The Art of Food

by Holly on July 25, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,lunch,meet-up,reviews,Spanish,vegan

As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said,

Love of beauty is Taste. The creation of beauty is Art.”

Thinking about it, I am pretty sure Mr. Emerson was an insightful philosopher who was way ahead of his time and could see into the 21st century. I mean, how could he not be talking about us modern day foodies who blog about food and read food blogs?

Let’s be real, we are the world’s best tasters as well as some of the best artists – constantly appreciating and creating beautiful, nourishing and delicious works of food.

And coffee. Always coffee.

I like to think art, beauty and creativity are the ABCs of my life.

Whether in writing, photography, paintings, food, clothes, nature, design, ideas, architecture or just about any thing else I can think of, I get a huge sense of satisfaction from exercising my creative muscles.

More so, I love noticing the little things.

While thisĀ PB+J was delicious, it was theĀ blueberries that stole the breakfast show for me.

If you take a minute to look deeper at this dish of antioxidants, you see each blueberry is unique in its own right – with a slightly different shape, color pattern and taste than the next…

And for some unknown reason, that makes me happy.

Because there is nothing wrong in wanting to be things to be aesthetically pleasing, even if you have to Photoshop them to make that happen…

Farmer’s markets, for one, are obviously a great example of showcasing the beauty of food as well as the beauty of people and their Midwestern fashion sense.

“There is no beauty as true as old man Hawaiian shirts, ankle socks with sandals, mullets, mom jean shorts and too skimpy college girl clothing.”

You can quote this Everythingtarian on that.

Plus, when you can get 5 multi-colored peppers, 4 banana peppers, 3 cucumbers, 3 zucchini and 1 bundle of kohlrabi all for just $9, beauty is merely an added bonus.

So what makes this Tortilla Espanola (Spanish Omelet) even more beautiful?

Not peeling the red potatoes.

I find the sliver of brightly colored skin adds a burst of much-needed color.

A work of art AND a delicious lunch?

Double bonus.

Food doesn’t necessarily have to look beautiful.

Sometimes it just IS beautiful…all 17 grams of vegan protein of it.

That’s not to say “ugly” meals don’t happen. I mean, as great as the ingredients and stats are on this Simply Bar, I will be honest in saying I did not enjoy the Cinnamon flavor that much.

C’est la vie.

Life goes on.

To a gorgeous, all-organic farmer’s market salad of spinach, cucumber, white pepper, banana pepper + ranch and a BBQ tempeh sandwich

And when you can combine your love of art, beauty and creativity with a fellow food-loving friend?

The beauty is doubled…if not tripled.

What if the food at hand is going to be Chocolate Beer Waffles?

I’d say that quadruples the beauty.

But wait…those waffles are VEGAN?

Beauty officially quintupled.

Vegan Cashew Cream + Chocolate Sauce?

How do you say six-tupled?

Excuse me why I do a quick Google search.


Definitely, sextupled.

I forgot my coffee with coconut milk creamer…that septuples the beauty.

That’s seven, right?

But I haven’t even gotten to the waffles yet!

Take this all-vegan feast of Chocolate Beer Waffles, Chocolate Sauce + Cashew Cream

…multiply it by 2 1/4…

…and you get true beauty octupled.

But please don’t call me Octomom or even Octoeverythingtarian.

Holly works just fine.

Natural beauty is best, no?


Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries July 25, 2010 at 11:50 am

Those waffles look like PERFECTION. And that sunflower photo made me smile! I have some oddly shaped bluebs in my fridge right now and I’m loving them :)

Ilana July 25, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Te adoro, Holly! If I hadn’t just eaten I’d be racing to the kitchen to make some chocolate beer waffles.
And yes, fruit is SO gorgeous. The natural occurrence of colors and textures? Art off trees and bushes.

Heather (Perspective Is Everything) July 25, 2010 at 12:15 pm

chocolate beer waffles!? whoa. oh yeah-i forgot, we’re in wisconsin!! ;)
i’ve got my hands on an ice cream maker and on my list of wacky weird flavors is a beer and nut ice cream for hubby :)
i just made myself some coffee ice cream with chocolate covered coffee beans.
anyway-natural beauty IS best.

Crunchy Granola Gal July 25, 2010 at 12:22 pm

your appreciation of food is extremely refreshing, especially for the most simplistic of things (blueberries) to the fanciest (hello spanish omelet, you are a beaut!). i actually had a moment on friday evening on my way to dinner during which i decided that my love for and obsession with food is entirely silly. it’s just food! but then, as i sat down to a spicy plate of thai veggies and chicken and an overly sweet cocktail, i remembered why i love food so much. to appreciate it, to cook it, and to taste it (and indulge in this pleasure) is truly an art. yay, ralph waldo!

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete July 25, 2010 at 12:38 pm

wow, I’m so impressed that those are vegan! Now, if they could look that good and be GF, I would be in awe! The food eats that you have been having lately look pretty tasty!

Madeline - Greens and Jeans July 25, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Beer + Waffles = love.

The Fit Collegiate July 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Lovin’ all your eats in this picture! Mmm…waffles. I can’t remember the last time I had them, and now I’m wondering, “What am I waiting for?”

Erica July 25, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Farmers market <3. I could spend all day there. All the freshness in one place. Amazing. Both the omelet and the beer (?!) waffles look awesome. Love sharing the kitchen with someone else who enjoys cooking & food as much as I do.

Laura July 25, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Wow…i’m never going to look at blueberries (literally) in the same way again!xx

Matt July 25, 2010 at 2:16 pm


Kristie July 25, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Matt – I’m replying to you (although Holly can tell you this too)! The chocolate beer waffles are from the cookbook Vegan Brunch. Well worth it ;).

Mama Pea July 25, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Your photos are fabulous! I’m reading between the lines and seeing that maybe you got some work done this weekend? Well done, baby, well done.

Lauren July 25, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Emerson was an amazing man. I don’t think I have ever come across an Emerson quote that I don’t love or think is entirely true to life.

Wow, so impressed by the chocolate waffles! IF that was dinner, that is one of the best dinner ideas I have seen in a long time! ;)

Kate July 25, 2010 at 8:03 pm

i love that quote! and yes food and preparation of food is most definately an art at it’s finest :)

Jess July 25, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Chocolate waffles, DELICIOUS looking!!
I think we need that recipeee!
<3 jess

Danielle July 25, 2010 at 9:06 pm

What beautiful, beautiful food.

Now give me a waffle. Chocolate + Beer… are you serious?! Come on, please? ;)

Maya July 25, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I like to think that us food bloggers create art with every meal. And you FOR SURE did with that waffle! What a beauty.

Angharad July 25, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Hey chica,
Lovely catching up with you today! Those waffles look as good as I remember them to be, mmmm cashew cream is sooo good!
Go forth and have an excellent week Hollarina. Much love xxx

Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) July 26, 2010 at 2:07 am

Your blueberry observation made me think of that scene in “Harold and Maude” with the daisies, which instantly made me smile.

Those chocolate waffles are OBSCENELY BEAUTIFUL. So obscene, that I’d rate them NC-17 on the Food Porn rating system.

Your weekend looks like a thing of beauty and your appreciation of food is a work of art.

Kacy July 26, 2010 at 8:09 am

I really do think food is one of the most beautiful things on the planet. And I have much appreciation for both jorts and mullets. Much.

Those waffles? Words cannot even do it…

Have a great Monday Holly!

k @ ksgoodeats July 26, 2010 at 8:41 am

Beer waffles? You’re speaking my language, lady!

“the beauty of people and their Midwestern fashion sense” – I know exactly what you mean! There are some pretty interesting get ups out there.

Sami July 26, 2010 at 9:46 am

yet another BRILLIANT use of beer from the everythingtarian world. chocolate & beer? helllooooo. where have you been all my life? i’m also loving the fact that you can see the tree’s reflection in your coffee. natural beauty is right.

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 26, 2010 at 9:58 am

Everything is so *artistic* in this post. And I love your photos of the farmers market. Gorgeous.

And your waffles….wowzah. No words. Those look incredible!!

Bekah July 26, 2010 at 10:28 am

Umm recipe chocolate beer waffles?! those look awesome and maybe even orgasmic. I’m just sayin. Well, you tell me Holly.

As for aesthetics? I’m all for making everything in my daily life pleasing to my eye. And as my dad told me a blog is a simple way to make what was naturally beautiful as it happened even BETTER looking in the blog. Because a picture is actually sometimes better than the act itself.

I’m also thoroughly impressed with your spanish omelet. that looks delicious.

samantha July 26, 2010 at 10:46 am

i want those waffles now, thanks!

natural beauty is the BEST! my favorite thing about summer (other than watermelon, the ocean, dresses, flip flops, porches, bikes and nectarines) is only wearing mascara and chapstick — and feeling awesome!

Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) July 26, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Wow, those waffles sound DELISH!
And I LOVE your farmers market pics!

Katie July 26, 2010 at 5:20 pm

I almost shrieked aloud when I saw the side-by-side shot of the vegan Cashew Cream + chocolate sauce. I mean…seriously!!?? I am going to get in the car NOW, and hopefully will arrive at your hose by breakfast tomorrow. See you soon.

Susan July 27, 2010 at 11:56 am


Chocolate BEER belgian waffles? With chocolate sauce?? And cashew cream???

I just swooned.

Jessica July 27, 2010 at 1:43 pm

This is how I know those blueberries are legit: they’re all in different shapes–as you said! So that also makes me happy! Who wants perfectly plump and round genetically modified bluebs anyways?! Not I….. ;)

Natural beauty is always best, and I am amazed by the beauty of those freaking waffles! Whoa, holy chocolate love.

Ps! I’m now home :) Let’s plan a much-needed catch up date soon!! Please please please! LOVE YOU

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