Lifestyle Journalist

M. Astella Saw writes about travel, food, retail, design and trends in the lifestyle sectors. Contact me at m.astella.saw (at) gmail.com

The New Dinner Theatre

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Dinner theatre used to mean theatregoers tucking into roast chicken as they watched a whodunit. Now, however, as good food becomes the norm and sophisticated diners seek experiences as well as just good food, creative restaurateurs are providing playful, engaging experiences, from mad-scientist ice creams to assemble-it-yourself meals. Tuck in: theatricality is the ingredient du jour.
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The Loft Project

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Behind the steel gates of a converted warehouse complex in Dalston, east London, a group of strangers gathers at a large communal table. The 16 guests have paid for, well, they don’t know what, exactly: they’ve received suggestions of a menu via email, they’ve seen a short biography of the chef for the night, and they’ve been advised that the last course will be served somewhere close to midnight.
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Into the Wild

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In the face of iPhones, mobile apps, augmented reality and 3D TV, a growing number of people are giving new meaning to the notion of getting away from it all. Proponents of a trend we’re calling Into the Wild, they embrace elements of primitive lifestyles as they aim to disconnect from the comforts and trappings of modern consumerist society, and enter a realm where the wild things are.
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Simple Gets Smart

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A 48-hour delivery turnaround is an obvious selling point for a brand, but it’s a curious candidate for design inspiration. Nonetheless, new Dutch furniture brand VilaSofa puts this very concept at the heart of its design. The mid-range company offers [...]
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Ready, Jet Set, Go! – Barcelona

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Zara and Mango may be the obvious choices in this spirited city, but in recent years Barcelona’s been breaking all the rules and remaking them for herself – you’d expect no less, after all, from the city that’s hosted the [...]
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