flourish in our climate, producing top-level grapes that will make world-class Riesling wines. Several of our wineries are responsible for highly rated Rieslings, in every style under the sun.

The Berlin Tattoo Convention is a fantastic opportunity to absorb a bit of tattoo culture, while enjoying wines that are created from part of the landscape. If you can’t make it to the show, at least try a few of the wines from the area!

A few German Rieslings to try:

Dr. F. Weins-Prum 2010 Feinherb Riesling (Mosel)

Erben von Beulwitz 2006 Kaseler Nies’chen Riesling Spatlese (Ruwer)

Dr. Loosen 2011 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese (Mosel)

Schloss Vollrads 2011 Riesling (Rheingau)

And a few Finger Lakes Rieslings too:

Tierce Dry Riesling 2011 (Finger Lakes)

Dry Riesling Anthony Road Wine Company 2012 (Finger Lakes)

Riesling 2011 Sheldrake Point Winery (Finger Lakes)

Semi-Dry Riesling 2012 Leidenfrost Vineyards (Finger Lakes)


An Interview with Amanzio Nascimbene

By Molly Kitamura

Reblogged from: http://knivesandneedlesblog.com

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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!

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

By Erin Mosbaugh

Reblogged from: http://firstwefeast.com/travel/

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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.
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Knives & Needles: Tattooer Don Ed Hardy

molly-profile-knives-and-needlesBy 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!  (more…)


Knives & Needles: Chef Christian Dolias

molly-profile-knives-and-needlesBy 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… (more…)


Knives & Needles: Chef Andrew Santana

molly-profile-knives-and-needlesBy 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! (more…)


Knives & Needles: Tattooer Deb Yarian

brynne-profileBy 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!  (more…)


Knives & Needles: Chef Jason DeBriere

molly-profile-knives-and-needlesBy Molly Kitamura
How can we have a food and tattoo blog without the chefs?! Here is our first chef blog; there will be many more, so keep reading!

I first met Jason through my husband Taki, at his place of work, Peels on the Bowery in Manhattan, NY. He is a very talented individual and I always look forward to eating his creations whenever I’m in the city. Jason is tattooed and so naturally I thought of him for this blog. I had a chat with Jason the other day and asked him a few things about his life, work and most importantly, his tattoos…  (more…)


Knives & Needles: Star Wars, Tattoos and Wookiee Cookiees

brynne-profileBy Brynne Palmer
Star Wars and I go back a long time ago, not so far way. I grew up in a household that loved the trilogy, and have so many fond memories of it intertwined in my childhood…. (more…)


Knives & Needles: Colin Dowling from Gold Rush Tattoo

brynne-profileBy Brynne Palmer
Colin and I have known each other for quite a long time. Over 12 years ago, he gave me one of my very first tattoos! I am so grateful that after all this time, I have the privilege of working for and with him at Gold Rush Tattoo. Colin, an incredibly well-rounded artist, seamlessly creates beautiful Japanese pieces, American traditional and portraits as well. I’m always asking him for input on my tattooing, life and everything else, so of course I wanted to hear about and share some of his culinary talent!  (more…)


Knives & Needles: Lindsey Carmichael from Gold Rush Tattoo

brynne-profileBy Brynne Palmer
My good friend and fellow tattooer, Lindsey Carmichael, is one of those incredible people who is enthusiastic about whatever he is involved in, and it really shows through in his work. His approach to tattooing is very precise, clean and thorough, qualities which can be seen in every tattoo he makes. It’s no surprise that his approach in the kitchen is very similar. When I asked him to contribute his favorite recipe, he was stoked and more than happy to share! Please enjoy the culinary stylings and wisdom of the one and only, LHC!  (more…)


Knives & Needles: Horitaka from State of Grace Tattoo

molly-profile-knives-and-needlesBy Molly Kitamura
This is a blog that I started because I have a passion for food and a love for tattoos. I am a professional sushi chef of over 13 years and have worked all over the world for more than a decade. Over my travels working in various kitchens, I always noticed how many chefs are tattooed. Not only tattooed, but many heavily tattooed. I myself am pretty heavily tattooed. Not to get too deep but this has always interested me and I think that chefs and tattooers have similar personality types; artistic, transient punks who are traditionally the lowlifes of society working in a thankless profession. Tattooing and the chef profession have both seen a 180 to their popularity and reputation in recent years with TV shows and celebrity stars being formed in this modern-day atmosphere. I want to give all those tattooed chefs the chance talk about something other than food and give foodie tattooers a chance to talk about something other than their work with this blog! My friend Brynne Palmer, a tattoo artist at Gold Rush Tattoo, is a contributing writer as well as myself. And there may be others in the future! My friend Eric Alegria is helping with this blog as well! Thank you for reading this blog and follow us! There will be interesting interviews with your favorite chefs and tattooers, amazing recipes, cooking tips and beautiful photos of food and tattoos being shared here, don’t miss out! (more…)


Just Eat It: Asian Chicken Soup

By Stiff
My inspiration for cooking can come from a variety of things. Sometimes I get inspired by having a dish from a restaurant that I’ve never had before and try to replicate it at home. Sometimes inspiration comes from recipes I may see on television. I mostly get inspired by the certain items I see in the grocery store or farmer’s market.

Sometimes I fail at the outcome of what I’m making and sometimes I succeed. I just like to try new things and expand my horizons when it comes to testing new ingredients or cooking methods. James, my husband is a great guinea pig. He will generally eat whatever I make and is honest about how the food tastes. Unlike James, I myself am much more critical about how my food turns out. (more…)


Just Eat It: Veggie Bake

By Stiff
My inspiration for cooking can come from a variety of things. Sometimes I get inspired by having a dish from a restaurant that I’ve never had before and try to replicate it at home. Sometimes inspiration comes from recipes I may see on television. I mostly get inspired by the certain items I see in the grocery store or farmer’s market.

Sometimes I fail at the outcome of what I’m making and sometimes I succeed. I just like to try new things and expand my horizons when it comes to testing new ingredients or cooking methods. James, my husband is a great guinea pig. He will generally eat whatever I make and is honest about how the food tastes. Unlike James, I myself am much more critical about how my food turns out. (more…)