Cocktail Astronomy | Andromeda on the Rocks

Image credit: Chrisian Fattinnanzi

Here at Future-ish, we love astronomy and we love cocktails. So to prep our fans (and ourselves) for those stellar weekend cocktail conversations, we are pleased to offer our Cocktail Astronomy post each Friday.

This week's Cocktail Astronomy comes from NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day and is titled Andromeda on the Rocks. Normally when cocktailing, one's sight tends to get a little on the short side...if not full on blurry. But in this photo, you can actually see at least 2.5 million LIGHT YEARS away. That's because the Andromeda galaxy appears in this photo as a small blurry oval in the top center area and it happens to be 2.5 million light years away. Andromeda is probably not an object you'll be able to see on the average night but it the little factoid on its distance from Earth, that can be offered up on any occasion.

Cocktail pairing: the Blue Lagoon

Conceptual Kitchen

IKEA recently asked IDEO London and students from Lund and Eindhoven universities to explore the social, technological, and demographic forces that will impact how we behave around food in 2025. The result is Concept Kitchen 2015 - Envisioning the Future, a unique exhibit that was showcased at EXPO Milano 2015. How will we behave around food in 2015? How will we forage, create, and consume in our homes in 2015? Find out by visiting the exhibit link above.

>> Green, D. 2015. Ikea has created the kitchen of 2025 — and there's no stove or refrigerator.

SeanChron | Book Review | Young Architects 16: Overlay

One of my favorite activities here at Future-ish is the opportunity to review products, restaurants, hotels, and books. I love, Love, LOVE that I get to review books.

I was recently contacted by Princeton Architectural Press to review a very unique book, Young Architects 16: Overlay that showcases the six winners of the 2014 Architecture League of New York's Architecture League Prize, an annual competition, series of lectures, exhibition, and publication (which make up the Young Architects series that this book is part of). The 2014 theme, Overlay, challenged participants to demonstrate how iterative, incremental processes inform and direct their work.

Though I very much wish I could have attended the Overlay exhibition, this post is focused primarily on the book review. What is obvious from the book about the competition and exhibit is that it is truly an amazing, creative, and innovative challenge and event that elevates both the designers themselves and the concepts presented by the designers in a way that truly indicates how future-shaping the winning projects are.

I have to begin by saying that any book on architecture and or design is bound to be appealing to the eye. Young Architects 16: Overlay falls right in line here. From the compact size of the book and the oversize font on the cover to the thousands of stunning photographs throughout and the detailed graphics of the projects, Young Architects 16: Overlay is a book that you want to carry with you all the time, just in case you need some design candy with detail for an energy boost during the day.

Villa at Al-Mezhar - by winner Young & Ayata

What is unique about Young Architects 16: Overlay is that it provides an opportunity to explore the designers and projects in a much deeper way than most design books offer. From the thorough introductions of the designers and project winners to the detailed descriptions of the designer's multiple projects highlighted in the book and path that the designers took to find inspiration and find their final designs, Young Architects 16: Overlay far surpasses what many design books or magazines offer.

Mirror Mirror - by winner SIFT Studio

The other unique thing about Young Architects 16: Overlay, is that the designers and projects truly do provide a glimpse into the future. The book had me with Scott Cohen's opening sentence of the forward:
The Architecture League Prize for Young Architects + Designers invariably forecasts the future state of the art, the discipline, the academy, and the profession of architecture.

All in all, Young Architects 16: Overlay is a great addition to any design geek's library. As I mentioned, I've actually been keeping it in my bag for a quick look and/or read for several weeks now. It would make a great gift for a design enthusiast as well.

2014 Competition winners were:

SeanChron | Restaurant Review | Brigit & Bernard's Garden Cafe

Mahi Mahi meets the Matterhorn

I've been wanting to go to Brigit & Bernard's Garden Cafe for years during my visits to Maui but could never make it happen. Finally made it and am SO glad I did!

The location is as authentic Hawaii as it comes...smack in the middle of industrial area. From outside its not all that impressive but once inside, the fusion of alpen and aloha begins. From the mounted mahi mahi to the rafters lined with steins, you definitely get that you are eating Swiss/German/Alpen food in Hawaii.

The service was island time, but that's a good thing in my opinion. The food...SCHMEDKT auf Deutsch, ONO in Hawaiian. Really, I was blown away. I don't eat farmed meat so I'm a bit limited on choices but my food was amazing the the appetizers and entrees that went buy looked pretty darn tasty...which was confirmed by the other diners.

If your looking for change up from the usual island fair, try Brigit & Bernard's out...its the best of alpen food with a lot of aloha.

Alpen Aloha

Cheesy Mushroom Bread


SeanChron | Cafe Review | Wailuku Coffee Company

The Wailuku Coffee Company is far from new but this is the first trip that I was able to visit. Confessions...I went to Wailuku Coffee Company every day during my May 2015 stay...several times on some days. Great coffee, other beverages, and food. I actually had the banana smoothie each ono! Everybody knows each other here, a true local hangout and community cafe.

SeanChron | Food Review | Oki's Seafood Corner

New find for poke on Maui. Oki's Seafood Corner is tucked inside the Kahului Food land located at 275 W Kaahumanu Ave. It is SO ONO! There are actually too many choices. Beginners...try the California Roll or Spicy Tuna. Advanced...lots of adventurous choices.

SeanChron | Travel Review | Wailuku Guesthouse

Found a great place to stay for my Maui 2015 trip, had a wonderfule experience all the way, stay, check out. The guesthouse experience may not be for everyone but if you're tired of the tourist experience, the Wailuku Guesthouse is a great option. Plantation style interior design, all the important amenities, great location, great respect for local culture, and it feels like home. The location is fantastic. Easy walk to the main street in Wailuku with shops and restaurants. There are also some great sites nearby...Bailey House Museum, the public library, and several churches. In addition, getting anywhere on Maui from Wailuku is super easy. There was ono (tasty) banana bread waiting for me upon arrival and another ono treat mid stay. Maureen even made a special lei for me to wear in the canoe ceremony I organized to spread my Mothers ashes. I will stay here again and again.

You know its a good guesthouse if shoes come off outside.

NewsFusion | 015

The already iconic image of Caitlyn Jenner on the cover and feature of the June 2015 issue of Vanity Fair. Styled by Jessica Diehl and photographed by Annie Leibovitz

NewsFusion for June 2015