Wake n Bake, Listening to napalm whilst stoned is on a whole new level…
Welcome to our brand new food column, Hot Links, where VICE employee Dan Meyer explores the neglected culinary stars of YouTube. Each week, Dan will present a selection of videos highlighting specific food themes from amateur cooking, to local restaurant commercials, to elderly drinking buddies, to kitchen disasters, to the infinite supply of odd YouTube wonders in the food category. We encourage you to fall into this culinary video k-hole, and include your own comments and contributions below.
Here are my top seven selections for local restaurant advertisements. Watching these clips should mentally transport you to a run-down motel room in somewhere, USA, where the TV’s blaring with low-budget tourist trap commercials on a loop. Get familiar with the theme, crack a cold one, and watch these hot links.
Creed’s Seafood & Steaks—King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania
Restaurant owner Jim Creed loves wine, and is proud to be the boss at the longest independently owned fine dining restaurant in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania—since 1982. Every time I am in the suburbs of Philly driving around the parking lots of a shopping mall, I find myself wondering, where could I possibly find a nice steak, in a lively setting, prepared by a real chef? Luckily, Creed’s is the answer.
ALLEYS - HUDSON, NEW YORK
We’ve been a fan of Peter Spear’s The Alleys of Hudson, New York project for some time, so as the Sunday afternoon sun sets, we’re thrilled to welcome Peter and his intimate portraits of a small town to American Guide Week:
Hudson, New York is 2 hours north of NYC, on the eastern side of the Hudson River. Once a bustling whaling port and center of commerce, it is now a town whose primary industries are tourism and poverty. Hudson is, like most small towns, complicated. It is a town that seems to be in constant transformation.
The city is a simple grid, with the train tracks and a bluff separating it from the Hudson River. The main streets - Allen, Union, Warren, Columbia, State - fall gently down a hill westward towards the tracks and the River.
Hudson was built for commerce, with alleys between the streets to manage deliveries, waste and carry electrical and telephone wire. The main street - Warren - is free from this clutter, to encourage trade.
I began exploring the Alleys of Hudson a few years ago with my Mamiya (and my dog). The photographs are named according to the Alley they were taken in : Long Alley, Rope Alley, Strawberry Alley, Prison Alley, Cherry Alley, Dear Alley and Lake Alley. There is even an alley that’s called a street because it never became the street they wanted it become; Partition Street.
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Peter Spear was born in the suburbs outside of Rochester, New York. He lives in Hudson, New York and shoots mostly film with either his lovely Mamiya 7ii or his Rollei. He enjoys exploring his new hometown looking for images. Follow him on Tumblr at peterspearphotographs.tumblr.com and on Twitter at pspear, find him on Flickr at peter[spear] and check out his book, “The Friendly City”.