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Jeff Werner

Designer in Vancouver, Canada. Secretary of the 221A Artist Run Centre, member of Fieldwork design collective, and former exhibit designer at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and the Vancouver Aquarium. Graduate of Emily Carr and University of Victoria, and worked in the Philippines, Indonesia and the Netherlands. Cycling advocate and race on the Garneau Evolution team.


First Roast

Beans before roasting and after. My buddy Scott went to Costa Rica last year just as we were getting into coffee and he thought he'd bring back a little vacation souvenir to feed the growing hobby: coffee beans. Specifically green beans, unroasted, direct from the farmer. A couple pounds to play around with. He ended up with 20 kilos....

Bialetti Showdown: Aluminum vs. Stainless

The contenders. I always thought the aluminum bialetti left a metallic taste in its brew so my Lady and I switched our morning ritual to a stainless model over a year ago and never looked back. I’ve heard, and read, of others who felt and did the same, yet there’s always been that little nagging modern doubt: did you...

2360 Burger Night

Two Day Garbage

The amount of 'garbage' I directly created in two days here in Bali. In quotes because it's important to start distinguishing between waste, which is an endpoint and not usefull to anyone, and a potential resource, such as compostable material. The amount pictured is actually less than I would have created in Canada in two days because most of...


For lunch. The menu on the wall: Head 145 Toasted 150 Liver 120 1/2 Liver 60 Pulutan P65 1/2 Pulutan 45 Pinoneg P65 1/2 Pinoneg 45 Spare P65 Toasted + 5 1/2 Spare 45 Which one is dog, I ask. They all are. That's all they serve. Served in mugs as a starter: dog soup....

Bacon Sandwich

Recorded May 16, 2007. 1:01 video created with a Fuji F30, MacBook Pro 2.0 and Final Cut Pro. Of note: the music sampled is by OPM (Original Pinoy Music) band BrownBeat and their track Romantikong Bastos. Download the QuickTime movie [5.8 MB]....


People are jiving me lately for what they perceive as a blatantly steep new curve in the graph of my weekly chocolate consumption rate.

Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix

American designer Richard Bird held a contest on his website to identify a logo. I didn't guess correctly, but he still sent 10 responders a package of Jiffy Mix in the mail. I made corn muffins with it.

Postum: Coffee Substitute

postum.jpg Postum is a caffeine-free powdered coffee substitute created by C. W. Post in 1895. It's not bad, though the packaging could be improved.

Keep the Oil In

As a teen I worked with a chef (and bike mechanic) named Marcelo, and over lunch one day he passed on this culinary axiom: The better something tastes, the more likely it's got a lot of fat in it. This took a while to sink in. I mean, I don't watch what I eat. I hate it when I pick...

On Gastronomic Sin and Adulthood

In reflecting recently on food and its counterpart, eating, I have formulated two ideas: to eat is an eternal sin, and that the Western right of passage to adulthood involves cooking your first turkey. Whether you "eat to live" or "live to eat," one's philosophy for food is mere annotation when our species, in general, needs to consume plant and/or...

Beacon Hill Drive-In

If you go to the Beacon Hill Drive-In, get the hot fudge sundae. And during this, the tourist season, when you're forced to que for your ice cream there, take the line that goes through the door and into the establishment on the side rather than the usual order windows along the front. Tonight with the girlfriend and her family,...

For the Love of Bread

There's this bread they make at Thriftys, that the girlfriend's parents bought for dinner a couple weeks ago, that was just damn fine bread. West Coast Trail bread, or some such marketing moniker they (Thriftys) gave it....

Weber Charcoal BBQ Grill review

A review of why I bought a charcoal grill and a Weber model specifically, what I use with it, how I use it, what I think of it and the Weber brand overall, and questions I have about it and charcoal grilling in general.


I've been recently learning to appreciate that small ovoid fruit of a certain ubiquitous Mediterranean tree, that biblical of food stuffs, the olive. I've always kinda liked them: as a kid grabbing a whole slim, green-lidded jar from the fridge, unable to control myself, eating half a jar of those kind with red cubes that I always wished were candy...

G.G. Cookies

Ate an entire box of Girl Guide Cookies today. Felt obliged and embarrassed enough to fork out the 4-bucks-for-a-good-cause at UVic yesterday when a couple of pretty young UVic students I know glanced me mounting my bike and so came running and smiling ecstatically in my direction. I assumed the two ladies simply couldn't pass up an opportunity to banter...

Mating calls / New Food

Is it mating season among the amphibious members of my neighbourhood again? The chorus of croaking is once more, uhm, charming the night air. The calls of thousands of what must be horny toads travels loud and far from the great pond on the Cedar Hill Golf Course and up the side of the little mountain my home is perched...


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