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Umami, a California burger joint, is opening in a shop in Manhattan next March, the first stop on an East Coast expansion tour. Even though I grew up in L.A., I’ve never had Umami. I always opted the quick, reliable and iconic In-N-Out burger. There are upscale restaurants offering upscale burgers, but I never took the bait. New Yorkers will probably remain loyal to Shake Shack, or some hidden neighborhood treasure, but the addition of Umami will be a good surprise. Fresh ingredients, patties rolled fresh in-house and seared to medium-rare (unlike most traditional burger joints – even the good ones – that have that mass-produced feel sometimes). I’ll make it into the city next spring and give Umami a shot.
This piece is from November 2011, but it surfaced today on The New Yorker’s site, and it’s a fantastic read. What fascinates me about Jobs and other great innovative minds isn’t the grand ideas or the end products that revolutionize the way we live. It’s the smallest of details. Jobs would walk into a room and examine the light switch. Every detail mattered. I suspect this is common among many great idea people. Great products are the end result of countless small details.
After reading about the greatness of Apple’s creator, here are a few jokes at Apple’s expense from the editors of Esquire’s culture blog, after the company released the iPad Mini. I have a normal iPad and won’t be going with the mini, but I’m sure it’s a great product for those who have yet to take the leap into iPad World. I do a bulk of my reading on my iPad, and I couldn’t be happier with the hi-res display.
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