Restaurant & Bar Design

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Once upon a time, in a gastronomic land far away, a restaurant or bar that merely sated our appetite was deemed good enough. This land no longer exists. Our attitudes and expectations about where we want to meet, play, drink and eat have drastically changed. It’s now as much about pleasing the eye as pleasing the taste buds to endure a fulfilling dining experience.

The Restaurant & Bar Awards are the only awards in the world dedicated to the design of food and beverage spaces. That covers every imaginable type of space, from ships to airports, museums to burger vans, from revered Michelin-starred establishments to the fleeting dynamism of pop-ups. The awards have been turned into a book that is thoroughly enjoyable – and quite easy to get lost in for hours at a time.

This book is a visual feast that every designer should experience-  obviously for the creativity and brilliant concepts and details, but also for an insight to what is happening in the industries of design, architecture and gastronomy. Come feast your eyes and you will see what I mean… [Read more...]

Artichoke and Avocado Salad

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Quick – Easy – Healthy – Beautiful

A couple of years ago, I had reason to spend a while in New York City. One of the best things about it was seeing this salad on the menu at many restaurants. It is light, healthy and incredibly flavorful. Now when I return to NYC I am always on the lookout for this same salad, but I do not find it.  No matter, it is quick and easy enough to make at home and perfect for entertaining. FYI, this is not one to make in advance because of the avocados.  [Read more...]

Bix Restaurant in San Francisco

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Next time you are headed to San Francisco, I have a restaurant recommendation that combines a great eating experience with a dose of San Francisco history– Bix. It is located in the Jackson Square area, which used to be synonymous with fine art, antiques, and galleries, but now seems to have transitioned to predominantly law firms and specialty practices, with the few remaining antique stores. There are numerous things about Bix that make it [Read more...]

Summer Fruit Salad Dressings

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Is it me, or do you also feel like summer is kicking into fast forward? People are preparing for back to school, and some are even back to school already. The produce is still as good as ever, so take advantage of the gorgeous summer fruits while still at their prime with a few salad dressings to update the menu planning. [Read more...]

Thermador and Traditional Home Great Kitchens Getaway

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 I had the fortune to participate in the Thermador and Traditional Home Great Kitchens Getaway in California recently.  We spent time immersed multiple aspects of kitchen use – from design to end-user experience. We toured the gorgeous facility, had detailed presentations and were given the opportunity to get to know the products with hands on experience.  And we got to taste the food created with Thermador products. Believe me when I tell you it was amazing…I will actually show you the food later.  These products are designed for “real cooks”. I think we all felt like “real cooks” after seeing what can be done in the right kitchen. Come share the experience… [Read more...]