The photos here are breathtaking. The grid-based layout on the second page organizes the photos and text for maximum impact, guiding the eye smoothly around the page. The design makes the most of the white space in an artistic, and logical presentation.
(Eat magazine) I like this design because it showcases a contrast of colors; the black of the background, the white of the plate (also brought out by the white of the text) and the multi-colored food. This is an eye-catcher, which is exactly what it wants to be. The photo shows the intent of the magazine in a sophisticated manner; this shows that anything can be designed well, even food.
I'm a huge fan of using opacity circles in layouts, but I've never layered them to create a different shade before on purpose. I also like the use of different typefaces to make a bold statement and to attract readers.