DISNEYLAND GLUTTON: PART 2.

Disneyland.  The Happiest Place on Earth.  Not just for little kids and families anymore.  If you’re an adult with no kids and with plenty of disposable income to spend on yourself, you can buy yourself an annual pass.  One would wonder why you’d expose yourself to disgusting screaming children, long lines and  hordes of zombie like Disney geeks.  Well besides having a mild dusting of Disney geek in me myself, I go for the food.

Just thinking about the food at Disneyland makes me feel famished.

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While I was in college I worked as a wise cracking Jungle Cruise skipper.  Getting to know the Disneyland underbelly only fueled my fascination with it even more.  I left right before the mouse turned me into a bitter mummy forever.  Fortunately I left with a deep love for it. Disneyland is no longer my childhood dream world or my former employer. In my adult life Disney is now a place where I can go with friends to eat delicious food and people watch.

Main Street USA is a great place to people watch and enjoy a delicious Corn Dog or Turkey Leg.  There’s something rather evil and hilariously entertaining watching stressed out moms and dads (parents that are younger than me) chase after their hyperactive kids.  Those poor saps cant enjoy Disneyland in a chill leisurely manner the way I do.  I sit looking at my ten dollar churro and laugh. Maybe I’m the fool.  Disney knows how to pull a Stromboli and puppeteer us all as he did Pinocchio (never mind he had no strings) well, you know what I mean. If you play Disneyland right you can make it your own Pleasure Island…well except for turning into jackasses.  Hmm well never mind.

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This is my second edition of my favorite Disney foods:

  • The Corn Dog from the Little Red Wagon on Main Street at Disneyland

The Corn dog is a magical deep fried tube meat.  Freshly dipped and made to order.  The corn batter is delightfully crispy and comforting.  They radiate a golden glow that lights up all of Disneyland and into further reaches of Anaheim.  With all of the money that the Disney company has I sometimes wonder whether or not they were actually dipped in solid gold. These puppies used to be a lot bigger and a lot more unmanageable.  The stick could not hold of the weight of the meat.  Now they are a little more Disney friendly.  Be careful while taking a photo with this big boy.  You might offend the faint of heart.
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  • The Lobster Nachos from Cove Bar in Disney’s California Adventure.

The lobster nachos is the Indiana Jones adventure for food.  Its like an archeological dig through the chip and cheese temple.  Now with nachos we all know the goods are up on top.  The cheese holds down the whole fort but once you penetrate the fortress of cheese the world is yours.  With this lovely stack you make your way to the bottom and begin the true difficult excavation process.  You still find warm pools of cheese and lone lobster stragglers.   One of my favorite things about this is the the view of the park, and the cocktails.  The Cove Bar has cocktails, so theres that.
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Things could get wild if you’re not careful in the world of this intense nacho experience.  Lots of chip loving to go around.

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  •  Beer and Pretzels from Disney’s California Adventure.

Combining a yummy Karl Strauss craft brewed beer with anything Disney is a magical event indeed.  The jalapeno cheese filled pretzel is delicious.  Warm gooey center, crispy outside layer.  Most pretzels I’ve eaten I’ve had to lather with mustard just to mask the bland taste of a dry pretzel.  This pretzel is so great the mustard is optional, hell, even the nacho cheese is optional.
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I thought the cream cheese pretzel would be more savory.  Its totally more on the sweet side.  The outside has a slight crisp while the inside remains very deliciously warm and gooey.  I still recommend the Jalapeno one over this one.  I suppose it just depends on your taste buds.

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  • Rice Crispy Treat from Candy Palace on Main Street or Pooh Corner in Critter Country in Disneyland.

The Rice crispy treat is a beautiful thing.  Always decorated to fit the season, always an adorable treat to put a big smile on your face.  This pretty blue sprinkled on made my mouth and teeth blue but I was proud to shine my pearly blues in the Magic Kingdom.  Tis the season.
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This one was covered with white chocolate to look like a mummy.  So I could say this mummy was yummy??
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https://disneyland.disney.go.com/dining/

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PICASSO MY FAVORITE MOVIES.

It’s interesting how a strange abstract outline can immediately process into a meaningful image to us. Pablo Picasso was a master at drawing a bunch of abstract shapes and somehow our brains make it into something.  Sometimes realistic representations can be a tad boring or a bit contrived.  Anytime an artist takes creative license to create something new I love the hell out of it. Italian artist Ale Giorgini creates really rad minimalist and abstract art based on pop culture figures….actually some of my favorite movies and characters!

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http://alegiorgini.com/105686/gallery

VINTAGE ADS PART ONE: MEAT-CENTRIC.

I am fascinated by vintage advertisements from every era.  Its intriguing to look at ads throughout the ages and see how the style of clothing and even the style of thinking has changed over the decades.  With the popularity of the show Mad Men, we see the creation of advertisements and the motives that advertisers have hiding behind the surface, most of which involves money.  Besides the interesting theories one has about psychology and the hidden agenda ad-men have.  I like to look at the art of the photo or illustration.  Continuing on with my journey to find new (and old) art, I look to past advertisements for my viewing pleasure.

My new series of blog posts dedicated to vintage advertisements, this one is all meat-centric.  As I scoured the internet I noticed the mass amount of meat ads, granted most of them are TV Dinners, Spam and other various canned meats.  I love the illustrations (mostly because its food illustrations) but also because its like a time capsule into what people ate in another era.  Some of the foods look bizarre and unconventional some downright disgusting but thats why I love it.  My favorites ads are from the American Meat Institute.  I do apologize some of these images do not have dates, but by the style we can all kinda take a guess.

This illustration of the Universal Food Chopper is from 1890.  Hmm I wonder what all of this would taste like all ground up together…I’m sure chopped up lobster shell and animal bones would taste delicious!
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1964 was the time to get a great deal on a steak dinner, and a time to say    “man alive“.
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 I want an America where the bacon is nourishing! (breathing heavily)

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1950 was a fine time for bacon illustrations.  Appetizing and adorable.
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These illustrations are beautiful.  Without all the text (although it is interesting) I would frame this and put it on my wall.

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In 1957 cold cuts were in fashion.  In my opinion always in fashion.
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 1870’s had some beautiful cross hatch illustrations.

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 For several decades Spam and was heavily advertised to housewives to whip up a quick meal.  This ad is from the 1940’s.

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 Hamburger patties straight out of a can?  They gave it a shot in 1950.  Looks like it never caught on…I could kinda guess why.

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 Ribs in a can sound disgusting, I wonder what people in the 1960’s thought.

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1951 was a time to say meat is the yardstick of protein.  Fill in the dirty joke here _________.
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This TV dinner is from the 1960’s.  Maybe its the little compartments…but I really think old TV dinners look adorable.  Although I do know they taste pretty gnarly.
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I can’t imagine what this 1950’s salisbury steak tastes like…cat food perhaps…not that I ever tasted cat food (sidenote: yes I have).
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Here’s my favorite sausage ad.  Crude, disturbing and somehow super cute.
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I found all of these photos on various websites online.  Though I could not find the artists names, I do salute them and appreciate all the creativity and money hungry sensibilities that went into it.  Cheers.

WHATS INSIDE?

Brosmind is a studio based in Barcelona founded by Juan and Alejandro Mingarro. The two brothers have been creating many different types of art from band posters, advertisements for major companies to package design. Brosmind studio is pumping out all sorts of art that stimulates your brain, its the type of art that you have to scrutinize to see all the fine details hidden within.  A combo of abstract and fantasy, Brosmind is a feast for the eyeballs.

The series What’s Inside takes us on a journey of what is inside our bodies.  Its a super interesting collage like cutout of our bodies and what its made up of.  Books, various junk food and other abstract illustrations.  What it means is up for debate.  What is not up for debate is the beautiful amount of detail that the artists illustrate.

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http://www.brosmind.com/

NERD INTERESTS: COLLECTOR.

Several years ago I became obsessed with collecting art prints from my favorite artists.  I find my favorites online, at gallery openings, at comic-cons and craft fairs.   I like to think of myself as a “collector”.  After running out of space on my walls and money from my wallet I held myself back a bit.  This blog is a great space to share some of the artists I obsess over and work that I will eventually purchase.

One of my favorites would have to be Dave Perillo.  Right after becoming captivated with the show Breaking Bad I found ‘Jesse & Walter’s how to guide to not get rid of a body’ at my favorite Los Angeles Gallery 1988.  I love the step by step detail and the tension from that memorable Breaking Bad episode.  His work captures the essence of a movie spot on with a simple quote like “I’m your density” or “Thats no moon”.

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http://montygog.blogspot.com/

EYES THAT STARE INTO MY SOUL.

Instead of using canvas to create beautiful pieces, Kristin Tercek creates charming characters on pieces of wood.  These unique designs make you feel a range of emotions.  Some are cute and cheerful and others are dark and creepy.  Her style is rare and unexplored.

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This is exactly the way I feel when I have a glass of milk and cookies.
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I may think twice before a eat another vegetable.  Especially a murderous onion.
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My heartfelt pain goes to the the meatball man.  So realistically painted it almost makes me want to avoid eating Italian food.  Almost.
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Honeybadger doesn’t give a F***.
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The one merry-go-round to rule them all.
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Chamomile plant looking pretty as hell.
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Onion looking wise as hell.
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http://www.cuddlyrigormortis.com/

http://www.disneyparksmerchandise.com/parksauthentic/wonderground-gallery/

EYE POPPING POP ART.

Pop art has always been a style of art I’ve admired.  Roy Lichenstein, Andy Warhol and Wayne Thiebaud are a few of my favorite artists of all time.  Bright colors, recognizable imagery drawn from popular media and products.  This style of art is a wonderful way to show whats going on in the world we live in.

Grégoire Guillemin, aka “Léon”, is a leader in the “Geek Art” movement.  His work celebrates science fiction, comic books, video games and pop culture icons. Consumerism, lust, gluttony and vanity are things that are explored in Léon work.  His artworks rediscover and reinvent styles through experimentation and a clean minimalist approach.

These pieces are so relevant to our generation.  The series “The Secret Life of Heroes” is just one of his mind blowing series is a that is a hilarious inside look at the hidden, colorful and slightly steamy, life of our most beloved heroes.  So called ‘innocent’ childhood favorites smoking cigarettes, taking selfies with Iphones, picking their nose, holding a gun and groping one another?  So rad!  I mean there’s nothing hotter than Superman eating a cheeseburger.  Mmmm yummy.

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http://www.greg-guillemin.com/85780/gallery