The Breslin: a gastro-pub in New York

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 12 January 2013

If swine makes you swoon and carnivore is your middle name, this nose-to-tail, gastro-pub is calling. At The Breslin, the interior is dark, the ceilings high, and the tables covered with butcher paper. Start your meal with the Scotch Egg – a whole egg wrapped in sausage, breaded, and fried.

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Dine here in Bangkok and get a free vasectomy

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 2 January 2013

Grab a dinner and get a free vasectomy at the same place? In Bangkok, you can do just that. Dedicated to birth control, Cabbages and Condoms is founded by Thailand’s former Minster of Health Mechai Viravaidya, who also makes sure that post-meal condoms are handed out to restaurant patrons. Wow.

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Former chapel of psychiatric hospital made into restaurant

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Tuesday 6 November 2012

A 14th century chapel of a psychiatric hospital, converted into a modern-day restaurant. That’s Thuys at the Het Dolhuys, a museum about, well, psychiatry. I am in love with its huge overhead windows and the box-like cloud chandelier crafted out of felt-covered metal boxes. The venue was redesigned by Dutch Studio Overtreders W, and the custom-designed furniture, produced by clients of a psychiatric institution. Nice to see this all come together beautifully.

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Punk chef Carl Clarke opens the Disco Bistro in St. Paul’s

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By Alex Randall in Cool Travel on Monday 29 October 2012

A few weeks ago, I was introduced to the infamous punk chef, Carl Clarke, aka God Save the Clam and RockLobsta. Now he is back with a six month residency in the heart of London’s St Paul’s district. Clarke will be converting the traditional pub, The Rising Sun, into an original Disco Bistro dining experience […]

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Chipotle’s Lorem Ipsum bags

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Design on Tuesday 11 September 2012

In my humble opinion, Chipotle is the most design-savvy restaurant chain out there. Seeing this bag reinforced that opinion. I’ve always loved Chipotle’s handwritten typography on its cups, basket-lining paper, and bags, but the text is usually pertaining to…burritos. This bag is a little different. On this bag, Lorem Ipsum, or ‘dummy text’, is printed in the same handwritten style as on the normal bags. It’s pretty clever, and definitely intentional. 

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How to dangle 50m in air and eat dinner at the same time

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Saturday 8 September 2012

There is dinner, and then there is dinner in the sky. Dinner in the Sky originated from Belgium and it has since infiltrated close to 40 other countries. The basic idea is to get a massive crane from which a restaurant platform suspends perilessly in mid-air, 50m above ground, while guests strapped into their seats clink glasses and have their noms in the sky. 

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Finally, a pop-down, not pop-up restaurant

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 1 September 2012

Here’s one pop-up experience that’s a little different from the rest: it pops down underground. Located in the Tytyri limestone mine in Finland, Helsinki bistro Muru will run the pop-down restaurant for just a fortnight in September. The experience includes donning mine helmets and traveling down a test laboratory lift to emerge at the venue 80 metres underground for a four-course meal at the active excavation site.

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Zombie apocalypse is coming, eat up these brains

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 31 August 2012

This talk of a zombie apocalypse is really getting to everyone’s heads. So much so that mobile food company Street Kitchen recently made its rounds in London last week offering brain burgers and the such prepared with ‘responsibly sourced British ingredients’, presumably to get Londoners used to gourmet zombie delicacies. Yes, real (calf) brains, real offal. This was staged to celebrate the season 2 DVD launch of TV series The Walking Dead.

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The Grounds: a gastronomic playground in Sydney

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By Katrina Whitehead in Cool Travel on Thursday 30 August 2012

It’s not often you arrive somewhere for a lazy breakfast on a Saturday morning, to find a DJ pumping out tunes, a clown and a fairy doing wacky things with balloons, Italian cheese makers kneading mozzarella, chickens pecking about their coop, and row after row of impressive veggie patches. It’s a complex and seemingly chaotic package, but somehow, it all melds together, in a civilized, serene and incredibly cool oasis that’s attracting Sydney’s foodies in droves. Set in an old pie factory in the industrial suburb of Alexandria, The Grounds is almost more of a concept than a café or restaurant – a vast, gastronomic playground.

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Hecho En Dumbo

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By Gerry Mak in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 14 April 2011

I usually skip proper restaurants and go straight to the hole-in-the-wall taquerias when it comes to Mexican food, but Hecho En Dumbo, now relocated to the East Village, is pretty awesome and not all that expensive. Their Picaditas de Jaiba, corn medallions with shredded dungeness crab and avocado, are amazing.

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Leo Cocina y Cava, Bogotá

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Friday 12 February 2010

Down an unassuming street in the La Macarena neighborhood of Bogotá, Colombia humbly sits one of the city’s sexiest dining spots: Leo Cocina y Cava. It is here that Chef Leonor Espinoza saturates Colombian comfort food — mainly from the coast — with intense doses of creativity to produce fresh, contemporary dishes with a clean presentation and knock-out appeal.

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Melbourne’s Fifteen

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By Michelle Wilding in Cool Travel on Saturday 8 November 2008

I think I’ve tried about four times now to get a reservation at Melbourne’s Fifteen Restaurant whenever I find myself frequenting the glorious city, but today I finally got lucky. Two years after its debut on Jamie Oliver’s show, this restaurant is still living up to the hype. Essentially it offers Mediterranean cuisine, but the […]

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Monkey waiters

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Thursday 23 October 2008

Screw robots, the futures lies with the monkey. A restaurant in Japan has shunned its country’s reputation for technological advancement and opted to use the primates to wait tables for it’s increasingly supportive customers. Hmmm, it’s a little disturbing to see a monkey walking on two legs, dressed in a waistcoat and carrying a beer.

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Crying While Eating

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By Gerry Mak in Cool Websites on Tuesday 21 October 2008

I think eating in restaurants alone is sort of amazing, even though when I see other people do it, I get pangs in my heart. People are just so vulnerable when they’re shoveling food in their mouths, an act that humanizes anyone, which is why Crying While Eating is one of the most amazing blogs […]

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The end is near: Florent is closing!

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By Yuko Shimizu in Cool Travel on Saturday 31 May 2008

Can this be true? Florent, the legendary eatery of New York’s Meat Packing District, is about to become the next victim of sky-rocketing Manhattan leases. Luckily we still have one more month to be nostalgic at Florent. I’m going (with a whole bunch of friends) this weekend.

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