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LA’s New Cake Labyrinth Exhibit Is A Breathtaking Exercise In Self Reflection

Photo Courtesy of Cakeland Gallery LA

A new art exhibit will soon be joining Los Angeles this month and it carries a pretty sweet message.

Called The Beauty War, the exhibit is described as a Cake Labyrinth nestled in the heart of Los Angeles. Exhibitors will be taken through a series of beautifully crafted cake-inspired rooms that will each spark self-reflection and discovery.

“We are living a very vivid example of light and dark in conflict,” says artist Scott Hove. “The Beauty War depicts this struggle, and is an urgent reaction to what I have long considered a great injustice… our lives in servitude to a tireless machine.  We are in a moment now where we have a chance to design a more humane system for ourselves and our collective future. We don’t have to go back to how things were, nor should we want to.” 

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Those interested in checking out the Beauty War can find it at the Cakeland Gallery LA in Chinatown. The exhibit opens Friday, July 17, 2020, by appointment only and will be on view until December 31, 2020.

With the state of the world right now, many of us have taken the time to reflect on how we carry ourselves through actions and beliefs. Such an outlet for more self-reflection and personal growth is a welcome one in our book.

Plus we get to look at some cake.

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Restaurants

This Humble Deli Is Also A Living Sketchbook Featuring Artwork From Famous Cartoonists

Nestled amongst some of the film and entertainment industry’s most celebrated animation studios, lies a deli that exalts the illustrators who bring to life many of the beloved cartoon characters seen on televisions all across the planet.

Moore’s Delicatessen in Burbank, CA, offers a canvas for these artists to express themselves through their natural talents — by letting them draw directly on its walls.

The deli is run by Robert Moore, a former executive chef for Dodgers Stadium and the Staples Center. During his time as an executive chef, Moore found that working with huge customer volume and millions of dollars in sales burnt him out.

He wanted to start his own smaller, more intimate, enterprise.

“I always wanted my own deli, and I came across a picture of Moore’s Delicatessen that my grandparents owned back in 1946 in San Francisco,” he said. “Then this opportunity came along and now my dream had come true.”

That opportunity was a space in Burbank, and after scraping the money together, Moore opened his own Moore’s Delicatessen, inspired by his grandparents’ former business.

Walking into the dining area of Moore’s Deli, guests are immediately transported inside a magical sketchbook: The walls of the deli are garnished with drawings from animators who hail from neighboring studios, illustrating characters they’ve put on television or simply a creative doodle they want to share with the deli.

“Originally the walls were just white,” Moore explained. “We used to be open in the evenings, and the animators from Adventure Time would show up and they’d watch their new episodes air back in 2011.”

Moore recalled he would see the professionals doodle on napkins and had the idea to give them some Sharpies and let them draw on the walls. With those literal strokes of genius, Moore’s infamous cartoonist wall began gradually evolving into a living sketchbook over the course of the decade.

Even the late Stephen Hillenburg, creator of the prolific animated series SpongeBob Squarepants, would frequent Moore’s Deli about once a week.

“He loved the tempeh sandwich,” Moore recalled. “He always ate very healthy.” One of the wall’s earliest sketches was from Hillenburg himself, an illustration of Patrick Star.

Moore’s always open to artists and animators adding more to his wall, though he has just one condition before you put pen to plaster.

“You have to get a paycheck, probably,” he laughed, explaining that he would prefer the wall space be reserved for professional animators. Moore says that parents would come in and let their kids draw all over the walls in the earlier days, and he would have to paint over it in order to keep the professional aesthetic.

Today, artists are still frequenting the deli from nearby studios and Moore says that one of his favorite things about coming into work is finding additions to his wall. He welcomes all to visit and take in the creativity that flows through that dining room.

The pastrami reuben is pretty good, too.

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‘Dessert Graffiti’ Is A Sweet ‘Charcuterie’ of Food And Art

Dessert Graffiti at The Bazaar by José Andrés is a sweet experience where food and art intertwine leaving a memorable impression of this whimsical restaurant.

The restaurant itself is located in the The SLS, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The white exterior of the hotel opposes the aura of this hidden gem, where within reveals three sections all designated to a theme and ambiance corresponding to the course of the meal.

José Andrés, the eclectic and acclaimed chef of the restaurant, developed this concept to curate an experience for the guests. The whimsical and wonderland feel mirrors André’s food, famously indicative of a child-like element to his creations, the best example of which is the cotton candy foie gras. It is playful and untraditional, emphasizing how fine-dining is not so serious and should be fun.

The final step of The Bazaar experience is quite grand and definitely enjoyable. It closes with The Patisserie where Dessert Graffiti, essentially a live painting, ensues making one feel like a kid again.

Initially, it is painted with a chocolate, caramel syrup and a passion fruit jam, looking Pollock-esque at that point. Then, they really nail down the bee theme throughout the dessert: A bee-shaped honey ganache and lemon jam macaron, a lavender-almond honeycomb whip, a dulce hive mousse cake, a blackberry pate de fruit, a raspberry-rose hibiscus candy, and a citrus and honey bonbon. And if it gets too sweet, there are chamomile tea pipettes to cleanse your palate in between each sweet bite.

To top it all off, liquid nitrogen is poured over the decadent display, completing the avant garde vibes of the grand dessert.

Their newest Dessert Graffiti theme is “Bee My Honey,” intended to celebrate National Honey Bee Day on August 18th and National Honey Month in September. The Executive Chef and novice Beekeeper, Hussain Zouhbi, explained how the absence of bees would eliminate 1/3rd of our crops, think strawberries, broccoli, coffee and palm oil.

As each mirrored platter, or empty canvas, is carefully curated table-side by a pastry chef, they explain each element and emphasize the importance of the honey bee to the environment.

Besides educating foodies and high-class folks on saving the bees, they intend to resurface heart-warming memories through each cute creation.

The Pop Rocks (mixed with actual pollen), the chocolate Rice Krispies and the milk and honey mousse cake all withhold one aspect: familiarity. The recognizable ingredients possibly remind people of their childhood. Like a glass of warm milk, or one-too-many packs of Pop Rocks that must be eaten in a very particular way (eating all of them at once and keeping your mouth open so you can hear them crackle… then aggressively chewing, completely disregarding manners).

The familiarity of the ingredients scream childhood and add onto their bee theme. All of the ingredients used are flowers or fruit that bees pollinate. So without the bees, we will not have all these vital ingredients in the majority of these unreal desserts.

It was quite the process, and an entertaining struggle to sit and watch it come to life. But, the pastry chef’s leisured-pace and careful curation emphasizes their main intent with the experience: To encourage camaraderie and pause, take a few moments, and observe food and art become one as a group.

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Culture Design

Every Single Item In This Whimsical Supermarket Pop Up Is Made Of Felt

I once had a dream as a kid that everything inside a candy store was made of cardboard, only for me to discover it was an elaborate ruse by my dentist to get some teeth pulled.

While not quite as deceiving as the fear-based dream Dr. Nguyen instilled in me, an actual place exists that’s pretty similar.

Sparrow Mart, located inside the Standard Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, is a new pop-up experience that features 31,000 different types of items one would typically find at any grocery store. The only difference, however, is that every single one of these items is inedible — because they’re all made entirely of felt.

The brilliant mind behind this whimsical pop-up is Lucy Sparrow, a British artist known for her creative work with the material, reports Travel + Leisure.

While at the pop-up, you can actually buy anything you see on the shelves. This includes felted remakes of everyday brands like PAM cooking spray bottles, Frosted Flakes cereal boxes, and bags of Skittles.

Perishable items like meat and produce are made with little eyes and mouths to make the experience that much more adorable.

In 2017, she held a similar pop-up called “The Convenience Store” in Manhattan, which sold out so quickly that the exhibit closed a week earlier than intended.

Sparrow Mart opened Aug. 1 and will run through the end of the month, every day (except Mondays) from 11a.m.-9p.m. If you’re in the Los Angeles area and want to check it out, it’s probably better to go sooner rather than later.

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Hit-Or-Miss

Artist Leaves His Kids Adorably Drawn Art As Notes Inside Their Lunchbox

When you love to do something, you tend to it daily, and Andre Guerra of Bend, Oregon found a way to combine his love for art, with the love for his kids.

Inspired by grade-school lunchbox notes from his mother, Guerra decided to do something similar, but with an artistic twist, as he draws cartoon characters to place in his kids’ lunches, according to Viral Nova.

Guerra’s Instagram bio says, “I love to draw fun shit for my kids, creepy shit for myself, realism shit for my wife,” so while his feed is filled with an array of various art, his colorful lunchbox drawings (Mostly Super Mario related) stick out like a sore thumb of happiness.

Sometimes the drawings will be nothing more than just the cartoon, with a little signature that says, “love mom and dad. “But a lot of times he’ll incorporate nice little reminders, like, “Keepa sharp mind,” and “Always do your best.”

It’s obviously adorable, and these kids will have an amazing piece of art in their hands that they can appreciate for the rest of their lives.

Below, check out the cute notes Guerra has posted:

Humble Beginnings

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Mario Knows Best

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Frankenstein Isn’t Such A Monster

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Lunch-Invading Goomba

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Lunch is Awesome

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Shocking Lunch

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Art Culture

Artist Travels The World And Draws Landmarks On Paper Cups

It’s one thing to visit a country and snap photos of all the beautiful architecture and scenic views. It’s even pretty awesome if an artists stops in front of a landmark and gets inspired to draw it. Turkish artist Berk Armagan does both at the same time, and the results are gorgeous.

Armagan has had the privilege to visit several beautiful European cities over the last couple months, and while at each, the artist has put together paper cups full of beautiful drawings of what his eyes are seeing at the moment.

On Armagan’s Instagram page, @Seyyahart, he has featured cup drawings from different European cities, including Norway, Sweden, Amsterdam, and France.

Feast your eyes on not only the beauty in his artwork, but the breathtaking scenes behind it:

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Colosseo – Rome, Italy

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Oslo National Gallery – Oslo, Norway

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Troltunga – Hordaland, Norway

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UFO Bridge- Bratislava, Slovakia

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John Lennon Wall – Prague, Czech Republic

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Dancing House – Prague, Czech Republic

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Brandenburg Gate – Berlin, Germany

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Cologne Cathedral – Cologne, Germany

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Amsterdam Canals – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dümdüz bir ülke, herkes bisiklet sürüyor. Deniz seviyesinden alçak, nüfus yoğunluğu şu sıralar tıklım tıklım, su yüzünden yamulmuş evler, adım başı su kanalları, tekneler, bisikletler, bisikletler 😂 Amsterdam kesinlikle gezdiğim yerler içerisinde en beğendiğim şehirlerden. Buranın kendine has bir tarzı var. İnsanları hakkında pek yorum yapamayacağım ama aksilerine sıkça denk geldim 😂 Ot satışının serbest olduğu bir ülkede marketten bira alırken kimlik soruyorlar 😂 Rahat bir ülke, polisler bisikletle falan geziyor hatta bedava Heineken birası dağıtan bir kızdan bira alıp içebilecek kadar rahatlar. Bugün yağmurlu bir havaya denk geldim. Yağmurlu da güzel burası çünkü turistleri evde, hotellerde tutuyor yağmur 😂 Herneyse bu bardak bana göre Amsterdam’ın özeti. Kırmızı bisikleti çok sevdiğim için çizdim 😂 – #netherlands #amsterdam #cupart #canals #landmark #bike #travel #artist #art #worldofpencils #drawing #illustration #supportart #seyyahart

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Eiffel Tower -Paris, France

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Leaning Tower – Pisa, Italy

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Art Fast Food Hit-Or-Miss

This Artist Renders Your Favorite Fast Food Mascots into Adorable Anime Characters

Our obsession with fast food just intensified, because now we absolutely can’t stop picturing them as these anime characters with intersecting story lines.

Artist Ozumii has reimagined our favorite fast food mascots as anime characters with relatable and over the top personalities that make you want to believe that’s how they are in real life.

Starbucks

While the Starbucks siren does not have a name, we’d like to think she’s a little more spritely than your average barista on a busy Monday morning.

Jack in the Box

Oh so that’s what Jack looks like when he’s not a total egghead!  I can totally get used to seeing this guy waking up his subordinates at ridiculous hours of the morning to bounce his brunch menu ideas off of.

Burger King

We prefer the more animated, bolder-voiced King of Burgers  ruling on a French fry throne over the creepy mute, masked one appearing in the current commercials.

Hamburglar

Now THIS looks like a guy who would steal all your meat without remorse or mercy.  Not this guy:


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KFC

Bruh… The Colonel is yolked!  I guess that fried chicken diet is ‘doubling down’ on his gains.  I wouldn’t want to mess with him in the ring.


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Wendy’s & McDonalds

This love/hate or brother/sister OTP is hard to get over.  They’re just like us: fighting over what to eat, dismissing each other’s affection and trash talk.

 

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Art Design Humor

This Guy Hilariously Turned His Wieners Into Iconic Pop Culture Scenes

We’re pretty sure after a certain age, playing with your food becomes acceptable once again. How else would you get something so amazing as pastry chef Erik Vernieuwe’s wiener series?

The chef recreates famous paintings and pop culture icons in a series he calls The Daily Wiener, reports Design Taxi.

In it, hot dogs replace famous celebrities, paintings, and movie scenes – all to a hilarious effect. Some examples include the meticulous recreation of The Last Supper which can be seen above. A few scenes taken straight from cinematic history are also pictured below.

You can’t say this isn’t a shining argument for playing with your food.

Check out some of the entertaining photos from the burpzine Instagram account.

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