Bits & Bites

by Matt on February 27, 2009

You know it’s been forever and then some since I’ve done any Bits & Bites. I think I’ll change that by posting on Fridays and give you senseless information you couldn’t possibly need. What do ya think? It’s ok, you can groan and roll your eyes.

A Homemade Life

molly-bookOne of the best things about being a blogger is that you get to beg, moan, cry, throw a tantrum or two and drunk-email until the object of your affection responds sometimes get advance copies of books. I know it doesn’t come out until next Tuesday but right now I’m reading Molly Wizenberg’s A Homemade Life. Like many others the world over she has captured my heart and mind with her angelic words.  I told her last month it’s pretty remarkable when you finally meet a writer and they match the sensibility and beauty of their work; it’s like a double-whammy and it makes you love them even more. So yea, that’s Molly. I get goosebumps when I read anything she writes.

And Confidential To Ms. Wizenberg: The Pointer Sisters have nothing on me. Wait til I see you next time. AUTOMATIC.

So These Chinese, Jewish, Mexican and Vietnamese Food Bloggers Walk Into A Bar…

bahamas11I’ll be gone for a week somewhere sunny on an Island with my boo and a selection of my favorite bloggers (including one who claims he’ll be wearing a speedo and if you don’t think I’ll have like 4 cameras nearby to capture that then you clearly don’t know me well enough).  I’m sure we’ll all be writing about at some point. I don’t want to reveal too much but I wouldn’t be surprised if a) we return 25 lbs heavier b) no one ever speaks to me again after I try to do the electric slide post-daiquiri or c) the entire island boards up and flees after seeing me in a bathing suit on the beach. Latin Blubber, that’s all I’m sayin.

Ok, maybe I won’t take a camera after all.

Now offering Repentance:  Spring, Purified or Mineral Varieties Available.

Ok, so no one has actually written to complain about a joke I made on Twitter about ditching my job(s) as an art director and photographer to become a Water Sommelier. That’s right, I said WATER SOMMELIER. But afterwards I felt really bad and low about it. I shouldn’t make fun of something as important as the job of someone who educates the public about the merits and differences of bottled water. And if you could see my face right now you’d know exactly how I feel about this.

Clearly I’ll Never Be Hip Enough, Tall Enough, Or Bearded Enough To Live In Brooklyn

nytimesBut that doesn’t mean I don’t want to taste everything mentioned in this New York Times article.

Pork, pickles, chocolate? Yes please.

If it Ain’t Broke Don’t Juice It

tropicana-284I have mad respect for package designers. To me it’s one of the most difficult areas of graphic design. Yes, I’ve designed many a package in my day and no, I never liked it. You have to balance the design with a buttload of legal requirements while trying to make clients and the public happy. No thank you! Having said that I don’t take pleasure in seeing a brand relaunched only to be taken down a few months later. Did I like the Tropicana redo? A bit, yes. Did it look like a generic store brand? Absolutely. But I don’t drink orange juice so what do I know.

It’s Like Me Sending You A Christmas Card Addressed To Mary When Your Name Is Lisa

Dear PR Lady: I am sure you are absolutely lovely, I really am. And I know you value what you do. That’s why I’m telling you that you absolutely cannot send cut-n-paste press releases to me. Why? Because it shows you don’t really read my site and that 5 of my other blogger friends received the exact same email, probably more. I know this because we share emails and chat regularly. You know how that makes feel? Cruddy. So don’t do it. If you want any of us to pay attention to your brand and/or client then please make it personal. Class dismissed.

I’m Totally Digging My Canon 5D Mk II Because It’s So Rad.

canonI’ve joined the cool kids club! Lara loves hers. Matt loves his. Even Charles loves his. Now I can say I’ve joined the cool kats club and have my own 5D Mk II. Now let me say that I’m a firm believer that it’s not the camera that makes the photographer so don’t think you have to rely on technology to be creative. But this camera is sweet with its 21-megapixel full frame and live view and a bunch of other cool features.  And that high definition video feature everyone’s going ga ga over? Pretty damn incredible.

Tell me: would you like me to post more photo stuff on I’d be happy to write about tips and tricks if it doesn’t bore you to death. I tend to be a photo geek sometimes all the time.

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the milliner February 27, 2009 at 6:46 am

Yes please on the photo tips & tricks!! Nice new site BTW.

Adrienne February 27, 2009 at 6:57 am

Yes PLEASE more photo tips, that would be awesome. Your photos are some of my favorites of all the food blogs; I’d love a little insight into how you do it! Have a great trip :)

Sara, Ms. Adventures in Italy February 27, 2009 at 6:58 am

Have fun!
Yes, more tips is great. We would love to keep learning from you!

w. February 27, 2009 at 6:58 am

YES PLEASE to the photo stuff!!!!!

Jessie February 27, 2009 at 7:03 am

As a photographer, let me respond by saying YES, please do add more photo-related content! What works for you, what’s tricky, how you edit, etc. Thanks! Love your site.

Emily February 27, 2009 at 7:25 am

Um, absolutely yes to photo tips. Clearly there are bunch of us (aspiring) photos geeks out there.
Have fun with the speedos.

lindsey p. February 27, 2009 at 7:34 am

yes to photo tips…yes please!

Alex Taylor February 27, 2009 at 7:40 am

More phot0-nerdery? Yes, please. And keep entertaining us through your wonderful imagery and escapades! Thanks!

marshall February 27, 2009 at 8:15 am

Yes, Matt, please post more photo tips. The more the better. You’re awesome. Thanks. More photo tips. Hey, did I mention it would be cool if you posted more photo tips on Matt Bites? ‘Cause it would. Be cool. If you did. Post more photo tips. Ok, thanks. Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus.

Jackie February 27, 2009 at 8:16 am

I love your bits and bites, keep ‘em coming! Perfect Fri. reading at work. :)
And a resounding YES to more photog. stuff. Trying to learn on this here internet.
Soo excited for Molly’s book, extremely envious of the Bahamas trip w/my favorite food bloggers, but v. excited for all of you, agree on OJ (do some people just not like change or what??), Brooklyn food is exciting, but the hipster quotient of that article was a turnoff, and…congrats on the lovely camera! I wish I’d know what to do with it.

Jackie February 27, 2009 at 8:22 am

OK, make that INSANELY jealous of the trip! Jaden from Steamy Kitchen just <a href=””<posted some menus!!!

Jackie February 27, 2009 at 8:22 am

ooops, let me try again: menus

Caitlin February 27, 2009 at 8:33 am

Based on our email conversations – YES – please post more photos! They’re beautiful. Have fun on your trip!

Valerie February 27, 2009 at 8:36 am

Yes, please pleae tips & tricks! I need ‘em desperately. :D

Brian February 27, 2009 at 9:12 am

YES YES, need tips & tricks AND HD video please

Kayvie February 27, 2009 at 9:22 am

Yes please! Very new to photography (and only discovered the wonderful online world of food shamefully recently), so I would very much appreciate some tips!

kim February 27, 2009 at 10:47 am

i’m really looking forward to reading molly’s book, since i love her blog and bon appetit column. also, i too am a photo geek (just got my 5dii yesterday!!!) so i would love to read tips & tricks from you. hm, behind-the-scenes videos? :)

waisze February 27, 2009 at 10:52 am

Thanks for the book recommendation! Food + travel are on top of my list. Photo tips would be great. Have fun on your trip, sounds fabulous!

julian February 27, 2009 at 11:14 am

At the risk of sounding redundant, *please* post photo tips. I am constantly frustrated by my crappy photos, and any help would be most welcome.

Jinnie N. February 27, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Yes, please please do. I love your photos and would love to learn the tricks and tips instead of drooling all over them. :)

Elizabeth February 27, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Yep, mark one more vote for more photography-centered posts or bits of posts. I’m still dreaming of my nice camera, but now my dream is that I’ll already have a handy bag of tricks in mind once I have it! And on a side note I made your tortilla soup this week and it was a big hit, especially with the lime. Made some tasty frijoles to go on the side and we were in heaven.

Erica February 27, 2009 at 12:25 pm

yes please! (this is my first comment, so it must mean it’s very important =P )

Amber February 27, 2009 at 1:10 pm

I would LOVE some photography tips from you, oh wise one. I would personally appreciate food styling tips too.

Ann Dee February 27, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Please do!

Allison Day February 27, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Yes, please! Son and I always appreciate posts about photography tips. :)

And HAVE FUN! You lucky, lucky people. :D I can’t wait to hear the fun stories when you all get back!

Lisa February 27, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Have fun in the Bahamas! And yes, more photography tips. Thanks!

Karen February 27, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Oh, great idea Amber… food styling tips! :)

Melanie February 27, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Yes I would love you to post photo tips and tricks–your photography is lovely.

Leah February 27, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Photo-lubbers unite! Keep the tips comin!

alexandra February 27, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Hi Matt! I love the new site. It really is beautiful. I’m so jealous you got an advanced copy of Molly’s book! And, yes, I would love more photo tips. Even better, I would love it if you held a west coast blogging session, much like the one you taught in NYC at Whole Foods. Have a great trip!

PS: I moved my blog too:

olivia February 27, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Yes! Love your photos, and getting to see more of ‘em would be delightful. :~)

kitchenbeard February 28, 2009 at 12:00 am

Do not post tip and tricks. Just email them directly to me, because I’m a sad and shallow hollow man who is desperate for the email.

micha February 28, 2009 at 7:37 am

gggrrrrrrr…..I’d like to get my hands on this one too.Just isn’t around here in korea yet even though the ads are everywhere…..waiting,waiting….
yeah,more pics please..
all the best

Kelley Burrus February 28, 2009 at 8:09 am

I would love to see a full PHOTO TIP SECTION! Yes, please.

I have been in a bit of mourning as in true “Kelley spirit” I had just purchased a new 5D (after reaching a goal I had set for myself) and was so proud and so excited about experimenting that I literally stepped backwards into a swimming pool in pursuit of the greatest shot. Needless to say, I didn’t get it and completely ruined my brand new camera–the warranty paid for everything EXCEPT water damage.


Jeremy February 28, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Do more camera stuff, my site needs help!
That blogger with you, he’s not from Paris is he? I thought he was on a train?

James Tracy February 28, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Why is the new web site so “GINORMOUS” on my computer? It wont fit my computer screen. Am I the only one who has this problem? Sorry this post is off topic but I just can’t take it any more. meh.


chanelle richardson March 1, 2009 at 9:42 am

photo tips, FTW! aka: yes please. any time. all the time. <3
and you lucky duck, getting an advance copy of molly’s book! it’s been in my wishlist since she told us all she was in the early stages of writing. can’t WAIT.

have a lovely weekend matt, thanks for sharing your bits and bites, always a fun read.


Teri Lyn Fisher March 1, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Jealous! Jealous! Jealous!!! I hope you guys have an amazing time, filled with lots of banana hammocks. :)

Hey! If you see guava jam, get some for me! ;)

lizsong March 2, 2009 at 9:59 am

bring it photo geek. bring it.

Kate March 2, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Definitely more photo tips!

steve March 3, 2009 at 12:08 pm

duh on the photo tip, matt. ;)

Nina March 3, 2009 at 11:26 pm

Would *love* more of your photo tips! :D

Mrs Ergül March 4, 2009 at 1:39 am

Oh sure! Send more photography tips our way, any day!

I am a marketing person and I am always on the lookout for great product/packaging design! The new Tropicana look is OH so generic… And I like my juices freshly made not pre-packaged…

Charlotte March 4, 2009 at 3:30 am

One more YEEEEEEEEES for photo tips!

robin March 5, 2009 at 7:43 am

Yes, please, photo tips!

cindy March 7, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Hey Matt! great blogging. I look forward to your posts in my reader. I love all your pics (and sense of humor) and since I just bought my 1st SLR (canon xsi) Im in need of any tips & tricks you can share!
have a great trip- and yes stay near the one with the sunscreen. good plan.

Holly March 8, 2009 at 9:04 am

Absolutely, I’d love for you to post photography tips!

Sefa March 9, 2009 at 1:59 pm

For sure, I’d love to read your post about photography tips and enjoy seeing the photos!

Paul Cypert March 11, 2009 at 12:33 am

I would absolutely love more photo related posts….I’d also love it if you used the more tag ;)

Re(cession)ipes March 20, 2009 at 9:35 am

Yes, please more photo tips!!!

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