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Sound Bites: Chef Aron Habiger

To us, music is food for the soul. Whenever we’re home making dinner — because fast food more than three times a week is frowned upon by our doctors — our phone is bellowing out melodies from decades we’ve nearly forgotten. Music, like food, fills us with joy and fuels us when we’re hungry for inspiration.

This leaves us curious, fascinated, and eager to learn what sort of music successful chefs listen to while they’re in the kitchen. Now some chefs may not listen to any at all, their kitchens being an ocean that demands respect and focus.

Other chefs, however, live for the music.

This new series will highlight a chef and the music that’s in their heart when working in the kitchen.

We spoke to Aron Habiger, formerly of Petit Trois, The North Left, and current head chef at Vacation Bar, and also curator at Cooking on the Lam, and asked him to share his Spotify playlist with us.

We’ve had the pleasure of seeing Habiger cook in person, and every time we’re in a kitchen with him, he’s always asking for music recommendations. Well chef, it’s time for some recommendations of your own.

Here’s what’s on Aron’s playlist:

Habiger chose to begin service with Joy Division’s “Warsaw” to get him fired up, with the following songs to keep him pumped through prep and service. To finish the night he begins to wind down with some Mos Def and ends with Sade’s “Smooth Operator” as his mellow closer.

The Southern-California based chef added that he was excited to be the first in this Foodbeast series, as music was a huge driving force for his cooking.

My eyes lit up when you asked me this, I was so excited. I wanna hear what other people listen to, because that’s the first question I ask any cook that comes in the kitchen or anyone that I ever work with. I don’t care about what you eat, or all that other stuff. Music is the thing that drives you to want to do other stuff.

So sit back, Foodbeasts, and enjoy Chef Aron Habiger’s handpicked tunes.

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Here’s What Starbucks Cups Would Look Like If They Partnered With Spotify


Graphic artist Jack Lalley came up with an interesting concept while taking a break from his regular duties. The UK-based designer decided to combine both Starbucks and Spotify into these vibrant cups that feature musical artists and a lyric from one of their hits.

He posted the series on his Behance page which garnered nearly 19,000 views. You can see the designs below in greater detail.




The artists on Lalley’s cups feature a mainstream set of Kanye West, Drake, Ariana Grande, Adele, and Justin Bieber.

We reached out to Lalley to see which was his favorite from the set.

I’m probably most proud of the Kanye West cup, I never planned to use Kanye as one of the artists. Being a fan of his, I used him to test out the concept of the cups I had in my head, just to see how it would visually look. I actually really liked how it turned out and decided to keep it in the project.

We’re almost certain, while there were only five artists featured, it would have taken a fair amount of time to get the design done. We asked Lalley what he would do next if he kept this project going?

One idea I really liked was correlating the Starbucks menu items with the specific lyrics. So for Christmas time when they do their mulled wine, I think it would be cool if that came in a Bing Crosby cup with White Christmas lyrics and so on, through the different items they offer. It would also be really cool if the location of each Starbucks came into play, so the artists and lyrics that were used were local to each shop.

Lalley stresses that he has no affiliation with either Starbucks or Spotify and that this was a passion project rather than something for profit.


Photos: Jack Lalley


Spotify Customizes Playlists Based on How Fat Your Turkey Is


If you’re planning to spend Thanksgiving in the kitchen for five hours, cooking up a storm for your friends and family, Spotify’s going to make sure you can at least turn up in the process.

Spotify has created six customized playlists that change in length according to turkey size. The Time For Turkey feature asks for the weight of your turkey and what genre of music you’d like to listen to, then generates a playlist of just the right length, based on the USDA’s estimated timetable for making a turkey.

For example, if your turkey weighs 20 pounds and you want to listen to some oldies all day, it will generate five hours and 15 minutes worth of oldies for you.

It’ll even remind you to baste your turkey and check on it from time to time.

Now if they can find an algorithm for a restroom playlist, where you can enter what you ate that day, and it plays encouraging music for 20 minutes, that’d be great.

H/T Mashable


The Pandora of Beer Makes Recommendations Based on Your Preferences


In the future, we won’t have to make any decisions ever. All computers, from our music playlists to our restaurant ordering systems, will automatically know our preferences before even we do.

Luckily the future isn’t all that far off. Now, there’s a new beer recommendation website that wants to extend the mind-reading to your favorite brewskis. Created as a Stanford school project, BeerViz offers beer suggestions based on users’ preferences in appearance, taste, and aroma. An interactive chart separates beers chromatically by type and highlights the the connections between different beers based on your criteria. For example, if you’re looking for a beer that tastes like Stone’s Ruination, just hover over the beer name and a squiggly black line leads you across the chart to J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale. All review data is pulled from Beer Advocate.


It’s all very interesting, though links to product pages, photos, and local availability definitely wouldn’t hurt. In the meantime, we guess we’ll just have to keep listening to our friends and bartenders. Womp womp.

H/T Deadspin + Picthx Mike Mozart