Archive | May, 2011

Dwight Eschliman’s 37 or so Ingredients of a Twinkie, deconstructed

31 May

Dwight Eschliman’s 37 or so Ingredients (of a Twinkie) has been making the rounds on the blogosphere, but it’s completely gorgeous and I think you should definitely see it.

Dwight Eschliman's Riboflavin


Dwight Eschliman's Red 40

Red 40

Eschliman is a talented guy, whose work has been featured in commercial venues such as Apple product and store ads, Dwell Magazine, Audi promos, etc.

But his personal stuff is by far, the most interesting, especially the works that examines everyday objects in deconstructed multiples, an example of which is his treatment of the Twinkie, Campbell’s beef stew and legos. It’s manic organization, at its best.

Dwight Eschliman's Beef Stew breakdown deconstructed ingredients

Beef stew

All images copyright of Dwight Eschliman, no infringement intended, just pure adulation.


A feast on both your houses!

31 May

For Memorial Day, Michael, our bestie Mark and I had a tiny impromptu barbecue!

Pina coladas

Pina coladas! For a more smooth and creamy taste, add a touch of vanilla ice cream

Menfolks minding the grill

Tiny grill! ❤

Michael inherited this super cute little grill from our friends Fan and Mike when they left for Beijing last year. Now that it’s summer, I’ve been looking for excuses to fire it up. And by that, I mean coerce poor Michael into lighting it and then fanning the coals and breathing in lighter fluid. Grilling FTW!

Shrimp on the barbie! Outdoor grilling on Memorial day!


MEAT! Glorious meat! Outdoor grilling on Memorial day!


One day, we will have a lovely gas grill that Michael can putter around with, but for now, this one is enough for our tiny gatherings.

On the menu: grilled parsley shrimp, best ever barbecue chicken wings & thighs, sage sausage rice stuffing and happy happy veggie kabobs (marinated in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, garlic, pineapple juice and worcestershire sauce). The shrimp was especially easy and flavorful–the simple olive oil and parsley marinade really allows the shrimps’ flavor to come through and convince you that this is a healthy dish. I think I’ll be full for at least two days…

Shrimp skewers


Memorial day barbecue table setting



Mark and Michael

Hope you all had a great Memorial Day! Servicemen FTW!


30 May

Or, Slumberday, which is precisely what the latter part of today was for us, after a day at the Geffen Contemporary for “Art in the Streets” and then Daikokuya for the most perfect bowl of ramen in the US, if not worldwide (sorry, Japan).

Art in the Streets @ MOCA Geffen Contemporary

Art in the Streets @ MOCA Geffen Contemporary

Judging by the long line of people waiting to get in, the show has been a great success. We waited outside for about 45 minutes to buy tickets, but having a MOCA membership or buying one at the doors gets you in immediately. Although the boyfriend complained a lot about the trendiness of  ‘street art’ (i.e. the lines today or at any Shepherd Fairey show vs. say, the lack of lines to the previous Suprasensorial:  Experiments in Light, Color and Space exhibit or even the Murakami one, for that matter), there’s something to be said for MOCA’s ploy to increase visitorship by pandering to trends in the art world in contrast to LACMA’s  upcoming Tim Burton show, which privileges film and media production.

Chronology of spray cans

Street art theme park

Admittedly, I only have a passing interest in street art. However, I LOVED the installation Street, a collaboration by a small cadre of graffiti artists such as Todd James and Barry McGee. Not so much for its commentary on street art culture, but simply for the sheer tackiness and theme park-ness of it all. It’s hilarious, really. There’s animatronic taggers, bike repair shops, flophouses, urinals and even a ‘church’ whose deities of choice are Tecates and a jukebox. Sucker for corny amusement parks? That’s me! I read somewhere (probably on Yelp!) that it was supposed to be a depiction of a Brazilian favela. Whatever, it’s a good time, and I’m sure the artists had plenty of fun dumpster diving for all the used styrofoam plates and beer cans.

Best parts? The signs. I can relate.

The standout piece was this installation by Swoon, although the people and dogs up top are a bit frightening. The intricacy of the paper cutouts are mind blowing, and as usual, I’m a huge sucker for papercraft and lacy shadows.


The verdict? See it, just to see it, but don’t expect all that much. A lot of it is repetitive and a huge disappointment (hello, Banksy!), but that’s unavoidable since much of the power of street art lies in its unexpected and startling presence. Expect a lot of photographs of early graffiti and don’t be too sad if you miss the ones on Gordon Matta-Clark’s wall space (huge letdown).

Less disappointing was our dinner at Daikokuya afterwards. IT NEVER FAILS. There’s been some talk (ahem, Yelp) about Ippudo in New York being better, but only if you like your ramen like you like your Korean girls…shallow, expensive, overly made up and hanging out in clubs. Sure, the noodles may be slightly better at Ippudo, but let’s face it–the broth is the heart of ramen. And although the Yakuza-lite cooks at Daikokuya have been fattening up their menu with different varieties of their famous soup (such as kichi-men, a more sour version of their pork soup), I can’t personally vouch for any of them as it’s always the regular one that I’m drawn to time after time. There is no soy sauce, miso or salt broth here, and unless you’re allergic to pork (spiritually or otherwise), there’s little that you’ll miss. It’s that good.

The decor is a throwback to 1920’s Japan and the service is fast, once you’re actually seated. At peak hours (lunch and dinnertime, although it’s usually busy well into the night if it’s a weekend), the wait for a table can be up to 2 hours. It’s a testimony to the deliciousness of the ramen that people will actually wait that long, but try to get there well before dinnertime and your wait will be significantly reduced. Otherwise, a stroll around the Little Tokyo Village across the street will help kill time until tasty, tasty ramen is yours. I recommend the ramen combination bowl, which includes a small shredded cabbage salad and your choice of small chicken teriyaki, fried rice, oyakudon (chicken-egg bowl), or shredded pork bowl. All are good, but I always get the chicken teriyaki bowl because it’s so much better than anything you can find elsewhere as the chicken is slightly battered. The salad…is nothing short of spectacular. It has the most flavorful, mayonnaise-based dressing, studded with small carrot flecks. Get this, even if you don’t get a combination bowl, for it’s only $1 (last I checked).

Daikokuya forever!

Oh, and sloths!

Globe rings back in stock!

29 May

I’m super excited to announce that there are now new globe rings in our Etsy store! Our fabulous gold chip and some ultra-summery colors, as you can see in this glamour shot:

New for June 2011, Summer globe rings!

Also, our beloved Granny Smith ring, now in necklace form:

Granny Smith, now in necklace form!

Granny Smith, now in necklace form!

We’ve also got a few giveaways coming up with a few bloggers, so stay tuned for more information on how you can be winning!

SoCal, so awesome.

25 May

Well dear friends. It’s been a while. It’s been well over a year since I’ve updated this blog, and some big things and some small things have happened since then. I’ve grown, Orderly Civilians has not grown so much, but it’s been quite the year nonetheless.

As I write this, I’m sitting on the really cute picnic table that the boyfriend picked up and refurbished in the gorgeous Southern Californian outdoors. It feels so decadent to be sitting here, enjoying the sunshine and iced green tea after month upon month of rainsleetsnow and down coats and yaktrax"" and unyielding deadlines and Adobe CS5. It still feels like I need to do something, be somewhere, turn in something and I keep having dreams that I’m still in school and my project is due in two days. Needless to say, I’m having trouble adjusting to summer vacation. Not that that’s a bad thing at all.

Well, let’s back up a bit. Last August, I packed up my whole life into 12 boxes and left everything and everyone I held dear and moved clear across the country to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in order to study Landscape Architecture at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. In a lot of ways, Boston is very similar to Los Angeles, but smaller and more brick-y. More lush. Less barren. And there are small things that are different, such as the omnipresence of ginger ale and sparkling water, the proliferation of Zipcars and food delivery and that there is always a hard cider or fruity beer option at the bar (Good things). And then there are the bad things: the cold, the lack of decent, moderately priced food that is not either Indian or Thai, driving, cancelled flights… It’s a grab bag of good vs. bad, but all things considered, the move hasn’t been all that horrible and I’m getting the hang of East Coast living.

Butttttt….it’s summer vacation now! And unlike all of my über on-top-of-things, super ambitious schoolmates who are travelling the world on summer internships with such-and-such amazing firm, I’m opting to spend what could very well be my last summer vacation growing my fledgling business, updating my portfolio and picking carrots from our garden.

To that end, I’ve also just set up a Facebook page for Orderly Civilians.

Now on to the lazing around…


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