One of four original lithographs that adorn the walls of Don's Digital Café. It is an example of the paradoxical act of "drawing one's self into extistence".
Known as "creating something from nothing", it's what our artists and writers do every day.
The overall look and feel of our site was inspired by the Syfy channel series, Battlestar Galactica, a reimagining of the original 1978 TV series.
When viewing Battlestar (and the spin-off series, Caprica), if you look closely, you will notice that all publications (including photos) are printed on paper with the corners cut off at 45 degree angles.
This was most likely done as a way to make an advanced, future and alien civiliazation look different than the ours. We want our websites to look different than others, so a lot of the graphic elements and photos have the corners cut off.
"Imagination is more important than intelleigence" ~ Albert Einstein
Laser engraved inscription on the back of Don Cook's iPod.
Don Cook was fortunate enough to have a Physics teacher in High School who played the movie, "2001: A Space Odyssey", starring Keir Dullea, for his class. This was a life changing experience.
Another life changing experience for Don was the launching of Don's Digital Café in the year 2010.
Keir Dullea also starred in the movie sequel, "2010: Odyssey Two". Both movies were based on novels writen by Arthur C. Clarke, Don's favorite author.
"Time is the fire in which we burn." ~ Dr. Tolian Soran, Star Trek: Generations
Leo (also know as the "Tech Guy") hosts and produces some of the most popular podcasts and netcasts in the world.
Don's Digital Café will be similar to the TWiT Cottage, only with a more hi-tech look (lots of glass, chrome, brushed aluminum, and . . . no wood).
Also, instead of computers (Leo uses Mac minis) hooked up to four different monitors, we use computers (Macs and PeeCees) connected to one large HD monitor using a Quad Splitter.
Like Leo, we will have a presence on YouTube, iTunes, and a ROKU Channel called, "Don's Digital Café".
Some of the inpiration for Don Cook's Mini-Max Fusion Vegan Cuisine came from Graham Kerr, also known as the "Galloping Gourmet".
The origin of his "Galloping Gourmet" persona stemmed from a 1967 book that he co-authored with wine expert Len Evans, The Galloping Gourmets. They got their nickname from a 35-day worldwide trek to the finest restaurants around the globe.
During "The Galloping Gourmet's" successful run, Graham became a worldwide sensation, wrote an abundance of cookbooks, and earned two Emmy Award nominations. The series was known for its lighthearted humour, tomfoolery and the copious use of clarified butter, cream and fat.
After his wife Treena's stroke, then heart attack in 1986, Kerr was prompted to create a new style of cooking that he dubbed "Minimax". This new method of food preparation minimized ("Mini") fat and cholesterol, while it maximized ("max") aroma, colour, texture and taste. Just what we do at Bistro 150.
"Minimax" led to the successful Graham Kerr show, originally produced at KING-TV in Seattle in 1990 and 1991, it was later syndicated to local stations and to the Discovery Channel. Minimax also led to three successful cookbooks: "Graham Kerr's Smart Cooking", "Graham Kerr's Minimax Cookbook", and "Graham Kerr's Creative Choices".
In 2005, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Culinary Nutrition, the first to receive that award in any category. In 2008 he began working on his latest book, “Growing at the Speed of Life” in which he journals his daily encounter with his first ever kitchen garden and beheld a whole new reason for his fabled enthusiasm for creativity and change.