Infused, Smoked and Barrel-Aged Runamok Maple Syrups

The independent Vermont producer's classic taste and charming variations

Adding “flavors” does not necessarily improve a product (as we all may have learned from the vodka industry). And true maple syrup lovers know that nothing more is needed than the golden-hued goodness itself. Fortunately, Runamok Maple‘s premiere product, known as Sugarmaker’s Cut, is a premium, pure organic syrup that just so happens to marry well with a myriad of clever and complementary tastes. The …

An Indigo Addict’s Organic Dyes

Super-fluffy pancakes, inflatable concrete, Baroque photojournalism and more in our look at the web this week

Malian artist and modern preservationist Aboubakar Fofana uses an (increasingly rare) organic dying technique to create his richly hued indigo textiles. The time-honored but long-forgotten West African process puts crushed leaves through a fermentation process, which results in an astoundingly brilliant dye. The self-proclaimed indigo addict’s intensive work is now on view in an exhibit exhibit at NYC’s Atelier Courbet.

Inflatable Concrete Housing

Super-fluffy pancakes, inflatable concrete, Baroque photojournalism and more in our look at the web this week

What may seem to be an impossible concept, inflatable concrete housing is absolutely real life. Not only that, but it was invented decades ago by Dr Dante Bini, who created this Binishell system in the mid 1960s. The process is as follows: “Buildings are created by pumping wet concrete onto an inflatable dome, reinforced with steel. Once the concrete has set—which takes about an hour—the …