Order Up!

January 27th, 2010

American Diners 2.0

Diners, oh how we love diners! Those classic American eateries where breakfast is served all day, hamburgers and shakes are a requisite, and everyone is welcome. Diners still remain a staple of American dining in every city and, as Guy Fieri’s popular US show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives demonstrates, they are only getting better. Read the rest of this entry »

Eat Your Heart Out

January 26th, 2010

Romantic Reservations for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day arriving shortly, don’t forget to make your reservations for a romantic evening out. Be it with friends or lovers (or both!) these intimate and romantic restaurants are sure to make you (and/or the one you want to impress) swoon:

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New! Philadelphia, USA Now Added

January 25th, 2010

Beyond the Philly Cheesesteak

Philadelphia, the birthplace of US independence, is growing beyond its storied history to embrace a future that includes a vibrant culinary scene sparked by new wave of creative trendsetters. Read the rest of this entry »

The Fine Art of Dining

January 19th, 2010

Creative Museum Restaurants are the Latest Exhibits

Above, the Guggenheim, New York; Below, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

In recent years, as museums around the world receive face-lifts from such notable architects as Frank Gehry, Herzog & de Meuron, and Renzo Piano, so too has followed the museum restaurant which previously was a cafeteria after-thought where a guest might stop to pick up a bottle of water. Now, however, many museums have created their own dining masterpieces that offer just as much curated appeal in the food as in the design. Read the rest of this entry »

First View of Spring

January 18th, 2010

Prada’s new film “First Spring” showcases Shanghai

Innovative fashion line Prada has collaborated with the rising young Chinese artist, Yang Fudong, to create a beautiful nine-minute black and white video entitled, First Spring, to showcase the 2010 Spring/Summer menswear collection. The film artfully showcases the elegance of the clothes and the city that serves as an alluring backdrop. Learn more about Shanghai and its elegant restaurants here. Read the rest of this entry »

The Italian Method

January 13th, 2010

Italian architect Pierluigi Piu shares his design notes

Pierluigi Piu is an Italian architect whose energetic work stands out for his deep attention to impeccable details as evidenced by the award-winning Olivomare restaurant in London. Today, Piu tells us a little more about his background and design philosophy, and goes in-depth about the restaurant that has brought him so much acclaim.

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Glam It Up in 2010!

January 11th, 2010

A quick chat with GLAMOROUS co.’s Yasumichi Morita

Yasumichi Morita (Photo by I.Susa)

Welcome to a new year and a new decade! To kick things off we wanted to share our little chat with noted Japanese designer Yasumichi Morita. Morita had his start at the age of 18 when he designed the bar Cool in Sannomiya, Kobe. He went on to become chief designer at renowned design consultancy Imagine Inc.

In 1996, Morita started his own company Morita Yasumichi Design Office which in 2000 was restructured and renamed GLAMOROUS co., ltd. He has since worked on award-winning projects of all types all over the world.

DE: Please tell us about your background. What led you to a career in design?

YM: In my school days, I had a part time job doing window displays. I was so much into fashion that I needed money to buy hip clothes and the job was good pay because it required night duty. My talent was found there and I got more and more offers. In those same days, there was not an outlet that me and my mates wanted to go to. So I thought I would design and make one if there was not any.

DE: We really admire the breadth and depth of your work! Looking back over the last 14 years, which project stands out most in your mind? Which of them best represents a key moment of growth for you?

YM: Thank you! MEGU New York was my debut project in USA and it has gotten lots of acclaim. That project led to other projects as the job offers began rolling in, including W Hotel Hong Kong, my first 5-star hotel project. W Hotel Hong Kong is also a memorable project for me, boosting my new reputation and inviting new clients from around the world.

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Happy New Year and Happy Eating in 2010!

January 4th, 2010

Wishing all our readers a very happy new year!
Lots of exciting things to come in 2010 on DesignEats.com so check back with us soon!


Holiday Ideas: Foodie Books

December 7th, 2009

Great Books to Give or to Treat Yourself for the Holidays!

Food Writers:


Serve the People — Jen Lin Liu
This debut nonfiction memoir presents an aspiring cooks’ tour of China’s changing landscape, from cuisine to consumption, as she works her way up from cooking school to noodle stall, dumpling house, and trendy restaurant, with illuminating side trips en route. (Check out some fantastic restaurants in China!)

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New! Shanghai, China Now Added

November 23rd, 2009

The Largest City in China is a Study in Contrasts

View of the skyline in Pudong, Shanghai

View of the skyline in Pudong, Shanghai

DesignEats.com has now added Shanghai, China restaurants to the site! Shanghai is the largest city in China with a rich a storied past and exciting, limitless future. It is the cosmopolitan center of the Mainland that showcases the best of its historical architecture next to its new gleaming and modern beauty.

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