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"Best coffee in America," said a visitor from Melbourne, Australia. If you know Melbourne, you know that this is a very high compliment. The man had been travelling in the U.S. for about a month.
There are two posts on this blog about the detail and care that goes into making espresso at Papi y Papi. Here is the first.
This is a collection of notes and technical information about a master coffee maker gaining experience with the Slayer EP Steam, one of the world’s finest espresso machines. This is part documentation of Dub Rogers, part research paper on how to make outstanding espresso. I am not a coffee expert, though I do enjoy researching coffee. I plan on having my own brand of coffee soon.
This is being written and researched at Papi y Papi, in Natchez, Mississippi.
Papi y Papi Background: Specializing in the highest quality coffee, chocolate and cigars, Papi y Papi is a retail store located in downtown Natchez, Mississippi. The barista at Papi is Dub Rogers. Papi y Papi features Steampunk Roasted Coffee. More than just a retail store, Papi y Papi celebrates and shares the cultures and traditions that gave the world coffee, cigars and chocolate.
Papi y Papi offers the following:
Steampunk Roasted Coffee. Started by Dub Rogers in 2012, Steampunk maintains excellent relationships with a global assortment of growers and distributors. In addition to outlets in Natchez and New Orleans, Steampunk has an online store.
Before the Slayer arrived, Steampunk’s espresso roasts were calibrated to be made with an Elektra Belle Epoque, a machine in a class all its own.
Background of Dub Rogers: Dub Rogers created, and then successfully sold, both Steampunk Espresso Bar, and Smoots Blues Lounge. Both became internationally recognized for their service, their unique and welcoming atmosphere and, of course, for their coffee.
Dub studied the art of espresso in Milan and Seattle, and has won various prizes. He was certified as America's Best Espresso Judge at the 2017 America's Best Espresso Competition.
Before returning to Natchez, his hometown, Dub was a world acclaimed photographer, based in New York City.
The next post in this series is an overview of the procedures that need to be in place before making the first espresso on the Slayer EP Steamer.
From the start, Bubiko Foodtour was meant to be a cross between Hello Kitty and Anthony Bourdain, with a dash of Charlie Chaplin.
Bubiko is a little chef from northeastern Thailand, just outside of Udon Thani. There, growing up, she learned how to make Issan-style food. However, she is also familiar with Lanna cuisine and other regional cooking styles of Thailand. Her favorite dessert is mango sticky rice. (Visit Bubiko's Instagram account to see the many locations where she sampled mango sticky rice.)
Bubiko has researched the food cultures of Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Bali and Shenzhen, China. She has also spent time researching in Ventiane, Yangoon, Jakarta, Bandung and Hong Kong. Japan and the US as well. Again, you are invited to look at her Instagram, or search "Bubiko" on this blog.
As AR technology continues to improve, Bubiko will make educational AR projects for people of all ages about spices, vitamins, geography, cooking techniques and other concepts related to food.
Bubiko also really likes butterfly pea flowers, and one day will have an AR lesson about them.
Butterfly pea flower ( Clitoria ternatea ) is found all over Southeast Asia. It used to make many types of foods and is also great in drinks; by itself or mixed with other ingredients, like macha. It is also used in soap, shampoo and other health care products.
Here is a great recipe for "Blue Surf Cake", on the Unconventional Baker Blog. Additionally, the blog has a number of great resource on where to buy butterfly pea flowers, as well as other natural colorings. Recommended!
A recipe for Butterfly Pea Flower Crepe cake can be found here, on the Mario'z Eats blog. Also informative, and the instructions are clear and well illustrated.
Finally, a recipe for Butterfly Pea Lemon Cheesecake, by a company called Secret Recipe.
We have no connection with any of the above recipe makers, and have not yet tried the recipes. However, these site "felt" trustworthy, and certainly have great images!
As Bubiko becomes more organized, she will be be creating more informative posts, using her own experiences, videos and recipes.
Oh yes, Bubiko's favorite expression is "aroi mak mak" which, in the Thai language, means "very delicious"!
Leave a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions for Bubiko, and do keep with her adventures on Instagram.
Bubiko's schedule has been changing very rapidly in the past few days. Here is the latest:
Austin Startup Week: September 22-25 attendee
London: presentations date to be determined
Berlin: presentations date to be determined
Munich: presentation at Open Augmented Reality Cloud Symposium Oct 16
Munich: attending AWE October 17/18
Turin attending View October 21-24
Paris: presenting at PARIS October 25
MIT Attending ARIA, where I presented this year
Singapore: Biennale November 22, 2019, through March 22, 2020
Shenzhen: March 28/29 attending AWE China
Tokyo: April Tama Art University
Ashiya, Japan: April date to be determined
Stephen Black is a writer, a visual artist and marching along the path of Spoken Word.
This post is exploratory.
Stephen Black and Bubiko Foodtour are now looking for opportunities to make presentations, or do collaborations with musicians, artists, writers or AR practitioners in these cities.
(BLAM is also a reference to SLAM: Simultaneous Localization And Mapping, a process associated with AR.)
Stephen Black has given presentations at Sasin School of Business, MIT Media Lab, Hong Kong PolyU, TechCrunch Shenzhen and the Collider at Alitimetrik (Detroit). This post is about his projects and this post is about Bubiko's.
What we hope to do, are open to:
- Find AR collaborators. Do you have an AR software that could use a cute little chef? (Bubiko has been in Facebook Spark and Facebook Camera projects, as well as an AR game demo made by Dominique Wu from Hummingbirdsday Studios. Two projects using Artive are here and here.
2. Consultations regarding AR, or projects needing a producer.
3. Meeting with galleries regarding an AR exhibition. Stephen Black curated SPOKEN with pioneering AR artist Eugene Soh.
4. Meetups/ presentations about AR and its relationship with bicycles, Autonomous Vehicles, traffic and more. This presentation has been updated:
5. Readings: topics include Bali, Obama, Furikake, Singapore, Art and more. Fact-based poetic fiction...
6. Would be happy to chat with publishers about writing projects, cross-promotion, printing and distribution.
7. Publicity: any contacts with podcasters, bloggers ,newspapers, magazines etc. greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your time and consideration!
Stephen Black and Bubiko Foodtour
Bubiko is a little chef from Thailand who loves AR. Her unusual guide to Augmented Reality is now on Amazon.
This post is an introduction to Bubiko's world.
Bubiko has an Instagram account. She also made one book:
Bubiko is a little chef from Thailand. Her favorite food is mango sticky rice, and her favorite expression is "Aroi mak mak", which means very delicious in the Thai languge. Sayuri Okayama and I have been brainstorming about food and augmented reality since 2016, when we used a paper version of Bubiko.
Finally, in July 2019, we had a 3D version of Bubiko. Novaby did a great job, and using the Facebook Spark and Facebook Camera apps, we were ready to augment reality with our little chef. The Facebook Camera idea and tech support were thanks to Dana.
Whiting, Indiana is home to both the Mascot Hall of Fame, and the Pierogi Festival. We decided to visit both on the same weekend, and had Bubiko's balloons decorated accordingly. Later, we took Bubiko to pierogi festivals in Detroit, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio.
Food and AR
End User or End Product
Is AR being used to create a user experience or an image to be used for publicity, marketing or other purposes?
At present the following are only proposals. Of course we hope they happen. Please vote!
This one is by my partner, Sayuri Okayama: AUGMENTED REALITY AND FOOD
This is my proposal, featuring Bubiko: XR: BIKE SAFETY, MUSIC AND BUBIKO FOODTOUR
The Author Show audio interview with Stephen Black about Furikake.
Furikake is on Amazon here.
"a truly enjoyable reading, between a memoir and a travel diary in which one can easily recognize fragments of oneself.
- Carla Bonollo, whose Italian language blog can be found here.
Furikake is the Japanese word for the spices and ingredients sprinkled upon rice. It is one of my favorite foods, and in Clementi, i ate it often. I wrote this while I was living in the Clementi is an area of Singapore, and, for about two years, my three room apartment there was extremely cheap. More importantly, I became very good friends with a group who represented the diversity and tolerance of Singapore. In i ate tiong bahru, there is a short story about the day we met at an Indian temple for the memorial service of one of our group.
Clementi was close to the water and a park. There were great places to eat. Clementi is where I met Joe the Diver, who not only became a great friend, but also joined 3how on stage several times. Here is a story about one of those times.
At the i ate tiong bahru launch party, Joe sang a song...
Furikake was a challenge to write, for a few reasons. Ebooks were very new at the time. Amazon had just released the Kindle, but the take up in Singapore was very slow; if I remember correctly it was not possible to buy ebooks in Singapore at the time. And, of course, my writing style and topics are not exactly mainstream. Unkown writer, unknown publisher. Furikake was a commitment to the art and craft of writing; despite the odds against success.
A story from Furikake is here.
Furikake is on Amazon here.
PS There is a blog post with more excepts from Furikake. the formatting is strange, so I am not linking to it, but it can easily be found. The post also explains why Furikake once had the ugliest cover on Amazon.
Wild, informative and fun, SXSW 2019 was ten days of chaos of the best possible kind. Bubiko was there!
Food at SXSW coming soon!
Bubiko's Instagram has a few posts about SXSW and Austin, like this one.
3how Riverwalk Session
Suggestions for locations and story ideas are welcome. Interesting locations at interesting times, interesting people, interesting tech; we will consider anything.
24 hours in Shenzhen (360 VR): A project by Leo Wei and Stephen Black
Shenzhen, the Silicon Valley of China, will be documented for a 24 hour period on August 18th, in a co-production by Leo Wei (cinematographer) and Stephen Black(screenwriter).The starting points for the production are Wei's experiences as a Shenzhen resident and Black's international background as a writer, artist and producer. The two will co-direct.
Leo Wei: "VR is a fresh and powerful way to share the various feelings and experiences I have had while living in Shenzhen. It will be interesting to see what happens during the 24 hours. Shenzhen is always changing."
Stephen Black: "The last time I visited Shenzhen was in 1997, when I lived in Hong Kong. Since that time, Shenzhen has grown tremendously, as everyone knows. I would like to portray not only the high tech, entrepreneurial side of Shenzhen, but also the way it may symbolize China's unseen past and future."
Wei and Black's first VR experience together was at the 2018 Maker's Faire at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Leo Wei's film and television experiences have been with Shenzhen Satellite TV, where he has been involved with productions that involved stars like Zheng Khai, Guo Caijie and Ru Changhu. He is currently the product manager at Kandao, a manufacturer of VR cameras.
Stephen Black's career has bridged television production, art and writing. He has worked for CNN, Cartoon Network, Fuji TV and Fox. His photographs and videos have been shown worldwide, including Beach Road, a 360VR film which was featured in festivals in Las Vegas, Brisbane and Singapore.He recently gave a number of presentations about AR at Hong Kong PolyU. He has written a number of books, including i ate tiong bahru, a Singaporean bestseller.