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I’ve moved: please visit Creative Wanderings

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

hutong02.jpgApologies for the lack of posts. I’ve been getting my life together for a big move to Beijing. Find out more at my new blog!  I’ll be leaving this one behind as I start on some new adventures. Please continue to enjoy the content that resides here at Dine. Travel. Design. More importantly, please visit my new home to keep up with my posts and join me in some Creative Wanderings! Cheers!

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Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 25th, 2009

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Bryant Park, NYC from my trip a few weeks ago 🙂
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday!

Sushi as an iconic shape

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Apologies for the lack of posts this past month! I’ve been busy doing some pre-holiday travel to Hong Kong and NYC to visit family and friends. Now, on with the post…

A recent giveaway on NotCot reminded me of some links I had been collecting. First off, Japanese food is one of my favorite cuisines and as I was catching up with RSS feeds saw this Do’s and Don’t of sushi etiquette. A few things I definitely learned here! Like, dipping the fish and not the rice into the soy sauce. Hmm.. this would make an interesting place-mat for a sushi restaurant…
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via TheWorldsBestEver

Sushi has been a constant trend in both the design and culinary worlds. As a very recognizable and iconic cuisine, the shapes, contents, and form of sushi is easily transferable to other objects. Even by changing the materials and contents of the ‘sushi’, we can still make the association through form and color… what do you think? See a collection of sushi toys after the jump and share your thoughts in the comments! (more…)

Packaging: snails in snail poop?

Friday, November 6th, 2009

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Seriously? Packaging from snail poop?

Product designer Manuel Jouvin partnered with Sylvie Pierru, a snail farmer in Picardie (France), to create this “Dejection Molding” packaging. The packaging, used for cooked snails, is created by feeding colored paper to the pre-cooked snails which changes the excrement color and then molded into a container.

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During my researches, I pointed out that colored paper has an influence on color snail excrements. In partnership with Sylvie Pierru, a snailfarmer in Picardie (France), we created packagings made of snail excrements and destinated to cooked snails. They are envisaged in the molding cellulose process by replacing recyclable paper by snail dejections.

A lovely expression and use of the full life cycle of a simple little snail.

via Dieline

the future of food by Philips Design

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

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Looking at how we currently source and eat our food with today’s social trends, Philips Design conceptualized the possibility that could exist in 15-20 years. The first of 3 concepts shown above is the “Nutrition Monitor” which helps visualize the amount of food each person in the household eats and the nutritional needs of the individual. It tells the user the amount to eat based on the their health and body requirements.

These beautifully simplified concepts from Philips Design address our societal issues of obesity, the food we choose to eat, and sourcing food locally. Next 2 concepts after the jump.

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just for fun: Swings

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Who doesn’t like swings? They were always my favorite at the playground!

This project is a study into different ways of bringing play back into public space. It focuses on ways of incorporating incidental play in the public realm by not so much as having separate play equipment that dictates the users but by using existing furniture and architectural elements that indicate playful behaviour for all.

via DesignVerb (more…)

The Senses: links (videos) on Food-Related-Design

Sunday, September 6th, 2009


‘The best restaurant in the World,’ ElBulli is a 3 star Michelin in the little town of Cala Monjoi outside of Barcelona. And it looks amazing! Much more than visual eye candy, the gastronomical works of art must be a delight to experience. See the rest of Adam Roberts’ detailed account of his 30 course meal at ElBulli (with more videos and images) of his experience over at Amateur Gourmet and his El Bulli Recap (thanks to Allen the links!)
Wallpaper has a review and selection of pages from the book “ElBulli: Food for Thought, Thought for Food”. (more…)

Drink: a unique addition to the Boston bar scene

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Summer is coming to an end and Labor Day weekend is just around the corner. 2009 is flying by! I’ve been meaning to write this entry months ago. There’s no real excuse, except for a fun-filled summer and as a result entries have been scarce. Apologies to any readers out there!

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So here goes:
Almost a year ago, a friend took me to Drink at 348 Congress Street in the FortPoint area of South Boston. At the time, little did I know this cozy place was a new food and drink concept started by local chef Barbara Lynch alongside her bar maestro John Gertsen, which opened in September 2008.

Super fresh ingredients and knowledgeable bar staff are just the beginning. It’s truly about the experience and enjoyment of mingling. The odd zig-zag shaped bar allows for intimate conversation as sounds bounce around. Dark colors, metal decor and cool grays reflect the neighborhood’s transitioning industrial zone. Lighting is dim but welcoming; vibrant colors from fresh fruit will make you focus behind the bar. Scarce decor puts your attention to the basic ingredients and tools for a great cocktail.

Be patient since mixologists take longer than normal to stir-up a sensory experience. Bartenders go back and forth from the prep table to pick fresh herbs or peel fresh fruit and back to the bar to press olives for their juices for your beverage. The non-existent drink menu tests their skills as you describe the flavors you enjoy or ask for a suggestion. Well worth the wait for a strong, but not overpowering drink (I can’t recall what it was, but I’ll tell you whatever I had was delicious!)  The decor is well thought out and the choice of tableware is delightful. Bravo! Go check it out 🙂

Read more about Barbara Lynch’s Drink at Boston.com and FortPointBlog.

Fresh ingredients are more than just a trend. Pursip offers consultancy services and shares drink recipes using fresh ingredients that seem to revolve around interaction.

Bakus Table Mat: clever semi-DIY

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

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A simple, elegantly designed stainless steel tray to be filled with your own, used wine corks. Then, replace the corks as necessary when they’re worn out. Such a lovely way of reusing… and extending the experience and memory from which the wine was enjoyed!

Learn more about the Bakus Tray by Ciclus via Wired

DesignSojourn offers a Mentoring Program

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

I have recently in the start of 2009 started following and reading a lot of RSS feeds via Google Reader, and wow am I overwhelmed (in a good way) with design information, inspiration, and work that is out there!

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Of particular note are the great posts, advice, and information shared by Brian Ling of DesignSojourn. As a design manager at Philips Design in Singapore, Brian is constantly sharing insight into design. Brian recently decided to start a Designer Mentorship program that is currently accepting 5 mentees. So with that said, here goes my post in applying to be part of his program:

In the past year, I’ve been struggling with myself. What do I want to do? Where do I want to be in life? How do I get wherever that is?

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Snow Castle

Monday, May 11th, 2009

I know we are all excited for the lovely spring weather that has begun to hit us, particularly in New England. And I don’t mean to bring back any bad winter memories with this post!

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Nonetheless, the SnowCastle Hotel in Kemi, Finland looks amazing. Recently closed for the season (January to April), there’s a SnowRestaurant and IceBar, Art Gallery, and Chapel in this 18 room Castle that also has 2 group rooms and a Honeymoon Suite. All can be enjoyed in the -5 degree Celcius temperature.

View more photos here.

via CoolHunting

my new Posterous blog

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

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I’ve just started my posterous blog “Through Open Eyes: observations and inspiration” as a very quick way to share- can you guess? Observations and Inspiration! And to document all the other things that interest me but may not fit on Dine. Travel. Design.

Have a look and follow what others are posting on Posterous or start your own.