Photo of the Day: Tropea, Italy
By April 25, 2011
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Photo by Przemyslaw “Blueshade” Idzkiewicz.
Santa Barbara’s True Taste of Italy: Olio Pizzeria
By April 22, 2011
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I’m completely spoiled from the years I spent living abroad in Florence, Italy. When it comes to dining in Italian restaurants in the U.S., it’s a real challenge to find places with true authenticity. It’s not that most Italian restaurants don’t serve tasty cuisine, they definitely do, but it’s the disheartening disappointment I feel when a dish comes and it’s been thoroughly Americanized that deters me. How I wish I could just sit back and enjoy a meal without comparing things to the way they taste back in Italy! And talk about sounding snobby if I were to vocalize my feelings. So more often than not, I simply avoid eating in Italian restaurants, even though it’s one of my absolute favorite cuisines. A sad state indeed.

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Enter Olio Pizzeria. I was thrilled to stumble across this tiny gem, hidden away in a quiet little plaza off Victoria Street in Santa Barbara. Just an hour drive from Los Angeles, you’ll find great Italian cuisine well worth the jaunt out of town. At Olio Pizzeria, which translates to (olive) oil pizzeria, you’ll encounter deliciously authentic thin crust pies prepared with abundant portions of olive oil and cooked in traditional wood-burning ovens just like they do back in Italy.

Balloon Artist: Willy Chyr
By April 21, 2011

WillyChyr 01 Balloon Artist: Willy Chyr top articles art A balloon artist? What a unique concept! Today’s artist is quite an interesting character. I must say I have never come across an artist working with balloons…until now. Willy Chyr is both a balloon artist and an aspiring animator. A circus-lover at heart, Willy joined the local circus while he was a student of physics and economics at the University of Chicago. He performed as a juggler, unicyclist, and magician, and learned to twist balloons in the process.WillyChyr 03 Balloon Artist: Willy Chyr top articles art

Elegant Watercolor Graphics by Fabien Barral
By April 19, 2011

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As a watercolor artist, I love to incorporate watercolors into my graphic designs. French graphic designer Fabien Barral’s work introduces a similar artistic vein. I was most struck by the ethereal element expressed in his clean, art-inspired designs, which feature watercolor paintings created by his wife.
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Heiko Windisch
By April 15, 2011

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Heiko Windisch is an illustrator living in Heidelberg, Germany who has worked as an apparel designer, illustrated snowboards, and exhibited his work in numerous galleries around the world.

Charm City Cakes
By April 14, 2011
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What’s the craziest cake you can dream up? Chances are the folks at Charm City Cakes can build it. This Baltimore cake shop produces crazy, innovative custom cakes to satisfy any sweet tooth.

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Hotel Room Illustrated by Matt Saunders
By April 12, 2011
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A number of hotels are inviting artists to illustrate wall murals for individual rooms, a concept which I love! What a great way to sleep inside an artist’s drawing. The Artist Residence Hotel in Brighton, England has rooms with sea views that are decked out with painted wall murals like these by Matt Saunders, an illustrator and animator based in Leeds.

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Cable Art by Maisie Maud Broadhead
By April 8, 2011

maisie broadhead Cable Art by Maisie Maud Broadhead design Got blank walls, and are you at a loss about how to fill them? How about creating cable art with your spare cords and wires? Check out these installations by designer Maisie Maud Broadhead.
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[ via Fresh Home ]

How to Make Radish Mushrooms
By April 7, 2011

radish mushrooms How to Make Radish Mushrooms food Ooooh! Dress up your salads with these radish mushrooms. Add to that by creating little eyes, which will transform your “mushrooms” into Super Mario mushrooms! Check out the tutorial here.

[ via The Paper Pony ]

New York’s M.A.C. Wonder Woman Pop-Up Store
By April 6, 2011

Wonder Woman pop up store 1 New Yorks M.A.C. Wonder Woman Pop Up Store design Looking for supersize lipglass, reflex glitter pigments, or nail polish in a shade worn by Wonder Woman? Then check out M.A.C. cosmetics’ one-of-a-kind Wonder Woman pop-up shop in New York for a dose of heroine goodness.

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