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RIGOLO CAFE

rigolo cafe

San Francisco’s Rigolo Café combines everything we love about the bay – fresh food, open space and an eye toward local. Plus, their owner Douglas Mathieux is determined to give each guest an authentic experience in French food and dining. Perfect for Sunday brunch with your family or a quick evening stop before you head out for the night. As they describe it, “Rigolo is a petit cafe amusant, or whimsical little cafe, catering to a hungry, discerning clientele who come in to relax and have fun while enjoying fresh delicious food at an affordable price.” Stop by next time you’re in San Francisco.

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HIROSHI x STARBUCKS

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Hiroshi Fujiwara adds his distinctive cool to Starbucks by renovating one of their most popular cafes in Harajuku, Tokyo. His talent for minimal design ushers in a modern aesthetic by tastefully combining industrial elements with more natural ones. The timing is perfect too. Just a few weeks ago, Starbucks dropped the name from its acclaimed logo and opted for a minimal icon-only reincarnation. Below we have a few photos from the interior of the Harajuku Cafe. Next time you’re in Tokyo check it out. Click Read More for additional information to view the photos.

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TOKYO'S VENDING MACHINES

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We live in the future. Look at the picture above. It’s a vending machine that can predict what kind of soda you’d like. When we visited Tokyo we were floored by the vending culture. We tried to explain it to people but it’s something you have to see for yourself. Designboom has a terrific post covering Tokyo’s latest incarnation of the soda machine. Scattered throughout subways, and designed by Fumie Shibata from Design Studio S, the Acure Digital Vending Machine features a 47-inch touchscreen display and camera. By using sensory data to determine a few basic attributes of its customer it quickly offers up suggestions. We have a few photos posted below, but check out the full report on DB for more information.

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ELEKTRA BAKERY

Elektra Bakery

Keep it simple and stack bread. Elektra knows this and plays the part well. The family owned bakery recently renovated their quaint shop in Edessa, Greece. Using great materials and lighting they’ve transformed the bakery to highlight their strongest asset, bread. Who could resist walking by their shop and stopping in for a warm loaf. Whether you’re going to work or coming home, Elektra is perfect for a quick retreat to carb heaven. Be sure to check them out next time you’re in town. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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ECRU CAFE & BAR

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Ecru Cafe wears its heart on its sleeve. The quaint spot uses a tactic all cafe and bars should employ – large windows! Nothing’s better than walking through a city and seeing an atmospheric coffee shop on the horizon with a warm drink waiting inside for you. That’s the real brillance of Hajime Mizutani’s shop design. The small cafe is minimal with its focus on the drinks and people. Nothing more. Nothing less. It’s really clean. And frankly, we can’t argue with that because when we visit a coffee shop those are our primary interests too. Below we’ve posed a few photos of Ecru Cafe and Bar located in Fukuoka, Japan. Stop by if you find yourself in the city looking for an esspresso and good conversation. Click Read More additional information.

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NAN ZHOU NOODLES

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Written by Catzie Vilayphonh: Perhaps it’s the fault of Campbell’s manufacturing that soup is overlooked as a full meal. Yet for many Asian cultures, soup, especially the kind accompanied by noodles, is so prevalent it’s served as breakfast, lunch and dinner at establishments that serve just that. While the Japanese have a monopoly on perfecting the ramen (the film Tampopo is a prime example of this), a discussion about Vietnamese cuisine is incomplete without a bowl of pho. The latter has been my usual go-to for soup cravings, but when I’m too lazy to flavor my broth my next favorite is noodle soup from the Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House in Philadelphia’s Chinatown…

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CURRY UP

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Curry Up is a wonderful food spot located in between Harajuku & Sendagaya, Japan. In less then a year it’s gained a strong following and continues to grow in popularity. This isn’t surprising considering it’s the brainchild of consummate entrepreneur, Nigo. Drawing from his usual stable of talent, he partnered with Masamichi Katayama for the restaraunt’s design and build out. The result was an efficient space for good food and traditional open kitchen cooking. If you find yourself in Tokyo stop by Curry Up for a range of tasty dishes. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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