Mexican Pastries

by Matt on January 5, 2010


As I prepare for an upcoming trip down south to Mexico with a few of my brilliantly beautiful blogging besties as well as the one-and-only-Michael-Ruhlman I thought I’d share a photo with you taken by my amazing friend Gabriel Goldberg. A few months ago I asked if he would come over and photograph me with a concept I had. After brainstorming and a little bit of set building our sweet pink wonderland we spent the day laughing, lighting and crawling under tables and c-stands. It was one of the best days I’ve ever had and being in front of the camera is a million times harder than being behind it, trust me on this one.  Luckily for me I was in the hands of an amazing photographer who usually only shoots people that are famous, beautiful, beautiful and famous, beautiful and famous with .0002156% body fat and other assorted gorgeous Hollywood types. It was great to just let go and enjoy the moment and embrace my silly side because folks, you know how incredibly serious I am most of the time, don’t you?

Enjoy my head in a box but know this: if  you sing the SNL song about something else in a box while referencing me I promise to pinch your arm really really really hard like my mom did to me when I started acting up while shopping at Woolworth’s as a child. And then I’ll join you in song.

And just so you know it did take forever to screw my head back on.

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kelley burrus January 5, 2010 at 9:32 am

Abso-fricken-lutely hilarious. Just the creative spark I needed this morning.

Amy January 5, 2010 at 9:40 am

That’s awesome. You’ve made me laugh this morning! Thank you!

Andrea (Fork Fingers Chopsticks) January 5, 2010 at 10:31 am

Very fun and clever. Have an excellent time in Mexico, have some fresh pan dulce for me.

Santiago January 5, 2010 at 10:58 am

I’m still wondering if you used photoshop or you actually own a table with an open hole…Damn, i wanna know.

Btw, thanks to you i managed to cheer up lately when i’ve been kinda down, love your blog.

keiko January 5, 2010 at 11:20 am

Hilarious! I’m loving the ‘flying doughnuts’ shot too :) Have a great time in Mexico, can’t wait to hear all about it. xx

Matt January 5, 2010 at 12:21 pm

So glad I could raise your spirits a bit!

Actually Santiago it was a piece of foamcore cut with a hole in it on top of two sawhorses. I cut a circle in the fabric, the bottom out of the box and voila!

michele (bellibabies) January 5, 2010 at 1:03 pm

love it!!! a fun way to start the year!!
happy new year from an island in the other ocean!!

Nikki January 5, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Too funny.

*goes off to sing the you-know-what-in-a-box song*…

Have fun in Mexico! – and drink some champurrado for those of us not lucky enough to get such pleasures. :)

Georgia Pellegrini January 5, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Hilarious! I think you should do a whole series with a different food each time.

Mrs Ergül January 5, 2010 at 6:48 pm

How very cool!

Uncle Beefy January 5, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Shut. DOWN! LOVE it, Matt! Three of my favorite things in one photo! Pink pastry boxes, doughnuts, & checkered tablecloths!

Hey… what’s with the guy in the box? ;)

heidileon January 6, 2010 at 8:18 am

Matt eres mi idolo! I love this arty concept picture; can’t stop but imaging the rest of the goofy pictures of this set.

Y bueno lo del pellizco, mas tu mama y tu acting up in Woolworth….that’s priceless!

ps. a trip to Mexico!…..I’m hating you SO much! :-D

cosmic cowgirl January 6, 2010 at 8:24 am

this is great. am heading down to la mexicana bakery now to see if they have any of these today! buen viaje!

my spatula January 6, 2010 at 8:33 am

matt in a box. sunday donuts will never be the same again!

Winnie January 6, 2010 at 9:30 am

That’s hilarious! Have fun in Mexico and I really wish I were going!

Dawn (KitchenTravels) January 6, 2010 at 3:35 pm

I love this photo. And while some “Hollywood types” are beautiful, to me most of the them look a little wierd. Too much plastic, too much teeth whitener, not enough curves. I miss seeing real people – both beautiful and plain – in movies. In any event, I think you do look beautiful, especially those brown eyes. :)

Wish I was joining you at Food Blogger Camp. I don’t know if this is only an Eastern Mexico thing, but if you hear someone is cooking up Cochinita Pibil, RUN in that direction as fast as you can. It is a meaty, savory, juicy, and altogether sublime dish.

Stiffler January 6, 2010 at 8:23 pm

fun photo!

180|360 January 6, 2010 at 8:49 pm

I needed a good laugh tonight! You are every bit as famous and beautiful and at the VERY least .0002156% more fun! :)

Sonja @ ActiveFoodie January 6, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Haha! What a great picture! Wishing I could join you guys in Mexico, sounds like a wonderful time!

Christine January 7, 2010 at 11:34 am

So funny! Laughed for a while after seeing that and am now happily returning to work.

Kate @ Savour Fare January 8, 2010 at 11:34 am

Creepy! but also, hilarious. But also, deeply disturbing. But I can’t figure out if it would be creepier if you were grinning. I think yes.

hchie January 8, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Is that a Voodoo Donut box you’re popping out from? I like this.

Kelsey/TheNaptimeChef January 9, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I agree – creepy, and hilarious!!

Steve January 9, 2010 at 6:31 pm

I love this picture of you so much. I’m jealous of your travel. Be safe and have fun. Can’t wait to see the photos!

Edie January 10, 2010 at 6:05 pm

I love this. Fantastic!

Felicia January 11, 2010 at 6:09 am

Somehow referring to you as a concha feels dirty and wrong. It’s promoting the pastriarchy. ;)

Sook January 11, 2010 at 5:02 pm

ha-ha-ha Wow, that is funny.

Ash January 13, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Ahhh I LOVE this!! the donut it just perfect!

Matt January 25, 2010 at 1:32 pm

YOU CRACK ME UP! best.comment.ever.

Julia April 11, 2010 at 12:49 pm


Natalie (EFT Tapping) July 25, 2010 at 8:06 am

There was never a better head in a pink box.

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