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Reader Pics: Marrakech by Gustavo Damião

5 Sep

The market Jamaa el-Fnaa was the main reason we wanted to visit Marrakech when we were studying abroad! It’s a completely unique experience and definitely worth it!

After we explored every inch of the market, we decided to drink a mint tea  at Café Glace, which has the best view of the square! The tea was just an excuse so that Gustavo, with his amazing photographic skills, could take some amazing shots, one of which is our Reader Pic of the day! Thank you Gustavo, once more!

Jamaa el-Fnaa by Gustavo Damião


Architecture Inspirations: Diller Scofidio + Renfro

27 Aug

Ever since my last post I was flooded with ideas about what to write next, but when it came to writing it there was only one thing on my mind: architecture!

I am currently caving into the pressure of the “Final Project”; the project where you are supposed to apply everything you learned in school while demonstrating your own style as an architect! And to add even more pressure, I have monthly presentations to show the progress of my work, one of these presentations will be this Wednesday! yayyyy! (get the sarcasm?)

Getting back on track, because after all I am writing this post to share one of my sources of inspiration!

So, let’s take a look at some of the projects of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the highly prestiguous New York based firm. The selection includes projects that are still under design, under construction, and already done! Hope you like their work as much as I do!

New Columbia University Medical Building. Image courtesy of ArchDaily.

Aberden City Garden Project. Image courtesy of ArchDaily.

NYC High Line. Image courtesy of ArchDaily.

Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University. Image courtesy of ArchDaily.

Hypar Pavillion. Image courtesy of ArchDaily.

Museum of Image and Sound, Rio de Janeiro. Image courtesy of ArchDaily.

Alice Tully Hall, New York. Image courtesy of ArchDaily.

So, who knows in December I’ll share my own project! ; )

– Randa

Reader Pics: Sevilla by Fabiana Rocha!!

22 Aug

Every time I look at this picture it makes me want to jump on a plane and go back to Seville!

It was taken by Fabiana Rocha (former roommate of mine, when we lived in Seville!). The picture shows the beautiful Isabel II bridge, or Triana Bridge as it is commonly known, over the Guadalquivir river!

Isabel II bridge over the Guadalquivir River

Thanks for the amazing photo Fabi!

If you want to have your picture featured on The Daisy Chain’s Reader Pics, send us an e-mail at with the photo, your name and the location the picture was shot!

And stay tuned for more great pics!!

Say Welcome to Reader Pics!!

15 Aug

What better way to start Reader Pics than with an amazing photograph from London!

As we try to fill up the emptiness left by the incredible Olympics organized by the British lets appreciate this beautiful view, photographed by Gustavo Damião from Brazil!

*Click on the image to see in its original size.

London by Gustavo Damião

Local Buzz: Epice Restaurant in São Paulo

13 Aug

Epice. Photograph by Tadeu Brunelli

If you are anything like me, you start making plans for the weekend on Monday, and if you are even more like me, one of them involves dinner plans! lol..So for all of you out there that happen to be in São Paulo or will be coming here soon, today’s post has the best tip on where to dine!

Epice Restaurant inaugurated in the beginning of 2010 and soon after was already receiving several awards, including Best Up-and-Coming Chef  by Veja’s Comer&Beber 2011/2012, best new restaurant and best pork belly by Época’s O melhor de São Paulo 2011/2012, and best dessert by Prêmio Paladar.

The chef, Alberto Landgraf, started his career in London, where he went to culinary school at Westminster College and worked alongside chefs like Neville Campbell, Tom Aikens, Gordon Ramsay (yep from Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares if you are a fan of cooking shows!), Anthony Demetre and Pierre Gagnaire.

After some time back in Brazil he teamed up with Lara Abou Ezzeddine and Pedro Keese de Castro and they opened Epice.

Located on Rua Haddock Lobo in the neighborhood of Jardins, Epice is small and cozy, but with great taste as you’ll notice the elegant bar right at the entrance and the unique lamp fixtures which create a beautiful effect on the wall.

Bar; high ceiling at entrance.

The menu is unique, presenting the dishes with the main ingredient as the title. Since I’ve been there a couple of times with the family I’ve been able to try mostly everything on the menu, and I must say I have a hard time picking my favorites!

Iwill let the pictures speak for themselves!

Some of the starters:

Special mini breads

Pumpkin Gnocchi

Entrecôte carpaccio

Smoked Salmon


Main courses:




Pork belly


And the cherry to my sundae, desserts:



My favorite: The best TarteTatin in the world!! Yumyy


I know, your mouth is probably watering right now! So if you want to go be sure to make a reservation ahead of time, as it is usually full!




Rua Haddock Lobo 1002

Jardins – São Paulo


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