Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Batteries inspired by eels, make-up kits in space, naturally pink chocolate and more

1. NASA’s Make-Up Kits Astronauts take plenty of grooming products into space—soap, lotion, deodorant, toothbrushes and more—but back in 1978, NASA believed women would also want a full make-up kit. NASA’s History Office shared an image of the kit, along with a quote from Sally Ride—the first American woman to go into space: “The engineers at NASA, in their infinite wisdom, decided that women astronauts …

World’s First Ruby Chocolate

In a world first, Nestlé Japan is launching a naturally pink chocolate: the ruby KitKat. The pink hue is the first new natural color since the 1930s (when white chocolate was created) and apparently tastes fruity. Teaming up with Swiss cacao processor Barry Callebaut, Nestlé also tapped chef Yasumasa Takagi for the recipe. He says, “I have created an especially simple KitKat that allows you …

Jamie Leilani Pelayo’s Stories + Objects

A destination for truly unique luxury items and the tales of their artisanal origin

As the worlds of lifestyle editorial and online retail grow closer and closer, consumers have come to expect a good story with their purchase. Marketing speak and focus group-approved narratives are so prevalent that authenticity is frequently buried—or non-existent. Antithetical to this, Jamie Leilani Pelayo understands the value of truth, a compelling story and wanderlust. In living for these components, Pelayo has built Stories + …

K+M Extravirgin Chocolate Bars

Thomas Keller and Armando Manni's cacao and olive oil sweets

Neither chocolate nor olive oil may be what immediately come to mind when considering the name Thomas Keller—the globally famous chef with three Michelin stars for his NYC restaurant Per Se. And yet, after yesterday’s launch of K+M Extravirgin Chocolate Bars it’s hard to separate Keller’s vision from this exploratory yet precise project. Keller partnered with Armando Manni, a master olive oil maker and a …

Cacao in E Major: An Immersive Symphony of Chocolate Synethesia

An all-five-senses feast from composer and chef Ysanne Spevack

There’s a tangible link between a great meal and the sensation of happiness. We are all aware of this. But what can one expect from a feast, or more accurately a food experience, dedicated to stimulating cross-modal happiness first and foremost? That’s exactly what composer and chef Ysanne Spevack has in store for tonight’s “Cacao in E Major.” Attendee biometrics will be gaged by NYU …