Monday, August 27, 2012

Summer Smoothies

They are refreshing, light and easy to make. If you’re looking for a healthy -under 250 calories- smoothie, check out these delicious and nutritious recipes from Cooking Light. And if you love smoothies as much as I do, don’t forget to take a look at this website, you will find hundreds of yummy recipes.

Hope you enjoy them on this hot weather!

Photos by Randy Mayor - Recipes via Cooking Light

Friday, August 24, 2012

Graffiti Cafe

Designed by Studio Mode the Graffiti Cafe in Verna, Bulgaria is a trendy and spectacular space located in a boutique hotel featuring a popular art gallery. The interiors are inspired by Escher's work. The ceiling and the columns are dressed with an array of thin unfinished wood panels which reach up to the ceiling to create a connecting pattern. The space is a piece of art and satisfies all technological and functional requirements for ventilation and acoustics. 

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A little bit of green always make a space look better and brings everything to life.

I'm amazed on how well they have hidden all the structure to suspend the wood. As a designer that is always a challenge!

Photos via Contemporist

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

It's Tea Time!

The Olympics are over and now it is time to relax and enjoy London to the fullest. If you're there, lucky you!! if you're planning a trip in the near future, here are some of the best places to indulge yourself in an afternoon teatime. But first, just a little bit of history about English teatime so you can enjoy your warm cup looking like a pro.
In England the tea gained popularity in the high society when the Portuguese Infanta Catherine Braganza married King Charles II in 1662. Now is the national drink and the afternoon tea is an English tradition; served between 3:00-6:00 pm, it is common to be  accompanied by scones with cream and jam, traditional cucumber sandwich (made of crustless lightly buttered white bread with thin cucumber slices) and assorted pastries.

I forgot to mention that I'm a tea lover; for me a cup of tea is a reminder to slow down, relax and enjoy the simple pleasures in life.

Salud! and hope you can enjoy life with a cup of tea in your hands!

A true English classic with art deco and refined atmosphere.

160 Piccadilly
London W1J 9EB
United Kingdon

Photos via Remodelista

Afternoon tea for fashionistas. Indulge your sweet tooth while eating a haute couture cake in the styles of top designer like an  Alexander McQueen pale green pistachio dress biscuit and a Fendi chocolate bag.

Wilton Place
London. SW1X 7RL

Photos via flickr

The Sanderson Hotel

Served in a beautiful courtyard garden with surreal decor like "Alice in Wonderland", the Mad Hatter's afternoon tea is filled with creative pastries and enchanting names, like the 'Eat Me' strawberry and cream mousse, 'Drink Me' an apothecary bottle sipped with layers of coconut panna cotta, passion fruit and exotic foam.

50 Berners Street,
London W1T 3NG,
United Kingdom

Photos via Marieclaire

Click on the link below to find great ideas to help you create a perfect afternoon tea party.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Inside the Olympic Village

The world is having Olympic fever, its all about the queen jumping out of an helicopter and breaking world records. But aren't you curious about what happens backstage with the athletes while they are not competing? Where do they stay, eat, relax and prepare for their biggest day?, I guess this post will answers most of  your questions and maybe even surprise you.

The Olympic Village in London is a mini city within the city, located in Stafford, East London; the location allows the athletes to be within walking distance from most of the sporting venues. The village has 11 apartment complexes with 2,818  units to accommodate up to 16,000 athletes and officials. Each apartment contains custom bedding and furniture designed mostly by british designer Jan Constantine. The bedrooms are designed  with a minimalist style to provided an optimal sleeping and relaxing conditions for the athletes to be mentally and physically prepare for their big day.
The complex includes a hair salon, a mini recording studio, game rooms, cinema room, the Globe social club (unfinished walls, raw-vintage style with neon signs),  and a  food-court where they can enjoy a wide selection of food severed 24 hrs.

After the Olympics, you can own a piece/set of Olympic history at an affordable price. If you are interested, Remains of the games is already selling most of the furniture and items from the Olympic village. Also, after the games, the Olympic village will be transformed into 1,400 affordable homes and another 14,000 homes for profit.

The recording studio

The Globe Lounge

Photos via  idesignarch and Houzz

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Marimoto Napa

In the last couple of years Napa has earn its spot in the world as one of the best food and wine destination. On our recent trip (see previous post) to the wine country we had the opportunity to enjoy a delightful variation of cuisines in amazing and cool restaurants. Since we had little time to enjoy everything Napa has to offer; I didn't want to pass the opportunity to post about a restaurant that blends culinary creativity and bold interior design.

From the chef Masaharu Morimoto, the star of Iron Chef, Marimoto Napa is located in downtown overlooking the river. The Tokyo- Califronia menu is innovative  and have a very creative presentation. For those who love sushi this is the place to go!
The Interior design by Thomas Schoos balances a number of distinct cultural influences, the local wine growing and natural landscape from Napa blended with the Japanese food and culture. The style is contemporary with a mixture of vibrant colors, bold fabrics and organic installations of old vines. 

Photography by  Peden + Munk

 Photos by Hopper Stone via WWD