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Part of the Urbanspoon crew's non-fattening brunch at Seattle's legendary Lunchbox Laboratory:

 

Sweet Potato Fries with Rosemary Sea Salt (alternate view)

 

(With the burger)

Part of the Urbanspoon crew's non-fattening brunch at Seattle's legendary Lunchbox Laboratory:

 

Buffalo Bill: 1/2 pound Super Beef (grassfed Prime Rib/Sirloin/Rib Eye) patty, Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Maple Bacon, Lunchbox Onions, Buttermilk Ranch and Scotty's housemade Poblano-Buffalo sauce on an organic Essential Baking Company kaiser roll.

 

Sweet Potato Fries with Rosemary Sea Salt

 

Not pictured: Handmade Boston Creme Donut Milkshake

 

(Just the fries)

Another yummy dinner at Hudadak, Clayton.

 

Hudadak

(03)95434276

309-315 Clayton Road, Clayton 3168 VIC

Hudadak - Facebook

 

Reviews:

- Hudadak - Urbanspoon

Big Zest

Bacon, cheese kransky, mushrooms, pesto tomato, spinach, fried eggs on toasted sourdough with tomato relish AUD16.90

 

A fry up treat for the weekend!

   

Big serves, but the kitchen can be a little slow.

 

Zest 89

(03) 9561 8918

89 Kingsway, Glen Waverley VIC 3150

www.zest89.com.au/

 

Reviews:

- Zest 89 - Urbanspoon 81%

- Zest 89 - Beanhunter coffee 8/10

Toasted Focaccia - smoked salmon, cream cheese, tomato, spinach AUD10

 

Good focaccia, especially with the sesame and nigella seeds on top.

   

Ecoblu

346 Orrong Rd, Caulfield North VIC 3161

03 9527 9599

 

Reviews:

- Ecoblu - Urbanspoon

- Ecoblu - Mietta's The Age Cheap Eats 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

- Top crusts - Matt Preston, The Age, November 25, 2003

- Ecoblu - Australian Dining Out Reviews

My friends Ethan and Patrick of Urbanspoon wisely shared the following non-fattening lunch+early dinner at the always ingenius Lunchbox Laboratory:

 

Mork's DORK from ORK: 1/2 pound DORK (Duck + Pork) patty, Cheddar Cheese, 7 pieces of Maple Bacon, Sauteed Onions and Zillion Island Sauce on an organic Essential Baking Company kaiser roll, a side of Sweet Potato Fries and Beenie Weenies...

 

You can see what I had to eat here.

I find that the iPad is an extremely useful tool for photography. I guess any smart phone will do, but I've never liked smart phones for their tiny interfaces and cramped keyboards (plus I refuse to pay AT&T double for 3G). The screen and interface on the IPad is so vibrant and big. It is a joy to use unlike any smart phone I ever tried. Battery life is also truly impressive.

 

The iPad is a bit heavy and a bit bulky, but as photographers we lug around lots of gear anyway. It slides nicely into a camera backpack. It also has a natural spot between the seat and the center console in the car (which is often my rolling photo HQ).

 

You need to get the 3G IPad to harness the IPad's true power. The non-3G model is dead in the water out in the field or on roadtrips.

 

How do I use it?

 

1. I use Google Maps or Google Earth to scout for locations. With the iPad it is easy to find almost anywhere as you can see your precise location. A GPS is still extremely useful as a complement. I use my 2007 Garmin to store via points and to navigate. It is much easier to get turn-by-turn directions than to be glancing at that speeding blue dot on the iPad. It is safer too. The IPad beats the GPS for walking as the IPad has the geography whereas my - older - GPS does not have much besides the roads.

 

2, FlickStackr is an amazing app. It has a much better user interface than Flickr itself and it is fast and stable. It also has a really slick search feature that enables you to search by location. It will find any geotagged images (and some tagged ones) in any geographic area you search. To weed out the mediocre shots just sort by 'interestingness.' I love using this search feature while on roadtrips to make sure I don't bypass cool locations to shoot.

 

In addition, if you want to show off your Flickrsteam the app is great for that too. As is Fluidr or Flickriver. This can also be useful for convincing people that you are not up to anything mischievous. These people can range from random people you meet to security guards and cops. You are taking pictures at night? Really?!?!?! The number of people who are hostile or suspicious of photography seems to be growing. 'Can't be too careful these days, huh?' seems to sum up the attitudes I see too much.

 

3. Observatory is another nice app. It gives you all the important nature times. When does golden hour start? When is sunrise? When does dusk end? When does the moon set? How full is the moon? What is the suns angle? It is all there in one page.

 

4. Weather apps are also useful. I've yet to find a killer app for weather, but there are many decent ones. Easily the prettiest and most versatile is the Weather Channel app. It gives you a precise radar map and hourly forecasts. It also has feature that tracks your location.

 

I used this app in a junkyard at night once when deciding whether to ride out the rain in one of the old cars or not. The radar map indicated that there would be a gap in the clouds for a couple hours (and the hourly forecast agreed). So I waited 20 minutes until the rain stopped and then shot for another 2 hours until 4 am when it starting pouring as I got back to the car.

 

However, this app is also extremely unstable. It crashes and freezes without any explanation. And it does this regularly and frequently. It is also slow. The trick is to be gentle with it. Don't press too many buttons at a time or do not try to refresh things while it is loading something. It will crash. Weatherbug is much more stable, but lacks some of the features I really like.

 

5. There are other apps that may be useful too that I have not used as much. Starwalk helps you find stars for shooting star trails. Photocalc has some nice features for calculating focusing distance and exposure times (however, it stops at 30 seconds like all cameras; annoying!).

 

6. And of course photographer gets hungry and sleepy. Needless to say the 3G helps you out in that department too. Urbanspoon, yelp and Hotwire are really useful.

 

...of course to really use these tools you need 3G coverage - and AT&T coverage is pretty spotty. However, it is getting better slowly.

 

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Check how cool the car streak is in this photo. I posted a version without the car below. I did the driving myself to the horror of my shooting companion. I wish I had gone back and forth more times to get more streaks, but he'd probably have left me to sleep under that Joshua tree. :P

www.urbanspoon.com/r/314/1698539/restaurant/Virginia/Rapp...

Sperryville, Virginia

Film: 35mm ASA 200 Arista.EDU Ultra (generic Foma)

Exposed: Not recorded

Filter: None

Camera: Zeiss Ikon Taxona – NOVONAR ANASTIGMAT 3.5/35 lens

Developed Caffenol–C-L

Scanned Epson V600 Edited in Adobe Elements 10

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Boxing Day -- all-day passes on the TTC! And us with nothing special to do for the evening. We headed for Chinatown!

 

滿庭芳 Mǎn tíng fāng says Google Translate, but no translation. "Full court fragrant" or something like that. Hong Kong style, open late, and seems to be popular.

 

"Great and raucous atmosphere, authentic Cantonese cuisine from the street stalls of Hong Kong." -- Urbanspoon

Great burgers, even if it is a little on the pricey side. Full of beefy grass-fed beef and juicy vegetables. Wrapped in foil to catch any drips too. How considerate. Served with a nice crunchy side of fries and a kicking spicy relish or a creamy mayo.

 

The best part is the location at the Curtin House Rooftop Bar on a warm Autumn Friday. Too hard to get back to work.

 

Beatbox Kitchen Rooftop

Curtin House Rooftop Bar

252 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

0451 132 269 for pre-orders and lunchtime table bookings

Open daily noon-11pm.

beatboxkitchen.com/ - includes Beatbox Burger truck locations

@beatboxkitchen

www.rooftopcinema.com.au/

 

Reviews:

- Beatbox Kitchen Rooftop - Three Thousand, 27th Oct 2010

- Spoilt for choice - by Nina Rousseau, The Age, January 3, 2011

- Beatbox Kitchen - The Burger Adventure, Tuesday, November 23, 2010

- Beatbox Kitchen, Carlton North - Urbanspoon

Great place to pop by for a dessert and a cup of steaming hot chocolate!

 

Monsieur Truffe

(03) 94163101

90 Smith St, Collingwood VIC 3066

monsieurtruffe.wordpress.com/

 

Reviews:

- Monsieur Truffe - by mellie, Tummy Rumbles, May 13th, 2009

- Monsieur Truffe - Urbanspoon 93%

- Monsieur Truffe - by jeroxie - Addictive and Consuming, October 27, 2009

- Chocolatiers raise the bar - by Jane Hutchinson, The Age, November 30, 2010 In Smith Street, Collingwood, Monsieur Truffe's Fregoni says Melbourne is joining a world trend that began in Europe 40 years ago and has gathered pace with the artisanal bean-to-bar movement in the US. His stylishly minimalist Monsieur Truffe chocolate boutique has sleek bars of single-origin chocolate from 20 regions including Madagascar, Mexico, Papua New Guinea and Uganda.

Unbelievable news - the unique Waldorf Hotel in Vancouver is closing January 20, 2013.

Another small piece of Vancouver history is threatened by over development

 

The Waldorf Hotel was designed by Mercer & Mercer and opened in 1947 at 1489 East Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC.

In 1955 Polynesian culture inspires the opening of the unique Tiki Room, "the complex was transformed into one of North America’s most renowned “tiki” themed bars and hotels. A post-war phenomenon, tiki culture was rooted partially in the nostalgic tropical memories of returned soldiers but also in the erotic fantasies of a middle class fascinated by the exotic and forbidden.

The original architects reworked existing interiors, creating a space dedicated to artifice and escapism."

 

The hotel had recently (2010) been extensively and tastefully renovated but kept much of its character and charm as seen in the Tiki Bar, Nuba Cafe and the Leeteg Dining Room. The restaurant is aptly named for the artist, Egar Leeteg, who is known for his black velvet paintings, specifically of Polynesian women, which the hotel proudly displays 14 original paintings.

 

The historic Waldorf Hotel is unique and to find out that it will be closed and possibly demolished is much more than a shame - it's a crime.

 

Links:

pineconecamp.blogspot.ca/2011/04/tiki.html

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Leeteg

searcharchives.vancouver.ca/waldorf-hotel-collection;rad

www.urbanspoon.com/r/14/1554606/restaurant/Commercial-Dri...

www.vancouversun.com/business/commercial-real-estate/Vanc...

www.vancouversun.com/Iconic+Waldorf+Hotel+close+What+peop...

   

Twice cooked pork belly, endive and star anise apple chutney AUD9

  

Fatty pork belly sandwich, so yummy with the melting pork fat, especially if eaten as an open sandwich!

  

Cosy little pâtisserie café on Toorak Road in South Yarra, churning out the cutest desserts and delicious macarôns, all with an Asian twist of flavours.

 

Props to Urbanspoon's Talk-of-the-Town list for leading us here.

 

LuxBite

+61398675888

38 Toorak Rd, South Yarra, VIC 3141, Australia

luxbite.com.au/

www.facebook.com/LuxBite

 

Reviews:

- LuxBite - Urbanspoon

WIllie's Wee-Nee Wagon

Brunswick, Glynn County GA

 

Founded in 1972 by the late Arnell "Willie" Chambers, Willie's Wee-Nee Wagon is a Brunswick landmark, perhaps even better known for its pork chop sandwich and brown-sugar-sweetened tea than it's hot dogs. I've heard it's under new management, and with that have come some complaints, but I haven't stopped by lately so I'll have to investigate. Read a few reviews and judge for yourself: www.urbanspoon.com/r/149/930620/restaurant/Georgia/Willie.... Or better yet, check out this story on WSAV: www2.wsav.com/news/our-hometown/2012/feb/01/our-hometown-...

 

And last but not least, pay my new site a visit: georgiacoast.wordpress.com/

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Saturday, 05 July 2014

 

Hubby and I decided to try a hole-in-the-wall restaurant via Urbanspoon.com in Kansas City. We found The Wooden Spoon in Overland Park. Pictured is the Panwich - eggs sandwiched between two pancakes and dipped in syrup. Again, as stated on websites, the hashbrowns are to die for!!! (And I don't even like potatoes!)

 

www.yelp.com/biz/the-wooden-spoon-overland-park

Dick's Broasted Chicken, Miami, Arizona. Four and a half stars from the Urban Spoon.

Filled with luscious folds of juicy bacon, caramelised onions, rocket and tomato, topped with an oozy fried egg and dill herb butter. Yummo!

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Brunch at Fordham's Milk Bar.

 

Fordham's Milk Bar

03 9041 0822

116-118 Fordham Avenue, Camberwell, VIC

 

Reviews:

- Fordham's Milk Bar - Urbanspoon

- Fordham's Milk Bar - Yelp

- Fordham's Milk Bar - Hey Bambini

A lovely little French patisserie in South Melbourne. Next time, I'm coming back for the eclair, the macarons, and the buttery croissants!

 

Chez Dré

(03) 9690 2688

South Melbourne

(rear of) 285-287 Coventry Street

Melbourne, 3205

chezdre.wordpress.com/

 

Reviews:

- Chez Dre - by Nina Rousseau, The Age, May 17, 2011

Chez Dre's eclairs are examples of this fresh style and are the more amazing for it. Firstly, they're beautiful, each bite full of different textures - the salted-butter caramel, the choux-and-shortcrust pastry. Inside that is salted-butter caramel mousse with roasted walnuts and on top, a perfectly piped wave of caramel-infused chantilly cream and a whole walnut, glazed with a lick of honey.

- Chez Dre - Urbanspoon

 

- One Month On - Chez Dre May 17th, 2011

Cornelius K (who came in with her ma and pa and took some beautiful shots), Code Name Max (one of our regulars along with Hidden Secret Tours), food enthusiast My Aching Head, Egg Tarts & Apple Pie (who deconstructed our chocolate tart - love it!), Foodie About Town

Roast Duck, Roast Pork, Charsiu pork 烧鸭烧肉叉烧

  

Good food, if a little salty, and not bad value either.

 

Walrus Chinese Restaurant 泉记海鲜酒楼

03 9540 8981

20/28 Queens Ave, Springvale, VIC 3171

 

Reviews:

- Walrus Chinese Restaurant - Urbanspoon

A lovely little French patisserie in South Melbourne. Next time, I'm coming back for the eclair, the macarons, and the buttery croissants!

 

Chez Dré

(03) 9690 2688

South Melbourne

(rear of) 285-287 Coventry Street

Melbourne, 3205

chezdre.wordpress.com/

 

Reviews:

- Chez Dre - by Nina Rousseau, The Age, May 17, 2011

Chez Dre's eclairs are examples of this fresh style and are the more amazing for it. Firstly, they're beautiful, each bite full of different textures - the salted-butter caramel, the choux-and-shortcrust pastry. Inside that is salted-butter caramel mousse with roasted walnuts and on top, a perfectly piped wave of caramel-infused chantilly cream and a whole walnut, glazed with a lick of honey.

- Chez Dre - Urbanspoon

 

- One Month On - Chez Dre May 17th, 2011

Cornelius K (who came in with her ma and pa and took some beautiful shots), Code Name Max (one of our regulars along with Hidden Secret Tours), food enthusiast My Aching Head, Egg Tarts & Apple Pie (who deconstructed our chocolate tart - love it!), Foodie About Town

I've been wanting to try Melvin's barbecue for the LONGEST time!

 

It'd been at least a year, or two, ever since my friend Jerry (Flickr profile Jer*ry) had shared with me about this place.

 

Finally, I had the opportunity to stop by for a meal today.

I'm sure glad I did!

I was in for a pleasant double surprise!

 

As I drove up, I saw the cooker on the corner of the concrete pad, and it was a-smokin'. That's always a good sign at a barbecue joint.

 

And believe you me, some of the best barbecue is often found at the nondescript joints that lie hidden amidst the brush of franchised, commercialized, sanitized, no-smoke-gets-in-your-eyes, flavorless restaurants and wanna-bes that parade pretentious, prosthetic cosmetic pork as "barbecue."

 

If they don't advertise, don't have bankrupt billion-dollar business billboards braying about how good their food allegedly is, it's probably a good bet you should stop in, because you won't be disappointed.

 

Folks that have bazillions to spend on telling you how good they think they are, probably aren't.

It's like a man once told me about an entirely different product: "The more advertising they do, the worse their product is. Genuine quality doesn't have to be advertised. Word gets 'round about how good it is."

 

It's the same way with Melvin's.

Melvin's is Honest-to-God, Southern, "I make all this stuff - sauces, beans, slaw - myself" barbecue.

It's BAR-BE-CUE!

 

Finding Melvin's is like finding the legendary Pearl of Great Price, albeit a porcine one.

(Yes, I know... Jesus didn't eat pork. He just didn't know what He was missing!)

It's a true gem, a crown jewel, a veritable diadem in the dietary regalia of the common man... barbecue.

 

When I got out my vehicle, still dressed in last night's attire (scrubs) he was right there beside the cooker, and as I walked toward him, I called out saying, "Are you Melvin?"

 

He nodded his head and said, "Yes, sir... sure am."

 

Reaching out to shake his hand, I said, "I've been wanting to meet you for quite some time," I continued. "Ever since I lived in Chattanooga, as a matter of fact - about a year ago - when a friend told me about you." Wasting no time, I immediately made his picture, and started talking about this, that and the other, talking a bit about ourselves, and life in general.

 

We chit-chatted and small-talked for what seemed an hour, or so, and it was just as natural to share with him as with a long-time friend. The time seemed to evaporate effortlessly. Melvin is definitely down-home people.

 

He asked me what I wanted, and I finally got around to telling him, I ordered a pulled pork sandwich, and no sooner had I gotten the words out of my mouth, then he asked me if I wanted a rib plate. And who was I to say 'no'? So naturally, I said "Sure!"

 

Because I was in no hurry, and it was President's Day - which meant that some businesses and offices were closed, and in turn meant the lunchtime crowd was down a bit - I continued to visit with him, and we shared stories, anecdotes and observations. And, as it turned out, that was a good thing, because visited like long-time friends who hadn't seen each other in years.

 

Just as he was about to get my order, a couple drove up, and from the street, the female passenger rolled down her window and asked Melvin, "do you have more parking?" There was a handicapped parking sign on the building, which was immediately adjacent where I had parked. There wasn't a whole lotta' room (translate: tiny parking area, and park on the street), and Melvin told her, "I'm the owner, go ahead and park there. It'll be okay." It was private property, after all, so there was some leniency.

 

The couple got out, and I greeted them, and the gent shared that he was considering moving to Huntsville, I followed them inside, and watched and waited a bit, and then walked back outside where there were casual chairs and tables set up on the concrete pad. They seemed like they wanted an indoor experience, and I was just as happy outdoors, especially since the weather was so pleasant. (That's Southern Living for you, so eat your hearts out, all you who live amongst the Frozen Chosen in the Great White North. ;-) So, I milled around a bit, looked at the smoker up close, snapped a few photos, and sat down in one of the chairs.

 

Directly, Melvin popped out of the kitchen door, two sacks in his hand, and as he handed them to me said, "Here's your sandwich and rib plate. You go ahead and eat, and I'll tell you how much after I get these folks' order."

 

As I thanked him, I noticed how heavy the two orders were, which was quite pleasantly surprising. I've not been accustomed to having a barbecue meal be so substantial. That was another sign that I was in the right place, and at the right time. No skimping on the portions!

 

The sandwich was HUGE!, had slaw atop, and the rib plate was served with baked beans and potato salad - the all-important trinity side ingredients to any Southern barbecue.

 

My leisurely experience was further enhanced when Melvin asked me at least twice (and probably thrice), "Do you want more meat?"

 

The first time asked me, I had gotten up to go inside to take a little break help let my food settle, and rinse my hands, and told him, "I don't have a hollow leg to put it in! They're both full!" The next time, I was seated again outside finishing the remainder of my meal, and had found a wee bit more room, so I accepted his kind offer.

 

Just about time I had set back to relax, Melvin came out from the kitchen with some chicken on a piece of foil and said, "Here, try this. I make the sauce myself."

 

He held the foil, and I picked up the white meat, and he encouraged me saying, "Dip it in that," pointing to the au jus in the foil.

I bit into one of the most flavorfully spicy (not too hot, but zingy with flavor) and most tender pieces of chicken I've ever eaten.

 

"Melvin, you're just too good to me!" I exclaimed. "You're so very kind. Thank you so much!"

 

I cleaned up my area, wrapped the container and things in the bag and walked inside to throw it away, and as we walked outside, he told me about how he makes fried pies - ten at a time, the old fashioned way.

 

Oh... my... word!

 

"Melvin," I said, "You've made a new, loyal customer. I'll be spending more money with you soon!"

 

That one year hiatus?

 

It was well worth the wait.

 

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Melvin Rogers, Pit Master/Owner

Melvin's Barbecue Place

(or Melvin's Place of Barbecue - take your pick)

2315 Hall Ave. N.W.

Huntsville, AL 35805

(256) 541-3431

  

Local news item:

www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2013/07/melvins_place_...

 

Review on UrbanSpoon:

www.urbanspoon.com/r/168/968664/restaurant/Melvins-Barbec...

 

Google Plus:

plus.google.com/104226494240861413972/about?gl=us&hl=en

Pizza Cornuta c/ tomato, mozzarella, induja, roasted pepper & hot cacciatore salame AUD19.50

   

A marvellously trendy Italian pizza bar where else, but in Carlton, the heart of Little Italy in Melbourne. Staffed by friendly Italian-accented waitstaff, you could be forgiven that you were in Italy, and yet, everything felt authentic, rather than "That's Amore" cheesy.

 

Being a mozzarella bar, we couldn't go past trying the D.O.P. Italian Buffalo Mozzarella. At AUD14, it's imported in little frozen tubs. Tasting creamy and soft with a oozy centre, I kinda wondered if it should be firmer in the middle, until I chanced upon Australian Buffalo Mozzarella the next day at La Manna, which had very similar textures. While the buffalo mozzarella was deliciously milky, I kinda wondered if it could be better if it was fresh, rather than frozen.

 

As soon as our Pizza Abruzzese got close, I could smell the the musty pork flavours of the porchetta. Unbelievable fragrant slices of pork with little dollops of mustard fruits from Mantova (Mantua) giving the occasional burst of sweetness that perfectly offset the pork from this pizza bianca, yes, white, no tomato sauce to better show off the pork. Not sure if the radicchio leaves were really necessary though.

 

We also ordered a tomato-based pizza to compare, and sure enough the sweet tomato was good. Topped with thin slices of hot cacciatore salame that were fiery and full-flavoured with pork, and the occasional salty punch of the dollops of induja sausage. Perhaps a little on the salty side, with the roasted peppers not really pulling their weight.

 

Even though the fabulously thin crust pizzas with crisp yet chewy enough for a good bite, we couldn't finish 2 pizzas and a ball of mozzarella among us. Well, we probably could, but we were equally happy to be able to take the leftovers away to savour them again the next day!

 

D.O.C. Pizza and Mozzarella Bar

295 Drummond St, Carlton South VIC 3053

(03) 9347 2998

 

Reviews:

- DOC Pizza and Mozarella - by Matt Preston, The Age, November 5, 2007

- D.O.C. Pizza and Mozzarella Bar - Urbanspoon

- DOC Pizza and Mozarella - Mietta's Age Good Food Guide 2011 Score: 13/20

Imperial Chinese Restaurant 富瑶海鲜酒家

03 9802 6787

546-554 Waverley Road, Glen Waverley, VIC

 

Reviews:

- Imperial Chinese Restaurant - Urbanspoon

 

Formerly known as Imperial Kingdom Chinese Restaurant 王国酒家.

Great burgers, even if it is a little on the pricey side. Full of beefy grass-fed beef and juicy vegetables. Wrapped in foil to catch any drips too. How considerate. Served with a nice crunchy side of fries and a kicking spicy relish or a creamy mayo.

 

The best part is the location at the Curtin House Rooftop Bar on a warm Autumn Friday. Too hard to get back to work.

 

Beatbox Kitchen Rooftop

Curtin House Rooftop Bar

252 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

0451 132 269 for pre-orders and lunchtime table bookings

Open daily noon-11pm.

beatboxkitchen.com/ - includes Beatbox Burger truck locations

@beatboxkitchen

www.rooftopcinema.com.au/

 

Reviews:

- Beatbox Kitchen Rooftop - Three Thousand, 27th Oct 2010

- Spoilt for choice - by Nina Rousseau, The Age, January 3, 2011

- Beatbox Kitchen - The Burger Adventure, Tuesday, November 23, 2010

- Beatbox Kitchen, Carlton North - Urbanspoon

Empanada de Chorizo AUD8

Ground/Minced Chorizo Empanada

 

A great short crust hiding lumps of ground chorizo.

   

From the old tunes playing on the record player to the the old-school Columbian knick-knacks to the delicious food, I think we'll be back :)

 

Sonido!

03 9495 6636

69 Gertrude St, Melbourne, VIC 3065

sonido.com.au/

www.facebook.com/sonidocafe

 

Reviews:

- Sonido! - by Mary O'Brien, The Age, October 4, 2010

- Sonido - Urbanspoon

(6/29 update: Removed names, new additions are in bold.)

 

Web edition (January 31, 2011)

Print edition: Lecosho -- February 2011 - Page 34

 

Web edition (March 17, 2011)

Print edition: Harvest Vine -- April 2011 -- Page 42

 

Both pieces -- written by Seattle Magazine's Food and Dining Editor -- appeared in a local magazine. To be fair, the piece on Lecosho did credit me as the photographer in the print version. It did not on the web version. The piece on Harvest Vine did not credit me as the photographer in either the web or print version.

 

The web versions of Seattle Magazine's Food and Dining Editor's articles on the Harvest Vine and Lecosho are still on the website, but my photos have since been removed. That said, the unauthorized use of my photos can still be viewed here and here.

 

The following is my communication with said local magazine, in chronological order:

 

"Carolin from Harvest Vine sent me some photos you took. I was just wondering if you could clarify which dish this is that I've attached? Thanks so much!!!" -- Seattle Magazine's Associate Art Director on 12/14/09

 

I wasn't asked if it was okay if they use my photos, so I responded answering her question, and asked them to credit me using my full name. I also made a point to say "Feel free to let me know if you'd like to use any of my other photos." For me, it wasn't about being paid. I just wanted to be acknowledged in case someone (see: Lecosho) wanted to contact me to shoot their food.

 

On June 2, 2011 (earlier this month) I sent an email to Seattle Magazine's Food and Dining Editor requesting the immediate removal of my unauthorized/uncredited photo from her negative article of my friend's restaurant. The extent of my email included my request in the subject header, the link to her article, the link to my photo on Flickr and "Thank you."

 

Later that morning, Seattle Magazine's Food and Dining Editor responded with:

"Hi Matthew. I am looking into this. I've forwarded this to our Art Director, because I am almost 100% sure we booked a photo shoot for that review, so the idea that your photo looks so similar is puzzling. I've asked her or our web editor to circle back with you." -- Food and Dining Editor for Seattle Magazine

 

Upon reading her reply, I was not pleased to say the least. Here is my response verbatim:

"Looks similar? That is my photo and I want it removed immediately.

In the future -- as an editor -- you may want to keep something in mind. If there is no photo credit, then it does not get published. Not on the website, not in the magazine. You don't find photos in real magazines such as Time or Life that don't have photo credits. When there isn't a photo credit, an Editor should be concerned. Seems like that would be something from Editor 101...

I do not understand how the Seattle Weekly, Stranger, Seattle Met and now the Seattle Magazine can be so careless..."

 

Seattle Magazine's Food and Dining Editor did not respond.

 

Later that day (June 2), I received both a voicemail and email from someone else: "Please give me a call to talk about the usage of you images. Thank you!" -- Seattle Magazine's Art Director

 

I was attending SIFF at the time and ended up speaking with Seattle Magazine's Art Director over the phone between screenings. After venting a little regarding Editor 101, she said that the magazine would compensate me for the use of my photos. She asked me to send her my contact information. I told her I would when I got home.

 

On June 18, I sent an email to Seattle Magazine's Art Director asking: "It has been 2 weeks now and I haven't heard back from you. Just wanted to see if we were still on the same page."

 

Maybe Seattle Magazine's Art Director is on vacation or has been let go, but I haven't heard from anyone at the magazine since June 2. Update: I heard from Seattle Magazine's Art Director only after I posted the above photo to my Flickr account.

 

How did Seattle Magazine's Food and Dining Editor get my photos? I'm guessing, based on the email from December 2009, that it is possible that Carolin gave her the photo to use. That said, I should have been credited. Again, if you don't have the name of the photographer, how can you print the photo? As for Lecosho, I was not credited in the web version, but in the print version I was. So how did Seattle Magazine's Food and Dining Editor know my full name to credit me for the Lecosho photo in the magazine?

 

On May 6, 2010 I created an Urbanspoon entry for Lecosho -- at least 4 months before they even opened for business -- and a week before Nancy Leson wrote this article in the Seattle Times. Later, Matt Janke told me that it was one of the reasons they were able to get financing for the restaurant -- that my creating an Urbanspoon page for them gave Lecosho a web presence.

 

I paid attention to when Lecosho was opening. After they opened for business, I and went in for lunch a few times and took photos of my food. They liked the food shots I did and asked me to come in to shoot for them. On October 21 and 22, I went to Lecosho without an agreement for compensation and shot from lunch through dinner. I paid for my lunch the first day of the shoot and didn't eat the second day. A day or two later, I naively gave the contact person at Lecosho a DVD of the unedited photos from the shoot and waited to hear back. I was called maybe a month after the shoot and was asked if I had bigger sizes of the photos -- I didn't. That was the extent of that conversation. They never called me back.

          I went in to dine with a friend about a month after that and it was as if the photoshoot had never happened. Then I come to find that they have been using my photos in local magazines -- I am assuming they have been in national publications as well. On June 1, I emailed the contact person and asked them politely to destroy the DVD and to stop using my photos. I did not hear back. Today, I went in and spoke with Matt Janke and asked him to tell the contact person to destroy the DVD. He said he would. I would like to give him the benefit of the doubt that he didn't know that my photos were being given to publications -- even though I was never compensated. My Flickr photos do not have my full name attached to them, so the only way Seattle Magazine's Food and Dining Editor could have known that it was me that took the picture would have been if the contact person at Lecosho gave Seattle Magazine's Food and Dining Editor the photo, as well as my full name for the credit.

 

In my opinion, the blame for all of this falls in three places.

 

1. Seattle Magazine's Food and Dining Editor or whoever else the "Editor" might want to shift blame to at Seattle Magazine. Whoever approved of the Harvest Vine photo going to print without a photo credit is at blame. Either Seattle Magazine's Food and Dining Editor and/or Seattle Magazine's Art Director is at blame because either she got the photo from Carolin and didn't ask who the photographer was, or she just grabbed it off the internet/my Flickr account. The fact that neither photo was credited in the web version is inexcusable. I would have let them use my photos for free -- as I have in the past -- if only I had been credited.

 

2. Lecosho for sending out my photos without ever coming to any kind of agreement. I trusted them. Count it as a learning lesson.

 

3. Me. I shouldn't have trusted Lecosho. I will no longer allow any local magazine or website to use my photos. They can go through the Getty link found on each individual page of my Flickr account if they want to use a photo.

 

Lastly, Lecosho and Seattle Magazine aren't the only ones that have been doing this. The new owner of Lunchbox Laboratory received an email today requesting that all photos that I had approved for the previous owner are no longer welcome on his website, as someone at the new ownership continues allowing use of my photos without my permission -- or credit. Update: Today I received this response from the new owner of Lunchbox Laboratory "We'll get on that Mathew. Sorry to have offended you."

 

At the same time I was dealing with Seattle Magazine -- I was also dealing with the editor for Seattle Met magazine. They had used one of the photos from the Lecosho shoot without my approval. A shot of porchetta. (A pretty awful photograph in my opinion. Most of the photographs from that 2-day shoot were awful because I was only able to shoot the food as it came out on the line, directly under unnatural light -- rather than the natural light that I had used while dining there. The photo was on the site uncredited. Didn't bother to see if the photo also made it to the printed version. It took a couple of weeks to get Seattle Met to remove the photo from their servers. One of the conversations included the editor of Seattle Met actually asking me how to remove the photo from their servers.

 

My Flickr is on the verge of going private to Friends only. I'm tired of other people -- from 13-year-olds on Tumb1r to editors of magazines abusing something I enjoyed doing. I have to contact Tumb1r on a daily basis asking for removal of my photos. Over 1,000 instances to date. That is a lot of emails.

 

I removed around 1,200 photos from Urbanspoon because I feared that's where Seattle Magazine's Food and Dining Editor, Seattle Magazine's Art Director, Seattle Met's Editor and The Stranger were getting my photos and posting them without providing credit. Sucks because I love Urbanspoon and sharing with others where they can find good food. Closed my Foodspotting account after deleting about 50 of my best photos from that website. Have asked Seattle Weekly to remove previously approved photos because I guess if I approve it once, then it apparently means that they use a photo as often as they like in any article they write -- credited or not. I am tired of having to police my photos.

 

What does Flickr have to say about all of this? With Flickr is it all or nothing. Flickr's answer is to make it private if you don't want people to steal your photos. Then they made the default view of the photos bigger so people can have a larger version of your photo to steal. I have also been told by people to add watermarks to my photos. I could do that. Probably should start doing it at this point. But I won't.

 

And thanks to posting the explanation of the above photo via Twitter, I finally heard back from Seattle Magazine's Art Director asking me to give her a call, followed by an email from Seattle Magazine's Food and Dining Editor making excuses and trying to place blame on others at Seattle Magazine:

 

"I saw what you've written and that you've posted the correspondence you've had with Seattle Magazine's Art Director and myself (and others) here at the magazine, and it's clear that you're angry about the photo being used. I understand that. But it's also clear that you don't understand my role at the magazine. I forwarded your email to Seattle Magazine's Art Director because I don't manage any part of the photography in the magazine, but I knew she'd have info about the photo in question and would likely be able to help you. For your edification, I at most give the photo department a list of dishes or interesting decor elements I'd like photos of, but A) I don't acquire photography, B) I do not manage our photo team. So I hope you'll work with Seattle Magazine's Art Director to address and resolve this issue. I would also appreciate you taking my name off of your complaint as I'm doing all I can to help you resolve this and hope to find a resolution as soon as possible.Thanks, Seattle Magazine's Food and Dining Editor"

 

Note to Seattle Magazine's Food and Dining Editor: Not photo singular, photos plural. The unauthorized/uncredited use of my photography appeared in at least two articles that you wrote with the given or made-up title of "Seattle Magazine's Food and Dining Editor." My hope in the future is that someone at Seattle Magazine with the title of Editor or Art Director will take their job a little more seriously so that this doesn't happen to other photographers. How would you feel if people just randomly stole your articles and posted them in other periodicals, hoping that you would never discover what they did? I am guessing you might not be happy about that discovery. I am also guessing that if they tried to claim that they didn't know what you were talking about, or claimed that the articles were similar you would even be more upset. That's why in every article written by Seattle Magazine's Food and Dining Editor has a © icon on the page. Just like all of my photos do here on Flickr. Should I have taken the advice of others and just hired a lawyer instead?

 

It's not about the money. Never has been. I don't need it. The fact that my good intentions have been constantly taken advantage of is what frustrates me. Maybe I am just naive.

cafe, Leederville, Western Australia

I have dozens of apps all arranged into groups. I've added even more apps after taking this photo. You can find my latest here: myap.ps/X3

 

Here's my groupings:

 

1. Social

- Buzz (Web). Google Buzz, I love that social network.

- Twitter. The official Twitter app. I find I use this more than others. Originally Tweetie.

- Facebook. The official Facebook app.

- LinkedIn. The official LinkedIn app.

- Scobleizer. Did you know I have an app? Mobile Roadie created this for me and it's great.

- Gist. Great for tracking your favorite contacts.

- HootSuiteLite. Aimed at corporate Twitterers. Still trying to fit this one into my usage.

- Summizer. A Twitter search app. I don't use it much since those features are built into other apps.

- Twitterrific. I mostly got this for the iPad since most of the Twitter apps haven't been ported to the iPad yet.

- Buzzie. An app for reading Google Buzz. I find I just usually use the Web page above, though.

- Seesmic. Lets you post to a bunch of different social networks. That's why I keep using it.

- TweetDeck. I used to use this more before Tweetie, er, Twitter came out with an official app.

2. Utilities

- Settings (Apple)

- Compass (Apple)

- Calculator (Apple)

- Clock (Apple)

- Google Voice (Web, but very well done)

- LogMeIn, lets me log into my home computers and control them, I mostly use this on my iPad.

- textPlus, I don't use this much, gotta play with it.

- Weather (Apple)

- Flashlight, turns your iPhone 4's flash into a flashlight.

- appsfire, syncs my apps and lets my friends compare which ones I have with which ones they have.

3. News

- NPR News

- CNN

- SkyGrid, great aggregator of news. Use it a lot to read mainstream news.

- NYTimes

- Huff Post

- BBC News

- TUAW

- Memeorandum (Web)

- Google News (Web)

- Digg

- Techmeme (Web)

- Hacker News (Web)

4. Travel

- TripIt, my most-used travel app, tracks my flights, hotels, rental cars, and more. Very useful.

- WorldMate, playing with this to see how it compares to TripIt.

- Layar, augmented reality app for finding stuff in strange places.

- TripAdvisor, we love their community and found where to stay on vacation with this.

- Kayak Pro, my favorite way to buy flights.

- TripTik (AAA). Playing with this, but Google Maps seems to be how we got around on our road trip.

- TripTracker, another competitor to TripIt.

- Expedia, buy travel stuff, airlines, hotels, etc.

- TripDeck

- GateGuru

- Roadside (AAA)

- FlightTrack

5. Maps

- Maps (Apple)

- waze, I use this to show other drivers what's going on on the road. Cops, accidents, etc.

- Trapster, see where the cops are hanging out.

- Goby, find stuff to do near you.

- AroundMe, find stuff near you, like restaurants, hospitals, gas stations, etc.

- Google Earth

- UpNext, cool 3D maps of some cities.

- Find iPhone (Apple, find your iPhone if you use MobileMe, useful if you lose your iPhone or it gets stolen)

- ifFoundPlus (message to people who find your iPhone)

- junaio (Augmented reality app, cool, but still trying to figure out how it fits in my life)

6. Food

- Foodspotting (see pictures of food near you, great way to find new restaurants).

- fiddme (I love sharing great food on this with other foodies)

- Yelp (the standard way we find businesses near us)

- OpenTable (make a reservation at a better restaurant near you).

- Epicurious (recipes for making your own food)

- In-N-Out (in California, find an In-N-Out near you).

- Urbanspoon (shake your phone, get an idea for a restaurant).

7. Location

- foursquare (serendipity around location, find friends near you, and find better experiences via tips near you).

- Gowalla, share your favorite things about your favorite places.

- Whrrl, make a story about where you are.

- Glympse, running late to meet someone? Send them a Glympse so they can see where you are.

- Loopt, offers from brands near you.

- DeHood, I'm still trying to figure this out out.

- MyTown, a location-based game. I'm not into it, but millions are.

- Latitude (Web). Google Latitude lets you share your location with your friends.

- ArcGIS, get tons of info about the location you're at.

8. Shopping

- Amazon.com

- eBay

- Best Buy

- Square, take credit cards from your friends so you can sell them stuff.

- RedLaser, aim your camera at a bar code and this will show you stuff about that product, like where to buy it cheaper.

- Groupon, a deal a day.

- Gift Card Exchange, make those gift cards you get more useful.

- StupHub, find concert tickets.

- CardStar, I use this for those loyalty programs. Like Toys-R-Us has.

- PayPal, pay for stuff online.

- Shopping.com (price comparison).

- Apple store (find stuff about apple stores near you).

9. Photo/Video

- Best Camera, nice app for processing photos a bit before you upload them. Done by pro photog Chase Jarvis.

- Photos (Apple's standard app)

- Camera (Apple's standard app)

- Justin.tv, lets me watch live streams from Justin.tv.

- iMovie, lets me edit my videos. From Apple.

- Viewer (Ustream), lets me watch live streams from Ustream.tv.

- YouTube (Apple standard app)

- Pano, lets me stitch together photos to make panaoramic photos.

- PhotoCard, lets me create cards from my photos.

- Light Table 2, I haven't used this much, mostly for my iPad for letting me drag around photos

- YouTube (Web, better than Apple's app)

- Autostitch, better than Pano for doing panoramic photos.

A waitress dropped this tray of condiments off and explained to use that we could customise our own gyoza dipping sauce. This is very common in Japan, where you often get a sesame seed grinder to make sesame sauce at the desired thickness and smoothness!

 

Gyoza Douraku

03 9650 5225

147 Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC 3000

gyozadouraku.com.au/

 

Reviews:

- Gyoza Douraku - Urbanspoon

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