Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Pizza Party (at Gloria Estefan's House)

My beautiful friend Harmony recently pointed me to a new song by Murder By Death. Murder by Death is an indie-Americana-rock band from Bloomington, Indiana. Harmony and I have both been a huge fan of their work for a while now. So of course I was surprised and excited when I learned they wrote and recorded a song just for me. This song is short and to the point, but it is definitely packed with some serious pizzaliciousness. Not unlike pizza, it leaves you wanting more.  Best of all you can download it for whatever you wish to pay for it. Just name your price.
 
<a href="http://murderbydeath.bandcamp.com/track/pizza-party-at-gloria-estefans-house">Pizza Party! (at Gloria Estefan's House) by Murder By Death</a>


On another note, Murder By Death has a new record out called Finch. It is the instrumental companion to a book by the same title written by Sci-fi/fantasy/horror author Jeff Vandermeer. The album has been released as a very limited edition with the book, just 1,000 CDs and 500 on vinyl.

From their website:

"Jeff approached MBD about doing a soundtrack to go with the limited edition of his new book, and we thought it was such a strange idea we had to do it. The book reminds us of "Bladerunner" - with spore-faced bad guys. Bitchin'. We locked ourselves up in our friends studio (Farm Fresh) in Bloomington, IN for 5 days and wrote and recorded an instrumental album inspired by the book. We have used a lot of crazy techniques that we have never tried before on this record. Our old pianist Vincent Edwards lent his hand(s) at the piano, organs, and Rhodes. Each song is attempting to recreate a scene or mood from the book"

<a href="http://murderbydeath.bandcamp.com/album/instrumental-soundtrack-to-the-book-finch">Finch's Theme by Murder By Death</a>

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Any way you slice it - Part I

In my pizzalicous travels around the internet, I found some pretty fun pizza cutters. Here are a few of the cutest, wackiest cutters. More after the jump!


PZT-2 Pizza cutter 
$13.99 at Bencycle This one goes out to my buds at Pamparius, another Richmond based pizza blog.  Those dudes love pizza and bikes and even hosted a bike tour of several pizzerias in Richmond.


Monday, December 14, 2009

CT Scan Pizza

I found this on Etsy listed on Radiology Art's page. It is a CT scan of a NY slice.


Here is there totally deep-dish biased explaination of the picture. Ha ha.

"This is a CT scan of a classic slice of New York pizza made "to go". Note the thin crust, the tomato sauce and the melted layer of cheese. It is stowed in a paper bag and sits on a paper plate, both shown here in green. Note that the pizza slice is a little too large for the bag and the tip of the slice got a little crumpled. This would never happen, of course, with Chicago pizza since it is much too thick to yield to a paper bag."

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Pizzalicious Shopping Guide

The holidays are upon us and I have a few ideas for the pizza lovers in your life... or maybe you would like to inspire some pizza love. Either way I've got you covered with these pizzalicious gifts!

Pizza for Dummies Kit
I don't appreciate the name of this product but I do believe it has everything a beginner needs to get their kitchen into shape for some serious pizza making.

$24.99 at Macy's



Pizza of the Month Club - Chicago Style
This is perfect for the Chicago pizza lover in your life. Every month they'll deliver three frozen Chicago style deep dish pies to your door. the website says, "Each is an authentic gourmet pizza, handmade for you by a noted Chicago pizza chef with a creative soul." Who can argue with that? You can sign up for as many months as you want. 12 Months - $649.40


Friday, December 11, 2009

Pizza Postage

I found something very interesting on the US Postal Service website the other day. You can make your own stamps! They have contracted out a company to help with the process. Previous USPS regulations required a person be dead for over ten years to grace envelopes on a stamp. Now you can just upload the picture you want and voila! Stamps!

You can make a stamp for the regular $0.44 price or lots of other denominations. I thought it would be awesome to pay for shipping packages with one. Unfortunately it costs about $10 extra per sheet, but that is a pretty good deal considering the novelty of having your very own pizza stamps.

Of course I immediately thought of all the pizzalicious stamps I could stick on future envelopes. Here are some of the designs I came up with. More after the jump.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Pizzalicious Birthday 2009!

I rang in the big 26 with my siblings, friends, tons of cupcakes and dancing! I had a great birthday this year and like last year it was also pizzalicious.

Looky:

My lovely older sister Rose gifted me with a Pizza Pocket. No, I am NOT talking about a gross HotPocket brand product. I am talking about an adorable little slice that dubs as a purse, make up bag or whatever I want. Perhaps I'll keel my rennet tablets for mozzarella making it it. Or maybe coupons for San Marzano tomatoes,  King Arthur bread flour and Red Star yeast.

The pocket comes from Israeli designer/artist Anat Safran. She has designed Yummy Pockets for, cookies, and tacos. Safran is also the designer of the Pita Pocket and the InfoBook and Info bag.  The cutest thing about these fun pockets is that they look SO realistic. the back of the pocket actually looks like trhe back of a slice., same for the cookie and pita. I love it! It is even the right size for a slice. 


My sister Maya gifted me with a pizzalicious oven mitt.  It looks like a slice of pizza and will be great for pulling hot pies out of the oven. So cute!


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Pizza Party Mix Tape!

A while ago, my friend Adam and I did a special episode of our radio show, Radio El Radon, all about pizza! RVA Magazine posted it up on their site so all you pizzalicious fans can check out the Pizza Party Mix Tape.

I have waaaaaaaaaaay more songs about pizza but this is what we could fit in to two hours along with our usual witty banter.  Like pizza, some are silly, some are sweet and some are spicy. Check out this track listing (after the jump)!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Greta and Felix Love Pizza!

Today I am hanging out with my two of my favorite shorties- Greta and Felix. They Love pizza as much as I do and here is what they have to say about it!


Cheese Pizza ,I like crab pizza, I like.i like greek pizza white pizza.

e-Yoda (Greta)









Comment #2

I like cheese pizza, Greek pizza, cheese pizza with artichokes and white pizza with spinach or broccoli.


-Han solo (A.K.A.felix G. Gotschalk).




Thursday, November 19, 2009

PFW - Kitchen Fashion

As you know, this week is Pizza Fashion Week here at Pizzalicious! So far we've brought you pizza shoes, pizza jackets and piping haute couture pizza fashion. There is another realm of pizza fashion that we haven't paid homage to yet. Pizza accessories! I don't mean earrings people! I'm talking pans and cutters, stones, peels and mixers!


First things first. To make a truely stylin' pizza at home you need a super hot oven (like a refurnished 1953 O'Keefe & Merritt 425 in black) and a stone. You can get this pizza stone/cutter set at Target for about $13 which is remarkably low. I've seen them at Williams Sonomoa for $50+. This one is nice because it has handles to make it easy to move. Pizza stones are generally very heavy although this one weighs about 4.5lbs which may be why it is so inexpensive. I own a very large very heavy stone that pretty much lives in my oven.

This bamboo pizza peel is as stylish as it is foldable. ha. Bamboo is a quickly renewable resource that is hardm durable and easy to clean. Its is 13" by 14" and the handle extends the length to 22". I just hope it stays locked in place. Pick one up for $25 at Target.

Pizzaiolo Jeff Varasano reccomends the Electrolux DLX Mixer for making dough. He has years of pizza making on me so I won't disagree, but there is just something about a KitchenAid. Besides a pretty big difference in price, KitchenAid comes in tons of pretty, shiny colors like Tangerine, Empire Red, Blue Willow and Copper and among others. I really like the dough hook attachment, plus there are a ton of other attachments and gizmos you can get for it. Also, I just like the design better, and that is what Pizza Fashion week is about. I must also say that the lovely ladies in my family are all KitchenAid Ladies Mom (Pistachio Green), Maya (Nickle Pearl) Rose (Chrome?) and my Grandmother Charlotte (OG Kitchen Aid) all had one. When I get one I'm getting a shiny black one!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

PFW - Pizza Shoes

Pizza Fashion week continues with pizzalicious footwear. These Nike 6.0 Air Morgans Mid Pizza sneaks feature the colors of the Italian flag and an embroidered design of a few great pizza toppings. Click to enlarge.


If pizza Nikes are too obvious for you and you want some footwear that alludes to your love of pizza as much as your immaturity check out the TMNT Dunks . The ooze on the toe is really what makes these babies pop! Pictured: Donatello, who everyone knows is the best TMNTurtle. Check out the TMNT Dunks here.


Finally, If you're not satisfied with the pizzalicious options above, why not design your own pizza shoes. Vans, Converse, and Keds all have ways to customize shoes on their websites. Check out this pair of Keds I made. Pretty pizzalicious huh? LOL!!!1

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pirate's Booty New York Pizza

Hey Pizza fans-- Pizzalicious' sister here, The Forgetful Chef, doing a guest blog review of Pirate Brands (formerly Robert's American Gourmet) NEW pizzalicious snack- New York Pizza Pirate's Booty. Heralded as a "healthful snack" by its manufacturer, Pirate's Booty is here to save us all from the doledrums of boring rice cakes and celery sticks. Is it possible that they have stumbled upon something tasty, crunchy, salty and delicious- that is actually GOOD for you? in short- Yar Matey! Thar be good!

Pirate's Booty- a puffy and crunchy snack has been compared to me lovingly as the "tastiest packing peanuts on the planet," has come out with a couple new flavors to fill your bellies, Bermuda Onion, Barbeque, Sea salt and Vinegar, and New York Pizza.

Being a fan of the Veggie Booty already- a surprisingly delicious and slightly addictive vegan treat that tricks you and your kids into eating spinach and kale for a snack, i just had to try the New York Pizza Pirate's Booty, and share its review with my sister and her Pizzalicious fans. I ate it for breakfast- since what is better after a long night, than a slice of pizza for breakfast?

Boasting a only 130 calories per 1 ounce bag (1 ounce equals about 2 puffed cups- so more than a couple hand fulls), New York Pizza flavored Pirate's booty is a blend of baked rice and corn (think fluffier Cheetos) and includes only real ingredients on its ingredient list-like tomato, onion, Italian spices and cheddar, mozzarella, and blue cheese.

When Pizzalicious and I were kids, we used to get home from school and make tons of flavors of air popped popcorn for our after school snack. We got pretty creative back in the day, and this has allowed us to be quite the puffed snack connoisseurs. As adults, air popped popcorn is still one of our favorite treats- and if you've never tried it instead of the microwaveable bags- I would highly recommend it. When we discovered the pizza blend spices from Penzey's Spices my first thought was to make Pizza flavored popcorn. Pirate's Booty New York Pizza has basically done just that, and maybe upped the ante just a little bit in the pizza flavored snack isle.

While i think that it is pretty risky to name your treat after one of the single most debated and competitive topics in the land, (PIZZA) I think the Pirate's brand finds a comfortable stance with their new New York pizza inspired treat. It doesn't really taste like the gooey, tangy, salty, crisp and delicious mouthful that is a good slice of pizza, NY Pizza Pirate's booty definitely tastes like tomato sauce with a little cheese on top- sort of like the deconstructed idea of pizza. Mostly it was just a really tasty snack. Simultaneously savory, sweet and a little spicy, it is just as crunchy and addictive as the Veggie Booty i love with only one draw back. It gives you really bad breath. But don't let this stop you! Just make your friends eat it with you, and no one will notice the freight train of stink emanating from each of your satisfied mouths.

PFW - Hoodies

The weather is getting colder and it might be time for you to think about some new outerwear. Why have the same dumb hoodie from American Apparel that everyone has? Go for something more stylish, more fashion forward, more... pizzalicious! Check out these deliciously silly hoodies for the pizza lover in your life.

Clot Inc. released a pizza themed hoodie in 2008. It's a reversible hoodie with a pepperoni pizza pattern on one side and black satin on the other. The hoodie comes packaged in a pizza box. Click to enlarge.



The Diplo lover in your life will love this pizza hoodie from the music mogul's own label Mad Decent. It is available now at Blue Collar Distro for $50. See also the Mad Decent Pizza Shirt.


Sassy pizza delivery drivers, like A Pizza Girl, will love this one. This hoodie will keep you warm on those chilly delivery runs while also giving a gentle yet firm message to your cash paying patrons who come up short on dough. This could also be a fun message to your cheapskate boss. Wear it on your coffee break at your job when you have to go out back by the dumpster to smoke a cigarette in stead of the picnic tables out front. Slip it on when you are sent on countless trips to the walk-in fridge.


I'm not sure how I feel about this one. Perhaps there is a cranky but loving mentor in your life who might like this hoodie from Neighborhoodies. Still, I can't really imagine wanting a reminder that someone hates pizza or a reminder of the movie Three Ninjas, but, whatever.



This hoodie, while not the most compelling design, certainly captures my sentiments about the world. check it out at Cafe Press. I'd like it more in a navy blue or black.





Vegans rejoice! There is a pizza hoodie just for you! This 100% Vegan Pizza hoodie is available on Zazzle. See also t-shirts.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Pizza Fashion Week!

I'm officially making this Pizza Fashion Week. Every day this week I'll bring you pizzalicious fashions from around the globe. I'm kickin' it off with a doozy!

This pizzalicious silk robe was the closing number at the Jeremy Scott's Food Fight collection at the 2006 NY Fashion Week.


Scott wasn't the only designer who sent pizza down the run way in 2006. This model in a shirt from the Vivienne Westwood Spring/Summer 2007 men’s collection walked down the catwalk with a piping hot pie (and little else) during the 2006 Milan Fashion Week.


This gem also appeared on Slice, but miraculously is still available on Etsy. Check out this vintage 1980's pizza sweater dress.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Pizza the Dog

Richmond is home to many heroes. One of our villains is this dirt bag named James "Barf" Callahan. Mr. Callahan has been terrorizing the city with his jerky friends and lewd drawings for a while now. He hangs around with known graffitiers, pranksters, and scoundrels. He and his cronies wreak havoc on the capital city on their skateboards and they even have the audacity to photograph these terror sprees and document them in this rag of a magazine called Born Ugly. What kind of name is that?

Every time I want to purchase a concert ticket or compact disc of music by a respectable band like Cannabis Corpse, Cough, Pink Razors or Municipal Waste or even The Extraordinaires, I see his grotesque drawings all over the posters or album artwork. Slowly, he has been infecting my life with his crass devil-may-care style of artwork. When I last went to my local purveyor of fine and wholesome reading materials I saw that someone has published collections of his chicken scratch into graphic novels and comic books which he aptly named "Barf Comics."

Worst of all he is has this BEAST of a dog named PIZZA of all things. This vicious K9 has been known to wear an eye patch on occasion. How fitting for an evil-doer's best friend. Recently Mr. Callahan shared a drawing of this dog with me. I was disgusted, of course. Still, I feel I must warn you about this menacing character in our midst. If you can stomach it, take a look at these disturbing images all by the hand of James "Barf" Callahan. Whatever you do, do not go to his websites. They are full of foolishness.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

a haiku pizza

topping idea, just for you
pizzalicious fans:

Crisp Bartlet Pear, sliced
Sweet Gorgonzola, Lemon,
Pepper. Just sayin'

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pamparius Pizza Crawl

The pizza loving dudes from Pamparius are teaming up with Carytown Bicycle Company to present a tour of Richmond's pizzerias. Read more here! Check out a map of the Pizza Crawl destinations here.



In honor of this awesome event. I've designed a pizza spoke card for all you cycling fans of Pizzalicious! And if you need a little extra help. I also made a How to Make a Spoke Card tutorial. Click to enlarge.




You could get really crazy and make a WHOLE pizza spoke card like this pizzalicious bike from Lorenztom's flickr.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pizza R. Crumb

I'm going to see famed cartoonist R. Crumb do a rare public appearance tonight. I'm so excited. I hope he will sign my book. I haven't gotten my hands on his new book, Genesis, yet. I'm really excited for this. In honor of my exciting night. Here is another pizzalicious R. Crumb drawing, you may remember that I posted one in the earlier days of Pizzalicious! Enjoy. Click to enlarge.



Any insanely generous soul out there is welcome to buy it for me.

R. Crumb
Girl at a Pizza Restaurant, Sauve
1998

Ink and correction fluid on paper
Image Size: Frame: 12 3/8 x 12 1/2 x 1 inches 31.4 x 31.8 x 2.5 cm Paper overall: 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches 26.7 x 26.7 cm

CRUMB0067

$6,200.00


For sale at David Zwirner

Monday, October 26, 2009

Halloween Pizza

Halloween is just a week away and I've already covered some pizzalicious Halloween pizza costumes. Now it's time to get your Halloween party menu in order. I'm sure it will come as no surprise that I'm recommending pizza. It is a versatile food perfect for any festive occasion.

Imagine a trick-or-treat pizza topped with candy corn, gross gummy worms, chocolates and caramel sauce, or a spooky skull pizza or pizza Jack-o-lantern. You could even get super gross and top a pie with meal worms like they do at the Paleo festival in Nyon, Switzerland.

On second thought, you better stick to more appetizing toppings. Here are some recipes for pizza to get the Halloween spirit on a pizzalicious level. Enjoy them with you favorite boo brew.

Skull Pizza: cut a rolled out pizza dough into the shape of a skull and cross bones. Use your favorite toppings to create the skull's face and bake. I think some white sauce would lend itself well to this pizza. Or maybe a blood red sauce is what you're after. You could also try using mozzarella to top the pie and leave the no cheese were you want the eyes, nose and mouth.

Spider Web Pizza: This pie is care of CraftJr.com's halloween treats idea page. Use pieces of string cheese to create a web on your pizza and fashion some spiders out of olives or your favorite veggies. This would be awesome if you were Spider Man for Halloween. Remember Peter Parker's job in Spiderman 2 is a pizza delivery guy after all.


Candy Corn Pizza Slices: This also comes from the Craftjr.com page. Use cheddar and mozzarella cheese to top a pie like a bulls eye. Separate the cheeses with a ring of just sauce. When you slice up the pie you'll have cute slices that look just like candy corn.


Ghost Pizza: Turn a mishaped dough into a ghoulish pie. Top a wonky dough with red or white sauce. Use olives for the eyes and mouth and mozzarella cheese for the rest. You could also branch out on your cheese selection. Any white cheese will do. Try taleggio, Parmesan, swiss cheese, feta cheese, get creative or even mix them up.

Scaredy Cat Pizza: This comes from the Hormel holiday idea website. They have tons of halloween themed pizza ideas there. Including a Dracula Pizza and a Frankenstein Pizza. I would top this scaredy cat pie with LOADS of chopped olives for more of a black cat effect. They recommend using a (*gasp!) premade crust, but true pizza lovers know that a good dough recipe is easy to find. Try spicing up the dough by adding herbs in the mix.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pizza Tailgating

Last week, "reigning King of Tailgating" Eddy D. announced the winner of the Maximum Tailgate competition on Gizmodo. The winner is an insane portable sports bar from Michale W. Actually most of the entries were pretty insane. I think it is fair to say that most contestants had a lot of time, imagination and disposable income. The Micheal won two tickets to Super Bowl XLIV in Miami.

I was rooting for David L.'s portable 6,500 pound wood-burning pizza oven. The top of the oven is in the shape of a football helmet with facemask and all. Check it out.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Erm... too soon?

Here's a bit from the September 22 episode of Jimmy Kimmel's show.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Holy Heartattack

Pizza? Now that's what I call a taco!

This skit aired on SNL a while ago, but I just found it again. Did you know someone made a REAL Taco Town taco? Ugh.

FYI:
A Taco Town taco is a crunchy beef taco smothered with nacho cheese, lettuce, tomato and southwestern sauce wrapped in a soft flour tortilla with a layer of refried beans in between, then wrapped in a corn tortilla with a layer of Monterey jack cheese, wrapped in a deep fried Gordita shell with "guacamolito sauce," then baked in a corn husk topped with pico de gallo, wrapped in a crepe filled with egg, Gruyère cheese, sausage and portabello mushrooms, all wrapped in a Chicago style deep dish pizza, wrapped in a blueberry pancake, then dipped in batter and finally deep fried. It's served in a comemorative tote bag filled with spicy vegetarian chili sauce.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pizzalicious tattoos

Richmond is one of the most tattooed cities I've ever seen. It is nothing to see men and women with full sleeves walking down the street. Punks, bikers, college kids, soccer moms, they all have tattoos now. Richmond is home to some of the best tattooers in the US so it's no wonder so many people are tempted to go under the needle around here.

Some tattoos are meaningful, some are beautiful, some are gorey and some are just plain silly. Check out some of these pizza tattoos (not from Richmond). I've tried to credit the tattooer when possible. If this is your work, please let me know and I'll insert a link.

This ham and pineapple slice was tattooed in 2007 by UK tattooer Blane Dickinson. He tattooed this on the head of Colin Helsby, a pizza shop owner, for a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. They raised about £500 (about $820) for the charity. Helsby was once a butcher but changed his shop to a pizza take away joint due to tough competition from supermarkets.


This angelic slice in on the hip of Jill Elise the writer of Hey, That tastes good! an excellent gluten free food blog. I've tried a few gluten free pizza recipes, some of which are listed on the Pizzalicious! Jill reccomends rice flour/xanthan gum recipe. Check it out. The tattoo is credited to her good friend Amy. Holler if you have a link for Amy.


This next one is from the side margin of the blog Pizza is Delicious. Pizza is Delicious is a great Philadelphia based pizza blog... and also a truism. I can only assume that Matt or Jon has this tattoo.










This tribute to cold pizza and warm beer is the needle work of Suzanne Moe (aka SuMoe) a Virginia based tattooer and artist.










This one is from OkayJerks. "Done by Eddie Kes at Olde City Tattoo in Philly."


UPDATE: There are even more pizza tattoos HERE.