Edible Masterpiece competition proves design is a piece of cake

Edible Masterpiece competition proves design is a piece of cake

(Relaxnews) – Would you eat a Damien Hirst masterpiece? The UK creative charity Art Fund is challenging the public to recreate art and design classics through the medium of food, in a new initiative called Edible Masterpieces launched this week. The challenge is to create a theoretically edible work of art inspired by a cultural icon, famous painting or […]

25.02.2014 · Filled under: Art, Entertainment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Online ·
Ranking of top restaurants in Asia dominated by China and Japan

Ranking of top restaurants in Asia dominated by China and Japan

(Relaxnews) – China has emerged the overall country leader on a ranking of the best restaurants across Asia, with 16 dining destinations snagging a spot on the top 50 list, followed by Japan and Singapore. Taking the coveted top spot on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, meanwhile, is Nahm, a restaurant in Bangkok helmed by […]

24.02.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Online ·
GQ’s picks for the top restaurants in the US 2014

GQ’s picks for the top restaurants in the US 2014

(Relaxnews) – A fine dining restaurant that cross-pollinates Asian and Texan influences and distills them onto plates like taco of sea eel, scrambled eggs, trout roe and kale has been named the best US restaurant of 2014 by GQ magazine. In the March issue of the US title, influential food writer Alan Richman pronounced Austin’s Restaurant […]

23.02.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
Manage Hunger with Wholesome Foods

Manage Hunger with Wholesome Foods

(Family Features) Whether you’re following a weight loss plan or simply maintaining healthy habits, finding foods that are nutritious sources of protein and promote satiety can help curb your urge to snack throughout the day. Wholesome soyfoods can replace other foods in your diet that might be adding too much fat, sugar and cholesterol. Soyfoods […]

Luxury submarine offers lovers ‘sound-proof’ rooms and private chef

Luxury submarine offers lovers ‘sound-proof’ rooms and private chef

(Relaxnews) – If you have a bottomless bank account and a love that goes deeper than the ocean, a British travel outfit has created a package that allows lovers to make their own tsunami waves in a romantic getaway aboard a luxury submarine. OK, so it’s not yellow. But for adventurous couples who may have […]

French chefs rebel against ‘food porn’ photos

French chefs rebel against ‘food porn’ photos

(PARIS-AFP) – The next time you try to take a picture of your dinner in a posh French restaurant, don’t be surprised if an angry chef comes storming out of the kitchen. Fed up with patrons snapping photographs with their smartphones to post on social networks, several Michelin-starred French establishments are trying to crack down […]

16.02.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology ·
The do’s and don’ts of Valentine’s Day dating etiquette: Zagat

The do’s and don’ts of Valentine’s Day dating etiquette: Zagat

(Relaxnews) – The average US couple is expected to spend about $160 on a romantic dinner for two on Valentine’s Day, up from $142 last year. That’s according to the readers of the crowd-sourced dining guide Zagat, which looked at Valentine’s Day trends this year. While those surveyed said they expect to spend an average […]

How to celebrate Valentine’s Day on a fast-food budget

How to celebrate Valentine’s Day on a fast-food budget

(Relaxnews) – Valentine’s Day isn’t just a greeting card or chocolate holiday. It’s also an occasion for the fast food industry to capitalize on the very edible holiday by turning their foods into the shape of a heart or offering their restaurants as wedding hall venues for couples on a low —  very low — […]

Add spark to your relationship by going on a double date

Add spark to your relationship by going on a double date

(Relaxnews) – If you want to reignite the passion in your relationship this Valentine’s Day, skip the intimate, candle-light dinner for two and go on a double date. That’s the conclusion out of a new US study, which found that striking a friendship with another couple can help people view their partners and their relationship […]

12.02.2014 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Holidays, Home & Garden, Online, Valentine's Day ·
OpenTable swallows restaurant recommendation app Ness

OpenTable swallows restaurant recommendation app Ness

(Relaxnews) – In a move signaling an increased interest in expanding into mobile, online reservation site OpenTable has announced that it has acquired restaurant recommendation app Ness. When it was launched in 2011, Ness was pitched as an app that could tailor restaurant recommendations to individual tastes. Instead of simply aggregating reviews from random strangers, […]

Haagen-Dazs Japan releases commemorative floral flavors

Haagen-Dazs Japan releases commemorative floral flavors

(Relaxnews) – To mark its 30th anniversary in Japan, premium ice cream maker Haagen-Dazs has released a pair of commemorative flavors to celebrate Japanese culture: rose and cherry blossom. The floral ice creams come in various shades of pink. Ribbons of cherry sauce streak through the cherry blossom ice cream, while the damask rose flavor […]

10.02.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
Good news: Weekend splurging and weight loss can go hand in hand

Good news: Weekend splurging and weight loss can go hand in hand

(Relaxnews) – Feeling guilty for tucking into a pizza pie or pint of ice cream over the weekend? As long as you resume a sensible eating and exercise plan over the workweek, new research shows successful weight loss can be achieved even after splurging on the weekends. It’s a bit of good news when it […]

09.02.2014 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
New York and Paris consider turning subways into retail, dining space

New York and Paris consider turning subways into retail, dining space

(Relaxnews) – It’s a tale of two cities. A bit of forward thinking and ingenuity is driving an emerging trend that would see derelict subway stations transformed into a restaurant or swimming pool, and pop-up stores opening in major metro hubs — on both sides of the Atlantic. It’s an idea born in two cities […]

Could this pill make you smarter?

Could this pill make you smarter?

(Relaxnews) – A team of US scientists has created a pill packed with powerful antioxidants they claim could help make older adults smarter. In a University of South Florida study, the supplement, made from blueberry and green tea extracts as well as vitamin D3 and amino acids, was found to improve cognitive processing speeds and […]

09.02.2014 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Health & Fitness ·
A US McDonald’s hosting candlelit dinner for Valentine’s Day

A US McDonald’s hosting candlelit dinner for Valentine’s Day

(Relaxnews) – Looking for a low-budget Valentine’s Day idea for your loved one? A McDonald’s restaurant in Southport, North Carolina is hosting a candlelit dinner, featuring musical selections by Ronald himself. Since being uploaded on Reddit February 3, the photo of a poster advertising the restaurant’s third annual Valentine’s Day dinner has been viewed more […]

French flipping over burgers: study

French flipping over burgers: study

(PARIS-AFP) – The hamburger may be a quintessentially American food, but is fast winning over the French who increasingly choose a beef patty wedged into a bun over a baguette sandwich. Research by the Gira marketing and consulting firm found that nearly one of every two sandwiches sold in the country last year was a […]

07.02.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
Chocolate makers try to charm Chinese with lunar new year bonbons

Chocolate makers try to charm Chinese with lunar new year bonbons

(Relaxnews) – Though Chinese consumers are known for lacking a sweet tooth, premium chocolate makers are hoping to cash in on the tradition of gift giving over the lunar new year with a slew of limited edition, commemorative gift sets. The Chinese may have enthusiastically taken up Western food trends like coffee, wine, and fast […]

04.02.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Holidays, Home & Garden, Lunar New Year ·
Weight loss: fight fatigue with these 5 pick-me-ups

Weight loss: fight fatigue with these 5 pick-me-ups

(Relaxnews) – Efforts to slim down are almost always accompanied by a few moments of weakness, most of which are brought on by fatigue or frustration in the early stages of a weight loss plan. But that doesn’t mean you have to give into the temptation of a muffin or a croissant. Here is a […]

02.02.2014 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Dining out while detoxing

Dining out while detoxing

(Relaxnews) – Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to forgo your social life while on a detox regimen. Giving up on certain foods doesn’t mean avoiding restaurants altogether, especially if dining out is an important element of your social well-being. That said, certain types of restaurants and dishes are more likely to be in […]

02.02.2014 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
What you get for a $500,000 Valentine’s Day hotel package

What you get for a $500,000 Valentine’s Day hotel package

(Relaxnews) – It may be safe to file this hotel package under ‘most outrageous Valentine’s Day offer.’ Ever. For $500,000, a luxury hotel company will throw in a $100,000 shopping spree, a personalized Maserati and $50,000 worth of diamonds and jewelry. Aptly called “The Once In a Lifetime” package, the Canadian brand Sutton Place Hotels has launched […]