the Wheat and the Chaff

Category: Eating & Drinking

The End


Source: Matt Baron, Cargo Collective

Time to say goodbye.

This blog has formed part of an important personal journey for me over the last couple of years. I’ve treated The Wheat and the Chaff as a repository for interesting stuff from culture to collect and share amongst a handful of friends – the only people I ever expected to read it other than myself. For years that has been pretty much been the case. This week changed that and made me personally aware for the first time just how quickly things can escalate and spread nowadays.

A post from last year, credited to, but reproduced without permission from another site and author, suddenly generated a shit load of buzz and attention. The buzz and attention was completely warranted – it’s a brilliantly written labour of love on an emotive subject that has struck a chord with many. The recipient of it was not. Interestingly, despite the article being posted nearly a year ago, its sudden second-life illustrates that ‘stock & flow‘ aren’t necessarily exclusive in the internet age.

The author was credited upfront and the site was linked at the end of the piece, but this completely failed to recognise the way that people consume information in the age of the internet. As a result, my blog was credited with the piece rather than the original site. I don’t know how it was discovered on my blog with zero visibility rather than on the original site which has a far bigger readership, but it wouldn’t have happened had I directed people to the original source upfront. For that I’m sorry.

My blog has always been a hobby. But for many others, the content they create on their sites is their livelihood, and it’s unfair when that is potentially impinged upon through the thoughtless behaviour of others.

The content on this blog could only be described as ‘eclectic’, from plenty of bolshy strategic thinking and ad land oddities, to Houston Rap, random tumblrs and British Suburban decay, and for that I’m proud. It’s always been about the stuff that I want to read, which has meant I’ve sometimes played fast and loose with copy and pasting. And I forgot along the way that I’m not just collecting a scrapbook for an audience of one.

So for me, this hobby has run its course.


(check out the rest of Matt Barron’s portfolio here)

(and go here, it’s great)


The Wired World in 2014: speed summary


Digital Intelligence Today have produced a handy speed summary of Wired magazine’s latest need-to-know tech trends for 2014: The Wired World in 2014.

Beautiful booze bottles from Alec Doherty and Partizan Brewing


Bermondsy-based craft brewer Partizan have enlisted the help of illustrator Alec Doherty to give character to every one of their ales, from space-themed IPAs to Porters with chaotic punters running amok across their bottles.


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(via It’s Nice That)

Why you won’t catch Jay Rayner queuing for a burger

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the silly queue outside Meat Liquor in London’s West End for a burger. A burger.

Waiting two hours in a line for beef in a bun was never going to be a good idea. I’ve voiced my own dislike of the queue-culture of London’s foodie scene on this blog before. Now, it would seem, London’s restaurant critics are finally leading the backlash en masse against this utter lunacy. Jay Rayner is one of them, as he explains in The Guardian.


London risks losing its identity and soul


As the rich buy up property and ordinary people are forced out, The Observer ask experts and London residents what can be done to save our city.

The water we eat


Telling the average adult to skip meat, or at least eat mutton instead of beef, is a pretty tough sell. But European designer and water-conservation advocate Angela Morelli is definitely up to the challenge with her awesome interactive infographic, “The Water We Eat.”

Gustav Almestål’s photos of food are utter filth


The sensual connection between food and sex is a well-established idea, manifested particularly in aphrodisiacs, those edibles believed to be imbued with some sort of direct line to the erogenous zones. For a previous issue of Dave Lane and Marina Tweed’s food magazine The Gourmand, Swedish photographer Gustav Almestål produced a series called O Gluttony! Divine gluttony! which fixates on various foodstuffs – including papaya, brie and renowned aphrodisiac oysters – with almost pornographic relish.

Now the pair are back again with a second series of beautifully shot, mildly surreal foodie images. Both sets featured below:


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O Gluttony! Divine gluttony!

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(via It’s Nice That)

The vegan carnivore?


It’s made in a lab, no factory farms and no killing, but it’s still meat. Julian Baggini writes for Aeon on why it looks like we’ll need a whole new food ethics.

The 10 best things to eat in Hackney (according to Tweat Up)


Looking for something nice to eat in Hackney? Here’s the good folks at Tweat Up‘s painfully hip and mildly nepotistic recommendations:

On the panel: Chefs/restaurateurs Angela HartnettNuno Mendes and Stevie Parle, chef James Lowe, cook and Sunday Times food writer Gizzi Erskine, baker and writer Claire Ptak, wino Ruth SpiveyEliza Flanagan, owner of Lardo and Coppa and bar/restaurant owner Jonathan Downey.

Hackney (and Dalston in particular) is best known for its Turkish restaurants but only three panel members voted for a Turkish anything and nowhere got more than one mention. The times they are a changin’.

In no particular order we think ‘The Ten Best Things to Eat in Hackney’ are:

  • Moroccan Eggs and/or the homemade Crumpets/Pikelets at Railroad on Morning Lane.
  • The Fish & Chips at Fin & Flounder, Saturdays at Netil Market.
  • The Beef Short-Rib Tacos at Breddo’s Taco Shack, Saturdays at Netil Market.
  • The Ribolitta (in autumn/winter) and Pistachio Cake at Lardo on Richmond Road.
  • Parma ham, Mozzarella, Peaches at Mayfields, Wilton Way.
  • Buttermilk Chicken & Pine Salt at The Clove Club in Shoreditch Town Hall.
  • Saigon Prawn Pancake at Tre Viet on Mare Street.
  • Hackney Wild Sourdough at E5 Bakehouse, Mentmore Terrace.
  • Ginger & Molasses Cake at Violet on Wilton Way.
  • Marmalade Bread & Butter Pudding at Reilly Rocket on Buckingham Road.

Okay so that’s actually 12 things but who’s counting? Anyway, we couldn’t stop there so we also decided to list:

‘The Ten Next Best Things to Eat in Hackney’

So you’re bound to think we’ve missed out something brilliant and if we have, please let us know in the comments box below. Whilst doing this we thought it might also be useful to list all of the places that got a few mentions; so here is our list of the Best Places to Eat in Hackney. Please tell us who we’ve missed. We’re going to do Tower Hamlets next.

The Best Places to Eat in Hackney

  • Bao Bar
  • Breddo’s Taco Shack
  • Cooking Cooks
  • Crate Brewery
  • E5 Bakehouse
  • Fabrique Bakery
  • Fifteen
  • Fin & Founder
  • Lardo
  • Licky Chop
  • Lucky Chip
  • Mayfields
  • Railroad
  • Raw Duck
  • Reilly Rocket
  • Shanghai
  • Sodo
  • Street Feast
  • The Clove Club
  • The Empress
  • The Three Crowns
  • Towpath
  • Tre Viet
  • Violet
  • Wilton Way Cafe

Speaking of hipster restaurants, if you’re thinking of opening your own, this handy tool below should help you come up with a name:


(via @elliegoodwin, @Marcus_Hickman and @tarrynblackwood)



Nice ‘un-branded’, product-as-hero shots here for McDonald’s by TBWA Paris, that consist entirely of intimately photographed iconic menu items.


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You can head over to CR Blog to check out a couple of the accompanying TV spots, too.