by William Lundie on May 23, 2013 0
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A gorgeous place to eat when in Barcelona. A powerful mix of exuberance and minimalism, the union between two great cultures, one minimalist and quiet and the other, loud and abundant, both strong and influential meet and create this great fusion of tastes and flavours. Ikibana restaurant is the expression of two cultures that are both very passionate about nature. On one hand, theres Japan, where the dialogue between the man and the natural ambient is very important and on the other, theres Brazil, a country that exhales lushness through its landscape.
by William Lundie on May 14, 2013 0
This month I’m writing to my HOMEGROWN friends about the ominous tale of what could have been.
I could have written about happy things.
I could have written about morel mushroom season, one of life’s glorious pleasures.
I could have written about our booming garden produce. We’re harvesting small volumes of mixed salad greens, spinach, turnips, mixed mustards, brassicas for braising, and beautiful radishes.
I could have written about the continued love-hate relationship I have with my goat herd, the goats having broken into our house one Saturday while we were out on the soccer field. They broke a lot of stuff, i
by William Lundie on May 9, 2013 0
Right in line with many of its other architectural designs, Milwaukee-based Johnsen Schmaling Architects designed this modern cabin in a remote forest of Muscoda, Wisconsin. Measuring just 880 sq. ft., what this compact house lacks in size, it more than makes up for in style. The hillside home is built into the slope, featuring a low-lying volume buried into the hill, connected to a tower overlooking the tree-covered valley below.
The tight budget meant the home had to be small and simple. To keep the home’s footprint small, the architects steered away from a traditional horizontal layout and opted instead for a stacked plan, organizing the communal living space, bathroom and tool shed vertically in the tower.
Now to the horizontal portion of this L-shaped layout.
by William Lundie on May 3, 2013 0
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by William Lundie on April 24, 2013 0
It’s no secret that us HOMEGROWN types like good food. Or that we think about it 90 percent of the time. (OK, OK: 97 percent. Maybe 98.) And while we grow some it ourselves, from Mitchell’s pallet of herbs to Anna’s loopy zucchini, most of us can’t grow it all.
Thank goodness for farmers—the folks who stay up to their elbows in soil when the rest of us wash our hands of gardening and move on to cooking dinner or folding laundry or browsing the web. These guys and gals are out there harvesting today so that we can chow down tomorrow. The only trick is knowing where to find them.
So, to help connect the dots between farmers and eaters and to get good food into all of our gullets, we’ve created the Find Good Food page on HOMEGROWN. Check it out. You’ll see our very favorite national websites for locating food and farmers and markets near you, wherever you are. And since we c
by William Lundie on April 12, 2013 0
Australian architects Artillery designed this luxury resort-style pool house in Victoria, Australia. The architects were called to action to transform a former stable occupying this pool-side patch of land into an extension of the main house, which was originally designed by Jackson Clements Burrows. Artillery designed the clear exterior and contemporary interiors, enclosed in glass with walkouts to the deck and access to the garden by landscape designer Paul Bangay, bringing a little outdoor living to every day. Here’s what the team came up with.
The South Yarra Pool House boasts an elongated plan, transforming the existing house into an “L” with the swimming pool tucked away in the private courtyard at the center.
by William Lundie on April 9, 2013 0
Face the facts—those tomatoes you buy in the grocery store? They can’t compare to the ones you grow yourself. The pale, hard and flavorless orbs that pass for tomatoes only leave you yearning for the juicy, aromatic, naturally sweet and bursting-with-flavor crop like your grandpa used to grow. You know, a real tomato.
So maybe it’s time you grew your own tomatoes. You can grow tomatoes in the ground, in a pot, in a greenhouse or upside down, and in almost every climate. They come in hundreds of shapes, sizes, colors and varieties, making it fun to experiment beyond the usual Beefsteak and Early Girl. And, you can let your culinary imagination run wild, because tomatoes are one of the most versatile fruits (yes, fruits) around.