Interview: Stu Waters of Stu’s Pickles

The vinegar freak tells us how he adds a briny punch to a classic Bloody Mary

by Madison Kahn Stu Waters loves pickles. The Midwesterner started experimenting with food in college and upon graduating, decided to leave his philosophy degree behind for a culinary education. Waters quickly found his niche in fermentation and a romance with pickles ensued. Claiming pickles are “half art, half science,” Waters improvised with various recipes for years until he found what he feels is the ultimate …

Kaffismidja Islands Coffee

A superior cup of coffee from Reykjavik's creative community's shop of choice

At home or in the office our day begins with the all-important cup of coffee, so even when we’re on the road we’re not willing to compromise. While in Reykjavik for DesignMarch we were tipped off to Kaffismidja Íslands, the local’s coffee shop of choice. As one of the first dedicated coffee shops and roasteries in Iceland, Kaffimidja helped pave the way without straying from …

Cat Lady Preserves

Handsomely packaged homemade jams by graphic designer Sumayya Alsenan

After quitting her job in 2010, graphic designer Sumayya Alsenan decided to take some time to figure out what she wanted from her next position. In the absence of a daily routine, Alsenan started channeling her energy into the kitchen by cooking for her roommate. “I needed more and more challenging projects, and that’s where the jam making started,” she explains. “It took me five …