July 30th, 2013 by Dylan
When it comes to street food and night markets, I thought I had seen it all after going to Hong Kong, Taiwan and Saigon. But I was further from the truth the second I stepped into the amazing hawker centres of Singapore and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur and Penang). A completely different approach from what I was used to. In Singapore alone, there are at least 50+ hawker/food centres. My first meal in Singapore happened at the well-known Maxwell Food Centre located in the heart of Chinatown. It was 11:30 am and people were pacing the aisles for their first meal. Kids, servicemen, old people, businessmen – all congregating under one roof to eat from the 75+ food vendors. It’s simple. You wait in the line for whatever whets your appetite, pay, pick up your food and sit on the many provided benches. Shortly after you’re done, a busser comes by and cleans up after you. You’re out of there. It reminded me of being at a county fair, only the prizes were edible. But the irony of it all was the quirky presentation of the food on humble, colorful plasticware. We found this to be pretty damn cool and immediately started to document it. As opposed to the usual bells and whistles you get from haute dining, the hawker food almost seemed to pop more visually off a faded pink plate. A French chef would rather de-bone himself with his $150 chef knife, than serve his perfectly seared scallops on plastic plates. It’s then that you realize how important food is to the Singaporeans and Malays. What we see as gourmet, is in fact day-to-day survival for the locals – served on humble, no bullshit plasticware.
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June 14th, 2013 by Dylan
It’s only been a few hours since we landed into Charleston, South Carolina. I had planned this trip a while back for Jeni’s birthday and as I’m sitting at an AirBnB property we’re staying in along the river, I’m feeling super excited for the unexpected. Earlier this year, we were in Nashville and Louisville and got a taste of the Southern(Eastern) hospitality. The food and scene here has been happening for a while and even more so with Chef Mike Lata and Chef Sean Brock’s two restaurants, Husk and McCrady’s. And there are many other promising places on the eatinerary. You can follow us on Instagram @eeddbbmm and @oishiieats and see if Charleston might be a possible destination for you soon. We know nothing about Charleston! Enjoy the latest mix and stay tuned.
Featured in WonderTune Charleston:
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
DJ Shadow + Little Dragon
The Ruby Suns
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April 30th, 2013 by Dylan
It’s been only 8 hours since I returned from my 5 day trip to Guadalajara, Mexico. I went to Guadalajara for the first time 3 years ago to photograph one of Mexico’s most loved dish, birria. This time around, I wanted to go back and document the process behind making tequila. With a running shot list in mind, I landed at Guadalajara ready to hit the ground running. My guide and friend, Chuy Tovar, is a business consultant working primarily in the tequila and restaurant industry. He invited me to join him on his next business trip and I couldn’t say no. But as the hours and days passed by, I realized that this wasn’t really going to be much about tequila at all. And this was a good thing. As much as I enjjoy GOOD tequila, seeing the people that work so hard to produce this liquor only made me appreciate tequila even more. Through my limited comprehension of Spanish and Chuy’s interpreting, I was able to share many laughs and stories with people I would never in my life meet. They won’t be easily forgotten as well. There’s only so much I can share through photography, and until you go yourself, you’ll understand what I felt this weekend meeting the wonderful people in the small towns of Jalisco. Give me some time to prepare the story and photos, and I will share. Enjoy the mix and thanks for reading.
Featured in WonderTune Tequila:
Daft Punk feat. Pharrell
The Flaming Lips
Giraffage vs. Teen Daze
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