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 — […]

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 ·
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 […]

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 ·
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 […]

Paris restaurant offers dessert inspired by jeweler Mauboussin

Paris restaurant offers dessert inspired by jeweler Mauboussin

(Relaxnews) – Luxurious hotel the Renaissance Paris Vendôme will soon offer guests of its Pinxo restaurant the chance to savor a dessert designed to resemble Mauboussin’s iconic “L’Oeuvre Noire” ring. Head chef Mathieu Robillard and pastry chef Bryan Esposito have concocted an exquisite treat with blackcurrants, chocolate and pralines. The creation is adorned with a […]

02.02.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
How the world will fete Chinese New Year

How the world will fete Chinese New Year

(Relaxnews) – From London to Dubai, the world is poised to throw the second big new year party of the year, with the Chinese lunar festival set to kick off this week. Festivities are being planned the world over to help ring in the lunar new year, celebrated not only by the Chinese but also […]

29.01.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Holidays, Home & Garden, Lunar New Year ·
British bakers crowned kings of European pastry making

British bakers crowned kings of European pastry making

(Relaxnews) – British bakers have earned bragging rights to being the best in Europe, after a pair of English pastry chefs won the World Pastry Cup in Switzerland this week. British duo Barry Johnson of chocolate boutique Rococo Chocolates and Nicolas Belorgey of the Cordon Bleu London trumped their European rivals with their Lion King-themed […]

29.01.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Photos ·
Take a look at the new Coca-Cola bottles for the World Cup

Take a look at the new Coca-Cola bottles for the World Cup

(Relaxnews) – Coca-Cola has released a set of commemorative special-edition bottles for the World Cup that contain no actual soda but can play animated, interactive images. Designed to pay homage to past World Cup host countries like Argentina, Japan, France and Italy as well as future hosts like Russia, Qatar and Brazil, the 18 mini […]

Is the Cragel the Cronut of 2014?

Is the Cragel the Cronut of 2014?

(Relaxnews) – The hyperbole has begun. After the spectacular success of the Cronut last year, the latest Franken-pastry to take the media by storm is the Cragel which is already being touted as the pastry of 2014 less than a month into the new year. Created out of Brooklyn bakery shop The Bagel Store, the Cragel […]

22.01.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Hershey’s signs 3D printing deal

Hershey’s signs 3D printing deal

(Relaxnews) – Chocolate giant The Hershey Company has jumped onto the 3D printing bandwagon and could soon be bringing all sorts of crazy chocolate shapes to a machine near you. North America’s largest chocolate producer has entered into a multi-year contract with printing provider 3D Systems, to develop a range of 3D printed edible sweet treats. […]

Hershey takes aim at Nutella with new chocolate spread

Hershey takes aim at Nutella with new chocolate spread

(Relaxnews) – American chocolate company Hershey has put Nutella on notice with the launch of its own chocolate spread. Though the Italian brand owned by Ferrero has enjoyed a longstanding monopoly as the original chocolate hazelnut spread, the Pennsylvania-based Hershey Company has created a trio of its own products pitched as an indulgent pairing for […]

19.01.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
The top 10 most romantic restaurants for Valentine’s Day: Zagat

The top 10 most romantic restaurants for Valentine’s Day: Zagat

(Relaxnews) – One of the oldest and most historic restaurants in Paris which boasts an illustrious reputation of feeding emperors, French royalty and celebrities has been named the most romantic dining destination in the world in an informal Zagat survey. After polling their readers on Twitter, editors of the crowd-sourced restaurant guide came up with […]

New glassware designed to enhance flavors of Coca-Cola

New glassware designed to enhance flavors of Coca-Cola

(Relaxnews) – Just as snifter glasses are designed to enhance the brandy drinking experience, Coca-Cola is trying to convince consumers that a specially designed glass can also enhance the flavors of their fizzy drink. Developed in partnership with Riedel, the new glasses are inspired by the curves of the original Coca-Cola contoured bottle, and are said […]

14.01.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Online ·
Eva Herzigova and Bianca Balti go Sicilian for Dolce & Gabbana

Eva Herzigova and Bianca Balti go Sicilian for Dolce & Gabbana

(Relaxnews) – The Italian fashion house has placed the two supermodels at the heart of its Spring-Summer 2014 campaign. Like many Dolce & Gabbana campaigns, the latest one pays homage to Sicily, embodying the exuberance, gastronomy and local color of the Mediterranean’s largest island and playing with stereotypes for a tongue-in-cheek tone. With their slender […]

10.01.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment ·
Polished, precise cocktail classics to trend in 2014

Polished, precise cocktail classics to trend in 2014

(Relaxnews) – Look for cocktails to be cleaner, simpler with a focus on masterful execution in 2014, says the Spaniard who holds the title of world’s best bartender 2013. According to David Rios, who beat out 43 finalists from around the world to take the lofty title from a Diageo-sponsored event this summer, serious mixologists […]

World’s best bartender holiday cocktail recipe: The Magic Carpet

World’s best bartender holiday cocktail recipe: The Magic Carpet

(Relaxnews) – When the man named the best bartender in the world mixes drinks for the holidays, you can bet they go beyond vodka tonics. With holiday parties filling up itineraries and people’s homes, Spaniard David Rios of The Jigger Cocktail & Disco Bar in Bilbao offers a few cocktail recipe ideas to set the […]

26.12.2013 · Filled under: Christmas, Destinations, Food & Dining, Holidays, Home & Garden ·
Chefs to go ‘mad scientist’ and foods to be fermented in 2014

Chefs to go ‘mad scientist’ and foods to be fermented in 2014

(Relaxnews) – After the spectacular success of the cronut this year, a trendspotting report out of the US predicts more hybrid food mashups to trend in 2014. It’s no exaggeration to call New York pastry chef Dominique Ansel’s part-croissant, part-donut creation the dessert of 2013. In addition to drawing pre-dawn queues outside his eponymously-named bakery […]

26.12.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Holidays, Home & Garden, New Year's Day ·
Kale is 2013, sea beans are 2014

Kale is 2013, sea beans are 2014

(Relaxnews) – Kale and pork belly are so 2013. If you want to sound fantastically food-forward for 2014, here’s a list of foods and words you should know. Because according to a trendspotting report from San Francisco-based Andrew Freeman & Co., the foods anticipated to get buzz next year include pizzaritos (pizza slices rolled up […]

26.12.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·