beyond design

los angeles

proposed LA civic park
as a native of a city notoriously greenspace-poor, the idea of a large civic park in downtown LA is really exciting. exclusive first look at LA’s civic park: will it create a center for the city? from shows you some of the models and plans.

if you’re pressed for LA visitor’s ideas of the green variety, being visited by greenie friends, or just want to show some love for your city, my friend emily just published a green city guide to los angeles, for


citrus cured salmon
i pretty much fell out of my chair when i saw this recipe for citrus-cured copper river salmon, and reading about it confirmed that my instinct reaction was appropriate. my mission is to find the cut of salmon that can live up to this amazing preparation, today!

it’s zucchini season, and is ready with this curious-sounding baked treat: zucchini and olive breakfast cake, french-style. french or not, i have the zucchini and my interest is piqued by this flavor combination.

it’s also a great time of year for a healthy chicken and pepper salad. roast chicken and yellow pepper salad, from is simple and delicious!

finally, if you’re looking for something zinger-fresh for your summer dishes, try lemon and olive oil sauce (Ladolemono), from yes, this is one of those times to whip it.


coffee splash
For all of its wild popularity, caffeine is one seriously misunderstood substance. It’s not a simple upper, and it works differently on different people with different tolerances—even in different menstrual cycles. But you can make it work better for you. what caffeine actually does to your brain, from [thanks to @josh_ross for the link!]

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