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Showing posts with label cafe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cafe. Show all posts

Thursday, 15 May 2014

The Vintage Emporium - A café close to my heart


Shoreditch cafe

The first time I encountered The Vintage Emporium in Shroeditch, I was doing a gig there with Robin Grey. I turned up and was greeted by a room overflowing with beautiful candles, mismatched furniture and dried flowers – it was love at first sight basically.

Vintage café

The people who run the café are lovely, warm people who make excellent food and drinks. Every time I go in I order pretty much the same thing – an avocado and cream cheese bagel, and either a hot spiced apple drink or a chai latte. It’s all served on odd plates and big hearty mugs, and it’s basically the best place to hide away on a cold, rainy day in London. That said, they do cold drinks in the summer months, and Dan had some kind of tasty iced mocha frappé thing.

Avocado Bagel
hipster drinks

Another super awesome thing about this café is that it actually has a vintage dress shop downstairs too. And I’m not talking generic-retro-whatever-dresses, I’m talking legit 1920s and 1930s originals, beautiful beaded gloves, tiny leather shoes from the turn of the last century, it’s like a treasure cave for anyone who loves vintage clothes, antiques, or costumes. I really love it! (Can you tell!?)

Vintage Emporium

And in true, blogception style, I am actually writing a list of future blog ideas in this photo, so you can’t say I don’t take this blogging lark seriously! Anyway, I recommend The Vintage Emporium more wholeheartedly than I could ever hope to convey through words. So pop up to 14 Bacon Street (Just off Brick Lane, and very near to the Shoreditch High Street Overground station) and have a lovely time with an enormous cup of something hearty and a great big slab of home made cake.

Ginger Fringe Shoreditch

The website for The Vintage Emporium appears to be down at the moment, so follow them on twitter instead at @vintagemporium and let them know I sent you! Disclaimer - I only blog about places I love, and as yet, nobody has ever asked me to review a place for them. Ma viewz r ma own.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Goats' Cheese Delight! House Gallery Café - Camberwell

I've lived in the Camberwell area for over a year now, but until the other day, I'd not found a really wonderful cafe south of the river. I noticed the House Gallery Café when I went past it on the bus on the way to Peckham one evening, and made a mental note that I had to go back there at some point as it looked intimate yet airy, and had a slightly alternative look to it. Recently, I've not been being very creative with my outfits so I thought I'd mix it up a little bit to go to a new cafe! Why not?!
teal tulle skirt We visited the House Gallery Café with our lovely friend Emma, on a crisp, bright and blustery day and it was warm and welcoming inside. I immediately ordered a Soy Chai Latte which is my go-to cafe order. It was foamy and frothy and smooth. I really like Chai Lattes and this one did not disappoint. I've tasted very sweet, honeyed Chai, and very savoury, spiced chai, and this one sat somewhere between those two extremes.
house gallery cafe
bacon sandwich south london
goats cheese sandwich south london
Dan ordered a luscious, breakfasty bacon sandwich on soft white bread, and I ordered a Goats' Cheese, bacon and avocado sandwich, also on white bread. At first, the guy behind the till told me they'd run out of Goats' Cheese, and so I said I'd be happy with ordinary cram cheese. To my delight, when my sandwich arrived, the guy told me that he'd run out to buy Goat's Cheese especially for my sandwich because I'd looked so crestfallen before! What a top lad! The sandwich was soft, the bacon was crunchy and it was ace with the rocket salad.
The House Gallery Café, as the name suggests, is also an art gallery, and the profits from the café go towards the running of the gallery. It's a great space, the staff are attentive and friendly and I can't wait to visit again. Next time, I think I'll have to try one of their fresh, home-made milkshakes.

belted jumper

*Tartan Shirt - Topshop*
*Black Jumper and Teal Tulle Skirt - YesStyle.co.uk*
*Leather Belt - Topshop*
*Deer Brooch - A gift from my Uncle* 

I've also reviewed a Korean cafe in London, and a vintage cafe in Brighton. Check those out, if you like!

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Blackbird Tea Rooms - A Slice of Brighton's Past!

I've been in Brighton for a couple of days on tour with the Gorilla Perfume bus. Stay tuned for a post about what we've been up to, and how beautiful all of the new fragrances smell. Until then, I've got INCREDIBLE NEWS about a new tea room in Brighton.
blackbird tea room
In case you hadn't already noticed, my life is spent in constant pursuit of whimsy. When it comes to anything twee, I am basically sold. That said, I like to think I can be at least a little bit discerning with these things. Perhaps I am a connoisseur of whimsy. I like that title - let's stick with that.
My stepdad, Andrew, had been recommending me Blackbird for a while, and yesterday seemed to be the perfect time for a vintage pick-me-up. Blackbird is situated on Ship Street, nestled among several other lovely cafes and eateries. There's Marwood which caters to the slightly scruffy, absurdist, coffee aficionado, Cafe Coho which is much more slick and trendy-looking, as well as Bagelman (my all-time favourite Bagel shop on the planet). I love all of these places, and I really hope that they ALL manage to survive in a competitive area!

vintage photo collection
vintage tea collection
The interior of Blackbird manages to address my craving for all things vintage, whimsical, and ever-so-twee, whilst still seeming somehow 'fresh'. It's very easy for a vintage-style tea room to become cloying or sickeningly twee, or aggressively vintage. Blackbird avoids this completely, pairing the vintage collections of photos, postcards and tea paraphernalia with white walls and mirrors, giving the place a light and airy atmosphere.
vintage china vintage postcard collection

Andrew and I chose to sit by the window which gave us a good view of the Fabrica gallery as well as some of the cafes I mentioned above. All of the china is vintage, and matches in a delicately mismatched sort of way. I really like mismatched crockery. In fact, I'm a big fan of mismatched EVERYTHING!!
The menu offered a suitably vintage array of cakes, teas, and savoury snacks. The couple at the table next to us ordered some gorgeous little sandwiches which came cut into triangles and carefully arranged on plates. I was very tempted but it seemed like a tea-and-cake sort of an afternoon. We ordered a pot of Earl Grey for two.

Vintage Earl Grey

Andrew had a slice of the Blackbird cake, the cafe's signature cake which was essentially a Victoria Sponge with blackberry jam instead of strawberry jam. I tried a bit and I've concluded that I prefer this sort of Victoria Sponge to the original type. I ordered a coffee and walnut cake, which was fluffy and perfectly sweet. Both cakes came with mixed berries scattered around the plate. We all know how much I love cake, and this cake was mindblowing.

Ship Street Brighton coffee and walnut

Yes I know, this is two photos of the same cake from different angles. Rather gratuitous, I know, but it was a glorious cake and as such it was necessary to capture its wonderment! In the background of the photo on the right, you can see the Blackbird cake that Andrew ordered.

blackbird brighton blackbird cake

As we paid, the beautiful woman at the till asked me if I was based in Brighton as they are starting up a craft evening. I was heartbroken to have to tell them I lived in London now. Can I justify moving back to Brighton so I can drink tea, eat cake, and do some knitting with these lovely ladies? You should check out their website and facebook page for more photos and information - this may well be my favourite vintage tearoom in the country and I've been to a fair few! I will definitely be visiting again when I'm next in Brighton, and so should you - especially if you love all things vintage, waitresses with victory rolls, incredible cake, and a well-decorated toilet! (Yes, even the toilet is perfect!) I'm in love!

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Update for you!

I've managed to collect an absolute tonne of photographs and things to write about, to the extent that it has all become rather overwhelming! I have a fair amount of inane news to share, so buckle up, and let's take a trip into Candy's exciting life!
Dan and I went back to Cambridge to his old college, for a May Ball. It was really nice to relive a slice of the old student life; quite possibly the best slice, if we're going to be honest! I wore a dress that I bought from Camden market, although I've seen similar dresses all over the place in cheap market-stall shops. My necklace is a family heirloom of sorts although I don't think it goes back particularly far. The matching earrings don't actually match the necklace at all; I bought them for my Dad's wedding back in 2007.

The dress was floor length but there aren't really any satisfactory pictures of my entire length! It sort of looks like I am indicating my ovaries in this photo!
I made this rainbow cake for my lovely friend Tara, and I also took lots of photos during the making process, so at some point, you can expect a tutorial of sorts! It weighed over 3kgs and I brought it all the way from London to Brighton in once piece (oh ho ho, cake humour).
Here's a sneaky peaky at our wedding venue! We've set a date, and so very soon I shall begin the flurry of sending save-the-date cards! Obviously, I am very excited, but there's still a ton to do!
On the day we visited our wedding venue, we also took a brief detour to Brighton where Dan and I both got new ear piercings at Punktured (my favourite piercing place, and the only one I will ever recommend to anyone! I've had four very joyful piercing experiences there!), and then had incredible cake at Marwood which has fast become one of my favourite coffee shops in Brighton, which is saying something!
Wonderful Tilly and I made some super saucy cherry pie for our Twin Peaks marathon, which was enjoyed by all. I am probably already ready for another Twin Peaks marathon... Let's not lie, I'm ALWAYS ready for a Twin Peaks marathon! Here's our pie in EXTREME CLOSEUP.

I also attended two weddings and celebrated a couple of birthdays. Tomorrow I am off down to Brighton for my gorgeous friend Eleanor's birthday, at which I shall dress up as Suzy Butler from Moonrise Kingdom, and then on Tuesday we are off to Paris for a little jaunt! I can't wait to discover some vintage shops and patisseries in Paris, as well as visiting some perfume houses. Eleanor is 'becoming a woman' and thus must choose her signature scent whilst we are away!

Toodle pip pip pop poop. x