Sunday, June 02, 2013

Dutch Design - Day 37 - Amsterdam Day Trip "Is this the worst or what?"

We were able to schedule an additional interview with De Culinaire Werkplaats, but since they are in Amsterdam, we had to take a day trip out. I was nervous because we decided to take our bicycles as well so we wouldn't have to take the trams when we get in to the city. Although I'm pretty confident on a bicycle now, my initial experience biking in Amsterdam still made me nervous.

The crowds of bicycles were my biggest worry, and yeah, they were still something to deal with, but it wasn't as difficult as it was on the slower side being a sunday. Whew!

I got to try a different role for this interview as we had a different set from the usual film crew. Sound and audio was my responsibility for this session and I had an interesting time trying to handle the boom mic. Marjolein Wintjes and Eric Meursing of De Culinaire Werkplaats are really intriguing people. I love how they call themselves 'initiators' instead of something else. They view themselves as provokers of thought on the subject of food. The way they approach their craft brings a much more fresh approach to culinary design and instead of just focusing on the taste, they focus on the why. Ideas of thinking about food, what we eat, where it comes from, why we eat what we eat, why we prefer one food over another, why does this cost this much, why, and why and why. They question the whole notion of what we think of as food and it's incredible to break out of the box and think about the reasons behind everything we know about food.

Afterwards, we decided to have dinner at the place that we were told about. Worst. What a name. The Worst. Get it? Haha. But yes, they specialize in sausages, like wursts. They were delicious, they have some great standard dishes like the kipcurrywurst curry chicken sausage and the lamwurst lamb sausage. A few items on the menu seemed especially unique like the kreeftenworst met koolrabi en spinazie lobster sausage with kohlrabi and spinach or the veal tongue "weisswurst" with lentil and leeks or what I really want to try but didn't, the pieds de cochon (pig feet) with white beans and roasted tomato. Mmmm. Must come back!

Charcuterie plate

kreeftenworst met koolrabi en spinazie lobster sausage with kohlrabi and spinach

Lamb sausage

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Dutch Design - Day 36 - Eindhoven Day 8 "Are we too old to ride the swing?"

Exploration day! I decided to visit the newly opened Philips museum. It isn't the most exciting museum, but it is a nice glimpse into the history of one of the most important companies in relation to lighting and electronics.

The museum also displays some of Philips' recent product developments.  Their research into healthcare and environments opens up new opportunities and I find them very interesting. Products such as HealWell that explore the correlation between controlled lighting and health, the GreenPower LED technology that improves efficiency in greenhouses, and the Color Kinetics system that enables flexible lighting control without requiring re-wiring.

Radio Royaal again tonight, but this time with the whole group!

gillardeau 'speciales' (3 stuks) met zoetzure komkommer en brioche
'special' gillardeau oysters (3 pieces) with pickled cucumber and brioche

parelgort met tuinbonen, oesterzwam friture, waterkers en extra vierge hojiblancapearl barley with broad beans, oyster mushroom chips, watercress and extra virgin hojiblanca olive oil
kabeljauw met asperges, gestoofde spinazie, zeekraal, lardo en sc. hollandaise
cod with asparagus, steamed spinach, samphire, lard and hollandaise