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Words You Should Know: Building Codes

Arm yourself with the vocabulary needed to navigate the world of building codes.
September 29, 2011
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An Introduction to Restaurant Design

Eating has always been a sociable event, from primitive campfire cooking to reclining on lectuli at lavish Greek and Roman banquets. However, although taverns and inns had always existed, the restaurant as an institution didn’t fully emerge until the 17th century. The word “restaurant” initially appeared in the 16th century, meaning a restorative broth, but by 1771 the term had mutated to refer to an “establishment specializing in the sale of restorative foods” as well. Like so much in culinary history, the Parisians owned the sophisticated version of the concept as American and British visitors marveled at the phenomenon.
July 19, 2011
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Words You Should Know for Restaurants

Listed below are some useful words for the experienced diner.
July 19, 2011
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Italian Design: La Mappa

You know where your Parmesan cheese comes from: Parma. But which region offers the best chairs? We've mapped it out for you.
June 17, 2011
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Italian Design: Il Futuro

As impressive as Italy’s design legacy is, it’s the future that moves this lot. Get the inside track on what’s next.
June 17, 2011
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Italian Design: Passato al Presente

A look at the greats of Italian design, from past untill present.
June 15, 2011
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Un'Introduzione al Disegno Italiano

From Marble to mobili, Italy has been a, if not the, design mecca for the last century. Here's why.
June 15, 2011
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An Introduction to Home Gardening

Ever since Adam and Eve’s unfortunate eviction, their descendants have been plunging hands and seeds into the earth in hopes of bringing forth food, beauty, and the satisfaction of taming nature. Though few of us find that our home gardens offer the peace, beauty, bounty, and ease of Eden, each planting—–from Babylon’s Hanging Gardens to Gregor Mendel’s famous peas—–adds to our knowledge of and delight in the natural world.
March 15, 2011
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20/200 Vision

What if you could get a real work of art for as little as $20? And it’s not 
a coffeehouse portrait of Neil Young?
December 30, 2010