Our weekly serving of off-the-menu items—a few popular favorites from the week as well as a few morsels that may have slipped your notice.


Pair Your Cocktail with the Perfect Building
Cheers! Swiss-based Kosmos Architects produced a series of 12 illustrations that paired iconic buildings with equally iconic cocktails. Raise your Manhattan to Mies!


Bitten: A Food Conversation
Manhattan welcomes the newest entrant in the “future food” conversation with a one-day conference featuring MOLD friends and collaborators Emilie Baltz, Exo Foods, the Museum of Food and Drink and more. Buy your tickets today—the event takes place on February 6th in SoHo.

An aerial view of the image of Pope Francis by Italian artist Dario Gambarin is seen in a threshed wheat field in Castagnaro

Tour the Pope’s Farm
A serious Hail Mary! from the Vatican—beginning this year, visitors can now tour the 50-acre papal farm located 15 miles outside of Rome. Replete with 800-year-old olive trees, majolica-tiled chicken coops and ostriches and bees, the faithful can now visit the land of milk and honey.


Speaking of Fancy Chicken Coops…
Modern Farmer also has a great roundup of six modernist chicken coops for the urban farmer. Most are concepts and not in production but not a bad place to start for some architectural inspiration.


Schematics to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory
The artist Anthony Petrie’s whimsically rendered maps of places from the popular imagination—including Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, Jurassic Park and Amity Island from Jaws—are now on view at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles.

food-design-friday-bulthaupImage courtesy of Bulthaup

6% of Us Are Including Custom Built-Ins for our Pet Bowls
This and more fascinating facts from the folks behind interiors inspiration and resources site, Houzz. The site just released their 2014 Kitchen Trends Study to the public with juicy details ranging from budgets to material preferences.

A Tall Glass of Poop Water
And how could we not end the week with Bill-Gate? The first week of 2015 will be remembered as “that time when Bill Gates drank poop water.” It was purified, of course, by the Omniprocessor, a water purification system developed by Janicki Bioenergy and supported by the Gates Foundation.