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Fresh Guacamole by PES

Director PES follows up his stop-motion hit Western Spaghetti (2008) with Fresh Guacamole (2012). The film premiered in March 2012 as part of Showtime’s “Short Stories” series.

Fresh Guacamole features an unseen cook using a series of unusual ingredients to prepare a bowl of guacamole. Some of the objects used as “ingredients” include grenades, a baseball, dice, x-mas bulbs, a miniature golf ball, and poker chips. The hand’s in the video also belong to PES, the filmmaker.

PES spoke with One Point Four magazine to give a deeper insight into his creative process:

I had the core idea of a grenade as an avocado. Even though this type of grenade is referred to as a “Pineapple Grenade” I’ve always thought they looked more like avocados. I built the film around this idea, filling in the blanks and ingredients around it.

One of the things that helped in making Fresh Guacamole smooth is that in real life I am a decent cook. I know how to handle a knife and can draw on this knowledge in breaking it down into a still image sequence. Animating your own body like this requires a balance of math and art. I make a quick computation in my head about how many frames I need to make something look the way I want it to, then intuition has to kick in and I have to trust my instincts while animating. I definitely have to enter a zone.

This short was just nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 85th Academy Awards (2013). Tune in to the Oscars on Feb. 24, 2013 to see if it wins!

[via Youtube & One Point Four]


January 11, 2013 | By | Reply More

Mega Quarry in Melancthon is Dead

Looks like soup stock, and all of the other “stop the mega quarry” petitions have paid off!

The Highland Companies has announced that it has withdrawn the application for a licence to mine 2,316 acres of land in Melancthon for limestone. Instead, Highland plans to continue to focus on its potato farming operations.

“While we believe that the quarry would have brought significant economic benefit to Melancthon Township and served Ontario’s well-documented need for aggregate, we acknowledge that the application does not have sufficient support from the community and government to justify proceeding with the approval process,” said John Scherer, principal of The Highland Companies, in a news release.

Highland has also announced that controversial figure John Lowndes has resigned as president and will have no more involvement with the company.


November 21, 2012 | By | Reply More

Guy Fieri Responds to New York Times Review

Guy Fieri has responded to the now viral scathing New York Times review by Pete Wells of his new Times Square restaurant, Guy’s American Bar and Grill.

The review is full of sarcastic morsels like:

Did panic grip your soul as you stared into the whirling hypno wheel of the menu, where adjectives and nouns spin in a crazy vortex?

Hey, did you try that blue drink, the one that glows like nuclear waste? The watermelon margarita? Any idea why it tastes like some combination of radiator fluid and formaldehyde?

Somewhere within the yawning, three-level interior of Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar, is there a long refrigerated tunnel that servers have to pass through to make sure that the French fries, already limp and oil-sogged, are also served cold?

“He came in with a different agenda,” Fieri said, “It’s a great way to make a name for yourself, go after a celebrity chef who is not a New Yorker.”

Over on Yelp the reviews aren’t that great either. Fieri explains, “we’re trying as hard as we can to make it right, to do it right,” he said. “Is it perfect right now? No. Are we striving for it? Yeah.”

The restaurant has only been open for two months. Fieri recommends Wells check back in six.

[via Today]

November 15, 2012 | By | Reply More

Oxala Celebrates First Birthday with “Art y Tacos”

Mexican-Portuguese pop-up restaurant, Oxala is celebrating its first birthday with “Art y Tacos” on Friday, November 16 from 7:00 p.m. at La Revolución restaurant in the Junction.

Inspired by Mexican street festivals, the event brings together food, live music and street art. Toronto-based artists, Natalie Meyers and El Kardenal Verde, will show in the restaurant’s front room, while the back room will feature local artists such as Angel76, PUA69, Hunch and Cop; as well as international street artists Slurg (Germany), ChrisRWK (NYC), mrSAY (Portland), and more.

The Oxala team will provide their signature menu of tacos, vegetarian tamales, ceviche shooters, and cocktails. A complimentary tres leches birthday cake will be served before the post-dinner party.

“Oxala is all about food, art and music and community, so we’re excited to share our birthday celebration our family, friends and fans. None of this would be possible without their support. The event is extra special because we’ll also be celebrating the second anniversary of our friends at La Revolución.” said Oxala’s front-man, Andrew Assunção.

Event Details

Friday, November 16, 2012 (19+ only)
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Dinner 7:00-10:00 p.m., 
Cake and party 10:00 p.m-late.
La Revolución, 2848 Dundas St West.

Follow @comidaoxala on Twitter.

November 2, 2012 | By | Reply More

Soupstock is this Sunday!

Soupstock is a one-day culinary celebration on October 21 2012 that will feature tasty soups from more than 200 of Canada’s top chefs. It is being held on Sunday, October 21 2012 at Woodbine Park in Toronto from 11am-4pm.

Find out more about Soupstock, the controversial Highland Comapanies’ Mega-Quarry, and the chefs involved and support the growing movement of citizens fighting to protect Ontario’s farms, food and water.

If attending, it is recommended that you bring your own bowl, spoon and napkins. Use the #Soupstock hashtag to promote the event.

The event is free, but soup will cost $10 for 3 servings. Buy soup tickets in advance here:

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October 19, 2012 | By | Reply More